WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – April 28th, 1990

April 28, 1990

From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX

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

Tonight, Ultimate Warrior defends the World Heavyweight Title against Haku. Also, Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect and more!

Vince & Jesse are shown on horses wearing cowboy hats as they preview the card. I’m sure this was a Vince idea.

 

Mr. Perfect w/ The Genius vs. Hulk Hogan

Hogan’s entrance here was the same one used in the next “Superstars of Wrestling” montage. The two trade hip tosses to start as the crowd chants for Hogan. The Genius prances around to piss off the crowd but Hogan catches Perfect with a pair of slams as Perfect bails. Perfect returns and sends Hogan into the corner then slips outside to dodge the big boot. Hogan heads out and chops Perfect down before sending him into the post. Perfect is begging for mercy inside but Hogan fires away. He drops Perfect in the corner with a clothesline then hammers away. Hogan knocks Perfect outside with a running elbow smash then heads out and lands some punches until The Genius interferes. Hogan chases after The Genius but gets whacked from behind by the scroll just before break. The match returns with Perfect in control. He targets the neck but misses an elbow drop as Hogan fights back. Hogan ducks his head and gets booted in the face before Perfect drops him with a clothesline. Perfect calls out for the Perfect Plex and hits the move but Hogan kicks out at two then starts hulking up. Vince tells us how Hogan is the first person to kick out of the Perfect Plex as Hogan hits the big boot then finishes off Perfect with a leg drop (8:03) **1/4. After the match, The Genius attacks Hogan from behind but ends up getting tossed over the top rope.

Thoughts: The match was fine with Perfect doing a lot of the heavy lifting. It was pretty much the swan song for The Genius as Perfect’s manager with Hogan kicking his ass after the match and Perfect by himself at the start of the IC Title Tournament. This was the final chapter of the Perfect/Hogan feud, which was just about dead anyway.

 

Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Hillbilly Jim

Hillbilly received an unusually long promo before the match that was filled with pig calls and saying hi to his granny. Earthquake misses a sneak attack as Jim fires away. Jim chops away in the corner then dances around and that ends up badly as Earthquake fires away. Jim kicks Earthquake in the corner and land some more punches as Hart is screaming from the apron. Hart then grabs Jim’s horseshoe and that distraction allows Earthquake to hit an avalanche. Earthquake then drops an elbow before the sit down splash gets the win (1:58) 1/4*. Earthquake then hits two more splashes after the match to the delight of Jesse, who warns the children that this is what happens when you call your friends “pigs” and “hogs” while Earthquake drops a few elbows.

Thoughts: Not much of a match at all but it was a quick win for Earthquake to get him over on National TV against a name opponent. Hillbilly was just about done as an active performer at this point anyway and could afford to lose in this manner for a guy they are building up as the next opponent for Hogan.

 

We get an ad for “Arrogance” with Rick Martel that sees him in the locker room with two girls leaving with him at the end. I liked how they produced these ads, which would continue throughout the show.

 

Jesse is backstage with Hart Foundation and puts them over for being right on track and having to face “sissies” like The Rockers. The Hart Foundation tell The Rockers they can join Demolition in the “coronary unit” along with Demolition once they are through with them. Hart Foundation came off a bit heelish here. After that, Gene Okerlund is with The Rockers as they tell Hart Foundation to be prepared for a “broken heart” as they too want a shot at the titles.

 

