December 15, 1990
From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Honky Tonk Man.
This week, Texas Tornado defends the Intercontinental Title against Mr. Perfect. Also in action are Legion of Doom, The Undertaker, Jim Duggan, and Power & Glory.
Legion of Doom vs. Paul Perez & Kent Carlson
The LoD take control early as we hear from The Orient Express & Mr. Fuji in an insert promo as Fuji promises he has a big plan for the LoD. Carlson tags in and gets destroyed then the LoD put him away with the Doomsday Device (1:38).
Thoughts: Since he has not been seen on Superstars yet I assume Fuji’s big plan is the reveal of Kato as part of the Orient Express.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This is about the Royal Rumble as we get the final ten participants in the Rumble match. They are: Randy Savage, Butch, Haku, Tugboat, Greg Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Jimmy Snuka, Dino Bravo, Saba Simba, and Shane Douglas. Okerlund also tells us that the Ultimate Warrior will defend the World Heavyweight Title against Sgt. Slaughter so as long as Warrior is still the champion. Interesting that they are going with Slaughter vs. Warrior since Savage/Warrior was the actual feud.
Kane the Undertaker w/ Brother Love vs. Mario Mancini
The Undertaker knocks Mancini outside to star. We hear from Brother Love with Undertaker in an insert promo as they promise to bury the competition. Back to the match as Brother Love yells out at Undertaker to bury Mancini so Undertaker hits the Tombstone for the win (1:21).
Thoughts: The Undertaker’s presence is great but Brother Love yelling out orders during the match was just awful. He is not adding to the Undertaker gimmick.
Vince plugs the “WWF WrestleMania Challenge” video game for NES.
We now see a vignette for “The Mountie” Jacques Rougeau. A man is lost trying to get to the United States so The Mountie points out that his horse’s face always faces Canada and the horse’s ass always faces the United States. Well, Jacques Rougeau is returning and with a new gimmick. And good thing because he is a great heel in a company short on credible heel singles acts.
Barry Hardy vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Duggan beats on Hardy and tosses him outside as we then hear from him in an insert promo wishing Happy Holidays to the troops overseas. Back to the match as Duggan hits a slam then finishes Hardy off with a Three Point Stance (1:48).
Thoughts: Duggan is also going overboard with the “patriotism” here for his feud with Slaughter.
The Bushwhackers are shown with the Goobledy Gooker. Vince was trying to make this Gooker gimmick work as his mascot but its not happening.
Ron Cumberledge & Rick Sampson vs. Power & Glory w/ Slick
Power & Glory destroy Cumberledge to start. We then hear from them in an insert promo with Slick saying they are like no other team in the WWF and have dedicated themselves to winning the Tag Team Titles. They now beat on Sampson and put him away with the Power Plex (2:24).
Thoughts: Another impressive TV performance by Power & Glory as they are being groomed as the #1 contenders.
Clips of last week’s Brother Love Show with the Texas Tornado saving Dustin Rhodes from Ted DiBiase & Virgil.
Howard Finkel is about to introduce the Intercontinental Title match but informs us that Ted DiBiase is the special guest ring announcer. DiBiase comes out by himself and shoves money in Finkel’s pocket before doing the introductions.
WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Texas Tornado (c)
Vince gets on Finkel for allowing DiBiase to buy him off. Perfect uses an arm drag and a slam to start off the match. He chops away in the corner but Tornado catches him with a slam. Tornado tosses Perfect over the top rope then grabs Heenan for a double noggin knocker. Back inside, Tornado works the arm. He then hits Perfect with a discus punch to the mid-section before hammering away in the corner. Tornado eats boot on a charge then rams his shoulder into the post as Perfect avoided a second attack. DiBiase nails Tornado behind the referee’s back then Perfect sends Tornado outside with a dropkick. DiBiase runs Tornado into the post then Perfect takes Tornado inside. Perfect hammers away but Tornado fights back and in the process accidentally sends Perfect into the referee. Tornado hits Perfect with the Tornado Punch and covers but DiBiase runs in and whacks Tornado in the head with the belt. DiBiase then wakes Perfect up and bails as Perfect picks up Tornado by the hair and hits the Perfect Plex for the win (6:37) *3/4. DiBiase then introduces Perfect as the new Intercontinental Champion.
Thoughts: They really telegraphed the title change but I thought the work was good enough. Tornado was a shell of himself and having Perfect regain the belt was for the best. With The Rhodes leaving the company you now have a new feud for DiBiase.
Shane Douglas vs. Black Demon
Douglas works the arm as the announcers talk about the Royal Rumble. He then hits a suplex and heads up top and hits a crossbody for the win (1:35).
Thoughts: Another TV win for Douglas as its clear they had some sort of plans for the guy since he’s been getting wins consistently for the past several weeks.
In action next week are Davey Boy Smith, Rick Martel, Hart Foundation, and Macho King Randy Savage. Plus, a Royal Rumble report and Dusty & Dustin Rhodes as guests on the “Brother Love Show.”
Piper ends the show putting over Tornado as a person.
Final Thoughts: We had a big show this week. Mr. Perfect is the new Intercontinental Champion and for the first time the World Heavyweight Title will be defended at the Royal Rumble. Plus, the first vignette for The Mountie aired. And Kane the Undertaker made his “Superstars” debut.
Here is my tentative schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 5/12/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/16/90
Monday: WWF Prime-Time Wrestling 12/17/90
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/22/90
Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/23/90
Thursday: WWF Madison Square Garden 12/28/90
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/29/90