1. Hosts Bob Caudle & Paul Ellering welcome us to the show, running down the night's card quickly, and speaking about what is happening between Ellering's Road Warriors & Sullivan's Army Of Darkness.
2. Arn Anderson (c) w/ Ole Anderson beat Frank Monte with a DDT (1:16) in a Non-Title Match. During the bout, Caudle & Ellering speculated on just who might be Anderson's mystery challenger at Capitol Combat.
3. Tony Schavione conducts an interview backstage with the Army Of Darkness. Sullivan tears down the Road Warriors, accusing them of hiding behind their face paint and being the most cowardly of men. Sullivan then blames it all on Paul Ellering for managing their careers down the drain and that Bigelow & Jack would annihilate them at Capitol Combat. Sullivan said that Jack would love to take punishment from Hawk & Animal, but that Bam Bam Bigelow would just destroy the Road Warriors in an instant!
4. Billy Jack Haynes beat Mark Fleming by DQ (2:07) when the Samoan Swat Team rushed the ring and beatdown on Haynes. Eddie Gilbert tried to run in to make the save but was beatdown as well, as both Tama & Fatu delivered splashes on their rivals of the moment.
5. Footage was shown from Arlington, Texas from earlier in the week, in which Road Warrior Animal won a 20-men Battle Royal, last eliminating World Television Champion Arn Anderson, to earn himself a shot at the World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair, a match that is set to take place on tomorrow night's Saturday Night broadcast!
6. Tony Schavione conducts an interview with the team of Tommy Rich & Mike Rotunda.
7. Nikita Koloff beat Michael Hayes w/ Jimmy Garvin (8:53) with the Russian Sickle.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 1990:
1. Hosts Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura welcome us to this week's edition of Superstars, going down the line of great action on the way here tonight, and hyping next weekend's Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC, headlining, WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior set to defend against Bobby Heenan's Haku!
2. Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil defeated Barry Horowitz (5:26) with the Million Dollar Dream.
3. Backstage Interview with Sean Mooney & Mr. Fuji's Orient Express. They showed clips from this past week's Wrestling Challenge, where The Orient Express drew with newcomers the Batten Twins. Mr. Fuji proclaimed victory for his team, and an early departure for the Battens.
4. The Batten Twins (Brad & Bart) defeated The Orient Express (Tanaka & Sato) w/ Mr. Fuji (11:33) after a Double Top Rope Splash/Legdrop Combination! (The Battens received yet another lukewarm reception, even with such a great, innovative finishing maneuver)
5. Pre-recorded Interview with the Rockers; Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty. They hype their upcoming match at Saturday Night's Main Event against the Hart Foundation, and they warn Demolition that once they've rocked all over the Pink & Black Attack, they would rock their way to the World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Gold!
6. Koko B. Ware defeated Black Cat (2:38) with the Piledriver.
7. A Vignette shows Lord Alfred Hayes on the trail of the Bushwackers, as they visit the famed and historic Alamo in San Antonio.
8. "Playboy" Buddy Rose defeated Bob Bradley (2:26) with a Front Spinebuster. During the bout, in the bottom left corner of the screen, they showed a small promo from Rose. Rose stated he was the sexiest, most envied men in all of the WWF locker room and that women are flocking towards him in the hundreds on any given night.
9. WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior defeated Bobby Bass (1:47) with the Gorilla Press Slam/Body Splash Combo. After a commercial break, Mean Gene Okerlund conducted an in-ring interview with the Ultimate Warrior, as Warrior forewarned Haku of his Ultimate demise at Saturday Night's Main Event.
WCW SATURDAY NIGHT (Live from Dallas, Texas - Dallas Convention Center Arena - 5,695)
1. Hosts Jim Ross & Jim Cornette welcome us to the show, as Saturday Night is live this week from Texas again, Dallas that is. Ross & Cornette hype a very special night of champions of sorts, as the World Tag Team Champions, the United States Heavyweight Champion & the World Heavyweight Champion will all be competing here tonight, all, capped off with a 2 out of 3 falls match between Road Warrior Animal & Ric Flair!
2. In the ring, the Army Of Darkness (Kevin Sullivan, Bam Bam Bigelow & Cactus Jack). Sullivan goads the other half of the Road Warriors, Hawk, to come and face himself and either one of his men in a Handicap Match. Paul Ellering and Hawk come out and Hawk quickly accepts via Tony Schiavone.
