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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #31 Review – 11.14.1992 (Goodbyes Abound)

November 14th, 1992 (taped Oct. 27th 1992)
Taped from Terre Haute, IN (Hulman Center)
Announced attendance: 4 300 (capacity: ca 10 200)
TV rating: 6.1 (FOX) (down 2.1 from the prior SNME’s 8.2)

Hey everyone. Welcome to my review of the very final edition of WWF SNME (excluding the brief run of 3 or 4 episodes in the mid 2000s), featuring British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels for the IC Title, The Ultimate Maniacs challenging Money Inc for the Tag Team Titles, and Bret Hart vs. Papa Shango for the WWF Title. Aside from being the end of the SNME series, this show also marks the end for British Bulldog and Ultimate Warrior in the WWF, who were fired due to the ongoing steroid scandal.

The list of champions in WWF heading into this SNME: (considering taping dates)

  • WWF Champion: Bret Hart [15th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The British Bulldog [59th day of his reign] – previous champion: Bret Hart
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) [14th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Natural Disasters
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Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan

WWF World Tag Team Championship – Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) vs. The Ultimate Maniacs (Randy Savage & The Ultimate Warrior)
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Big melee to start. The Maniacs start with double clotheslines on both tag champs, before dumping them to complete the early house cleaning process. Back in, DiBiase gets caught in the babyfaces’ corner and gets abused out there for a while. Savage with a necksnap and he brings in the Warrior. Ted chops away and he’s thinking backdrop, but Warrior blocks it and suplexes him. However, Warrior misses the running shoulderblock and Money Inc takes control. IRS works a sleeper while we cut to a picture-in-picture promo from Flair, Razor & Perfect addressing Survivor Series and the Maniacs. We come back with Savage coming in to break up the Million Dollar Dream on Warrior. They collide for the double KO spot, eventually tagging in their respective partners. Savage runs wild off the hot tag as he makes the comeback. The powerslam sets up the Macho Elbow on IRS and it connects, but DiBiase breaks up the pin. Warrior comes in and the Maniacs clean house, prompting Jimmy Hart to grab the belts and the champs take a walk to retain at 9:54. The Maniacs follow the heels on the way up the ramp, only to get jumped by Flair, Razor and Perfect. As mentioned earlier though, Warrior would be gone before Survivor Series and that match never happened.

  • Rating: A fun and chaotic brawl. The finish was what it was, but the Maniacs were never going to leave with the tag straps anyway. **
WWF Intercontinental Championship – The British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels

Shawn is Sherri-less here, having recently been hit with the mirror by the returning Marty Jannetty on an episode of Superstars after HBK used her as a shield. What a gentleman. Bulldog shoves HBK off an early lockup. Michaels can’t shoulderblock Davey Boy, so he slides between his legs and cheapshots him to take over instead. He can’t hiptoss him either, but he does so on a second try after raking the eyes. That’ll work. HBK follows it up by going to work on the arm, but Davey literally powers him all the way up into a backdrop suplex. Bulldog with a gorilla press slam before dumping HBK to the floor with a clothesline over the top. Shawn cheapshots him back inside, though, and they get into a fast reversal sequence as Davey goes to work on Shawn’s arm now. HBK moves out of the way of a blind charge as Davey dumps himself, though, and Shawn undoes the turnbuckle as we take a break.

Commercial

We come back with Michaels going to work on Davey’s back. Abdominal stretch but Davey Boy powers his way out of there with a hiptoss, only to miss an elbowdrop as Shawn goes back to working on the back. Shawn goes back to the abdominal stretch, while Vince on commentary talks about Davey’s scheduled IC Title defense against The Mountie at Survivor Series. Yeah, about that. Meanwhile, Bulldog once again escapes the hold with a hiptoss and this time the follow-up elbowdrop connects. Bulldog with a faceplant and he makes the comeback. Catapult into the buckle followed by a clothesline for two. Delayed vertical suplex gets two. However, Shawn desperately rams Bulldog’s bad back onto the exposed buckle to cut off the comeback. Bulldog refuses to quit and tries a superplex, but the bad back gives out and Shawn lands on top for his first WWF title at 10:28. Much like Warrior, Bulldog was pretty much gonzo after this show.

  • Rating: Very good wrestling match. The psychology over Bulldog’s back was nice and it factored into the finish, which is always a good thing. Shawn was obviously determined to make this memorable, but props to Davey too for putting on a good performance despite being essentially fired already. ***1/2
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Main Event – WWF Championship – Bret Hart vs. Papa Shango

Papa Shango was originally credited as costing Bret the IC Title at SummerSlam due to voodoo magic crap, but the story was quietly dropped as Bret moved on to the World Title scene. They’re blowing it off here anyway. Shango slugs away to start but Bret monkey flips him. Bret with a crossbody and Shango’s KICKOUT WITH AUTHORITY BY GAWD dumps him. Bret slides back in and gets an atomic drop, though, before dumping Shango himself with a clothesline. Bret dives at him and he unloads on Shango, as we go to break.

Commercial

We come back with Shango turning things around with a whip into the buckle, classic Bret Hart bump included. Shango takes over with the VOODOO CLUBBING BLOWS and puts him in the VOODOO BEARHUG OF DEATH, and Bret bites his way out of there. Papa Shango hits a back elbow to remain in control, however. Take a drink for every single time McMahon says science or scientific during this match alone. Good luck. Shango chokes away before working a SCIENTIFIC NERVE HOLD. Bret escapes with some elbows, only to charge into a clothesline. And Papa Shango goes back to the nerve hold. Bret again escapes but he still can’t follow up on it, as Shango hits snake eyes. He gets a couple of elbowdrops but a flying one misses, allowing Bret to finally go to work on him. Russian legsweep gets two. Baaaaaaaack bodydrop gets two. Flying clothesline gets two. Papa Shango attempts to run wild one last time but eats buckle on a blind charge, and the Sharpshooter ends things at 13:26.

  • Rating: Serviceable title match to kickstart Bret’s reign and put him over as a workhorse champion. Most likely the best Papa Shango match you can find out there. **1/4

The Undertaker promises to put Kamala inside the coffin at Survivor Series in the Funeral Parlor with Paul Bearer.

Shawn Michaels interrupts Bret Hart’s interview with Mean Gene. He reminds Bret that he beat British Bulldog tonight, the man who humiliated Bret in front of over 80k people at SummerSlam.

Bobby Heenan learns via a phone call in the closing segment that the Ultimate Maniacs won’t wrestle as a team at Survivor Series. And that’s how we end the run for Saturday Night’s Main Event. Excluding the 2000s.

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END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: There was always something happening on this final edition of SNME. It looked engaging on paper to begin with, with the triple crown WWF belts all being defended, and I would say the show ultimately delivered. The IC Title change makes it memorable, with it being Shawn’s first title win and the match being really good et al. Plus, it also added a bit more flavor to Survivor Series with the WWF Title match now being a champion v champion affair, as well as the final cliffhanger from Heenan. At less than an hour, this is a really fun watch. 7/10

POINT SYSTEM

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Thank you very much for reading. Make sure you don’t miss the upcoming review of Survivor Series, as well as everything coming up from the WCW side of things – an edition of Clash and Starrcade to close out the year. See you soon!

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #30 Review – 02.08.1992 (Bad Friends, Even Worse Enemies)

February 8, 1992
Taped from Lubbock, TX
Announced attendance: N/A
TV rating (FOX): 8.2 (+0.5 compared to the prior SNME’s 7.7)

Hey everyone. Welcome to my review of the 30th edition of WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, featuring the grudge match in the heated feud between Jake Roberts and Randy Savage. In the fallout from the Royal Rumble match, Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice put their differences aside to team up against the new WWF Champion Ric Flair and The Undertaker. New Intercontinental Champion ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper defends in a rematch against The Mountie and much more.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: Ric Flair [20th day of his reign] – previous champion: Hulk Hogan, before it was vacated
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Roddy Piper [20th day of his reign] – previous champion: The Mountie
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)* [1st day of their reign] – previous champions: The Road Warriors

*At the date of the tapings for this show (Jan. 27th), the title change hadn’t taken place yet and the Road Warriors were still the champions

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan

WWF Intercontinental Championship – Roddy Piper(c) vs. The Mountie(w/ Jimmy Hart)

This is Mountie’s rematch and the winner gets the former champion Bret Hart in his rematch at WrestleMania. Jimmy Hart steals the belt before the bell and allows the Mountie to jump Piper from behind to start, but Piper comes back with a double clothesline that gets two on Mountie. To the floor for a double noggin knocker, but Jimmy holds Piper’s foot and Mountie pounds away on him. Mountie places Piper in the tree of woe and adds some more shots, while Bret Hart cuts a short picture-in-picture promo hyping the title match at WrestleMania. Piper gets slammed but raises his knees to block a splash, and he makes the comeback. Mountie shoves him off into the ref for a ref bump, though, and Mountie hits a piledriver. The Mountie dumps some water on Piper and proceeds to shock him with the stick, but Piper no-sells and shocks him in return for the win to keep the title at 3:30. Piper takes off his shirt and reveals he had a shock proof vest underneath.

  • Rating: A short yet the typical very fun and energetic Roddy Piper match, with the crowd going crazy for everything Piper did, and a nice clever ending to boot. *1/2

We recap the Hogan/Sid story and take a look back at the ending to the Royal Rumble, complete with edited crowd reaction to cover the big pop that Hogan’s elimination actually got! Then Jack Tunney booked Hulk Hogan as Ric Flair’s challenger for WrestleMania in the press conference, and Sid didn’t accept it because he was the last man standing in the Rumble. Sid has since cooled off and apologized to Hogan.

