WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 16, 1990

July 16, 1990

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

This week’s featured match is Ted DiBiase vs. Ronnie Garvin


The Legion of Doom’s debut match, where they beat Bob Bradley & Al Burke, from the 7/15 edition of “Wrestling Challenge” airs.


Hogan’s announcement that he will return and face Earthquake at SummerSlam from the 7/14 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”


The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Jim Evans

This match is from the 6/25 “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings in Dayton, OH. Warlord tosses Evans into the corner then shrugs of some punches and runs him over. The announcers talk about Hogan’s decision to return as Warlord hits a few suplexes until picking up the win with a running powerslam (1:44).

Thoughts: Another match to build up the Warlord as a singles threat. The crowd does not seem to care about him though.


Back in the studio, Gorilla clears the rest of the WWF action figures out of the ring and stands up Hogan’s figure in the middle. He’s showing us that Hogan is back while the company subliminally tries to sell the action figures and accessories to kids.


Pez Whatley vs. Hillbilly Jim

This match is from the 4/24 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in San Antonio, TX. Jim dances around then starts beating on Whatley. We now get some clapping mixed in with the dancing but Jim ducks his head for a backdrop and gets attacked. Whatley chokes out Jim by using the ropes then struts around. He hammers away on Jim in the corner but Jim fights back after blocking a headbutt. Jim fires away in the corner and stays in control as Mooney accidentally calls Whatley “Pistol Pete.” Whatley then reverses an Irish whip but runs into a boot in the corner and Jim picks up the win (3:51) DUD. After the match, Jim dances with ring announcer Mike McGuirk.

Thoughts: Jim was mildly over here in what I believe was his final televised match of this run. The match itself was awful and Jim’s finish always looked terrible. He was better off sticking with the bearhug. Since they were not doing anything with him at the time I assume it was a mini sendoff.


Ted DiBiase is with Virgil down in Cobb County, GA where a kid tells DiBiase that the Big Bossman was a bully.


The Barbarian defeats Red Tyler in a match from the 7/14 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Back in the studio, Gorilla asks Heenan about his headset and Heenan tells us he was “talking to his people upstairs” then talks about using the technology of the 90’s. So, we finally got an answer as to why Heenan was wearing the headset.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Koko B. Ware is with Frankie and sings for us while saying he wants to be on the top of the mountain with the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan. Now, Mr. Fuji is with the Orient Express and will put them up against any team in the world.


An ad for SummerSlam airs.


“Jumping” Jim Brunzell vs. Black Bart

This match is from the 6/26 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Huntington, WV. Lord Alfred makes fun of Bart’s entrance attire, saying he got it at the same place he parks his horse. Brunzell gets two with a crossbody then runs wild until Bart takes a breather in the corner. Bart attacks Brunzell then blocks a sunset flip with a punch to the face. Brunzell fights back and slingshots Bart out of the corner then works over the leg. Bart fights out and lands some punches but gets kicked in the face attempting a backdrop. Brunzell fires away but Bart breaks up an abdominal stretch then starts hammering away until he runs into a dropkick as Brunzell gets the win (4:25) DUD.

Thoughts: Black Bart was pathetic in his WWF run. I was never a fan to begin with but he was broken down and useless here. These two guys were currently  TV enhancement talent  but at least Brunzell could still go a bit in the ring. He also wore plain black trunks and was quite pumped after his victory.


Jim Powers vs. Al Perez

This match is from the 6/17 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens show. We are joined in progress here as Perez works a headlock. Powers fights back and hits three shoulder blocks then Perez rolls out for a breather and heads halfway up the aisle. Perez returns and Powers takes him down with a side headlock. Powers gets a nearfall with a crossbody but is shoved outside on the kickout attempt. Perez heads out and attacks the ribs of Powers before posing inside of the ring. Powers comes back inside but ducks his head and Perez hits a swinging neckbreaker in a really messy sequence. Perez grabs a chinlock and puts his feet on the ropes for leverage. Powers escapes but eats boot on a charge then Perez rolls him up with his feet on the ropes but the ref breaks the count. Perez yells at the ref and Powers almost rolls up Perez for the win. Perez chokes out Powers in the corner before going back to the chinlock. Perez misses a corner splash then Powers starts to fight back. He hits ten turnbuckle smashes and follows with a clothesline. Powers runs wild and gets a nearfall with a dropkick as Perez got his foot on the ropes. Powers tries a reverse rollup but Perez reverses that and grabs the tights for the win (9:11) *1/2.

Thoughts: Really just a basic match. Perez never did anything in the WWF and very shortly after this match aired. In his shoot interview with RF Video, Perez said the WWF never had any plans for him and that Pat Patterson made sexual advances that he shot down. Perez also spoke out about the steroid use and how easy it was to get prescriptions of just about anything you wanted from Dr. Zahorian.


“Brother Love Show” with the Hart Foundation where they got attacked from behind by Demolition from the 7/14 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”


Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Paul Diamond

This match also aired on the 7/22 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”Duggan works over Diamond to start. He catches him with a slam then hits the Three Point Stance for the win (1:53).

Thoughts: A brief match to gear up Duggan for his match against Earthquake.


The Genius vs. Mike Shelton

This match is also from the 6/25 “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings in Dayton, OH. Before the match, The Genius tells us he is the world’s smartest man. He is also sporting a blond wig that he straps in with amateur wrestling headgear. The Genius prances around and stalls to start then bails when Shelton went after his wig. He returns and starts beating on Shelton and kicks away in the corner. Shelton gets tossed across of the ring then The Genius hits a dropkick before hitting a somersault senton. The Genius kips up and prances around then soon after that puts Shelton away with a moonsault (3:22).

Thoughts: They are still continuing the angle where The Genius wears a wig to hide the haircut given to him by Brutus Beefcake but without the Mr. Perfect alignment he is languishing at the bottom of the card.


The Bushwhackers defeat Tom Bennett & Kent Carlson from the 7/15 edition of “Wrestling Challenge”


The ad to attend WWF Live Events airs. With the cards they were putting out at the time no wonder these ads were created.


“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil

This match is also from the 6/26 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Huntington, WV. Before the match, DiBiase offers Garvin money to leave but Garvin punches him and takes it to pass out to the fans. Virgil blindsides Garvin then DiBiase heads out and chops away. Back inside, DiBiase yells at Garvin for taking his money and stays in control. He fires away in the corner before applying a chinlock. Garvin escapes and the two fight over a wrist lock but DiBiase cuts him off with a knee smash. DiBiase drops a fist for two as Garvin put his foot on the ropes before going back to the chinlock. DiBiase yanks Garvin back down by the tights and reapplies the hold. Garvin elbows his way out then hits a shoulder tackle before he chops away. DiBiase begs for mercy but Garvin takes him down with a headbutt then gets a nearfall with a splash. Garvin uses a jackknife cover then chops the piss out of DiBiase before using the Garvin Stomp. Garvin stares down Virgil but soon after that Virgil hooks his leg then DiBiase grabs the tights on a rollup for the win (8:55) **. After the match, Garvin chases Virgil through the curtains.

Thoughts: This came off more like a house show match with both guys going through the motions than it did a TV match. DiBiase getting the win made sense as he is in a feud while Garvin has yet to do anything since his feud against Greg Valentine ended.


Gorilla tells us next week they will know the other top matches at SummerSlam.


Final Thoughts: This episode was a stinker. The matches were garbage and the featured bout disappointed. Plus, the storylines are not very interesting. Luckily, improvements would be coming soon.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/10/83

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/21/90

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/22/90

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/28/90

Wednesday: PROGRESS New York City Show 8/12/17

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 7/28/90