May 12, 1990
From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week, the Intercontinental Title Tournament continues with Brutus Beefcake vs. Dino Bravo. Also, Dusty Rhodes & Sapphre as guests on the “Brother Love Show” plus Earthquake, The Bushwhackers, Barbarian, and Tugboat all in action.
The Bushwhackers vs. Buddy Rose & Elmer Johnson
Rose cheap shots Luke against the ropes after taking off his “I Worked Hard For This Body” t-shirt. Luke responds by biting Rose in the ass then the Bushwhackers take him outside with a double clothesline as Rose takes a nasty bump to the floor. Rhythm & Blues are with Jimmy Hart in an insert promo as they promise to beat the Bushwhackers as Rose starts to fight back. Johnson tags and The Bushwhackers quickly hit him with the battering ram before the double gutbuster gets the win (2:35).
Thoughts: An easy win for The Bushwhackers as their feud against Rhythm & Blues heats up.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s topic is the Big Bossman/Ted DiBiase feud as we see Bossman get attacked by DiBiase & Virgil during his match against Akeem at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” We then hear from both DiBiase and Bossman to hype up a future match between the two.
Jim Gorman vs. The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan
Barbarian is debuting his antlers and new trunks here. Gorman tries a sneak attack but that fails as Barbarian beats him down. We get a mild “weasel” chant as Barbarian stays in control as he boots Gorman in the face before finishing him off with a flying clothesline (1:34).
Thoughts: This was quite the look for The Barbarian. He was a talented guy but was lacking the charisma needed to become a singles star.
Jesse and Vince go over the brackets as we already learn that Piper and Martel went to a draw so Mr. Perfect gets a bye to the finals with the winner of this match facing Tito Santana. It was rare to see them spoil something airing that same weekend on “Wrestling Challenge.”
WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament First Round Match: Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake
We hear from Mr. Perfect in an insert promo as he talks about mastering either of these guys en route to becoming the Intercontinental Champion. Beefcake takes control early with a pair of slams and a few clotheslines as Bravo bails. Beefcake heads outside and lands a few punches until Hart provides a distraction, allowing Bravo to attack from behind. Back inside, Bravo hits an inverted atomic drop then a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Bravo heads to the middle rope for a double ax handle that gets two then continues to target the back. Bravo heads up top one more time but Beefcake decks him in midair then fires away. Beefcake hits the high knee then signals for the sleeper.Bravo trues a clothesline but Beefcake ducks then locks on the sleeper. Hart jumps up on the apron then Mr. Perfect runs out and drags Beefcake outside where they start brawling. Bravo eventually runs out and fights with Beefcake and Beefcake rolls in but gets pulled out as Bravo tries to sneak in but misses the ten count as both men are counted out (5:17) *. After the match, Perfect kicks down Beefcake then leaves as Beefcake chases away Hart with his scissors.
Thoughts: Not much to the match but it does continue the Perfect/Beefcake feud. And they had to spoil the Martel/Piper results here because the Tournament Finals were taking place next week. The first round of this tournament has been lackluster to say the least.
The Orient Express vs. Louie Spicolli & Mark Young
Young hits Tanaka with a pair of arm drags but ends up running into an elbow smash. Both men tag out as Vince thinks Spicolli sounds like an “Italian ice cream.” The Orient Express beat on Spicolli as Jesse puts over their “Personality Profile” in the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” as Jesse says he learned Fuji now has partners to eat sushi with as Vince sounds disgusted. The Orient Express stay in control until Sato puts Spicolli away with a sitout powerbomb (3:20).
Thoughts: Some politically correct commentary here as the Orient Express were pushed a bit as they continue to feud with The Rockers.
Brother Love Show with guests Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire. Brother Love taunts his guests and says they will have to kiss the royal feet of Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri then Dusty tells him to shut up. Dusty talks about the common people and Americana. Brother Love then gets in Sapphire’s face and taunts her but gets slapped as Dusty & Sapphire dance on stage to end the segment before we get a replay of the slap. The fans and Vince were into Brother Love getting slapped as the Dusty/Savage feud is heating up.
We are shown clips from “Wrestling Challenge” were The Bolsheviks got into a confrontation after losing to the Hart Foundation then the Bolsheviks tell us that everything is fine between them. Zhukov brought up how Volkoff is Lithuanian but that is was okay he was not a true Russian, showing his tolerance for other cultures.
Jerry Monti vs. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart
Earthquake overpowers Monti to start as we hear from Jim Duggan in an insert promo telling him he will not quit until Earthquake is taken down. Earthquake drops an elbow on Monti then flexes before hitting the sitdown splash for the win (1:06). After the match, Earthquake hits the After Shock twice as Monti is taken out on a stretcher but Earthquake slides the stretcher back inside for a third After Shock as Hart dances around the ring. Earthquake then sets up for another one but Duggan runs in and whacks Earthquake with his 2×4. Duggan takes Earthquake outside and chases him off as the crowd goes nuts.
Thoughts: Good segment to set up for a future Earthquake/Duggan match, which will be used to build up Earthquake before he faces Hogan.
Rick Rude is jumping rope in the gym as Heenan tells the Ultimate Warrior its all over for him. Rude then hits the heavy bag before telling Warrior his training has not been easy and the toughest part is yet to come but that all men are not created equal, like the last time he took his title. Rude says it will happen again but he will also break Warrior like a “wild stallion” then screams that he will “bust him up.” I give Rude credit for reinventing himself through these promos but the question is will fans buy him as a credible threat to Warrior when he sold most of the matches he had with him in their IC Title feud?
Brooklyn Brawler vs. Tugboat
We hear from Hulk Hogan in an insert promo as he talks about bringing Tugboat into the WWF to get rid of all those opposed to Hulkamania. Brawler tries to slam Tugboat but fails and gets slammed himself. Tugboat then hits the avalanche before getting a win with the splash (1:34).
Thoughts: Looks like they are pushing Tugboat strong as an ally of Hogan, which seems risky since the fans have not responded to his character since debuting on television.
Next week in action are Bad News Brown, Ted DiBiase, and Demolition. Plus, The Rockers vs. The Bolsheviks and the Intercontinental Title Tournament Finals between Tito Santana and Mr. Perfect as we hear from both men to close out the show.
Final Thoughts: The big news is that the IC Title Tournament Finals will take place next week. We also get a tag match between The Rockers and Bolsheviks too. Other than that the same TV feuds are being continued and they are pushing Tugboat as a friend of Hogan.