Sean Mooney interviews Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice backstage. Sean completely ignores Sid while Hogan talks about his WWF Title match with Flair at WrestleMania (yeah, about that…) and Sid just walks out of the room. As for tonight, Hogan has a surprise, his friend to the end, Brutus Beefcake. Oh joy, says I…

Ric Flair & The Undertaker(w/ Mr. Perfect & Paul Bearer) vs. Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice(w/ Brutus Beefcake)

Hogan wants to start the match with Flair, but Sid convinces him to stay in the corner. Flair rakes the eyes but Sid backdrops him out of the corner and hiptosses him, and Flair bails. Hogan asks for the tag and Sid obliges, with Hogan cleaning house and actually showing some teamwork with Sid. UT comes in but he can’t slam Sid, but Sid can it’s back to Hogan for a slam of his own. And one for Flair too as this crowd’s pretty LOUD. Taker turns things around with a cheapshot on Sid, and a double clothesline by the heels gives Flair two, with Hogan breaking up the pin. This distracts the ref even more and allows the heels to punish Sid even further with a double atomic drop that gives UT two. Hogan comes in for a double big boot to Flair and a double clothesline that dumps UT, and we take a break with Hogan posing and a not impressed Sid standing behind him.

Commercial break

We come back with Sid getting caught in the heel corner and double-teamed, but Sid eventually fights back with a double noggin knocker and makes the hot tag to Hogan. He runs wild on everyone, including Paul Bearer, but Mr. Perfect distracts him and Flair attacks the leg from behind. Flair’s got the figure four while Sid’s adjusting his knee pads with his back turned to the match, and UT comes back in with his flying clothesline. Flair goes up but Hogan slams him off and he goes for the hot tag, but Sid doesn’t seem too interested in it. Flair’s chops are no-sold by Hogan and he takes out both heels with a double clothesline before looking for the hot tag again, but this time Sid flat out walks away. The beating on Hogan continues and Flair shoves the referee away to cause the DQ at 11:42, and Brutus himself helps Hogan clean house afterwards.

  • Rating: This was an okay tag match that existed exclusively to set up Sid’s heel turn. This was more of an angle than a match, but the action leading up to it was pretty fine. **

Sean Mooney is waiting for Sid Justice in the dressing room hoping for an explanation. Sid says he has no friends and admits he’s still pissed that Tunney picked Hogan as the number one contender. Hogan could never beat Flair on his best day and he couldn’t beat Sid on Sid’s worst because he rules the world. It was an amazing creepy promo that got Sid over as a disturbed monster.

Commercial break

Mean Gene interviews Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake. Hogan recaps the angle we just saw two minutes ago and recaps the love story between him and his bff to the end. Beefcake shares some stories of him and Hogan in the hospital bed (hmmmm, yeah…) and Hogan promises to beat Flair for the WWF Title at WrestleMania and he’ll dedicate his win to his FRIEND TO THE END. Good lord, this was eye-rolling levels of bad. And cringe.

Sgt. Slaughter & Jim Duggan vs. The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake)(w/ The Genius)

This was supposed to be the Road Warriors facing the Beverlys, but they dropped the titles after a disagreement and very briefly left the company, and were thus replaced on this show. Duggan runs wild to start until he gets hit with the Genius’ scroll, and the Beverlys take over. Slaughter makes the hot tag and he works an abdominal stretch on Blake, which is broken up by Beau. Slaughter hits a backbreaker but Beau again breaks up the pin, and now Duggan joins the party as IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA. Slaughter uses the scroll on Blake, setting up Duggan’s three point stance clothesline to give Slaughter the pin at 2:39.

  • Rating: Just filler. 1/4*

We see a recap of the Roberts/Savage feud. Savage was bitten by the snake in November and got reinstated for a match at This Tuesday in Texas, which was won by Svaage but Roberts attacked both him and Miss Elizabeth afterwards.

Jake Roberts hopes to see Miss Elizabeth out there again tonight because some things are worth doing twice.

Randy Savage wants all the women watching to imagine being forced to watch their husband laid out unconscious. Does that make you a little bit upset? Does that make you a little bit over the edge? A little bit insane? And for all the men out there, imagine watching your wife begging to another man and then getting slapped by another man. Does that make you upset? Over the edge? Insane? But not him, because he knows what he’ll do to Roberts. You know what, maybe he is insane. And Jake Roberts is about to find out just how much. This ruled!

Randy Savage vs. Jake Roberts

Savage goes right after Roberts on the outside before the bell while Jake tries to run away. Savage is just all over him. He grabs a chair that the ref takes away from him, so Savage chokes away on the ropes instead. Roberts already has a broken nose. Savage hits the high knee to the back and goes after the nose in the corner, but Roberts rakes the eyes and dumps him. Savage comes back in quickly, but Roberts dumps him right back out and introduces his head into the post a couple of times. We take a break.

Commercial break

We come back with Roberts in control back inside. Savage catches him with a back elbow and he goes up, but Jake punches him in mid air and hits the DDT. He doesn’t want the pin, though, and instead sits in the corner waiting to see if Savage gets back up. He does, and Roberts immediately takes him down with the short clothesline. He tries a second DDT, but Savage backdrops him to the outside and meets him with the flying double axe that sends Roberts into the railing. Back in, the Macho Elbow ends Roberts at 5:25. Savage wants another Macho Elbow after the bell, but the officials get in front of him. Savage is like ‘eh fuck it’ and does it anyway, with everyone moving out of the way! Savage tries to beat him up with the bell but the officials get in his way and allow Roberts to run away, so Savage takes his frustrations out on some of them instead. Miss Elizabeth runs in to celebrate with Macho Man, and we go off the air with Roberts waiting for them with a chair in hand in the gorilla position.

  • Rating: This was very good. Rushed, but very very good. Starting with both guys’ awesome pre-match promos, to Savage wasting no time in going after Roberts and even breaking his nose, not even caring a little bit about the rules (as he shouldn’t), to then Roberts getting the upper hand and trying to humiliate Savage, which ultimately caused his own defeat. I really enjoyed this for the short time it lasted. ***1/4

END OF THE SHOW

The conclusion of this cliffhanger aired shortly afterwards on television, but since I don’t review those yet (just wait until RAW’s debut!), I’ll tell it here for those wondering. Roberts indeed tried to attack Savage and Liz when they came back through the curtain, but he was stopped by none other than… The Undertaker himself! This marked Undertaker’s very first face turn and started a feud between the two that culminated at WrestleMania, in Roberts’ final match in his first WWF run.

Final thoughts: It’s a really short show, barely breaking the 45 minute mark on the WWE Network/Peacock, so it’s relatively enjoyable for the short time it lasts. The final minutes with the conclusion of the Savage/Roberts feud are very good, and a Roddy Piper match is always fun and an easy watch. The whole Hogan/Sid angle was decent enough (excluding Hogan and Beefcake’s promo, that was freaking terrible), but knowing where that is going at WrestleMania leaves a very sour taste in my mouth. Yeah, a pretty good show that, for better or worse, advanced some stories and even saw the conclusion of another. 6/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain eventingExtrasTotal
Randy Savage3.25115.25
Roddy Piper1.51+1 for retaining a title3.5
Jake Roberts3.25-113.25
Hulk Hogan
Sid Justice
20.52.5
Sgt. Slaughter0.251+0.5 for winning the fall1.75
Ric Flair
Undertaker
2-0.51.5
Jim Duggan0.2511.25
The Mountie1.5-10.5
Beau Beverly0.25-1-0.75
Blake Beverly0.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall-1.25

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #29 Review – 04.27.1991 (On His Own)

April 27, 1991 (taped April 15)
Taped from Omaha, NE
Television rating: 7.7
Announced attendance: 9.400 (capacity: ca 10.960)

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the 29th edition of WWF’s SNME. This episode features a rematch from the Royal Rumble between The Ultimate Warrior and Sgt. Slaughter, with The Undertaker paying close attention, a big battle royal featuring WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart’s first big singles break against Ted DiBiase.

Here’s the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan [champion since March 24 1991 – previous champion: Sgt. Slaughter)
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Mr. Perfect [champion since Nov. 19 1990 – previous champion: The Texas Tornado)
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) [champions since March 24 1991 – previous champions: The Hart Foundation]

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage

The Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter(w/ Gen. Adnan & Col. Mustafa)

This is obviously a rematch from the WWF Championship match at that year’s Royal Rumble, with Warrior having recently been attacked and locked inside a casket by The Undertaker. We’re wasting no time here, as Warrior slams Slaughter off the top to start and takes over with the clotheslines and the baaaaaaack bodydrop. Another one of my favorite Vince-isms on commentary! They take the fight to the floor, where Sheiky Mustafa Baby gets a shot and allows Slaughter to take control. Sarge pounds away back inside with lots of kicks and punches for a while. He works a bearhug, which Warrior escapes from with a powerslam, but his back is too hurt (from a 5 second bearhug and a slam?) and he stays down, allowing Sarge to go back to the bearhug. And we stay there for a while. Cue Paul Bearer, who brings a casket and leaves it at ringside. Slaughter pounds away on Warrior, but he’s shaking! Warrior fights back with the clotheslines and the flying shoulderblock, but Bearer opens the casket and The Undertaker is in it, stopping Warrior’s comeback sequence as all the heels jump Warrior for the DQ at 8:00. They go to work on Warrior until Hulk Hogan runs in to make the save. One shot takes Slaughter and his guys down but UT no-sells it and beats down Warrior some more, while Hogan goes after Slaughter. Warrior makes the comeback with the usual sequence, but UT no-sells it all and walks away.

  • Rating: The match itself was very forgettable and kinda sucked a little bit, but the post-match segment was pretty good and made The Undertaker look like a million dollars. 3/4*
WWF World Tag Team Championship – The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags)(c)(w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers (Butch & Luke)

This is the Nasties’ first tag title defense. Ignore Bushwhackers were off WrestleMania and did nothing to earn this, apart from being a bunch of popular idiots, while The Rockers won their match and weren’t considered. Strange! Slugfest gets things going until the Bushwhackers clean house with a double clothesline. The Nasties stall for a while, but Butch turns his back to pose like a complete geek and Sags jumps him from behind. You don’t say! Butch fights back with a kneelift into a Luke jumping clothesline, but Knobbs is there to break up the pin. The Bushwhackers deliver battering rams to both Nasties, who stall some more. Luke eats a kick to the back of the head from Knobbs on a criss cross, putting the Nasties back in control. Knobbs comes in with a number of elbowdrops for two. Sags drops one of his own, but now Butch comes in and breaks up the count. Sags misses a charge in the corner and it’s hot tag Butch. He runs wild on both Nasties until Knobbs catches him with a clothesline and it’s BREAKING LOOSE IN OMAHA! The Bushwhackers hit the battering ram in the middle of the confusion but Sags is there to break up the pin at the last second. And then Knobbs simply rolls up Butch, with a little leverage from Sags, to retain the titles at 6:48. The Bushwhackers hit the battering ram and stand tall to close the segment.

