April 7, 1990
From the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Dusty Rhodes, Rick Martel, Bad News Brown, Jim Duggan, Dino Bravo, and the Hart Foundation. Plus, highlights from WrestleMania VI and the “Brother Love Show” with guests The Bushwhackers.
Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire vs. Don Stevens
Jesse starts making fun of the old Dusty “Americana” vignettes as Dusty takes control of the match. He slams Stevens then shows him to Sapphire before hitting a dropkick. Dusty follows with a suplex then works a chinlock before the Bionic Elbow gets the win (2:07). After the match, Dusty & Sapphire dance in the ring.
Thoughts: Jesse was funny on commentary in ragging on both Dusty & Sapphire as their feud against Savage & Sherri continues.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund, who is standing in front of the WrestleMania VI interview area. We get still photos of the Hogan vs. Warrior match as we learn the show will be available on April 25th through Coliseum Home Video. Okerlund narrates the photos then tells us that Warrior won the match. Okerlund then reads us a statement from WWF President Jack Tunney that states he will not sanction a rematch in the future as he wants both men to pursue their own separate destinies as the segment ends with Warrior’s theme music being played. The way this is stated almost makes you believe there will be a rematch but that never did ended up happening.
Ricki Ataki vs. The Warlord w/ Slick
This is the first TV match for the Warlord while being managed by Slick. Like his former partner he continues to wear the Powers of Pain attire. Warlord overpowers Ataki to start. He suplexes him back into the ring then we hear from Slick in an insert promo with the Warlord as he points out his physique. Warlord drops a forearm then puts Ataki away with a running powerslam (2:35).
Thoughts: A quick win to try and establish Warlord as a singles wrestler.
We see Rick Rude in the gym with Bobby Heenan. He tells the Ultimate Warrior about being the only person to ever pin him for a title and that he is on a new training regime and will take away his World Title. And just like that the Ultimate Warrior has his first World Heavyweight Championship feud. It was telling that Rude was more serious here and shown wearing gym attire instead of his usual wrestling tights.
Stephen DeLeon vs. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart
We hear from Bravo in an insert promo telling us how happy he is and that everyone knows he is the World’s Strongest Man. He even referred to himself as a “great” wrestler. Ha! Bravo hits an inverted atomic drop then a backdrop before taunting the fans. Bravo roughs up DeLeon and drops an elbow before a side slam gets the win (2:15).
Thoughts: A win for Bravo as he is without a feud at the moment.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Black Bart
The crowd is behind Duggan as they chant “USA.” Duggan clotheslines Bart then Jesse laughs about the personality profile on Duggan in “WWF Magazine,” joking that he could do it with just two lines. Duggan stays in control then puts Bart away with the Three Point Stance (2:36).
Thoughts: An easy win for Duggan. Jesse making fun of him on commentary was also quite funny.
Bad News Brown vs. Terry Zeller
Bad News beats on Zeller as Vince gets pissed at Jesse for saying Bad News is the product of his environment because this is America and you can have a chance to do anything. Bad News slams Zeller down and softens him up before the Ghetto Blaster gets the win (2:11). After the match he tosses Zeller outside.
Thoughts: Same as every other Bad News squash. Since this show was right after WrestleMania and they drag out the results across the next few episodes of TV, his feud against Piper was not mentioned here.
Brother Love Show with guests The Bushwhackers. He introduces them as being disgusting then laughs over Rhythm & Blues attacking them with their guitars. The Bushwhackers then yell about how no one “bushwhacks” the Bushwhackers as the segment ends with the team marching off stage. More hype for the Rhythm & Blues/Bushwhackers feud.
Rick Martel vs. Nito Gomez
Martel takes Gomez as Vince tells us they will surpass 100,000 fans at WrestleMania VII for the biggest crowd of all-time. That did not come close to happening. Martel taunts the fans after hitting a dropkick then hits a pair of slams and targets the back as we hear from him in an insert promo telling us that the worst odor in the WWF comes from Jake Roberts and Damien as he promises to take care of them. Martel then hits Gomez with a shoulderbreaker before the Boston Crab gets the win (2:54). After the match, Martel tells us if we are going to do it then do so with arrogance.
Thoughts: They are setting up for a Martel/Roberts feud now over the fact Martel cannot stand the way they smell. Its a feud designed to get over the Arrogance gimmick.
Hart Foundation vs. Buddy Rose & Mark Ming
Neidhart and Rose slug it out to start. Neidhart hits a slam as Rose tags out and nearly falls through the ropes. The Hart Foundation work over Ming as we hear from them in an insert promo congratulating Demolition for their title win at WrestleMania VI before saying they want the belts back. The Hart Foundation stay in control as Buddy riles up the crowd then they put Ming away with the Hart Attack (3:27).
Thoughts: They are building up to the Hart Foundation getting a title shot and its clear one of the teams will end up turning heel.
Final Thoughts: We found out the big news of Warrior being the new World Heavyweight champion and President Tunney refusing to sign a rematch of the WrestleMania VI main event. Other than that, we found out about a few other WrestleMania VI results but the rest of the show was almost like a reset of sorts for some of the wrestlers. Over the next couple of weeks more of the WrestleMania VI fallout will take place.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: EVOLVE 88 7/8/17
Thursday: Highspots Presents: Developmentally Speaking with John Morrison & Brian Cage
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/8/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 12/2/82
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/14/90
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/15/90
Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 4/16/90