WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 14th, 1990

April 14, 1990

From the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY

Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon

This week, WWF President Jack Tunney will issue a statement regarding the Intercontinental Title. In action are Dusty Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Brutus Beefcake, The Orient Express, and Jimmy Snuka

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Mario Mancini

DiBiase is now announced as the Million Dollar Champion after defeating Jake Roberts at WrestleMania VI. The announcers talk about DiBiase’s feud against the Big Bossman as DiBiase beats on Mancini. We hear from DiBiase in an insert promo telling Bossman he is the type of cop that eats donuts and free coffee while open he can “get lucky” with the fat waitress behind the counter. DiBiase stays in control then Mancini tries to fight back with some truly pathetic looking punches but is sent down with an elbow smash. DiBiase hits a few different suplex variations until putting Mancini away with the Million Dollar Dream (3:05).

Thoughts: They are going all in with the DiBiase vs. Bossman feud which makes sense since they are basing it off of Bossman refusing to be bought out by DiBiase and giving the Million Dollar Title to Jake Roberts several weeks prior.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. He introduces to a clip of Jack Tunney making an announcement regarding the Intercontinental Title. Tunney tells us with the Ultimate Warrior holding two titles and the fact no one man can properly defend both titles, Warrior has vacated the Intercontinental Title and as a result a tournament will be held to crown a new champion. The pairings will be revealed next week. The plans are announced as we can all speculate as to who will be included in the tournament. It also sets up for several weeks of intriguing TV as they are slowly dragging out this process, which was done for sweeps month in May.

 

Black Bart vs. Jimmy Snuka

Bart attacks Snuka from behind then hammers away. Snuka reverses a hip toss then chops down Bart a few times. Bart retreats in the corner as we hear from Snuka in an insert promo telling Jack Tunney he wants to enter the tournament and become the next Intercontinental Champion. Bart rakes Snuka across the eyes and chokes him out against the ropes. Snuka fights back and knocks Bart down then hits a slam before finishing him off with the Superfly Splash (2:26).

Thoughts: Despite losing in about four minutes at WrestleMania, it appears Snuka will be a part of the IC Title Tournament.

 

We are shown a clip of Earthquake attacking Hacksaw Jim Duggan after his match against Dino Bravo at WrestleMania VI to hype up the Coliseum Home Video release of the PPV.

 

Howard Finkel introduces the Ultimate Warrior to the crowd. Warrior runs out with the World Heavyweight Title belt and poses for a bit until running backstage. He got a pretty good reaction from the crowd. After that, Vince tells us about WrestleMania VII taking place in Los Angeles. They trotted out Warrior with the belt here to reiterate to all of the fans watching that he is the World Heavyweight Champion and hoped a great reaction would make him look like a bigger star. The crowd went nuts at least.

 

Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Sonny Blaze & Mark Frear

We hear from The Rockers in an insert promo, with Marty wearing sunglasses to sell the salt tossed in his eyes at WrestleMania, as they promise to get revenge against the Orient Express. Frear gets beat down then tags out as Frear suffers the same fate. The Orient Express use quick tags to stay in control then Sato puts Frear away with a sitout powerbomb (2:18).

Thoughts: More hype for the Rockers/Orient Express feud with the Rockers out for revenge after Fuji interfered in their WrestleMania match.

 

Brutus “The Barber” Beefacke vs. Mike Williams

Beefcake takes control early as Jesse says his picture on the cover of “WWF Magazine” is sickening. Beefcake stays in control then puts Williams away with a sleeper (2:30). After the match, Williams gets his haircut.

Thoughts: No mention of Mr. Perfect or The Genius here as the crowds continue to react well whenever Beefcake comes out.

 

An ad for WrestleMania VII airs. Vince claims they will shatter the LA Coliseum attendance records.

 

Brother Love Show with guests Jimmy Hart and Rhythm & Blues. Hart is holding up a gold record. Brother Love even claims Rhythm & Blues will be appearing on MTV, American Bandstand, and Soul Train. Honky talks about how thrilling it was to see the fans cheering for them at WrestleMania during their concert. Honky then calls out The Bushwhackers for interrupting their concert and ruining everything as Valentine apologizes to Hart for the Bushwhackers destroying their guitars as he promises to destroy The Bushwhackers the same way. The WWF spent a lot of time trying with this feud. It made sense after the attack but Rhythm & Blues do not seem to be getting much heat as an act.

 

We once again see Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan in the gym. Rude is pressing weights over his head as Heenan tells the Ultimate Warrior that Rude will beat him again. Heenan then puts 315 lbs as Rude presses that over his head and promises Warrior will fall as fast as he has risen as he takes away the World Heavyweight Championship.

 

 

Dusty Rhodes comes out with Sapphire for his match against Bobby Salsa. Before the match, Macho King Randy Savage runs out and hits Dusty with a loaded purse. Sherri then runs in and beats on Sapphire while Savage hits his flying elbow drop. Savage then tosses Dusty outside while Sherri chokes out Sapphire. Savage grabs the mic and tells Sapphire she will show respect by kissing his feet. Sherri drags Sapphire all over the ring and shoves her face on Savage’s foot but Dusty runs in and makes the save. Jesse screams about Dusty attacking a woman as Dusty squares off against a few of the officials who ran out to check on Sapphire, before going over to console her as Dusty is crying. Great angle as Savage & Sherri were so awesome in their roles they could make anything look great. Dusty was over with the fans too and this got some good heat as this feud is not going away so soon.

 

The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Mark Thomas

Barbarian circles around Thomas before knocking him down as Vince lets us know that Dusty is still irate in the backstage area. We hear from Heenan in an insert promo as he tells us The Barbarian is unstoppable. The Barbarian continues to destroy Thomas until he puts him away with a clothesline from the middle rope (2:09).

Thoughts: A quick win to build up Barbarian as a singles act.

 

In action next week are The Bushwhackers, Mr. Perfect, Jake Roberts, Rick Rude, and the Big Bossman. Plus, an update on Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire, the pairings of the Intercontinental Title Tournament will be announced, and the featured match has Demolition defending the Tag Team Titles against The Bolsheviks as we hear from both teams hyping up that match to close out the show.

 

 

Final Thoughts: The news of the IC Title Tournament and the attack on Dusty & Sapphire were two big newsworthy items that took place this week. And we will see just who will compete in the IC Title Tournament. The company has feuds in place after WrestleMania VI and really did a good job of setting up new storylines for people whose feuds were ending at the PPV.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/15/90

Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 4/16/90

Wednesday: EVOLVE 89 7/9/17

Thursday: RF Video Reflections with Kurt Angle

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/21/90

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 12/9/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/22/90