WWF Prime Time Wrestling – October 29th, 1990

October 29, 1990

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

This is the Halloween edition of Prime Time.

In the studio, Heenan talks about having to wear his track suit because he has no idea when the Big Bossman will try to cheap shot him. Heenan sucking up to Bossman in an attempt to save himself from getting destroyed was the real theme of the show, not Halloween.

 

Davey Boy Smith defeats the Brooklyn Brawler in a match first shown on the 10/27 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Dustin Rhodes defeats Paul Diamond from the 9/21 Madison Square Garden show. In the studio, Heenan made fun of Dustin and referred to him as an “adolescent hick.”

 

The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Koko B. Ware & Battle Kat

This match took place at the 10/10 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Cape Girardeau, MO. Battle Kat, the Bob Bradley version as Brady Boone either got fired or quit, climbs the rope at the slowest pace imaginable and appears petrified while standing up straight. He then just steps off as the announcers make fun of him. Kat tries to get the crowd into the match then does some “martial arts” poses. He proceeds to fuck up some sort of kick and appears to be either inebriated or just unable to work under a mask. Kat hits Tanaka with the poorest excuse of a back handspring elbow smash that I’ve ever seen and lands some more kicks that all look like shit. Tanaka fights back and tags out but Kat takes Sato down. Koko tags in and cleans house then flaps his arms to pump up the crowd. Sato hits Koko with a throat thrust then Koko fights back and tags out as Kat hits a few more kicks on Tanaka. The Orient Express neutralize Kat in the corner but he escapes. Koko tags in but the Orient Express cut off the ring. Koko and Tanaka then work a terribly awkward sequence that ends with Koko using a Boston Crab. Koko almost puts Tanaka away with a reverse rollup that looked terrible and saw the ref just stop counting because Tanaka’s shoulders were on the mat. Koko comes back with a missile dropkick as Sato breaks up the pin. The match breaks down then Sato takes Fuji’s cane and whacks Koko behind the ref’s back then Tanaka covers for the win (7:33) DUD.

Thoughts: What a disaster. Bradley was an abomination as Battle Kat as even the announcers were mocking the performance. This was the beginning of the end for the gimmick. Even the stuff between Koko and Tanaka stunk. Worth watching just to see Battle Kat.

 

Heenan is in the studio sucking up to Bossman by putting over his merchandise.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from The Warriors Survivor Series team as they run down their opponents, the Perfect Team.

 

Saba Simba vs. Bob Bradley

This match took place at the 10/9 “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings in Springfield, IL. We are also getting a double dose of Bob Bradley on this show, which is a trick instead of a treat. Simba hits a few hip tosses then uses a slam as Bradley retreats in the corner. Bradley misses a charge and goes up-and-over in the corner. Simba catches Bradley with a clothesline then Bradley takes a breather on the outside. Simba wears Bradley down with a chinlock until Bradley counters with a jawbreaker. Bradley hits a backspring elbow smash and follows with some chops. He chokes out Simba against the middle rope but misses a clothesline and gets puts away with a Samoan Drop (3:44).

Thoughts: The action here was terrible. Both guys were slow and lumbered around the ring. And if it wasn’t obvious during the Battle Kat match that it was Bob Bradley, it was here since Bradley wore the same wrist bands and did the same shitty back handspring elbow smash he did as Battle Kat. Its clear the Saba Simba gimmick is a dud at this point and that Atlas is terribly washed up.

 

Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

Clips of the Hulk Hogan & Tugboat vs. Rhythm & Blues match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”

 

Heenan is in the studio once again apologizing to Bossman and his mother but Gorilla calls him out for being insincere.

 

Replay of a blind Jake Roberts on the “Brother Love Show” where he gets taunted and slapped by Rick Martel, who runs away. Jake then hit Brother Love with a DDT.

 

Gorilla is in the studio and gets Bossman on the phone. Heenan offers an apology but Bossman does not respond.

 

Shane Douglas vs. The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan

Another match from the 10/10 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings. Douglas avoids an attack in the corner but gets kicked then chokes out against the ropes. Douglas uses his speed and sends Barbarian into the corner with a dropkick. Barbarian regroups with Heenan on the outside then returns to lands a few shots. Douglas comes back with mounted punches in the corner but Barbarian blocks a monkey flip then regains control. Barbarian targets the back and catches Douglas in a bearhug. Heenan demands the timekeeper to ring the bell but he refuses as Barbarian maintains the hold. Douglas finally escapes then fires away. Thesz Press gets two then Douglas heads up top but misses a crossbody then Barbarian heads up for a flying clothesline and the win (6:01) *1/2.

Thoughts: Odd to see Douglas lose since he was starting to get a lower card push on TV. A basic speed vs. power match here.

 

Gorilla tells us that next week we will see The Bushwhackers vs. Rhythm & Blues, Dustin Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase, and The Barbarian vs. Tito Santana.

 

Haku vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka

This is from the 10/9 “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings in Springfield, IL. Once again, Heenan is not with Haku. I wonder if Haku was on the list of guys rumored to get cut at this time with how he has been used the past few months. Lord Alfred tells us it is a rarity to see two “Polynesians” facing off against each other. We start off with a criss-cross then both men trade slams and end in a stalemate. Haku grabs a side headlock but Snuka escapes and ends up catching him with a chop. Haku bails then returns where Snuka hits him with a few knee smashes. Haku comes back with a clothesline that sends Snuka over the top rope. He suplexes Snuka back inside for a two count then breaks up a sunset flip attempt with a double chop. Snuka fights back then Haku rolls through a crossbody but Snuka reverses that cover and gets the win (5:12) *1/2.

Thoughts: The action was better than I expected but the finish looked awful. Haku is really far down on the card now and I wonder if his job was saved due to Rude quitting.

 

The Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri interview from the 10/28 edition of “Wrestling Challenge” airs.

 

The Rockers defeat Buddy Rose & Kent Carlson from the 10/27 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Mooney is once again in the Event Center. He reminds us to order the Survivor Series on PPV then we hear from the Natural Disasters team as they run down their opponents, The Hulkamaniacs.

 

Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Randy Jackson

This match would also air on the 11/3 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Jackson escapes from a waistlock then we hear from Demolition in an insert promo as they put over Mr. Perfect for being the perfect partner of their Survivor Series team. Perfect then beats on Jackson and puts him away with a Perfect Plex (1:07). After the match, Heenan helps Jackson to his feet so Perfect can dropkick him through the ropes.

Thoughts: An easy win for Mr. Perfect to hype up his match at the Survivor Series.

 

Back in the studio, Heenan once again praises Bossman and his mother.

 

Final Thoughts: Another poor installment of Prime Time. The action was bad and the original content on the show is constantly disappointing. Its no wonder the format of the show got shaken up a few months later.