September 23, 1989
From the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Roddy Piper, Akeem, Ronnie Garvin, Rick Martel, and Koko B. Ware
Koko B. Ware vs. Craig Reilly
Reilly misses a charge then Koko takes him over with a hip toss. Koko stays in control as we see him in an insert promo singing his entrance music as he tells us its Frankie’s favorite song. Back to the match as Koko takes Reilly down with a headbutt then hits a Ghostbuster for the win (1:48).
Thoughts: They continue to push Koko’s theme song. Reilly was one pathetic jobber though.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We are shown footage of a Randy Savage vs. King Duggan match with the crown on the line. Sherri distracts Duggan as Savage hits him with Sherri’s loaded purse. After celebrating, Savage drags Duggan in the middle of the ring and hits his flying elbow drop as Sherri held Duggan’s legs. Paul Roma and Tim Horner come out to save Duggan but end up getting tossed outside then Sherri hits Duggan with a splash from the top as Savage held Duggan’s legs. We then see Duggan, still out cold, being taken out on a stretcher. Okerlund then lets us know that next week, we will see Savage & Sherri’s coronation ceremony. Big news here that Duggan is no longer the king. Vince & Jesse were on commentary for this match but to the best of my knowledge this was never broadcasted on TV.
Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Tony Diamond
Bravo is shown in an insert promo calling out the Ultimate Warrior to find out who is the strongest in the WWF. Vince puts over Bravo’s physique as Bravo does pushups with Hart on his back. Bravo attacks Diamond from behind and hits a piledriver he stays in control until hitting a side slam for the win (1:12).
Thoughts: More pushing of Bravo as the strongest man as he has added doing pushups with Hart on his back to his act.
Jesse plugs the “WWF Spotlight” Magazine with Bret Hart on the cover.
The Bushwhackers vs. Don Champ & Brooklyn Brawler
Jesse refers to the Bushwhackers as the “marching morons.” The Bushwhackers take control early and clear the ring as we hear them in an insert promo calling out the Powers of Pain. Back to the match as the Bushwhackers are beating on Champ until they put him away with a double gutbuster (3:36).
Thoughts: They are still pushing the Bushwhackers/Powers of Pain feud, which is going around the house show circuit.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype the 10/7 Boston Garden show. We hear from Rick Rude & Bobby Heenan as they promise Roddy Piper they will have the last laugh. Jimmy Snuka then tells the Honky Tonk Man that he knows what goes on in the “wrestling federation” and promises to put Honky away with the Superfly Splash.
Akeem w/ Slick & Big Bossman vs. Mark Frear
Akeem beats down his much smaller opponent as Jesse believes this is a mismatch and says so in joking fashion. Dusty Rhodes is shown in an insert promo talking about handing out “Americana Justice” as Akeem beats on his opponent until he puts him away with a splash (2:49). After the match, Bossman cuffs Frear to the ropes and beats him with the nightstick.
Thoughts: Seeing how this match was to push Bossman’s feud, Akeem is clearly the least important of the Twin Towers. He was in house show matches against guys like Hercules and Hillbilly Jim at this time.
Mooney is in the Event Center to hype the 9/25 Worcester Centrum show. Dino Bravo is with Jimmy Hart and promises to punish Jim Neidhart and will show him who is the strongest man. Brutus Beefcake talks about wanting to give Randy Savage a haircut in an insane promo to hype up that match.
“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Sandy Beach
Garvin eventually takes control after a lockup as we hear from The Genius in an insert promo as he talks about Greg Valentine defeating Garvin. Beach rams Garvin into the corner and drops an elbow for a one count but Garvin fights back and hits the Garvin stomp before getting the win with a Scorpion Death Lock (3:26).
Thoughts: Garvin actually got a decent reaction from the crowd here but his feud with Valentine was not getting over. They had hard-hitting matches and at this point the feud was based around the two wanting to destroy each other so at least those were fun but as a TV feud, it wasn’t much.
“Brother Love Show” with guests Andre the Giant & Bobby Heenan. Andre is wearing facepaint that mimics the Ultimate Warrior as Brother Love calls him the “Ultimate Giant” and we a lot of playing off of the “ultimate” name here. Not much of a segment to be honest once you get past the visual of Andre in face paint.
Roddy Piper vs. Chris Duffy
Duffy knocks Piper off the apron a few times before the bell but Piper eventually tosses him out and whips Duffy with his belt. He shoves Duffy inside and knocks him down with the belt for the win (0:41).
Thoughts: The story here is that Piper is a man possessed out for revenge on Rick Rude. Piper used his belt the entire time and amazingly enough was not disqualified. His demeanor here was great though and the crowd reacted well as he had his first TV match in three years.
Rick Martel w/ Slick vs. Terry Daniels
Jesse puts over Martel’s style and haircut as Daniels works an arm wringer. Martel takes control as we hear him in an insert promo stating no one has more sex appeal than him and he should be a model. Martel is about to make Daniels submit with the Boston Crab but breaks the hold to hit a slam before getting the win with a leg drop (3:33).
Thoughts: Martel looked good here. There was a ton of focus on Martel’s looks and appearance, even by the announcers, as you can tell they will be playing that up soon.
Next week in action are Brutus Beefcake, Rick Rude, and Jimmy Snuka. Plus, the coronation ceremony of Randy Savage and more!
Final Thoughts: Overall, a solid show. We saw the big news of Duggan dropping the crown to Savage plus Roddy Piper in a rare TV match too. That alone made it a newsworthy show, even if the wrestlers pushed were not the most exciting as a whole.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/8/82
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/24/89
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/30/89
Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 9/30/89
Wednesday: PWG Mystery Vortex IV 12/16/16
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Eddie Guerrero
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/1/89