3. Bam Bam Bigelow & Kevin Sullivan w/ Cactus Jack defeated RoadWarrior Hawk w/ Paul Ellering in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match (3:10) when Bigelow dove off the top rope with a Headbutt on Hawk while Jack was holding on to Hawk's feet.
4. Tony Schiavone conducts an interview with the Junkyard Dog. They show footage of a week ago when JYD was attacked during his match by Mean Mark Callous. JYD tells Tony that he's been put down by tougher dogs before but that Callous is one hell of a dog. Next week on the program, JYD takes on Callous in Singles action.
5. The Steiner Bros. (c) defeated Action Jackson & Tony Norris (5:39) in a Non-Title Bout with the Double Team Bulldog Jam on Jackson.
6. Tom Zenk (c) w/ Brian Pillman defeated Al Perez (6:54) with a Flying Dropkick off the 2nd Rope. After the bout, Zenk & Pillman unveiled their condition towards them giving the Midnight Express a US Tag Title Shot at Capitol Combat... It would involve having Jim Cornette, the Express' manager, having to be locked inside a shark cage, suspended 15 feet above the ring!!!!!! Cornette was livid and lost conciousness on site when a shark cage was lowered from the rafters, having to be helped to the back and replaced by Schiavone at the broadcast booth.
7. Interview with Bob Caudle & RoadWarrior Animal.
Caudle: "Animal, we've seen the footage, and, we'll show it again right now *screen switches to clips of the Battle Royal Animal won early in the week in Arlington* but you surprised a lot of folks when you won that big battle royal to get that World Title shot."
Animal: "You know something Bob!! The Road Warriors, we're not known for being singles competitors! We're known as the single most destructive tag team in all of professional wrestling...
Voice: "WHERE WERE YOU!!!"
*A voice can be heard screaming in the background, as well as some other voice trying to stop the yelling*
*Hawk and Paul Ellering get into view*
Hawk: "WHERE WERE YOU HUH???"
Caudle: "Gentlemen... Paul? What's..."
Animal: "WHAT DO YOU MEAN!! ONE MINUTE YOU'RE STANDING HERE WITH ME, AND THEN YOU AND PAUL GO OFF!!!"
Hawk: "WELL THAT DOESN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION AS TO WHERE IN THE HELL WERE YOU WHILE I WAS GETTING MY BUTT KICKED BY SULLIVAN'S GOONS!"
Animal: "I TOLD YOU NOT TO FALL INTO HIS LITTLE PLAN!"
Ellering: "HAWK! ANIMAL! PLEASE! STOP IT!"
Caudle: "It seems that this has turned into an argument that I don't want to get in the middle of, we'll try and settle this fans, back to ringside to Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone!"
*A host of jobbers and lower midcarders try and protect each men from attacking one another.*
8. Back at ringside, Ross & Schiavone discuss what was not touched on during this supposed interview, the fact that Animal steps into uncharted territories against the World Heavyweight Champion, not only that, that this is a 2 out of 3 falls match, playing right into the Nature Boy's superior cardio vascular conditioning, but that, in a moment's notice, Animal is such a powerhouse, that he could easily Press Slam, or Power Slam himself into victory in a matter of minutes.
9. Lex Luger (c) beat Alex Porteau (1:24) with the Leaping Forearm Smash in a Non-Title Match.
10. Bob Caudle conducted a backstage interview with "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, the World's Heavyweight Champion. Flair commented on Luger's win tonight, and on how he plans to put Luger down, chopping him down to size, and making him pass out to the Figure 4 Leglock. Caudle mentioned that he needs to go through Road Warrior Animal first here tonight before he can make it to Capitol Combat. Flair responded that Animal is only going to be warmup for what he's got in store for Luger in the Steel Cage. Woooo!
2 OUT OF 3 FALLS MATCH
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL w/ P.ELLERING Vs. NATURE BOY RIC FLAIR w/ WOMAN
After both men get down to the ring, Gary Michael Cappetta does the official introduction and we're off for the first fall.
