December 30, 1989
From the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week, Demolition will defend the Tag Team Titles against the Colossal Connection. Also in action are Dusty Rhodes, Dino Bravo, Hercules, and Rick Rude. Plus, the “Brother Love Show” with guest Jake Roberts and a Royal Rumble report.
Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire vs. Mark Davis
Big Bossman & Slick are shown in an insert promo as they run down Dusty and Sapphire, with Slick calling her “Queen Kong.” Davis tries a sneak attack but that fails as Dusty fights back. Dusty hammers away now and hits ten mounted punches in the corner before the bionic elbow gets the win (2:08). After the match, Vince goes mental with excitement over Dusty and Sapphire dancing as Jesse is disgusted.
Thoughts: The Dusty/Bossman has amped up now with the introduction of Sapphire as Dusty’s manager. Slick disliked the Sapphire character himself and stated both the name and character were racist as it similar to the Stepin Fetchit days. Slick even claimed to say this to Vince McMahon’s face in his office where Vince told him when he gets his own wrestling company, he can give people names.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This is letting us know about the Royal Rumble as we see clips from last year’s Rumble match to let people know how the match looks. Okerlund also lets us know that extra security during the number drawings due to Ted DiBiase buying #30 last year.
Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart & Canadian Earthquake vs. Reno Riggins
Bravo hits a shoulderblock but blocks a hip toss and hits a clothesline. We hear from the Ultimate Warrior screaming in an insert promo as he promises Bravo will feel the intensity coming from his eyes. Bravo taunts the crowd before hitting a side slam then picks him up to hit another one but he pulls Riggins up at two. Jesse then taunts Vince and tells him he is never going away as Bravo hits another side slam but pulls up Riggins before the three count then yells at the referee. Bravo hits a fourth side slam but pulls him up again as the ref yells. Bravo stomps away but Warrior runs in and clotheslines Bravo for the DQ (2:50). He knocks Warrior outside then heads out but Earthquake starts stomping around in the ring. Warrior stares at Earthquake from the apron but that allows Bravo to attack him from behind with a chair. Bravo stomps away as several officials run out to back Bravo off as Jesse notes this is the second time he has embarrassed Warrior.
Thoughts: Good angle here that once again got heat on Earthquake. Sure, it built up Bravo a bit for a Intercontinental Title match but this feud was designed to get Earthquake over, not to make Bravo into a main event player.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype the Royal Rumble. We hear from Mr. Perfect with The Genius, Koko B. Ware, Honky Tonk Man, and the Hart Foundation as they all talk about winning the Rumble match.
Hercules vs. Conquistador #1
The announcers talk about the Royal Rumble as Conquistador tried to attack Hercules from behind. Hercules then cuts an insert promo talking about coming out on top of the Rumble as he takes Conquistador over with a hip toss. Jesse then puts down the cable companies for not giving some fans the choice to order the PPV as Vince says to call them up and see if they are carrying the show then demand they do if not. Hercules beats down the Conquistador and lands ten turnbuckle smashes in the corner. Hercules follows with a clothesline then gets the win with a backbreaker submission (2:25).
Thoughts: The WWF aired its grievances with the cable company here as Hercules continues on without much direction.
Mooney is back in the Event Center for more Royal Rumble hype. This time, we hear from Randy Savage with Queen Sherri and Jim Duggan.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Mario Mancini
Jesse tells Vince is New Years resolution is to wish him “incurable laryngitis.” Rude beats down Mancini as we hear from Roddy Piper as he promises to make Rude’s face look like a “catcher’s mitt” at the Royal Rumble before Mancini gets hit with the Rude Awakening (0:59). After the match, Rude said that after close observation, there is not a female in Alabama worthy enough to tie his boots thus he will not be giving any of them the Rude Awakening.
Thoughts: The Rude/Piper feud continues.
Brother Love Show with guest Jake Roberts. Brother Love asks Jake about the Royal Rumble and how he is a loner and should be right at home in that match as Jake moves Damien closer to him. Jake said if he draws #1, then the next 29 men will be awfully miserable as Brother Love says he has a lot of enemies like Andre the Giant, Canadian Earthquake, or even guys like Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan, and the Ultimate Warrior will hit him from behind. Jake then tells Brother Love to back off as he does not walk on water and he does not like him for the man he is or pretends to be as the segment ends. The interview was fine.
Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund. We learn about matches that will take place at the PPV such as Jim Duggan vs. Big Bossman, Brutus Beefcake vs. The Genius, The Bushwhackers vs. Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, and Ronnie Garvin vs. Greg Valentine. Plus, “Brother Love Show” with guests Queen Sherri and Sapphire. Also, the 30 Man Royal Rumble match with features: Ultimate Warrior, Dino Bravo, Honky Tonk Man, Canadian Earthquake, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Dusty Rhodes, Colossal Connection, Rick Rude, Hart Foundation, Mr. Perfect, Demolition, Bad News Brown, Hercules, Rick Martel, Akeem, The Widowmaker, The Rockers, Powers of Pain, Jimmy Snuka, Ted DiBiase, Tito Santana, Jake Roberts, Koko B. Ware, and Hulk Hogan. Once again, Okerlund lets us know there will be extra security present for when the numbers are drawn.
WWF Tag Team Title Match: Colossal Connection w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Demolition (c)
Both teams go at it to start then the ref clears the ring as Haku stomps away on Ax after Andre took him down with a headbutt. Haku drops Ax back down with an elbow smash before running his head into Andre’s. Haku continues to beat on Ax, who is in trouble. Andre chokes Ax out behind the ref’s back then comes in the ring and continues to choke him out as the crowd boos. The ref still yells at Smash then follows him outside as Heenan is chased up the aisle. Haku hits a backbreaker for a two count as Smash desperately reaches out to tag his partner. Andre is in now and chokes out Ax again then Haku tags but misses a splash as Ax rolls away. Haku cuts off a tag attempt then runs into an elbow in the corner as both men are down. Ax hits a back suplex but while in midair, Haku was able to reach back and make the tag. Andre chokes out Ax but Smash has had enough and runs in but the ref orders him back and as that happens, Andre holds up Ax as Haku hits a thrust kick then Andre drops an elbow for the win as we close out the decade with new Tag Team Champions (4:35) *1/2. After the match, Smash grabs a chair and clears the ring as the new champs walk up the aisle holding up the belts.
Thoughts: I liked the story of Andre’s headbutt on Ax giving his team the advantage right off the bat and putting over the Colossal Connection as a force Ax could not overcome by himself. This is how you put over a new dominant heel team.
Mooney is once again in the Event Center. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers & Jimmy Hart tell the Bushwhackers that they will “tumble at the Rumble.” We then hear from more Royal Rumble participants including Rick Martel (without Slick), Jimmy Snuka, and Ted DiBiase.
Next week in action are The Bushwhackers, Big Bossman, Mr. Perfect, and Brutus Beefcake. Plus, “Brother Love Show” featuring all of the managers in the WWF and more!
Final Thoughts: The final “Superstars of Wrestling” of the 1980’s ends with a bang as we saw the Tag Team Titles change hands, after also changing hands last month. The Warrior/Bravo/Earthquake angle was good too and we got to see the Royal Rumble card. Overall, a solid show.
Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/31/89
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/6/90
Wednesday: EVOLVE 82 4/22/17
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Lanny Poffo
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/7/90
Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/30/82
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/13/90