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Greatest Tag Team Battles: The Rockers vs The Brain Busters - January 23, 1989 [Videos]


The Rockers consisted of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty who wrestled as a team together from 1985 until late 1991. During 1987, while known as The Midnight Rockers, the team held the AWA World Tag Team Championship titles two times for a combined 201 days. Known mainly as "good guys" throughout their formation, the team did spend a short time in the CWC with villainous personas, being self-obsessed, conceited glory seekers. However, by the time they joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1988, the tag team reverted back to fan favorites.

Managed in the World Wrestling Federation by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, the team took their name, The Brain Busters as members of the Heenan Family. The Brain Busters included professional wrestlers Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard who began wrestling as a team in the NWA in 1986. Voted 1989 Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Brain Busters were WWF World Tag Team Champions for a total of 76 days and NWA World Tag Team Champions two times in 1987 and 1988 for a combined 323 days.  Both Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 as members of the Four Horsemen.

In a series of 69 matches across the United States and Canada during 1988 and 1989, the tag teams of The Rockers and The Brain Busters created some of the best tag team matches in the World Wrestling Federation. On January 23, 1989 at Madison Square Garden, with Hulk Hogan vs Big Bossman headlining and a "sold out crowd of 23,000" fans in attendance, The Rockers and The Brain Busters "stole the show" with an excellent classic pro wrestling match.

For historical viewing, below are five videos containing the January 23, 1989 match. The match was originally televised on the MSG Network featuring commentary by broadcasting legend Rod Trongard and Londoner Lord Alfred Hayes.

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5


For an extensive look at the tag team rivalry between The Rockers and The Brain Busters visit the following link "The Rockers vs The Brain Busters History."

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