WWF Superstars of Wrestling – May 5th, 1990

May 5, 1990

From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX

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

This week, Mr. Perfect faces Jimmy Snuka in a first round Intercontinental Title Tournament. Also in action are Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Rhythm & Blues, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Plus, the “Brother Love Show” with guest Big Bossman and more!

 

WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament First Round Match: Mr. Perfect vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka

Snuka chops Perfect over the top rope then brings him back inside to inflict more punishment. They trade slams then Snuka once again chops Perfect outside. We get a pinfall reversal sequence then Snuka hits more chops in the corner. Perfect rolls through a crossbody and grabs the tights for a two count but Snuka goes back on offense. Perfect fights back and hits some kicks to the chest but Snuka no-sells a few turnbuckle smashes and chases Perfect outside. Perfect is back in the ring begging for mercy but Snuka beats on him anyway. Snuka hits more chops in the corner then the ref backs Snuka away so Perfect takes him down and puts his feet on the ropes for leverage and gets the win (3:44) *1/2. The finish looked awful as Perfect’s feet were in the air before the three count. After the match, Snuka attacks Perfect, who is able to escape.

Thoughts: Perfect did all of the work in this one as Snuka was a shell of himself at this point. Perfect winning was obvious but they certainly went out of their way to protect Snuka in defeat. And they protected him too much if you ask me.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We are shown clips from WrestleMania VI where Bobby Heenan slapped Andre the Giant after the Colossal Connection lost the Tag Team Titles which resulted in Andre beating on Heenan and Haku before leaving. After that Heenan tells Andre when he comes back begging to return to the family, he will get slapped again.

 

The Rockers vs. Chris Duffy & Al Polic

The Rockers clear the ring then we hear from Mr. Fuji & The Orient Express in an insert promo promising to get rid of The Rockers forever. Back to the match as the Rockers work over Duffy before putting him away with a double flying fist drop (3:27).

Thoughts: The Rockers feud with Mr. Fuji continues as he wants to rid them from the WWF forever.

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Playboy” Buddy Rose

Jake works the arm to start. Rose slaps Jake then catches him with a knee smash. Rose hits a splash from the middle rope but only gets two but Jake fights back and hits the DDT for the win (2:07). After the match, Jake takes Damien out of the bag  but is interrupted by Bad News Brown, who is standing on the interview platform. Bad News tells Jake when he gets his hands on him he’ll wish he was never born as Jake tells him to come down as he holds onto Damien. Bad News tells us he is not afraid of anyone, including Damien, then heads down but stops in the aisle as Jake has Damien over his shoulders. before heading backstage as Vince says he is afraid of Damien and the DDT.

Thoughts: The post-match stuff here wasn’t bad as the crowd really loved seeing Bad News being afraid of Damien as the company is strongly pushing this feud on TV.

 

Rhythm & Blues w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Dennis Miller & Tony Ulysses

Hart comes out holding up a gold record. We hear from Rhythm & Blues in an insert promo as they promise to knock out the remaining teeth the Bushwhackers have left before they beat on Miller. Ulysses tags and gets attacked by Valentine as Rhythm & Blues maintain control before hitting a double back suplex for the win (1:47). On commentary, Vince tells us that Valentine is like the older and heavier Elvis Presley. That is not a compliment by the way.

Thoughts: We will be getting more of the Rhythm & Blues and Bushwhackers feud in the future.

 

Brother Love Show with guest Big Bossman. Brother Love tells us that if Bossman even lays one finger on him he’ll be suspended per WWF President Jack Tunney. Brother Love tells Bossman that Ted DiBiase is more powerful because he has the power of money and can buy anything in the world. Bossman cuts him off and says he cannot be bought off then calls DiBiase “rich scum” and that people who commit white-collar crimes will be met with some blue-collar justice as the fans go nuts. So far, Bossman has been excellent as a babyface. He’s connecting with the fans, cutting good promos, and can still go in the ring.

 

Clips from two weeks ago when Savage & Sherri attacked Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire before Dusty’s match.

 

Macho King Randy Savage w/ Queen Sherri vs. Mario Mancini

Savage & Sherri are carried out on their thrones. They are shown in an insert promo as they call out Dusty & Sapphire for being “peasants.” Savage beats on Mancini and flies out with a double ax handle. Savage rolls Mancini inside as Sherri yells from the apron then roughs up Mancini behind the ref’s back before Savage puts Mancini away with a flying elbow drop (1:42). After the match, Savage hits another elbow drop then Sherri starts kicking Mancini before Savage tosses him outside.

Thoughts: An easy win for Savage as he is being billed as more ruthless than ever after his attack on Dusty.

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Brooklyn Brawler

Duggan is shown in an insert promo telling the Earthquake he’s coming for him. Brawler bails to avoid the Three Point Stance then Duggan heads out and hammers away. Back inside, Duggan stays in control until hitting the Three Point Stance for the win (2:07).

Thoughts: They are building up Duggan bit for a future match against Earthquake. Its also clear that Duggan’s role in the company is nothing more than a gatekeeper for the time being.

 

Next week, the IC Title Tournament First Round continues with Brutus Beefcake vs. Dino Bravo. Also in action are Tugboat, Earthquake, Orient Express, and the Bushwhackers plus Dusty Rhodes as guest of the “Brother Love Show.” The show ends with comments from both Bravo and Beefcake.

 

Final Thoughts: Well, the same post-WrestleMania feuds are continuing and the IC Title Tournament rolls on and remains lackluster. Right now, there are some decent feuds but nothing that is going to make weekly TV a must-see thing or even get fans to go out and buy tickets to the shows, which were in a decline at this point.