Throwback Thursday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling (March 27, 1989), As Seen on WWE Network and Peacock

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This week Throwback Thursday begins its celebration of the long and incredible history of WrestleMania by revisiting the WrestleMania V go-home edition of Prime Time Wrestling, as seen on the WWE Network and Peacock, that aired 34 years ago yesterday!

 

By the spring of 1989 the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) had reached near-peak market saturation.

The WWF’s syndication footprint was immense, with over 300 individual stations running the WWF’s weekly programming (Superstars of Wrestling and Wrestling Challenge). Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), by comparison, never had more than 120 stations prior to selling to Turner Broadcasting in November 1988.

The WWF’s incredible national syndication footprint was buttressed by broad cable television output on USA Network; live event coverage on regional sports channels like MSG Network, NESN, PRISM, and Z-Channel; national coverage of the quarterly Saturday Night’s Main Event shows on NBC; and strategic use of pay-per-view television.

By the spring of 1989, however, the wrestling boom was beginning to wane. While the WWF continued to grow, showing only small cracks in their foundation, the industry writ large was cooling and contracting rapidly.

Every major player of the last decade, including Bill Watts, Jim Crockett, Jr., Ole Anderson, Verne Gagne, Jerry Jarrett, and Bob Geigel, had either gone bust or were on the verge. Only World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the new Turner Broadcasting owned incarnation of JCP, remained in (distant) striking distance of the WWF.

The WWF, meanwhile, had been breaking attendance and gate records across the nation through much of the last ten months, even with a heel World Champion (Randy Savage) on the top of the cards and Hulk Hogan working fewer dates.

But it wasn’t all celebratory. As WrestleMania V neared the WWF was in the midst of a drama of their own making.

In mid-February 1989, in an effort to deregulate pro wrestling in the state of New Jersey (home of WrestleMania V) and avoid a steep 3% tax on live gates and television revenue (including PPV), Linda McMahon openly testified in front of the New Jersey State Senate that the WWF (and all of pro wrestling) was “fake”, a work, therefore falling outside of the purview of the State Athletic Control Board. The McMahon’s won by a vote of 37 – 1.

The revelation was met with near immediate scorn in the media of the day, with many writers and talking heads focusing their supposed outrage on what they viewed as the inferior intellectual capabilities of the defenseless fans of pro wrestling. Fans, they argued, who had been unwittingly scammed by the WWF.

The scandal, though, seemed to have little effect on the WWF’s business. Whatever damage many outsiders feared (or hoped) the WWF would incur over such a revelation simply never materialized.

As for WrestleMania V, the event was poised to become the biggest event in the history of American pro wrestling. In the end, WrestleMania V drew then-records in both live gate ($1.7 million) and PPV buys (767,000).

The PPV buy record would stand until March 28, 1999, when WrestleMania XV attracted over 800,000 buys while the gate record would fall the very next year. WrestleMania VI, held at the SkyDome in Toronto, doubled WrestleMania V‘s record gate, drawing $3,490,857, a record that would stand until WrestleMania X7 in 2001.

Despite the uproar over the legitimacy of the sport, the World Wrestling Federation was rolling into WrestleMania V on an unprecedented wave of popularity and momentum that seemed unlikely to fade any time soon.

 

 

The top story in World Wrestling Federation the week this edition of Prime Time Wrestling aired was WrestleMania V and the looming battle between former “Mega Powers” partners WWF Champion Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Hulk Hogan.

Other top stories included “Ravishing” Rick Rude’s war with Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior; Jake “The Snake” Roberts ongoing feud with Andre the Giant; and Demolition’s pursuit of revenge against former manager Mr. Fuji and Fuji’s new charges the Powers of Pain.

Now let’s head on over to the WWE Network on Peacock, hit ‘play’, and see how well this WrestleMania V go-home edition of Prime Time Wrestling holds up 34 years later!

Edits are not an issue with this edition of Prime Time Wrestling on the WWE Network and Peacock. Context, meanwhile, is solid. Though the bulk of WWF TV of the day, including Superstars of Wrestling prior to April 18, 1992 (due to naming rights), and Wrestling Challenge (which, as of this writing, ends on February 7, 1987), is missing, nearly every prior edition of Prime Time Wrestling, dating back to April 28, 1986, as well as all prior editions of Saturday Night’s Main Event and all past WWF pay-per-views, are available for you to enjoy right now on the WWE Network and Peacock.

