October 8, 1990
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
Tonight’s featured match is Dino Bravo vs. Nikolai Volkoff
The Bushwhackers vs. Barry Hardy & Dale Wolfe
This is from the 8/29 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Wheeling, WV. The Bushwhackers beat on Wolfe to start. Hardy tags in and Luke takes him down with a clothesline as The Bushwhackers remain in control as they beat on Hardy until putting him away with a double gutbuster (3:36).
Thoughts: An easy win for The Bushwhackers who remain in a lower card program against the Orient Express.
The first Survivor Series Report from this past weekend’s TV show airs. We learn of the first two matches and that there will be an Ultimate Survival match at the end. And a giant egg will hatch too.
Tom Bennett vs. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart & Dino Bravo
This match also would air on the 10/14 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” Earthquake destroys Bennett then puts him out of is misery with a sit-down splash (1:36). After the match, he hits two more splashes as Bennett leaves on a stretcher.
Thoughts: Your typical Earthquake squash match with another opponent leaving on a stretcher.
Akeem w/ Slick vs. Scott Colton
This match also would air on the 10/14 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” Saba Simba is shown in an insert promo as Akeem beats on Colton. Akeem stays in control and hits a splash for the win (1:29).
Thoughts: More hype for the Akeem/Simba feud over who is the real African.
The Texas Tornado interview from the 10/7 edition of “Wrestling Challenge” airs.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Paul Diamond
This match was also shown on the 10/13 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Duggan ducks a clothesline and hits an atomic drop before sending Diamond outside. Duggan is shown in an insert promo supporting the US Troops in the Middle East then he puts Diamond away with the Three Point Stance.
Thoughts: A pro-USA interview as Duggan will likely soon become another opponent for Sgt. Slaughter.
Koko B. Ware vs. Brooklyn Brawler
This is from the 4/29 London Gardens show in Ontario. The action is joined in progress as we see Brawler take a breather outside. Brawler comes back in and cheap shots Koko to take control. Koko fights back until missing a corner splash as Brawler now works the leg. Brawler now targets the neck and this last for a very long time as he mainly uses chinlocks and chokes. Koko blocks a hip toss and uses a backslide for a nearfall but gets dumped after that. Back inside, Brawler chokes out Koko then uses a swinging neckbreaker for a two count before using a neck crank. He tries for a suplex but that gets reversed as both men are down. Koko starts to pump up then runs wild until hitting a bulldog then a missile dropkick for the win (10:50) *.
Thoughts: Long and boring match. Brawler was on offense for most of the match and his best attribute was taking bumps so we got a lot of holds and basic heel tactics. Koko got the win but remains a glorified enhancement talent.
“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Sgt. Slaughter w/ General Adnan
Another match from the 8/29 Wheeling, WV “Wrestling Challenge” tapings. Slaughter and Adnan salute each other before the match. They fight over a wristlock to start then Slaughter rakes the eyes and grabs a side headlock. Slaughter tosses Garvin down and works a chinlock but Garvin escapes and stomps Slaughter’s foot before ramming into all four corners. Garvin hammers away and even bites Slaughter’s forehead but Slaughter fights back. Slaughter knocks Garvin down with a back elbow smash then stomps away. He now chokes Garvin out on the bottom rope but Garvin is able to break free. Garvin takes down Slaughter and uses the Garvin Stomp then tries for the Scorpion Death Lock but Slaughter hits him in the face. Slaughter gets a nearfall with a backbreaker then starts hitting Garvin’s back with forearm smashes then hits the Slaughter Cannon and goes up top, only for Garvin to get up and slam him off. Garvin tosses Slaughter into the turnbuckle then the post before he fires away. The ref backs off Garvin then Adnan gets on the apron as Slaughter punches Garvin in the face then uses the noogie to get the win (10:51) DUD. After the match, Adnan joins Slaughter as the two stomp Garvin.
Thoughts: Good lord was this pathetic. When Slaughter returned he was slow and awful in the ring for the first few months. Sure, he could sell when needed but his offense was pathetic. Garvin was just about to leave the company anyway and loses on TV once again.
The “Brother Love Show” with guest Jake Roberts, where Rick Martel sprayed him in the face airs.
Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Red Tyler
Another match that would also air on the 10/14 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” Perfect slaps Tyler around as we hear from the Texas Tornado, telling Perfect he has to become the perfect challenger then Perfects hits the Perfect Plex for the win (1:49). After the match, Heenan helps up Tyler so Perfect can kick him down.
Thoughts: They continue to build up Perfect has an irate and focused challenger for when he gets a rematch against the Texas Tornado and the Intercontinental Title.
Legion of Doom vs. Mike Shelton & Tony Burton
Another match that would also air on the 10/14 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” The LoD beat on Burton to start. Shelton tags and hits Animal but that has zero effect then LoD destroy him until they hit the Doomsday Device for the win (2:26).
Thoughts: More hype for the LoD/Demolition feud.
We see the giant egg as everyone wonders what is inside.
Power & Glory defeated Jim Brunzell & Brad Kramer in a match first shown on the 10/7 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. The Warlord is with Slick and he wants everyone to look at him as he climbs to the top of the WWF. He then calls out Koko B. Ware, Ronnie Garvin, and Jimmy Snuka as people he will destroy once and for all. So, those are the guys he will be facing at house shows. The Texas Tornado said he came to the WWF in order to be the very best and says he will go over guys like Ted DiBiase and The Barbarian.
Back in the studio, Heenan rags on fans who have Wrestling Buddies and would bring them around even into hotel rooms as guests as even Gorilla is cracking up. Great stuff by Heenan.
Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Nikolai Volkoff
This is from the 9/19 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Flint, MI. Bravo attacs Volkoff from behind then stays on the attack. Volkoff reverses an Irish whip and follows with a clothesline. Bravo is hit with an atomic drop then sent outside with a clothesline where he regroups with Hart, who waves the Quebec flag in an attempt to get heel heat. Back inside, they fight over a wrist lock as Volkoff shoves him down. Bravo complains of a hair pull then stalls before kicking Volkoff after a test-of-strength attempt. Bravo hammers away and chokes Volkoff out on the mat. Bravo taunts the crowd then puts Volkoff in a Boston Crab. Volkoff reaches the ropes despite Hart holding them back. Bravo headbutts Volkoff in the groin twice then drops an elbow before taunting the crowd again. He then runs around Volkoff and heads up top, nearly falling off in the process, then they are supposed to have a spot where Volkoff hits him in midair but they couldnt even do that right as Bravo’s arm hits Volkoff’s head. Volkoff fires away in the corner until Bravo rakes the eyes. Bravo then whacks Volkoff with the megaphone as Hart distracted the ref and starts to hit mounted punches on the mat but Tugboat runs out as Bravo bails as Bravo ends up winning by DQ (6:27) -*.
Thoughts: Listen, I rag on Bravo all of the time for being awful during this run. And he was awful but Volkoff during this time was the worst in-ring talent on the roster. This was one of the most pitiful performances I’ve seen from Volkoff. The focus was on the Tugboat/Bravo feud.
Next week’s featured match is Big Bossman vs. Haku, which leads to Heenan making more jokes about Bossman’s mother.
Final Thoughts: Man, this show had a lot of bad wrestling. If you are a fan of that stuff then by all means seek this out. If you have not seen the initial Survivor Series Report and Jake getting blinded on the “Brother Love Show” then there is no point watching this show.
Thursday: Highspots Developmentally Speaking with Pete Gas & Eugene
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/13/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/7/83
Sunday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 10/13/90
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/14/90
Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 10/15/90