June 30, 1990
From the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, NY
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are The Bushwhackers, Earthquake, Dusty Rhodes, Rick Rude, and Tugboat.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Powers
Rude tosses Powers off the top rope then gyrates but Powers skinned-the-cat and comes in to hit a dropkick. Powers runs wild then we hear from Rude & Heenan in an insert promo as Rude tells us he has taken everything he has wanted in life and the World Heavyweight Title will be no different. Rude has Powers in a reverse chinlock then hits a slam before heading up top and lands directly on Powers’ head with something that was probably supposed to have been a leg drop before he hits a Rude Awakening for the win (2:37).
Thoughts: They continue to build up Rude as the #1 contender. Also, I wonder if Powers got a concussion from taking that top rope move from Rude. That looked nasty.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We learn that Hogan is feeling better physically but still has a way to go psychologically. Tugboat then thanks us for sending letters to Hogan and how happy it makes him then reads one of them for us that was written by a ten year old named Colin from California. Colin will keep his Hogan Friendship bracelet and take Hulk Hogan vitamins until Hogan himself returns. We then hear from fans on whether or not Hogan should return and its a 50/50 split.
Bob Bradley & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. The Bushwhackers
The Bushwhackers rub and lick their heads to the delight of Vince. The Bushwhackers work over Bradley but Sharpe attacks Butch from behind. Butch avoids an attack as Bradly gets knocked off of the apron then The Bushwhackers run wild. Back inside, Bradley hammers away on Luke, who fights back then tags out. Butch is in and Bradley gets hit with a battering ram then the double gutbuster gets the win (3:18).
Thoughts: More goofy antics from The Bushwhackers as their feud with Rhythm & Blues is dying down.
Boris Zhukov vs. Brady Boone
Zhukov hammers away on Boone to start. Boone comes back with a small package and a sunset flip for nearfalls but whiffs on a dropkick. Zhukov stomps away as we get some “U-S-A” chants then Zhukov is in an insert promo as he tells us about hunting down Nikolai Volkoff so he cannot celebrate the 4th of July. Boone backflips over Zhukov but celebrates and gets put away with a Russian Sickle (2:33). After the match, Zhukov takes off his boot and beats Boone.
Thoughts: Hype for the Zhukov/Volkoff feud that is going to sweep the nation.
Ted DiBiase & Virgil are in Cobb County, GA to speak with Big Bossman’s high school football coach, who said that Bossman rode the bench and could not walk and chew gum at the same time. He also said Bossman hit so softly he could not crack an egg. DiBiase then tells us he once again proved Bossman is nothing but a dumb hick. Continuation of the story that DiBiase is paying off people in Cobb County to disparage the Big Bossman’s name.
Tugboat vs. Dale Wolfe
Tugboat throws some more Hogan bracelets to the crowd during his entrance. Dino Bravo is shown in an insert promo telling Tugboat he saw him cry when Hogan was laid out by Earthquake and cannot stand a man who cries. He also wants all the kids to stop sending letters to Hogan and accuses Tugboat of being unable to read. Some promo this was. Tugboat overpowers Wolfe and blocks a sunset flip with a sit down splash then puts Wolfe away with a splash from the middle rope (1:35).
Thoughts: The Bravo vs. Tugboat match will be coming soon. You can view Bravo’s horrendous promo here
Brother Love Show with guests Mr. Perfect & Bobby Heenan. Heenan asks us if you were going to have a son, would you want him to look like Brutus Beefcake or something perfect from head-to-toe like Mr. Perfect. Now, Perfect addresses Beefcake and said he is the Intercontinental Champion and how that separates him from the rest of the WWF. More hype for the Perfect/Beefcake feud.
Another ad for SummerSlam airs.
Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire vs. Black Bart
Dusty starts off by working the arm. Bart rakes the eyes then hammers away in the corner. Dusty starts fighting back then hits a slam as we hear from Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri in an insert promo as Sherri is ecstatic over receiving some presents. Dusty continues to hammer away then puts Bart away with the Bionic Elbow drop (2:40). Dusty & Sapphire dance after the match.
Thoughts: Dusty & Sapphire continue to feud with Savage & Sherri but the program is winding down.
Clip of last week where Demolition introduced their third member, Crush. We then hear from all three men as they tell us its a new and improved version of the team. Crush tells us when opportunity knocks he kicks the door down. The Hart Foundation are upset that there are now three members of Demolition as Bret calms down Neidhart.
Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Mark Thomas
Earthquake beats on Thomas in the corner but misses a charge. Earthquake shrugs off a dropkick then clotheslines Thomas as we see Duggan in an insert holding up his 2×4 all decked out in Hogan bracelets as he promises to chop down Earthquake, who gets the win with a sitout splash (1:16). After the match, Earthquake rips off the Hogan bracelet and stomps it repeatedly until Duggan runs out holding his 2×4 and clears the ring. Duggan then grabs the mic and starts a chant for Hogan.
Thoughts: They amped up the Duggan/Earthquake feud in this segment as well as promoting the shit out of the Hogan bracelets.
We get an ad voiced over by Vince telling us how great it is to attend a live WWF event. Must have been struggling to sell tickets during this time and with the house show lineups we got, its not tough to see why.
In action next week are the Big Bossman, Demolition, and Macho King Randy Savage. Plus, another update on Hulk Hogan and Nikolai Volkoff as guest on the “Brother Love Show.”
Final Thoughts: These shows have pretty much been the same for the past few weeks: Pushing the Hogan campaign and the other TV feuds that have been happening. Some of the feuds have reached their expiration date too. Anyway, the Hogan/Earthquake feud is top in the company and will be as Hogan eventually returns to TV.