10-Man Battle Royal
Round One Matchup
Welcome to the final first-round match in the Hasbro Classic! This is a 10-man battle royal, with the winner getting an opportunity to advance to the second round of the tournament.
In the ring we have: Big Bossman; Akeem; Demolition Ax and Smash; Bushwhackers Butch and Luke; The Rockers Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels; and Tatanka. We're awaiting the arrival of the Mystery Opponent.... who could it possibly be?
It's.... The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase!
But wait a minute -- DiBiase was already eliminated by The British Bulldog in first-round action! Why is he getting a second chance? Is it because he spread his money around and bribed his way to a spot in the match? Is it because he's wearing a different color suit than he did in his earlier match? Or is it because Canadian Bulldog was short one Hasbro action figure?
Regardless, we have our tenth man. Let's go to ringside!
We're under way! The only way to be eliminated in this match is by being tossed over the top rope and to the arena floor below.
Demolition and The Buswhackers work together from the start. They attack the nearly 500 pound Akeem and almost immediately dump him over the top rope. That's start strategy because it eliminates the heaviest opponent right off the bat! Only Akeem's tag team partner, The Big Bossman, attempted to keep The African Dream in the ring... but it's too late!
We're down to nine.
With Akeem oustered, the other wrestlers pair off to duke it out. Tatanka and The Big Bossman are jockeying for position, while Shawn Michaels is attempting to eliminate The Million Dollar Man.
Meanwhile, Michaels' partner Marty Jannetty hits Demolition with a flying bodypress... but he's caught and tossed from the ring by Ax and Smash. We're down to eight men.
While everyone else has been trying to wrestle one another, The Bushwhackers have spent the bulk of their time in this battle royal dancing around the ring and mugging for the fans.
Sensing that they were a little (shall we say) distracted, The Million Dollar Man nails the New Zealanders with a blow to the back, and while they're distracted, pushes both men over the top rope.
Only six competitors remain in the match now.
Now that the field has narrowed, Shawn Michaels gets an idea. He peppers both members of Demolition with rights and lefts, and then scales the ropes to deliver one of the high-flying moves The Rockers are known for.
Michaels delivers what should have been a picture-perfect dropkick from the top rope.... only Smash decks him with a stiff punch to the face. Groggy, Michaels is easy prey for Demolition as they quickly work together and deposit him over the tope rope. Just five men left.
Feeling invincible, Ax and Smash target The Million Dollar Man, hammering him with their patented Demolition Decapatiation maneuever.
As that happens, Big Bossman is struggling near the ropes with Tatanka. Just as the law enforcement officer leans over the ropes, Tatanka hooks his legs around Bossman's neck and pulls him out of the ring, hurracanrana style.
We're down to just three men! Demolition attempt to toss out DiBiase, but The Million Dollar Man has a Million Dollar Plan!
The Million Dollar Man proposes something to Ax amd Smash: how about they fight it out first to see which member is the best among Demolition? Then DiBiase will take on the remaining member in the final moments of the battle. Plus he'll pay them a cool million to do it!
Ax and Smash think it over and decide "why not?", particularly because there's very little chance either of them are coming out on top of this particular match, anways. It soon becomes Ax vs Smash, the opening moments of Royal Rumble '89 all over again!
ASx and Smash began tearing into each other, hoping that one of them exhausts the other so they can get to DiBiase - but one million dollars richer!
Eventually, Smash gets the upper hand and within a minute, he's poised to toss Ax onto the conrcete floor and declare himself in the final two. But they're so busy wrestling near the ropes, neither man notices DiBiase coming from them, and both get prominently eliminated.
Your winner (and advancing to Round 2 of the tournament.... The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase!!!