September 8, 1990
From the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper
In action this week are the Big Bossman, Jake Roberts, Rhythm & Blues, and Nikolai Volkoff. Plus, Queen Sherri as guest on the “Brother Love Show” and highlights from the Power & Glory vs. Rockers match from SummerSlam.
Big Bossman vs. Pez Whatley
Whatley attacks Bossman from behind and hammers away. Bossman catches Whatley with a boot to the face as Vince talks about Bossman being upset with the comments Heenan has been making about his mother. We then hear from Heenan in an insert as he continues to make fun of Bossman’s mom while warning Bossman to stay out of his family’s business then Bossman hits Whatley with a sidewalk slam for the win (1:42). After the match, Bossman cuffs Whatley to the ropes.
Thoughts: More hype for the Bossman/Heenan stuff regarding Bossman’s mother.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This is about Sapphire being bought off by Ted DiBiase. We then hear from Dusty Rhodes, who says its fine for Sapphire to take money but warns DiBiase that he cannot be bought off. Dusty vs. DiBiase is going to be heavily featured on TV going forward.
Mark Thomas & Jim McPherson vs. Rhythm & Blues w/ Jimmy Hart
Before the match, Hart lets the crowd know Rhythm & Blues album has sold five million copies as he holds their gold record. Rhythm & Blues beat on Thomas to start. McPherson tags in and gets beat down by Valentine while we hear from the Hart Foundation in an insert promo telling Rhythm & Blues they will defend their belts anytime, anyplace as Rhythm & Blues put McPherson away with a double back suplex (1:44).
Thoughts: There’s no good reason for Rhythm & Blues to get title shots here but with Demolition paired off with the Legion of Doom they are short on credible heel teams. It was either this or the Orient Express, who were destroyed at SummerSlam.
The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Mike Daniels
Piper makes fun of Barbarian’s antlers, suggesting he took them off of Santa’s sleigh. Barbarian destroys Daniels to start and stays on the attack. We then hear from Bossman as he calls Heenan a lawbreaker who will have to answer to him if he continues to make fun of his mother. Barbarian continues to manhandle Daniels until he puts him away with a flying clothesline (2:26).
Thoughts: Its just a matter of time before one of Heenan’s men faces Bossman in a singles match.
Nikolai Volkoff vs. Mike Williams
Volkoff slams Williams then stomps away as Vince puts over his strength. We hear from Sgt. Sluaghter in an insert promo calling Volkoff all sorts of names and vows revenge after getting embarrassed on TV. Volkoff hits a spin kick then puts Williams away with a Russian Sickle (1:26). After the match, Volkoff waves the American Flag.
Thoughts: The Slaughter vs. Volkoff feud continues to heat up.
Brother Love Show with guest Queen Sherri. She calls the fans “peasants” before delivering a message. Sherri tells us that the Ultimate Warrior is not a champion and nothing more than a common peasant as the camera shows Warrior peaking from the curtain. Sherri then shows us a contract for a title match and just needs signatures from Macho King Randy Savage and the “Cowardly” Warrior. Sherri also claims that Warrior is illiterate as Brother Love says he wears “girls” colors and even wears a lot of yellow. Warrior is shown peaking through the curtain again as Sherri continues with her trash talk. She wants Warrior to come out now and sign the contract and he appears. Sherri tells him if he is a real champion then sign the contract and put his title on the line against a true man like Savage. Warrior tells Sherri he does not fear Savage and rips up the contract and wants to know where Savage is but Sherri says he has to deal with her now but Warrior claims Savage hides behind Sherri’s skirt. Sherri then slaps Warrior and yells how he is scared of her and a chicken but Warrior says there is no Macho Man here because he’s not so macho. Sherri slaps Warrior again so Warrior takes a few steps back then heads toward Sherri, with Brother Love behind her, and tells Sherri that Savage is not here because he found love with someone else. Sherri slaps Warrior again then Warrior tosses Love’s podium and starts destroying the set before leaving. A long segment to set up for an eventual Warrior vs. Savage title match. After a dud of a program with Rude, Warrior now gets to feud with a former World Champion in Savage, who is actually the coldest he has been since joining the WWF. Still, a more credible option than Rude and Sherri helps things out immensely from the outside. This was an effective segment, if not long, that was carried by Sherri.
Clips of Rockers vs. Power & Glory match from SummerSlam as we learn that Shawn Michaels is out of action with an injured knee.
Bad News Brown vs. Mike Pocari
Bad News attacks Pocari before the bell. He continues to beat him down as the announcers talk about the mutant sewer rats. Bad News frightens Pocari by making him peak inside of the sewer rats then takes the action inside where he roughs up Pocari for a bit until putting him away with the Ghetto Blaster (2:47). After the match, Bad News tosses Pocari outside.
Thoughts: This was Bad News’ final appearance on WWF TV as he quit and went over to Japan. The rat cage gimmick was terrible so it was a smart move of him to leave.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Playboy” Buddy Rose
Both men trade hip tosses then Jake sends Rose outside with a knee lift. Back inside, Jake works the arm then Rose kips-up and lands some shots in the corner. Jake fights back and ends up putting Rose away with a DDT (2:38).
Thoughts: Rose is an entertaining enhancement talent for sure as Jake is going to have to find someone else to feud with since Bad News is gone. In fact, no mention of their feud on this show.
Final Thoughts: The big news is that Warrior vs. Savage is the next World Title program. Besides that they pushed the rest of the post-SummerSlam feuds and storylines as things are slowly starting to feel less stale.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: wXw World Tag Team League 2017, Night One
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Lance Russell
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/9/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/17/83
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/15/90
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/16/90
Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 9/17/90