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WWE: Strikeforce - Tito Santana and Rick Martel

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posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 04:30 PM
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Santana came to the aid of fan favorite Rick Martel and they began teaming as Strikeforce. Santana and Martel defeated the Hart Foundation on October 27, 1987 to capture the WWF World tag titles.

We now go to clips of one of the most exciting matches from the year, in which the aforementioned duo defeated The Hart Foundation for the tag team titles. As we cut to it, Bret is dominating Santana, and nails him with an elbow to the head. Bret is reversed into the opposite corner and goes chest-first into the corner, which allows Martel to make the tag. He enters and goes nuts on Neidhart, and nails him with a dropkick. He then knocks Bret off the apron, and delivers a high cross body on Neidhart, scoring a two-count. Bret makes the save and then ducks out, as Santana and Martel double bodyslam Neidhart, and Martel locks in the boston crab for the submission victory. The fans go wild, and Ventura protests that it took an illegal double team for the Strike Force to get the titles.




Strikeforce defended the titles for several months, but once again Santana lost at Wrestlemania as Demolition beat Strikeforce for the tag titles. Santana was once again left without a regular partner when Rick Martel was injured by Demolition. The Strike Force split up for awhile, and then reunited at a big pay-per-view (Wrestlemania 5) for a match against Power and Glory. During that match, Tito Santana accidentally kicked Martel, knocking him off the apron. After this happened, Martel refused to tag in, and then left the match completely, leaving his partner to get beaten down and lose the match. This was the start of a great fued between the two ex-tag team members, and served notice to how the whole tag-team-partners-turned-enemies angle should be executed. The Strike Force maybe wouldn't go on everybody list of the top ten tag teams of all time but they was a awesome tag team.




posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 11:24 PM
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I remember that match. Every time Santana came to tag, Rick "the pussy" Martell would grab his head like he was hurting. Never liked him anyways. Santana though was amazing to watch. Liked him better solo.



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