October 15th, 1990
Taped September 24th, 1990
Reseda Country Club
Commentators: Herb Abrams & Bruno Sammartino
I know some people were upset at NXT Season Three being tossed to one side but you really need variety when it comes to your wrestling viewing. Going from old NXT to modern day Raw is like going from Pepsi to Coke, whereas Herb’s UWF is uhhhh some other drink.
Sorry to break the ECW/NXT streak but I have no absolutely no desire to watch any more Heel Michael Cole and/or Matt Striker. If I’m going to sit down and watch bad wrestling, I want it to be at least fun bad wrestling.
I started writing about Herb’s cocaine-fuelled company a few years ago for my own site but The Great Crapping appears to have wiped the six type-ups I did so ah what the hell, let’s start again.
I haven’t watched this one in a while and I’ve always enjoyed it, so I decided to make it the show I review this week. I’m actually watching the UK version of the Turner Home Entertainment official VHS result for this one as opposed to the WWE Network version.
The main reasons I’m watching this version of the show are that it’s shorter, it doesn’t dub out some of the music (meaning we get “The Chase” for the Midnight Express’ entrance) and (at the time of writing this) the WWE has done a pretty lousy job with the move over to Peacock so, even though we still get the full version of the Network over here in the UK, the whole situation has left me with a bit of a sour taste so I’ve been on a bit of a physical media kick as a result.
Plus, I finally got a replacement remote for my VCR, so reviewing just became a lot more convenient as I don’t have to keep getting up to pause/rewind the tape on the actual VCR itself. There’s also that additional nostalgia factor of sitting down and watching a tape on a real VCR that takes me back to watching my wrestling tapes as a kid that I kind of like. I obviously won’t be swearing off The Network forever or anything, but right now I’m enjoying a bit of a blast from the past.
This show took place in the May of 1990, with current top babyface Sting out on the shelf with a knee injury due to a botched spot where he tried to climb a cage to get at The Horsemen. As a result of not really having any challengers for World Champ Ric Flair, Lex Luger was turned back babyface to feud with him. Of course this presented some additional issues for WCW, because Flair had given Sting his word that he’d be getting the belt from him once he was healthy, which meant Luger wouldn’t be getting it in this feud. Luger had failed multiple times in the past to defeat Flair for the Title though, so yet another failure wasn’t exactly going to do wonders for his “choker” image.
For this show they did at least give Luger a bit of an out by having him sell a leg injury, with the story being that he shouldn’t really be competing in the match but he was going to do it anyway because he was so gosh darn brave. You’d think that a stoppage finish where Luger’s leg went out and the referee ended it rather than Luger having to quit himself would be the most likely ending to the match seeing as it would be a way for him to lose without looking weak due to the match being in a cage, but WCW had other ideas (Oh my DID they!).
WCW had also been saddled with having to bring in RoboCop onto the show as RoboCop 2 was due to hit cinemas. Thus they had to pretend that RoboCop was an actual real super cop and not just some dude in a costume, which was overly silly even for something like wrestling. They couldn’t even get Peter Weller in to do it either, so it really is just a random bloke in the costume!
I decided that I fancied watching one of the Home Video releases that they’ve uploaded onto the WWE Network, and with this one being under an hour I thought it’d be a nice snappy watch.
I’m going into this completely blind without a clue of what’s actually on the tape, but noted Tough Guy Akeem is on the screen-cap on The Network, so we should at least get some Jive Soul Bro if the music dubbing God’s are feeling generous.
Seeing as we’re just one day away from January 2019, I thought I’d look back at one of the classic Royal Rumble events. The Rumble has always been a big part of every wrestling fans January, with even lapsed fans still showing an interest in it sometimes. This is ultimately because the Rumble match itself is such a great match concept, being a battle royal where you don’t know who the next person out will be.
I decided to go back and look at this one because I’ve always found it to be a pleasant easy watch, with some good matches on offer and a very notable collision in the Rumble itself that had a long lasting effect on the WWF as a whole.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 1990 Royal Rumble event!
Herb Abrams’ UWF Fury Hour #7 featuring South African Col. DeBeers getting annoyed with black referees, Louie Spicolli’s debut and Cactus Jack threatening to take down the WTC.