  • Rating: Not much to this one, a simple match designed to put the Nasties over the popular Bushwhackers. It was effective at that, but the finish was a bit weak. *

Meanwhile, Jake Roberts introduces the new snake, Lucifer, after Earthquake squashed and destroyed Damian.

20 Man Battle Royal

The participants: Big Bossman, Earthquake, Greg Valentine, Haku, Hercules, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan, Jimmy Snuka, Kato, Marty Jannetty, Mr. Perfect, Paul Roma, Shawn Michaels, Tanaka, The Barbarian, The British Bulldog, The Texas Tornado, The Warlord and Tugboat

Hogan jumps everyone to start and Mr. Perfect already steals the whole show, sitting on the apron and hugging the ringpost to avoid elimination while everyone’s still in there! It’s a bunch of people kicking and punching each other all over the ring, until Marty Jannetty and Paul Roma eliminate each other for our first eliminations. Hogan, ever the sportsman, chokes Earthquake with his tape. Mr. Perfect teases getting eliminated a few times and starts bumping all over the place for everyone. He tries to quietly crawl under the bottom rope, but Hogan catches him and nearly eliminates him. Over on the other side, Warlord dumps Bulldog. Snuka eliminates Tanaka, only to be immediately tossed himself by Haku. Roberts is gone too via Earthquake, but he gets Lucifer out of the bag and into the ring, with the match literally stopping. And we take a break.

Commercial

We return with the action already underway, and Hogan is shockingly attacked by Tugboat, his greatest friend in the whole world. Hogan backdrops Warlord out while Barbarian dumps Von Erich. Earthquake eliminates Duggan, which infuriates his greatest friend in the whole world, Hulk Hogan, who retaliates by eliminating Quake. Kato is gone too via Hogan, but then Tugboat dumps Hogan himself. Michaels tosses Tugboat immediately afterwards, and there’s tension between the two greatest friends in the whole world. Perfect dropkicks Bossman into a Barbarian backdrop and out for a pretty cool elimination, and then Michaels dropkicks Haku out.

Final four: Perfect, Michaels, Barbarian & Valentine

Michaels pounds away on Perfect and puts him out, but Perfect hangs on. Michaels catches Perfect with a dropkick back inside and now it’s Michaels who barely avoids elimination on the apron, but Perfect completes the elimination with an elbow to the back of the head. Perfect and Barbarian go to work together on Valentine, but Perfect dropkicks Barb by mistake and Valentine dumps him. And it’s down to Perfect and Hammer. Perfect chops away and Valentine responds with some of his own, the last one with a little bit of extra mustard on it. Valentine atomic drops Perfect right into the buckle and drops some elbows. Hammer tosses Perfect with a slam over the top, but Perfect holds the top ropes and Valentine is the one who hits the floor, with his own momentum taking him all the way down to give Perfect the win at 12:30.

  • Rating: During the first few minutes, it was the usual kicky punchy battle royal mess, but after the break and the whole Jake Roberts deal it was actually quite good. Mr. Perfect was obviously the highlight here, spending the whole match doing everything to avoid the elimination before getting an intelligent win in the end. The people who interacted with him got over, particularly Shawn Michaels and Greg Valentine in the final sequences. This match created some tension between Hogan and Tugboat as well, while also developing the Earthquake/Roberts feud. Battle royals rarely impress me, but this one wasn’t bad at all. ***
Ted DiBiase(w/ Sensational Sherri) vs. Bret Hart

So yeah, this was basically Bret’s first real test as a singles wrestler, just a month after the friendly split from Jim Neidhart. Hard lockup to start and DiBiase cheapshots Bret on the clean break. He chops away but Bret hiptosses him out of the corner and clotheslines twice. A third one dumps DiBiase over the top rope, as Bret then meets him there with a dive. Back in, Bret gets two off a side headlock takedown, and Ted gets a two count himself. DiBiase fights out of it only to eat a shoulderblock, but then Sherri trips Bret on a criss cross and distracts him. DiBiase charges with a knee but hits Sherri instead, and Bret O’Connor rolls him for two. DiBiase catches Bret with a stungun and gets two with a piledriver. Bret blocks a DiBiase slam and goes for another O’Connor roll, but DiBiase ducks and the momentum dumps Hart to the floor.

Sherri gets her shot in while DiBiase distracts the ref, and DiBiase pounds and chokes away back inside. Sherri adds some choking of her own as well and a punch to the throat. A hard whip to the buckle, with the awesome Bret Hart bump, sets up the Million Dollar Dream. DiBiase locks it but Bret runs him into the corner to break. DiBiase goes up but misses it and Bret starts making the comeback. Atomic drop followed by a great flying back elbow gets two. Russian legsweep gets two. Backbreaker sets up the middle rope elbow, and gets two more. The crowd are really buying into all these nearfalls, which was a great sign. Bret goes after Sherri once she trips him up on a criss cross yet again, which allows DiBiase to jump him from behind. This draws Roddy Piper down to ringside, who beats Sherri all the way to the back with a broom. DiBiase leaves the ring to confront him, but Bret follows him out as well, and they get into a slugfest on the ramp as the ref calls for a double count-out at 9:56.

  • Rating: What a really great match this was up until the (understandable) non finish. You could tell Bret was leaving it all out there to impress and finally get his big singles break, and he couldn’t have had a better opponent. Both DiBiase and Sherri were absolute pros and great natural heels, so it naturally clicked. The fans were into all of Bret’s nearfalls near the end, and the in-ring action was superb. Very good stuff that could’ve been epic with a proper story between each other and, obviously, a proper finish as well. ***1/2
(Alleged) Main Event – Tito Santana vs. The Mountie(w/ Jimmy Hart)

This is actually a rematch from the penultimate match on the card at WrestleMania VII, which Mountie won in a minute. The Mountie starts off cocky, which earns him an atomic drop and a couple of clotheslines, and Mountie bails. Santana follows him to the outside, where he rams Mountie’s head onto the apron, and he pounds away back inside. Santana goes for a monkey flip out of the corner, but Mountie grabs the ropes and Santana knocks himself out instead. Mountie rams Santana’s head into the buckle a few times but a splash only finds Tito’s knees. Jimmy Hart gets up on the apron to stop the count after the flying jalapeno, so Santana gives him one as well. However, this allows Mountie to grab the stick and knock out Tito for the win at 4:29.

  • Rating: Your typical brief final match at a SNME, with Tito getting some shine but ultimately putting Mountie over once more. It was alright. *1/2

Meanwhile, Slaughter and Hogan cut promos on each other to close the show.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: Not a bad edition of SNME at all to follow up on WrestleMania VII. The Warrior/Slaughter match was a giant sack of nothing, much worse and more forgettable than their Royal Rumble encounter, but the angle that came afterwards was pretty damn cool and made The Undertaker look like a badass next to the main-eventers like Hogan and Warrior. The Bushwhackers standing tall against the tag champs feuding with the Road Warriors was what it was, while the battle royal and Bret/DiBiase were clearly the highlights of the night, with a number of wrestlers looking better than they did coming in. In the final match, Mountie and Santana did the best they could with four short minutes. Pretty solid edition, carried by a fun battle royal with a very exciting final sequence, and a strong match between DiBiase and Bret. 6/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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For the battle royal participants, each elimination will be worth 0.5 points, and being eliminated will cost the wrestlers 0.5 points as well. Winning will be worth 3 points.

WrestlerStar ratingsResultEliminationsMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Mr. Perfect331.57.5
Hulk Hogan3-0.51.54
Ted DiBiase
Bret Hart
3.53.5
Earthquake
Barbarian
Shawn Michaels
3-0.513.5
The Mountie1.5113.5
Brian Knobbs11+1 for retaining a title
+0.5 for winning the fall
3.5
Jerry Sags11+1 for retaining a title3
Marty Jannetty
Paul Roma
Warlord
Jimmy Snuka
Haku
Big Bossman
Greg Valentine
Tugboat
3-0.50.53
British Bulldog
Tanaka
Jake Roberts
Texas Tornado
Jim Duggan
Kato
Hercules
3-0.502.5
Tito Santana1.5-111.5
The Ultimate Warrior0.750.51.25
Sgt. Slaughter0.75-0.50.25
Bushwhacker Luke1-10
Bushwhacker Butch1-1-0.5 for losing the fall-0.5

As always, thank you all so much for your time. Make sure you tune in next time for WCW SuperBrawl, featuring Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami for both the WCW and NWA World Heavyweight Championships. As far as SNME goes, it’s taking a break until early 1992, and the WWF’s next review will be SummerSlam. Until then, stay safe!

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WWF The Main Event #4 Review 23.11.1990 (The Ultimate Million Dollar Challenge)

Welcome everyone to my review of The Main Event IV, the last WWF show from 1990 that I’ll be reviewing. Featuring Ted DiBiase challeging The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Title, The Big Bossman taking on Heenan Family member Mr. Perfect and (another) Strike Force explosion.

Note: this show featured a 2/3 falls tag match that saw The Rockers beat The Hart Foundation to win the Tag Team Titles, but the match never aired and the title change was never officially recognized by the company. The match ended controversially, with one of the turnbuckles being destroyed, which served as the (kayfabe) excuse to put the titles back on the Harts. The real reason it never aired was because two ropes exploded very early into the match and resulted in a visually weird match (specially considering it was a tag match in which you need the ropes even more), and Vince ultimately decided to keep it off the broadcast and never air it. The Rockers title win was never acknowledged and The Harts kept the title, and The Rockers would eventually split about a year later without ever winning them.

