While Steamboat could not make it back into the ring by the count of ten, it was what happened after the match that is significant. The Macho Man continued his beatdown of Steamboat.
Savage proceeded to attack Steamboat with the ring bell across the throat. The attack would force Steamboat to be taken out on a stretcher.
"We didn’t know it at the time, but we wanted to convince the fans that we wanted to make it a championship match."