 

WWF Prime Time Wrestling (WATCH)
Date: March 27, 1989 (TAPED: March 7 & 8, 1989) – Location: El Paso Convention Center, El Paso, Texas (March 7th) & Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas (March 8th)
Attendance: N/A – TV Ratings: N/A
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & “Lord” Alfred Hayes – Interviews: N/A

IN POP CULTURE:
Number One Song: “Eternal Flame” (The Bangles)
Number One Album: Electric Youth (Debbie Gibson)
Number One on Television: ALF (NBC)
Number One Film in Theaters: Fletch Lives (Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Libertini, & Cleavon Little)
U.S. President & Vice President: George H.W. Bush & Dan Quayle

CHAMPIONS AT THE TIME:
WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Randy “Macho Man” Savage (March 27, 1988, WWF WrestleMania IV, defeating “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase in the finals of a 14-man single elimination tournament to win the vacant WWF World title; the title was vacated on the February 13, 1988, edition of WWF Superstars of Wrestling by WWF President Jack Tunney after Andre the Giant, through a “twin referee” stunt, pinned Hulk Hogan to win the WWF World title on the February 5, 1988, edition of The Main Event and immediately “sold” the title to “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, constituting forfeiture on Andre’s part since titles cannot be bought or sold in the WWF; the 14-man tournament also included Jim Duggan, Ricky Steamboat, Butch Reed, Bam Bam Bigelow, Dino Bravo, One Man Gang, Greg Valentine, Rick Rude, Don Muraco, Jake Roberts, Andre the Giant, & Hulk Hogan)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior (August 29, 1988, WWF SummerSlam ’88, from The Honky Tonk Man; Ultimate Warrior was subbing for the “injured” Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax & Smash) (March 27, 1988, WWF WrestleMania IV, from Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana))
WWF Women’s Champion: Rockin’ Robin (October 7, 1988, Paris, France, from Sensational Sherri; the Women’s title would be deactivated in February 1988, making Rockin’ Robin the final recognized Women’s Champion until Alundra Blayze won the revived title on the December 26, 1993, edition of All American Wrestling)

 

Following the standard Prime Time Wrestling open of the era we head inside Trump Plaza where we meet a whistling Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, who bickers with a bellhop on the way to the concierge desk.

At the concierge desk Heenan demands a dozen bottle of Champagne, caviar, fruit platters, and bedside chips to be delivered to his room on Gorilla Monsoon’s tab (though Monsoon has yet to arrive) as a woman behind the desk tires to get Heenan’s attention.

Finally Heenan is informed by the woman that a “Mr. Bennett”, from Tampa, Florida, is looking for the WrestleMania tickets that Heenan had promised him. Heenan physically hangs up on Mr. Bennett, claiming Mr. Bennett is a “freeloader” trying to “mooch” tickets from Heenan.

With his requests being handled, Heenan turns to the camera to introduce our opening tag team match. After making fun of the Bushwhackers Heenan tosses to the ring for this week’s opener.

 

—Tag Team Match (2:18)
“Dangerous” Danny Davis & Jose Estrada vs. The Bushwhackers (Cousin Luke & Cousin Butch)

This match, from the Wrestling Challenge TV taping on March 8, 1989, would mark the final appearances of Danny Davis as a wrestler before Davis would be reinstated as a referee on the April 22, 1989, edition of Superstars of Wrestling. Davis’ final TV match would be a loss to Blue Blazer on the April 16, 1989, edition of Wrestling Challenge.

As for Jose Estrada, this match would mark Estrada’s final televised match in the WWF before leaving after the March 25, 1989, event (the WWF’s debut) at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

The match, meanwhile, is a competitive squash. Though the Bushwhackers dominate the action the heels, thanks to Estrada’s eye gouging, remain in the hunt throughout.

Soon enough, however, the Bushwhackers open up on Estrada, turning the tide for good. In the end, after dropping both Davis and Estrada with the battering ram, Luke & Butch land the double gut buster on Estrada for the pinfall at 4:54.

WINNER is The Bushwhackers (Cousin Luke & Cousin Butch) (Pin, 4:54)

 

Following the match we return to the concierge desk where Tony Schiavone runs into Bobby Heenan. Tony introduces himself, telling Heenan he has a “million” questions he’s like to ask.

Heenan blows Tony off (this isn’t “questions and answers”) and says he’s looking for Gorilla Monsoon. Tony says he just saw Monsoon in the casino and that Monsoon is doing “quite well”.