IMG credit: WWE & WhatCulture

Anyway, onto the show…

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich (due to tape delay, Mr. Perfect’s eventual title win had already happened but only aired in December)
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart)

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Roddy Piper
Taped from Fort Wayne, Indiana

Ted DiBiase & Ultimate Warrior both cut backstage promos with Mean Gene and Sean Mooney respectively to open the show. Warrior says money can’t buy biceps, and I don’t even know where to start with that one.

WWF Championship: The Ultimate Warrior(c) vs. Ted DiBiase(w/ Virgil)

DiBiase gets an “already in the ring” jobber entrance before jumping Warrior while he makes his entrance. Warrior soon turns the tables shortly after the bell though, and DiBiase & Virgil eat the double noggin knocker. Warrior continues to run wild until he misses a blind charge in the corner, as DiBiase comes down with a middle rope elbowdrop for two. DiBiase hits a piledriver for two, with Warrior barely getting his shoulder off the mat. He tries a second one but Warrior backdrops his way out this time around, only for Virgil to get involved allowing DiBiase to dump Warrior with a clothesline. And we take a break.

Commercial

We come back with DiBiase nailing the million dollar fistdrop for two. DiBiase works a hold and goes for a clothesline that Warrior blocks with a backslide for two. DiBiase suplex gets two. A second one is blocked by Warrior though, and he sunset flips DiBiase for two. No, you didn’t read wrong nor did I make a mistake, The Ultimate Warrior did a sunset flip! Warrior follows it up with a suplex before they clothesline each other for a double KO spot. DiBiase goes up for another middle rope elbow, but this time Warrior hits him on the way down and starts making his comeback. Warrior hits the flying shoulderblock and goes for the pin, but here’s Virgil for the DQ instead at 9:47. After the match Randy Savage comes out to destroy Warrior with the scepter, leaving down and out as their program continues. Warrior then very slowly gets back up to his feet and raises the belt up with perfect timing, which gets a huge reaction. This is probably the best I’ve ever seen Warrior sell an angle, he was honestly great in this post-match segment.

  • Rating: This is definitely a must watch match, and probably the closest you can get to an Ultimate Warrior “hidden gem”. You can tell Warrior was more motivated than usual and feeling it, doing rare moves such as a suplex and a sunset flip while DiBiase did his best to put all the pieces of the puzzle together like the great pro he is. Easily one of the best Warrior matches as WWF Champion, I’d recommend you giving it a try. Good stuff. ***

Meanwhile, Randy Savage reveals DiBiase paid him to attack Warrior after the match. Don’t Kings usually pay other people to do their dirty work for them? Well, I guess everybody really does have a price!

Sgt. Slaughter(w/ General Adnan) vs. Nikolai Volkoff

Or maybe not, as Slaughter attacks Nikolai before the bell until Jim Duggan makes the save. No match.

Mr. Perfect vs. The Big Bossman

Bossman wanted to kill Bobby Heenan after he talked shit about Bossman’s mother, so therefore Heenan isn’t at ringside for this match, which is the most Bobby Heenan thing ever! Bossman pounds away to start as Perfect bumps all over the ring. Bossman grabs Perfect by the hair and drags him around on his knees in a hilarious bit before sending him into the corner for the famous “Perfect’s balls hit the post” spot. Perfect avoids a Bossman attack with a cartwheel, only to turn around and eat a massive clothesline for his efforts. Never do cartwheels in a fight! Bossman goes up and misses a splash, allowing Perfect to hit a VICIOUS reverse Perfect necksnap (the Perfect backsnap then?) which completely snaps Bossman’s back IN HALF. I don’t remember him doing it this way, but it sure looked awesome here and Bossman sold it like a… boss!

Perfect pounds away on the back while Bossman does a fantastic selljob. Perfect small package gets two and then back to the assault to the back goes Perfect. Bossman shows some life as he starts making a comeback while Perfect exposes a turnbuckle. Perfect cuts off the comeback and tries to send Bossman into the buckle, but ends up eating it himself instead with a classic Perfect flip bump out of the corner. Now Bossman starts making his big comeback until he meets the exposed buckle back first. Perfect is thinking Perfectplex, but Bossman blocks and turns it into a small package for two. Perfectplex connects on a second attempt… for a rare nearfall! Bobby Heenan runs in and draws Bossman for a pursuit, running away from him and even taking a comedy bump backstage. However, Bossman doesn’t make it back inside in time and Perfect gets the cheap count-out win at 8:15.

  • Rating: I didn’t expect much from this match, and I can honestly say it was a great surprise. That neck/backsnap was the turning point in the match, with great psychology and selling over Bossman’s back from that moment on. I enjoyed the heck out of this match and I honestly would’ve loved five more minutes or so to tell a better story. The Heenan non-finish made sense according to the story, as Bossman had more problems with Heenan than with Perfect in particular and he wanted to get his hands on him. These two had their working boots on and put on a good effort. ***1/4

Meanwhile, Bobby Heenan runs away from Bossman and asks Mean Gene for help.

Blow Away commercial featuring Buddy Rose. You can eat whatever you want and magically get lean by just putting powder on your body and blowing it away. Get it? Blowing away? Superstar shakeup? Haha.. One person found this funny. His name starts with a V. Moving on.

Main Event – Tito Santana vs. Rick Martel

Hey look, another Strike Force explosion more than a year after their split. It’s weird how they just slowly transitioned Martel into “The Model” without ever doing a proper feud between these two, outside of a few throw-away matches with DQ finishes on SNMEs. Martel jumps Chico to start only to get outsmarted and sent arm-first into the post. Tito goes to work on the back and completely outwrestles him, keeping him down while he works the arm. Martel finally escapes but Tito small packages him for two and goes back to the arm. Martel wrestles his way into a chinlock only for Tito to turn that into a hammerlock just as fast. Nice wrestling here. They get to the ropes so Martel can get his cheapshot in on the clean break, finally taking over from there. Martel chokes away and just blatantly cheats with every move he does (I love Martel’s heel in-ring work) and he hits a backbreaker. Martel goes up but Tito crotches him, gives him a backbreaker of his own and then goes up himself with a flying clothesline connecting for two. A Martel atomic drop is blocked by Tito and turned into a figure four, which Martel then turns into a small package and eventually into the Boston Crab for the submission win at 6:46.

  • Rating: Technically a very strong match. Santana outsmarted, outwrestled and outclassed Martel in every way possible to start off the match, forcing Martel to cheat in order to stay alive in the contest. The final sequence was very solid as well and saw Martel get a rare relatively clean win over Santana. I can’t say I’m not surprised even though it was probably the right decision. Martel needed the win more to add more heat to his feud with Jake Roberts, while Tito was an established veteran at this point in his career already and would’ve stayed over regardless. Good yet criminally short. **3/4

Meanwhile, Jake Roberts says he’s going to make Rick Martel pay while Warrior wants to get his hands on Savage.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: Was everyone feeling it here or what!? WWF’s (Saturday Night’s) Main Event was unquestionably the most consistent show of the year, and this edition proved to be no exception. All three matches are good yet all of them are relatively short (the show is a little over 45 minutes long). However, with that said, all three matches get their respective stories and/or characters more over than they were coming in, which is great to see. Even though this is not a legendary show or anything like that, it’s really enjoyable. And sometimes that’s all you need. A high 6/10.

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Rick Martel2.75114.75
The Ultimate Warrior30.5+1 for successfully defending a title4.5
Mr. Perfect3.250.53.75
The Big Bossman3.25-0.52.75
Tito Santana2.75-112.75
Ted DiBiase3-0.52.5

And that’s it for the WWF’s pay-per-views and (Saturday Night’s) Main Events in the year of 1990. All there is left to review from this year is NWA/WCW’s major PPV StarrCade, as we’ll then do the usual year-end article looking at the best matches and wrestlers from both companies in that particular year. Make sure you miss none, and stay safe!

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #28 Review – 10.13.1990 (Young And Fine Like Gold Dust!)

Welcome everyone to my review of yet another edition of WWF’s SNME. This edition features WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior teaming up with LOD to take on Demolition, a SummerSlam rematch between Randy Savage and Dusty Rhodes with the young debuting Dustin Rhodes sitting at ringside, and much more.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart)

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Roddy Piper
Taped from Toledo, Ohio

It’s an Oktober fest edition, meaning we have all kinds of pre-taped segments throughout the show such as Bushwhackers eating all the cheese of a cheese factory, a sausage competition (yes), etc, which ultimately ends in a food fight at the very end of the program. With that out of the way, moving on to the actual wrestling product.

The Ultimate Warrior & Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) vs. Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush)

Before the match starts we get our first shot of Dustin Rhodes sitting in the front row. Smash controls Animal early on with some illegal choking. Animal powerslams him for two, but Animal stays on top with more choking. Warrior makes the tag and he cleans house like a French maid. He runs wild on all three Demolition members with powerslams but Ax gets his knees up to avoid the Warrior Splash. The Demos pound away on Warrior and eventually set up for the Demolition Decapitation, but Hawk runs in and makes the save. Warrior makes the hot tag to Hawk and Smash eats the flying shoulderblock. Tag back to Warrior so he can put him away with the Warrior Splash at 04:59.

  • Rating: An absolute Superstars-like squash against the record holders of the WWF’s Tag Team Championship belts. Might as well have put the iconic trio of Mario Mancini, Iron Mike Sharpe & Barry Horowitz in there. 3/4*
‘Macho King’ Randy Savage(w/ Sensational ‘Queen’ Sherri) vs. Dusty Rhodes

Once again, Dusty’s young son Dustin is at ringside watching. Savage had just recently moved on to his feud with WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior on weekly TV, while Dusty is obviously in the program with DiBiase after the latter bought Sapphire from him. So this should be the final match from this story after their two-minute rush job at SummerSlam. Dusty pounds away to start until a Sherri distraction allows Savage to jump him. Kneedrop gets two. Meanwhile, Ted DiBiase & Virgil appear in the crowd and pay all the people in the front row to leave their seats, with only Dustin refusing and the heels sitting next to him. And we take a break.

