What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – March 31, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth, and they remain taped from Sacramento, California.  On the eve of WrestleMania VI, Ventura is dressed in Ultimate Warrior face paint and t-shirt and a Hulk Hogan hat.  When McMahon asks for a prediction, Ventura says the bout is a tossup.

Opening Contest:  Roddy Piper (6-0) beats Darryl Nickel after an axe handle to the chest at 1:26:

As Piper makes his entrance, Bad News Brown does an insert promo that vows to make Piper black and blue at WrestleMania.  Piper has half of his face painted black, thereby making it to where this match will never appear on WWE Network today.  The finish is messy as Nickel is not close enough to sell an eye poke, so Piper does it three times before landing an axe handle to the chest to win.  Ventura quips that Piper must be doing a bad Al Jolson impression.

Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps last week’s beatdown of the Bushwhackers by Rhythm & Blues.  Rhythm & Blues and Jimmy Hart tell the Bushwhackers that they learned a lesson in taking someone else’s spotlight.  They also hype their performance at WrestleMania.

Earthquake (w/Jimmy Hart) (8-0) pins Bob Allen after the Earthquake Splash at 1:20:

Ventura cannot help but float the theory that Allen is related to Steve Allen, who will appear at WrestleMania.  In the split screen, Earthquake tells Hercules that if he were smart, he would not show up to Skydome because of the pain that awaits him.  A belly-to-belly suplex sets up the Earthquake Splash, a spot Earthquake repeats after the bell so the medics have to come and get Allen.

Demolition (5-0) defeat Joe Stedum & Conquistador #1 when Ax pins Stedum after Demolition Decapitation at 1:07:

WWF Tag Team Champions the Colossal Connection do an insert promo, claiming that Demolition will be victims at WrestleMania.   Demolition do not do a lot of work in this squash as they isolate Stedum and finish him with Demolition Decapitation.

After the match, the Hart Foundation walk into the ring.  They repeat their challenge to the winner of the tag team title match at WrestleMania.  Demolition are willing to mix it up now, but the camera cuts away to the next segment before anything happens.

Rona Barrett says it is time for Ventura to learn the difference between a broadcast journalist and an investigative reporter.  She throws out the idea that Ventura might have some skeletons in his closet that she might expose.

Mr. Perfect (w/the Genius) (8-0) pins Louie Spicolli after the Perfectplex in 48 seconds:

As the match gets started Perfect tells Brutus Beefcake in the split screen that at WrestleMania he will find out what perfect is all about.  Perfect and Spicolli circle each other more instead of wrestling, with Perfect quickly hooking the Perfectplex to win his fastest match so far this year.

Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior tells WWF Champion Hulk Hogan that when he looks in his eyes at WrestleMania that Hogan will realize that the Warrior is the chosen one.  Hogan rebuts by predicting that the Warrior has only one sunset to see before seeing his demise at Skydome.  He also tells a crazy story of riding his Harley into the Pacific Ocean and looking up at God, who made the Warrior’s gods run for cover.  Hogan claims that God told him that Hulkamania would never die, thereby giving him the reassurance that he will prevail at WrestleMania, and that when all is said and done the Warrior will become a Hulkamaniac.

Jake Roberts (6-0) defeats the Black Knight after the DDT at 1:44:

Roberts tells Ted DiBiase in the split screen that he will need a new set of excuses after WrestleMania because he will be losing.  In a display of why he is the most cerebral wrestler on the roster, Roberts twists the Knight’s mast around his head so he can land blows and blast him with a short-arm clothesline.  He gets the biggest pop of the show by landing the DDT to stay undefeated.

Brother Love interviews Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri.  Sherri puts over the championship credentials of the team, vowing to knock Dusty Rhodes on his butt if he gets in her way.  When Love asks Savage what he would do if he got a hold of Sapphire, Savage tells the crowd to let their imagination run wild.

Okerlund does the WrestleMania VI Report.  Rhodes and Sapphire says it is time to pump it up for the pay-per-view and the time for talking is over.  Akeem and Slick tell the Big Bossman that it is time for him to be sentenced for once, while the Bossman warns Akeem to stop listening to Slick because he is up to no good.  Steve Allen tells fans that he is excited to be at WrestleMania and tries to come up with a new jingle for the show on his piano.

The Orient Express (w/Mr. Fuji) (2-0) defeat Omar Atlas & Dale Wolfe when Tanaka pins Wolfe after a flying chop at 1:32:

Sato has switched his look to long tights, thereby giving he and Tanaka the same look and that helps the aesthetic of the team.  As the Express beat on their opponents in turn, the Rockers do a generic split screen promo about how they will win at WrestleMania.  While the Express have a more unified look, they have not perfected any double teams, only using one for the finish where Sato lifts Wolfe into a spinebuster position and Tanaka flies off the top with a sloppy chop to the throat.

Sean Mooney kicks the show to WrestleMania promos.  Earthquake and Jimmy Hart cast doubt on Hercules’ ability to get him off his feet and onto his shoulders.  Demolition says it is time to put or shut up when it comes to the Colossal Connection.  They bill the tag team title match as a final showdown between the two teams.

Tune in next week to see the Hart Foundation, Dino Bravo, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Bad News Brown, Rick Martel, and Dusty Rhodes in action!  Also, the Bushwhackers will be guests on the Brother Love Show!

The Last Word:  More generic WrestleMania build this week.  To provide balance in the hype for the tag team title match the WWF needs to have the Hart Foundation confront the Colossal Connection on Wrestling Challenge.  Hulk Hogan won the last promo exchange with the Ultimate Warrior as well as it is hard not to get into Hogan’s promos due to their intensity and his ability to sell the wildest of tales.

Up Next:  Wrestling Challenge for April 1!