on January 13, 1990 from Center Stage in Atlanta
Hosted by Jim Ross and Kevin Sullivan
JR and Sullivan run down the latest happenings as Arn Anderson won the TV title
over The Great Muta on Friday Night’s Power Hour and the next PPV has been
announced as Wrestlewar 1990 on February 25 and Sting has been awarded the
title shot. Sullivan says Lex Luger will be after Sting and wouldn’t be
surprised if Sting didn’t make it to the PPV. The Rock & Roll Express
return tonight and Ric Flair will be Jim Cornette’s guest on “The Louisville
Sullivan says there would be NO problems if Flair and Sting were to go
head-to-head at Wrestlewar because it would stay in the family. Yeah. Sting
beats up Cook and sends him to the floor. Cook trips on the rope on his way
back in the ring. Standing dropkick and Sting goes for the Scorpion but Cook
fights it off so Sting goes to work on the leg like his Horseman buddy Ric
Flair. He goes for the Scorpion again and Cook blocks it as they are clearing
killing time to fill this segment. Sullivan and Ross are talking about the
potential conflict between Flair and Sting as this PPV date gets closer. It’s
kind of interesting because they know, like we do, that Cook isn’t a threat so
they are putting over a not-yet-developed storyline. I like that. After a
fairly length headlock sequence it’s Stinger splash and the Scorpion to end
They go back to the Main Event when Norman the Lunatic gave Woman a special
portrait and it looks like a child drew it. So she slaps him and he takes
offense to it and beats up Woman’s clown bodyguard Nitron until Kevin Sullivan
comes in to defend the honor of his wife. As odd as this sounds Norman is quite
over with this crowd.
Back to the ring.
Paul Drake & Agent Steel vs. Doom
Drake actually looks pretty in shape for a jobber on these broadcasts. Doom is
still in masks and managed by Woman at this point. It’s pretty easy to tell
which one is Simmons and even JR mentions that it’s not exactly a big secret who
the members of Doom are — sort of a hint that they are going to lose their match against the Steiners at the upcoming Clash, which would turn out to be the best thing for the team. Simmons and Steel compare masks for a second so
Simmons extends a hand and then clothesline the s--- out of him. Reed in and he
kicks Steel in the face a lot before hitting a flying lariat. Steel tags in
Drake who gets his ass kicked too as Reed catapults him into the buckle and
hits a bulldog. Second rope variation of the Hart Attack finishes this. And
then Reed LAUNCHES Steel over the top rope. Damn that was a hands free bump
Back to the Ring.
The State Patrol vs. The Rock & Roll Express
When you look at how ridiculously deep the NWA’s tag division was at the point
of this taping and over the past 4-5 years you wonder how did the Rock & Roll Express hold those titles
FOUR times. And Road Warriors only held them once I believe. Not saying the Express weren’t good, they were but four-time champions?
Morton and Wright start off and Morton wins a rope sequence and adds a
kneelift. Tag to Gibson and the Express do corner shoulder blocks. Wright tags
out but Gibson escapes the heel’s corner. Another rope sequence and Gibson elevates
Parker. Rock & Roll do some cool double teaming on both guys. Double elbow/fist
combo to Parker and then a drop toe/flying elbow combo on Wright. Gibson and
Parker in the ring now and Gibson with a body slam. Tag to Morton and he slams
Parker and adds a knee drop. The Patrol try to corner Morton but he too
escapes. Even in a preliminary match there’s some cool psychology as the Patrol
try hard to corner both guys and the faces keep countering.
Finally the sneaky heel tricks work and the Patrol add a double shoulder on
Morton. Parker in with a gut wrench suplex for two. Tag to Wright who gives
Morton and suplex and a diving headbutt for two. Snapmare and rolling neck snap
by Wright before tagging Parker, who gives Morton an elbow drop for two. Morton
catches Parker barreling in the corner on a blind charge. But Parker baits
Gibson and that allows the heels to execute the battering ram. Powerslam by
Wright gets two but he sets too early on an Irish whip and Morton escapes to
make the hot tag. Things get out of hand as the Express give the Patrol a
double atomic drop and a double dropkick on Parker gets the pin. Great old
school stuff here and if they had 15 minutes this could have easily reached
(Rock & Roll Express def. State Patrol, pinfall, ***)
It should be noted the commercials weren’t edited out of this episode’s upload
so I’m seeing that awesome Soloflex add from yesteryear.
