Live from Hartford, CT
Airdate: November 22, 1990
Attendance: 16,000 (13,000 paid)
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
A mere two days after Clash XIII, this show occurred LIVE on PPV. Oh. My. God. What in God’s creation is in that EGG? Read on!
After the Perfect Team makes its entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the Warriors.
Match 1: WWF champion Ultimate Warrior, WWF Intercontinental champion Texas Tornado, & the Road Warriors versus Mr. Perfect & Demolition (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan & Mr. Fuji)
- Animal tackled Smash to begin the match. That probably resembled their days bouncing for Grandma B’s.
- After Smash gave Animal a snap suplex, he got 2.
- Shortly after, Smash tagged in but ate a powerslam from Animal.
- An incoming Perfect then received an atomic drop from Animal.
- After the Warriors demolished Perfect, Tornado tagged in, reversed a cross corner whip, and applied the Iron Claw to Ax.
- Smash then made the save, but Tornado tagged in Warrior.
- Upon giving Ax a flying shoulder block and a splash, Warrior pinned him.
- The Warriors led 4-3.
- While the other members of Demolition came in and got slammed, Warrior shoved Perfect over the top rope to the floor.
- Crush then clotheslined Warrior and tagged in Smash.
- After a backbreaker by Smash, Crush tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a knee drop for 2.
- Crush then gave Warrior a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
- As Hawk tagged in, he choked Perfect and then clotheslined him.
- He then gave Perfect a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
- When Smash tagged in, Crush illegally switched and delivered a backbreaker to Hawk.
- Shortly after, Hawk reversed an Irish whip and gave Smash a flying shoulder block.
- He then hit a fist drop and followed with a clothesline.
- Next, he mounted the top turnbuckle and clotheslined Smash for 2.
- The Road Warriors and Demolition then brawled until Smash and Hawk manhandled referee Jon Bonello. That led to the disqualification of both the Road Warriors and Demolition.
- The Warriors led 2-1.
- Tornado tagged in and delivered a discus punch that sent Perfect over the top rope to the floor.
- After he brought Perfect in the hard way, Tornado clotheslined him over the opposite top rope to the floor.
- Warrior then gave Perfect and Heenan a double noggin knocker.
- After Warrior sent Heenan into the front row, Tornado gave Perfect a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
- Perfect then delivered a knee lift and rammed Tornado face-first into an exposed turnbuckle.
- Next, Perfect hooked the Perfectplex eliminating Tornado.
- The match was tied 1-1.
- With Perfect in the corner, Warrior charged but came up empty.
- Perfect then hooked the Perfectplex eliminating Warrior.
- Oh, wait, Warrior kicked out at 2.
- After a standing dropkick, Perfect got another 2.
- While Heenan argued with outside referee Shane McMahon, Perfect clotheslined Warrior.
- That only got 2 with a HUGE kick-out from Warrior.
- As Perfect distracted Bonello, Heenan slapped Warrior off-camera.
- Warrior then gave Perfect a series of clotheslines with the third one resulting in a 270° sell by Perfect.
- Following that, Warrior hit a flying shoulder block and a splash.
- Warrior survived.
Summary: Without Perfect, this match was G-A-R-B-A-G-E. Interesting fact: Three days earlier at a Superstars taping, Perfect defeated Tornado to reclaim the Intercontinental title. Also, this was Ax’s final match in the WWF.
After the match, Heenan gets up on the apron so Warrior clobbers him.
Backstage, Sean Mooney interviews the Million Dollar Team with Hart. Conveniently, their mystery partner remains a mystery.
Match 2: The “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware, & the Hart Foundation versus the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Rhythm & Blues, & a mystery partner (w/ Virgil & Jimmy Hart)
- As Piper mourned yesterday’s loss of Bret’s older brother Dean to kidney disease, DiBiase introduces the mystery partner led by Brother Love—the Undertaker!
- Holy hot deals Batman! It’s Mean Mark! And he’s a funeral director. Can he pull it off?
- While the hush of a crowd usually sent a gimmick straight into the toilet, the Hartford faithful were STUNNED by the awe of this mystery man.
- Undertaker missed a clothesline but gave Bret a chokeslam.
- While Neidhart tagged in, Undertaker slammed him.
- Ware tagged in, charged at Undertaker, but clotheslined himself on the top rope when Undertaker evaded him.
- Next, Undertaker planted Ware with a tombstone piledriver.
- Ware was eliminated as the Million Dollar Team led 4-3.