Hart Foundation vs. The Rockers

Marty and Bret start off with a reversal sequence. Shawn tags in but Bret rolls through a crossbody attempt for two. The Rockers take control and work over Bret until Neidhart takes them both down as the action is fast and furious to start. Neidhart runs over Marty, who slides underneath then catches Neidhart with a drop toehold. Shawn is in and dropkicks Neidhart for just one after failing to hit a slam. Neidhart catches Shawn with a slam then tags out as Bret catches Shawn with an inverted atomic drop. The Hart Foundation cut off the ring as they keep Shawn neutralized in their corner. Shawn manages to take Bret over with a sunset flip then we see Demolition come out to ringside. Bret hits Shawn with a backbreaker then yells at Demolition but Shawn comes back to dropkick him outside as we head to break. The match returns as Vince tells us Demolition are allowed to stay ringside as long as they do not attempt to interfere in the match. Shawn runs into a boot in the corner but avoids an elbow drop from Bret as both men are down. Shawn is able to make the tag as Marty hammers away. Marty takes a swing at Neidhart then catches Bret with a powerslam. He gets two with a super kick then a sunset flip but Bret catches him with a neckbreaker as both men are down on the mat. Bret tags out and slingshots Neidhart in but the splash misses as Shawn makes the tag. Shawn gets turned inside out with a flying shoulder tackle but Shawn comes back with a back elbow smash that gets two. Shawn gets two with a crossbody then is tossed outside during the kickout. Ax tries to get Shawn inside but Marty comes over and thinks they are trying to attack and that triggers a brawl between all three teams as the match is ruled a double disqualification (9:30) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Really a “dream match” of sorts and I thought both teams delivered as well as they could have. It was all action and the end with Demolition coming out to scout the Hart Foundation also made the Rockers appear as contenders too with the brawl at the end. Its also odd to see three babyface teams brawl with each other and its clear one of them is going to turn heel and its not going to be The Rockers.

 

Earthquake is backstage. We see clips of him putting away Hillbilly Jim tonight then of when he attacked Hogan. Earthquake calls out Hogan after that. When that ends, Okerlund is backstage with Hogan as the Hulkster tells him the Hulkamaniacs are survivors and he will not let them down, no matter what, and will once again prove that Hulkamania is the strongest force in the universe.

 

WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Ultimate Warrior (c)

Before the match, we get another rambling and nonsensical promo from Warrior that went on for far too long. Haku attacks Warrior before the bell but Warrior fights back. Warrior takes Haku over with a backdrop then was supposed to clothesline him over the top rope but they messed up the spot. Warrior finally takes off the belt then starts chopping away in the middle of the ring. Warrior now works the arm before tossing Haku outside. He heads out and chases Haku back inside but gets caught with a few stomps. Warrior fights back with some turnbuckle smashes. Haku fights back and hits a few clohtheslines then a dropkick that gets two. Backbreaker gets two. Haku hits a slam then gets two with a splash but Warrior pops right up and fires up. Warrior then hits a few clotheslines then a flying shoulder tackle before hitting a splash for the win (4:49) 1/4*.

Thoughts: I thought this stunk. The formula was like watching a third-rate Hogan match as Warrior took some punishment before hulking up and winning. The action was not good and it was a poor way to start off Warrior’s title reign by having him as somewhat of a Hogan ripoff.

 

We get another commercial for “Arrogance,” this time showing Martel while playing tennis.

 

A video package on the Big Bossman/Ted DiBiase feud is shown. Slick then tells Bossman he was fool for not taking the money while Akeem promises to make him pay.

 

Akeem w/ Slick vs. Big Bossman

Bossman beats on Akeem right after the bell. He then slingshots him out from the corner before landing more punches. Akeem gets tossed as Bossman is in complete control of the match. Akeem avoids a corner splash then comes back with a clothesline. He uses hip attacks on Bossman in the corner as Slick was holding Bossman down. Akeem hits a splash for two as Jesse was making fun of Bossman for not taking DiBiase’s money. Akeem tries a piledriver but that fails as he ends up getting backdropped to the floor. Bossman tosses Akeem inside and soon after that hits the sidewalk slam but DiBiase & Virgil run in for the attack and the DQ (3:19) *1/2. After the match, DiBiase cuffs Bossman to the ropes then Virgil takes the nightstick. However, Bossman had a set of keys on him and unlocks the cuffs then goes after DiBiase, who is able to escape.

Thoughts: The action was much better here than it was at WrestleMania VI as the Bossman/DiBiase feud heats up.

 

Heenan is with Sean Mooney. He tells us about seeing weaknesses in the Warrior’s game and that Rick Rude is training and will be stronger and better than ever. Heenan also adds that Rude is the only person who has beat Warrior and will do it again. We then get a rebuttal from Warrior, who tells us his power is completely out of control and that this disease is out of control.

 

Vince closes the show telling us we will back on July 28th.

 

Final Thoughts: The tag match was really good and the Arrogance ads were fun but other than that there was not much else to the show. The push of Warrior as the top guy came off poorly here if you ask me as it just does not connect with the audience. They are obviously building up something big with Earthquake and Hogan as well. As far as the rest of the “SNME’s” are concerned, this one was in the middle of the pack.