My reviews of old WWF and Mid-South shows are back!
November 4, 1990
From the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, MO
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
This week, we will see The Bushwhackers vs. Rhythm & Blues. Also in action this week are the Big Bossman, Davey Boy Smith, Dino Bravo, and Nikolai Volkoff.
Big Bossman vs. Tom Bennett
Bossman hammers away on Bennett as Heenan sucks up to him on commentary. However, Bossman calls out Heenan as Gorilla starts mocking his broadcast partner. Bossman is now shown in an insert promo telling Heenan he’ll make him pay then he hits Bennett with a gutwrench suplex and soon after that uses a sidewalk slam for the win (2:00).
Thoughts: More hype for the Bossman/Heenan feud to promote their house show matches now that Rude is gone.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as we saw on the “Superstars of Wrestling” update segment that focused on Jake Roberts returning to the “Brother Love Show” were he was taunted by Martel and hit Brother Love with a DDT. We then hear from Jake and his Survivor Series team (Jimmy Snuka & The Rockers) as he talks about having a team of “Vipers” to show him the way.
We now hear from Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri as they plug the WWF Superstars Sticker Album.
Gary Jackson vs. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart, Earthquake, Haku, and The Barbarian
Bravo folds up Jackson with a back suplex then drops an elbow. He now puts Jackson in an airplane spin then puts him away with a side slam (1:36). After the match, the other guys head into the ring and stand over Jackson as Earthquake drops a sitdown splash.
Thoughts: We have now reached the portion of the Survivor Series hype were guys are accompanied to the ring by their teams in a gesture of unity. And really, who wouldn’t want to support Dino Bravo?
Gene Okerlund (Dubbed as the “Cholesterol King” by Gorilla) is with young kids near the giant egg that will hatch at the Survivor Series. He asks them what’s inside and replies are “The Ultimate Warriors,” snakes, dinosaurs, and lizards.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from The Alliance (Nikolai Volkoff & Tito Santana & The Bushwhackers) as they hype up their match against the Mercenaries. Also, The Visionaries (Rick Martel & The Warlord & Power & Glory) run down The Vipers for their match.
Davey Boy Smith vs. Pez Whatley
Davey fights out of the corner and hits a suplex. He takes Whatley down with a hip toss after getting kicked then takes him outside with a standing dropkick. We hear from Davey in an insert promo who promises to chew up anyone that gets in his way as Whatley lands some shots in the corner. Davey fights back then puts Whatley away with a running powerslam as Gorilla notes the soldiers part of Operation Desert Shield can watch the Survivor Series on the Armed Forces network (2:03).
Thoughts: Davey looked impressive in the ring as he is now back with the company.
The announcers plug the 1991 WWF Calendar.
Okerlund welcomes The Perfect Team (Mr. Perfect & Demolition) to the interview platform. Heenan tells us they have a big surprise. Okerlund asks them about their match against the The Ultimate Warriors at the Survivor Series as Perfect talks about enjoying himself and having a good time by watching others suffer and lose at their own game. Demolition then reveal their new masks and put themselves over as a destructive force. They are now trying to revitalize Demolition by given them masks but they are well past their expiration date now.
Nikolai Volkoff vs. Tom Burton
We hear from Sgt. Slaughter & Gen. Adnan in an insert promo putting over their leadership skills and how Volkoff will not survive at the Survivor Series. Burton lands a few shots but Volkoff fights back after blocking a turnbuckle smash then uses the Russian Sickle for the win (1:13).
Thoughts: The Slaughter/Volkoff feud has already run its course as they are part of the least anticipated match on the PPV.
The Warlord w/ Slick & Rick Martel & Power & Glory vs. Scott Colton
Colton hammers away to no avail and gets pummeled. Warlord catches Colton with a powerslam then hits a gutwrench suplex before getting the win with a running powerslam (1:29).
Thoughts: Warlord actually moved around better than usual here as we get more Survivor Series hype.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from The Natural Disasters (Earthquake, Dino Bravo, Haku, and The Barbarian) as they promise to put the entire Hulkamaniacs Team out of the WWF.
Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund.
The Bushwhackers vs. Rhythm & Blues w/ Jimmy Hart
The Bushwhackers get jumped while entering the ring. However, they fight back and even bite their opponents in the ass. Valentine illegally enters and clotheslines Luke as Rhythm & Blues regain control. They methodically beat on Luke until Butch decides he has had enough and grabs the guitar to attack Rhythm & Blues for the DQ (4:04) 1/4*. After the match, The Bushwhackers destroy the guitar.
Thoughts: Dull action with an awful finish. Rhythm & Blues were weak challengers but with the rumors of Honky going to commentary and Valentine possibly leaving they gave them a weak win against a team that would be staying with the company.
We are back in the Event Center and hear from The Mercenaries (Sgt. Slaughter & Boris Zhukov & The Orient Express) to hype up their Survivor Series match. After that we hear from The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes & Koko B. Ware & The Hart Foundation) as they promise to defeat The Million Dollar Team
In action next week are Saba Simba, Mr. Perfect, Jimmy Snuka, and Sgt. Slaughter. Plus, Rick Martel vs. Tito Santana as the featured match as we hear from both men.
Final Thoughts: The featured match was bad and the rest of the show was Survivor Series hype. Honestly, the Martel vs. Roberts stuff is the hottest thing on WWF programming right now as the promotion is ice cold as a whole.