Heenan asks Tony to take him to Monsoon and, if Tony does, there will be something “extra” in it for Tony. Tony agrees and the two depart as Tony tosses to our first Peacock ad-break of the program.

 

Coming out of the break we head inside the casino in Trump Plaza where Tony leads Heenan to Gorilla Monsoon, who is enjoying a game of blackjack.

After some fun back and forth between Heenan and Monsoon (during which Monsoon introduces Heenan to Tony), Monsoon hypes WrestleMania V before tossing to a history package of the “3-on-2” handicap World Tag Team title bout between the Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian) & Mr. Fuji and the World Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax & Smash).

 

The package details the recent goings-on between Mr. Fuji, Demolition, and the Powers of Pain. We see Mr. Fuji turn on Demolition at Survivor Series ’88, with the Powers of Pain coming to Fuji’s aid, and the closing moments of Demolition’s DQ win over the Powers of Pain on the February 20, 1989, edition of Prime Time Wrestling.

 

We then cut to a pre-taped promo from the World Tag Team Champions, Demolition. Ax starts out, saying that Donald Trump did them a favor by importing a “Japanese slot machine” as Ax talks about treating Mr. Fuji like a slot machine at WrestleMania V.

Smash tells Fuji to have his men ready because Demotion will be. Demolition, Smash says, are getting exactly what they want: Mr. Fuji in the center of the ring. When Barbarian, Warlord, and Fuji are thrown together, Smash says, you get the Three Stooges. That’s when Demolition come in and knock their teeth out!

 

Next we cut to a pre-taped promo from the Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian) & Mr. Fuji.

Fuji begins by noting that this will be the first time in history that the World Tag Team titles will be defended in a “3-on-2” handicap match. The Powers of Pain are ready, Fuji says, and will listen “only to the master”.

Barbarian jumps in, shouting about Demolition having what the Powers of Pain want and will keep for a long, long time. Warlord is next, saying that he and Warlord have promised Mr. Fuji to take the Tag title belts and defeat Demolition “all in one day”.

Fuji says that the Powers of Pain will make Demolition suffer at WrestleMania V as we head to a WrestleMania V PPV/closed-circuit promo.

 

We then return to the casino at Trump Plaza where Monsoon and Schiavone discuss Fuji’s chances of costing the Powers of Pain the match and the World Tag Team titles, seeing as it’s been a long time since Mr. Fuji has wrestled.

Monsoon notes the same is true of Bobby Heenan, who hasn’t wrestling (or been seen training) since WrestleMania IV, where Heenan and the Islanders (Haku & Tama) defeated the British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid) and Koko B. Ware.

Bobby Heenan, Monsoon notes, has to get ready for the Red Rooster at WrestleMania V, a situation we’re going to learn all about when we come back from the next Peacock ad-break.

 

After the break we return to Gorilla Monsoon’s blackjack table where Monsoon tries to set up a history package for the WrestleMania bout between Bobby Heenan and the Red Rooster.

Heenan demands a drink as Monsoon and Schiavone discuss the Heenan’s recent antics. A waitress, Margot, arrives to take Heenan’s drink order and the four discuss her plans to watch WrestleMania V on closed-circuit.

After ordering a Diet Coke Monsoon finally tosses to the history package detailing the recent issues between Bobby Heenan and Red Rooster.

 

The Rooster/Heenan history package details Heenan turning on Rooster during Rooster’s match with Tito Santana at Saturday Night’s Main Event XIX on December 7, 1988, and the post-match confrontation between the two.

We then see footage from the January 16, 1989, edition of Prime Time Wrestling of Heenan and the debuting Brooklyn Brawler attacking, slamming Rooster through a filing cabinet before choking the blazes out of Rooster.

Next we see footage of Red Rooster, now sporting his infamous red hair, defeating Brooklyn Brawler at Saturday Night’s Main Event XX on March 11, 1989, before Brawler sneak attacks Rooster, allowing Brawler & Heenan to double-team Rooster.

 

Next we cut to a brief history package detailing recent events between the Hart Foundation (Bret “Hitman” Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart) and Honky Tonk Man & Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, namely the closing moments of their tag team bout on the January 7, 1989, edition of Superstars of Wrestling.

In the replay footage, as Bret Hart and Honky Tonk Man fight on the floor, Valentine traps “Anvil” in the figure-four. Soon enough, though, Bret Hart breaks the hold.

