November 10, 1990
From the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper
This week, we will see the Legion of Doom vs. The Orient Express. Also in action are the Texas Tornado, Power & Glory, Jim Duggan, and The Barbarian
Texas Tornado vs. “Playboy” Buddy Rose
Tornado takes Rose down with an arm drag then uses a claw but Rose is able to roll outside. Rose returns then ducks back out but Tornado takes over when he returns then hits the discus punch for the win (2:25).
Thoughts: A showcase for Tornado as his feud against Mr. Perfect continues.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This focuses on last week’s Ten Minute Challenge between Ted DiBiase and Dustin Rhodes, which saw Dustin win by lasting ten minutes. We then hear from Dusty Rhodes and DiBiase as they hype up their Survivor Series match. You’d figure that Dustin Rhodes would have been included somewhere but that was not the case and it was around this time Dusty was going to leave and replace Ole Anderson as booker in WCW and he would follow. Dustin finished up the year getting jobbed out on house shows.
Red Tyler vs. The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan
We hear from Heenan in an insert promo as he promises Jack Tunney he’ll never say anything about the Big Bossman’s mother. The Barbarian beats on Tyler as the announcers talk about Heenan having to face Bossman in order to avoid a lifetime suspension. Barbarian stays in control until he puts Tyler away with a flying clothesline (2:37).
Thoughts: More hype for the Bossman/Heenan feud here. The Barbarian is still without any sort of direction seven months after becoming a singles wrestler.
Power & Glory w/ Slick vs. Scott Colton & Reno Riggins
We now hear from Rick Martel & The Warlord in an insert promo as Martel tells us about calling his team the Visionaries while mocking Jake Roberts. Power & Glory stay in control as Vince tells us next week the Hart Foundation will defend the Tag Team Titles against Rhythm & Blues then they put Riggins away with the Power Plex (3:15).
Thoughts: More Survivor Series hype as Power & Glory continues to impress.
Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund.
Brother Love Show with guests The Perfect Team. Really just generic Survivor Series hype as part of a completely forgettable segment.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Doug Vines
Duggan takes Vines down with a back elbow smash to start. He stays in control as Vince lets us know that Jake Roberts will return to the ring next week then Duggan hits the Three Point Stance for the win (2:37).
Thoughts: The big news here is that Roberts will return to the ring. Duggan is also without direction and positioned low enough on the card where his TV match is a backdrop for announcers to talk about other things going on in the company.
The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Legion of Doom
The Orient Express attack from behind to start by end up getting tossed. The match settles down as the LoD beat on Sato as Fuji keeps looking back to the entrance. Tanaka is in now and rakes Hawk’s face but bounces off of him then is caught with a press slam. Piper gives a shout out to his niece that is serving in the military as LoD stay on control as Fuji is now waving his arms and out come Demolition to beat on LoD for the DQ (3:21) *. Its now 5 vs. 2 on the LoD and we go to commercial then come back with LoD still getting beat down. Vince says we are out of time as the LoD are laid out while Piper yells for the cameras to stay rolling.
Thoughts: Basically a TV squash until the DQ. Fuji is back with Demolition, who even with Fuji and new masks are still a stale, dated act. The announcers tried to sell this as huge and the beatdown even lasted throughout the commercial break but the fans were not into it, further highlighting Demolition’s demise as a heel act.
Final Thoughts: The focus is still on the Survivor Series but there are just not any great feuds leading into the show. I’d call Martel/Roberts the hottest actual feud now but that’s just a midcard program. They did not even mention the Warrior/Savage feud, which is the current direction for the World Heavyweight Title. The product remains cold and its not hard to figure out why attendance was down at this point.