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WWF PTW

 

01/01/90

Demolition vs. The Colossal Connection

The Hart Foundation vs. The Bolsheviks

 

01/08/90

WWF Update: They Show The Colossal Connection Winning The Tag Team Titles From Last Week. Promo By The Colossal Connection And Bobby Heenan Then Demolition

Tito Santana vs. Dino Bravo

 

01/15/90

Demolition vs. The Bolsheviks

 

01/22/90

The Colossal Connection vs. Lyn Wagner/Butch Stanley (After The Match Demolition attack Andre The Giant And Haku)

 

02/05/90

Dino Bravo vs. Tito Santana

The Hart Foundation v Powers Of Pain

 

02/12/90

WWF Update: They Announce That Hulk Hogan will fight the Ultimate Warriror @ WM6

Demolition v Powers Of Pain

 

02/26/90

WWF Update: Jack Tunney Announces It's Title vs. Title At WrestleMania 6

Smash vs. Haku

Rick Rude vs. Ronnie Garvin

 

03/05/90

WWF Update: They Show Hulk Hogan Saving The Ultimate Warrior From Earthquake

 

03/12/90

Hulk Hogan vs. Dino Bravo

 

03/25/90

Ted Dibiase v. Terry Taylor

The Colossal Connection vs. The Rockers (Demolition Runs In)

 

04/02/90

Hercules vs. Dino Bravo

 

04/16/90

Rick Martel vs. Tito Santana

 

04/23/90

Demolition vs. The Bolsheviks (WWF Tag Team Title Match)

Marty Jannetty vs. Tanaka

 

05/07/90

The Hart Foundation vs. The Bolsheviks

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match: Mr. Perfect vs. Jimmy Snuka

 

05/14/90

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match: Roddy Piper vs. Rick Martel

Ted Dibiase vs. Shawn Michaels

 

05/21/90

The Rockers vs. The Bolsheviks

Intercontinental Title Tournament Finals Match: Mr. Perfect vs. Tito Santana

 

05/28/90

WWF Update: Highlights Of The Rockers vs. The Bolsheviks From Last Week. Promos By Boris Zhukov Then Nikolai Volkoff

Brother Love Show: Hulk Hogan And Earthquake With Jimmy Hart Are His Guests. Earthquake Crushes Hulk Hogan And "Injures" Him

 

06/04/90

Nikolai Volkoff vs. Boris Zhukov

 

06/11/90

A Commercial For Arrogance

Haku vs. Ronnie Garvin

 

06/18/90

Rick Martel vs. Hercules

 

06/25/90

Ronnie Garvin vs. Boris Zhukov

A Vignette Of Ted Dibiase And Virgil From Cobb County Georgia. Dibiase Talks To Boss Man's High School Teacher

 

07/02/90

Promo By Demolition. They Show The Debut Of Crush. Then A Promo By The Hart Foundation

A Vignette Of Ted DiBiase And Virgil From Cobb County Georgia. Dibiase Talks To Boss Man's Football Coach

Intercontinental Title Match: Mr. Perfect vs. Hercules

 

07/09/90

Interview w/ All 3 Members Of Demolition

Brother Love Show: Nikolai Volkoff Is His Guest. Jim Duggan Comes Out And Joins Nikolai Volkoff

 

07/16/90

A Vignette Of Ted DiBiase And Virgil From Cobb County Georgia. DiBiase Talks To Some Guy That Grew Up With The Big Boss Man

Brother Love Show: The Hart Foundation Are His Guests. All Three Members Of Demolition Interupt. Demolition Attack The Harts As They Head Towards The Ring

Ted DiBiase vs. Ronnie Garvin

 

07/23/90

WWF Special Report: They Announce Matches For Summer Slam 90. Promo By Demolition (All 3) Then The Hart Foundation

A Vignette On The Returning Sgt. Slaughter

 

07/30/90

Rick Martel vs. Ronnie Garvin

A Vignette On The Returning Sgt. Slaughter

 

08/06/90

Interview w/ Dusty Rhodes And Sapphire

A Vignette On The Returning Sgt. Slaughter

Nikolai Volkoff Is Presented A Medal Of Honor From The Boy Scouts

 