(Fall 1) Right off the bat, Animal is all over Flair. Out quickening him, out powering him, and out maneuvering him all over the ring. Many a times Flair must bail out to the outside to catch his breather and regroup alongside Woman.
Animal gets many near falls after hitting Flair with a Flying Shoulder Tackle, and a few Clotheslines. Flair stays in the bout until he gets Clotheslined all the way over to the outside*. Animal & Flair then battle it out on the outside for a couple of seconds before Flair turns the advantage on Animal by ramming his head against the steel guardrail... BUT NO! Animal feels no pain and starts chasing Flair around the ring until Flair runs back into the ring and off the ropes. Animal catches Flair coming with a Huge Powerslam into a cover...1...2....3!!!! (4:14)
Animal wins the first fall.
The crowd is ecstatic, in a bit of awe, at how close Animal is now is to become the next World Heavyweight Champion. The 2nd fall begins with Flair getting back up into a corner and Animal rushing at him. Flair moves out of the way and Animal connects shoulder first with the turnbuckles. From behind, Flair chop blocks the knee of Animal and starts working on it, putting on a clinic.
Flair shows his strenght with a Knee Breaker, followed by several elbows to the joint of Animal's knee, remaining down and wrenching on the big leg of the Road Warrior. With Animal in one of the corners, Flair unloads with several knife edge chops... BUT ANIMAL FEELS NO PAIN! Flair immediately kicks away at Animal's bad leg. A second time and Animal is down to one knee. Flair moves in behind and hooks the chin of Animal, starts unloading with rapid fire knuckle shots to the top of Animal's forehead before he gets admonished by referee Tommy Young.
With Animal down, Flair exposes the bad leg and hits the ropes, dropping down on the leg with a patended Knee Drop. Flair keeps working on that leg and goes for the Figure 4 Leglock but Animal gets out of it, using the sheer strenght of his good leg to twist himself over out of the hold. Flair comes back and hooks Animal up for a Vertical Suplex. Flair almost gets Animal over but to no avail. Animal blocks it several times before going for a Suplex of his own. He gets Flair up into the lights but his knee buckles and Flair falls back down into an Inside Cradle! 1...2.....3! (13:49)
Flair ties this matchup at one fall a piece.
The last 10 minutes or so of this matchup are fast paced, back and forth action. Flair trying to keep the pressure on Animal's leg, while Animal overpowers the Champion and, with the face paint completely gone from his face, he fights as never before to stay alive in this once in a lifetime contest.
Animal has Flair in a Side Headlock and Flair pushes Animal off the ropes. Animal runs right through Flair with a Shoulder Tackle. Animal hits the ropes and runs over Flair. Flair is up and goes for a Leap Frog but Animal catches him almost in mid-air with a GORILLA PRESS SLAM!! The leg holds up and Flair is quickly back up, only to get dropped down with another Press Slam. Animal goes for a cover...1....2...NO!
Flair is at Animal's mercy now! Animal has Flair in the ropes and unloads with some Clubbing Forearms to the chest of Flair, rocking the Champion! Woman gets up on the apron, imploring the referee to stop this madness! Animal diverts his attention to Woman, and, with Tommy Young's back turned towards the apron, Flair drops down, from behind, and Low Blows Animal. Flair hooks Animal into a School Boy, hooks the thights, Tommy Young jumps into position, unbeknownst to all the legal activity of earlier...1...2.....NO!!!!
Flair can't believe it! He gets Animal up into an Irish Whip. Animal reverses it! Flair comes off the ropes into a Press Slam.... Animal's knee buckles once more, as he kept Flair up in the air too long. Flair falls behind Animal and chop blocks the knee. Animal goes down and Flair quickly locks in the Figure 4 Leglock on the massive legs of Animal. Animal tries fighthing out of it, but, after a few minutes in the hold, he passes out and Tommy Young calls for the bell. (22:08)
Gary Michael Cappetta announces Flair as still, World Heavyweight Champion.
Ross & Schiavone applaud the effort of Animal, as do the crowd here in Dallas, Texas, as Woman, Ole & Arn Anderson help "The Nature Boy" back up and to the back, as only Tommy Young and Paul Ellering are there to look after Animal.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21st, 1990:
1. Hosts Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred Hayes welcome us to the broadcast, yet another week filled of great World Wrestling Federation action and a special preview of Piper's Pit, coming up at Saturday Night's Main Event, as Sean Mooney sat down with both Rowdy Roddy Piper & "Macho Man" Randy Savage during the course of the week.
