December 24, 1989
From the Allen County War Memorial in Fort Wayne, IN
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon
In action this week are The Rockers, Mr. Perfect, Jake Roberts, Dino Bravo, and Bret Hart
The Rockers vs. Larry Lawson & Tony Burton
Mr. Fuji & The Powers of Pain are in an insert promo telling The Rockers they will suffer. The Rockers take control of the match as the announcers talk about the No Holds Barred PPV. Burton makes the save of his partner then bails but The Rockers outsmart him then head back in the ring to hit Lawson with a double flying fist drop for the win (3:13).
Thoughts: Quick win for The Rockers as the announcers talked about their feud against the Powers of Pain.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is a report on the “No Holds Barred” PPV as we finish this hearing from Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake hyping up the match. More last minute hype for the PPV.
Randy Fox vs. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart & Canadian Earthquake
We hear from Bravo and his buddies in an insert promo telling us the Intercontinental Title will be around his waist. Bravo catches Fox and slams him down then overpowers his smaller opponent. He hits a piledriver but pulls Fox up at two then chokes him out and finally puts him away with a side slam (2:32). After the match, Earthquake comes into the ring to hit a sitdown splash as Hart runs around with the Quebec flag.
Thoughts: The Dino Bravo strongman push continues, entering year two now.
Red Rooster vs. Barry Horowitz
Horowitz messes around with Rooster then backs off as Rooster raised his fist. We hear from Rooster cackling in an insert promo as he talks about the No Holds Barred PPV. Rooster whips Horowitz into the corner a few times as he takes control. He follows with an atomic drop but ducks his head as Horowitz fights back. Horowitz gets two with a Russian leg sweep then with a cradle as he now rakes the back. Rooster comes back with a clothesline then a corkscrew neckbreaker before putting Horowitz away with the chicken wing (2:38).
Thoughts: Decent TV match here as Rooster’s feud with the Honky Tonk Man was not mentioned here.
Mr. Perfect w/ The Genius vs. Reno Riggins
The Genius does the introductions for Perfect, who he says will make Hogan look like a fool. Perfect slaps Riggins across the face after toying with him then comes back with a dropkick. Perfect is shown in an insert promo telling Hogan he hopes there is enough left of him after No Holds Barred so he can get the title as Perfect then puts Riggins away with the Perfect Plex (1:52).
Thoughts: Perfect looked great here as he is being built up for Hogan.
Bret Hart vs. Dale Wolfe
Before the match, Bret gives his shades to a young kid in the second row. Bret blocks a hip toss then hammers away. He follows with an inverted atomic drop then a backbreaker and stays in control until hitting the piledriver for the win (2:59).
Thoughts: Bret was really over here but they still have not fully commit to him as a singles act.
Gene Okerlund welcomes Macho King Randy Savage, Queen Sherri, and Zeus to the interview platform. Savage once again reverts back to the “Cauldron of Madness” and tells us that Hulkamania will die inside of the steel cage. He also tells Beefcake his soul will be sacrificed then Sherri yells about how its destiny that Hogan & Beefcake will be destroyed once and for all. The hype for this cage match isnt doing it for me to be honest. The novelty of Zeus wrestling again has just about worn off.
Craig Green vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Green attacks Jake from behind and tosses him outside. However, Jake runs back in and tosses Green out then brings him back in to throw him out to the other side. Jake tosses Green again as hear from Ted DiBiase in an insert promo promising to destroy Jake once and for all before Jake hits Green with the DDT for the win (2:18).
Thoughts: Quick win for Jake as they are heating up his feud against DiBiase.
WT Jones & Todd Becker vs. The Bolsheviks
The Bolsheviks sing the Russian National Anthem then attack Becker with the flag. They stay in control as we hear from The Bushwhackers who say they are going to have a great Christmas. Back to the match as Jones gets knocked down then Volkoff whips him into the corner and Zhukov clotheslines him in the back of the head on the rebound for the win (1:37). After the match, Becker gets hit with the finisher.
Thoughts: With Volkoff back they are reheating the Bolsheviks for their feud against the Bushwhackers.
In action next week are the Bushwhackers, Rick Martel, Ronnie Garvin, Ted DiBiase, and Ultimate Warrior. Plus, the Royal Rumble report and an interview with Roddy Piper.
Final Thoughts: This was the final hype for the “No Holds Barred” PPV and most of the show revolved around that. Once that ends, the focus will switch on the upcoming Royal Rumble match. As the decade closes, the WWF is giving us a lukewarm product.
Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:
Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 12/25/89
Tuesday: No Holds Barred The Match, The Movie 12/27/89
Wednesday: PWG Only Kings Understand Each Other 2/18/17
Thursday: Hitting the Highspots with Dave Meltzer
Friday: WWF Madison Square Garden 12/28/89
Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/23/82
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/30/89