08/13/90

Promo By Sapphire Talking About All The Gifts She Has Been Receiving

A Vignette On The Returning Sgt. Slaughter

Mr. Perfect vs. Randy Fox (After The Match Texas Tornado Comes Out And Challenges Mr. Perfect For The IC Title At Summerslam)

 

08/19/90: Summer Slam Fever

Smash vs. Jim Neidhart

Interview w/ Demolition

Nikolai Volkoff vs. Boris Zhukov

Highlights Of Tugboat Being Injured Via Earthquake And Dino Bravo From Superstars

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Mr. Perfect vs. Ronnie Garvin

 

09/03/90

Interview w/ Sgt. Slaughter. Nikolai Volkoff Comes Out And Interrupts The Interview

 

09/10/90

WWF Update: They Talk About Sapphire Being Bought My Ted DiBiase. Promo By Dusty Rhodes

 

09/17/90

Brother Love Show: The Legion Of Doom Are His Guests

Shane Douglas vs. Haku

 

09/24/90

Brother Love Show: Sgt. Slaughter Is His Guest. He Introduces General Adnan As His Manager

Promo By Ted DiBiase And Virgil. Sapphire Is Ironing Ted DiBiase's Money

Nikolai Volkoff vs. Boris Zhukov (After The Match Sgt. Slaughter And General Adnan Attack Volkoff)

 

10/08/90

Sgt. Slaughter vs. Ronnie Garvin

Brother Love Show: Jake Roberts Is His Guest (Rick Martel Is On The Set And He Sprays Jake In The Face With Arrogance)

Dino Bravo vs. Nikolai Volkoff

 

10/15/90

WWF Update: They Show Jake Roberts Being Sprayed In The Face With Arrogance From Last Week. They Show Jake Roberts At The Doctors Office. Promo By Rick Martel

Demolition vs. Scott Colton/Earl Dennis/Brad Kramer

The Big Boss Man vs. Haku

 

10/22/90

Interview w/ Rick Martel Via An Office Of An Eye Doctor. They Also Show Footage Of Jake Roberts Rehab

 

11/05/90

Dustin Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase (Dustin Has To Last 10 Minutes With DiBiase)

 

11/12/90

Rick Martel vs. Tito Santana (Jake Roberts Comes Out To Attack Martel But Gets Tito)

Brother Love Show: Mr. Perfect And Demolition Are His Guests

The Legion Of Doom vs. The Orient Express (After The Match Demolition Comes Out And Attacks LOD. They Rejoin With Mr. Fuji

 

11/18/90: Survivor Series Showdown

Sgt. Slaughter vs. Tito Santana

Rick Martel vs. Marty Jannetty

Bret Hart vs. The Honky Tonk Man

Texas Tornado vs. Smash

Interview w/ Mr. Perfect And Demolition

 

11/26/90

WWF Update: Jake Tunney Announces Demolition Is On Probation And Will Be Limited To 2 Members

WWF Tag Team Title Match: The Hart Foundation vs. Rhythm & Blues

 

12/10/90

Jimmy Snuka vs. Dino Bravo

 

12/17/90

Dustin Rhodes vs. Boris Zhukov

Ted DiBiase vs. Nikolai Volkoff

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Mr. Perfect vs. Texas Tornado

Rick Martel vs. Tito Santana

 

12/31/90: The Rosatti Sisters Are In Studio Guests

Rick Martel vs. Marty Jannetty

From CHV & or from Houses shows

01/15/90 Hulk Hogan v Mr Perfect (Wrestlefest 90)

02/14/90 Ultimate Warrior v Dino Bravo (Wrestlefest 90)

02/19/90 Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake v Mr Perfect & The Genius (Wrestlefest 90)

04/13/90 Hulk Hogan v Stan Hansen (Hulkamania 6 / AJPW TV)

04/24/90 Shawn Michaels v Ted Dibiase (WWF Hottest Matches)

05/15/90 Mr Perfect v Ultimate Warrior (Battle of the WWF Superstars)

08/29/90 Hart Foundation v Dino Bravo & HTM (Wrestlefest 90)

09/16/90 Kerry Von Erich v Mr Perfect (Super Tape # 3)

 

 

All of the Oktoberfest interviews & skits from the 10/13/90 SNME including the food fight, Team Sausage stuffing & a drunk Lord Al

 

 

Survivor Series 90

Mr Perfect & Demolition v The Legion of Doom, The Ultimate Warrior & Texas Tornado

It isn’t a great match but it is the last time Ax wrestles in the WWF

 

 

Wrestlemania 6

Demolition v Haku & Andre

 

 

Summerslam 90

Demolition v The Hart Foundation

 

 

AJPW 3/18

Jumbo v Barry Windham

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Anyone know if there are dates available for any of these?

