Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVI

Taped from Austin, TX

Airdate:  April 28, 1990 (taped 4/23)

Attendance:  8,500

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

It’s time for the Warrior era! Will the WWF go in a nonsensical direction? Or will Warrior just continue that by himself? Read on!

Disgustingly, WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior snorts his opening promo. Dude, cut out the white powder!

Ingeniously, Heenan with Haku wants to put Warrior out to pasture.

Accurately, Perfect with Genius cuts a promo on Hogan acknowledging Hogan’s less than perfect record following WrestleMania VI.

Querulously, Hogan’s ready to play high school games with Perfect and Genius.

Opening montage.

Vince and Ventura open the program atop horses despite Austin, TX not being out in the prairie.

Back in the pink locker room, Sean Mooney interviews Perfect with Genius who refers to Hogan as a “perfect loser.”

As Perfect and Genius make their entrances, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Hogan in the blue locker room.

Match 1: Mr. Perfect versus Hulk Hogan

Highlights:

  • After a hip toss by Perfect, Genius skipped around the ring.
  • Hogan then delivered his own hip toss and slammed Perfect twice.
  • As Perfect gave Hogan a HARD cross-corner whip, he avoided the big boot.
  • Tired of Perfect’s stalling outside the ring, Hogan joined and nailed him.
  • He then rammed Perfect face-first into the apron and made him HIT THE POLE!
  • Back in the ring, Hogan delivered a clothesline, followed with a cross-corner whip, and hit Perfect with a corner clothesline.
  • After the Axe Bomber, Hogan gave Perfect a cross-corner whip followed by a back elbow that sent Perfect over the top rope to the floor.
  • While Hogan nailed Perfect outside the ring, Genius snuck up behind Hogan.
  • Before Genius could nail him, Hogan turned around causing the Genius to cower in fear.
  • While Hogan nailed and tossed Genius into the ring, Perfect grabbed the scroll and WALLOPED Hogan with it.
  • After a commercial break, Perfect rammed Hogan face-first into the apron and then made him taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Tender belly sandwich at the Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill.
  • Back in the ring, Perfect gave Hogan a neck snap followed by a pair of elbow drops.
  • When he missed the third one, Perfect received a cross-corner whip followed by a kick to the midsection.
  • After a clothesline, Perfect hooked the Perfectplex, but Hogan kicked out at 2.
  • It’s Hulk-up time!
  • Hogan then hit the big boot and the leg drop.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Hogan won.

Rating: **

Summary:  While I realize Perfect and Hogan had several matches on the house show circuit, the WWF’s placing Hogan in the opening match equated to keeping him in the top position of the promotion. Since Warrior recently won the title, he deserved this spot on the show. In days before this show aired, Warrior and Perfect had wrestled in the main event in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Why couldn’t they wrestle here?

After the match, Genius, with his horrendous wig, nails Hogan with the scroll, but Hogan no-sells it, nails him, and tosses Genius over the top rope to the floor. Afterward, he poses for the Longhorn faithful to a raucous ovation.

Next, a vignette for Rick “The Model” Martel airs as he shills Arrogance, his new cologne. Ironically, he sprays it with a bug spray gun.

In the pink locker room, Ventura interviews Earthquake with Hart. He’s ready to give Hillbilly Jim tremors.

After Earthquake makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Hillbilly Jim In the blue locker room who equates Earthquake to a hog.

Match 2: Earthquake (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Hillbilly Jim

Highlights:

  • Hillbilly Jim attacked Earthquake at the onset and gave him the ten-top-turnbuckle count-along.
  • As Earthquake came back, he gave Hillbilly Jim a cross-corner whip but ate a boot to the head upon his follow-through.
  • After Hillbilly Jim rang Earthquake’s bell, Hart got up on the apron and stole Hillbilly Jim’s horseshoe.
  • When Hillbilly Jim turned his attention to Hart in the corner, Earthquake delivered an avalanche.
  • He then hit an elbow drop and set up for his finisher.
  • Next, he gave Hillbilly Jim the Earthquake splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Earthquake won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Earthquake.

After the match, Earthquake delivers a second and third Earthquake splash SQUISHING Hillbilly Jim. I wonder if Kentucky pancakes are smothered with Jim Beam. Upon receiving a series of elbow drops, Hillbilly Jim left the ring on a stretcher.

We then get another Arrogance vignette courtesy of Martel. This time, he’s in the pink locker room. As he makes a double bicep pose, two young women escort him away.

Backstage, Ventura interviews the Hart Foundation.

While the Hart Foundation makes their entrance, Okerlund interviews the Rockers.

Match 3: The Hart Foundation versus the Rockers

Highlights:

  • Where’s the Warrior match?
  • After a leap frog by Jannetty, Bret gave him a hip toss.
  • Michaels tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a cross body block.
  • On the other hand, Bret used momentum to land on top for 2.
  • Jannetty tagged in, and the Rockers gave Bret a double Russian leg sweep.
  • Not to be outdone, Neidhart came in and picked up the 7-10 split by nailing both Rockers with a double clothesline.
  • Shortly after, Michaels leap-frogged Neidhart but couldn’t slam him.
  • Upon escaping a slam attempt, Michaels gave Neidhart a dropkick for 2.
  • After another leap frog, Michaels attempted a second cross body block but got caught and slammed.
  • Bret tagged in and gave Michaels an inverted atomic drop followed by a clothesline.
  • As Neidhart tagged in, Bret put a knee into Michaels’ back. SNEAKY!
  • After a back drop by Neidhart, Bret tagged in and gave Michaels a forearm smash.
  • Next, he delivered a HARD cross-corner whip to Michaels.
  • Shortly after, Bret whipped Neidhart into Michaels for 2.
  • Bret tagged in, but Michaels attempted a sunset flip.
  • Suddenly, Demolition came to the ring.
  • After a backbreaker, Bret turned his attention toward the WWF tag team champions.
  • Seeing an opening, Michaels dropkicked Bret over the top rope to the floor.
  • After a commercial break, Michaels reversed a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Bret then mounted the second turnbuckle but missed an elbow drop.
  • Hot tag Jannetty.
  • Upon giving Bret a flying back elbow, Jannetty nailed Neidhart in the corner.
  • He then gave Bret a powerslam followed by a superkick for 2.
  • While Bret reversed a cross-corner whip, Jannetty hooked a sunset flip for another 2.
  • To counter a back drop, Bret delivered a swinging neckbreaker.
  • As Neidhart tagged in, Bret slingshot him into the ring, but Jannetty evaded him.
  • Michaels tagged in but ate a shoulder block from Neidhart. That resulted in a 360° sell. Woohoo!
  • After a 2-count for Neidhart, Michaels gave him a back elbow for 2.
  • When Neidhart reversed a cross-corner whip, Michaels leaped to the second turnbuckle, hit a third cross body block, and got another 2. Neidhart’s kick-out sent Michaels between the ropes to the floor. Additionally, he laid at the feet of Demolition.
  • As Ax tossed Michaels back into the ring, Jannetty brawled with Smash.
  • Demolition then entered the ring so referee Joey Marella called for the bell.
  • No contest.

Rating: **

Summary:  Horrible finish to a decent match. I’m looking forward to future Hart Foundation-Rockers match-ups.

After the match, all six wrestlers brawl in the ring until officials separate them.

Backstage, Mooney interviews the victorious Earthquake as we revisit Superstars from 2/13 when Earthquake SQUISHED Hogan.

In the blue locker room, Okerlund interviews Hogan about Earthquake.

We then revisit WrestleMania VI and the Ultimate Challenge.

Back in the pink locker room, Ventura interviews Heenan with Haku who’s ready for another Heenan family member to beat Warrior for a title.

In the blue locker room, Okerlund interviews Warrior who gives his interview with his back to the camera. How unprofessional! Warrior then cuts a long-winded promo on Haku.

Match 4 for the WWF title: Ultimate Warrior (champion) versus Haku (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)

Highlights:

  • Oh, here it is. It’s well past midnight on the east coast, and the bleary-eyed faithful finally get a title defense from the new WWF champion.
  • Still wearing the WWF title belt, Warrior gave Haku a cross-corner whip followed by a back drop.
  • Mysteriously, the lights have been lowered and empty seats appear. Is this a Warrior title defense or is Glacier going to make his entrance?
  • Nevertheless, Warrior delivered a clothesline.
  • Upon missing a clothesline, Warrior tossed Haku over the top rope to the floor.
  • Back in the ring, Warrior gave Haku the ten-top-turnbuckle count-along.
  • After another cross-corner whip, Warrior ate knee on his follow-through.
  • Haku then delivered a series of clotheslines, but Warrior kept getting back up.
  • After a dropkick, Haku got 2.
  • He then gave Warrior a backbreaker for another 2.
  • As Heenan berated referee Joey Marella, Haku delivered a belly-to-back suplex.
  • Do we have a new champion?
  • 1-2-NO!
  • After a slam, Haku hit a splash but couldn’t get 3.
  • Warrior then delivered a series of clotheslines and followed with a shoulder block.
  • Upon splashing Haku, Warrior pinned him.

Rating: *

Summary:  Showcase match for the WWF Champion.

After a commercial break, we get another Arrogance vignette as Martel strokes his ego on the tennis court.

We then revisit WrestleMania VI as DiBiase attacked Bossman.

Backstage, Mooney interviews Slick with Akeem.

As Akeem makes their entrance, Okerlund interviews Bossman who cuts a promo on DiBiase.

Match 5: Akeem (w/ Slick) versus the Big Bossman

Highlights:

  • After a biel throw by Bossman, he gave Akeem a running guillotine.
  • He then gave Akeem a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • As Akeem delivered a cross-corner whip, he followed with a clothesline.
  • While Slick held Bossman, Akeem SQUISHED the latter in the corner. Allegedly, fans at ringside could smell the “High on the Hog” from the Omelettry on Bossman’s breath.
  • After a back elbow, Akeem then delivered Air Africa for 2.
  • To counter a piledriver, Bossman gave Akeem a back drop over the top rope to the floor.
  • He then brought Akeem in the hard way and gave him the ten-top-turnbuckle count-along.
  • After a cross-corner whip, he delivered the Bossman slam.
  • Before Bossman could make a cover, DiBiase and Virgil hit the ring.
  • Referee Earl Hebner called for the bell disqualifying Akeem.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Bossman and his upcoming feud with DiBiase.

After the match, DiBiase and Virgil double-clothesline Bossman before DiBiase handcuffs him to the top rope. They then double-team Bossman as Virgil grabs Bossman’s nightstick. As Bossman frees himself with the key, he nails DiBiase and grabs the nightstick before chasing them backstage.

In our fourth Arrogance vignette, Martel gets into a red convertible with an attractive blonde.

Backstage, Mooney interviews Heenan who noticed flaws in Warrior and mentioned “Ravishing” Rick Rude.

In the blue locker room, Okerlund interviews Warrior who paces like he’s got the Mexican two-step.  He then cuts a promo on Rude.

As the final credit rolls, Ventura shares a carrot with his horse. Aw.

Conclusion:  Complete crap. Move along…

Stay tuned for NWA Capitol Combat ‘90!

Rating: unknown

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