Commercial

We return with Savage in control and distracting the ref so Sherri can choke Dusty. Flying double axehandle gets two. For some reason Savage tries to slam Dusty who falls on top and gets two. Savage goes for another flying double axehandle but Dusty nails him coming down. Meanwhile Dustin and DiBiase start fighting each other at ringside, with Dusty coming in to save his kid and getting counted out at 9:30. Afterwards DiBiase knocks Dustin out with a chair, leaving him bloody in Dusty’s arms who covers him to prevent his son from getting hurt even more.

  • Rating: More of an angle than a match, but a really good piece of business done here. Dusty selling the attack on his young son was very good and added some extra emotion to the angle. Good job here. **3/4
Hulk Hogan & Tugboat vs. Rhythm & Blues (The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine)(w/ Jimmy Hart)

This is obviously just here to promote Survivor Series as Hogan is still feuding with Earthquake, who happens to be managed by the same guy who manages Rhythm & Blues, Jimmy Hart. Hogan pounds away on both heels to start and Tugboat adds some boots on the apron. Classic babyface teamwork! Tugboat gets tagged in and quickly gets worked like a big geek. Honky chokes away and drops an elbow for two. Honky and Valentine telegraph a double-team elbowdrop way too much that of course misses and opens the door for the hot tag to Hogan. Hogan cleans house, including on Jimmy who runs to the back. Hogan continues to destroy everyone himself and sets up for the Legdrop… but Tugboat stops him and points at the ramp. It’s Jimmy Hart with Earthquake and Dino Bravo coming out to ringside. Why not let him finish the match and then focus on them? They’re at the top of the ramp and it’s not like they’re the fittest people in the world! We take a break.

Commercial

We return with Hogan still dominating like they’re nothing, until Honky just hits Tugboat with the guitar for the sudden DQ at 07:20. With Tugboat knocked out due to the guitar shot, Quake runs down to put Hogan away once more with the Earthquake splashes, until Tugboat gets back with Honky’s guitar to make the save.

  • Rating: Nothing match with a non-finish. Just a glorified ad for Survivor Series. 1/2*
WWF Intercontinental Championship: ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich(c) vs. Haku(w/ Bobby Heenan)

Kerry’s matches during this stage of his career and life are not exciting or fun to watch whatsoever, and I still think it was a horrible idea to take the belt off Perfect for this. Kerry teases the HEADSQUEEZING CLAW but Haku avoids it and bails. He pounds away for a while back inside until he eventually gets caught in said HEADSQUEEZING CLAW OF EXCRUCIATING PAIN. Tornado Punch follows and gives Kerry the win to retain at 3:10.

  • Rating: Just a Superstars squash. 1/4*
Main Event: Sgt. Slaughter(w/ General Adnan) vs. Koko B. Ware

Do it for Murica, Koko! Koko runs wild with armdrags to start, while Slaughter claims hair pulling. Koko ignores him and stays in control with a series of dropkicks, until he misses a blind charge. Slaughter hits a backbreaker but Koko kicks out. Koko runs wild with another series of dropkicks until Slaughter catches him with a stungun. The TEMPLE DESTROYER KNUCKLES HOLD OF DEATH(!) puts Koko away at 5:18. That move will certainly win you wars.

  • Rating: Decent enough match. It was actually one of the most fun matches of the whole card, which doesn’t necessarily mean much but it’s sadly true. *1/2

Ultimate Warrior is backstage with Sean Mooney and he accepts Randy Savage’s title challenge. We cut to Savage & Sherri with Roddy Piper, and they promise Warrior will be no more. Piper slaps Sherri in the ass while they leave to close the show. Can’t say I blame him!

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: This felt like a major advert for the Survivor Series, with only the Rhodes/DiBiase being must-see. Easily the worst SNME of the year so far, which had been full of awesome editions up until now. It also happens to be the very first one without Mr. Perfect, so maybe that tells you something. Not good. 3/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Sgt. Slaughter1.5113.5
Randy Savage2.750.53.25
Dusty Rhodes2.75-0.52.25
The Texas Tornado0.251+1 for retaining a title2.25
The Ultimate Warrior0.751+0.5 for winning the fall2.25
Road Warriors0.7511.75
Koko B. Ware1.5-111.5
Hulk Hogan
Tugboat
0.50.51
Honky Tonk Man
Greg Valentine
0.5-0.50
Ax
Crush
0.75-1-0.25
Smash0.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall-0.75
Haku0.25-1-0.75

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #27 Review – 07.28.1990 (This IC Champ Really Is Perfect)

Hi everyone and welcome to my review of yet another edition of WWF’s SNME. This episode features the debut of ‘Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich and the three WWF championships up for grabs – Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude for the WWF Title, Mr. Perfect vs. Tito Santana for the IC Title and Demolition vs. Rockers for the Tag Titles. Also, Hulk Hogan makes his return after the beatdown by Earthquake.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Mr. Perfect
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush)

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura
Taped from Omaha, Nebraska

This show is called “wild kingdom” and features Mean Gene & Lord Alfred Hayes in the jungle meeting numerous WWF wrestlers such as Jake Roberts, Bushwhackers, Jimmy Snuka, etc in some cartoonish skits. WWF being the WWF, this is just not for me so I won’t mention this again. Moving on.

WWF Championship: The Ultimate Warrior(c) vs. Rick Rude(w/ Bobby Heenan)

Warrior throws Rude around from pillar to post with Rude flying all around the ring as usual. Atomic drop for the classic Rick Rude selljob as Warrior continues to run wild. Flying double axehandle sets up the Warrior Splash already, but Rude moves out of the way and hits Warrior with the belt while Heenan distracts the ref. And we take a break.

Commercial

We’re back with Warrior catching Rude with a reverse atomic drop for more of Rude’s unique selljob. Warrior tries a slam but Rude reverses that and hooks a chinlock. We get the classic pass out finish, but the ref raises Warrior’s leg instead of his arm. That’s rather unique too. Warrior obviously fights out and goes for a clothesline, but Rude blocks and actually catches Warrior with the Rude Awakening. Rude covers but Warrior warriors up at two and he makes the comeback with the usual. The Warrior Splash connects for the win… no, Heenan puts Rude’s foot on the ropes! They go out and it’s a count-out win for Warrior instead at 9:43 and Heenan gets thrown around to end the segment.

  • Rating: It’s weird to see these two wrestling for the title here with the cage match already announced for SummerSlam. As for the match itself, it was fine but nothing memorable at all. Easily one of the less special Warrior Rude matches. **

Meanwhile, we get a nice video of some of Hulk Hogan’s greatest moments including the first title win over the Sheik and the WrestleMania main-events… ending with Earthquake squashing Hogan and putting him out. Not a bad video package if you consider it was done over thirty years ago.

WWF World Tag Team Championship: Demolition (Smash & Crush)(c)(w/ Ax) vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)

The exciting babyfaces clean house to start with a number of high flying moves. Michaels hits a hurricanrana only for Crush to cheapshot him from behind and turn things around. Jannetty catches Crush with a bad looking sunset flip for two as the Rockers go back to working over the champs. Eventually another cheapshot to Jannetty knocks him off the apron to the floor as we go to a break.

Commercial

We come back with the Demos still in control. Crush hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker followed by a nice one-handed chokeslam on Jannetty. He ends up being able to escape and manages to reach Michaels for the hot tag. Michaels runs wild coming in, cleaning house with a number of dropkicks and superkicks. He hits a flying fistdrop on Smash but Crush comes in to break up the count. This gets the referee distracted and allows Smash and Ax to pull out the good ol’ switcheroo. Ax knocks Michaels right into the middle of the next decade with a stiff lariat and he covers to steal the win and retain at 9:31. The Hart Foundation and the debuting LOD come out to protest the decision.

  • Rating: Decent match here between two awesome teams designed to get the Demolition’s switcheroo shtick over heading into SummerSlam. You could see Crush was still a bit green and trying to find his footing at times, but it’s not a major issue and it didn’t hurt the match. Good enough match with an even better finish. ***
WWF Intercontinental Championship: Mr. Perfect(c)(w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Tito Santana

Rematch from the episode of Superstars back in May that saw Perfect win the then-vacant title. Perfect takes over with a kick to the gut on the lockup. Tito responds with a hiptoss. Another one and a dropkick sends Perfect flying over the top rope as Perfect bails. Santana follows him outside and chops him at ringside. Back inside for a wristlock reversal sequence followed by a Tito backdrop, but he telegraphs it too much and Perfect kicks him. A clothesline takes Santana down as Heenan reminds Perfect to pace himself since Tito is the one who has to win, not Perfect. Good stuff. Perfect kneelift followed by the greatest dropkick in the wrestling business. In my humble opinion, of course. Santana fights back as they get into a slugfest that ends with a Perfect bodyslam. While Perfect works a chinlock, Heenan asks “you wanna choke him?” before proceeding to distract the ref and allowing Perfect to choke away. Once the ref turns back, Perfect is back with the regular headlock locked in. The chemistry between Perfect and Heenan was on another level! Santana shows that all is fair in love and war by grabbing Perfect’s hair in order to escape the hold, and Perfect ends up eating boot on a blind charge before Santana runs him over with a clothesline. Perfect begs for mercy on his knees à la Flair and that earns him a punch to the face. However, Perfect “accidentally” takes the ref down with the impact as Santana kicks Perfect’s leg from under him for the classic Perfect bump near the ropes. Santana locks in the figure four in the middle of the ring. The crowd is going nuts and Perfect is giving it up but there’s no ref to call it! Santana ends up breaking the hold himself so he can bring the ref back to life. Flying Jalapeno connects! The ref crawls over on one leg – one…….. two…… nearfall! Heenan is losing his mind on the outside. Santana goes up for a flying clothesline that gets yet another delayed nearfall. Finally Santana calls for another referee, which he gets. And we get a break.