- When Valentine tagged in, Rhodes gave him a bionic elbow.
- Bret tagged in, gave Valentine a cross corner whip, but ate boot on his follow-through.
- As Honkytonk Man tagged in, he put a knee into Bret’s midsection.
- Neidhart tagged in unbeknownst to Honkytonk Man and delivered a powerslam.
- Honkytonk Man was eliminated as the sides evened at 3.
- Upon reversing a cross corner whip, Neidhart clotheslined DiBiase.
- He then slammed DiBiase and tagged in Rhodes.
- To the Hartford faithful’s delight, Rhodes gave DiBiase the ten-bionic-elbow count-along.
- He then followed with a dropkick and tagged in Neidhart.
- After Neidhart and Rhodes gave DiBiase a double back elbow, Neidhart got 2.
- He then delivered a vertical suplex and got another 2 on DiBiase.
- When Virgil tripped Neidhart, DiBiase took advantage and clotheslined Neidhart.
- The Million Dollar Team led 3-2.
- As Rhodes tagged in, he gave DiBiase the Flip, Flop, & Fly.
- Undertaker tagged in as Hart yelled at Bret to call 911.
- As Bret gave DiBiase an inverted atomic drop, Rhodes tagged in.
- Undertaker tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a double axe handle to Rhodes.
- The Million Dollar Team led 3-1.
- After Undertaker dumped Rhodes over the top rope to the floor, Love put the loafers to Rhodes.
- Valentine tagged in and gave Bret a back elbow.
- When Valentine missed an elbow drop, Rhodes went after Love until Undertaker nailed him.
- Undertaker then brawled with Rhodes in the aisle so referee Earl Hebner counted him out.
- The Million Dollar Team led 2-1.
- While Valentine attempted a figure-four leg lock, Bret countered with an inside cradle.
- The sides evened at one apiece.
- After DiBiase missed a haymaker, Bret delivered an atomic drop that sent DiBiase over the top rope to the floor.
- Bret then hit a plancha and made DiBiase HIT THE POLE.
- Upon ramming DiBiase face-first into the steps, Bret took a sternum-first bump on a cross corner reversal. That got a 2-count.
- Bret then countered a back drop with a backslide for 2.
- Following that, Bret hurt his knee when he tripped over DiBiase.
- On the other hand, Bret played possum, rolled up DiBiase, but only got 2. Clever!
- While Virgil held Bret’s arms, DiBiase tried to hit him with a high knee but got Virgil instead.
- Again, Bret rolled up DiBiase yet only got 2.
- After a backbreaker, Bret mounted the second turnbuckle and hit an elbow smash for another 2.
- DiBiase then reversed an Irish whip, but Bret hit a cross body block.
- However, DiBiase used momentum to land on top.
- DiBiase survived.
Summary: While Bret was the workhorse in the match, Undertaker’s debut was magnificent. Somewhere, Ole Anderson was crying.
Monsoon then shills The Main Event IV at 10PM ET tomorrow on NBC as Warrior defends the WWF title against DiBiase.
In the shower, Okerlund interviews the Vipers while one of Roberts’ eyes is white. While you COULD attribute that to his demons, it was merely a contact lens to sell the attack by the “Model” Rick Martel.
Match 3: Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, & the Rockers versus the “Model” Rick Marrtel, Warlord, & Power & Glory (w/ Slick)
- When Jannetty tried a pair of dropkicks, Warlord swatted them away.
- Jannetty then tagged in Michaels as the Rockers took Warlord off his feet for 2.
- As Martel tagged in, he leap-frogged Michaels but received a hip toss.
- Michaels then dropkicked Martel and delivered a monkey flip.
- When Roberts tagged in, Martel scampered away from him.
- Roma then leap-frogged Roberts but ate a right hand.
- While Snuka tagged in, Roma hurt his hand nailing Snuka’s head.
- Hercules tagged in, but Snuka leap-frogged and chopped him down to the mat.
- As Warlord tagged in, Snuka attempted a cross body block, but Warlord caught and slammed him.
- Warlord then missed an elbow drop so Snuka dropkicked him.
- When Jannetty tagged in, Warlord hooked a bear hug until jannetty rang his bell to escape.
- Jannetty then mounted the second turnbuckle and nailed Warlord.
- Conversely, when he remounted the second turnbuckle, Warlord caught and powerslammed him.
- Jannetty was eliminated as the Visionaries led 4-3.
- As Michaels came in, he gave Warlord a huracanrana and tagged in Roberts.
