This Week in 90’s Wrestling: February 1st – 7th

FEBRUARY 3

1990

Jerry Lawler showed up on USWA television decked out in scrubs, lamenting changes in wrestling over the previous few years. He claimed that guys like Jeff Jarrett and Kerry Von Erich would come along who weighed about 137 lbs. soaking wet, so they took steroids. He also namedropped Hulk Hogan, Sting, the Road Warriors and the Ultimate Warrior, pointing out that steroids never made any of them better in the ring. He blamed fans for accepting that as a standard before claiming to have procured urine samples of both Jarrett and Kerry. “I have my sources,” he said. After assuring the girls in the audience that this was not a taste test, Lawler claimed that they both tested positive for steroids. However, he wanted to lead by example and was prepared to take a test of his own on live television.

On WWF Superstars, Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior cut their first set of bizarre and awful promos to hype their match at WrestleMania VI. Hogan claimed that his heart felt like it had a cancer in it and that he was having nightmares over what the true strongest force in the universe was, and also pondered if Warrior derided his power from the sweat of the devil’s armpits. Also on the show, Jake Roberts faced Ted DiBiase in a short match when Big Boss Man interfered to retrieve the Million Dollar Belt and return it to DiBiase. When DiBiase paid off slick, Boss Man took exception and claimed he thought he was just retrieving stolen property. After the two had words, Boss Man ultimately decided to return the belt to Jake, shoving Slick to the ground and turning babyface in the process.

World Championship Wrestling aired a show taped on January 31 at Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta. The key angle saw Woman purchase time on Jim Cornette’s Louisville Slugger segment, where she continued making overtures to Ric Flair, daring him to face her and say no. Flair politely declined once again before claiming she would be at the Clash of the Champions a few days later. We also caught our first glimpse of the Wrestle War Rap, which was used to hype the upcoming February 25 pay-per-view. The show drew a 3.6 rating.

USWA Championship Sports, which aired live from the Dallas Sportatorium on KTVT, featured a bizarre interview with Kerry Von Erich on his birthday, where he sported a red Oldsmobile cutoff t-shirt and matching hat before lying and claiming that he landed a sponsorship deal with Oldsmobile. He also repeatedly referred to interviewer Percy Pringle as Marc Lawrence, and when Percy gently corrected him he apologized, claiming that they look alike. The Soultaker finally comes out to stop this nonsensical diatribe, laying out Kerry and walking away.

1996

New Japan Pro Wrestling held a card in Sapporo which included Jushin Liger defending the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title against Black Tiger (Eddy Guerrero) in a solid but disappointing match. The show also featured an interesting eight-man tag, as UWFI’s Masahito Kakihara, Hiromitsu Kanehara, Kennichi Yamamoto and Kazushi Sakuraba teamed to face New Japan’s Yuji Nagata, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Shinjiro Otani and Tokimitsu Ishikawa.

WCW Saturday Night aired a show taped on January 18 from Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta. The highlight was a surprisingly good match between Lex Luger and Eddy Guerrero, with Luger doing some great heel work and selling more than one might have expected for Eddy, who even won the match by disqualification.

ECW held a card in front of 1,200 fans in Queens, NY, featuring the debut of Juventud Guerrera, who faced Rey Misterio Jr. in their first of many matches in the company. Also on the show, Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck split up as a tag team to set up Cactus’s departure from the company and Woman made her last ECW appearance, with 2 Cold Scorpio kicking her out of the building, dropping her in a limousine and telling the driver to “send that bitch to Atlanta”. You can watch this show on the WWE Network.

1998

Big Japan Wrestling held the one-night Indy Hyper J Tournament at Korakuen Hall. The best matches of the show were from Yoshihiro Taijiri, who faced Minoru Tanaka in a solid but short semi-final match,and squared off with Gedo in a ***1/4 final.

1999

GAEA held a card in Osaka which featured the finals of the Premium League, a **** match between Meiko Satomura and Toshie Uematsu.

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