As Bret is confronted in the ring by Jimmy Hart, however, Honky Tonk Man sneaks up behind Bret and blasts Bret in the back of the head with a guitar, dropping Hart. Neidhart, getting hold of Jimmy Hart’s megaphone, clears the ring before any more damage could be done as Vince McMahon hypes the eventual showdown between the teams at WrestleMania V.

 

Suddenly McMahon shifts his focus to the Ted DiBiase/Brutus Beefcake “grudge” match at WrestleMania V, tossing to a pre-taped promo from “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.

DiBiase, with Virgil, says nothing in Atlantic City will shine as bright as the “Million Dollar Man” and the Million Dollar title. DiBiase assures Beefcake that there will no haircuts at WrestleMania.

Like “Black Monday” (the unexpected stock market crash on October 19, 1987) cut people off from the banks, DiBiase plans to cut Beefcake off “for good” at WrestleMania.

 

We then cut to a pre-taped rebuttal from Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, who says he’s not fighting DiBiase at WrestleMania for himself but the “innocent victims” that DiBiase has “taken advantage of”.

Beefcake says he may not be able to break DiBiase’s “bank account” but Beefcake can certainly break DiBiase’s back. Beefcake flexes for the cameras, saying “look at the Beef, he’s ready for action!”

 

Next we head to a pre-taped promo from the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques & Raymond) and Jimmy Hart, who are scheduled to face the Bushwhackers at WrestleMania.

Hart begins by noting that this will mark the Rougeaus fifth WrestleMania and the team is still undefeated. (In actuality it is the team’s third, having lost to the Dream Team at WrestleMania III before both men came up short in the WrestleMania IV battle royal.)

Jacques jumps in next to say that they don’t appreciate “foreigners” trying to take the Rougeaus “good ol’ American money away” before Raymond cuts in top say that after WrestleMania the Bushwhackers are going to have to pack their belongings on to a boat and “whack, whack, whack” their ways home.

 

This leads to a pre-taped promo from the Bushwhackers. Cousin Luke says their just hours away from the “big one” as Cousin Butch, calling the Rougeaus the “Ragu sisters”, raves about the Bushwhackers being more ready than the Rougeaus and how the Bushwhackers are going to win “Bushwhacker style”.

 

After another WrestleMania V PPV/closed-circuit promo we return to the casino where Gorilla and Tony discuss the Hart Foundation’s tag team match with Valentine & Honky Tonk Man before the waitress brings them their drinks.

Lurking in the background, however, is none other than Brother Love. In a flash Brother Love, whom Heenan warmly welcomes, takes Tony’s seat and begins asking Monsoon questions about gambling as Monsoon insinuates that Brother Love’s jewelry isn’t actually Love’s.

As the three bicker Monsoon says that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (making his return to the WWF after WrestleMania III) is going to “bury” both Brother Love and Morton Downy, Jr., in the return of “Piper’s Pit”.

Brother Love, thinking it’s his own “Brother Love Show” taking place at WrestleMania V, mocks Piper for thinking he’s a “movie star” but not a “man of love”.

Suddenly Heenan yells that someone in the casino hit the jackpot, causing Monsoon to look the other way with Heenan. As Monsoon skeptically reviews the room Brother Love steals a handful of Monsoon’s chips.

When Monsoon turns back around he of course notices the missing chips and immediately looks to the “shady one”, Brother Love. Love hems and haws but Monsoon isn’t hearing any of it, calling a security guard (named “Dave”) to handle the situation.

As Dave threatens to haul Brother Love away Monsoon reaches into Love’s breast pocket for Love’s red pocket square when the chips hidden within the square fall to the floor. Caught red-handed, his accent slipping, Brother Love stammers for a defense, trying to blame Tony Schiavone.

Monsoon sends Dave away, telling the guard that Monsoon will handle this situation himself. As Heenan and Love continue to backpedal, acting more like children than grown adults, Monsoon wraps the segment and hypes more WrestleMania V coverage to come as we head to the next Peacock ad-break.

 

Back from break we again return to the casino where, as Monsoon tries to enjoy a quiet game of blackjack, Brother Love and Bobby Heenan talk about Andre the Giant’s issues with both Jake “The Snake” Roberts and “Big” John Studd ahead of Robert’s bout with Andre at WrestleMania V in which Studd will serve as guest referee.

Heenan claims the footage we’re about to see has been doctored, like the footage Monsoon showed earlier of the Red Rooster and Heenan. Suddenly Brother Love walks up to a camera and tells Jake that at WrestleMania V Andre the Giant will show Jake what it feels to be “down on the ground next to the mat”.

