What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – March 10, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura call the action and they are still in Phoenix, Arizona.  This week Ventura has an Ultimate Warrior t-shirt, changing his prediction on the WrestleMania VI main event after doing some research.

Opening Contest:  Rhythm & Blues (w/Jimmy Hart) (6-0-1) defeat Frankie Valdez & Steve Gatorwolf when the Honky Tonk Man pins Valdez after a double side suplex at 3:06:

Hart makes his big announcement in the split screen that Rhythm & Blues will sing their new big single “Hunka Hunka Honky Love” at WrestleMania.  Rhythm & Blues offense is underwhelming, throwing a lot of combined kicks into Valdez’s mid-section.  A double elbow sets up the double side suplex finisher.

Gene Okerlund does the Update segment.  Slick announces that he has purchased the managerial rights to the Warlord and Bobby Heenan announces he has purchased the managerial rights for the Barbarian.  This breaks up the Powers of Pain tag team, something Wrestling Challenge and Prime Time Wrestling telegraphed.

The Big Bossman squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Rick Martel (3-1) beats Louie Spicolli via submission to the Boston Crab at 1:51:

Martel does an insert promo to put over Arrogance in the match’s opening moments.  Spicolli misses a dropkick, so Martel does a backbreaker and finishes with the Boston Crab.

WWF Champion Hulk Hogan talks about going to Gold’s Gym in California and talking to a magic mirror that told him about pro wrestling’s food chain.  That means that Hogan must fight with everything he has to preserve his status as the world’s best wrestler.  Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior cuts his famous promo about Hogan taking control of an airplane and putting it in a nosedive to self-destruct and find out that the Warrior is not the chosen one, but the only one.

Akeem (w/Slick) (2-0) pins Ricki Ataki after a splash at 1:46:

In the split Slick says that he has read the recent article the Bossman previously referenced at WrestleMania VI.  Instead of Akeem being on the Bossman’s list, Slick says that Akeem will have the Bossman on his list.  Akeem avalanches Ataki against the buckles and a big splash finishes.

Ventura puts over an article in WWF Magazine that discusses whether Demolition can defeat the Colossal Connection.

Brother Love announces that the Hart Foundation will face the Bolsheviks at WrestleMania VI.  The Foundation are his guests this week.  While Jim Neidhart says that the Bolsheviks are falling apart like the Berlin Wall, Bret Hart issues a challenge for the winner of the Colossal Connection-Demolition match at WrestleMania because the Foundation want to be tag team champions again.

Okerlund provides the WrestleMania VI Report.  Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri promise Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire the beating of their lives.  Bad News Brown warns Roddy Piper that he is going to bring Piper into his violent world and Piper will not be able to escape.  Demolition tell Bobby Heenan that there is nothing he can do to keep them away from the tag team titles.  And Jake Roberts chides Ted DiBiase that he can come and get his Million Dollar Championship belt.  Two new matches are announced:  Koko B. Ware against Rick Martel and the Rockers against the Orient Express.  American gossip columnist Rona Barrett promises that she will let people know why Ventura cannot make up his mind about who will win the WrestleMania main event.  And Okerlund announces that Robert Goulet will sing the Canadian national anthem to kick off the event.

Non-Title Match:  Hulk Hogan (WWF Champion) (1-0) pins Dino Bravo (w/Jimmy Hart & Earthquake) (7-1) after a leg drop at 3:11:

This match took place at the Wrestling Challenge tapings in Tucson, Arizona.  It is a fast forwarded version of the Hogan formula with Hogan having the advantage, Hart interfering to put Bravo in control, and Hogan hulking up after kicking out of Bravo’s sidewalk slam finisher.  Rating:  *

After the bell, Hogan tosses Bravo from the ring but Earthquake squashes him with a couple of elbow drops and the Earthquake Splash.  After that the Ultimate Warrior comes in and uses a clothesline to stop a second Earthquake Splash on Hogan, but Hogan is not happy to get the help.  Warrior thinks twice about giving Hogan a clothesline, opting to run to the locker room after deciding not to throw the blow.

Tune in next week to see Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Brutus Beefcake, Bad News Brown, Dusty Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase in action!

The Last Word:  For fans in 1990 this program was appointment viewing because Hulk Hogan rarely wrestled on syndicated shows.  The feature match was more about the post-match angle but the booking of the beatdown took away some of the power of Earthquake’s finisher since Hogan recovered enough from the Earthquake Splash to pose for fans at the end of the broadcast.  Aside from the main event, the Brother Love program positions the Hart Foundation as next in line for a tag team title feud after WrestleMania, a welcome development for one of the promotion’s best teams.

Up Next:  Wrestling Challenge for March 11!