November 18, 1990
From the Allen County War Memoorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
This week, we have Ted DiBiase vs. Koko B. Ware. Also in action are the Texas Tornado and Tugboat. Plus, an interview with the Natural Disasters Survivor Series team and more!
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil, Jimmy Hart, Rhythm & Blues vs. Koko B. Ware w/ Dusty Rhodes & The Hart Foundation
Heenan pretends that he knows of DiBiase’s surprise teammate but refuses to indulge. DiBiase attacks Koko in the corner to start. He then taunts the Dream Team for a bit as the announcers talk about the Survivor Series. DiBiase resumes control but puts his head down for a back drop and gets kicked. Koko runs wild until Virgil trips him up and that triggers a brawl on the outside. DiBiase then avoids a corner splash and rolls up Koko for the win (3:32) *. The brawl spills into the ring after the match as The Dream Team eventually clear the ring.
Thoughts: Pretty much a squash match but the real purpose was to hype up the Survivor Series. Poor Koko was a step above a generic TV enhancement talent at this point.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from The Vipers Survivor Series team as they promise to defeat The Visionaries. Next, The Mercenaries promise to defeat The Alliance.
Tugboat vs. Doug Vines
Tugboat breaks out of a waistlock as the announcers talk about the Survivor Series scorecard inside of the WWF Magazine. Heenan says he’s filling his out now and makes fun of the faces as Tugboat hits a suplex then soon after that hits a splash for the win (2:18).
Thoughts: Most of this was the announcers talking about the Survivor Series scorecard. You can already tell that the company has soured on Tugboat as a top-level face as they barely even make an effort to talk about him anymore.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This also highlights last week’s beatdown of the Legion of Doom courtesy of Demolition & The Orient Express and that Jack Tunney will possibly issue a statement on the incident by next week.
Battle Kat vs. Paul Diamond
Kat does his poses then uses a headscissors takedown. The announcers try to figure out Kat’s identity as Diamond runs into a thrust kick then Kat gets the win with a Thesz Press (1:42).
Thoughts: Not as pathetic as his previous matches but this Battle Kat experiment is already a failure. It was also the final Battle Kat TV appearance.
Gene Okerlund welcomes The Natural Disasters Survivor Series team to the interview platform. Earthquake promises that Hulkamania will die then the rest give generic Survivor Series hype.
We hear from The Ultimate Warriors team as they once again put over how no one has beaten the Legion of Doom, kicked out of the Tornado Punch.
Texas Tornado vs. Black Bart
Tornado takes control early then tries to put the claw on Bart, who is able to roll outside. Bart returns but Tornado puts on the claw then hits the Tornado Punch for the win (2:14).
Thoughts: They’ve made more of an effort to hype up the claw as a devastating hold as its now Tornado’s setup hold to his finisher
Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype Survivor Series. We hear from The Visionaries and the Million Dollar Team to hype their matches on the show.
Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund.
Power & Glory w/ Slick vs. Jim Evans & George Anderson
Power & Glory take control early by beating on Anderson. Evans tags in and also gets his ass kicked as the announcers put over Power & Glory then they hit the Power Plex for the win (4:10).
Thoughts: A long squash match that saw the announcers not only put over Power & Glory but give us some last minute Survivor Series hype.
Next week in action are Haku, Jim Duggan, Earthquake, and Jake Roberts. Plus, the featured match is the Orient Express vs. The Bushwhackers and more!
Final Thoughts: This was last-minute Survivor Series hype and it really did not seem special at all. A lack of top programs hurt the overall appeal and the added gimmicks (Grand Finale Match & Egg Hatching) are not masking the fact the shows have been mundane.