- Warlord then reversed a cross corner whip but ate a clothesline.
- When Warlord reversed another cross corner whip, he ate knee on his follow-through.
- Roberts then clotheslined him and tagged in Michaels who got 2.
- In fact, Warlord’s kick-out sent Michaels all the way to the floor.
- Roma tagged in and gave Michaels an elbow smash.
- While Warlord tagged in, he gave Michaels a back drop so high that he was spotted on radar.
- Hercules tagged in and got 2.
- After a clothesline by Hercules, Martel tagged in and delivered a knee drop for another 2.
- He then gave Michaels a backbreaker but couldn’t get 3.
- Upon receiving a cross corner whip, a Michaels flip occurred.
- That earned a 2-count for Martel.
- As he gave Michaels another cross corner whip, Martel came up empty on his follow-through.
- Snuka tagged in, gave Martel a cross corner whip, and followed with a back drop.
- When Martel reversed an Irish whip, Snuka nailed him with a double axe handle for 2.
- Martel then reversed a cross corner whip, but Snuka leaped to the second turnbuckle and hit a cross body block.
- Using momentum, Martel landed on top, pulled the tights, and pinned Snuka.
- The Visionaries led 4-2.
- When Roberts came in, Martel evaded him and tagged in Hercules.
- Roberts then gave him a knee lift, but Hercules escaped DDT attempt #1.
- With the Hartford faithful firmly in Roberts’ corner, Martel clotheslined Roberts from the apron.
- Roma tagged in, slammed Roberts, mounted the top turnbuckle, but missed a fist drop.
- Hot tag Michaels.
- After a flying back elbow, Michaels delivered a vertical suplex to Roma.
- He then mounted the second turnbuckle, hit an elbow drop, and got 2.
- Next, he gave Roma an atomic drop followed by a dropkick.
- Hercules tagged in and delivered an elbow drop to Michaels.
- After a clothesline, Hercules gave Michaels a gorilla press slam.
- Shortly after, Hercules placed Michaels atop the top turnbuckle and joined him.
- Power & Glory then hit the Powerplex.
- The Visionaries led 4-1.
- Warlord tagged in, gave Roberts a cross corner whip, and applied a bear hug.
- After Roberts escaped, he successfully delivered the DDT to Warlord.
- Martel then attempted to spray Arrogance in Roberts’ eyes behind the anonymous referee’s back.
- As Roberts released Damian from the bag, he chased Martel to the back with him.
- The referee then counted Roberts out.
- Martel, Warlord, and Power & Glory survived.
Summary: Michaels was the workhorse in this match, but the Hartford faithful loved Roberts. Also, the Powerplex is truly something to behold.
Monsoon then shills Royal Rumble ’91 LIVE on PPV on 1/19/91.
Backstage, Mooney interviews the Hulkamaniacs as Hogan dedicates the match to the troops in the Middle East.
Match 4: Hulk Hogan, Big Bossman, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, & Tugboat versus Earthquake, Dino Bravo, Haku, & Barbarian (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan & Jimmy Hart)
- While Duggan riled up the patriotic Hartford faithful, he reversed a cross corner whip.
- Haku then leaped to the second turnbuckle but missed a cross body block.
- After a series of clotheslines, Duggan gave Haku a back elbow.
- Duggan then hit another clothesline but missed an elbow drop.
- As Bravo tagged in, he gave Duggan an inverted atomic drop.
- Haku tagged in and delivered a back elbow to Duggan.
- When Bossman tagged in, he received a dropkick for 2 from Haku.
- He then gave Haku the Bossman slam and pinned him.
- The Hulkamaniacs led 4-3.
- While Barbarian came in, he ate a big boot from Bossman.
- Heenan then got up on the apron, but Bossman caught and made him HIT THE POLE.
- After Barbarian gave Bossman a vertical suplex, he slammed him, mounted the second turnbuckle, but missed an elbow drop.
- Duggan tagged in and gave Barbarian a back drop.
- As Earthquake tagged in, he and Bravo delivered a double clothesline to Duggan.
- Earthquake then lifted Duggan into the corner and SQUISHED him.
- When Duggan tried to take Earthquake off his feet, Hart low-bridged him causing Duggan to spill to the floor.
- Duggan then chased Hart with the yellow-ribbon-wrapped 2×4. While Hart crawled between Earthquake’s leg, Duggan HAMMERED Earthquake in the midsection with it.
- Immediately, referee Joey Marella disqualified him.