Took 3 different sessions to watch all this, so if I have to suffer so do you.
Herb Abram’s UWF Fury Hour #5, featuring Nikita Koloff vs. Ivan Koloff!
And a shit-load of squashes!
Herb Abrams’ UWF Fury Hour #4: The one with Paul Orndorff vs. Cowboy Bob Orton.
The show’s still bad, btw.
Herb Abrams’ UWF Fury Hour #3 with Dr. Death vs. Paul Orndorff and a shit-load of squash matches.
Second furious episode, with squash matches galore and Col. DeBeers suffering the indignity of having a black man try to referee his match.
A film crew, as well as Lance Russell, Chris Cruise, and Dennis Brent were flown to the city to tape what was scheduled to be NWA World Champion Ric Flair losing the title to NWA US Champion Lex Luger; the title change didn't take place because Flair wasn't given ample notice, which was part of his contract; Flair agreed to the title change but only in return for a contract release, which Jim Herd refused; Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Bill Apter was also on hand
Mike Rotunda pinned Cactus Jack; after the bout, Cactus was taken to the hospital for having been tied in the ring ropes too long during the match
Norman pinned Kevin Sullivan
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Jimmy Garvin & Steve Casey (sub. for Michael Hayes)
NWA US Tag Team Champions Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk defeated Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane
NWA Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson & Ole Anderson
The Road Warriors defeated Doom
NWA World Champion Ric Flair pinned NWA US Champion Lex Luger at 20:13 after Ole Anderson interfered and hit Luger with Woman's high heel shoe
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: The Ultimate Warrior)
There wasn’t much of anything new going on throughout the month for the new champ. Warrior competed against Mr. Perfect on the house show market and would win each match. His feud with Rick Rude continued as well. Rude revealed during the May 15th taping of Superstars that he would no longer kiss a random female fan from the crowd until he wins the WWF World Championship. Aside from that, Warrior had an easy month as the champion.
WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Mr. Perfect)
Aside from losing to Warrior on the house show market, Perfect didn’t really compete in any other notable matches. Mr. Perfect did get a rare win for the month when he was able to pin Hercules at a house show in Toronto, Ontario.
WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)
Yet again, there weren’t any new developments in the title scene. Demolition worked the house show market against the Hart Foundation. They would trade disqualification victories throughout the month, but nothing new happened between these two teams.
– Earthquake became the host hated man in the WWF when during the May 15th taping of Superstars, he viciously attacked everyone’s hero, Hulk Hogan on the Brother Love show. Earthquake splashed Hogan several times after laying him out with a steel chair shot to the back as Hogan was distracted by Jimmy Hart. Hogan would do a stretcher job and leave fans worried about his future.
– During the same taping, Bad News Brown tried to seemingly murder Jake Roberts snake. Brown attacked Roberts after a match and tried to smash the snake with a steel chair. Luckily, Roberts was able to prevent that from happening.
– Boris Zhukov and Nikolai Volkoff officially broke up and began to have matches against each other. Volkoff was the babyface while Zhukov remanined true to Russia and his heel persona.
– Brother Love joined the team of Randy Savage, and Sensational Sherri in a feud with Dusty Rhodes, Sapphire and Miss Elizabeth. Love proclaimed that he would have Elizabeth kiss his feet.
What are your memories of the World Wrestling Federation at this time? Leave them below!
It’s the beginning of a new era. The era of the WARRIORS.
I skipped March of 1990 as there wasn’t any new developments and it would be a wasted post here. We continue with April of 1990.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
At WrestleMania VI on April 1st, the WWF World Championship would change hands when the Ultimate Warrior was able to pin Hulk Hogan after avoiding a leg drop and hitting a big splash. This would mark the end of Hogan’s reign, which had been going on since WrestleMania V.
Hogan was one day away from holding the championship for one full calendar year.
Warrior’s first challenger looks to be Rick Rude. If you recall, Rude was able to beat Warrior at WrestleMania V for the WWF Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania V, but would lose to Warrior at SummerSlam 1989 in a rematch.
