June 17, 1989
From the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center in Duluth, MN
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are the Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, The Bushwhackers, Ted DiBiase, and Bret Hart. Plus, Jimmy Snuka as the guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more!
Ultimate Warrior vs. Dusty Wolfe
Warrior beats down Wolfe as Rick Rude is shown in an insert promo as he tells Warrior his battle to regain the Intercontinental Title will be a losing effort. Warrior chokes out Wolfe outside the ring and yells at the camera then heads back inside where he puts Wolfe away with the press slam/splash combo (1:54). After the match, Warrior carries Wolfe backstage over his shoulder.
Thoughts: The story remains that Warrior is on the warpath as he tries to regain the Intercontinental Title.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s topic is the Ronnie Garvin/Greg Valentine feud. We hear from Garvin as he likes his new job as a referee and wants to officiate one of Valentine’s matches to show him that rules do exist as Valentine gives a rebuttal and promises Garvin will never officiate one of his matches.
Tito Santana and his family loved “No Holds Barred.” One of Tito’s sons was not too convincing.
Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Terry Bronski & Warren Bianchi
The Rockers are shown in an insert promo vowing revenge on the Rougeaus. Bronski flexes as Raymond goes over to huddle with his brother. Raymond cheap shots Bronski then tags Jacques as they stay in control. Bianchi tags in as Jacques was mocking Bronski and the Rougeaus soften him up for a bit until Jacques hit a knee drop while Raymond was applying a Boston Crab (2:31). After the match, Tony Schiavone asks the Rougeaus about Shawn Michaels healing up after getting attacked with the megaphone as the Rougeaus tell the Rockers to come and get some.
Thoughts: Good win for the Rougeaus as their feud with the Rockers is heating up.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Bobby Heenan is shown with a spray bottle of Andre the Giant’s sweat as they both tell us how only his opponents sweat during his matches and that he is still undefeated. It was somewhat amusing. Jim Neidhart then tells how even other wrestlers think he is strange.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Boris Zhukov
Zhukov beats on Hart as Jesse puts over the brutality of Stu Hart’s dungeon, even saying Vince should go there to get “humbled.” Bret sidesteps a charge in the corner then hits a dropkick. He stomps away then works the arm for a bit but runs into a boot as Zhukov gets a nearfall. Zhukov then ducks his head for a backdrop but Bret is not fooled and hits a piledriver before putting him away with a middle rope elbow drop (2:10).
Thoughts: No mention of Bret’s feud with Mr. Perfect here at all.
We get a clip from “No Holds Barred” where Rip (Hulk Hogan) refuses to join Brell’s Network. Brell calling Rip a “Jock Ass” is a highlight of the film.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Red Tyler
Vince wants to know if DiBiase will ever put up the Million Dollar Belt in a match as Jesse says no one can match the collateral. DiBiase chops Tyler down as we get an insert of DiBiase’s article in “WWF Magazine.” DiBiase chops Tyler some more in the corner then sends him to the floor where Virgil tosses him back inside. DiBiase then hits a clothesline before putting Tyler away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:16). After the match, Tyler gets a $100 bill stuffed in his mouth then DiBiase sticks the Million Dollar Belt up in front of the camera.
Thoughts: Looks like they are planting the seed for an actual feud over the Million Dollar Belt.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We are shown prior Event Center promos from Brutus Beefcake and the Twin Towers
Rick Martel w/ Slick vs. Jim Evans
Martel uses a unique headscissor takedown before we hear him in an insert promo telling Tito Santana there is no room for him at the top. Martel follows with a back elbow smash and roughs up Evans for a bit until getting the win with a top rope knee drop (1:49). After the match, Martel & Slick dance inside of the ring.
Thoughts: Martel actually got a few cheers during the match. His post-match dancing was so bad its needs to be seen to be believed.
Hulk Hogan thanks us all for seeing “No Holds Barred” and that he is making a list of all the Hulkamaniacs who have not seen the movie and will give you a body slam if you do not go to the theater and watch him take care of business. Hey, gotta make sure to get as much money as possible at the box office.
Brother Love Show with Jimmy Snuka. Brother Love calls him “Brother Fly” then makes fun of him for being a savage until Jimmy Hart comes out. Hart mouths off at Snuka for humiliating the Honky Tonk Man, who sneaks up from behind and whacks Snuka in the back with his guitar. Snuka grabs Honky’s leg as Honky hits him (very softly) with the guitar until he breaks himself free. Brother Love then ends by telling Snuka he loves him and mocks his hand gesture until Snuka gets up. Brother Love runs away as Snuka picks up and slams the podium. The angle itself was a bit predictable and the execution was really poor. Honky’s guitar shots were more like love taps than vicious strikes and the Snuka return was not getting much buzz. Came off like a low rent version of the Snuka attack on “Piper’s Pit” if you ask me.
Mr. Perfect vs. JT Thomas
Perfect beats on Thomas as we see him in an insert promo telling us about thinking “No Holds Barred” was good but it was not perfect. Back to the match as Thomas hits a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence but ends up getting caught with a clothesline before Perfect finishes him off with the Perfect Plex (1:52).
Thoughts: They are putting Perfect over strong now as you can tell they have plans for him. Question is, when will they pull the trigger?
Dusty Rhodes welcomes us to his “Americana Gas Station.” He pumps some lady $5 worth of gas and checks her oil before washing her windshield. He made this garbage work somehow.
The Bushwhackers vs. Todd Becker & Fuller Stevens
Luke beats on Stevens to start as we hear from the Brainbusters in an insert promo as they put themselves over as the best tag team. Becker tags and lands a few punches but Butch beats him down. The Bushwhackers then hit Becker with the battering ram before putting him away with a double gutbuster (2:20).
Thoughts: The Bushwhackers actually looked solid in the ring here. Their feud with the Brainbusters continues.
We are once again back in the Event Center. Dino Bravo wants Hulk Hogan to get some guts and put his title on the line and we get a previous King Hacksaw Jim Duggan promo too.
In action next week are Demolition, “The Widowmaker” Barry Windham (announced simply as a “newcomer” with little fanfare), Hillbilly Jim, Rick Rude, and King Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Plus, the premiere of the “No Holds Barred” music video as the show closes with Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri walking out after seeing “No Holds Barred” as they loved it due to the film’s star, Zeus.
Final Thoughts: The big angle was the Honky/Snuka thing at that stunk. The rest of the show was primarily “No Holds Barred” hype as the syndicated shows are being used as a hype machine for the film. We are getting closer to shows revolving around actual angles.