Ric Flair appears on The Louisville Slugger and Cornette accuses Flair of
asking for favors with the NWA to get the Sting the title shot over Luger.
Flair says Sting deserves the shot for winning Starrcade but Luger deserves a
shot too. Cornette says Sting is Flair’s friend and won’t hurt him but Flair
says the title will bring out the competitor in anyone. And now Woman comes to
the ring to begin here courtship. Nancy was cute here but she climbed into the
sexy zone around 1995-1996 when she was a Horseman. In this segment Woman just
sort of puts it all out there and Flair is impressed because you know he loves
the ladies but he has to separate business from pleasure and she is a little
too much of a distraction for the Horsemen right now. Woman says she wants to
rule the wrestling world in 1990 and to do that you have to own the Horsemen.
More commercials. SEGA Genesis is NEW! And it features Altered Beast and Hang
On and Golden Axe and Space Harrier 2 and Tommy Lasorda Baseball and….man that
lineup was hurting until the Sonic series began and the sports lineup from Electronic Arts got going.
Back to the ring.
Brody Chase vs. Ranger Ross
Wow I thought Ross was gone by the last quarter of 1989. Oh well. Ross does
some stuff as Sullivan and Ross continue to talk about Flair vs. Sting and how
Luger fits in there. Ross mentions that the date of the
PPV, February 25th
is Flair’s birthday. Ross works on the arm for a bit as the crowd, who is hot
for everyone, clearly decided to take a piss here. Chase looks like a cross between Bobby Eaton and Bobby Fulton but really fat. Ross is just milking his seven minute segment for all its worth,
doing near falls and all. Chase tries to rally but he looks blown up to all
hell. Combat kick ends this. Ross was technically fine but boring as hell.
Sting does a solo promo and talks about winning the Future Shock tournament and
being a Horseman and wrestling Flair and they have talked it over and there
will be no hard feelings. God you really want to smack this guy for being such a sucker.
Back to the ring.
Rick Fargo vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.
Fargo jumps on Williams and tosses him to the floor but Williams hops back in and
nails him with a clothesline. Doc goes for the press slam and but Fargo didn’t
time it so he gets a belly to belly suplex instead. NOW Williams gets the press
slam. Regular vertical suplex by Williams and a body slam and a nice running
drop kick. Doc goes up top and hits a high cross body! Oklahoma stampede ends
things. I’m really surprised Vince didn’t want a piece of Williams in 1990. Guy
had all the tools.
Lex Luger claims a conspiracy for giving Mr. Popular a title shot over the true
No. 1 contender. But they don’t want to see Lex as a champion but it doesn’t
matter who the world champion is because eventually it will be the total
package. He truly was in a zone here as a heel.
And to the ring.
Pat Rose vs. Lex Luger.
Luger is, of course, crazy over despite doing his best to be hated. Rose
actually gets the upper hand early by working on his arm but Luger escapes and
then falls victim to an armdrag. Crowd starts chanting for Sting and angering
Luger so he takes it out on Rose but misses a blind charge and gets rolled up
on two. Rose with an armdrag but Luger comes back with a powerslam and the
human torture rack ends it quickly.
Flyin’ Brian and Z-Man tell the Freebirds that they are coming for ya!
Back to the ring.
