WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – July 28, 1990

July 28, 1990

From the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, NE

Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon. This is the final SNME with Jesse on commentary

Tonight we will see the Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude for the WWF World Heavyweight Title, Demolition vs. The Rockers for the WWF Tag Team Titles, and Mr. Perfect vs. Tito Santana for the Intercontinental Title

We start off with Lord Alfred Hayes doing a spoof of the “Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom,” which is the theme of the show.

 

WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match: “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Ultimate Warrior (c)

Rude sneak attacks Warrior before the bell. He hammers away but Warrior fights back. Warrior shoves Rude into the corner and kicks away then clotheslines him over the top rope. Warrior uses a double noggin knocker then heads out and slams Rude’s head off of the apron. Back inside, Warrior signals for a slam after hitting a clothesline but heads up top instead and hits a double axe handle. He goes for the splash but Rude rolls out of the way then Warrior rolls himself outside as he’s in pain. Rude grabs the title belt and whacks Warrior in the face as Heenan distracted the referee. He then poses inside of the ring but Warrior heads back inside and catches Rude coming off of the top and takes control. Rude comes back with a clothesline and tries for a slam but that fails and Warriors hits a slam of his own. Rude slips out of a second slam attempt and locks on a sleeper. He jumps on Warrior’s back and brings him to the ground while maintaining the hold. The crowd rallies behind Warrior as he escapes by hitting a stunner. Rude starts punching away as Warrior pumps up but is able to knock him down on the mat. Rude tries for the Rude Awakening as Warrior powers out but Rude boots Warrior and hits it and covers for two. Heenan is pissed and Warrior pumps up and runs wild then hits his splash but Heenan interferes and breaks up the count. Heenan heads backstage as Warrior follows and grabs a hold. Rude heads down too but Warrior press slams him back inside then corners Heenan in the ring and rams his head into the turnbuckle before tossing him outside as the bell finally rings with Warrior winning by DQ (9:43) **1/4.

Thoughts: It was a solid TV match and all but far from their best. Plus, the finish did not do anything to get you excited about their match at SummerSlam. Rude needed to come out of this match looking more credible and that did not happen. Warrior more or less dominated the match and was left standing tall and when you have a cold and quite frankly poorly built program, you have to make it seem like the challenger has a chance to win the match. And without Heenan interfering to cause the DQ, Warrior had this match won.

 

Lord Alfred and Gene Okerlund are in the lodge before setting out on their “mission.” Lots of wacky comedy here.

 

The Hulk Hogan Tribute Video Airs. After that, Vince McMahon welcomes Hogan to the ring. Jesse is alone on commentary telling us that Hogan made a mistake to return and face Earthquake. Hogan tells us he is here to thank each and every one of the Hulkamaniacs for writing a card or letter to him when he was hurt and promises to write everyone back. Hogan then promises to show Earthquake just how big of a mistake he made with his sneak attack. Hogan then introduces Tugboat and thanks him for being by his side and having his back but out comes Earthquake, Dino Bravo, and Jimmy Hart. Bravo & Earthquake surround Hogan as he has his weight-lifting belt in his hand to use as a weapon but Tugboat runs out for the save as Earthquake & Bravo bail. Another good promo by Hogan and I like how he has been on the mic during this feud. We are not getting the typical “what’cha gonna do, brother” promos and its for the best. However, the Tugboat stuff is just not working and the character is far too corny. Kids that grew up during the infancy of Hulkamania are not going to think someone like Tugboat is remotely cool.

 

Another “Wild Kingdom” segment with Jake Roberts, Koko B. Ware, and then The Bushwhackers.

 

WWF Tag Team Title Match: The Rockers vs. Demolition (c)

Smash & Crush are in the ring for this match. Smash beats on Marty to start. Marty avoids a charge then runs wild. He sends him outside with a dropkick then he returns and The Rockers clear the ring. Back inside, Shawn makes a blind tag as The Rockers use double-team moves until Crush runs in to blindside Shawn after Ax distracted the referee. Crush tags in and beats on Shawn for a bit. Marty tags and works a side headlock but Crush places him on the top rope and chokes him out. Marty then jumps off with a sunset flip and nearly broke his neck in the process as that gets two. Shawn is back in the ring as The Rockers use quick tags to neutralize Crush. Marty slides underneath Smash’s legs as he was on the apron but gets clotheslined outside by Ax as we head to break. The action returns with Crush tossing Marty back into the ring as Demolition is cutting off the ring. Crush catches Marty with a chokeslam then Smash tags in and works a bearhug. Crush is back in but Marty fights back and makes the tag as Shawn runs wild. The match breaks down with The Rockers running wild and they hit Smash with a double flying fist drop but Crush makes the save. Shawn then rolls up Smash but the ref is distracted and Ax runs in to clothesline Shawn and Smash uses a rollup for the win (9:31) **1/2. After the match the Hart Foundation and Legion of Doom run out to tell the ref what happened as Jesse calls them “armchair officials.”