- The sides evened at 3.
- As Hogan came in, he slammed all three heels including Earthquake. Impressive!
- He then gave Earthquake a cross corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
- Upon giving Earthquake the ten-punch count-along, Earthquake responded with a powerslam.
- Bravo tagged in, hit a pair of elbow drops, but Hogan hooked an inside cradle.
- Since Bravo was eliminated, the Hulkamaniacs led 3-2.
- Bossman tagged in, but Earthquake reversed a cross corner whip. Unfortunately, he came up empty on his follow-through.
- After Bossman mounted the top turnbuckle, he leaped, but Earthquake caught him.
- Hogan then came in and pushed Bossman atop Earthquake for 2.
- As Bossman came off the ropes, Barbarian put a knee into his back. SNEAKY!
- Earthquake then delivered a pair of elbow drops and pinned Bossman.
- Again, the sides evened but this time at 2.
- Hogan came in and gave Earthquake the big boot.
- After a clothesline, Hogan tried to slam him, but Earthquake fell on top for 2.
- Earthquake then missed a splash as Hogan made the hot tag.
- After Tugboat shoulder-blocked Earthquake close to the ropes, Hogan dragged Earthquake out of the ring.
- Earthquake then rammed Hogan back-first into the ring post.
- Suddenly, the bell rang as Marella had counted out both Earthquake and Tugboat.
- The match became a one-on-one match pitting Hogan against Barbarian.
- After Barbarian delivered a piledriver, he only got 2.
- Next, a double clothesline put both wrestlers down on the mat.
- Barbarian then hit a big boot, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a flying clothesline for 2.
- It’s Hulk-up time!
- While Piper claimed that “real men wear kilts,” Hogan gave Barbarian the big boot and leg drop.
- Hogan survived.
Summary: As you might expect, Hogan took all the glory for his team by winning alone.
After the match, Hogan beats up Heenan and sends him flying over the top turnbuckle to the floor. He then grabs a bed sheet that says “Hulk Rules” and poses for the Hartford faithful.
Promo #2 for Royal Rumble LIVE on PPV on 1/19/91.
From the podium, Okerlund interviews “Macho King” Randy Savage without Queen Sherri. Savage then refers to Warrior as the “ultimate turkey” and wants to take his title. When Okerlund brings up Queen Sherri’s appearance on the Brother Love Show, Savage calls Warrior the “ultimate chicken.”
After the Alliance makes its entrance, Okerlund interviews Slaughter who indirectly besmirches the US troops stationed in the Middle East. Now THAT’S dastardly!
Match 5: Sergeant Slaughter, Boris Zhukov, & the Orient Express (w/ Mr. Fuji & General Adnan) versus Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana, & the Bushwhackers
- Unlike his unpatriotic attitude at Summerslam, Slaughter became an Iraqi sympathizer.
- The Mercenaries all wore camouflage face paint to show unity.
- After the Bushwhackers gave Zhukov a double clothesline, Santana tagged in and hit the flying forearm.
- Zhukov was eliminated as the Alliance led 4-3.
- As Sato came in, he gave Santana a leg lariat.
- Tanaka tagged in, but heel miscommunication occurred as he gave Sato a superkick instead of Santana.
- When Luke tagged in, the Bushwhackers delivered a battering ram to Sato.
- Sato was eliminated giving the Alliance a 4-2 lead.
- After Tanaka missed a diving head butt, Santana tagged in and gave him a flying forearm. It must have been on special this week.
- Tanaka was eliminated as the Alliance led 4-1.
- Since Slaughter was forced to wrestle on his own, Volkoff tagged in and gave him a big boot.
- He tried a second time, but Slaughter countered with a clothesline and a series of elbow drops.
- While the Hartford faithful chanted “U-S-A,” Slaughter gave Volkoff a back elbow to the midsection.
- Slaughter then delivered a dropkick to Volkoff followed by an elbow drop.
- Volkoff was eliminated reducing the Alliance’s advantage to 3-1.
- Next, the Bushwhackers came in and gave Slaughter a double slam followed by a double clothesline for 2.
- Butch then hit a flying back elbow, mounted the top turnbuckle, but ate knees on a splash.
- After a gutbuster, Slaughter pinned Butch.
- As the Alliance’s advantage dwindled to 2-1, Butch came in, but Slaughter reversed a cross corner whip causing Butch to take a sternum-first bump.
- Slaughter then clotheslined and pinned him.
