July 30, 1990
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
Tonight’s featured match is Rick Martel vs. Ronnie Garvin
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Tom Stone
This match is from the 7/17 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Des Moines, IA. Gorilla and Lord Alfred Hayes are on commentary. Snuka takes control early as the announcers talk about SummerSlam. He hits a flying headbutt then sets up for the Superfly Splash and the win (3:39).
Thoughts: Long for a squash match as the announcers kept talking about SummerSlam, a PPV that does not involve Snuka.
WWF Update from the 7/28 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” that shows Paul Roma & Hercules attacking The Rockers, leading to them now being managed by Slick and called “Power & Glory.”
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Ricky Rice
This match would also air on the 8/5 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” DiBiase is in an insert promo putting over his own action figure as the best money can buy. He beats on Rice then tosses him onto the apron but turns his back and eats a dropkick. DiBiase comes back with a clothesline and follows with a pair of elbow drops before the Million Dollar Dream gets the win (1:39).
Thoughts: They put over the WWF action figures here as his feud against the Big Bossman was not mentioned here and with the news of Bossman being the special guest referee for the Jake Roberts vs. Bad News Brown match at SummerSlam it seems to have fallen by the wayside. Rice teamed with John Paul in the AWA as the Top Guns and threw a nice dropkick here but that was about all he did in the WWF.
Hart Foundation vs. Black Bart & Kent Carlson
This match would also air on the 8/5 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” Neidhart takes control early then we hear from Demolition in an insert promo as they say while the stipulations of their match at SummerSlam might favor the Hart Foundation, they still do not know which two men they will have to prepare for in their match. The Hart Foundation stay in control then put Carlson away with the Hart Attack (1:50).
Thoughts: More hype for the Tag Team Title match at SummerSlam.
Back in the studio, Gorilla tells us the show is sold out and we can only watch on PPV as Heenan says he needs 25 tickets for his aunt and her caretakers. This bit would last throughout the rest of the show.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Demolition and the Hart Foundation are shown in different promos hyping up their match at SummerSlam. Standard fare from these teams.
We return to the studio where Gorilla plugs the “WWF Superstars Oatmeal Cookies” from the Salerno brand. After that, Heenan still begs Gorilla for 25 tickets to give to his sick aunt.
The Orient Express vs. Jim Evans & Randy Fox
Another match on this show that would also air on the 8/5 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” Tanaka beats on Fox to start then we see both Nikolai Volkoff & Jim Duggan smiling and talking to each other in an insert. Gorilla tells them they should team up and they agree as they challenge The Orient Express then we see Sato use a sitout powerbomb to put Evans away (1:12).
Thoughts: They all but announced Duggan & Volkoff vs. The Orient Express at SummerSlam here.
SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund.
Dino Bravo defeats Mike Shelton in a match that originally aired on the 7/29 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
An ad to attend WWF live events airs. After that, Gorilla is in the studio also telling us how great it is to attend live.
Haku vs. Tugboat
This match is also from the 7/17 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Des Moines, IA. Heenan is not with Haku for some reason. The announcers talk about Tugboat’s announced weight of 387lbs and how they think its a lot more than that. Tugboat wins a test-of-strength then catches Haku with a slam. Haku rolls away from an elbow drop then hammers away. He thrusts Tugboat in the corner but Tugboat fights back and uses a turnbuckle smash. Haku comes back with a kick but Tugboat reverses an Irish whip and hits an avalanche then uses a splash for the win (3:14) 1/4*.
Thoughts: Man, Haku got completely squashed in this match as they really were pushing Tugboat strong at this point.
Brother Love Show with guests the Legion of Doom that aired on the 7/28 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”
Mr. Perfect defeated Jim Brunzell in a match first shown on the 7/29 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
Mooney is back in the Event Center. The Big Bossman tells us that WWF President Jack Tunney came to him as the Jake Roberts/Bad News Brown situation needed control as Bossman promises to keep order. He then hear from Jake with Damien as he tells Bad News is rats are nothing but snacks for Damien and says that he feeds off of people like Bad News.
Sgt. Slaughter vignette airs as he is displeased this country has welcomed a “Pinko Commie” like Nikolai Volkoff.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Spike Jones
This match also aired on the 8/4 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Jake takes Jones down then we see Bad News Brown in an insert with his rat cage as he says his rats will eat Damien then attack the Big Bossman. Jake floats over on a slam attempt then hits a clothesline before the DDT gets the win (1:31). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of Stone as Jesse tells Vince to enjoy this because he might end up as “rat food” at SummerSlam.
Thoughts: More hype for the Jake/Bad News match with the focus on what the men are bringing to ringside with them.
In the studio, Heenan tells us there is going to be a fashion show in Utica, NY for the “SummerSlam Spectacular” show. It was actually called “SummerSlam Fever.” He then says all the residents in the Utica area dress like Kenny Kaiser and in bib overalls. Heenan was pretty funny here.
Rhythm & Blues vs. Troy Williams & George Anderson
This match also aired on the 8/4 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Rhythm & Blues are shown in an impact promo saying they are not afraid of the Legion of Doom and keep producing one hita after another. They beat on Williams to start. Anderson tags and also gets destroyed until Rhythm & Blues hit a double back suplex for the win (1:31).
Thoughts: They had Rhythm & Blues call out the Legion of Doom and it was done in a way that made you think the two teams would face off in the future.
“The Model” Rick Martel vs. “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin
This is from the 5/27 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens show with Sean Mooney and Lord Alfred Hayes on commentary. Martel cheap shots Garvin before the bell. He chokes him out in the corner with his foot then continues to target the throat. Garvin fights back and almost puts Martel away with a school boy then lays into him with chops. He drops Martel with mounted punches in the corner then gets a two with a jackknife cover. Martel headbutts Garvin in the gut then slides out and chokes Garvin for a bit. Martel gets two with a knee drop but Garvin starts getting pissed and hammers away. Martel counters a piledriver attempt with a sunset flip then takes Garvin down with a knee smash. Garvin catches Martel with a backslide for a two count but gets knocked down as Lord Alfred elated and hyping this match as something great. Garvin catches Martel with a sleeper hold then drops him down and hits the Garvin Stomp. He tries for the Scorpion Death Lock but Martel was able to rake his face. They both drop to the mat after a collision then Garvin uses a reverse rollup but Martel counters that and grabs the tights for the win (8:19) ***.
Thoughts: This one was all action and it made for a good match. Lord Alfred was in his glory here and was displaying some heel tendencies in favoring Martel. At the time in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” Dave Meltzer reported that if Jesse Ventura left the company, which he did a few weeks after this aired, then Lord Alfred would become a heel commentator. And Lord Alfred did become a heel commentator but not until years later. Garvin and Martel were briefly feuding on TV but that was put on hold as Martel was experiencing nerve problems in his arm.
Final Thoughts: The featured match was good but the rest of this show was not as it was all squash matches and other bits from the weekly syndicated shows. It also did not do a great job at hyping SummerSlam but did tell us about the “SummerSlam Spectacular” special that would be airing in a few weeks so that is something to look forward to seeing.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/4/90
Wednesday: PWG 2017 Battle of Los Angeles, Stage One
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with The Mulkeys
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/5/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/24/83
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/11/90
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/12/90