WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – January 27th, 1990

January 27, 1990

From the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, TN

Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon

Tonight, Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior will team up to face Mr. Perfect & The Genius. Plus, Greg Valentine vs. Jake Roberts, Dino Bravo vs. Ronnie Garvin, Dusty Rhodes vs. Rick Rude, and “Macho King” Randy Savage puts up the crown against Jim Duggan.

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. “Macho King” Randy Savage w/ Queen Sherri

Savage is brought out on his throne. Duggan runs out and tips him over then the bell rings to start the match. Sherri is screaming as Duggan beats on Savage. Duggan misses a charge in the corner then Savage hits a clothesline and chokes out Duggan. Savage continues to target the throat but Duggan reverses an Irish whip and hits a clothesline. Duggan then hits an atomic drop but gets distracted by Sherri as Savage knocks him outside. Savage flies out with a double ax handle then they head back in where Savage gets two with another ax handle. He then snaps Duggan’s neck off of the top rope but that only gets two. Duggan avoids a running attack but misses an elbow. Savage charges but Duggan sends him outside with a backdrop then Sherri is back on the apron and ducks as Duggan charges after her outside as Savage gets clotheslined. Sherri continues to distract the ref from counting out Savage as we go to break. The action returns with both men inside as Duggan hits a knee drop but Sherri distracts the ref long enough so when he counts Savage is able to kick out. Duggan knocks Savage outside then heads out where Sherri distracts him and rakes his back but Duggan chases her inside and grabs her as Vince says “oh my godness” when Sherri’s underwear is revealed. Savage knees Duggan from behind then he hits Duggan with a flying double ax handle as Duggan hit him as both men are down. Duggan is up first but Sherri slipped Savage the loaded purse as he whacks Duggan then crawls on top but Duggan kicks out as the fans go nuts. Duggan gets two with a small package then blocks a turnbuckle smash and fires away. He clotheslines Savage a few times then sets up for the Three Point Stance and knocks Savage outside. Duggan tries to suplex Savage in from the apron but Sherri trips Duggan and holds his leg down as Savage falls on top and gets the win (9:14) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Really good match. Savage & Sherri were both awesome and Duggan looked better than usual too. This also puts to rest their feud and gives Savage a big win heading into another title match against Hogan, which we will hear about later on in the show.

 

Clips of the Hogan/Warrior confrontation from the Royal Rumble are shown. However, Hogan eliminating Warrior is not and their pre-match interview with Okerlund preached unity.

 

Mr. Perfect & The Genius vs. Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior

Hogan runs wild to start off the match and clears the ring after hitting several slams. Warrior tags in and goes outside to use a double noggin-knocker. He slingshots Perfect back into the ring then Warrior takes both men outside as the fans go nuts. Hogan is once again the legal man and starts beating on Perfect, who is taking all sorts of crazy bumps. He then hits two elbow drops and hammers away before sending Perfect over the top rope with a big boot. The Genius hands Perfect is scroll then distracts the ref a Perfect whacks Hogan. Perfect misses as he swings a chair then rolls Hogan inside where he stomps away. Hogan gets two with a small package but Perfect goes back to stomping away. He comes back with a clothesline then the heels are cut off the ring. Perfect then hits the Perfect Plex but apparently stops the count so he can tag in the Genius. The Genius tries a moonsault but Hogan got his knees up then is able to make the tag as Warrior destroys The Genius. Warrior sends Perfect over the top rope with a knee lift then hits a press slam and tags Hogan, who hits the leg drop for the win (8:00) **1/4. After the match, The Genius and Perfect attack their opponents but during the melee, Warrior clotheslined Hogan. Warrior tries to help up Hogan as Jesse says he knew this would happen while Vince screams about it being an accident. Hogan then shoves Warrior, who shoves back and they get in each other’s faces as Jesse is in all his glory pointing out how these two’s egos were too big to team together.

Thoughts: The action was decent with Perfect bumping around like a pinball to make his opponents look great. The big news here was Warrior accidentally clotheslining Hogan, which I guess is payback since Hogan “accidentally” eliminated Warrior at the Royal Rumble, and those two almost coming to blows. Jesse was phenomenal on commentary too.

 

We are shown a clip of Jake Roberts taking the Million Dollar Belt from Ted DiBiase.

