WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 2nd, 1990

July 2, 1990

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

Tonight’s featured match is Mr. Perfect vs. Hercules

 

“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Chris Duffy

This match also aired on the 7/7 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Duffy attacks Snuka but Snuka fights back. Duffy gets suplexed back into the ring from the apron and soon after that puts him away with the Superfly Splash (1:50).

Thoughts: Not a whole lot to talk about in this match. Snuka was broken down and without a program at the time. I guess they wanted to remind us that he is still on the roster.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. Same as 6/30 “Superstars of Wrestling” where Tugboat reads a letter from a 10 year old boy while hawking Hogan’s newest merchandise items.

 

Haku vs. Richard Charland

This match is from the 5/27 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens show. Haku immediately attacks Charland but misses a crossbody. Charland follows up with a few clotheslines but runs into a knee smash in the corner. Charland avoids an elbow drop then hammers away but misses a charge in the corner and put away with a thrust kick (0:55).

Thoughts: Good thing this was kept short as Charland was not a good worker at all. The finish looked bad too. An easy win for Haku, who the company is still unable to find anything before since losing the king gimmick.

 

The Rosetti Sisters come out on the set to drop off their letters to Hulk Hogan. Heenan is not too pleased by their presence and the fact they gave Gorilla a lemon meringue pie. Later on, Heenan tells Gorilla if the Rosetti’s give up food then there is something wrong with it then becomes scared that Gorilla will smush it in his face. Typical Rosetti sister humor from Heenan.

 

An ad for SummerSlam airs.

 

Big Bossman vs. Barry Hardy

This match also aired on the 7/7 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Bossman beats on Hardy to start. He picks him up with a shoulderbreaker then Ted DiBiase is with Virgil in an insert promo as he talks about finding the people from Cobb County to be illiterate, disgusting, and vile but Bossman is not even that good. Bossman continues to beat on Hardy then finishes him off with a sidewalk slam (2:25). After the match, Bossman cuffs Hardy to the ropes.

Thoughts: A continuation of the Bossman/DiBiase feud as DiBiase remains pissed that Bossman did not take his bribe to steal the Million Dollar Belt from Jake Roberts back in the Winter.

 

The Gene Okerlund interview with Boris Zhukov from the 7/1 edition of “Wrestling Challenge” airs.

 

Shane Douglas vs. “Playboy” Buddy Rose

This match took place at the 6/6 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Rochester, NY. Rose demands to be announced as weighing in at 217 lbs. Douglas is all smiles here and still has “Dudes” written on his boots. Douglas dropkicks Rose out of the ring but Rose comes back in and uses a hip toss and an arm drag. Rose taunts the crowd then Douglas takes him over with a hip toss after a reversal sequence. Douglas runs wild as the fans are behind him as now he works an armbar on the mat. Rose escapes and uses a knee smash as he now targets the back. Snap suplex gets two as Rose remains in control. He works a bearhug as the fans rally behind Douglas. Rose falls on top of Douglas during a slam attempt and gets two then tosses Douglas outside. Douglas fights back from the apron but Rose blocks a sunset flip attempt then hammers away in the corner. Rose heads up top but Douglas gets up and slams him off then uses turnbuckle smashes in the corner. Douglas continues to run wild until he puts Rose away with a hurricarana (7:25) **1/2.

Thoughts: A fun match that the crowd really got behind. They were into Douglas, who had made his WWF debut (well, besides the time he was enhancement talent for the first couple of “Superstars of Wrestling” and “Wrestling Challenge” tapings back in ’86) just two weeks prior on this show. Rose was a total pro here in working the crowd. In fact, this was the dark match at SummerSlam a month later.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Akeem & Slick as Akeem wants Slick to keep the promise that he would become the champion in 1990. Slick says he has never lied or let Akeem down and says he’s on the path to become the next champion. Sure.  Jake Roberts tells Bad News Brown he was not trying to make a fool out of him and promises to expose his fears and says he’s his biggest problem.

 

Rick “The Model” Martel vs. Brady Boone

This match also aired on the 7/8 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” Martel beats on Boone as Okerlund is in the front row to tell us how Arrogance smells. He says it smells musty and something that came from the basement. Boone starts to run wild now as Lord Alfred wants to know what makes Okerlund a judge on cologne. Martel slams Boone down to the mat after blocking a hip toss but gets cocky and hit with a spin kick. However, Martel is able to block a monkey flip in the corner then puts Boone away with a Boston Crab (2:30).

