February 18, 1989
From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week’s featured match will have the The Brainbusters vs. The Rockers. Also, the WrestleMania V report and Brother Love Show with guests Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Barry Horowitz
Horowitz hits Jake in the corner but Jake fights right back. Jake is shown in an insert promo saying with Damien around, there are four eyes that can strike at any time. Horowits grabs a headlock then gets two with an elbow smash. Horowitz uses a leapfrog then ends up hunched over as Jake turns him around and hits the DDT for the win (2:27). After the match, Jake takes Damien out of the bag and puts it on top of Horowitz before chasing away the referee.
Thoughts: They teased the Jake/Andre the Giant feud a bit as that continues.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. He lets us know a number of challenges for WrestleMania V are in the “talking stages,” such as Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan. However, there are announced matches as we see that Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Title, Demolition vs. Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji for the Tag Team Titles, Jake Roberts vs. Andre the Giant with Big John Studd as the special guest referee, and Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan for the World Title will take place at the PPV. Next week, we will get even more matches announced. Okerlund also tells us we will hear comments from Savage and Hogan later on in the show. The big news is that Savage vs. Hogan will take place and at WrestleMania V.
The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan vs. The Rockers
The Rockers run into the ring and immediately attack the Brainbusters. Marty and Tully brawl outside while Shawn super kicks Arn in the ring. The bell still has not rung as they are all brawling outside as this match is ruled a no contest.
Thoughts: This is the second televised match between these teams to end in a no contest. The feud was good and the matches stole the show on house shows across the country but it would be coming to an end soon.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to run down the card for the Nashville house show on March 11th. We get the same Tito Santana promo from last week hyping his match against Ted DiBiase while Slick and the Big Bossman run down the Ultimate Warrior to hype up their Intercontinental Title match.
Ted DiBiase and Virgil are at Betteridge Jewelers in Greenwich, CT. DiBiase demands to see his belt as the owner tells him its being made. DiBiase then wants to see it as we see some guy picking diamonds. DiBiase says they need more than 500 diamonds for his center piece and wants gold links on the belt too as he yells at the owner for giving him what he wants as he ends with a laugh. They are really trying to put over this belt as being insanely expensive.
Louie Spicolli vs. Bad News Brown
Spicolli attacks Bad News as he enters but that fails. Bad News hits a backdrop and takes control of the match as the announcers talk about the matches made for WrestleMania, specifically the Hogan vs. Savage match, as Jesse says Hogan got what he wanted and backdoored his way to a title shot. Bad News continues to beat on Spicolli then puts him away with the Ghetto Blaster (1:45).
Thoughts: Most of this was the announcers talking about the Hogan vs. Savage match for WrestleMania as Jesse put over Bad News by saying he should be the #1 contender.
Koko B. Ware vs. Ross Browner
Jesse thinks Rick Rude will become the new Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania as Koko takes control. Koko hits a sitdown splash but after that Browner rakes the eyes. Browner attacks Koko in the corner but ducks his head for a backdrop and gets hit with a knee drop in a screwed up spot. Koko then hits a missile dropkick and finishes Browner off with the Ghostbuster (2:54).
Thoughts: This match was a backdrop for the announcers to talk about all of the announced WrestleMania matches.
We hear from Randy Savage. He said he should have known from the beginning that Hogan was after Elizabeth as we are shown a clip from an interview where Hogan said Elizabeth was his lady too. He then talks about beating the Conquistador on TVand how Hogan came in to attack the other one and started posing to take all his glory. Savage also calls Hogan an idiot and tells him to think back when he suggested Elizabeth tease their opponents at SummerSlam by removing some of her skirt and that was hard to swallow but the kicker was Hogan putting his hand on Elizabeth’s thigh when she was on Savage’s shoulder. Savage tells Hogan he will not be getting his manager or his championship belt either as he knows his strengths and weaknesses and that all of the Hulkamaniacs will see Hulkamania die at WrestleMania. Just a tremendous interview. All of the clips shown to document what Savage was talking about made it even better. And by watching what happened, Savage has a point.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Darryl Peterson
Peterson backdrops Duggan to the floor but Duggan comes in and hammers away. Duggan maintains control unitl putting Peterson away with the Three Point Stance (2:34).
Thoughts: Not much to say about this as the Duggan/Bravo feud seems to be close to finished.
Brother Love Show with guests Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude. Brother Love refers to Rude as the winner of the Royal Rumble posedown and states he will defeat Warrior at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental Title. Rude then talks about winning the posedown as he poses and gyrates then talks about defeating the Warrior for the Intercontinental Title and turns around to reveal Warrior’s face on the back of his tights. A generic interview to hype up the Intercontinental Title match.
Powers of Pain w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Ricki Ataki & Frankie Valdez
Vince says that Valdez looks like someone who ate too many enchiladas. The Barbarian beats Valdez down as Jesse talks about the WWF Magazine article highlighting the Powers of Pain feud against Demolition. Ataki tags in and gets destroyed until the Powers of Pain put him away with the Doomsday Device (2:14).
Thoughts: A dominating performance to put over the Powers of Pain heading into their title match at WrestleMania.
We now get to hear from Hulk Hogan. He remembers when Savage introduced him as the greatest tag team partner but after what happened in Milwaukee (The Main Event) the whole world now sees what he is all about. Hogan goes back to the Conquistador match and says he knew he could handle them both but did what Savage wanted him to, which was being his partner. On the secret weapon, we saw Savage talk about Elizabeth wearing her heels and bikini as Hogan is sick over the fact Savage accused him of groping Elizabeth as he was trying to make sure she did not slip off his shoulders as we get a clip of that. Hogan then accuses Savage of ruining everything and putting Elizabeth between them. He also accuses Savage of ripping Elizabeth’s heart out and she will not be in his corner and after the dust is settled, Hulkamania will defeat the Madness. Just like Savage, another great interview. They also had video clips to back up what Hogan was saying too. I did like Savage’s interview better but this was still great as they’ve immediately made the WrestleMania V main event a must-see match.
Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Mark Ming
Bravo beats down Ming to start. He hits a piledriver and an airplane spin before getting the win with a side slam (1:49).
Thoughts: Lots of “USA” chants directed towards Bravo and Frenchy here. Nice to see Bravo incorporate the airplane spin into his electrifying move set.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. Curt Hennig runs down Rick Martel while Big John Studd talks about how strong he is and cannot be stopped to hype his match against Akeem at the March 11th Nashville show.
Next week’s featured match will be Mr. Perfect vs. Red Rooster. Also in action will be the Ultimate Warrior and Andre the Giant in an handicapped match. Plus, more comments from Savage and Hogan.
Final Thoughts: Well, they did a great job in hyping up the matches at WrestleMania V. And the announcement of Hogan vs. Savage was huge and the initial hype has been superb. With more matches about to be announced in the coming weeks, the hype for the PPV is off to a really good start.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/15/82
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/19/89
Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 2/20/89
Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 2/20/89
Wednesday: PWG 2016 Battle of Los Angeles, Stage Two 9/3/16
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/25/89