February 23, 1990
From the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
We get promos from both “Macho King” Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan as well as WWF President Jack Tunney making sure guest referee James “Buster” Douglas knows the rules.
The announcers talk about how Mike Tyson was supposed to be the guest referee but management pulled him out so instead they got the man who knocked him out a few weeks prior. According to Bruce Prichard, the WWF brass waited at the airport when Douglas landed were he accepted a deal to take Tyson’s place.
WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: “Macho King” Randy Savage w/ Queen Sherri vs. Hulk Hogan (c)
Before the match, Savage told us that Tyson was a card-carrying Hulkamaniac thus unable to call the match then puts over Douglas’ toughness. Hogan then said it will likely be the last time he faces Savage in the ring. And it was in the WWF anyway. Douglas got his own entrance here too as he is on the outside. Hogan overpowers Savage to start. Savage bails then Douglas warns Hogan not to follow and orders Savage to head back into the ring. Savage nails Hogan then sends him outside with a knee to the back but Douglas prevents him from flying out. Sherri is on the apron as Hogan grabs her then Savage accidentally takes down his manager with a high knee. Hogan beats on Savage and drops him in the corner with a running elbow. He stays in control for a bit until Sherri trips him up. Hogan grabs Sherri but Savage attacks from behind. He clotheslines Hogan for a two count then chokes him out on the mat. Sherri puts her hands on Hogan from the outside but Douglas sees this and kicks her out from ringside just before the break. The match returns with Hogan breaking out of a chinlock. Savage catches Hogan with a clothesline then covers with his foot as that gets two. Savage tosses out Hogan and flies out with a double ax handle. Back inside, Hogan gets another ax handle and that gets two. Knee drop gets two. Savage punches Hogan through the ropes but Douglas once again prevents him from flying outside. Hogan rolls in as Savage slams him then heads up top and hits the flying elbow drop but Hogan kicks out and hulks up. Hogan stays in control and the ref accidentally gets knocked down after Hogan punched Savage then Hogan hits a leg drop and Douglas comes in to count and that gets the win, despite the fact it appeared Savage kicked out (11:14) **1/4. After the match, Savage gets pissed at Douglas and even mocks him before delivering a slap. Savage then dances around then stares at Hogan and is between the two when Hogan shoves him into Douglas and he gets punched out in an awkward spot. Hogan and Douglas then celebrate as Jesse yells about there being a conspiracy between the two.
Thoughts: Certainly not the best match between the two. Hogan looked old and show while Savage did not even work as hard as usual. The end was odd too as Savage clearly kicked out before the three count. With what happened after the match it was clear they were going to do something to set up Savage getting punched out but how they got there was strange.
The Ultimate Warrior is backstage and screaming about the cosmic powers then lists off the planets in a truly bizarrre promo before we cut back to Hogan and Douglas, who are still in the ring celebrating.
Jesse is backstage with Dino Bravo, Jimmy Hart, and Earthquake. They are using a locker room background now for the main shows. Bravo promises to become the new Intercontinental Champion as Hart laughs about Warrior not having “earthquake insurance.” After that, Warrior tells Gene Okerlund that he does not need any insurance.
WWF Intercontinental Championship Match: Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart & Earthquake vs. Ultimate Warrior (c)
Warrior immediately goes after Bravo before the bell. He hits a powerslam then a flying double ax handle. Bravo bails and Warrior follows where Earthquake steps between them. Back inside, Bravo cheap shots Warrior outside but Warrior crawls underneath the ring to avoid Earthquake then pulls Hart underneath from the other side. Hart comes out with no pants and gets tossed at Earthquake. Earthquake is able to attack Warrior from behind as Hart runs backstage. Bravo targets the back as the action is now in the ring. He works a bearhug but Warrior breaks out and puts on one of his own. Bravo gets out of that and hits a side slam but that only gets two. He works over the back some more but Warrior powers up then hits a few clotheslines then a flying shoulder tackle followed by a splash as that gets the win (4:11) 1/4*. After the match, Earthquake attacks Warrior. He drops a few elbows then heads to the middle rope but Hogan runs out and steps in front of Earthquake before punching him off. Warrior then yells at Hogan and said he did not need his help as these two are in each other’s faces as Jesse yells at Hogan for trying to steal the spotlight again. A few refs come out to step in between them as we head to break.
Thoughts: The match itself was nothing and just a way to create another Hogan/Warrior confrontation.
Vince introduces us to a video package of Hogan and Warrior confrontations, starting at the Royal Rumble.
Hogan is with Vince backstage and tells us the Royal Rumble incident was an accident and he was not trying to steal Warrior’s spotlight tonight and was watching his back so he will be at his best at WrestleMania VI. Hogan also says WrestleMania could have happened tonight and asks Warrior what will he do when Hulkamania destroys him. The whole story of Hogan protecting Warrior’s back to make sure he can beat him at full strength was too convoluted if you ask me.
Okerlund is backstage in a Warrior’s locker room, which was clearly used to show off all of the company’s Warrior merchandise. This gets odd then Warrior gets right in front of the camera and tells Hogan that he is the chosen one.
We now get Douglas backstage with Okerlund. He said tonight was a blast and his next move is going out drinking with Hogan. Okerlund can’t believe it but Douglas says they will be drinking milk, as Hogan is apparently a fan of buttermilk. Good lord that was lame.
The show closes with Jesse telling us they will be back on April 28th for “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”
Final Thoughts: This really was a weak show. To be honest it was an hour long advertisement for the Hogan vs. Warrior match at WrestleMania VI, which is clearly being pushed as a one-match show. The action was subpar and the angles and interviews were not strong. The show also did not fare well in the ratings. By far the weakest “Main Event” show up until this point.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/24/90
Wednesday: EVOLVE 86 6/24/17
Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series: 1990 WWE as told by Bruce Prichard
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/25/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 11/3/82
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/3/90
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/4/90