 

The Andre the Giant/Jake Roberts history package begins with Jake threatening Andre with Damien on the October 29, 1988, edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event XVII and Andre passing out once Damien touches him.

The package includes footage from the 1989 Royal Rumble of the previously eliminated Jake “The Snake” returning to the ring to run Andre out of the “Royal Rumble” with Damien before we head to a replay of the “Face-to-Face” segment where Andre is again chased off by Damien.

 

We then head to a pre-taped promo from Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who says that the talking stops this Sunday afternoon because neither he or Andre want to lose a match seen all over the world.

This match has been “hard comin’”, Jake says, even going so far as to bring in “Big” John Studd as guest referee to keep Jake away from his snake, Damien, and Bobby Heenan in his corner.

Andre “has been a legend” in wrestling for years, Jake says. But the only way to become a legend is to “take out a legend”, which the DDT will do at WrestleMania.

 

Next we get a pre-taped promo from Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Andre the Giant. Heenan starts by saying he’s sick and tired of Jake and his snakes, and the only way to end it is by turning Andre the Giant “loose”.

Andre says he is loose, that he’s been wrestling for “quite a while” and “never lost a match”. This Sunday afternoon, Andre says, he’ll do it again. Andre doesn’t know how, but he knows he will win “one way or another”.

Heenan gives a last parting shot to John Studd, telling Studd to not “get in the way”, before we head to a pre-taped promo from Big John Studd.

 

“Big” John Studd, the guest referee for the Jake/Andre grudge match, tells both Andre and Jake to “watch out” because “Big” John Studd will be watching both of them at WrestleMania V.

This is followed by yet another WrestleMania V PPV/closed-circuit promo before we head back to the casino where Heenan argues about the footage we’ve just seen. Heenan & Brother Love storm off as we head to the next Peacock ad-break.

 

Coming out of the break we return to a different section of the casino where Bobby Heenan and Brother Love hold court.

Heenan talks about how great it will be to manage Intercontinental Champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude after Rude wins the strap from Ultimate Warrior this Sunday afternoon.

How great it will be, Heenan muses, for the fans in theaters and at home watching on PPV to see Warrior lose and Hogan be knocked unconscious by WWF Champion Randy Savage. Heenan then tosses to a history package detailing recent events between Warrior and Rick Rude.

 

The history package starts with Warrior and Rude’s pose down at Royal Rumble ’89 and Rude knocking Warrior out with his power twister device before choking Warrior out with it.

Next, we see footage of Warrior running Rude off the podium at the “Face-to-Face”, destroying Rude’s lectern in the process, before posing for the fans.

 

We then cut to a pre-taped promo from “Ravishing” Rick Rude, who asks if Warrior is ready for Rude this Sunday afternoon. This isn’t a pose down and the crowd won’t decide. Only Rude or Warrior can decide the outcome of this title match.

Rude says he doesn’t doubt Warrior’s strength or power, and Rude knows what kind of man Warrior is. But, Rude says, Warrior doesn’t know the kind of man Rude is.

Warrior may be the odds on favorite to win, Rude says, but in the end rude will become the “ultimate Intercontinental Champion”.

 

Ultimate Warrior is up next, saying that Rude must be a nervous wreck by now. By not accepting defeat at the Rumble, Warrior says, Rude must have known that Warrior would return with even more “fire and fury”.

How must Rude prepare for his match? Should he jump off of buildings? Let lawnmowers run all over his body? Let raging African elephants trample him? Rude cannot prepare for the “most intense battle” of his life.

Rude must live with the fear and hatred, Warrior says, and everything Warrior will bring because there is “no escape”! This is followed by another of our lovely WrestleMania V PPV/closed-circuit promos.

 

Back in the casino Brother Love & Bobby Heenan chat about Warrior losing the Intercontinental title to Rude before Heenan talks about the “slave” Hercules Hernandez, who was scheduled to face “King” Haku at WrestleMania V.

Heenan says that Hercules may be strong, powerful, and walk around with a chain, but “he’s dumb. Bobby then tosses to footage of Hercules Hernandez in action.

 

—Singles Match (46:51)
Hercules Hernandez vs. Tim Patterson

This match comes from the March 25, 1989, edition of Superstars of Wrestling.