- When the match evened at one apiece, Santana came in and dropkicked Slaughter In the back.
- He then gave Slaughter a cross corner whip followed by a back drop.
- Afterward, he mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a flying forearm, but only got 2.
- He then whipped Slaughter, attempted a monkey flip, but Slaughter shoved him down.
- After a swinging neckbreaker, Slaughter got 2.
- He then gave Santana a backbreaker for another 2.
- Upon giving him a vertical suplex, Slaughter almost got 3.
- He then countered a side head lock by shoving Santana directly into referee Danny Davis.
- As Santana hit another flying forearm, Adnan entered the ring and nailed Santana with the flag pole.
- Slaughter then applied the camel clutch, but Davis called for the bell.
- Santana survived due to Slaughter’s disqualification.
Summary: You could hear CRICKETS during this match despite Slaughter’s political stance.
Back in the pink locker room, Mooney interviews the surviving heels. What is this, Saturday Night’s Main Event? Intelligently, DiBiase points out that Hogan and Warrior wrestled against one another at WrestleMania VI.
Promo #2 airs for The Main Event IV tomorrow night on NBC. Perhaps there will be another pink locker room sighting.
Okerlund then tries his best to hype up the cracking of the egg. As it opens, the Gobbledy Gooker emerges to several jeers from the Hartford faithful. For those unaware, the Gooker is portrayed by Hector Guerrero. The Gooker then drags Okerlund into the ring and dances with him to “Turkey in the Straw.” As Okerlund runs the ropes, he trips and falls. OUCH! The Gooker then performs a series of somersaults, and Okerlund follows suit. After the Gooker performs a cartwheel, Okerlund tries his best at one but fails miserably. From the apron, the Gooker flips over the top rope and somersaults into the middle of the ring. If I can be punny for a moment, this segment truly lays an egg. Despite the epic fail, Okerlund busts his ass to sell it.
Backstage, Mooney interviews the babyface survivors.
Match 6 (ultimate survival): WWF champion Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, & Tito Santana versus the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, the “Model” Rick Martel, Warlord, & Power & Glory (w/ Virgil & Slick)
- At the onset, Santana nailed Warlord with a flying forearm.
- Warlord was eliminated reducing the heels’ advantage to 4-3.
- When Roma came in, he delivered a powerslam to Santana.
- DiBiase tagged in and gave Santana a vertical suplex for 2.
- After DiBiase missed a clothesline, Santana didn’t.
- He then gave DiBiase a cross corner whip followed by a back drop.
- Next, he attempted the flying forearm, but DiBiase ducked.
- DiBiase then delivered the stungun to Santana.
- The heels led 4-2.
- As Hogan came in, he gave DiBiase a cross corner whip followed by a boot to the midsection.
- Hercules tagged in and clotheslined Hogan.
- While Roma tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered an axe handle to Hogan for 2.
- Hercules tagged in and gave Hogan the ten-top-turnbuckle count-along.
- When DiBiase tagged in, he mounted the second turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Hogan.
- He then delivered a knee drop for 2.
- After a series of fist drops, DiBiase got another 2.
- Hercules tagged in, placed Hogan atop the top turnbuckle, and Power & Glory hit the Powerplex.
- Hogan was eliminated.
- What? He kicked out at 2? Blasphemy!
- Hogan then clotheslined Roma and eliminated him.
- As Martel came in, Hogan made the hot tag.
- Warrior then gave Martel a cross corner whip followed by a back drop.
- After a pair of slams, Warrior face-planted Martel and tagged in Hogan.
- Upon giving Martel the big boot, Hogan clotheslined Martel out of the ring.
- Martel then intentionally left the ring so referee Earl Hebner counted him out.
- The sides evened at 2.
- While Hogan gave DiBiase a cross corner whip, he followed with a corner clothesline.
- Hogan then gave DiBiase the big boot and leg drop.
- DiBiase was eliminated.
- Instantly, Hogan powerslammed Hercules and tagged in Warrior.
- After a pair of clotheslines, Warrior hit a flying shoulder block.
- He then splashed Hercules.
- Hogan and Warrior survived.
Summary: Predictable finish since the WWF almost always sent the fans home with a satisfactory ending.
After the match, Warrior and Hogan send Slick flying over the top turnbuckle to the floor.
Conclusion: While the mystery of the egg is considered a big flop, Undertaker’s debut makes this show historical and worthwhile. Since the show leaves me wanting more, I wonder what the WWF has up its sleeve next.
See you for WWF The Main Event IV!