Thoughts: We get some Vince humor here with Okerlund telling us how smelly the Arrogance cologne was as they are really pushing the Arrogance gimmick strong.

 

We hear comments from Demolition and the Hart Foundation that were shown on the 6/30 “Superstars of Wrestling”   where they talked about Demolition’s newest member, Crush.

 

Akeem w/ Slick vs. Tito Santana

This match took place at the 6/6 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Rochester, NY. Akeem chokes out Tito in the corner but Tito fights back and knocks Akeem through the ropes. Akeem regroups with Slick then heads back inside where he targets the back. Akeem misses an elbow drop then Tito gets tripped up but manages to avoid another elbow drop then works the arm for a long time until Akeem slams him down. Akeem connects with an elbow drop this time then starts working over the back. He taunts the crowd after hitting a suplex as Slick tells us its “just a matter of time.” Akeem cuts off a comeback then works a chinlock. Tito escapes but gets punched down then Akeem heads up to the middle rope after a slam but misses a splash. Tito gets up and fires away and gets a nearfall with a crossbody. Tito hammers away then signals for the figure four but gets shoved outside. Akeem knocks Tito off of the apron then takes a breather but Tito pulls him out and they brawl outside until it ends in a double count out (9:04) *1/2.

Thoughts: It was a passable TV match between two guys the company did not have plans for at the time. The way it ended you could have started a feud between them, especially with how their match in the Intercontinental Title Tournament ended,  but that never happened.

 

Brother Love Show with guest Koko B. Ware. Brother Love mocks Koko’s appearance but Koko tells Brother Love he does not love anyone as Frankie is now on Brother Love’s shoulder. Koko then channels a preacher to tell us how Brother Love is a phony and real love is what Hogan has with his Hulkamaniacs and the Ultimate Warrior has for his Warriors. A rare, Prime Time Wrestling exclusive edition of the “Brother Love Show” but it was just an excuse to have Koko go out and get Hogan and Warrior over.

 

Tugboat vs. Pez Whatley

This match is from the 5/27 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens show. Tugboat overpowers Whatley to start. He catches him with a backbreaker but misses an elbow drop as Whatley starts hammering away. Whatley hits a pair of headbutts from the middle rope but Tugboat fights back and puts Whatley away with a splash (3:26) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Not much to this match as Tugboat overpowered Whatley with ease. They continue to push him strongly as Hogan’s friend.

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center. The Genius says he will not put down his fellow wrestlers and their archaic training methods as he is studying psychokinesis. The Genius had been doing nothing since splitting away from Mr. Perfect Brutus Beefcake tells us the barber shop chair is always open.

 

Earthquake defeated Mark Thomas from the 6/30 “Superstars of Wrestling”

 

Clip of DiBiase & Virgil back down in Cobb County, GA speaking to Big Bossman’s high school football coach is shown from the 6/30 “Superstars of Wrestling”

 

Hercules vs. Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan

This match is from the 5/27 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens show. Hercules shoves Perfect in the corner then follows him outside but Perfect takes off. Perfect continues to avoid Hercules by going outside then we go to break after Hercules shoves him through the ropes. Back in the studio, Gorilla eats the pie as Heenan warns what could happen. We return to the match as Perfect is stomping Hercules in the corner. Hercules chases Heenan around and then inside the ring but is taken down by Perfect. They now slug it out until Hercules wins that battle. Hercules takes Perfect down after ten turnbuckle smashes then runs wild until he ducks his head for a backdrop and gets put away with the Perfect Plex (5:50) *1/4.

Thoughts: This match was heavily edited, or I assume it was, as thehistoryofwwe.com has this going for 10:27. There was nothing too it and mostly consisted of Perfect running away from Hercules.

 

Back in the studio, Gorilla continues to enjoy the pie as Heenan gives him a letter from a kid to give to Hogan. However, Gorilla says it looks like Heenan’s writing. After the break, Gorilla opens up the letter and puts it up for the camera as it reads “Quit!”

 

Final Thoughts: Not much to see here. The featured match was a disappointment and besides a surprisingly fun Douglas vs. Rose match the action was poor and the storylines are not all that interesting. This was a real down period for WWF television.