This one is a squash from the opening bell, with Patterson offering Hercules little in the way of competition. As this one gets going we get an insert promo from Hercules’ WrestleMania V opponent “King” Haku, who hopes that Hercules is in “good condition”for their WrestleMania bout because after Haku wins, the “King” says, he’ll make Hercules “bow” at Haku’s feet.

Back in the ring Hercules continues to dominate Patterson, showing off his strength and resilience as he easily fights off a short Patterson rally to hit a big vertical suplex.

Hercules then lifts Patterson up for the Torture Rack backbreaker for the submission win at 2:11.

WINNER is Hercules Hernandez (Submission, 2:11)

 

After the match we return to Bobby Heenan and Brother Love in the casino where the pair continue to brag about Haku defeating Hercules at WrestleMania V.

The two grow tired of the set, though, when Margot returns to give the pair fresh drinks. Not far behind is “Lord” Alfred Hayes, who inquires as to the whereabouts of Gorilla Monsoon before being blown off by Heenan & Love.

As Hayes walks off Heenan grows tired of the proceedings and tells the director to “throw to somethin’” as we head to the next Peacock ad-break.

 

Coming out of the break we head to the “Mean” Gene Okerlund’s final “WrestleMania V Report” ahead of the big PPV extravaganza.

Okerlund then runs down the announced card, all fourteen matches, before tossing to a pre-taped promo from Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel) ahead of their showdown with the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) this Sunday afternoon.

 

Rick Martel talks about how great it is to be a part of such a big event, guaranteeing that they will not be used as a “stepping stone” for the Brain Busters.

Tito Santana jumps in next, telling Anderson & Blanchard that Tito & Martel have heard all about what the Brain Busters plan to do this Sunday afternoon. Well, Tito says, the more the Brain Busters talk the more “fired up” Strike Force get! At WrestleMania, Tito says, Arn & Tully are going to find out that “Strike Force is for real!”

 

Gene then hypes the return of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to the WWF this Sunday afternoon for a special edition of “Piper’s Pit” with guests Morton Downey, Jr., and Brother Love.

Gene then reads a telegram from Piper in which Piper talks about agreeing that the world is “give and take” because this Sunday afternoon Downey, Jr., and Brother Love will take what Piper gives them.

 

Gene then tosses to a pre-taped promo from infamous talk show host Morton Downey, Jr., who says the only thing Piper is going to give out is “apologies”. Apologies Downey says he’s not going to accept, telling Piper to “kiss my butt!”

 

We then cut to a pre-taped promo from Brother Love, who says the only thing Brother Love will be kissing is the “petals” on the roses that Love will bring to “Piper’s Pit”.

Brother Love says he doesn’t know too much about taking, but this Sunday afternoon he will be giving love “in abundance”.

Back in the casino Gene wraps up the “Report” segment and hypes WrestleMania V one last time, encouraging the entire family to head to a closed-circuit arena to watch the event on the “giant screen”. We then head to the next Peacock ad-break.

 

Following the break we return to the casino where Bobby Heenan and Brother Love, who run down the stars expected to be at WrestleMania V before tossing to footage of the Brooklyn Brawler, whom Heenan has taken from a “limited human being” into a “wrestler”, in action.

 

—Singles Match – JIP (56:17)
Brooklyn Brawler vs. Paul Roma

We join this one in progress, as Brawler cinches in a modified camel clutch on a young Paul Roma. In fact, nearly all of what we see of this match is Roma struggling to get out of a very sloppy, light looking camel clutch as Bobby Heenan pesters both the referee and the timekeeper to ring bell early in favor of Brawler.

Soon enough Roma fights out of the camel clutch with an electric chair and makes a fiery comeback. Roma lands a slew of high-impact maneuvers for a near-fall before landing a big running powerslam.

Rather than go for the pinfall, though, Roma goes to the top rope for a flying body press. Roma hits the body press only for Brawler to roll through and, with the help of a handful of tights, score the pinfall victory.

WINNER is (Pin, 4:27, JIP time)

 

Following the match, as Roma fumes to the official, we see a replay of the disputed finish before heading back to the casino. Bobby Heenan and Brother Love dump on the “ingrate” Red Rooster and take shots at the “Jezebel” Miss Elizabeth before tossing to the next Peacock ad-break.

We return to the casino after the break to find Gorilla Monsoon in Brother Love’s chair. Gorilla hypes the global reach of this year’s WrestleMania before letting Bobby Heenan know exactly how Monsoon feels about Brother Love.

Monsoon then transitions to the WrestleMania V main event showdown between former “Mega Powers” teammates Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Randy Savage as Monsoon sets up and tosses to a Hogan/Savage history package.