 

From Best of WWA 1990 Vol. 1:

 

Super Astro vs Leon Chino

 

From Best of WWA 1990 Vol. 2:

 

Yoshinari Asai, Gran Hamada & El Hijo del Santo vs Negro Casas, Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrera

 

From Best of WWA 1990 Vol. 4:

 

El Hijo del Santo & Blue Demon Jr vs Mando & Eddy Guerrero

El Hijo del Santo & Eddy Guerrero vs Perro Aguayo & Leon Chino

 

From WWC Anniversario '90:

 

Carlos Colon vs TNT

 

From USWA Heat Vol. 7:

 

Mason-Dixon Connection vs. Wild Side (USWA Heat Vol. 7)

 

From Austria:

 

Dave Finlay vs Owen Hart

 

From Reslo:

 

Fit Finlay vs Danny Boy Collins (Cage Match)

Fit Finlay vs Kid McCoy (Cage Match)

CWA Music Video

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Mr. Saito wins the AWA title from Larry Zbyszko, 2/10/90, Japan.

 

Zbyszko regains the title, 4/90, St. Paul (end portion only exists).

 

Those were the last hurrah for the AWA title and both are decent enough, IMO.

 

The Final Surivior Battleroyal for the Team Challenge Series might also rate here if you want to preserve the last bit of the AWA's existence. The promotion basically closed after that card in Rochester as I recall. If you just want the "best" bouts, however, skip this one.

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Besides the blatantly obvious (ie. Liger/Sano, Jumbo/Misawa), I'd say the following. I'll expand on any if it's needed.

 

AJ:

-Jumbo & Tiger Mask vs Tenryu & Fuyuki, 1/14

-Tenryu & Kawada vs Jumbo & Isao Takagi, 1/20

-Hansen & Spivey vs Jumbo & Kobashi, 4/16

-Jumbo vs Tenryu, 4/19

-Kawada & Nakano vs Fuyuki & Kikuchi, 5/26

-Hansen vs Williams, 6/5

-Jumbo vs Gordy, 6/5

-Gordy vs Hansen, 6/5

-Williams vs Kobashi, 6/8

-Kawada vs Kobashi, 6/30

-Jumbo, Taue & Fuchi vs Misawa, Kawada & Kikuchi, 8/18

-Joe Malenko & Kikuchi vs The Fantastics, 9/1

-Jumbo & Taue vs Misawa & Kawada, 9/30

-Jumbo, Taue & Fuchi vs Misawa, Kawada & Kobashi, 10/19

-Jumbo, Taue & Mighty Inoue vs Misawa, Kawada & Kobashi, 10/21

-Jumbo & Taue vs Misawa & Kawada, 12/7

-One of the MVC vs Misawa/Kawada tags. Not sure if the October or RWTL iteration was better.

 

Japan-that-isn't-AJ:

-Jumbo/Yatsu vs Kimura/Kido, NJ 2/10

-Choshu/Takano vs Tenryu/Misawa, NJ 2/10

-Liger vs Owen, NJ 2/24

-Suzuki vs Nakano, UWF 2/27

-Fujiwara vs Takada, UWF 2/27

-Yamazaki vs Nakano, UWF 5/4

-Choshu vs Hashimoto, NJ 5/28

-Mutoh & Chono vs Hashimoto & Masa Saito, NJ 6/26

-Bull Nakano vs Manami Toyota, AJW 7/21

-Tenryu vs Takano, SWS 10/19

-Mutoh/Chono vs Hase/Sasaki, NJ 11/1

-Hase/Sasaki vs Koshinaka/Iizuka, NJ 12/13

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For All Japan the 6 man tag that set up Misawa vs. Jumbo (Misawa, Taue & Kobashi vs. Jumbo, Kabuki & Fuchi, 5/26) and clips of Misawa's unmasking (TM II & Kawada vs. Yatsu & Fuyuki, 5/14) should be there.

