WWE Throwback Thursday: Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake vs. Randy Savage and Zeus

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2015

Credit: WWE.com

We always hear how the WWE Network includes every pay-per-view in the company's history, but there is actually one event that is still unavailable.

The film No Holds Barred features a special match between the two stars of the movie and two of their allies fighting inside a steal cage in a special one-night event on December 27, 1989.

Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake battled Randy Savage and Zeus (real name: Tony Lister) in a tag team cage match immediately following the film on PPV.

Most people will remember the standard tag match they had at SummerSlam that year, but few even know they faced off inside a cage unless they watched the match as it aired.

Not only is this one of the few contests not available on the WWE Network, but it's one of the only times a pay-per-view bout was taped in advance of its airing.

To promote the film, Lister made numerous appearances as Zeus in the second half of 1989. He delivered promos stating he should have been given top billing over Hogan in No Holds Barred to make it seem like there was real animosity between the two powerhouses.

In addition to their tag match at SummerSlam, Lister also competed in a traditional Survivor Series match alongside Ted DiBiase, The Warlord and The Barbarian against Hogan, Jake Roberts and Demolition.

This was a unique feud, as it marked the first time someone from Hollywood was involved in a storyline that lasted several months instead of just one night.

The cage match they had on Dec. 27 is a rare gem—not because it's a five-star match, but because WWE has just about wiped it off the face of the earth.

You will find nothing relating to this bout on WWE's YouTube channel, WWE.com or the WWE Network. The only hopes you have of seeing it are via uploads from random people on the Internet who don't own the rights to the content.

Lister would end up rekindling his feud with Hogan in WCW seven years later in 1996 as Z-Gangsta, but his run there was even shorter than it was in WWE.

However, Lister wasn't a pro wrestler. He was an actor who just happened to have the size and power of a grappler. He returned to Hollywood and appeared in numerous TV shows and such films as Friday, Next Friday and The Dark Knight.

Lister still has a steady acting career going for him, but he has rarely been the leading man. He tends to play prisoners, gang members and other intimidating stereotypes, but The Fifth Element took a different direction and made him the president.

Bringing in Zeus for an extended program was something that was more acceptable in 1989 because fans were more willing to accept ridiculous storylines than they are today. If WWE tried to have Stephen Amell portray his Oliver Queen character from the television series Arrow instead of himself, the company would be lampooned by every critic.

If you have a chance to see the cage match that aired on Dec. 27, 1989, you should take it. It's better than you would think.

Thanks for reading, and follow me on Twitter @BR_Doctor.

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