The Italian Stallion & Randy Harris vs. Flyin’ Brian & Z-Man
Awww look, Pillman and Zenk are matching now. Pillman catches Stallion in a
grapevine for a quick two count and follows with a hiptoss and an armdrag. Double
team by the faces gets a two count. Zenk gets a two with a reverse cross body
and then hits a drop kick from the second rope. Harris gets tagged in and Zenk
rocks him with a leg lariat. Tag to Pillman and a super dropkick from him and
then a flying elbow. Harris takes control and tags Stallion but Pillman rams
him in the buckle and hits a top rope axe handle. Tag to Zenk and a double
elbow. Double dropkick and double suplex on Harris sets up a slingshot splash
We got back to the events that led to the Lee Scott-Cactus Jack challenge
Lee Scott vs. Cactus Jack Manson
Scott SPRINTS across the ring and jumps all over Foley. Irish whip to the
corner and Scott with a corner elbow. Spinning elbow from Scott and a flying
shoulder but Jack ducks the high cross body attempt. Jack hits baseball slide
and rams Scott into the security railing. Jack rakes his face and hits a tight
clothesline for a two count. Jack sends Scott out to the floor again. Scott
tries to get back in the ring but Jack gives him a hangman. Back in the ring
Jack sends Scott to the corner and charges in with a knee. Jack with a legdrop
to the lower abdomen. Scott gets a small package for two and a drop kick but
Jack sends him to the floor again. Jack follows him out and hits a clothesline
off the ring apron. Jack rolls Scott back in the ring and gets the pin. Jack
isn’t done as he tosses Scott to the floor and hits the Cactus elbow. Fun stuff
to see Foley transitioning from a jobber into a mid-carder.
(Cactus Jack def. Scott, pinfall, **)
After some commercials (CNN World Report feature will be the future of radio in
Europe now that the cold war is over) we’re back to the ring.
Hacksaw Higgins vs. Arn Anderson
JR informs us that Cactus kept beating up Scott during the break and the referee overturned the decision. BOO! Anderson works his way around the bigger Higgins with some wrestling and of
course he works on the arm. Higgins corners Anderson and pounds away but
Anderson back with a knee lift and goes stomping away until Higgins takes a
powder. Back in the ring and Higgins continues to use his weight advantage to
overpower Anderson and gets a Randy Orton special on him to kill time. He holds
it for a long time until Anderson fights out and gets the DDT for the win.
The Horsemen talk about the future match and everyone’s happy because the title
will stay in the family. Sting knows that the guy across the ring from him is a
great competitor but after the match will be his friend again. God he’s a
Back to the ring.
Ricky Nelson vs. Michael P.S. Hayes
Hayes, of course, will do anything to stall so we get the full complimentary of
shimmies and moonwalks he can muster up. Nelson gets an armdrag off the collar
and elbow tie up. Hayes comes back with a side headlock but Nelson goes back to
the arm. Hayes turns up the pressure with a few chops and sends Nelson to the floor
where he roughs him up there for a bit. Back in the ring Nelson hits a dropkick
but misses a clothesline and gets floored with a left hand. Rear chinlock by
Hayes for a second but he hits Nelson with a corner clothesline and the DDT
And we go to another match.
Sean Regal & Gene Liggett vs. The Midnight Express.
I love how the Midnights are heels but totally suck up the face heat. They were
such a unique team. Popular in spite of everything they tried to do to be
hated. Lane and Liggett start out as Cornette joins Ross and Sullivan at the
broadcast booth. In the ring Lane finds some trouble with Liggett and gets into
a confrontation with the referee. Lane bounces back and tags Eaton, who gets
slammed. Hmmm, well they have a nine minute segment to fill as Cornette
badmouths the Dynamic Dudes. Liggett and Eaton do a nice little sequence and
Liggett with a monkey flip and a dropkick but Eaton comes back with a flying
clothesline. Tag to Lane and a snapmare assists Liggett to make the tag to
Regal. Lane begins to take control and hits a power slam. Eaton chokes out
Regal using the cable that connects the turnbuckle…even their chokes are
different! Eaton tosses Regal to the floor and Lane hits him with a savate kick
to the face and Eaton with a bulldog to the floor. Back in the ring and a tag
to Lane, who continues the assault on Regal. Lane with a slam and the Express
do their elevated ledgrop combo and the double flapjack ends it.
Finally commercials are edited out. A little late.
Rick Ryder & Larry Santo vs. The New Skyscrapers.
Spivey and Callous take turns abusing poor Ryder before letting him tag to
Santo and Callous does the rope walk flying elbow to end the match after about 90 seconds.
JR and Sullivan close out the show.
Bottom Line: Two hours worth of story line development with an excellent RnR/State Patrol tag match in there makes this an easy winner.