WWE Vintage Collection TV report



'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #301 – March 9th, 2014

Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.

By Stephen Lyon.

This week's theme: Ultimate Warrior - the Early Years. Matches featured this week included: Dingo Warrior vs Jack Victory (World Class Championship Wrestling - April 1987); Ultimate Warrior vs Terry Gibbs (WWF TV debut, WWF Wrestling Challenge, October 1987); Ultimate Warrior vs Hercules (WWF Wrestlemania 4 ppv, March 1988); Honky Tonk Man vs Ultimate Warrior for the WWF IC title (WWF Summerslam 1988 ppv, August 1988); Ravishing Rick Rude vs Ultimate Warrior for the WWF IC title (WWF Summerslam 1989 ppv, August 1989); Ultimate Warrior vs Andre the Giant (WWF Saturday Nights Main Event, November 1989); and Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior for the WWF title (WWF Wrestlemania 6, April 1990).

Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.

Show opened with the Ultimate Warrior 2014 WWE Hall of Fame induction video.

1) Dingo Warrior defeated Jack Victory. This match aired on the April 3rd, 1987 edition of 'World Class Championship Wrestling', taped in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Sportatorium. Sole announcer for this match was Marc Lowrance. Only the last few moments aired. Warrior was super green here, winning quickly after a suplex and a stiff-looking clothesline. I believe this is the first time any World Class footage has featured on this show.

2) Ultimate Warrior defeated Terry Gibbs. This was the Ultimate Warrior's WWF tv debut in a squash match, on the October 25th, 1987 edition of 'WWF Wrestling Challenge', taped in Green Bay, Wisconsin on October 7th, 1987. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan. Some brief comments from the Warrior aired in a box in the top left of the screen during this quick squash match, which Warrior won after a press slam and a big splash.

3) Ultimate Warrior defeated Hercules (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner). This match took place at the 'WWF Wrestlemania 4' pay-per-view event, held in Trump Plaza Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 27th, 1988. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura. This was a very bad match. The pair no sold each other's clotheslines and badly brawled on the outside. The finish saw Hercules place Warrior in a Full Nelson, but Warrior kicked himself backwards off the turnbuckles, then left his shoulder at the last second as Hercules tried to pin him, to score the win. It only went 4 minutes, but Dave Meltzer rated it minus *1/2 in the April 4, 1988 Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

4) Ultimate Warrior defeated Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart in his corner) to win the WWF Intercontinental title. This match took place at the 'WWF Summerslam 1988' pay-per-view event, held in Madison Square Garden, New York on August 29th, 1988. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Superstar Billy Graham. This was another match kept very short, 31 seconds to be precise. Warrior showed up as Honky's surprise opponent and simply squashed him, pinning him after a flying tackle, clothesline and big splash.

5) Ultimate Warrior defeated Ravishing Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner) to win the WWF Intercontinental title. This match took place at the 'WWF Summerslam 1989' pay-per-view event, held in East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 28th, 1989. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura. This match was joined in progress. Warrior no-sold a kick to the mid-section, then clotheslined Rude on to the ring apron. Rude attempted a sunset flip, but Warrior punched him like he was nothing, then press-slammed him over the top rope and on to the ringside floor. Warrior suplexed Rude at ringside, threw him back in the ring, then back out to ringside again. Ventura was blowing a gasket on commentary, slating Joey Marella’s performance as a referee for allowing such shenanigans. Warrior gave Rude a double axe handle blow from the top rope, slammed Rude, gave him an atomic drop and mocked Rude with his own version of Rude’s gyrations, then dropped Rude on his ass again. Warrior charged at Rude, but Rude moved and managed to crotch Warrior on the top rope. After a commercial break, Rude had a sleeperhold on Warrior, but Warrior gave him a chinbreaker to escape. Both ran the ropes and collided with the referee, bumping him. Warrior backdropped Rude, gave him three clotheslines and a powerslam, and had a visible count of five on Rude, but of course, there was no referee. When Marella finally did revive and crawled across to count, at the count of two, Rude placed his leg on the bottom rope. Warrior attempted a splash on Rude, but Rude brought his knees up to block Warrior. Rude gave Warrior a piledriver, but Warrior kicked out of the pinfall attempt. Rude then gave Warrior a top rope kneedrop. Rowdy Roddy Piper came out to the ringside area. Rude gave Warrior a second piledriver, and scored another nearfall. Rude confronted Piper, and gyrated in his direction. Piper, wearing his t-shirt and kilt and evidently nothing else under the kilt, turned around and mooned Rude. On this show, Piper’s ass was blurred out. A stunned Rude was grabbed from behind by Warrior and given a sloppy belly-to-back suplex, then a flying shoulder-tackle and big splash for the pinfall win, regaining the Intercontinental title in the process.

