OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 1990 Review
In the next edition of the Old School Review, we shall be going to a Royal Rumble that doesn’t particularly stand out in memory for me, I have seen it before but remember literally nothing of it. I know who won the big match but that is about it, so I am completely oblivious to what is to come in this OSR…but here I go, with the next OSR taking us to the Royal Rumble 1990 Review!
We go to an opening promo for the show with various superstars who will be competing in the Royal Rumble match, much like 1989 is narrated by Vince McMahon but this does take away the element of surprise from the match itself, before previewing the various matches and segments which will be shown this evening before we head to the arena with our announcers for the evening Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura before we head to the ring for the first match of the evening.
The Fabulous Rougeaus (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers
Both teams make their way to the ring, the Bushwhackers come out to an incredible reaction and the ring is quickly cleared as they enter. Whilst The Bushwhackers are initially dominant of The Rougeaus, until the Rougeaus are able to become the dominant force in the match and are able to dictate the pace and style of the match. The Bushwhackers are eventually able to mount a comeback, but a distraction by Jimmy Hart allows The Rougeaus to temporarily regain control of the match until they are sent crashing into one another allowing The Bushwhackers to nail the battering ram to pick up the win. A nice opening match, I am glad it was at the style and pace of The Rougeau’s however.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Gene Okerlund, talking about the luck of the draw in Rumble m match, before DiBiase berates about not being able to draw his own number, when it is revealed that DiBiase is entering at number one to the amusement of Okerlund, before we return to the arena for the next match.
The Genius vs. Brutus Beefcake
The Genius is in the ring, and reads a poem to the audience about his match before Beefcake makes his way to the ring to terrible music but I cannot help but think The Genius reminds me massively of Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA. Anyhow, the match is slow in starting off with both men taking his time and posing at various points. The match for the most part is dominated The Genius who I have to say is a lot better than I thought he would be, but as Brutus regains control the referee is accidentally taken out by The Genius, causing some near finishes for Beefcake which ultimately didn’t count. Beefcake then decides to give The Genius a haircut, but Mr. Perfect appears as the referee calls for the bell as Beefcake is brutally attacked with a chair. We are then informed that this match is a double DQ, meaning we don’t have a winner. Whilst The Genius looks good, he was brought down by the lack of talent by Beefcake which brought the match quality down.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Sean Mooney with Bobby Heenan, and members of the Heenan who are talking about the Royal Rumble match, and what will happen if they end up facing one another, but apparently they are all happy with their numbers before they head off before we return to the arena, where a brief promo for WrestleMania VI is shown before we return to the ring for the next match.
Submission Match: Ronnie Garvin vs. Greg Valentine (w/ Jimmy Hart)
Both men appear instantly in the ring as we return to the arena, with Garvin taking the action to Valentine in the early moments, before The Hammer is able to mount a comeback and gets into a very technical brawl with Garvin. Throughout the match, both men seem to forget that it is a submission match as they keep going for the pinfall which makes them both look a bit stupid. Anyhow, the match remains very back and forth with various different moves and holds used by both men to try and overcome the other. After a very hotly contested match, Garvin is able to pick up the win following a Reverse Figure Four as Schiavone calls it, but for me it is just a Sharpshooter. Pretty good match for the time, but hasn’t aged well sadly.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 3.0 Stars
We go backstage to Gene Okerlund, who is joined by Mr. Perfect who cuts a promo on Beefcake from what happened earlier in the evening before revealing he has drew the Perfect number, number thirty. Gotta love Mr Perfect, great character and wrestler, great all rounder before we return to the arena with Brother Love, who soon introduces Sensational Queen Sherri who I have to admit doesn’t look half bad before cutting a short promo on Sapphire, who then soon makes her way to the ring. After various questions are posed to Sapphire, she is never given the opportunity to talk until she eventually slaps Sherri around the face, causing Randy Savage to make his way to the ring but is quickly interrupted as Dusty Rhodes makes his way out but they quickly get into a brawl until they are separated. Rhodes afterwards attacks Brother Love, allow Sapphire to slap him to the adulation of the fans, before Sapphire dances around the ring.
We go backstage to Sean Mooney, who is joined by Jim Duggan who talks about doing things his own way but is generally incoherent, he really needed to tone down the level of his voice slightly if I am honest before we return to the arena for the next match of the evening.
The Big Boss Man (w/ Slick) vs. Jim Duggan
Boss Man makes his way to the ring first with Slick, before Duggan comes out to a nice reaction. The match is basic to the extreme, with nothing memorable occurring in the match and is more of a brawl than a match to be honest, it is difficult to maintain interest in this. Eventually, Duggan wins the match via DQ after Boss Man nails him with the night stick. After the bell, Duggan recovers enough to attack Boss Man with the 2×4, before turning his attention to Slick who quickly makes his exit before he can be attacked. That, honestly was an absolutely awful match that I hope I never see again.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage, and are shown various entrants in the Royal Rumble, who talk about winning the match and how they are going to prove themselves. Sadly, I feel this takes away the element of surprise a little bit but it does give every superstar in the match the opportunity to be relevant. We return to the arena with Schiavone and Jesse, who talk about the luck of the draw in the Royal Rumble, plus the two entrants we know about and their position (Ted DiBiase and Mr. Perfect) before we then return backstage again for more superstars talking about their participation in the Rumble match, before we soon return to the arena again.