December 1, 1990
From the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper
In action this week are the Texas Tornado, Ted DiBiase, Tugboat and the Orient Express. Also, Hacksaw Jim Duggan as a guest on the “Brother Love Show” and a look at the Gobbledy Gooker.
Texas Tornado vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Vince says that Mr. Perfect is looking on with jealous eyes and hopes to become the Intercontinental Champion again. Tornado takes Brawler down then hits a few arm drags as the announcers get on Tornado for not staying on Brawler and then talk about guys cracking under pressure. Brawler cheap shots after a break and hammers away but Tornado fights back. Tornado works over Brawler then hits the Tornado Punch for the win (2:23).
Thoughts: The company made it clear how they felt about Tornado here on commentary. He was a shell of himself at this point anyway and he wasn’t getting over to the degree of his push.
WWF Special Report with Gene Okerlund. The focus is on Ted DiBiase’s surprise partner at the Survivor Series Kane the Undertaker. We see his entrance and clips of the match. We then hear from Brother Love and Kane the Undertaker, who says he’ll bury any man that gets in his way. The initial presentation of The Undertaker has been brilliant. There was nothing like this in wrestling at the time.
Jim Evans vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil
DiBiase beats on Evans then tosses him outside as the announcers talk about Kane the Undertaker. DiBiase is shown in an insert promo putting over how much havoc Kane will wreak in the WWF as he stays in control of the match until he puts Evans away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:33).
Thoughts: They’ve been pushing DiBiase more than usual since the Survivor Series. His feud against the Rhodes Family was not mentioned though.
We now see the Gobbledy Gooker’s debut at the Survivor Series. They amazingly tried to sell this as something entertaining and beloved by the live crowd. It still didn’t work.
Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Shane Douglas
Sharpe rakes the eyes and hammers away but Douglas fights back. Douglas hits a few arm drags then Sharpe bails and falls down in the aisle. Douglas slingshots Sharpe back inside then drops a few elbows for a two count. Sharpe uses another cheap shot then chokes out Douglas on the ropes. He follows with a back drop but Douglas comes back with turnbuckle smashes then avoids a dropkick before hitting a crossbody, that was way off, for the win (2:40).
Thoughts: Another TV win for Douglas as they are trying to establish him as a new, young babyface.
Tugboat vs. Jeff Sword
Sword gets shoved down as Vince makes fun of his name. Vince shills the “Hulkamania Forever” Coliseum Home Video release as Tugboat stays in control and hits an avalanche before getting the win with a splash (1:48).
Thoughts: Its clear Tugboat is being phased out as Hogan’s friend. It did not get over but not for a lack of trying. The gimmick was far too corny to be taken seriously by anyone, children included.
Power & Glory w/ Slick vs. Dan Robbins & Alan Reynolds
Piper says that Power & Glory could be the next Tag Team Champions. Vince says that the Hart Foundation are “building momentum” as Power & Glory beat on Reynolds. Piper said that the Hart Foundation are starting to get stale then we hear from Power & Glory with Slick as they call out the Hart Foundation and how its only a matter of time before they take the belts. Robbins tags in and he gets beat down and put away with the Power Plex (2:55).
Thoughts: Looks like they are positioning Power & Glory as the new #1 challengers. They also called out the Hart Foundation for being stale in an attempt I assume to split them up and have Bret break off as a singles act.
An ad for the Royal Rumble airs. It will take place Saturday night on January 19th.
Brother Love Show with guest Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who is pissed over Iraqi’s disrespecting the American flag and how the recession makes him mad as hell. Duggan then calls out Sgt. Slaughter and says he will kick his butt and that’s an order before leading a “U-S-A” chant. Since the Slaughter/Volkoff bombed they are dragging out Duggan to get over Slaughter’s anti-USA gimmick.
Doug Vines vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka
Jimmy Hart joins on commentary. He talks about his music as Snuka works over Vines. Piper then asks Hart why he does not manage Snuka as Hart says Snuka lacks the “killer instinct” as Piper starts laughing as Vince is shocked by Hart’s answer. That was certainly something. Snuka then scoops up Vines for a slam then puts him away with the Superfly Splash (2:25).
Thoughts: Snuka is an afterthought but the commentary grabbed my attention. And in general the commentary was more “inside” than usual.
The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Gary Jackson & Albert Bissel
The Orient Express beat on Bissel to start as Vince talks about how they have to face the Legion of Doom again. Fuji is in an insert promo as he is looking forward to facing LoD as his team is now beating on Jackson until Sato hits a sitout powerbomb for the win (2:15).
Thoughts: Just some hype for the handicapped match, whenever that takes place.
The announcers start playing piano on Hart’s jacket.
In action next week are Big Bossman, Demolition, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jake Roberts. Plus, Dustin Rhodes as guest on the Brother Love Show and more!
Final Thoughts: The main focus was on the two Survivor Series debuts. They also presented Power & Glory as the #1 contenders and will be going hard with Duggan vs. Slaughter as a TV feud. Going forward though will be hype for the Royal Rumble, which is just seven weeks away.