 

The long vignette picks up in the middle of the Mega Powers/Twin Towers grudge match at The Main Event II on February 3, 1989. We join the footage as Akeem hurls Randy Savage through the ropes and onto Miss Elizabeth. Hulk Hogan tends to the injured Elizabeth as a jealous, irate Savage looks on in shock.

Savage looks to be on the verge of attacking Hogan when Akeem pulls Savage back into the ring to continue the match. When help doesn’t arrive soon enough for Elizabeth, however, Hogan lifts Elizabeth and carries her to the back as a shocked Randy Savage watches from the ring apron.

 

Hulk helps Elizabeth on to a stretcher and rushes her to the first-aid room where Hulk cries over her unconscious body. Soon enough Elizabeth comes to and tells Hogan to return to the ring.

Savage finally fights off Akeem and Boss Man before Savage slaps Hogan and walks off, leaving Hogan to fight the Twin Towers alone.

Savage paces in the aisle before he and Hogan argue a second time as Savage grabs his WWF Championship and storms to the back.

 

We then cut to the first-aid room after the match where Randy Savage confronts Hogan about Hulk’s jealousy and attempts to, as Savage sees it, diminish Savage. Hogan has “lust for Elizabeth”, Savage accuses, as the argument grows more heated.

Suddenly, as Hogan begs Elizabeth to talk sense to Savage, Randy snaps, blasting Hogan with the WWF Championship belt.

Elizabeth leaves her stretcher and tries to save Hogan from Savage to no avail. After flinging Elizabeth to the floor Savage winds up to deck Hogan with the World title belt before Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake makes the save.

Beefcake pulls the belt from Savage’s hands before being beaten up. With Savage distracted by Beefcake, WWF officials move in to check on Hogan.

 

Next we cut to a pre-taped promo from Hulk Hogan. Hulk is thankful WrestleMania V is at hand because Hogan doesn’t know if he could handle another week like the one he’s just had.

Every time the situation with Savage was mentioned, Hogan says, Hulk was so “torn apart by this thing” he couldn’t talk. But, Hulk says, “the talkin’s over with.”

The support from the “Hulksters”, Hulk says, supplied a “power surge” and “euphoria” that Hogan has never felt before. It makes Hulk believe that “Hulkamania” will be “reborn” this Sunday afternoon, that “Hulkamania” is the strongest force in the universe.

When Hogan and Savage “explode off the launching pad” at Trump Plaza, only one will “survive”, and that’s going to be Hulk Hogan.

Hogan pauses to think, though, of what “support” Randy Savage has had around him heading into the match after casting everyone, including Miss Elizabeth, aside.

But when it comes down to WrestleMania V, Hogan says, it’s “the truth that makes ‘Hulkamania’ survive!”

 

We then cut to a pre-taped, close-up promo from WWF Champion Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Savage says that Hogan is right when Hulk says that he doesn’t know where the “Macho Man” is “comin’ from”. In fact, Savage says, Hogan doesn’t know anything about Savage or where Savage is coming from.

For Hogan it’s “mind boggling” how one man could make it to the top of the WWF “all by myself.” No “pukesters” helped Savage because Savage didn’t need them then and he doesn’t need them now.

Somebody else Savage says he doesn’t “need” is Miss Elizabeth because Savage says he’s WWF Champion all by himself. This Sunday afternoon Savage says he not only knows where Hulk is coming from but what makes Hulk Hogan “tick”.

Hogan has the audacity to say that at WrestleMania V “Hulkamania” is going to survive, Savage says, but Hulk doesn’t really know Savage. After Savage hits the big flying elbow and pins Hogan to retain the World title, Savage says, it’ll be “guaranteed victory”.

So one last time, Savage says, he’ll tell Hogan and all of the the “pukesters” that “Hulkamania is dead!” Savage draws a slow thumb across his throat as we head to another WrestleMania V PPV/closed-circuit promo.

 

Back in the casino Gorilla and Bobby chat about the Hogan/Savage story, each taking the other wrestler’s side in the argument, with Heenan again talking about doctored footage.

Heenan doesn’t trust Elizabeth and says that she plans on double-crossing one of them at WrestleMania V, that “something” is going on with Elizabeth. Elizabeth “is a woman”, Bobby argues, who only wants the good things in life that either Hogan or Savage can provide.

