September 1, 1990
From the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper
This week, we will get a SummerSlam update. In action are Sgt. Slaughter, Legion of Doom, Earthquake, The Bushwhackers, Warlord, and Jim Duggan
The Bushwhackers vs. Duane Gill & Barry Hardy
Roddy notes that The Bushwhackers have strong right arms and wants to know what they did as kids. The Hot Rod with jerkoff jokes in 1990 WWF. Gill & Hardy attack from behind but whiff on a double dropkick as The Bushwhackers take control. Vince tells us that The Bushwhackers have an upcoming match with the Orient Express, who we hear from with Mr. Fuji in an insert promo as he promises his team will destroy The Bushwhackers. Piper talks about how he loves The Bushwhackers, who stay in control until they hit Gill with a double gutbuster (3:00).
Thoughts: Just a win to hype up the crowd. The Bushwhackers were still over a bit but were nothing more than a lower card comedy team here.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We learn that SummerSlam will be released on Coliseum Home Video on September 27th as we then find out Texas Tornado is the new Intercontinental Champion, that Ted DiBiase was behind the gifts to Sapphire, The Hart Foundation becoming new Tag Team Champions as we saw the Legion of Doom to stop the 3 vs. 2 attack by Demolition. They showed more stuff than usual for a show that aired after a PPV.
Scott Colontonio vs. The Warlord w/ Slick
Piper talks about Sapphire and says she agrees with her decision to stick with DiBiase as a life of luxury is more fun than “changing toilets.” Warlord gets hit with a dropkick that had little effect then brushes off a second attempt. Warlord overpowers Colontonio as Piper makes fun of Mr. Perfect and the excuses he made for losing the Intercontinental Title. Warlord stays in control then hits a running powerslam for the win (2:13).
Thoughts: The Warlord won but this was a backdrop for the announcer to elaborate on the SummerSlam fallout.
We are shown a vignette of Tugboat, who is on the docks. He tells Dino Bravo & Earthquake that he is back and ready to come after them “full steam ahead.” Lots of nautical puns here. You know, Tugboat’s delivery and cadence were good but you cannot take anyone seriously with these boating references.
Barry O vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka
Snuka hits a pair of arm drags and follows with a dropkick. Snuka goes back to the arm then hits a chop after a lengthy Irish whip sequence and sets up for the Superfly Splash and the win (2:46).
Thoughts: Piper hinted at his past problems with Snuka on commentary, which was odd since they seemed to have made up when Piper had him on his Survivor Series team in ’89. Besides that, there was nothing else to say.
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Sonny Blaze
We hear from Nikolai Volkoff as he says Slaughter is jealous of how America loves him and the fact Slaughter’s heart is full of hate. Slaughter beats on Blaze then hits a few clotheslines. He chokes Blaze out on the mat then hits a pair of slams and follows with another clothesline before using a noogie for a win (2:39). Vince promises we will seeing a lot more of Slaughter in the future.
Thoughts: Whenever they cut to the crowd they appeared disinterested. Slaughter did not have a good showing in his first TV match in over five years. Looked way too old and slow but is feuding with someone who is even worse.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Chris Duffy
Duggan leads the crowd into a “USA” chant then clotheslines Duffy over the top rope. He rolls Duffy back inside but has his eyes raked while he was on the apron. Duffy tries to slingshot Duggan back inside but that fails as Duggan sends Duffy to the floor then brings him back in for the Three Point Stance and the win (1:33).
Thoughts: Duggan is still over a lot but does not have much going on for him at this point. I mean, being Volkoff’s side kick/buddy is nothing to brag about.
Brother Love Show with guest “The Model” Rick Martel. After putting over The Arrogance cologne, Martel talks about his vision and looks then pulls out a miniature pair of binoculars and looks around while stressing nothing is more important than vision. Some strong foreshadowing here.
Legion of Doom vs. DK Brauch & Paul Perez
The LoD attack both men to start. They now destroy Perez as we hear from Demolition in an insert promo telling LoD their mistake of interfering in their SummerSlam match will be the end of their career. Brauch is in now but the LoD quickly put him away with the Doomsday Device (1:28).
Thoughts: More hype for the Demolition/Legion of Doom feud.
The Genius, still sporting the blond wig, has a poem about kids returning to school. When we return, Vince says Genius was an “A” student but Piper says he was a “Q” student to the lack of “starch” in his wrist. Oh boy.
Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart & Dino Bravo vs. Ron Cumberland
Piper does not believe anything between Earthquake and Hulk Hogan was served at SummerSlam. Earthquake beats on Cumberland as we hear from the Big Bossman in an insert promo calling out Earthquake. Now, we hear from Bobby Heenan calling out Bossman for keeping his nose in his family’s business then starts making fun of Bossman’s mom. Back to the match as Earthquake hits a powerslam then follows with a sitdown splash for the win (2:02). After the match, Earthquake hits another splash then Cumberland is taken out on a stretcher.
Thoughts: If you couldn’t tell after SummerSlam, the Earthquake/Hogan feud will continue.
In action next week are Power & Glory, Nikolai Volkoff, Rhythm & Blues, Jake Roberts, and Big Bossman. Plus, Queen Sherri as guest on the “Brother Love Show.”
Final Thoughts: They started off slowly with the SummerSlam fallout here, concentrating more on the key results. Hogan vs. Earthquake will continue and Tugboat is coming back soon to get revenge. Plus, Slaughter returned in a dud of a segment but you can tell he will get pushed strong anyway. Next week, we will go even further will the fallout.