June 11, 1990
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
This week’s featured match is Haku vs. Ronnie Garvin
The show starts with Gorilla telling us he doesnt even want to be here this week due to how he is feeling over Hulk Hogan’s attack but as Heenan upsets him by telling us Hogan’s career is over.
Tito Santana vs. Black Bart
This is from the 4/29 London Gardens show in London, Ontario, Canada and its joined in-progress with Tito working an armbar. Bart lands a cheap shot in the corner then starts choking Tito out. Bart gets two with a leg drop, or I think it was a leg drop as the camera cut to kids in the crowd wearing the Hogan Friendship Bracelets. Bart briefly works a chinlock for a bit as this match has dragged to a snail’s pace. Tito fights back and kicks Bart down before firing away. He hits a pair of dropkicks before putting Bart away with the flying forearm (3:33).
Thoughts: Despite his involvement in the Intercontinental Title Tournament Finals the company still did not have any plans for Tito, as evidence by being stuck with Black Bart at a house show. Its better that we saw it joined in progress than in its entirety as Bart was just awful in the ring during his WWF run. I mean, he was never that good to begin with but his work in 1990 was putrid.
The WWF Special Report from the 6/10 edition of “Wrestling Challenge” where Tugboat tells us that Hogan needs our prayers and support.
Back in the studio, Heenan claims that no one has sent Hogan a single letter, which upsets Gorilla.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Red Tyler
This match also aired on the 6/16 episode of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Before the match, Rude orders ring announcer Howard Finkel back into the ring as Heenan tells him to introduce Rude as the “next World Wrestling Federation Champion.” Rude brushes off a dropkick then challenges Tyler to do something else. Rude knocks Tyler down then hammers away in the corner and soon after that hits the Rude Awakening for the win (1:50). After the match, Rude tells us he is ready for the Ultimate Warrior as the women will have to wait before they get another Rude Awakening.
Thoughts: They are trying to establish Rude as more of a threat than a guy with a gimmick of kissing women after the match. There were no gyrations or any other taunts as Rude remained focused the entire time.
Back in the studio, Heenan suggests Hogan get two beds so the Ultimate Warrior has somewhere to be after Rude is done with him then jokes the fans can write one card for two people.
An Arrogance ad with Rick Martel airs.
Jake Roberts beating Tony Burton then getting attacked by Bad News Brown is shown from the 6/9 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”
Nikolai Volkoff vs. Frank DeFalco
This match also aired on the 6/16 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Volkoff is still as being from the Soviet Union. His entrance consisted of him doing a poor excuse of a jog down the aisle but gave that up at the halfway point. He gets into the ring and says “God Bless, America” before he fights off a sneak attack from DeFalco. Volkoff finally takes of his jacket and beats on DeFalco as the announcers talk to Boris Zhukov, who is shown in an insert calling Volkoff a traitor and in Russia they have ways in dealing with this. Volkoff cuts off a comeback then puts DeFalco away with a Russian Sickle (1:43).
Thoughts: Who knew an argument with your tag team partner would immediately cause you to love the United States. Anyway, its more hype for the Zhukov vs. Volkoff feud but surprisingly enough Volkoff got some cheers from the crowd.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri as Savage asks who everyone is talking about when discussing the best of the best in the WWF as they argue with Sherri saying he is as Savage yells at her leave. Sherri is then brought back as she screams, at Savage’s request, about being “better than the best.” More insanity from those two. After that, The Bushwhackers talk about getting Rhythm & Blues in the ring and beat them up for the fans.
Mr. Perfect defeated Jim Powers in a match that originally aired on the 6/9 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”
In the studio, Gorilla gets upset with Heenan and threatens to knock him out if he speaks negatively about Hogan again.
Koko B. Ware vs. The Conquistador
This match was also from the 4/29 London Gardens show. This is also joined in progress. Koko sends The Conquistador outside after a flurry of offense and starts getting the fans behind him. Back inside, Koko gets a nearfall with a crossbody then uses ten turnbuckle smashes. Koko misses a charge and rams his shoulder into the post as The Conquistador goes to work. Koko’s comeback is cut off with an eye rake as The Conquistador works a nerve hold. Koko escapes and almost gets the win with a sunset flip but The Conquistador stomps away and goes back to the nerve hold. Koko floats over and almost puts Conquistador away with a reverse rollup but gets knocked back down after that. Conquistador hits a flying ax handle then goes back to the nerve hold as the fans are behind Koko, who comes back with a pair of flying headbutts then a dropkick. Conquistador then drops his head for a backdrop but Koko catches him with the Ghostbuster for the win (6:33).
