What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – June 11, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for this evening’s show, with Monsoon in a dour mood because of Hulk Hogan’s condition.

Opening Contest:  Tito Santana (10-5) pins Black Bart after the flying forearm at 3:34 shown:

For the third straight week there is a star-versus-jobber match from the London Gardens.  In looking over that card from April 29, Santana wrestled twice, first against Bart and then against the Warlord.  The only bright spots for fans were a Rockers-Orient Express match and a WWF title match between the Ultimate Warrior and Mr. Perfect.  Bart puts Santana in a long chinlock but Santana comes off the ropes with the flying forearm out of nowhere to beat his opponent for the second time this year.

Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps the appeals for more WWF fans to write to Hulk Hogan.

Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan) (9-1-1) pins Red Tyler after the Rude Awakening at 1:54:

Before the match, Rude has ring announcer Howard Finkel redo his ring introduction, billing Rude as “the next World Wrestling Federation champion.”  After knocking down Tyler with his fists, Rude does fifteen push-ups in the ring and screams about how he wants a piece of the Ultimate Warrior.  The Rude Awakening follows.  Afterward, Rude and Heenan say ladies are out of luck because they are more focused on the Warrior.

Heenan takes issue with the producers using the Hasbro toys to show the Warrior gorilla press slamming Rude.

Jake Roberts squash match from Superstars is shown, along with Bad News Brown attacking Roberts after the match.  In the studio, Monsoon says he might need to give Bad News Brown a picture book so Brown learns that python snakes are not venomous.

Nikolai Volkoff (1-0) beats Frankie DeFalco after a clothesline to the back of the head at 1:46:

Volkoff yells “God bless America!” at the beginning of the match but if he loves the country so much, he needs new ring gear since he is still wearing Soviet red and has the Soviet Union’s flag on his ring jacket.  As Volkoff pounds away on DeFalco in the corner, Boris Zhukov pops up in the split screen and screams about how Volkoff is not dependable and is a traitor.  After some token strikes, Volkoff whips DeFalco chest-first into the turnbuckle and clotheslines him in the back of the head to win, thereby co-opting the Bolsheviks finisher as his own.

Promo time with Sean Mooney!  Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri put over how there is no one better than Savage in the WWF.  The Bushwhackers talk about how they want to beat up Rhythm & Blues.

Mr. Perfect’s squash of Jim Powers on Superstars is shown.  Afterward, when Heenan has negative words to say about Hulk Hogan, Monsoon threatens to book another match on the show and knock him out in the studio.

Koko B. Ware (8-2) defeats Conquistador #1 after the Ghostbuster at 6:33 shown:

Like Santana, Ware wrestled two matches in the London Gardens as well, fighting in this one after he beat the Brooklyn Brawler.  The Conquistador wears down Ware’s left shoulder and Ware times his comebacks well.  The Conquistador puts his head down too early on an Irish whip and Koko capitalizes with the Ghostbuster.  No rating because of the Conquistador’s jobber status, but this was the best match of the London tapings.

When Heenan makes fun of Frankie, Monsoon says that since Frankie is a parrot, he will outlive them.  While that is possible, since parrots can live up to a century, there were many different Frankies, with one of them allegedly killed by the British Bulldogs, who fed one of them a lot of somas on a house show loop in the late 1980s.

The Tugboat-Paul Diamond match from Superstars airs.  Afterward, Monsoon lets people know he is wearing a Hulk Hogan friendship bracelet.  Heenan chides that people will have to wear them for so long that their wrists will get gangrene.

A replay of Gene Okerlund’s interview with Earthquake and Jimmy Hart on Wrestling Challenge is shown.

Rhythm & Blues’ squash from Superstars airs.

More promos with Mooney!  The Rockers say that the Orient Express will soon learn why the Rockers are masters of motion.  The Warlord and Slick says that pain awaits all of his opponents in the WWF.

Brutus Beefcake (12-0-2) defeats Spike Jones via submission to the sleeper hold at 3:04:

Beefcake does an insert promo about how he is coming to get Mr. Perfect’s belt and hair.  He finishes off Jones without difficulty and cuts the jobber’s hair after the bout.

The Warlord (w/Slick) (6-0) pins Scott Colton after a running powerslam at 1:55:

Despite getting new outfits, neither of the former members of the Powers of Pain have theme music.  The Warlord continues his build through the lower midcard.  If the WWF had started his build a year prior, he could have been slotted in as a monster for the Ultimate Warrior to slay.

Non-Title Match:  Demolition (WWF Tag Team Champions) (11-0) defeat Wilt Jones & Kent Carlson when Ax pins Carlson after Demolition Decapitation at 2:33:

Jones wrestled on the Wisconsin independent circuit and had worked some WWF shows as an enhancement talent the year prior.  In the split screen, the Hart Foundation watch the squash, do some product placement for Demolition’s Hasbro figures, and argue that the figures are some foreshadowing because Demolition do not come with the tag team titles.  This is a typical Demolition beatdown squash to fill television time.

Haku (w/Bobby Heenan) (1-2) wrestles Ronnie Garvin (6-3) to a double count out at 6:00:

This match took place at the Wrestling Challenge tapings in Madison, Wisconsin on May 14.  As expected, Haku and Garvin trade strikes for six minutes and the crowd starts to get into it.  Garvin shows smarts by stomping Haku’s exposed feet but errs when he decides to headbutt him and comes out the worse for wear.  When they tumble out of the ring you can hear fans sigh and predict the double count out finish.  One would have thought Haku would win because Garvin was getting depushed, but the company appears to have little faith in Haku as a singles act.  Rating:  *½

At the end of the broadcast, Heenan gives Monsoon a pizza to give to Hogan because no ribs can be found.  Heenan runs away after that comment as Monsoon takes the pizza box and tosses it at him.

The Last Word:  The feature match seems to be setting up a Ronnie Garvin-Haku feud but on house shows Garvin was losing to Rick Martel.  If Haku had not been beaten by Hulk Hogan the previous year and the Ultimate Warrior on Saturday Night’s Main Event, this would have been a good time to try to fashion him into a title threat, which is what WCW did with him in 1994 and 1995.  Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan continue to have good banter about Hulk Hogan’s condition, but the focus on that makes the feud over the WWF Championship second rate. 

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