June 10, 1989
From the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Randy Savage, The Rockers, Rick Rude, Hercules, and the Twin Towers
“Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Sensational Sherri vs. Tim Horner
Savage gets pissed after Horner takes him down with a snapmare then goes outside and rips up a “No Holds Barred” poster from a fan in the front row. Savage heads back in as Sherri is shown in an insert promo telling Hogan that Savage is the undisputed champion of the WWF. Sherri is now choking out Horner then runs him into the post. Savage flies outside with a double axe handle before heading back in and hitting the flying elbow drop for the win (3:10).
Thoughts: This is a rare match on syndicated TV for Savage at this point. They did not mention his feud with Beefcake and since the hype for “No Holds Barred” is dying down, Hogan will be back and those two can resume their feud. This match also showcased just how valuable of an asset Sherri was for Savage as she was roughing up his opponents.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on the Honky Tonk Man/Jimmy Snuka confrontation from this past edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” We are shown a replay of the incident then Honky & Jimmy Hart go off on Snuka for interrupting his singing. They are now pushing Snuka in a lower midcard feud with the Honky Tonk Man.
The Bushwhackers tell us how much they loved “No Holds Barred.”
The Rockers vs. Chris Curtis & Jake Milliman
The Rockers take control early as we hear from the Rougeaus & Jimmy Hart as they tease the Rockers about getting attacked a few weeks ago. The Rockers maintain control until putting Curtis away with a double flying fist drop (2:53).
Thoughts: Quick win for the Rockers as they are putting over their feud with the Rougeaus.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Mr. Perfect tells us about being perfect in the WWF and how he can do it all. Koko B. Ware then tells us about his new hair and how he will take on anyone in the ring.
Bad News Brown vs. Jim Evans
Bad News immediately attacks Evans. He chops him down and drops him across the top rope before hitting the Ghetto Blaster for the win (1:18). After the match, Tony Schiavone comes down to ringside and asks Bad News about being a man who stands alone. Bad News tells us he does not need a manager trying to take his money or run his life and just sent a message tonight to Hulk Hogan as he has no business being the WWF World Heavyweight Champion.
Thoughts: Easy win for Bad News, who really wasnt doing anything at all during this time. Actually, he was beating guys like the Blue Blazer and Paul Roma at house shows.
Hercules vs. Al Burke
Ronnie Garvin is the referee for this match. Hercules overpowers Burke with ease as Vince is obsessing over his body weight. The Genius is shown in an insert promo saying the Hercules is an idiot and that Dino Bravo is stronger. Back to the match as Hercules whips Burke into the corner and follows with a suplex before putting him away with the backbreaker submission (2:20).
Thoughts: More hype for the terrible Bravo/Hercules feud.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. Hillbilly Jim talks about how this Summer will be great for him then Greg Valentine is with Jimmy Hart and tells us he’s the greatest wrestler in the WWF and its too bad the fans and his opponents do not realize this.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Frankie DeFalco
Rude uses a hammerlock then hits a snap suplex. Jesse plugs the “WWF Magazine” article on the Ultimate Warrior losing his war against Rude, who puts DeFalco away with the Rude Awakening (1:46). After the match, Rude gives a woman from the crowd a Rude Awakening.
Thoughts: Lots of hype for the Rude/Warrior feud with Vince constantly saying how he does not believe Rude will be champion for long while Jesse points out that Rude has already beaten him in a posedown and a match.
Vince then introduces us to a “romantic” scene from “No Holds Barred.” Well, it was romantic until the Hulkster’s character got distracted by Zeus on TV.
Brother Love Show with guest Big John Studd. This is about the brawl last week where Studd saved King Hacksaw Jim Duggan from Andre the Giant and Haku. Brother Love claims that Andre had a high fever and that was how Studd knocked him down twice as Studd tells us he will chop Andre down like the giant oak tree that he is and that ends the segment. Studd’s babyface promos were truly awful but by the time this aired Studd had already quit the WWF.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Barry Horowitz
Neidhart slams Horowitz down as we see Mr. Fuji tell the Barbarian to destroy Neidhart in an insert promo. Horowitz then bounces off of Neidhart, who hits the powerslam for the win (1:31).
Thoughts: A quick win for Neidhart as he is still being pushed in a feud with the Barbarian.
Dusty Rhodes is now at the “Americana Butcher Shop” where he shows us all about beef with a butcher named Ernest. Dusty shows us how to make ground beef then ends with a line about beating his meat. This was something else.
Twin Towers w/ Slick vs. Kevin Michaelson & Scott Colton
Demolition is shown in an insert promo calling out the Towers before the match. The Towers beat on Michaelson to start then Colton tags in and gets the same treatment until Akeem puts him away with a splash (2:05). After the match, the Towers beat down their opponents.
Thoughts: They continue to build up the Towers for their feud against Demolition.
Mooney is once again in the Event Center. Brooklyn Brawler is with Bobby Heenan and claims he is undefeated as Heenan tells us he made Brawler a star. Tito Santana then tells Rick Martel is unable to stay in the ring with him without attacking from behind.
Next week in action are Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase, The Bushwhackers, Mr. Perfect, and the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, Jimmy Snuka as a guest on the “Brother Love Show.” The show ends with Gene Okerlund interviewing Elizabeth about “No Holds Barred” as she tells us to see the film.
Final Thoughts: Honestly, not much of a show. There was nothing big as far as angle advancements and the feuds being pushed here were not all that hot to begin with.