September 22, 1990
From the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, PA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper
This week in action are the Texas Tornado, Demolition, Nikolai Volkoff, Earthquake, and Marty Jannetty. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter as the guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more!
Demolition vs. Mike Durham & Mike Williams & Ross Lindsey
Ax beats down Lindsey to start before tossing him outside. The announcers talk about Demolition losing the Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam then we hear from Demolition in an insert promo calling out the Legion of Doom and promise they will pay the price for costing them the titles. Demolition now beats on Williams before putting him away with the Decapitation (2:45).
Thoughts: More hype for the Demolition/LoD feud.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This is about Queen Sherri slapping the Ultimate Warrior repeatedly two weeks on the “Brother Love Show” so he would sign a contract to put up the WWF World Heavyweight Title. We then see what happened when Warrior left and went backstage as he destroys some equipment and enhancement talent while screaming for Randy Savage. He even beats the piss out of Jim Brunzell before running off screaming. Now, we hear comments from Savage & Sherri as Savage says Warrior is losing his mind and that he’s not hard to find at all, as long as you look in the right places.
Sonny Blaze vs. Akeem w/ Slick
We hear from Akeem & Slick in an insert promo calling Saba Simba an “imposter” as Akeem says he is the only “African” in the WWF. Akeem slams Blaze and drops a few elbows before hitting a splash for the win (1:10).
Thoughts: They were actually starting an Akeem/Saba Simba feud based off who was the real “African” of the WWF. However, Akeem quit shortly after this aired and this never happened, which was definitely for the best.
Nikolai Volkoff vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
Piper jokes that we know from history that the Russians would never turn on us. Sharpe attacks Volkoff from behind but Volkoff does a cartwheel and fights back. He hits a knee smash then a flipping senton as we hear young fans in an insert promo putting over Volkoff for being a great person and wrestler then Volkoff hits the Russian Sickle for the win (1:22).
Thoughts: Piper was amusing on commentary regarding not being able to trust Volkoff, whose feud against Slaughter was not really brought up during the match.
Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart & Dino Bravo vs. Brian Costello
Earthquake beats on Costello then tosses him outside. Back inside, Earthquake toys with Costello before hitting a powerslam then soon after that hits the sit-down splash for the win (1:50). After the match, Earthquake hits two more splashes as Costello leaves on a stretcher.
Thoughts: The announcers talked about Earthquake going up against the Big Bossman and not Hulk Hogan, who was off filming “Suburban Commando.”
Black Bart vs. Marty Jannetty w/ Shawn Michaels
Vince tells us that Shawn will be returning to action soon but hopes he is not returning before he’s ready. Piper once again refers to The Rockers as the “David Bowie & Mick Jagger of the WWF.” Bart hammers away as we hear from Power & Glory with Slick in an insert promo laughing hysterically before telling us one Rocker down, one more to go. Marty fights back until Bart rakes the eyes. Marty catches Bart with a back elbow smash then hits a slam before the flying fist drop gets the win (2:40).
Thoughts: With Shawn out of action the story remains that Power & Glory will look to take out Marty now that he is by himself.
An ad to get tickets for WrestleMania VII at the Los Angeles Coliseum airs.
Brother Love Show is next. Rick Martel is shown spraying his Arrogance before Brother Love brings out his guests. Brother Love is also wearing the medal Sgt. Slaughter gave him at SummerSlam. Slaughter comes out and congratulates Brother Love before addressing the “scum” in the crowd. He talks about how the “maggots” and “pukes” need a leader like himself. However, Slaughter needs a leader too as there is always a chain of command. He then brings out the man he respects and only man he takes orders from who comes from a great military power in Iraq as he brings out General Adnan. Vince is shocked as Piper says this is “pure garbage” and flips out over the fact there are American Soldiers fighting in the Middle East. Brother Love notes Adnan resembles Sadaam Hussein as Adnan speaks in his native tongue as Piper is beside himself. Adnan was also a former WWF Tag Team Champion, teaming with Chief Jay Strongbow as “Billy White Wolf.” Slaughter says together, they will kick some butt and that’s an order while Piper says he is not going to stand for this. Well, they are really using current events to get heel heat with Slaughter. And, if you went to the MSG show that took place the day before this aired, you saw some slight foreshadowing when Slaughter “shocked” the announcers by using the Camel’s Clutch as a finisher, which he apparently learned from Adnan. Piper really went all out in selling disgust over Slaughter aligning with Iraq and to be honest he did a pretty good job.
The Texas Tornado defeats Barry O. in a match first shown on the 9/17 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”
We now see Ted DiBiase at a laundromat with Virgil and Sapphire. There is a clothesline with $100 bills hanging off while Sapphire is ironing money will wearing a fur coat. DiBiase laughs about humiliating Dusty Rhodes and shows a smiling Sapphire ironing the money he bought her off with then says everyone has a price.
Rhythm & Blues w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Barry Hardy & Duane Gill
The Hart Foundation call out Rhythm & Blues in an insert promo and will prove to everyone they are the very best. Valentine beats on Hardy to start. Honky tags as Piper tells us about the importance of making quick tags. Gill is in now and gets attacked from behind by Honky then put away with a double back suplex (2:06). After the match, Rhythm & Blues sing and dance as Piper laughs over Valentine forgetting the words.
Thoughts: No one seems to be buying Rhythm & Blues as challengers at this point but they will get the first crack at the new Tag Team Champions.
In action next week are The Bushwhackers, Rick Rude, Tugboat, Sgt. Slaughter, and the Legion of Doom. Tugboat will also have a big surprise for us as Piper goes off on Slaughter & Adnan.
Final Thoughts: The big news here was Slaughter, who is now going to be pushed as a mega heel due to aligning with Iraq. Besides that, Warrior vs. Savage is the current World Heavyweight Title program as Bruce Prichard explained in his 1990 WWE Timeline with Kayfabe Commentaries that they chose Savage feeling he could slow down Warrior in the ring and have him work a more realistic style as opposed to bulldozing through everyone. And we still have the other TV feuds continuing as well.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/23/90
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/29/90
Wednesday: wXW World Tag Team League, Night Three
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/30/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/31/83
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/6/90