July 28, 1990
From the Hara Arena in Dayton, OH
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Earthquake, Dusty Rhodes, Bad News Brown, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Plus, a SummerSlam report and more!
Big Bossman vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Brawler tries to fight Bossman on the floor but gets beat down. Bossman fires away then we hear from Ted DiBiase as he talks about going to Cobb County, GA was enlightening then holds up the “Wrestling Buddy” and laughs. Bossman stays in control then puts Brawler away with a spinebuster (1:49). After the match, Brawler is cuffed to the ropes and threatened with the nightstick.
Thoughts: More hype for this Bossman/DiBiase feud and to let us know about the Wrestling Buddies, which ended up turning into a hot item.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on last week when Hercules & Paul Roma argued then shoved The Rockers, leading to a brawl. After the clips air we see Hercules & Roma as they talk about being the best and baddest team in the WWF but were missing one little thing then Slick appears and tells us they shall now be referred to as “Power & Glory.” Hercules & Roma now have a name for their team and a new manager in Slick. A short but effective segment.
Boris Zhukov vs. Scott Colton
Zhukov sings the Russian National Anthem before the match. He then attacks Colton from behind as the announcers talk about Power & Glory. Zhukov stays on the attack until picking up the win with a Russian Sickle (1:30). After the match, Zhukov stomps a mudhole in Colton then calls out Nikolai Volkoff.
Thoughts: The announcers put over Power & Glory more than Zhukov. And rightly so even if Zhukov is feuding with his former partner.
Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire vs. Paul Diamond
Sapphire comes out with a new diamond necklace as Jesse wants to know who would waste their money on Sapphire. Vince also points out an old lady decked out in polka dots dancing to Dusty’s theme. Diamond lands a few punches but Dusty fights back. Diamond bails then returns with a sneak attack as we hear from an angry Queen Sherri yelling about coming giving Sapphire expensive gifts and not her as she is a queen. Dusty now takes control of the match and puts Diamond away with the bionic elbow drop (1:54).
Thoughts: They continue to push the story of who is giving Sapphire these lavish gifts. Having Sherri get pissed off about it was a nice touch as she was just great in her role as Savage’s manager.
SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund. We learn of more matches that have been signed such as Jake Roberts vs. Bad News Brown with Big Bossman as the Special Guest Referee. Okerlund also says that Bad News will bring a 200lbs sewer rat to the ring. Jake/Bad News have been feuding for a while and its running out of a steam so a blowoff match makes sense. The big takeaway is learning that Bossman will be a guest referee on the PPV, thus not wrestling against DiBiase which is a surprise given the fact they have been feuding.
Troy Williams vs. Bad News Brown
Bad News carries out a giant cage that’s covered which is supposed to contain his sewer rat and places it on a platform next to the ring apron. He beats on Williams then puts him away with a Ghetto Blaster (1:30). After the match, Williams gets tossed outside.
Thoughts: They are now trying to get over Bad News’ sewer rat in time for SummerSlam. Giving Bad News this gimmick is a bit ridiculous though. It just doesnt fit.
Jimmy Snuka chants while eating a WWF Ice Cream Bar. Drew Gulak would not approve.
Brother Love Show with guests the Legion of Doom. Brother Love introduces them as “Demolition Imposters.” The LoD yells at Brother Love for calling them imposters and promises Demolition they have never seen a team like them before. They sandwich Brother Love, who is frightened, and promise to show us who are the real imposters. Watching this it would lend you to believe that a Demolition vs. Legion of Doom title feud would take place at SummerSlam. Well, the feud part did take place at least.
Alan Reynolds vs. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart
Earthquake beats down Reynolds as Hart yells through the microphone. He then hits a slam and a suplex before the sit-down splash gets him the win (1:49). After the match, Earthquake hits two more splashes as Reynolds is taken out on a stretcher.
Thoughts: Earthquake puts out another opponent on a stretcher as they continue to build him up for Hogan at SummerSlam.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. “Playboy” Buddy Rose
Rose lands a few shots but Duggan fights back and knocks Rose through the ropes. We then get an insert promo from Nikolai Volkoff as he tells us he loves America and wants to be just like his idol, Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Dear lord. Jesse rags on Volkoff for choosing Duggan as his idol then Duggan puts Rose away with the Three Point Stance (2:18).
Thoughts: The company is pushing a partnership between Volkoff & Duggan something fierce. Having Volkoff go ga-ga for Duggan is a weird way to go about it if you ask me as Volkoff was one of the goofiest babyface characters I’ve ever seen.
We now get another Sgt. Slaughter vignette. He loves the smell of napalm in the morning but the disgusting stench of “Pinko Commie” is making him sick. He blames Nikolai Volkoff for this as he keeps blowing snots and gets upset over “liberals” and peace then calls for the smell of war as he threatens Volkoff or any other commie supporter who tries to cross him. They are going all in with Slaughter as a heel and much like his first vignette back this was edgy and effective.
Next week, Nikolai Volkoff will receive a special award from the Boys Scouts of America. Also, Demolition will be guests on the “Brother Love Show.” In action will be Jake Roberts, Rick Rude, and the debut of the “Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich to go along with the SummerSlam Report. We then hear from the Ultimate Warrior and Rick Rude & Bobby Heenan to hype up their “Saturday Night’s Main Event” match.
Final Thoughts: Again, we get a lot of happenings here on Superstars. Bad News vs. Jake takes place at SummerSlam with Big Bossman as a special guest referee. Also, Rude/Warrior will face off on “Saturday Ngiht’s Main Event” before their match at SummerSlam in what is certainly an interesting decision. Plus, the news of Kerry Von Erich coming into the ring and Slick as the manager of Hercules & Roma, who are now known as “Power & Glory.” The company has been a lot more interesting over the past few weeks and hopefully it keeps up past SummerSlam.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/28/90
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Brooklyn Brawler
Friday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 7/28/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/17/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/29/90
Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 7/30/90