December 12, 2010
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWF Intercontinental Champion Kerry Von Erich vs. Mr. Perfect (w/Bobby Heenan) Ė (Superstars, 12/15/90)
Taped 11/19/90 in Rochester, NY

Vince, Piper, and Honky Tonk Man on commentary. Ponder on that crew for a while. Thereís a special ring announcer for this match Ė itís the MILLION DOLLAR MAN Ted DiBiase! This should be good. Howard Finkel gets paid. Hey, every man has a price. Having DiBiase pay off the ring announcer is WAY more creative than just doing a typical run-in. Only managers were supposedly allowed at ringside, so DiBiase finds a way to be at ringside without anybody telling he canít so he can make trouble for Von Erich. Wonder why this match wasnít included on the Perfect DVD? Onto the match, they trade some slams and then Von Erich clotheslines Perfect to the floor. Vince mentions how Perfect doesnít seem to be quite as aggressive as usual. Piper thinks he knows something we donít. Seems like common sense commentary, but I like it. Von Erich reaches through the ropes and delivers a DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER. Back in, Perfect takes a TORNADO PUNCH in the ribs, but catches Von Erich charging at him in the corner with a boot. Von Erich runs shoulder first into the post as DiBiase gets up to lay in a blow on him. Standing dropkick sends Von Erich to the floor, which gives DiBiase the chance to run him into the post. In the ring, the ref gets bumped as Von Erich mounts a comeback with a running turnbuckle smash. TORNADO PUNCH! He covers Perfect, but DiBiase smashes the IC belt on Von Erichís head. DiBiase wakes up Perfect while Heenan shakes up the referee. PERFECTPLEX on Von Erich! Perfect regains the IC title thanks to DiBiase. (6:38) While predictable in todayís terms, the angle surrounding the actual in ring work was very well done for TV back then as title screw jobs this big didnít happen very often on your weekly shows. *Ĺ

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