What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – May 28, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s hosts.  Heenan refers to himself as “the perfect host” for this program in keeping with his new role as Mr. Perfect’s manager.

Opening Contest:  Jimmy Snuka (5-2) pins Pez Whatley after the Superfly Splash at 2:02:

Even though this is late in a Wrestling Challenge taping cycle, Snuka still gets a good reaction for his offense, even weak stuff like a chop off the ropes and a palm thrust to the gut.  The Superfly Splash gives him a third straight win, building him for another feature match appearance that he is likely to lose.

Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps the Bolshevik split.

The Barbarian (w/Bobby Heenan) (7-0) pins Jim Powers after a flying clothesline at 4:39:

Powers gets an equal amount of offense against the Barbarian because he is one of the more distinguished jobbers on the roster.  It is not a good match as the Barbarian’s methodical offense in the middle brings it to a crawl and the crowd never believes Powers can win.  A powerslam and flying clothesline keep the Barbarian undefeated.

Heenan says that the Barbarian’s latest outfit comes from him going into the woods and tearing the fur off animals.  Monsoon opines that it is more likely that the Barbarian got his gear from the Salvation Army.

A replay of Rick Rude’s training vignette where he boxes with Heenan is shown.  Heenan has Rude and Warrior’s Hasbro figures positioned near his desk with Rude standing tall and the Warrior laying on his back.

The Bushwhackers (12-0) defeat Black Bart & Kent Carlson when Butch pins Carlson after a double stomachbreaker at 2:06:

Carlson did work as a preliminary wrestler for the AWA in early 1990 before making some appearances for the WWF later in the year.

Sean Mooney asks Rhythm & Blues in the split screen how many copies of “Hunka Hunka Honky Love” they have sold because the Bushwhackers argue they have only sold three.  Honky Tonk Man points to the gold album Jimmy Hart holds up to say they have sold far more.  The Bushwhackers demolish Carlson after he is tagged in, quicky hitting him with the Battering Ram and their double stomachbreaker finish.

Mr. Perfect’s squash from Superstars airs.  Monsoon warns Heenan that Perfect needs to do less taunting and jawing with his opponents in the ring.

Promo time with Sean Mooney!  Koko B. Ware acknowledges that he is the shortest man in the WWF but tells fans that dynamite comes in small packages, and he does not back down from anyone, including Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.  The Orient Express and Mr. Fuji put over their dojo training that will make them a problem for Demolition, the Rockers, and the Hart Foundation.  Fuji adds that the Express will use the Rockers as a steppingstone to better things.

Koko B. Ware (7-2) pins the Brooklyn Brawler after a missile dropkick at 11:33 shown:

This match is from an April 29 show at the London Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada, and it is an awful house show bouts where a typical jobber fights competitively and drags things out with chokes and chinlocks.  After more than ten minutes, Ware makes a comeback out of nowhere, using headbutts to daze the Brawler and he finally wins with a missile dropkick.

Brother Love’s Superstars segment where Earthquake laid out Hulk Hogan is shown.  Heenan is disinterested in what happened to Hogan, putting the blame on the former WWF champion’s shoulder for what happened because he was bullying Jimmy Hart before Earthquake attacked.

Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil) (12-1-1) defeats Paul Roma (1-3) via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 3:03:

Unlike his former tag team partner Jim Powers, fans buy Roma as a threat to DiBiase, and he gets a big reaction for nearly pinning the Million Dollar Man with a flying body press.  After that, DiBiase grounds Roma with a suplex and powerslam and Roma gets to show some fight with the Million Dollar Dream, struggling but failing to reach the ropes in a losing effort.  DiBiase shoves $100 down Roma’s throat after the bell, and some fans are ringside are shown using the Big Bossman’s action figure to beat up a DiBiase action figure.  Rating:  *

Monsoon is frustrated that he cannot get information about Hulk Hogan’s medical condition while Heenan continues to show disinterest.

More Mooney promo time!  Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri tell Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire that they are in their shadow.  The Big Bossman says Ted DiBiase is going to find out that justice is just a phone call away.

Monsoon says it is great that Vince McMahon was close to the Brother Love Show to get Hulk Hogan proper medical attention.  Heenan disagrees and says McMahon panicked.  He adds that Jesse Ventura was not there to help because Ventura was hungry and wanted to get a hot pretzel.

The Hart Foundation (11-0-1) defeat Tom Stone & Tom Bennett when Bret Hart pins Bennett after the Hart Attack at 3:36:

Demolition in the split screen are shown watching the match but they are not impressed, promising to fight whoever comes after them.  In keeping with their recent matches, Jim Neidhart gets to show off his power on both jobbers before the Hart Attack.

The Warlord (4-0) pins Martin Roy after a running powerslam at 3:08:

Roy is an ordinary looking guy but he tries to get himself over with the home audience before the match by making crazy faces.  The crowd does not like him, booing him during his ring introduction, and they cheer when the Warlord takes his head off with a clothesline.  The Warlord remains undefeated with a running powerslam.

Brutus Beefcake (10-0-2) defeats the Genius (2-0-1) via submission to the sleeper hold at 5:25:

With Beefcake moving onto a feud with Mr. Perfect, this match serves as the end of his feud with the Genius, who is wearing a wig to cover for the haircut Beefcake gave him at WrestleMania VI.  Beefcake plays with the wig to blind the Genius, getting some laughs from the audience, and the laughs continue when the Genius does a somersault senton and it flies off.  The Genius cannot keep the wig on after that so both men bring it home quickly after that.  Rating:  ¼*

After the bell, Beefcake puts the wig back on the Genius’ head, cuts hair off it, and then stuff it down the Genius’ trunks.

Monsoon and Heenan finish the broadcast by arguing about Hulk Hogan’s condition.  When Monsoon storms off, Heenan does a mini-match with the Rick Rude and Ultimate Warrior Hasbro figures.

Tune in next week to see Jim Brunzell face Dino Bravo!

The Last Word:  Seeing Bobby Heenan take joy playing with the Hasbro figures was the highlight of the broadcast.  The rest was dreadful and next week’s telecast looks like it could be more of the same.

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