2. Big Bossman defeated Pancho Valdez (1:45) with the Bossman Slam. Monsoon & Hayes hyped the WrestleMania Rematch between the Bossman & Akeem at Saturday Night's Main Event next weekend.
3. Backstage Interview with Sean Mooney & The Bolsheviks (Volkoff & Zhukov). Mooney mentioned the humiliation that was bestowed upon the Bolsheviks at WrestleMania, and that tonight, they would be able to extract some revenge on the Hart Foundation. Volkoff said that the Canadians are as bad as the Americans and that The Russians would make the Hart Foundation crumple at their feet!
4. The Hart Foundation (B.Hart & J.Neidhart) defeated The Bolsheviks (N.Volkoff & B.Zhukov) (4:30) with the Hart Attack, a deja vu, but not as short, as WrestleMania.
5. Brooklyn Brawler defeated CW Bergstrom (4:30) after a Snap Suplex.
6. Brutus Beefcake & The Bushwackers defeated Dino Bravo & Rhytm & Blues w/ Jimmy Hart (11:57) when Beefcake locked in the Sleeper Hold on Bravo. Beefcake & The Bushwackers tried to shave the head of Bravo, but he was saved by his partners.
7. Pre-Recorded Interview with Bobby Heenan & Haku. Heenan told the Ultimate Warrior that no matter how fast he can run to the ring, how many times he can pump his chest and slam his arms against it, no matter if he beat .... ..... at WrestleMania, only thing that matters is that three count in the middle of the ring. And all it takes is one swift kick to the jaw pal, and you're looking at the next, World Wrestling Federation Champion, Haku!
8. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart defeated Chris Duffy (1:57) with the Earthquake Splash.
9. The Special One-on-One sitdowns with Sean Mooney & Randy Savage & Sean Mooney & Roddy Piper was quite interesting. There was a very sombre mood to both vignettes, as neither exclaimed any interest in either being host or guest to each other. Piper promised the fans that he would light a fire under Saturday Night's Main Event's very foundation. Savage was more bragadocious and merely claimed that his appearance on Piper's Pit would be further certification of his royalty among the WWF.
1. Hosts Bob Caudle & Jim Cornette welcome everybody to the show, they speak about the tremendous action that took place last night, and the great show upcoming this morning with all the big names in World Championship Wrestling!
2. Cactus Jack w/ Kevin Sullivan beat Barry Hardy (1:23) with a Double Arm DDT.
3. Jim Ross conducted a Backstage Interview with the newly formed duo of Eddie Gilbert & Billy Jack Haynes. Both men spoke about the Samoan Swat Team and that at Capitol Combat, all hell would break loose inside of the squared circle. They made mention of the fact that Haynes returned to professional wrestling to right the wrongs and injustices surrounding him and his peers.
4. Arn Anderson (c) beat Beef Wellington (2:05) with a DDT in a Non-Title Match.
5. Caudle & Cornette show a great video promo of The Road Warriors with Paul Ellering in their native Chicago. A gripping portrait of Hawk & Animal making it out of Chicago into wrestling and how they plan on moving forward after dealing with Sullivan's Army of Darkness.
6. The Fabulous Freebirds (Hayes & Garvin) beat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) (11:38) when Hayes pinned Rogers after a Top Rope Knee Drop to the back of the head!
7. Backstage Interview with Teddy Long & Mark Callous. Teddy responds for his client to the JYD's comments from last night. Long said Mean Mark ain't no dog, but that he sure is as vicious as a pitbull. Long then warned JYD to come with a whole pack of dogs to Capitol Combat, because his main man, Mean Mark Callous will chew the dog away!
8. Interview with Tony Schiavone & Tommy Rich backstage. Rich hyped the upcoming match against a newcomer in World Championship Wrestling, The American Ninja...