6) WWF Intercontinental Champion, Ultimate Warrior defeated Andre the Giant (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner) via D.Q. to retain his title. This match aired on the November 25th, 1989 edition of 'WWF Saturday Night's Main Event' on NBC, taped in Topeka, Kansas on October 31st, 1989. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura. Match was joined in progress. Andre choked the Warrior and had him in a bearhug. Warrior broke free and Andre somehow managed to tie himself up in the ropes, but Andre kicked Warrior away before freeing himself. Heenan attempted to nail Warrior with the IC title belt, but Warrior caught him in time and beat up Heenan, leading to Warrior throwing Heenan on to Andre on the outside, to win the match via D.Q.  

Clips aired of the episodic build up to the Hogan vs Warrior match, with the pair facing off at the 1990 Royal Rumble, then Warrior accidentally clotheslining Hogan whilst teaming with him against Mr Perfect & The Genius on Saturday Night's Main Event. Earthquake's attack on Warrior on the February 23rd, 1990 edition of 'The Main Event' aired, with Hogan making the save. Likewise, Warrior saved Hogan from an Earthquake attack a few weeks later on WWF Superstars. Not sure what this says, either about me or the current product, but I can vividly remember all of these angles/moments from my childhood as being a big deal, whereas I can barely remember any angles that took place on last week's WWE tv.

7) Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWF title. This was the main event of the 'WWF Wrestlemania 6' pay-per-view event, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 1st, 1990. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura. This was a heavily edited version of the match, down to just a few minutes. The key moments shown were the pair being evenly matched, then Hogan suffering a knee injury mid-match. Warrior gave Hogan a gorilla press slam and splashed him on his back, with Hogan kicking out of the pinfall attempt. Hogan then missed with his legdrop attempt, leading to Warrior hitting another big splash to score the pinfall win. Hogan then presented Warrior with the WWF title belt, as the pair embraced after the match.

Closing thoughts: This show had its' moments, and was a fun, nostalgic ride in places. Some of the wrestling though was really bad, which simply serves to put over how well marketed Warrior was by the WWF, despite his obvious in-ring limitations.

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Match Results:

1) Dingo Warrior defeated Jack Victory (WCCW - Dallas, Texas: 03/04/87).

2) Ultimate Warrior defeated Terry Gibbs ('WWF Wrestling Challenge' - Green Bay, Wisconsin: taped on 07/10/87, aired on 25/10/87).

3) Ultimate Warrior defeated Hercules (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner) ('WWF Wrestlemania 4' pay-per-view event - Atlantic City, New Jersey: 27/03/88).

4) Ultimate Warrior defeated Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart in his corner) to win the WWF Intercontinental title ('WWF Summerslam 1988' pay-per-view event - MSG, New York: 29/08/88).

5) Ultimate Warrior defeated Ravishing Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner) to win the WWF Intercontinental title ('WWF Summerslam 1989' pay-per-view event - East Rutherford, New Jersey: 28/08/89).

6) WWF Intercontinental Champion, Ultimate Warrior defeated Andre the Giant (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner) via D.Q. to retain his title ('WWF Saturday Night's Main Event' - Topeka, Kansas: taped on 31/10/89, aired on 25/11/89).

7) Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWF title ('WWF Wrestlemania 6' pay-per-view event - Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 01/04/90).

Please note: I DO NOT sell DVDs or tapes of any of these shows. Sorry!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s report. For other reports like this one, be sure to check it out my website archive at http://www.classicwrestlingreports.com .

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