Rude was confident that Warrior’s days as champion were numbered and he also aired his training as he was punching a bag that had Warrior’s face air brushed on it.
On the house show market, Warrior would defend the championship against Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase (in Japan), and Mr. Perfect. Warrior would defend the WWF World Championship at SNME #26 and would successfully pin Haku to retain the championship.
WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Ultimate Warrior)
Since Warrior won the WWF World Championship, he decided to vacate the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Jack Tunney decided to create a tournament to crown a new champion. Here is the tournament matches that occurred during the month. Tito Santana defeated Akeem by count-out, Mr. Perfect defeated Jimmy Snuka, Brutus Beefcake fought Dino Bravo to a double count-out and Roddy Piper fought Rick Martel to a double disqualification.
That would leave Mr. Perfect to wrestle Tito Santana in the finals of the tournament. At the April 23rd, 1990 WWF Superstars taping, Mr. Perfect won the championship after pinning Tito Santana with a roll up.
WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku)
Demolition was able to regain the WWF World Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania VI. After losing the titles, Haku and Heenan tried to turn on Andre, but Andre held his own and left the ring alone. As for Demolition, they would work the house show market against the Hart Foundation. They would also attack The Hart Foundation and the Rockers during their match at the SNME #26 event. It appeared that Demolition had new challengers in the Hart Foundation.
– At the April 3rd taping of Wrestling Challenge, a program between Jake Roberts and Bad News Brown appeared to begin. During an interview segment, Brown opened a gift which had a snake inside and he was startled by it.
– Ted DiBiase made it clear that he was out to get revenge on the Big Bossman for turning on him. He made progress in getting his payback by attacking Bossman at SNME #26. DiBiase handcuffed Bossman to the ropes and got some shots in. However, Bossman would break free and chase DiBiase away.
– The feud between Dusty Rhodes and Randy Savage continued after WrestleMania. During the April 4th taping of Superstars, Randy Savage and Sherri attacked Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire. Sherri ended up forcing Sapphire to kiss Savage’s feet to embarrass her.
– Since he was attacked by Earthquake at WrestleMania, Jim Duggan announced that he was going to get payback for the attack.
– Hulk Hogan rebounded from losing the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania by beating Mr. Perfect at SNME #26. On the house show market, Hogan would mainly wrestle Earthquake and defeat him by disqualification.
– Dustin Rhodes made his WWF debut during the April 24th taping of Wrestling Challenge competing in a dark match.
– The Warlord and the Barbarian appear to be getting big pushes as unstoppable forces in the WWF. This could be an attempt to give the Ultimate Warrior a few more heels to work with later on in the year.
WWF WrestleMania VI Results: (non-title matches)
– Rick Martel defeated Koko B. Ware
– Earthquake defeated Hercules
– Brutus Beefcake defeated Mr. Perfect
– Roddy Piper fought Bad News Brown to a double count-out
– Hart Foundation defeated Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov
– The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana
– Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire defeated Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri
– The Orient Express defeated The Rockers by count-out
– Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo
– Ted DiBiase defeated Jake Roberts by count-out
– The Big Bossman defeated Akeem
– Rick Rude defeated Jimmy Snuka
WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #26 Results:
– Hulk Hogan defeated Mr. Perfect
– Earthquake defeated Hillbilly Jim
– Hart Foundation wrestled the Rockers to a double disqualification
– WWF World Champion Ultimate Warrior defeated Haku
– Big Bossman defeated Akeem by disqualification
WrestleMania VI: 550,000
SNME #26: N/A
What are your memories of the WWF at this time? Leave your comments below!
Hulkamania running wild as we enter the ’90s!
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan continued his feud with Mr. Perfect and the Genius. At SNME #25, which was taped on 1/3/90, Hogan teamed with WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior. Perfect and Genius nearly won the bout but ended up losing due to Genius missing a moonsault and was soon pinned by Hogan. After the match, Hogan and Warrior had a miscommunication. Warrior accidentally clotheslined Hogan during the brawl.
At the Royal Rumble, Hogan participated in the Royal Rumble match. Hogan was #25 to enter the ring and managed to fight off Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect to win the Rumble for the second year in a row. Hogan last eliminated Perfect.
