February 25, 1989
From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week’s featured match is Mr. Perfect vs. Red Rooster. Plus, Andre the Giant will be in a handicapped match and more!
Red Rooster vs. “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig
These two start off by going back-and-forth in a fast-paced sequence. We get an insert promo from the Brooklyn Brawler as he is ripping up an issue of “WWF Magazine” that features an article on the Rooster. Hennig takes control as he gets his boot up on a charging Rooster then we see Brawler and Bobby Heenan come out to ringside. Rooster fights back and they trade punches until Hennig hits a dropkick. Brawler attacks Rooster behind the ref’s back but gloats and that allows Rooster to attack him from behind. Brawler fights back and Rooster ends up getting counted out (2:25). After the match, Rooster attacks Hennig from behind as Brawler retreated up the aisle.
Thoughts: The brief amount of action we saw was pretty good but this was all about the Rooster feud against Heenan and Brawler. Hennig gets to keep his undefeated streak as they are still building him up on TV before putting him in his first feud.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This is about WrestleMania V as he runs down the matches on the show. Four more matches have been signed including Strike Force vs. Brainbusters, King Haku vs. Hercules, Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. Bushwhackers, and Bad News Brown vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Some of those matches were announced during the “Face-to-Face” Prime Time Wrestling special but Strike Force vs. Brainbusters and Bad News Brown vs. Jim Duggan were not.
Ted DiBiase is with Virgil as he is back at Betteridge Jewelers. He demands to see the Million Dollar Belt as the owner tells him it is now worthy. They reveal the belt but we do not get to see it as DiBiase goes mad and says finally, it is his and something that will show the wrestling world how great he is as DiBiase laughs like a maniac. DiBiase was awesome in this segment. He acted like a mad scientist who just completed his invention.
Ultimate Warrior vs. Dusty Wolfe
Warrior beats on Wolfe as Jesse predicts that Rick Rude will defeat Warrior for the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania. Warrior continues to rough up Wolfe as we then hear Rude in an insert promo telling Warrior to enjoy this now because at WrestleMania, he is walking out with the Intercontinental Title. Warrior then clotheslines Wolfe before putting him away with the press slam/splash combo (2:01).
Thoughts: This was to push the Warrior/Rude feud and match at WrestleMania. The crowd was really into Warrior here.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Its all to promote the March 11th Nashville house show. We hear from the Brainbusters and Bobby Heenan as they run down the Rockers to hype up their match. Good work by all three men. The Ultimate Warrior then screams and raves about the Big Bossman as they will be facing off in the main event of that show.
Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Steve Stone & Stephen DeLeon
Stone manages to get a sunset flip for two as we hear from the Bushwhackers in an insert promo as they run down the Rougeaus to hype their match at WrestleMania. Stone tags out and Jacques dropkicks DeLeon then shortly after that the Rougeaus hit the Rougeau Bomb for the win (2:45).
Thoughts: Basic hype for one of the WrestleMania matches. I just love hearing the Rougeaus theme song though. Its so great.
An ad for WrestleMania V airs.
“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
Sharpe cheap shots Garvin after a break against the ropes then hammers away. The announcers talk about what corner Elizabeth will wind up in as Garvin takes control of the match. Garvin whips Sharpe into the corner then uses the Garvin stomp before putting him away with a piledriver (1:59).
Thoughts: This was a backdrop for the announcers to talk about which corner Elizabeth will be in at WrestleMania.
We now hear from Randy Savage. He tells Hogan about the time he begged him to let Elizabeth walk down the aisle with him when he needed extra inspiration in his match against Haku. He then talks about Hogan showing him up by holding the ropes open for Elizabeth as we see a clip of that then Savage tells Hogan all he did was prevent Elizabeth from doing her job. Savage then calls out Hogan for having lust in his eyes when he took Elizabeth where she had never been before, which was on top of another man’s shoulders. Savage then goes back to the Survivor Series where he calls out Hogan for stooping to the lowest point when he picked up Elizabeth after the match. Savage then tells Hogan at WrestleMania V he will not steal his thunder, Elizabeth, or the World Heavyweight Title. I cannot stress enough how great Savage was in these pre-recorded comments. The build up to this was a work of art.
We get another ad for WrestleMania V.
Tito Santana & Jim Powers vs. Andre the Giant w/ Bobby Heenan
Andre struggles to fight off both men as we hear from Big John Studd in an insert promo telling Andre the Giant that he will not be pushed around as the special guest referee. Andre then places both guys in the corner and beats then down as we hear Jake Roberts’ music and voice as he tells Andre that Damien and himself have his eyes on him. Andre then places both men in a bearhug as a “weasel” chant breaks out. Tito gets Andre over for a sunset flip after Powers hit a clothesline but Andre kicks out when both guys try to cover him then we whips Powers at Tito and drops an elbow on Powers for the win (3:45).
Thoughts: This match was a bit more competitive than you would think. Anyway, the main thing here was the Andre/Jake feud with Jake plaing mind games to get inside of Andre’s head.
Brother Love Show with guests Demolition. He asks them about Mr. Fuji and says he taught them everything they know. Smash says Brother Love is right but that while they have master degrees, the Powers of Pain are still idiots as they promise to take the teacher to school. Ax then guarantees victory at WrestleMania. Just basic hype for a feud that is losing steam. Acutally, at this point, it has just about run out of all steam.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Omar Atlas
Atlas hits an arm drag but walks into a clothesline as Valentine takes control. Valentine stays in control as he softens up the leg then turns around his shinguard and applies the figure-four for the win (1:59).
Thoughts: Just a match as a backdrop for the announcers to talk about other matches on the WrestleMania card, including Bad News Brown vs. Jim Duggan.
Now, we get to hear from Hogan. He cannot believe Savage and how he “edited” the footage. Hogan says it was his idea to have Elizabeth accompany him in his match against Haku and that he did what came natural to him and opened the ropes for her. He then said as far as putting her on his shoulders, he put her up there because its what Savage would have done and it felt like he was out there with them. He then talks about Survivor Series and how he was getting double-teamed and after surviving, the first thing he did was to check on Savage and make sure he was okay. He calls the celebration at Survivor Series “pure and innocent” then saw the way Savage pointed at him as that showed how jealous Savage is and that the Hulkamaniacs have given him strength for WrestleMania and its time to give it back to them. I thought this was Hogan’s best promo yet in this build as it pointed out Savage’s paranoia more than ever.
Hercules vs. Lou Fabiano
Hercules tosses Fabiano down a few times as the announcers talk about the Hogan/Savage match at WrestleMania. We then hear from Heenan & King Haku in an insert promo as Heenan calls Hercules a slave that will be begging at WrestleMania. Hercules breaks out of a bearhug then hammers away before getting the win with a backbreaker submission (2:14).
Thoughts: They gave some hype to the Hercules vs. Haku feud, which isnt all that exciting. The King Haku gimmick really was a dud.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Red Rooster as he talks about Bobby Heenan and the Brooklyn Brawler, his opponent in Nashville. Ted DiBiase then calls Tito Santana a fine athlete and wrestler but he lacks confidence compared to himself as they will also face off in Nashville.
Next week, we will get a new WrestleMania V Report. Also, more comments from Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage plus the unveiling of the Million Dollar Belt and more!
Final Thoughts: Solid show. The Savage/Hogan promos are great and they continue to build up WrestleMania V. Not all of the matches are winners on that show but they showcased the top matches well this week.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: PWG 2016 Battle of Los Angeles, Stage Two 9/3/16
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with David Crockett
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/26/89
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/22/82
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/4/89
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/5/89
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/11/89