9. American Ninja defeated Tommy Rich (6:54) with a Jumping Savate Kick. Standing at 6'6", and weighing well over 300 lbs., this newcomer on the scene showed he was agile, yet rugged in every way. Sporting black ninja attire with red belt, as well as ceremonial japanese paint on his face, he dominated most of this contest against Rich.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd, 1990:
1. This week, Mean Gene Okerlund & Bobby Heenan are on the road in New York. Two great matches from Glenn Falls & Madison Square Garden, and comments from the Superstars of the World Wrestling Federation. Okerlund & Heenan are on location at the Niagara Falls Aquarium.
2. Smash (c) w/ Ax (c) defeated Boris Zhukov w/ Nikolai Volkoff (2:59) with a Knee Drop off the ropes. Match was taped from the Glenn Falls Civic Center.
3. They showed a clip from Wrestling Challenge this week, which showcased Brutus Beefcake & The Bushwackers almost cutting and shaving the head of Dino Bravo. Comments with Bravo & Jimmy Hart afterwards, warning Beefcake that a man by the name of Earthquake could easily be on the trail of Beefcake if he wasn't careful.
4. A vignette shows "Playboy" Buddy Rose in New York City, dressed with a black fur coat, eye candy on his arm (aka Allison Royal), getting into the Waldorf Astoria. They walk towards the restaurant of the hotel and then stop at the nearby lobby. Rose proclaims that he's the most eligible bachelor in the World Wrestling Federation, the only man that can have a different lady by his side every night. He then looks at the girl he's with right now and tells her she better show him a good time, because he's got high standards.
5. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart defeated Tito Santana (4:15) with the Canadian Side Suplex.
MONDAY, APRIL 23rd, 1990:
After much back and forth debating, the Midnight Express & Jim Cornette have agreed to the stipulations put forward by Tom Zenk & Brian Pillman for Capitol Combat. So on May 19th, when Z-Man & Flyin' Brian put the United States Tag Team Titles on the line against "Beautiful" Bobby & "Sweet" Stan, Jim Cornette will be perched some 15 feet up high in the air, in a shark cage, dangling above the ceiling, unable to interfere in any way, shape or form. Cornette & The Express have officialy stated that no matter how high and how far away from the ring Cornette is, it did not change the fact that Eaton & Lane are the premier duo in World Championship Wrestling and that Zenk & Pillman would get exposed for the fraud they are!
MONDAY, APRIL 23rd, 1990:
The World Wrestling Federation was in Dallas, Texas this past Sunday, and, on the card, three matches were dubbed as being "King Of The Ring Qualifying Matches". Bout 1 featured Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake putting to sleep Boris Zhukov of the Bolsheviks. Bout 2 featured The Warlord toppling The Brooklyn Brawler and, Bout 3 had "Playboy" Buddy Rose pinning Tito Santana. No official brackets out as of yet, but, sources say an official brackets board should be available as early as this weekend on WWF Television.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24th, 1990:
WCW announced today that a Press Conference will be held at the Melrose Hotel the day before Capitol Combat and it will involve stars such as Brian Pillman. No other guests has been confirmed yet. Also on hand, Gordon Solie and Jim Ross.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24th, 1990:
As of today, out of Titan Towers, the World Wrestling Federation comes to terms with The Bolsheviks; Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov. Volkoff had been on the very first WrestleMania and brought in Zhukov a little well 6 months ago into the Federation to help him in the tag team ranks.
Good to see King of the Ring qualifying matches, I'm a big fan of the King of the Ring tournament. Boooo Tito Santana lost to Buddy Rose. Tito was more of a JTTS during this time period but It would be nice to see him getting a push. Iím looking forward to seeing the brackets for The King of the Ring.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th, 1990:
In this month's issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Bill Apter sits down with WCW Tag Team, Doom; Butch Reed & Ron Simmons. Without their manager Teddy Long by their side, both men answer candid questions about their childhood growing up, their days on the gridiron, and how they plan to rule the realm of tag teams in World Championship Wrestling and beyond.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th, 1990:
The World Wrestling Federation was in Fort Worth, Texas this past Monday night, and three more Qualifying matches for the King of the Ring took place. The 1st bout saw Bad News Brown defeat Paul Roma with the Ghetto Blaster; "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase advanced by beating Butch of the Bushwackers and, last but not least, Jake "The Snake" Roberts put away Dino Bravo for the DDT to Qualify.
We hear that this Saturday Night, on NBC's Saturday Night's Main Event, they will announce the official brackets for the King of the Ring Tournament.