June 2, 1990
From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon. Being in Wisconsin, Jesse is wearing a cheesehead hat which brought us a running theme of stinky cheese jokes. We also learn that Vince hates gorgonzola.
This week, we will have an update on Hulk Hogan’s condition after being attacked by Earthquake last week on the “Brother Love Show.” Also, we will see Nikolai Volkoff vs. Boris Zhukov, Rick Rude on the “Brother Love Show” and more!
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Jim Ruby
Beefcake works over Ruby to start as Vince notes he is having “fun” out there. We then hear from Beefcake in an insert promo telling Perfect he has everything to lose if they face off for the Intercontinental Title, including his hair, then he catches Ruby with the sleeper for the win (2:04). After the match, Beefcake cuts Ruby’s hair to the delight of Vince.
Thoughts: They are having Beefcake chase Mr. Perfect for the Intercontinental Title.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We see the replay from last week where Earthquake attacked Hulk Hogan on the “Brother Love Show,” resulting in Hogan leaving on a stretcher. After that we get comments from Earthquake & Jimmy Hart as they gloat about putting Hogan out of wrestling with Earthquake proclaiming that “Hulkamania” is done forever. Okerlund then tells us how Tugboat is upset as we hear from him in a promo that takes place in the locker room. Tugboat says he has never seen Hogan in this condition before and for all of us to get behind Hogan, like he has done for us all of these years. He wants us to help put the smile back on Hogan’s face as we cut back to the studio as Okerlund tells us Hogan needs our help now and is on the verge of tears as a “Get Well Hulk” address is shown on the screen where you can send Hogan a postcard. Well, they are really going all out in putting over how badly Hogan got hurt. Sure, it is partly to cover up that he’s filming a movie and the birth of his son but Hogan has not looked this vulnerable before in the WWF. At least they are putting Earthquake over as a threat but at the same time, Warrior is the new Champion and besides running in with the belt the week after WrestleMania, he has not been seen on TV so Hogan is still the main focus despite Warrior winning.
Paul Roma & Greg Frent vs. The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji
Roma gets the “Crank it Up” theme here. Jesse talks about Hulkamania and how he believes it is dead while Vince does not know what to feel right now. Roma misses a charge and gets clotheslined by Sato. We hear from The Orient Express & Fuji in an insert promo as they promise The Rockers will pay. Roma fights back and runs wild on both men until missing an elbow drop. He tags out as Tanaka kicks Frent then tags out as Sato gets the win with a sitout powerbomb (2:03). Jesse also the mentions the word “powerbomb” for what I believe for the first time on WWF TV
Thoughts: Most of this was the announcers talking about Hogan and whether or not he will be able to return to action. The Orient Express and Rockers feud continues though and Roma keeps getting shine in his matches while coming up on the losing end.
Slick & Akeem shill the WWF Ice Cream bars, which are apparently great during a hot Summer night in Africa.
Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire vs. Tony Leone
Vince makes fun of Leone’s pale skin as Dusty tosses him outside. Dusty & Sapphire are then shown in an insert promo calling out Savage & Sherri then Dusty elbows Leone down before the bionic elbow gets the win (1:42). After the match, we get a freeze frame of Dusty kissing Sapphire.
Thoughts: More hype for the Dusty & Sapphire and Savage & Sherri feud.
Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart vs. George Anderson
We hear from Bravo & Hart in an insert promo as they call out Tugboat for picking the wrong friend in Hogan. Bravo slams Anderson on top of the ropes and shortly after that hits a side slam for the win (1:35).
Thoughts: To the dismay of wrestling fans, they are now setting up a Dino Bravo vs. Tugboat feud.
Boris Zhukov vs. Nikolai Volkoff
Zhukov signs the Russian National Anthem before the match. Volkoff then runs out to sign the “Star Spangled Banner” as the crowd cheers while Zhukov goes nuts. Zhukov attacks Volkoff from behind then tosses him outside. He rams Volkoff into the post and rolls him inside where he takes off his boot and whacks Volkoff in the head then repeatedly hits him until they disqualify Zhukov (1:13). After the match, Volkoff runs after Zhukov.
Thoughts: Well, Nikolai turned babyface by singing the American National Anthem. The crowd actually popped for that but the downside is that the Zhukov and Volkoff feud will continue.
Brother Love Show with guests Rick Rude & Bobby Heenan. Rude comes out in workout gear as Heenan tells Brother Love to introduce Rude as the “next WWF World Champion.” Rude tells the Ultimate Warrior he has to prove to him that he is worthy of being the World Champion as he can be either “ravishing” or “rude” as he shows us his tights then flexes. Heenan tells us there will be no more “rude awakenings” after his matches until he becomes the next World Champion. The segment was solid as they are taking away from Rude’s more outlandish stuff and focusing on him wanting nothing else but the WWF World Heavyweight champion. The vignettes have been pretty good but there just doesnt seem to be much buzz about this feud. It also hurts that Warrior has been kept off of TV. You have Rude calling him out all of the time and not one rebuttal from Warrior.
We are shown a commercial for “Arrogance” with Rick Martel. He takes a woman in the car then tells us to accelerate into the fastlane with arrogance. This was well produced as they are focusing more on Martel’s gimmick rather than putting him in a feud.
The Bushwhackers vs. Black Bart & Kent Carlson
The Bushwhackers beat on Bart to start. They play to the crowd then Carlson tags in and suffers the same fate until he’s put away with the double gutbuster (2:09).
Thoughts: A quick win for The Bushwhackers, who remain over with the fans.
Al Burke vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
The crowd chants along with Duggan, who catches a kick from Burke and hits an atomic drop. Burke rolls outside to avoid the Three Point Stance then we hear from Duggan in an insert promo telling Earthquake he will chop him down before he finally puts Burke away with the Three Point Stance (1:46).
Thoughts: More build to the eventual Duggan vs. Earthquake match.
In action next week are Jake Roberts, Rhythm & Blues, Hart Foundation, Tugboat, and Mr. Perfect. Plus, another update on Hulk Hogan as Jesse tells the fans to send their thanks to the Earthquake.
Final Thoughts: Overall, a newsworthy show. Plus, they did some newer stuff with the production like with Martel’s ad for Arrogance. Over the next few weeks we will see more production changes. The big news though is the “Get Well Hulk” campaign starting and to a much lesser extent, the Volkoff babyface turn.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/13/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/3/90
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/9/90
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/10/90
Wednesday: PWG Man on the Silver Mountain
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 6/11/90