February 24, 1990
From the Miami Arena in Miami, FL
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week, President Jack Tunney announces the title that will be defended at WrestleMania VI when Hulk Hogan faces the Ultimate Warrior. Also, the featured match is Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Honky Tonk Man. Plus, the “Brother Love Show” with guest Jake Roberts and more!
Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire vs. Chico Martinez
Dusty beats on Martinez and even hits a suplex. We hear from “Macho King” Randy Savage and Queen Sherri in an insert promo as Sherri is screaming while Savage tells Dusty & Sapphire they will feel their wrath at WrestleMania before Dusty gets the win with a bionic elbow (1:57).
Thoughts: Easy win for Dusty as his feud against Savage continues.
WWF Special Report with Gene Okerlund. The number to buy tickets pops up then we hear Jack Tunney make his decision. After weeks of deliberation, Tunney has come to the decision that both the World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles will be on the line. We then hear from Hogan, who says Tunney is a smart man for making this title vs. title then references what happened at the Main Event as he once again promises to make sure Warrior is in perfect shape when they face off. Warrior is now shown yelling and screaming before telling Hogan about the warriors watching his back. He then ends by telling Hogan about being the most awesome force in the world. These long promos by Warrior were not very good at all. They were far too out there to be effective.
Bad News Brown vs. Jim Gorman
Bad News attacks Gorman before the bell as the announcers talk about the news of both titles being on the line at WrestleMania. We then hear from Roddy Piper in an insert promo as he says Bad News he will be “no news” at all. Bad News then puts Gorman away with the Ghetto Blaster as the fans are chanting for Piper (1:36).
Thoughts: More hype for the Bad News/Piper match at WrestleMania VI.
Jesse plugs the “History of WrestleMania” magazine.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Jim Evans
DiBiase beats down Evans then we hear from him in an insert promo telling both Jake Roberts and Big Bossman they will pay for stealing his Million Dollar Belt. DiBiase then suplexes Evans and drops a knee before putting him away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:39).
Thoughts: Quick win for DiBiase as you can tell they are setting up DiBiase for a feud with Bossman after WrestleMania VI.
Colossal Connection vs. Scott Fulton & Al Burke
Haku beats on Burke as we hear from Demolition in an insert promo as they promise to become champions once again at WrestleMania. Andre tags and holds up Burke for a thrust kick then drops an elbow for the win (1:32).
Thoughts: More hype for the Colossal Connection vs. Demolition feud. Its also quite clear just how much Andre’s health has deteriorated as he struggled just getting into the ring at the en of the match. It was too much for him even with Haku doing all of the work.
An ad for WrestleMania VI airs.
Brother Love Show with guest Jake Roberts. He introduces Jake as a “thief” for stealing the Million Dollar Title belt. Jake then talks about DiBiase taunting him to take the belt so he took it from him. He then talks about their match at WrestleMania VI, which will have the belt on the line, before introducing the Big Bossman. Jake talks about birds of a feather flocking together then Bossman yells at Brother Love to “flock off.” They leave then Brother Love says the only thing lower than a thief is a “law enforcement officer” but Bossman comes back out and tells him he’s under arrest and cuffs him to the guardrail. Bossman says he will be back as Brother Love is screaming and returns with the ball-and-chain. He takes off the cuffs and drags Brother Love to the ring and rolls him inside and drops the ball-and-chain on him before leaving. Good segment, especially for those wanting to see Brother Love get some comeuppance. The big news though was the Million Dollar Title Belt being on the line at WrestleMania VI.
WrestleMania VI Report with Gene Okerlund. More matches are announced such as Brutus Beefcake vs. Mr. Perfect, Akeem vs. Big Bossman, and Hercules vs. Earthquake.
Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Honky & Hart try to outsmart Duggan but that fails. Duggan beats on Honky for a while until Honky catches him with a knee smash. Duggan fights back and hits an inverted atomic drop then a clothesline but Hart grabs his leg. Duggan is knocked outside where Greg Valentine runs out and beats him down. Honky runs out with the guitar but Duggan kicks him down and the two end up getting counted out (3:37) 1/2*. After the match, Duggan grabs his 2×4 and clears the ring then stares at the guitar lying on the mat and picks that up as well before smashing it with the 2×4.
Thoughts: Not much to this one at all. They protected both guys with the finish as Honky was getting a push as part of a new tag team and Duggan was still near the top of the midcard at the time.
Final Thoughts: The big news here was that both titles will be on the line when Hogan faces Warrior at WrestleMania VI. Four more WrestleMania matches were announced too and we got a featured match, even if it was not all that exciting. The focus remains on the PPV and we will learn of more matches in the coming weeks.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/10/90