As Heenan rants about Elizabeth being a “gold digger” Monsoon wraps the segment and sends us to the next Peacock ad-break. After the break Monsoon hypes WrestleMania one more time before tossing to the ring for this week’s main event!

 

—Tag Team Match (1:19:04)
The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) w/Bobby Heenan vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)

This is an excellent tag team match featuring two of the all-time great tag teams to ever grace a wrestling ring.

The Rockers have the early advantage in this one, using their speed and agility to fluster and frustrate both Anderson & Blanchard. The Rockers work Anderson’s arm, using a variety of tactics, before Blanchard tags in and gets more of the same.

As Anderson tags back in we head to a mid-match Peacock ad-break after a quick check in with Gorilla & Bobby. Back from break Monsoon and “Brain” talk the tag team division before sending us back to the main event.

We rejoin the match with the Brain Busters in firm control of Shawn Michaels. The Brain Busters take the fight to Michaels, scoring a slew of near-falls, before Shawn finds his way to the floor.

Michaels has a brief hope spot that Tully cuts off cold after knocking Michaels off the top turnbuckle. The Brain Busters continue to dominate Michaels, scoring more near-falls and cutting off more hope spots.

At long last a groggy, tired Micheals catches Anderson on the top rope and slams Anderson to the mat before the two hit heads in the center of the ring. But as Tully tags in Micheals makes the leaping hot tag to Jannetty, blowing the roof off the Ector County Coliseum.

Jannetty opens up on both Tully and Arn before Tully, on the floor, trips Jannetty. Micheals comes to Jannetty’s aide, jumping all over Tully, as Arn sets Jannetty up for the spike piledriver.

Micheals stops Tully from helping Anderson before landing the crossbody on Anderson for a near-fall. Jannetty holds Arn for a Micheals strike but Tully pulls the top rope down, sending Michaels to the floor in a heap for the DQ at 11:55.

WINNERS are The The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) (Disqualification, 11:55)

 

As the bell rings the Brain Busters are all over Jannetty. In a flash, though, Shawn Michaels is there, saving his tag team partner. The Rockers then reverse an Irish whip and floor the Brain Busters with dueling superkicks to send the heels scurrying to the floor.

As the Brain Busters regroup we get the official announcement from Mike McGuirk as the Rockers celebrate and the Brain Busters & Bobby Heenan take the long walk to the back.

 

We head back to the casino at Trump Plaza one final time where Monsoon puts a bow on our thrilling tag team main event and hypes the tag action to come at WrestleMania V.

Monsoon then talks about Heenan’s night to come at WrestleMania V, including Rick Rude vying for Warrior’s Intercontinental title and Andre the Giant settling his war with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, before talking about the massive Hogan/Savage main event.

Heenan calls the Hogan/Savage match the “most important match in the history of professional wresting” and teases picking a winner, choosing Savage one moment and Hulk Hogan the next. This leads to the final Peacock ad-break of the program.

Coming back from break Gorilla Monsoon wraps the show and hypes WrestleMania V this Sunday afternoon before telling fans that he and Bobby will be back in two weeks time.

Monsoon urges fans to do what they have to do to be a part of WrestleMania V or they’ll be “shut out”. Heenan says that in six days the biggest news in wrestling will be the outcome of the Hogan/Savage match, with Heenan predicting that the “conniving” Elizabeth will “still be with the Champion”.

Suddenly Monsoon, blowing Heenan off, signs off and brings this WrestleMania V go-home edition of Prime Time Wrestling to a close!

 

Final Thoughts

This is a classic, old-school hype edition of Prime Time Wrestling ahead of one of the biggest events in the history of American pro wrestling, WrestleMania V.

What this edition of Prime Time Wrestling lacks in action it makes up for with great vignettes, history packages, and story that perfectly set the stage for WrestleMania V.

That’s not to say that the action we see is dull. Aside from the Brawler/Roma bout we get a trio of fun matches that deliver what fans of the WWF were looking for at the time.

The star of the show, though, is the main event tag team match between the Rockers and the Brain Busters. Two of the all-time great tag teams in a truly thrilling tag team match that is well worth the time to see.

So if you haven’t seen this exciting, historic edition of Prime Time Wrestling, or even if it’s been a while, you won’t regret checking it out right now! Who knows, you may end up liking it, and that’s never a bad thing!

Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself checking out WrestleMania V when you’re finished!

Already subscribed to the WWE Network on Peacock? Then you can relive this classic WrestleMania V go-home edition of Prime Time Wrestling right now or experience it for the very first time! As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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