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Although he'd beat Earthquake by count-out at SummerSlam, Hulk Hogan was still out for revenge. Hogan's friend Tugboat returned to wrestling TV in early September, following the injury he'd sustained by Earthquake. The Hulkster and Tugboat teamed up in dark matches at WWF Superstars tapings, defeating Earthquake and "Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo. Tugboat teamed up with the Big Bossman against Earthquake and Bravo in a number of house shows as well.
Hulk Hogan was inactive for most of September but returned at the October 13, 1990 "Oktoberfest" edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, teaming up with Tugboat against Jimmy Hart's team Rhythm and Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine). Backstage, Sean Mooney interviewed the Hulkster and Tugboat about their match, telling the Hulkster that things didn't look too festive. Hogan said he and Earthquake weren't going to celebrate Oktoberfest until they settled the score with Earthquake and Dino Bravo, who were managed by that little teeny Wiener Schnitzel Jimmy Hart, who also happened to manage the tag team in their path, Rhythm and Blues. Hogan promised that there'd be no speed limit tonight as he and Tugboat ran over Valentine and Honky Tonk Man. Tugboat told Mooney that the team they wanted tonight was Earthquake and Dino Bravo. He said that he and the Hulkster had felt the devastation inflicted on them by Earthquake, that it was like the Hindenburg crashing down on their chests. He and Hogan had been reconstructed and were now Earthquake-proof. Tugboat said if he and Hogan had to go through Rhythm and Blues to get to Earthquake and Bravo, then that would be wunderbar. The Hulkster ended the interview telling Jimmy Hart that it was D-Day and the Allies had landed but they weren't facing the Guns of Navarone, they were facing the most powerful guns in the world, the 24" pythons. So whatcha gonna do when Herr Hulkster and Herr Tugboat barbarian (or was he saying Bavarian?) cream you? Another off-the-wall promo by Hogan. Not a bad promo from Tugboat.
The Earthquake and Bravo were not out of Hogan and Tugboat's sight. On the October 6, 1990 edition of WWF Superstars, a special Survivor Series report announced that Hulk Hogan, the Big Bossman, Tugboat, & Jim Duggan would face the team of Earthquake, Dino Bravo, the Barbarian, & "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
The sound of a tugboat horn sounding alerted the fans that the future Shockmaster was on his way to the ring. Tugboat came out to the cheers while color commentator "Rowdy" Roddy Piper expressed his admiration for Tugboat returning from injury. Commentator Vince McMahon pointed out that Tugboat was also the man who rallied the Hulksters behind Hulk Hogan after Earthquake put Hogan on the shelf.
In the ring, Rhythm and Blues waited. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine had gone all in on this terrible gimmick, dying his hair black to fit in alongside the Honky Tonk Man. Eventually, Valentine and HTM would split, with Valentine having a brief run as a face, a rarity in a career where he worked mostly as a heel. Valentine was one of those guys who just didn't seem right as a face. He might get cheers in a heel vs. heel match but he was too roughhouse to fit in as a face during the Rock-n-Wrestling era.