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart

Valentine takes down Jake to start. Jake comes back and tries for the DDT but Valentine slides out to the floor. Valentine returns as his manager provides a distraction so he can attack from behind. Valentine targets the back then taunts the crowd before hitting an elbow drop for a two count. He stays in control while attacking the back. Jake fights back and they slug it out. Jake avoids a charge then knocks Valentine down before hitting a short-arm clothesline. He then signals for the DDT but Valentine counters with a backdrop. Jake misses a knee lift as Valentine sweeps his leg as Jake flies into the corner. Jake shoves Valentine away as he tried a figure four and knocks Hart off of the apron then hits the DDT but DiBiase & Virgil run out and beat on Jake for the DQ (5:16) *1/2. DiBiase yells at Virgil to get the belt then Jake fights back and Virgil flees at the sight of Damien as Jake still possesses the belt.

Thoughts: Forgettable action here but designed to put over the DiBiase/Jake feud, specifically the fact that both DiBiase & Virgil are afraid to retrieve the belt from Damien’s bag.

 

“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire

Rude attacks Dusty from behind to start. He stays on the attack until Dusty reverses a whip and sends Rude into the corner. Dusty tosses Rude outside then rams him into the ring apron a few times. Back inside, Rude knees Dusty but his back is too hurt to use a slam as Dusty fires away. Dusty misses an elbow drop then Rude takes control by grabbing a chinlock. Heenan then yells at Sapphire to keep her mouth shut and to make fun of her looks as Dusty makes his comeback. Dusty comes out to back Heenan away but that allows Rude to attack him from behind. The ref then comes out and orders Heenan and Sapphire to the back before we head to break. The action returns with Rude shoving Dusty into the post before rolling inside where he taunts the crowd. Rude’s back is still hurting then he works the arm of Dusty as we see Sapphire now sitting at ringside. Jesse flips out as Vince points out how she has a ticket in her hand. Rude sees her and gets distracted but is able to take Dusty back down and work the arm. Jesse then brings up how Mike Tyson will be the special guest referee on February 23rd when Hogan faces Savage as both Rude and Dusty collide. Rude gets caught with a punch to the gut as he came off of the top rope then Dusty works the leg. Rude uses an eye rake to regain control but Dusty starts to hulk up. Dusty hits an elbow smash but gets kicked in the face ducking his head for a backdrop. Sapphire then distracts Rude by gyrating while standing on her chair then runs out and grabs her but Dusty comes out for the save and brawls up the aisle with Rude and they ended up getting counted out (9:00) *3/4. After the match, Dusty and Sapphire dance in the ring.

Thoughts: This match wasn’t terrible or anything and the finish would lead you to believe these two would be feuding but that was not the case. It was more about establishing Dusty & Sapphire as an act than anything else.

 

“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart & Canadian Earthquake

Garvin fires away to start but gets dumped outside where he gets roughed up by Earthquake. Back inside, Bravo hits a slam then drops an elbow for a nearfall. Bravo hits a gutwrench suplex then misses a few elbow drops before Garvin makes his comeback. He knocks Bravo down then hits a backdrop. Hart is up on the apron and gets yanked inside. He then tosses Hart at Earthquake, who catches him, before hitting the Garvin Stomp. Bravo fights back after Garvin stomped Earthquake’s hand then Garvin comes off the top with a crossbody but Bravo rolls through and gets the win (3:16) 1/2*. After the match, Earthquake attacks Garvin and hits a sitdown splash, which Jesse calls the “Aftershock.” Garvin is in pain on the mat as the EMT’s come out and put him on the stretcher. The announcers then wonder if we would see something like this on February 23rd and put over the match and Tyson as a referee as Garvin is wheeled backstage.

Thoughts: The action wasn’t very good but the main thing here was putting over Earthquake’s finishing move as being deadly on a National stage. Garvin sold it well.

 

Jesse is backstage with Savage, who will be facing Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Title with Mike Tyson as the referee. Savage cut a pretty good promo about being the best and how he will be the champion again. After that, Okerlund is with Hogan as the Hulkster talks about surviving the Survivor Series, No Holds Barred cage match, and the Royal Rumble and will finally put Savage away for good and prove once again that Hulkamania is stronger than ever.

 

Final Thoughts: This was a good show. They had a good amount of star power here too. We set the stage for a Hogan vs. Warrior match and blew off a feud in Savage vs. Duggan. We saw better action than usual too.