September 2, 1989
From the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, CA
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are the Bushwhackers, Haku, Ronnie Garvin, and Jimmy Snuka. Plus, Big Bossman & Slick as guests on the “Brother Love Show” and an update on the SummerSlam Intercontinental Title match.
The Bushwhackers vs. Pete Ketchum & Don Stevens
We hear from the Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji in an insert promo as they run down the Bushwhackers, who beat on Ketchum to start the match. Stevens tags and gets chopped down as the Bushwhackers beat him down until hitting the double gut buster for the win (2:54).
Thoughts: A quick match to hype up the Powers of Pain/Bushwhackers feud.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. He tells us that the Ultimate Warrior won the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam and that Roddy Piper made his return by coming to the ring as we clips of this. We then hear from Rick Rude & Bobby Heenan as they go mental. Rude said he proved to the world he Ultimate Warrior could not beat him one-on-one as Heenan yells how they were “jobbed” while blaming Piper for the loss.
Jim Gorman vs. Bad News Brown
Vince asks Jesse if he wants to “eat crow” over the results of the Rude/Warrior match as Jesse goes off about Piper causing Rude to lose the belt. Bad News immediately attacks Gorman and beats him down until hitting the Ghetto Blaster for the win (2:00). After the match, Brown tosses Gorman over the top rope.
Thoughts: More of the same for Bad News, who has been doing nothing of note since his feud with Savage ended in the Winter.
The Genius asks for us to let him be our mentor.
King Duggan vs. Hank Morgan
Duggan tells us to stand tall and salute the flag on Labor Day weekend in his insert promo. The fans are rabid for Duggan as he punches Morgan through the ropes. Morgan is way out of shape and already seems gassed then Duggan puts him away with the Three Point Stance (2:32).
Thoughts: Morgan was the definition of a “jobber.” This guy was certainly not enhancing anyone.
We now hear from Jake Roberts. He says DiBiase deserves a pat on the back for putting him down. However, Jake says that he will now get revenge on DiBiase. Jake will be coming back as his feud with DiBiase will continue.
The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Dennis Bertroch & Jim Evans
We hear from the Rockers in an insert promo as they tell the Rougeaus that SummerSlam might be over but their war continues. Jacques tries to get Evans to do some kip-ups but Evans tags his partner and they hug in the ring to mock the Rougeaus. Evans & Bertroch block a double noggin-knocker attempt but run into a double dropkick from Jacques. The Rougeaus beat on Bertroch and toy with Evans, who is on the apron, then Jacques gets the win with a knee drop as he covers by sitting on Bertroch while flexing his right arm (2:53).
Thoughts: I wonder if Raymond was hurt here as Jacques pretty much did everything in the match. Anyway, the Rockers vs. Rougeaus feud will continue.
The Intruder vs. “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin
Garvin beats on The Intruder as Jesse goes off over Garvin costing Greg Valentine his match at SummerSlam. Garvin is using scratches and chokes as he is then shown in an insert promo promising to get “physical” with Valentine. Garvin then hits The Intruder with the Garvin Stomp before using a right hand to put him away (2:53).
Thoughts: Lots of hype for the Garvin/Valentine feud and yes it did become quite physical, as we will see later on when I recap the 9/30 Madison Square Garden show.
Brother Love Show with guests Big Bossman & Slick. We are shown a clip from when Dusty Rhodes stole the Big Bossman’s handcuffs, nightstick, and hat as Slick tells us Dusty is going to get a “whooping” as Bossman warns Dusty to never get in his business again as they all keep calling him a thief. Bossman closes by telling us Dusty will go to the “hole.”
Mike Lucca vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka
We hear from Jimmy Hart & The Honky Tonk Man in an insert promo as Honky calls Snuka a “monkey man” and that he is abnormal to come right back from the guitar shot he received and promises to hit him even harder next time. Lucca’s sneak attack on Snuka fails as he gets chopped down. Snuka stays in control until hitting the Superfly Splash for the win (2:18).
Thoughts: Now that SummerSlam is finished, we are back to the Honky/Snuka feud.
Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Ricki Ataki
Haku shoves Ataki in the corner to start. They work a spot in what seemed to have been designed for Ataki to eat a knee lift after ducking his head but he moves away then awkwardly takes Haku down by the leg and decides to go for a falling headbutt and misses. Haku smashes Ataki’s face off the mat then gets on top of him and roughs him up before hitting a piledriver. Haku continues to brutalize Ataki until putting him away with a thrust kick (2:24).
Thoughts: Haku does not have much to do but Heenan vows that he will regain the crown again. Ataki got brutalized here.
In action next week are Brutus Beefcake, The Widowmaker, Ted DiBiase, Hercules, and Demolition.
Final Thoughts: The big news was finding out that the Ultimate Warrior won the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam. We also learn that Jake Roberts will be returning and other than that it was mostly a continuation of the feuds prior to SummerSlam.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/3/89
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/9/89
Wednesday: EVOLVE 78 2/24/17
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with George Steele
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/10/89
Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/1/82
Sunday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 9/11/89