What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – May 7, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan handle studio duties for this evening’s telecast.

A replay of Jake Roberts’ squash from Superstars airs, along with the post-match extracurriculars where Bad News Brown confronted Roberts and ran away.

Koko B. Ware (6-2) pins Randy Neverman after the Ghostbuster at 2:30:

Neverman was a West Coast independent wrestler who was trained by Big Bill Anderson.  He did television jobs for the WWF from 1988-1990.

As is typical of Ware’s squashes, the jobber gets in a healthy amount of offense.  Neverman slams Ware but misses an elbow drop.  Koko makes a comeback and uses a bulldog to set up the Ghostbuster, likely building himself up for another high-profile job down the road.

Randy Savage’s squash win from Wrestling Challenge is shown.  After the match, Monsoon tells Heenan that it is only a matter of time before Dusty Rhodes extracts revenge on the Macho King.

Hillbilly Jim (1-1) pins Pez Whatley after a blind charge into a boot at 3:52:

Jim needs to be reheated after losing a quick match to Earthquake on Saturday Night’s Main Event.  The squash is ugly as each man lumbers around and trades blows with the other.  Whatley curiously no sells ten punches in a corner but eating a boot on a blind charge puts him down for the count.  After the bout, Jim dances with ring announcer Mike McGuirk.

Promo time with Sean Mooney!  Rick Martel promises that he is a masterpiece in motion and will prove to everyone in the WWF why he is a winner.  Tugboat makes a lot of faces and sounds, promising a typhoon to sink the ships of other WWF stars.

The Orient Express (w/Mr. Fuji) (7-0) defeat Louie Spicolli & Mark Young when Sato pins Spicolli after a sitout powerbomb at 3:19:

The highlight of the match is a fun back-and-forth between Tanaka and Young at the beginning.  After that, the Express slowly work over Spicolli with strikes until Tanaka hits him with a forearm and Sato finishes with a sitout powerbomb.  It is tough to sell the Express as a great tag team when they do not do a lot of combination moves and do not have a joint finisher.

Monsoon raises a good point about why Fuji talks to his team in English when they are supposed to be Japanese.

The Brother Love segment with the Big Bossman from Superstars is shown.

Monsoon floats a rumor that is going around that Ted DiBiase lent Heenan the money to buy the Barbarian.  Before Heenan can respond, the show goes to a commercial break.

The Hart Foundation-Bolsheviks feature match from Wrestling Challenge airs, along with the Bolsheviks fighting each other at the end of the bout.

The Barbarian (w/Bobby Heenan) (5-0) pins Jim Gorman after a flying clothesline at 1:37:

The Barbarian has a new Conan the Barbarian-like wardrobe, wearing an antler headdress and a fur coat to the ring.  He has also abandoned the long tights for short ones, decked in fur like his boots.  Monsoon makes fun of the antlers, but the Barbarian lets his work do the talking, finishing Gorman with an impressive Mafia kick and flying clothesline.

More promo time with Mooney!  The Hart Foundation claim that they can match Demolition in terms of speed, strength, and endurance.  Earthquake and Jimmy Hart says that everyone in the WWF will get a quake sooner or later.

Heenan claims that Rick Rude is better than ever before.  In a new training vignette, Rude climbs a rope to the top of a gym as Heenan encourages him.  He tells the Ultimate Warrior that he is climbing to take his title, reiterating that he is the only man in the WWF who has beaten him for a title.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s squash from Superstars airs.  After the match, Heenan jokes that freshman year was six of the longest years of Duggan’s life.

Paul Diamond defeats Jim Powers after rolling through a powerslam at 9:52:

This match took place a week prior at Madison Square Garden and is a classic Prime Time matchup between opening acts.  It is not good as Powers works a long armbar for the first five minutes and then Diamond decides to get heat by keeping Powers from getting back into the ring for several minutes.  Powers fires up a comeback, but the crowd is tuned out and does not care and Diamond rolls through a sloppy powerslam for a clean win.  Somehow bad bouts like this were still enough for Diamond to get a contract.  Rating:  ½*

Heenan claims that no member of his stable is in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament because he got screwed by WWF President Jack Tunney.

A replay of the Jimmy Snuka-Mr. Perfect first round match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, which took place on Superstars, is shown.

Monsoon wishes all mother’s in the viewing audience a good Mother’s Day, but Heenan says he is not talking to his because he did not get enough for Christmas.

Tune in next week to see Shawn Michaels against Ted DiBiase!

The Last Word:  This was a bad edition of Prime Time Wrestling, littered with replays of other matches, most of which were of better quality than the new bouts that aired.  Next week’s feature bout of Shawn Michaels against Ted DiBiase promises to be better, though.

Up Next:  WWF Superstars for May 12!