Commercial

We come back with Tito hitting a crossbody for two. The crowd is getting hotter and hotter with each nearfall, this is great to see. Perfect cheapshots Santana to finally cut him off. He slugs away and a snapmare sets up the Perfect necksnap before he pauses to let Heenan wipe the sweat off his face with the towel! Perfect stomps Tito right in the skull a number of times which starts up a “Tito” chant. Santana shows some life but a thrust kick puts him back down. Perfect snaps the neck some more and slugs away in the corner until Santana responds and sends him flying. Another chop on the outside is followed by the usual Perfect crotch-first spot on the post back inside. From there Santana smartly hits a couple of atomic drops and a clothesline that literally turns Perfect inside out gets a close two. At this point Heenan doesn’t wanna watch anymore of this and he nearly leaves! This match is so good. Perfect blocks another telegraphed backdrop attempt with the Perfectplex, but Santana reverses with a cradle which then Perfect reverses into his own for the cheap win at 10:11. Heenan then has a huge a smile on his face and is super proud of Perfect, which is another awesome heel touch given he was halfway up the ramp not even a minute earlier!

  • Rating: Hidden gem alert! This match was ridiculously good, I can’t recommend it enough. The action was obviously fantastic like the original Superstars match, but the added storytelling and characters (plus a few more minutes here) took this up a notch. Perfect and Heenan desperately doing anything they could to keep the title was great to watch and seriously put Santana over as a serious threat to the belt. And this was back when Santana was already more than established as a glorified jobber to the stars! The fact that Perfect had to take out the referee during Santana’s comeback was another superb touch, really selling the fact that he HAD to do that to avoid defeat before just barely being able to win and keep his belt. Santana looked great here – the best in YEARS – and showed that he deserved way more than doing five minute jobs to The Warlord on PPV, Heenan was his usual great self and Perfect played the role of the lucky underserving heel champion SO well. Everything clicked and created one hell of an enjoyable bout. Do give this a watch when you have the time, this has to be a match of the year candidate for the WWF. ****

Meanwhile, Earthquake promises he will end Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam.

(Alleged) Main-Event: ‘Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich vs. Buddy Rose

Squash city, population Rose. This is Kerry’s WWF debut match. Rose slaps Kerry on a clean break and he bails. Rose isn’t strong enough to hiptoss Kerry however, who responds with one of his own followed by a couple of bodyslams. Rose gets caught on the ropes à la Andre and Kerry slugs away. Rose rakes the eyes back inside and drops a knee on Kerry’s face. He goes up only for Kerry to slam him off and finish him with the Tornado Punch at 3:09.

  • Rating: Exactly what you would expect. 1/2*

Warrior and Rude promote the cage match at SummerSlam to close the show.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: SNME continues to deliver in 1990. The show went from being completely skippable in 1989 (how I DON’T miss the Zeus days…) to a consistently fun show with at least one good match on the card. Nothing here is bad apart from the childish skits in the jungle with Mean Gene and Lord Alfred Hayes. Warrior/Rude is not one of their greatest matches but it’s still okay, Demolition/Rockers was good and Perfect/Santana absolutely rocked the house! Good show here… jungle aside! Low 7/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Mr. Perfect411 for retaining a title6
Smash
Crush
311 for retaining a title4
The Ultimate Warrior20.51 for retaining a title3.5
Tito Santana4-13
The Texas Tornado 0.5112.5
Marty Jannetty3-12
Rick Rude2-0.51.5
Shawn Michaels 3-1-1 for losing the fall1.5
Buddy Rose 0.5-110.5

Thank you all for your time as always. Coming up next here on the blog is SummerSlam 1990, so make sure you don’t miss that! Meanwhile, have a very safe and happy easter everybody!

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SNME

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #26 Review – 04.28.1990 (Show Ultimately Stolen By A Couple Of Hungry Tag Teams) + Extra IC Title Match

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the very first edition of SNME of the Warrior era. This show features The Ultimate Warrior putting his newly-won World title on the line for the first time on TV against Haku. Also, Hulk Hogan takes on Mr. Perfect in the opener. The Hart Foundation battle The Rockers in a potential match of the year contender. Earthquake continues his dominance. And much more.

Plus an extra tournament final match for the Intercontinental Title (vacated by Warrior at ‘Mania) between Mr. Perfect and Tito Santana that aired on the May 19th 1990 episode of Superstars. It will be at the end of the review.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: vacated
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax & Smash)

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura
Taped from Austin, Texas

Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect(w/ The Genius)

This is one of Perfect’s last matches with The Genius in his corner. Crowd is hot for this one. Hogan shoves Perfect into the corner to start with Perfect taking a massive bump and leaping over the top rope for a breather already. Back in for a lockup and a Perfect hiptoss. Perfect and Genius show off while the ‘Hogan’ chants get louder and louder. Hogan responds with his own hiptoss followed by a couple of bodyslam and Perfect regroups yet again. Back up for another lockup. Perfect grabs Hogan by the hair and pounds away in the corner. Irish whip into the buckle and Hogan goes down. Hogan turns things around and goes for the big boot, but Perfect bails. Hogan follows him out there and chops Perfect, who takes an insane bump on the floor. Head first into the post goes Perfect for another crazy bump. Back in for a massive Hogan clothesline as this crowd is just excited for everything Hogan does. Off to the corner for another Hogan clothesline. Hogan pounds away in the corner and even nails some chops. Off the ropes for a nice elbow. Into the corner for another one with Perfect taking a bump all the way over the ropes and to the floor. Hogan goes outside as well. Genius threatens to hit Hogan with the scroll only to get caught and beat up by Hogan, but Genius leaves the scroll on the floor and allows Perfect to hit Hogan with it in the back of the head. That gets insane heat from the fans as we take a break.

Commercial

We come back with Perfect ramming Hogan’s head into the post and rail numerous times before putting him back in. Perfect pounds away some more. Snapmare into the Perfect necksnap. And off to some choking on the ropes. Elbowdrop. And another one. A third one misses and Hulk is back up as the crowd goes crazy. Hogan slugs away and whips Perfect into the ropes for a backdrop but Perfect kicks him in the chest. Clothesline puts Hogan back down and again we get the chants! Perfect says that we’re gonna see a Perfectplex. He hits it but Hogan kicks at two and it’s Hulk Up time. The usual follows and that’s all at 08:03. Genius comes in after the bell but Hogan just slams him over the top and poses.

  • Rating: This was a pretty good match. The crowd was into just about everything Hogan did, and that certainly helped a lot. The less said about Perfect being pinned twice in 25 days after two years of being undefeated, the better. Really solid and fun opener. ***

Rick Martel promotes ‘Arrogance’!

Earthquake(w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Hillbilly Jim

Well this one shouldn’t take long. Jim gets his jobber offense in for a cup of coffee before Jimmy gets up on the apron and allows Earthquake to squash him like a bug. Earthquake drops an elbow and a number of Earthquake splashes ends this at 1:58. Earthquake splashes him a few more times and stands tall as the build-up for Hogan continues.

  • Rating: Short and sweet. 1/4*

Rick Martel promotes ‘Arrogance’ again.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)

Bret and Marty to start. Headlock by Jannetty, Bret shoots him off to the ropes. Marty uses his quickness to escape only for Bret to meet him with s bodyslam, but Marty blocks and goes for a roll up with Bret blocking too by holding on to the ropes. Bret charges with Jannetty avoiding him via a leapfrog but walking into a Bret hiptoss. Jannetty kicks him off though and it’s off to Michaels. Michaels comes in with a high crossbody that Bret rolls through to nearly steal it. Back to Jannetty for a double knee and a double russian legsweep to Bret and Neidhart has had enough and comes in with a double clothesline to clean house. Tag to Anvil for a shoulderblock that literally sends Jannetty into the apron! Marty slides back in between Neidhart’s legs and actually takes him down with a drop toehold. Michaels comes in for a shoulderblock that is obviously no-sold. Michaels leapfrogs and goes for a slam. Neidhart literally laughs at it and easily reverses into his own, but Michaels blocks and lands on his feet before Neidhart turns around into a dropkick for two. Michaels charges but Neidhart catches him and slams him down before bringing Bret back in. And we get Bret vs. Michaels! Criss cross with Michaels leapfrogging once, trying to leapfrog twice but Bret catches him in mid-air and atomic drops him, immediately followed by a clothesline. Bret with a violent stomp to the gut and it’s back to Neidhart. Michaels criss crosses and Bret catches him with a knee to the back on the apron. Neidhart whips him and catches him with a backdrop. The elevation on that was insane. Back to Bret for a headbutt to the back. Snapmare followed by the elbowdrop to the throat. Bret picks him back up and drops Michaels with a hard whip into the buckle. Anvil comes back in and slugs away. A massive Anvil spear in the corner gets two. Back to Bret once again with Michaels catching him with a sunset flip for two. Meanwhile the tag champs Demolition come down to ringside while Bret headbutts Michaels right in the jaw to maintain control. Bret follows up with a backbreaker, driving the knee to the back. He finally notices Demolition at ringside and gets up on the ropes to argue with them, which gives Michaels enough time to get back up and dropkick Bret over the top to the floor. And we take a break.