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WWF PTW

 

 

07/02/90

Jimmy Snuka vs. Chris Duffy

Promo By Demolition. They Show The Debut Of Crush. Then A Promo By The Hart Foundation

A Vignette Of Ted DiBiase And Virgil From Cobb County Georgia. Dibiase Talks To Boss Man's Football Coach

Intercontinental Title Match: Mr. Perfect vs. Hercules

There's a Shane Douglas vs Buddy Rose match on that episode that Douglas wins with a version of a huracanrana. Not historic or particularly noteworthy but awesome in its randomness.

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1990 UWF:

 

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 1/16/90

Akira Maeda vs. Nobuhiko Takada, 1/16/90

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 2/9/90

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 2/27/90

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Kazuo Yamazaki, 4/15/90

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Masaharu Funaki, 6/21/90

Akira Maeda vs. Nobuhiko Takada, 6/21/90

Yoji Anjoh vs. Wayne Shamrock, 10/25/90

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Nobuhiko Takada, 10/25/90

Akira Maeda vs. Masaharu Funaki, 10/25/90

 

With the essential matches being:

 

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (2/9/90)

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (4/15/90)

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Masakatsu Funaki (9/13/90)

Nobuhiko Takada vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (10/25/90)

Akira Maeda vs. Masakatsu Funaki (10/25/90)

 

Phil might have some other recommendations. Are you okay for CMLL?

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Lots of USWA both from the Dallas and Memphis ends.

 

Off the top of my head:

 

- Steve Austin-Chris Adams feud (Which also had plenty of stuff on the KTVT show, a lot of which is on McAdam's Austin comps)

 

- Jerry Lawler-Snowman feud that started with a famous "shoot angle" that was a lot more plausible than most

 

- John Tatum-Bill Dundee feud (Also notable for including an angle where Tatum superkicked Tessa on the same show as Austin splashing Toni Adams, whcih got them kicked off KTVT after decades)

 

- Unified Title Tournament (Hell of a card that fills several weeks of TV, notable and good matches include Mark Callous between WCW and WWF facing Dundee and Lawler, Terry Funk vs Brickhouse Brown, Dick Murdoch vs Samurai, Jarrett vs Eddie Gilbert, Funk vs Keirn, Lawler vs Slater, Funk vs Murdoch, Idol vs Gilbert, Lawler vs Funk, and Lawler vs Idol)

 

- Funk wins Unified Title from Lawler

 

- GWF hype with Mr. Oliami in the crowd and the USWA being accepted into the GWF.

 

- Some Lawler-Kerry stuff.

 

- Misc. stuff like Jarrett's courtship by and feud with Devasation Inc including him and Billy Travis carrying Chico Torres and Sweet Daddy Falcone to a great match.

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Since 1990 seems to be the start of the Three Musketeers push, I wanted to see if there are any matches that are important in their ascension that should go on a yearbook, even if the matches themselves aren't great. We can always do finish only if it's a big win that was key in making one of those guys a star.

 

I also wanted to ask if there are any All Japan matches that may not jump off the page when looking at the list of WON ratings that are important for a different reason and should go on. I would especially be interested in pre-May recommendations. I'm guessing the last Jumbo/Tenryu match is a must, especially when we can add an SWS match not too long after to show him jumping ship.

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Will hit back with more later but the last ride of the midnights at hh90 is sort of a below the radar must both for match quality and importance.

Not because it's great or anything, but I think Team DiBiase vs. Team Dusty from the Surivor Series would need to be included simply for the historical impact.

These will definitely go on.

 

WWF PTW

Thanks for all the recommendations. From your list, is there anything that may not look good on paper (like a Bravo match, just as an example) that should still be considered for some other reason?

 

Besides the blatantly obvious (ie. Liger/Sano, Jumbo/Misawa), I'd say the following. I'll expand on any if it's needed.

