WWF Prime Time Wrestling – March 25th, 1990 (The Ultimate Challenge Special)

March 25, 1990

Your hosts are Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

This is the “Ultimate Challenge” special that includes the contract signing for the Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior match at WrestleMania VI. All of the matches were filmed at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA (At the 3/7 “Wrestling Challenge” TV tapings) with Heenan and Monsoon in the studio at the Skydome with a buffet or luncheon of sorts taking place off camera.

 

Red Rooster vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil

DiBiase beats down Rooster to start. Rooster fights back and grabs a headlock as he works that for a bit. He almost puts DiBiase away with a backslide then goes back to the headlock. DiBiase tosses Rooster outside then catches his breath but Rooster runs in behind him for another headlock as we head to commercial. The action returns with DiBiase suplexing Rooster. He gets a one count with an elbow drop then works a chinlock. DiBiase gets two with a slam then a fist drop before going back to the chinlock. Rooster escapes and rolls up DiBiase for a two count then breaks up a Million Dollar Dream attempt with a stunner. Rooster hits a swinging neckbreaker as DiBiase now begs for mercy. Rooster struts around before hitting an atomic drop. Rooster charges but DiBiase hotshots him then locks on the Million Dollar Dream for the win (8:00) **. After the match, DiBiase stuffs a $100 bill in his mouth.

Thoughts: The match was okay but both guys were capable of better. I also believe this was the match Rooster became upset backstage when asked to not only do the job but get a $100 bill stuffed in his mouth and it lead to him leaving the company. This was one of if not the last televised match for the Rooster character.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. Comments from Hogan and Warrior from this week’s TV shows.

 

Boris Zhukov vs. Big Bossman

Bossman gets attacked when he enters the ring but fights back as Zhukov bails. Zhukov stalls but Bossman slams him then fires away. Zhukov tries to head backstage then is brought inside where Bossman inflicts more punishment. Bossman misses a charge in the corner and hits his shoulder as Zhukov works that over. The crowd starts up a “USA” chant as Bossman breaks out but Zhukov rakes his eyes then goes back to the arm. Bossman comes back and hits a backdrop then catches Zhukov with a spinebuster for the win (7:24) 3/4*. After the match, Bossman cuffs Zhukov then hits him with the nightstick.

Thoughts: The crowd was into Bossman but Zhukov is just the shits as a worker and the match was a bore.

 

Back in the studio, Heenan tells Gorilla that Zhukov bought a new car because he needed more headroom as Gorilla tells him to stop then gives us a 1-900 number to call for the WrestleMania results.

 

Rhythm & Blues beating Jerry Monti & Jim Gorman from the 3/24 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” then laying out the Bushwhackers with their guitars after the match.

 

Heenan is making fun of someone with a bad toupee then tells Gorilla Dusty teaming with Sapphire is a handicap.

 

“Macho King” Randy Savage w/ Queen Sherri vs. Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire

Sherri distracts Dusty long enough for Savage to attack from behind. Sapphire gets backed into the corner then crawls away as Dusty elbows Savage. Dusty wins a slugfest in the corner then heads outside after Savage but Sherri is there to step in between as Savage attacks from behind. Back inside, Savage hits Dusty with an axe handle and stays in control. Dusty is dumped out where Sherri hits him and Savage hammers away. Dusty fights back but Sherri takes him down with a purse shot to the head behind the referee’s back. Sherri stays involved to help Savage stay in control of the match as we head to break. The action returns with Sherri distracting the ref again as Savage grabs the ring bell and hits Dusty from behind. He covers with one foot but Dusty kicks out. Dusty ends up fighting back then the match completely breaks down with the women getting involved as the ref rings the bell for the DQ (7:30) *1/2. After the match, agents Jay Strongbow and Tony Garea order Savage & Sherri to leave.

Thoughts: This had a lot of heat but Sherri was the one doing most of the work.

 

Brother Love Show with Earthquake & Jimmy Hart from the 3/24 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling”

 

We now get the WrestleMania VI main event contract signing. It takes place in WWF President Jack Tunney’s office. Warrior yells at Hogan to look in his eyes as the camera zooms in with Warrior telling Hogan he will take the powers of two and become one while grabbing both the Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Titles. This came across as a big deal and both guys were intense. Good segment.

 

Heenan starts reading the “USA Today” WrestleMania article and promises that Rick Rude will put away Jimmy Snuka at WrestleMania.

 

WrestleMania VI Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart

Earthquake tries to psyche out Garvin then overpowers him and flexes. Garvin nails Earthquake with a forearm smash then hammers away in the corner. Earthquake drops Garvin after a lifting chokehold then stays on the attack. He misses an elbow drop then Garvin covers for two and gets tossed across the ring. Garvin lands some chops then drops Earthquake to his knees. He fires away and tries for the Scorpion Death Lock but it gets broken up. Garvin dodges an avalanche and tries a crossbody but gets caught as Earthquake hits a powerslam then the sitdown splash for the win (4:59) **. After the match, Garvin is hit with two more splashes then is taken out on a stretcher.

Thoughts: Decent match here that was all action as Earthquakes gets a televised win over a credible opponent.

 

Back in the studio, Heenan calls Earthquake unstoppable then tells us he is selling WWF Merchandise out of a blue van and to ask for a girl named “Connie.”

 

Colossal Connection w/ Bobby Heenan vs. The Rockers

The Rockers get attacked from behind before the bell. The Rockers fight back and Andre gets tied up in the ropes after a double dropkick. Haku beats on Shawn now as Andre finally gets out of the ropes. Andre headbutts Shawn but The Rockers fight back against Haku. Andre tags in and beats on Marty then Shawn gets knocked off the apron as Marty is drilled with a thrust kick. Andre hits a sitdown splash then tosses Shawn inside but Demolition runs out and beats on the champs for the DQ (3:36) *. The Colossal Connection bail as Demolition raise the arms of The Rockers.

Thoughts: The Rockers sold well but this was more of a segment to hype the Demolition/Colossal Connection feud than it was anything else.

 

Back in the studio, the announcers hype up the WrestleMania VI main event and have trouble picking a winner.

 

Final Thoughts: Back when this originally aired, it was a rarity to see these matchups on TV and the show came off as a bigger deal. However, looking at it today, the matches themselves were not very good and besides the contract signing nothing else was memorable. They’ve hyped the main event as much as possible but the rest of the card was just lightly promoted and it really is coming off as a one-match show. If you followed the weekly TV at the time there was not much to see here and you would see the contract signing next week on Superstars and Challenge.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Wednesday: PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 51 7/9/17

Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Terri Runnels

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/31/90

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 11/26/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/1/90

Monday: WWF WrestleMania VI

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/7/90