What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – March 17, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are handling commentary and they are concluding the taping cycle in Phoenix, Arizona.  Ventura switches his WrestleMania VI pick back to Hulk Hogan, wearing off a Hogan shirt to start the broadcast.

Opening Contest:  Brutus Beefcake (4-0-1) beats Terry Zeller via submission to a sleeper hold at 2:49:

Beefcake methodically wears out Zeller, winning a boring squash with the sleeper hold.  Afterward, Zeller gets a haircut courtesy of the WWF’s resident barber.

Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps the end of last week’s Superstars where the Ultimate Warrior saved Hulk Hogan from a prolonged beating by Earthquake.  In new promos, Hogan says that he proved against Dino Bravo last week that Hulkamania is the strongest force in the universe.  He claims that the Ultimate Warrior’s presence last week filled the world with darkness, and Hogan continues his demon analogy by saying that fans will trust him like they do God after WrestleMania.  The Warrior’s rebuttal argues that he must protect Hogan from his own fears even though he cannot control what his fans might do.

Bad News Brown (7-0) pins Stephen DeLeon after the Ghetto Blaster at 2:08:

DeLeon was a West Coast independent wrestler that worked against fellow WWF jobbers of this era like Riki Ataki and Louie Spicolli.  Outside of the ring he was a member of the band Foreign Object.  Sadly, he passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2004.

Brown reiterates in the split screen that he hates Roddy Piper because he is a “skirt wearing sissy.”  Brown follows the template of his previous squashes, attacking DeLeon before the bell, pounding him into submission, and finishing with the Ghetto Blaster.

Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil) (5-1) defeats Pez Whatley via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 2:41:

DiBiase does an insert promo ranting about having to wrestle Jake Roberts for something that already belongs to him.  DiBiase runs through a lot of moves, preferring to use a powerslam to set up the Million Dollar Dream.

Dusty Rhodes (w/Sapphire) (5-0-1) pins Darryl Nickel after the Polka Dot Drop at 1:27:

Nickel was trained by Pennsylvania talents D.C. Drake and Damien Kane in 1987.  He spent time on the independent circuit in California and Pennsylvania, the former of which made him available for this television taping.  As of 2017 he split his time umpiring youth baseball games and doing oil paintings.

In the split screen, Rhodes and Sapphire say that they are ready for Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri at WrestleMania.  After throwing Nickel around a few times, Rhodes pins his opponent after the Polka Dot Drop for his fifth straight victory.

Brother Love interviews WWF Tag Team Champions the Colossal Connection and Bobby Heenan.  They put over their hatred of Demolition, with Andre the Giant telling the former tag team champions that they will remain so after WrestleMania.

Okerlund does the WrestleMania VI Report.  Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri put over the historical significance of their mixed tag team match against Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire.  Jake Roberts says he avenged his neck injury by stealing Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Championship and he looks forward to his showdown with him.  The Big Bossman tells Akeem that he will feel Cobb County-style justice at WrestleMania, while Akeem and Slick talk about getting revenge on the Bossman for turning toward the good side.  Earthquake and Jimmy Hart warn Hercules that his strength will be no match for the Earthquake’s size.  Rhythm & Blues and Hart talk about looking forward to their live performance in Skydome.  Comedian Steve Allen puts over his appearance on this show, Rona Barrett promises an exclusive report on what has happened to Miss Elizabeth, and Robert Goulet is happy to appear on the show with “real heavyweights” like Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (7-1-1) pins the Black Knight after the three-point stance clothesline at 2:39:

In the split screen Dino Bravo talks about looking forward to facing Duggan in his backyard and how Duggan’s USA shtick will not do him any good.  Duggan bowls over the Knight with a few clotheslines and finishes him off with the three-point stance variation.

Tune in next week to see the Bushwhackers, the Big Bossman, Rhythm & Blues, and the Ultimate Warrior in action!  Also, Earthquake will be a guest on the Brother Love Show!

The Last Word:  This was a simple, squasherific broadcast to keep the gears running for WrestleMania but some of the undercard feuds are hurt by a lack of interaction between some of the participants in recent weeks.  There is only so much that promos can do.

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