Commercial

We come back with Demolition still at ringside and Bret ramming Michaels’ head into the buckles to get back in control. Nasty uppercut by Bret in the corner. Michaels reverses a whip into the corner and charges but eats boot. Bret goes up for the middle rope elbow but Michaels is out of the way and he gets the hot tag to Jannetty. Marty comes in running wild and hits a great flying elbow smash for two. He stops to hit Neidhart as well and powerslams Bret. Great looking superkick gets a nearfall as Vince declares this a SEE SAW MATCH UP BACK AND FORTH!! Sunset flip out of the corner gets two more. Jannetty whips Bret for a backdrop but gets caught with a swinging neckbreaker. Double KO spot. Thankfully for Bret he’s close to his corner so he gets the tag to Anvil. Bret catapults Neidhart up and over the top rope off the apron, but Jannetty moves out of the way and makes the tag to Michaels. Neidhart knocks Michaels inside out with the mother of all shoulderblocks but only gets two. The crowd is going bananas as these four have won them over with their amazing work. Backdrop attempt by Neidhart but Michaels stops him with a knee and takes him down with a flying elbow smash to the face. Neidhart catches Michaels going for a flying bodypress, but he’s too tired and Michaels actually falls on top. Neidhart kicks out at two with authority and sends Michaels flying all the way to the floor near Demolition. From there all hell breaks loose with everyone going at it for the no contest/double DQ at 9:30.

  • Rating: Was this great or what. I understand the no-contest as the Foundation are the contenders for the tag titles, while the Rockers are also one of the best tag teams and one of the next line. Personally I didn’t mind the finish, as (remember) this is not a PPV and this is exactly the place to do these non-finishes, not at the pay-per-views. Would it have been even better with a proper finish? Unquestionably. Still a fantastic tag match between two of the very best teams ever, and quite possibly the greatest match from the WWF in 1990 up until this point. ****

Meanwhile, Bobby Heenan mocks Texas and says Haku is the next champion. Warrior says some words, I believe.

WWF Championship: The Ultimate Warrior(c) vs. Haku(w/ Bobby Heenan)

Haku attacks during Warrior’s entrance but goes nowhere as Warrior turns things around and backdrops him to start. Warrior follows that up with a clothesline and finally takes off the belt while Haku bails. Back in for a Warrior shoulderblock. Warrior criss crosses, ducks a chop and nails one of his own. Warrior works a wristlock (check out the moveset) and throws him around the ring before sending him flying over the top rope. Warrior throws him back in and rams his head into the buckle repeatedly. Haku catches him with a number of clotheslines though, and a dropkick gets two. A nice backbreaker gets two more as Heenan starts intimidating the referee. Backdrop suplex gets the same. Haku pounds away, bodyslam followed by a splash gets two. Warrior gets up and he’s had enough. Clothesline, clothesline, shoulderblock, Warrior splash, thanks for coming Haku at 4:49. You can barely hear Finkel make the post-match announcement while the arena’s lights have been turned off apart from the first rows. Canned reactions for poor Warrior, as many people left after watching Hogan. Ever wondered why the title was back in Hogan’s hands a year later?

  • Rating: I’ve seen worse. They kept it short and that was better for everyone involved. *

Another ‘Arrogance’ promotional video, this time while Martel plays tennis.

(Alleged) Main-Event: The Big Bossman vs. Akeem(w/ Slick)

Akeem slugs away to take over early on. Akeem hits Bossman with his ass in the corner and follows up with a splash for two. Bossman catches him with a backdrop all the way to the apron and then slingshots him back in. Bossman slam for the pin but Ted DiBiase and Virgil run in for the DQ instead at 3:18. Heel beatdown follows, with DiBiase handcuffing Bossman to the ropes. Sadly for him Bossman has the keys to his own handcuffs (duh), unties himself and cleans house.

  • Rating: Used for angle advancement. There’s nothing wrong with that. 1/2*

Warrior addresses Rick Rude to close the show.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: This was a really nice episode. A much better upgrade compared to WrestleMania, which was boring and flat out horrible apart from the main-event. The opener is worth a look, the Harts/Rockers tag match is DEFINITELY worth a look and will be a contender for WWF’s match of the year. The other matches were angles advancement (Bossman and Earthquake’s) and Warrior getting his first successful title defense on television. While the canned reactions and empty seats (ouch) in the Warrior match were a really bad sign for the future, this was still a very good show. 7/10

For feedback and comments, email me at cunhatomas2001@hotmail.com

POINT SYSTEM

You can read about how my point system works here.

WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Hulk Hogan314
Bret Hart
Jim Neidhart
Shawn Michaels
Marty Jannetty
44
The Ultimate Warrior111 for retaining a title3
Mr. Perfect3-12
The Big Bossman0.50.512
Earthquake0.2511.25
Akeem0.5-111
Haku1-10
Hillbilly Jim0.25-1-0.75

Thank you so much for reading. Next up, NWA/WCW with the Capital Combat PPV featuring a steel cage main-event match over the World title between Ric Flair and Lex Luger. Make sure you don’t miss it. Stay safe!

EXTRA

Vacant WWF Intercontinental Championship: Mr. Perfect vs. Tito Santana (WWF Superstars of Wrestling – May 19 1990)

This won’t count into the point system because I usually don’t review TV matches and it wouldn’t be unfair to everyone else. This is a special occasion since it’s a title match. Perfect went over Jimmy Snuka to get here, while Tito defeated Akeem by count-out. Semi final matches were not necessary because both Piper/Martel and Beefcake/Bravo ended in draws, thus sending Perfect and Tito both to the final match automatically.

Perfect works a headlock on the mat which Tito reverses and turns into a wristlock. They go back and forth fighting over the wristlock until Tito catches him by surprise with another back elbow to the face. Perfect and Tito exchange some words and Perfect cheapshots him to take over. Tito reverses a whip into the buckle and catches him coming out of the corner with a hiptoss. And another. A dropkick follows and dumps Perfect. Back in for a slingshot off the apron for two. Back to the wristlock goes Tito, taking Perfect down to his knees. Perfect again goes after the hair to escape. Santana shoulderblocks him twice but Perfect trips him on the criss cross and dumps Tito to the floor. Perfect follows him outside with a chop. Back in with Perfect pounding away. Tito gets a shot and sunset flips him for two. Perfect is right on top of Tito and gets a nearfall of his own. A massive Perfect clothesline sends Tito to the floor, but Tito catches him and rams Perfect’s leg into the post twice to take over. Back in with Tito going to work on the leg as Perfect begs for mercy on his knees. Tito responds by kicking him in the leg near the ropes for the classic Hennig bump. And another one. Meanwhile, Bobby Heenan joins us at ringside and allows Perfect to cradle Tito and nearly steal it. Tito bodyslams Perfect and goes signals for the big forearm, but Heenan gets up on the apron. Tito stops to go after him and Perfect catches him with an inside cradle for the win and the IC title at 7:00. After the match, Perfect announces Heenan as his new ‘perfect’ manager.

  • Rating: Really solid TV match. Nice wrestling exchanges between both wrestlers and very smart wrestling by both veterans. They were constantly trying to outwrestle each other and Santana was able to get the upper hand numerous times when his experience took over Perfect’s pride. The Bobby Heenan finish was nice and the beginning of a partnership that had everything to be ace. ***1/4
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SNME WWF

WWF The Main Event III Review (The Warriors Continue To Challenge The Mania)

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the very last WWF show before WrestleMania VI. This show features just two matches, with both Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan putting their respective titles on the line. Will someone trip on the way to the big clash?

Note: Boxing Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson was supposed to be a guest on this show and referee the Hogan/Savage World title match, but he lost the belt a couple of weeks before this show. Therefore his substitute is… new Boxing Heavyweight Champion James ‘Buster’ Douglas. Ouch!

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF World Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Colossal Connection (André the Giant & Haku)

Enjoy the review!

Throwback Thursday: WWF The Main Event III, As Seen on WWE Network |  Wrestling DVD Network
IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura
Taped from Detroit, MI

Randy Savage’s opening promo: “OOOH YEAAAH Hulk Hogan I got the most powerful right hand in the world because it’s packed full of Macho Madness OOOOH YEEEAAH! And you, ‘Buster’ Douglas, you better stay in line or I’ll give you a thrill. ‘Cause if the right one won’t getcha, the left one will. BAM BAM. OOOOOOOH YEEAAAAH. DIG IT!” And this is why he’s one of the best. No words!

WWF World Championship: Hulk Hogan(c) vs. Randy Savage(w/ Sensational ‘Queen’ Sherri) – enforcer: James ‘Buster’ Douglas

Savage jumps Hogan to start and gets the Macho necksnap very early into it. A high knee dumps Hogan and Savage tries to follow with the flying double axehandle, but Douglas gets in his way and Savage stays inside the ropes. That allows Hogan to get back on the apron, and another Macho high knee misses this time and hits Sherri instead. Great bump by Sherri there also. Savage turns around into a Hulk clothesline and from there Hogan takes over. Hogan pounds away in the corner before hitting another clothesline, and more pounding ensues. Savage turns things around with a couple of elbows, and the distraction allows Sherri to get her cheapshots in. Douglas comes in to send her packing though, and we take a break.

Commercial

We come back with Hogan powering out of a Savage resthold, only for Savage to dump him again and this time connect with the flying double axe. Another one back inside gets two. Douglas gets in Savage’s face once more, but the King rightfully ignores him and bodyslams Hogan to set up the Macho Elbow. It connects and… it’s no sold. Usual Hulk Up routine but the ref gets bumped. Hogan takes him down and hits the Legdrop anyway, and Douglas comes in to count and give Hogan the win to retain at 11:14.

  • Rating: This was fun. It was predictable as hell and it’s kind of sad to see Savage be such an afterthought just one year after being the World’s champion, but it was mostly fun otherwise. Not that it gets close to touching their ‘Mania 5 classic, but it was never going to do that anyway and you would only be fooling yourself if you expected them to do it. Savage eats a Douglas right hand (only going down on the second one), and the champs pose to end the segment. Fun stuff. **1/4

Meanwhile, Jesse Ventura congratulates Dino Bravo on being the next IC Champion. Ultimate Warrior follows and actually cuts a decent and logical promo for once, still with his added intensity.