 

AJ:

-Jumbo & Tiger Mask vs Tenryu & Fuyuki, 1/14

-Tenryu & Kawada vs Jumbo & Isao Takagi, 1/20

-Hansen & Spivey vs Jumbo & Kobashi, 4/16

-Jumbo vs Tenryu, 4/19

-Kawada & Nakano vs Fuyuki & Kikuchi, 5/26

-Hansen vs Williams, 6/5

-Jumbo vs Gordy, 6/5

-Gordy vs Hansen, 6/5

-Williams vs Kobashi, 6/8

-Kawada vs Kobashi, 6/30

-Jumbo, Taue & Fuchi vs Misawa, Kawada & Kikuchi, 8/18

-Joe Malenko & Kikuchi vs The Fantastics, 9/1

-Jumbo & Taue vs Misawa & Kawada, 9/30

-Jumbo, Taue & Fuchi vs Misawa, Kawada & Kobashi, 10/19

-Jumbo, Taue & Mighty Inoue vs Misawa, Kawada & Kobashi, 10/21

-Jumbo & Taue vs Misawa & Kawada, 12/7

-One of the MVC vs Misawa/Kawada tags. Not sure if the October or RWTL iteration was better.

 

Japan-that-isn't-AJ:

-Jumbo/Yatsu vs Kimura/Kido, NJ 2/10

-Choshu/Takano vs Tenryu/Misawa, NJ 2/10

-Liger vs Owen, NJ 2/24

-Suzuki vs Nakano, UWF 2/27

-Fujiwara vs Takada, UWF 2/27

-Yamazaki vs Nakano, UWF 5/4

-Choshu vs Hashimoto, NJ 5/28

-Mutoh & Chono vs Hashimoto & Masa Saito, NJ 6/26

-Bull Nakano vs Manami Toyota, AJW 7/21

-Tenryu vs Takano, SWS 10/19

-Mutoh/Chono vs Hase/Sasaki, NJ 11/1

-Hase/Sasaki vs Koshinaka/Iizuka, NJ 12/13

Thanks for these. Can you recommend any Hamada's UWF?

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Lots of USWA both from the Dallas and Memphis ends.

 

Off the top of my head:

 

- Steve Austin-Chris Adams feud (Which also had plenty of stuff on the KTVT show, a lot of which is on McAdam's Austin comps)

 

- Jerry Lawler-Snowman feud that started with a famous "shoot angle" that was a lot more plausible than most

 

- John Tatum-Bill Dundee feud (Also notable for including an angle where Tatum superkicked Tessa on the same show as Austin splashing Toni Adams, whcih got them kicked off KTVT after decades)

 

- Unified Title Tournament (Hell of a card that fills several weeks of TV, notable and good matches include Mark Callous between WCW and WWF facing Dundee and Lawler, Terry Funk vs Brickhouse Brown, Dick Murdoch vs Samurai, Jarrett vs Eddie Gilbert, Funk vs Keirn, Lawler vs Slater, Funk vs Murdoch, Idol vs Gilbert, Lawler vs Funk, and Lawler vs Idol)

 

- Funk wins Unified Title from Lawler

 

- GWF hype with Mr. Oliami in the crowd and the USWA being accepted into the GWF.

 

- Some Lawler-Kerry stuff.

 

- Misc. stuff like Jarrett's courtship by and feud with Devasation Inc including him and Billy Travis carrying Chico Torres and Sweet Daddy Falcone to a great match.

In line with this stuff there was also the Fabs being managed by Jim Cornette and turning heel on Lawler to collect Terry Funk's bounty. I think that was 1990

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Would you mind providing a "rough draft"? I don't want to be spending a bunch of time nominating/discussing something and all of it be on the list already :)

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The rough draft is still being developed. I guess really the only recommendations to make are for things that didn't air on PPV, a Clash, or aren't ranked ****+ in the WON. That's pretty much the rough draft at this point, so anything outside of those categories can still be recommended.

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Isn't that DiBiase vs. Warrior title match from Japan from 1990? It was on the old 89/90 World Tour tape.

 

Probably one of Warrior's best matches.

Yes, 1990. Plus it has Warrior freaking out a Japanese interviewer and a hilarious crowd response.

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