Thoughts: Another solid match. The main goal was to put over how Demolition has the advantage with the third man and how that plays into the Tag Team Title match at SummerSlam. I also felt that the Hart Foundation and Legion of Doom coming out to complain about Demolition cheating made them come across a bit like tattle-tales.

 

Back in jungle, Lord Alfred & Gene see animals such as Damien, Frankie, and even the Bushwhackers in their natural habitat.

 

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Tito Santana vs. Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan (c)

Tito catches Perfect with a hip toss then dropkicks him outside in a fast-paced sequence. Tito chases Perfect around and chops away then they head back inside where Tito ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Perfect clotheslines Tito then Heenan yells at him to pace himself as he takes control. Perfect hammers away then hits a standing dropkick as he is in control. Perfect cranks Tito’s neck but Tito breaks that up by yanking the hair. Perfect lands some shots in the corner but eats boot on a charge as Tito now fires up. Tito knocks down Perfect, who falls on the referee as he is down too while grabbing his leg. Tito kicks out Perfect’s legs then locks on the figure four but the ref is down. Tito breaks the hold and tries to help up the referee and after that catches Perfect with the flying forearm. He covers and the ref eventually gets there as Perfect just kicks out at the nick of time. Tito yells at the ref then heads up top for a clothesline and covers but that still only gets two as the ref is still slow to make the count. Another referee runs out and we head to break. The match returns as Tito gets a nearfall with a crossbody. Perfect then uppercuts Tito as he got up and stays on the attack. He hits his neck snap then stomps away in the corner. Tito starts fighting back in the corner and knocks Perfect over the top rope with a punch. Tito is tossing around Perfect, who is taking all sorts of crazy bumps, as the fans are going crazy. Tito hits a pair of atomic drops then a clothesline but Perfect is just able to kick out. Tito ducks his head for a backdrop and Perfect tries to turn that into a Perfect Plex so Tito counters with a small package but that gets reversed and Perfect picks up the win (10:11) ****.

Thoughts: Excellent match. The fans bought Tito as having a chance and where as invested in this match as anything else on the show. Perfect sold like a champ and Tito’s fiery comebacks were great. Definitely a match to seek out. Too bad Tito was low on the card at this point because these two had awesome chemistry.

 

Jesse is backstage with Earthquake, Dino Bravo, and Jimmy Hart. They all promise that Hogan will leave SummerSlam on a stretcher as Bravo promises Tugboat will not be able to save his friend.

 

Lord Alfred gets Gene out of the river and pisses him off by referring to him as “Jim.” Gene appears to be sauced during these bits.

 

“Playboy” Buddy Rose vs. “Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich

Rose slaps Von Erich after a break in the corner then jumps out of the ring. Vince now compares Rose to a walrus as Von Erich takes him over with a hip toss. He follows with a pair of slams and connects with a dropkick for a two count. Rose gets caught in the ropes as Von Erich fires away. Rose gets knocked outside but comes back in and takes Von Erich down. He then heads up top but took too long and gets slammed off then put away with a discus punch (3:09) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Kerry wins a squash match in his debut. He did not look good at all even with Rose doing all he can to sell his offense. At the time in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” DaveMelter noted that Kerry was going to drop his name and only go by the Texas Tornado and did happen soon after his debut.

 

Jesse is with Rude & Heenan as they talk about becoming the new World Champion at SummerSlam. The Ultimate Warrior is then shown with Sean Mooney and paces around and speaks jibberish before proclaiming himself as the “Ultimate Animal.” This was not a good night for the Ultimate Warrior. According to Dave Meltzer, they passed out about 11,000 Warrior masks but they were all not seen when the camera panned to the crowd. He has been held back since becoming champion and this feud with Rude has been immensely overshadowed by Hogan/Earthquake.

 

The show closes with Jesse saying Hogan and Warrior will be extinct then we cut back to the lodge to put this Mutual of Omaha bit to rest as Gene is with a monkey, who is jumping around.

 

Final Thoughts: The action was good on this show and the Intercontinental Title match is worth seeking out. Better than most SNME’s in that regard. The Hogan stuff got over well but this did nothing to help out the cold Warrior/Rude program and that is the part of the double main-event billing at the PPV. . The Mutual of Omaha bits were harmless and goofy and did not detract from anything. I thought Kerry’s debut was a dud and he really had nothing to offer at this point in his career besides being a name from the past. Overall, a solid show that is easy to watch.

 

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/17/17

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/29/90

Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 7/30/90

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/4/90

Wednesday: PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2017, Stage One

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/5/90