November 11, 1989
From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Mr. Perfect, Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase, and Jimmy Snuka. Plus, a “Test of Strength” between Dino Bravo and the Ultimate Warrior and an interview with the Hulkamaniacs Tag Team.
Roddy Piper vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Brawler attacks Piper as he was trying to enter the ring. Piper fights back as we hear from Rick Rude in an insert promo telling Piper he will beat him at the Survivor Series. Piper then puts Brawler away with a back suplex (1:04).
Thoughts: Just a quick match to put over the Piper/Rude feud.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on Demolition defeating The Brainbusters to become the new WWF Tag Team Champions as we see a clip of their match from last week’s show.
Mr. Perfect w/ The Genius vs. Bill Woods
The Genius does the ring introductions for Perfect here. Perfect says “come on, boy” to Woods before grabbing a headlock. Perfect beats on Woods against the ropes then hits a neck snap and stays in control until he puts Woods away with a Perfect Plex (2:11).
Thoughts: They are putting over the Perfect/Genius duo as they build Perfect up as a potential opponent for Hogan.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype up the November 19th show at the Hartford Civic Center. Roddy Piper calls out Rick Rude to hype up their lumberjack match as the Big Bossman promises to hurt Dusty Rhodes as it brings joy to his heart.
The Bushwhackers vs. Bob Emery & Craig Brown
The Bushwhackers beat on Emery to start as Jesse makes fun of them. We hear from them in an insert promo talking about the Survivor Series as they hit Brown with a battering ram then hit a double gutbuster for the win (2:00).
Thoughts: Not much to this other than getting the Bushwhackers on TV to hype up the Survivor Series.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Trent Knight
DiBiase uses a fireman’s carry takedown and follows with an arm drag. He then beats Knight down until putting him away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:14). After the match, the rest of the Million Dollar Team come out and congratulate DiBiase as Virgil is passing them money.
Thoughts: A quick win for DiBiase as the post-match stuff was done to demonstrate unity between the Million Dollar Time.
The Hulkamaniacs are shown now. Demolition says their Tag Team titles are part of the team and promise to fight with Hogan. The Hulkster then calls Demolition the best team in the world and warns DiBiase that he will be the next victim of the DDT before vowing to take out Zeus himself. Jake then says he has to have DiBiase as Hogan says his team does not sell out as they live by the “commandments.” A decent promo to hype up the Survivor Series main event.
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Tony Burton
Snuka backdrops Burton after a criss-cross spot then we hear him in an insert saying he is proud to be a part of his Survivor Series team and vows they will all survive. Snuka then hits a slam before putting Burton away with the Superfly Splash (1:19).
Thoughts: Another quick squash match that featured an insert promo hyping the Survivor Series.
Brother Love Show with guests Bobby Heenan and the Colossal Connection. He first said there are few men in the WWF that Demolition ever had to look up to before bringing out the Colossal Connection. Heenan guarantees the Tag Titles will come back to the Heenan Family as there is no way he can lose with this team. They’ve just about written off the Brainbusters for good here as Demolition will feud with the Colossal Collection now.
Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund.
We now get the Test of Strength contest between Dino Bravo and the Ultimate Warrior. Gene Okerlund is the host as Jimmy Hart says Bravo will do 15 pushups with him on his back as Okerlund calls that an “average” pushup and Hart couldnt weigh more than 120 lbs soaking wet. Bravo then tells Okerlund he will impress him as he lets Hart pick out the largest man in the audience and do a pushup with them on his back. He looks around for a minute and sees the crowd pointing at a large man and brings him into the ring. The guy comes in and introduces himself as “John” and when asked says he weighs 460 lbs. Bravo then asks for time to prepare and does four pushups with John on his back. Bravo says no one else can do that but Okerlund welcomes out the Ultimate Warrior, who is only here to answer the challenge and not harm Bravo. John is about to sit on Warrior’s back but instead attacks him then Bravo stomps away. Bravo hits a few elbow drops as John splashes Warrior, with Jesse noting how he learned to wrestle really quick as Vince screams how he smells a rat. They beat Warrior down and leave after several referees come out. Warrior then gets up and screams before running to the back as his back is in pain. The segment was long but effective in getting over “John” as the surprise came off great. The crowd seemed legitimately shocked too as they went quiet at first then booed at the end. I also suspect the crowd wasn’t that invested in Bravo as a threat to Warrior, either. A great way to debut the future Earthquake.
Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the 11/19 Hartford Civic Center show. Haku & Bobby Heenan tell Tito Santana that Rick Martel carried him and no matter what he does, he will lose. Demolition then calls out Mr. Fuji & Powers of Pain for their match.
In action next week are Jim Neidhart, Brutus Beefcake, Rick Rude, and the featured match between Tito Santana and Mr. Perfect as we hear from both men.
Final Thoughts: The Test-of-Strength segment was a great surprise while the rest of the show was generic Survivor Series hype for the most part.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 8/12/82
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/12/89
Monday: WWF Survivor Series Showdown 11/12/89
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/18/89
Wednesday: EVOLVE 81 3/31/17
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Curtis Hughes
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/19/89