June 9, 1990
From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week, we will get an update on Hulk Hogan’s condition. In action are Mr. Perfect, Hart Foundation, Rhythm & Blues, Tugboat, and Jake Roberts
Hart Foundation vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Spike Jones
We hear from the Hart Foundation in an insert promo as they promise to defeat Demolition for the Tag Team Titles. Bret works over Brawler then Jones tags in as the Hart Foundation stay in control until they get the win with a Hart Attack (3:35).
Thoughts: An easy win for the Hart Foundation as they are on a mission to reclaim the Tag Team Titles.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund, who is showing off his Hogan friendship bracelet to wear until Hogan is back. We then hear from Tugboat as he wants those Hulkamaniacs who did not show support for Hogan to do so now. Okerlund then tells us the three commandments of Hulkamania as the segment ends with the address where to send Hogan a get well card flashes on the screen. They are really pushing the “Get Well Hulk” campaign with him being off of TV for a bit and trying to get some money off of merchandise with these bracelets. Tugboat’s promos in these segments are supposed to give him the rub but he was never over enough to begin with and was just randomly pushed as Hogan’s friend about five months after his debut. It came across too forced.
“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Tom Stone
Vince thinks that Hogan might not be able to return as Jesse thinks Hogan is finishes. Garvin beats on Stone as we see Rick Martel in an insert promo as Vince asks him if he is impressed with Garvin. Martel is not impressed then Stone is hit with the Garvin Stomp and after that the Scorpion Death Lock gets the win (2:16).
Thoughts: Looks like they are trying to get something up between Garvin and Martel. It made sense to have a guy known for being tough go up against the model character.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Tom Burton
Jake takes control early and sends down Burton with a knee lift. Jesse hypes a “WWF Magazine” article on the Jake/Bad News Brown feud as Jake works the arm on the mat. Jake then hits a short-arm clothesline before putting Burton away with a DDT (1:57). After the match, Bad News runs in to attack Jake from behind. He tosses Jake outside then starts poking the snake bag and is not scared because it’s all tied up. Bad News then goes out to retrieve a chair and sets up to hit Damien but Jake is able to come in and trip him up before untying the bag and using Damien to chase away Bad News, who takes off through the crowd and up the bleachers.
Thoughts: The post match segment came off well and really amped up the feud with Bad News trying to take out Damien with the chair. This feud continues to get a lot of TV time.
Mr. Perfect vs. Jim Powers
Powers catches Perfect with a hip toss to start. He sends Perfect over the top rope with a dropkick then Perfect heads back in and chops Powers in the corner. We hear from Perfect & Heenan in an insert promo as they promise to make a “king-sized fool” out of Brutus Beefcake. Perfect avoids a dropkick then hammers away until hitting the Perfect Plex for the win (2:31).
Thoughts: More hype for the Beefcake/Perfect feud.
Clips of last week when Nikolai Volkoff came out to sing the American National Anthem before his match against Boris Zhukov, who attacked him from behind.
Brother Love Show with guest Boris Zhukov, who calls Volkoff a traitor. He also promises to prove to the rest of the world that he is superior to Volkoff. Zhukov was awful at promos and this was not an exception. Sadly, his feud with Volkoff continues.
Paul Diamond vs. Tugboat
They show fans wearing Hogan Friendship Bracelets in the crowd. Diamond bounces off of Tugboat as we hear from Dino Bravo in an insert promo bragging about Earthquake putting Hogan out of wrestling and how he’ll do the same to Tugboat as Jesse approves. Tugboat back Diamond into the corner and soon after that hits a splash for the win (1:43).
Thoughts: They continue to push Tugboat as Hogan’s friend as he will eventually face off against Eaerthquake’s friend, Dino Bravo.
Ted DiBiase is with Virgil down in Cobb County, GA asking the residents about the Big Bossman. Some guy shoveling is asked about knowing the Big Bossman while in prison and says he would handcuff and beat him all night long. After that, Okerlund is shown in Cobb County and tries to talk to the same guy. He asks the foreman about a guy shoveling sand who was an ex-convict while the foreman says he is the only former prisoner who works here. The Foreman says Bossman never beat anyone in prison and is a fine man who even helped him get this job. I thought this was clever, having DiBiase pay a guy to pretend Bossman abused him in prison, but in reality Bossman continues to cuff and beat his opponents after then match despite being a babyface. It makes zero sense for that to occur while you have a guy claiming Bossman helped him in prison.
Warren Bianchi & Jim Brunzell vs. Rhythm & Blues
Brunzell is finally sporting some non-Killer Bees trunks. He works the arm of Valentine and gets a two count with a crossbody. Bianchi tags in and gets beat down as Vince talks about how he loves the Bushwhackers. Rhythm & Blues stay in control until hitting a double suplex for the win (3:17). After the match, Rhythm & Blues dance while Hart holds up a gold record.
Thoughts: More hype for the Bushwhackers/Rhythm & Blues feud.
Next week in action are Nikolai Volkoff, Big Bossman, Earthquake, and The Rockers.
Final Thoughts: The top storyline is revolving around Hulk Hogan being injured by Earthquake. Despite Bruce Prichard saying Vince McMahon wanting to change things up by giving us a break from Hulkamania, Hogan remains the focus on TV despite being away from the company. It has done the Ultimate Warrior zero favors since he has taken a back seat as champion and only being mentioned weekly by Rick Rude as he has not been on TV himself. The midcard feuds are at least fairly solid though but are not enough to carry the promotion.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/10/90
Wednesday: PWG Man on the Silver Mountain
Thursday: Highspots Presents: Diva Diaries with Daffney
Friday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 6/11/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/20/83
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/16/90
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/17/90