Thoughts: I feel bad for Koko because he was being used as TV enhancement talent at this point but despite his standing on the card he was able to get the crowd behind him. If he was a only jsut a few more inches taller then he would have likely been used better by the company.
Tugboat defeated Paul Diamond in a match that originally aired on the 6/9 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”
In the studio, Heenan makes fun of the Hogan Friendship Bracelets and how Gorilla can wear that in public. He then laughs when hearing people will wear this until Hogan returns. Heenan was hysterical in this segment.
The Gene Okerlund interview with Earthquake & Jimmy Hart from the 6/10 edition of “Wrestling Challenge”
Rhythm & Blues defeated Jim Brunzell & Warren Bianchi in a match that originally aired on the 6/9 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from The Rockers as they tell us the Tag Team Division is hotter than ever but will first get rid of The Orient Express, who have been a thorn in their side. Now, Warlord is with Slick as he promises to destroy everyone standing in his way to the top. Slick puts over Warlord’s new look and determination as it spells disaster for everyone who steps in the ring with his client.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Spike Jones
This match also aired on the 6/17 episode of “Wrestling Challenge.” We hear from Beefcake telling Mr. Perfect he has beaten him before and will walk away not only with the Intercontinental Title but also Perfect’s hair. Beefcake clotheslines Jones as the announcers talk about Heenan giving Perfect the killer instinct. Beefcake now lands mounted punches in the corner and soon after that puts on the sleeper for the win (3:06). After the match, Beefcake gives Jones a haircut.
Thoughts: They continue to push the Beefcake/Perfect feud while reminding us that Beefcake in fact has beaten Perfect before. The crowd is also really into Beefcake too.
Warlord w/ Slick vs. Scott Colton
This match also aired on the 6/16 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Warlord overpowers Colton then hits a delayed vertical suplex. He then turns Colton inside out after brushing off some punches and hits a running powerslam for the win (1:53).
Thoughts: They continue to push Warlord as a singles act by having him mow through enhancement talent.
Back in the studio, Gorilla puts over The Warlord. Heenan is not that impressed and says he had first pick at the Powers of Pain and took Barbarian, to the shock of Gorilla who then kinda buries Barbarian by calling him the “guy with the antlers.”
Demolition vs. Wilt Jones & Kent Carlson
This match also aired on the 6/17 episode of “Wrestling Challenge.” Smash beats down Jones to start. The announcers talk to the Hart Foundation, who are shown in an insert promo holding up Demolition’s action figures and note they are not wearing the belts, something Demolition should get familiar with. Carlson is in now and gets beat down too until Demolition put him away with the Decapitation (2:35).
Thoughts: More hype for the Demolition/Hart Foundation feud.
Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin
This match was taped at the 5/14 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Madison, WI. The announcers put over the tough-guy reputations of both men. Garvin pushes away a handshake then Haku goes over and shakes Heenan’s hand. Garvin lands some shots but falls down after attempting a headbutt. They slug it out until Haku drops Garvin with a headbutt then follows with a few turnbuckle smashes. Garvin fights back and tries mounted punches in the corner but Haku breaks that up with an inverted atomic drop. Haku uses his foot to choke Garvin, who fights back. They trade chops in the corner then start raking each other in the face as things get even more intense. Haku dumps Garvin outside then goes out and hammers away and they continue to fight but end up getting out (6:01) **. Both guys continue to beat the shit out of each other after the bell.
Thoughts: This was a taste of what these two could do in the ring. I loved how they played up the tough guy personas and really laid into each other here. A feud between these two would have been a lot of fun and made sense since neither guy really had anything going on at the time (They were hyping up Garvin/Martel on TV at this time but Martel could have feuded with someone else) it would have made sense.
The show ends with Gorilla and Heenan in the studio. Gorilla says he is visiting Hogan this weekend and talks about his injured ribs. Heenan then hands him a pizza to give to Hogan as a gift because he’s all out of ribs then runs away before Gorilla could throw the box at him. Heenan was a great antagonist this episode.
Final Thoughts: Like the other shows going on at this time, the focus was on Hulk Hogan’s health. The Garvin/Haku match was fun but there was nothing else worth seeing here, especially if you had been keeping up with the weekly television.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/20/83
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/16/90
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/17/90
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/23/90
Wednesday: PWG Pushing Forward Back 7/7/17
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/24/90