WWF The Main Event III

Live from Detroit, MI

Airdate: February 23, 1990

Attendance: 21,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

More prime-time WWF action? Can it go the distance? Read on!

In front of a pink locker, Savage, with Sherri, cuts a promo on Hogan and Buster Douglas. What? Where’s “Iron” Mike Tyson?

To emphasize how incredible of an upset Douglas’ victory was, compare it to Super Bowl XLII when the undefeated New England Patriots remarkably lost to the New York Giants thanks to David Tyree.

In front of a blue locker, WWF President Jack Tunney explains that Earl Hebner will be the referee inside the ring and Douglas will be the referee outside the ring. Douglas’ manager, John Johnson, tells him to “call it down the middle” and “knock somebody out” if or when things get out of hand. Methinks Johnson’s red hat was the key to Douglas’ victory in Tokyo.

In another part of the blue locker room, Hogan’s ready for something to “explode.” Hopefully, it’s not his steroid-infused pythons.

Opening montage.

After a commercial break, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Savage with Sherri in the pink locker room. The royal couple is ready to spoil the Hogan-Warrior title match at WrestleMania VI by taking Hogan’s title. Let’s hope the match doesn’t spoil my appetite.

As Savage makes his entrance atop his throne, Okerlund interviews Hogan in the blue locker room.

While Hogan makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Douglas in the blue locker room.

Match 1 for the WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion) versus “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/ Queen Sherri)


Rating: ***

Summary: Since Savage was signed to wrestle Dusty Rhodes at WrestleMania VI, his chances of winning the title here were incredibly remote. With that being said, he made Hogan look good in this high-profile match. On another note, I would have preferred to see Mr. Perfect in this slot, but that’s nit-picking.

After the match, Douglas explains to Savage that he, not Hebner, counted the pin. A perturbed Savage then slaps Douglas. When Hogan pushes Savage toward him, Douglas nails Savage twice to a raucous ovation from the Detroit faithful.

In the meantime, Warrior spews gibberish from the locker room.

Back in the pink locker room, Ventura interviews Bravo with Hart and Earthquake. According to Hart, Warrior doesn’t have “earthquake insurance.” Better call Farmers.

As Bravo makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Warrior in the blue locker room. While not requiring insurance, Warrior indirectly states he’ll keep his title.

Match 2 for the WWF Intercontinental title: Ultimate Warrior (champion) versus Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart & Earthquake)


Rating: *

Summary: If you’re seeking a worthwhile high-impact match, look elsewhere, ‘cuz this ain’t one of ‘em.

After the match, Earthquake enters the ring and nails Warrior from behind. Warrior comes back and gives Bravo and him a double noggin knocker. As Warrior tosses Bravo outside the ring, Earthquake hits him and delivers a pair of elbow drops. Next, he mounts the second turnbuckle, but Hogan saves Warrior from being permanently SQUISHED. He then nails Earthquake sending him down to the floor. When Warrior gets in Hogan’s face, he shoves down referee Danny Davis. As Hebner tries to break up the heated argument, Hogan and Warrior shove both he and Davis down. More referees enter the ring to break it up and close the segment.

After a commercial break, while Vince prepares to interview Hogan from the blue locker room, we revisit Royal Rumble when Hogan and Warrior went head-to-head. Afterward, we revisit SNME XXV when Warrior mistakenly clotheslined Hogan. During the interview, Hogan defines the clothesline as an “accident.” Regarding his involvement after Warriors’ match, he states that he wanted Warrior at 100% for the ultimate challenge at WrestleMania VI.

In a different locker room with WWF and Warrior merchandise EVERYWHERE, Okerlund interviews Warrior who notes he doesn’t need Hogan’s protection and is the “chosen one.” Someone might not be thrilled with that.

After another commercial break, Okerlund interviews Douglas who had a “blast” tonight.

As the credits roll, Savage is shown holding his jaw in anguish thanks to Douglas.

Conclusion: If you needed an incentive to purchase WrestleMania VI on PPV back in 1990, this show provided it. While the replacement of Tyson with Douglas took some of the steam away from the show, the seeds were sown for the “ultimate challenge.” Unless you never seen Douglas before, I’d skip this show.

See you for NWA WrestleWar ‘90!

Rating: 12.8

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