(Alleged) Main-Event – WWF Intercontinental Championship: The Ultimate Warrior(c) vs. Dino Bravo(w/ The Canadian Earthquake & Jimmy Hart)

Warrior is all fired up to start. He dumps Bravo but Earthquake catches him behind the ref’s back and cuts him off. Suddenly Warrior pulls a Hornswoggle before pulling a Hornswoggle was even a thing and goes under the ring, pulling Jimmy Hart in with him. Jimmy comes out of there with his pants off and he runs to the back, humiliated. Warrior comes back too, and Earthquake gets in a few more shots and throws him back in for Bravo to finish him off. Bravo puts him in a bearhug followed by the sideslam, but Warrior (obviously) is not done yet. He proceeds to make the big comeback, runs wild and puts Bravo away with the Warrior Splash to retain at 4:11.

  • Rating: This… existed. Quick win for Warrior on the way to Hogan at WrestleMania. 1/2*

Earthquake comes in for the beatdown afterwards, which draws Hogan back in to “save the WrestleMania main-event” and clean house. Warrior gets back up and he’s not happy. They get in each other’s face yet again to sell WrestleMania even more. A Vince McMahon recap of the Hogan/Warrior feud followed by quick promos by both guys close the show.

Throwback Thursday: WWF The Main Event III, As Seen on WWE Network |  Wrestling DVD Network
IMG credit: WWE

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: As you can see, this was nothing more than extended workouts for Hogan and Warrior heading into WrestleMania. The show featured just their matches, and it was effective at selling their big encounter. It was effective at doing that, but if you wouldn’t be missing much if you didn’t watch it. Still, not particularly bad or anything. 4/10

POINT SYSTEM

You can read about how my point system works here.

WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Hulk Hogan2.251+1 for retaining a title4.25
The Ultimate Warrior0.511+1 for retaining a title3.5
Randy Savage2.25-11.25
Dino Bravo0.5-110.5

Thank you so much for reading! Make sure you don’t miss my next review, of NWA/WCW WrestleWar 90. After that, it’s time for WWF with the massive Hogan/Warrior showdown and WrestleMania VI! Stay safe.

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SNME WWF

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #25 Review – 01.27.1990 (The Ultimate Mistake)

Hi everyone and welcome to my review of the very first SNME edition of the 1990s. This show features Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior teaming up to take on Mr. Perfect & The Genius, ‘Macho King’ Randy Savage putting his crown on the line against former holder ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan, and more.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF World Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • World Tag Team Champions: The Colossal Connection (André the Giant & Haku)

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE Network

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura
Taped from Chattanooga, TN

King crown: Randy Savage(w/ Sensational Queen Sherri) vs. Jim Duggan

Savage takes his sweet time coming into the ring on his carried-by-jobbers-thrown. He stops to meet his loyal peasants in attendance, and Duggan comes over and dumps him all the way down. That’s not how you treat a king. The bell rings and Duggan connects with a clothesline for two. He follows with an atomic drop, at which point Sherri distracts him and opens the door for a Savage cheap shot. Duggan bails and Savage meets him there with the flying double axehandle. Back in for another one that gets two. Savage necksnaps Duggan and charges at him but gets backdropped over the top, with Savage taking another beautiful bump on a backdrop much like he did at the hands of Dusty to get eliminated from that year’s Rumble match. Duggan is in control and we take a break.

Commercial

We come back with Duggan in control back inside. He slams Savage and drops a knee. Duggan follows up with a series of clotheslines as he starts running wild, forcing Sherri to distract him and Duggan chases her around the ring. Savage catches him with another double axehandle, and Sherri hands him the loaded purse behind the ref’s back. Savage hits Duggan and knocks him out cold, much like he did to win the crown from him a few months earlier, but this time it’s only good enough for a nearfall. And the kickout gets a big pop. Duggan gets in a desperate and sloppy small package for two, and he starts making a comeback. However, he’s not all there since he’s knocked out from the shot to the head, and that allows Savage to easily reverse a Duggan suplex and roll through for the pin to steal the win and remain king at 9:14.

  • Rating: This was a fun opener. Typical Jim Duggan match with his hot comebacks here and there, and Savage doing a great job of bumping all over the place for him and being a douchebag. Props to Duggan for the selljob at the end, as he was able to stay alive after the shot with the purse, but it ultimately ended up being what caused his defeat. Nice effort here and a decent match. **1/2
Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior vs. Mr. Perfect & The Genius

This is the first time Hogan and Warrior are teaming up, and it’s days after their famous face-to-face confrontation during the Royal Rumble match. The heels try to take over with a cheapshot to start, but the mega stars clean house as the crowd goes nuts. Perfect gets pissed and comes back in, but his frustration allows Hogan to catch him and whip him into the ring post for a flip bump, as Perfect is already doing everything to make both Hogan and Warrior look like a million bucks. Hogan pushes Perfect off the apron and Perfect flies 3/4 of the way across the ring, followed by a number of punches and another whip into the buckle as Perfect continues to kill himself in order to put these guys even more over. Meanwhile Genius decides to go to the floor and write some strategy on his board, while Perfect eats a Hogan big boot that bumps him all the way over the top and to the floor! Perfect finally turns the tables as Genius hands him the board and Perfect uses it on him. Hogan gets in a quick small package for two, but Perfect is immediately all over him. Perfect necksnaps Hogan and it’s off to Genius, while Warrior is becoming impatient and shaking the ropes on the apron. Perfect hits the Perfectplex on Hogan, but he releases the pinfall at two so that Genius can finish him off. Genius goes for the moonsault, but Hogan moves out of the way. Perfect comes flying off the top as well, but Hogan raises his boot and Perfect takes a spectacular bump. And finally here comes Warrior for the hot tag and a massive pop. Warrior comes in running wild, dumps Perfect followed by a gorilla press on Genius to set up the Warrior Splash. Perfect trips him up, though, but Hogan makes the blind tag and drops the leg on Genius to put him away at 8:02.

  • Rating: Very energetic match, with Perfect doing everything and anything he could to make these guys look like killers. Really fun tag match mostly thanks to Perfect. **3/4

After the match, the heels come back in to beat on Hogan but Warrior makes the save. He cleans house, and then accidentally nails Hogan with a clothesline, not knowing it was him. Warrior runs to the back and Hogan is left confused in the ring. The build-up to WrestleMania continues!

Jake Roberts vs. Greg Valentine(w/ Jimmy Hart)

Valentine works an armdrag to start, with Roberts already hooking him in the front facelock hold to nail the DDT, but Valentine blocks and he’s out in a hurry. A cheapshot back in allows Hammer to turn things around. Roberts hits the buckle off a hard whip, and Hammer follows that up with an elbowdrop for two. Kneedrop to the back of the head gets two more. Roberts catches him with the short-arm clothesline and goes for the DDT once again, this time with Valentine using a backdrop to avoid it. Roberts goes for the kneelift, only for Hammer to move out of the way and for Roberts to hit the buckle knee-first. Hammer goes for the figure four, Roberts shoves him off and into Jimmy Hart to knock him off the apron, and the DDT finally connects. Jake slowly crawls for the cover… but here’s DiBiase for the DQ at 05:16.

  • Rating: Watchable match, I enjoyed the simple psychology of Jake constantly fighting with all he had to hit that DDT. It also did a good job of setting up DiBiase/Roberts for WrestleMania. Fine match. **
Rick Rude(w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Dusty Rhodes(w/ Sapphire)

In his pre-match promo, Rude says his goal is to seduce Sapphire because no woman can resist him. Rude cheapshots Dusty to get an unfair edge before the bell, but Dusty quickly turns it around a drops a big fat elbow right on Rude’s back. Off to the outside, where Dusty sends Rude back-first into the barricade. Back in with Rude getting a shot of his own and trying a bodyslam, but the back gives out and Dusty connects with a bionic elbow. Dusty misses another big elbowdrop as Rude works a chinlock. Heenan trash talks Sapphire, forcing the referee to send both Heenan and Sapphire to the back, and us to a break.

Commercial

We return with Rude sending Dusty into the ring post. Suddenly Sapphire appears with a ticket in hand, and sits in the front row. Rude tries to go for his seductive pose, but his back gives out and he can’t do it in a nice touch. Now this is dedication to your character work and selling all at once! Rude works an armbar, Rhodes escapes, shoots him off and we get a double KO spot. Back up with Dusty trying to make his comeback, but Rude pounds him down to stop it. Meanwhile Sapphire distracts Rude and draws him out to go after her, only for Dusty to follow as we get a slugfest on the floor. They brawl all the way up the ramp as the match is thrown out at 9:04.

  • Rating: I was expecting a really short match here, but it turned out to be really solid. Rude was feeling it here with his stellar selljob of the injured back, and Rhodes was electrifying as usual. Really nice surprise. **1/2
(Alleged) Main Event: Dino Bravo(w/ Jimmy Hart & The Canadian Earthquake) vs. ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin

Bravo is very aggressive to start, throwing Garvin outside for an Earthquake shot. Back in, Bravo drops an elbow for two. Garvin tries to fight back for a while, but Bravo quickly cuts that off. Garvin goes after Jimmy Hart instead and sets up the Garvin Stomp, but Earthquake stops that. Garvin goes up to hit a crossbody, but Bravo rolls through for the win at 3:19.

  • Rating: Relatively short extended squash. 1/2*

After the match, Earthquake gives Garvin two Earthquake splashes. Garvin does an epic selljob, and is taken out on a stretcher to close the show.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: This was a really good show to follow up a great Royal Rumble PPV a few days earlier. The highlight was obviously the Hogan/Warrior angle, but the show also did an effective job at setting up Roberts/DiBiase for ‘Mania. Also, both the tag match (with Perfect determined to get everyone around him over) and Rhodes/Rude were loads of fun. Recommended show. 6/10

POINT SYSTEM

You can check out my point system here.

WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Hulk Hogan2.7510.5 for winning the fall4.25
The Ultimate Warrior2.7513.75
Randy Savage2.513.5
Jake Roberts20.52.5
Rick Rude2.52.5
Dino Bravo0.5112.5
Dusty Rhodes2.52.5
Mr. Perfect2.75-11.75
Greg Valentine2-0.51.5
Jim Duggan2.5-11.5
The Genius2.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall1.25
Ronnie Garvin0.5-110.5

Thank you for your time reading! Make sure you don’t miss any of the next reviews coming up!