It was also announced at SNME that Hogan would defend the WWF World Championship against Randy Savage on February 23rd. The match would have Mike Tyson as the special referee.
On the house show market, Hogan continued to wrestle against Mr. Perfect. Hogan would retain the championship either by pin fall or by losing to Perfect by disqualification.
WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
Throughout the month, Warrior continued to fight off Dino Bravo and the Canadian Earthquake. There weren’t any new developments for their feud. As you can read above, Warrior was also busy with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan.
WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku)
Andre and Haku continued to feud with former WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition. There weren’t any new developments to the feud as they mainly wrestled on the house show market which saw Andre and Haku retain the titles by count-out.
It was also announced that Andre and Haku would defend the WWF World Tag Team Championships against Demolition at WrestleMania VI.
– Jake Roberts continued his feud with Ted DiBiase during the January 2nd taping of WWF Superstars. Roberts attacked DiBiase and Virgil after DiBiase competed in a squash match. As a result of the attack, Roberts was able to steal the Million Dollar Championship and put it in his snake bag with Damien. During the same taping, DiBiase and Roberts had a match which Roberts won by disqualification because the Big Bossman attacked him. However, it was revealed that DiBiase had paid Slick for Bossman’s services. That didn’t sit well with Bossman, who went back and helped Roberts recover saying he couldn’t be bought.
– Tugboat made his televised debut during the January 2nd taping of Superstars.
– Roddy Piper began a feud with Bad News Brown during the January 23rd taping of Wrestling Challenge. Brown was on the podium being interviewed which eventually led to a brawl between himself and Piper.
– The Rockers feuded with the Powers of Pain due to Warlord and Barbarian causing Marty Jannetty to be stretchered out of the arena following a match between the teams. This lead to the Rockers recruiting Jim Duggan to join them in their fight against the Powers of Pain.
– Randy Savage and Jim Duggan continued to feud over the king’s crown. They would wrestle at SNME which saw Savage prevail after Sherri Martel tripped Duggan on a suplex attempt. Duggan got some level of revenge by hitting Savage with his 2×4. Savage began to feud with Dusty Rhodes at the Royal Rumble. During a Brother Love segment, Savage and Sherri insulted Sapphire until Rhodes came out. Savage ended up attacking Rhodes before being forced to leave the ringside area by officials. Later in the night, Rhodes eliminated Savage from the Rumble match.
SNME #25 Results:
– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior defeated Mr. Perfect & The Genius
– Randy Savage defeated Jim Duggan
– Jake Roberts defeated Greg Valentine by disqualification
– Dusty Rhodes fought Rick Rude to a double count-out
– Dino Bravo defeated Ron Garvin
Royal Rumble 1990 Results:
– The Bushwhackers defeated The Rougeau Brothers
– Brutus Beefcake fought The Genius to a double disqualification
– Ron Garvin defeated Greg Valentine
– Jim Duggan defeated Big Bossman by disqualification
– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan won the 1990 Royal Rumble last eliminating Mr. Perfect
SNME #25: 11.1
Royal Rumble 1990: 2.0
So, we kick off the 90’s that would see the WWF have a low point and also the highest period in the companies existence. I’ll start off with my opinions on the Rumble, which is really based only on the Rumble match itself.
Hogan didn’t need to win the match, nor should he really be in it. Since the winner of the Rumble didn’t get the automatic title shot, yet, having Perfect win the Rumble would elevate him right up the card. Heck, even having Rick Rude possibly win it would have been fine with me. Hogan demolishing any heel close to being a threat to his title is tiring.
I enjoyed the Bossman heel run and greatly enjoyed his series of matches with Hogan in ’89. Bossman is a grossly underrated wrestler, in my opinion. His face turn here was fine and it wouldn’t take him long to get really over with the crowd. He was so good at his role that it stuck with him no matter where he went.
What was worse, the Tugboat character or the Shockmaster in ’93? Regardless, you gotta feel bad for Fred Ottman getting these gimmicks.
What are your memories of the WWF at this time? Share them below!