WWF 1990 Survivor Series Showdown

November 18, 1990

From the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN during the “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings that took place on 10/29.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

Matches include Earthquake vs. Big Bossman, Texas Tornado vs. Smash, Marty Jannetty vs. Rick Martel, Bret Hart vs. Honky Tonk Man, and Tito Santana vs. Sgt. Slaughter.


Sgt. Slaugther w/ Gen. Adnan vs. Tito Santana

We get a lockup to start. Slaughter stalls after missing a cheap shot as the announcers put over the Survivor Series. Slaughter yells at the ref and accuses Tito of cheating before grabbing Tito’s hair. Slaughter hits Tito in the gut with an elbow smash and follows with a double stomp. Gutbuster gets two as we get more Survivor Series talk from the announcers. Heenan makes jokes at Tito’s expense by saying he got kicked out of the Mexican Army after stealing a Buick while Slaughter stays in control. Tito ducks his head for a back drop and gets kicked in the face then Slaughter drops him across the rope with a suplex. Tito gets a nearfall with a sunset flip as Gorilla notes he will be announcing the Survivor Series with Roddy Piper. Tito fights back and tosses Slaughter outside then goes out and stomps away. Back inside, Tito puts Slaughter in a chinlock as Gorilla teases Heenan about the Big Bossman. Slaughter eventually escapes and hits a backbreaker. He follows with a suplex then heads up top but misses a splash. Tito misses a dropkick then Slaughter heads back up but this time Tito tosses him off. Tito now signals for the flying forearm and knocks Slaughter outside. Tito drags both Slaughter and Adnan to the apron for a double noggin knocker then tries to slam Slaughter back in from the apron but Adnan hooked the leg and Slaughter fell on top for the win (11:30) **. Gorilla notes how Adnan cheated but Heenan states that its legal in Iraq, where you are allowed to trip.

Thoughts: This was fine I suppose but man does Slaughter’s offense look awful. Its incredibly slow to the point where its practically a detriment to the match. Their were also loads of jokes by Heenan at Tito’s expense too. Slaughter winning as his team captain makes sense and he was actually receiving a push.


Slaughter is now backstage with Sean Mooney, along with his Survivor Series team. He says his team will win no matter what it takes then we see The Alliance team with Okerlund as a pissed off Tito calls Slaughter a traitor and promises victory at the Survivor Series.


Clips of the Rick Martel/Jake Roberts feud are shown.


“The Model” Rick Martel vs. Marty Jannetty

Martel retreats to the corner after accusing Jannetty of using a closed fist. Heenan makes fun of Jake for being blind as Martel is now doing jumping jacks in the ring. Martel bails after an Irish whip sequence then returns to knee Jannetty in the gut. He hammers away in the corner then uses a guillotine against the bottom rope. Jannetty fights back and targets the knee for a while. Martel tries to escape but is taken down each time in a fun sequence. Martel eventually pushes Jannetty outside with his legs then heads out and rams his back into the apron. Back inside, Martel hits a slam and drops an elbow as he works over the back. Jannetty fights back and runs wild then hits a facebuster for a two count. Martel reverses an Irish whip then uses Jannetty’s momentum to toss him outside. Jannetty tries to slingshot in from the apron but Martel ducks out of the way and lands on his head as Martel gets the win (10:49) **1/2.

Thoughts: Solid TV match here with team captain Martel getting the win. I’ve never really seen Marty do this much mat work before but he had amateur experience in high school and some college and it looked really good to the honest. The finish was terrible though and a way to lose for lower tier guys, not someone part of a popular act.


We now hear from both The Vipers and The Visionaries to hype that Survivor Series match. They are pushing the idea of Jake coming back too soon from his eye injury.


Now, we hear from The Hulkamaniacs team as they are with Okerlund. More generic Survivor Series hype.


Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Big Bossman

Heenan says he’s not afraid to go to ringside and will go down whenever he wants. Earthquake shoves Bossman into the corner. Bossman comes back with a punch as Gorilla goads Heenan into heading down to ringside as Bossman lands another punch. Hart is on the apron talking to his client then Earthquake hits a slam. Bossman avoids a few stomps and an elbow drop then chases off Hart before firing away on Earthquake. Bossman avoids a charge and trips up Earthquake then heads up top for a crossbody but is caught in midair as Earthquake hits a powerslam. Heenan heads down to ringside with Bossman now in trouble and slaps him across the face a few times behind the referee’s back. The ref warns Heenan as Earthquake beats on Bossman. He drops an elbow for two then walks on top of him before using a bearhug. Earthquake hammers away as Bossman tries to pump himself up but ducks his head and gets knocked down. Bossman knocks Earthquake into the ropes but gets backdropped outside where Heenan puts the boots to him. However, Bossman gets up and chases him backstage and in the process gets counted out (10:59) *1/2.

Thoughts: This was all about the Bossman/Heenan feud.  I understand why they went with the finish since Earthquake couldnt take the loss and you still want to keep Bossman strong for his feud with Heenan. However, there has been way too much Heenan/Bossman on TV over the past couple of months and its become grating.


Mooney is with The Natural Disasters team as Barbarian warns Bossman about laying his hands on Heenan while Earthquake promises that Hulkamania will die. The chanting at the end was amusing as Barbarian had his arm around Mooney’s neck.


Bret Hart vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Heenan is back on commentary. Hart grounds Honky with a hammerlock and stays on the arm. Honky rakes the eyes then we go to break and return with Honky using mounted punches in the corner until Bret breaks that up with an inverted atomic drop. Honky comes back and uses a chinlock but Bret escapes and runs him over. Bret charges again but runs into a knee as Honky drops a hammer for two then goes back to the chinlock. Bret fights off Honky in the corner then fires away. Honky begs for mercy but Bret beats him down. Bret gets a few nearfalls then Jimmy jumps up on the apron. Bret ends up shoving Honky into his manager then uses a rollup for the win (10:25) *1/2.

Thoughts: Bret tried to make this interesting but Honky was useless at this point. He looked terrible in the ring and his act has ran its course. Just three years prior he was one of the hottest heel acts in wrestling too.


Mooney is with The Million Dollar Team. Honky is steamed and accuses Bret of cheating tonight as DiBiase teases up about his mystery partner then makes fun of Dustin Rhodes. After that, The Dream Team are shown with Okerlund. They do not care about the mystery partner because they’ll kick butt anyway.


Okerlund is with The Ultimate Warriors Team. Nothing worth noting here.


Smash vs. Texas Tornado

We get a shoving match as the announcers talk about the grand finale. Tornado attempts to apply the claw but Smash rolls outside. Smash heads in and thinks he tossed Tornado outside but did not as he ends up getting dumped himself. Smash comes back in and beats on Tornado in the corner but is caught with a hip toss. Tornado works an armbar on the mat but Smash is able to back him into the corner. Smash its a poor excuse of a backbreaker for a two count. Tornado avoids a backdrop by applying the claw. Smash gets out and clotheslines Tornado then we see Mr. Perfect come out and he brawls with Tornado. Smash grabs a hold of Tornado until the rest of Demolition come out and the ref finally rings the bell (7:25) 1/2*. Demolition hit the Decapitation then the Legion of Doom run out and after that the Ultimate Warrior comes down and helps clear the ring.

Thoughts: The match was terrible and having the ref stand their like a good during a 4 vs. 1 beatdown until Warrior & LoD came out before ruling the match no contest just looked dumb. I get trying to end the show with a big brawl but this did not make me want to order the PPV.


After the break we see the Ultimate Warriors celebrate in the ring. The Perfect Team are then shown backstage with Mooney as they promise to destroy their opponents at the Survivor Series.


The show ends with once last plug for the PPV as they run through the card.


Final Thoughts: I didn’t think the show was horrible but its clear the PPV is lacking momentum and interest. There just isnt anything interesting with the current programming and the generic hype on this special did nothing to remedy the problem.


Here is my tentative schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF 1990 Survivor Series

Wednesday: WWF The Main Event 11/23/90

Friday: WWF Madison Square Garden 11/24/90

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 5/5/83

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/24/90

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/25/90