What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – April 7, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura handle commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings in Sacramento, California.

Opening Contest:  Dusty Rhodes (w/Sapphire) (7-0-1) beats Don Stevens after the Polka Dot Drop at 2:07:

The crowd loves Rhodes’ entrance, with many of them dancing during his entrance.  Rhodes is more motivated in this squash, throwing a dropkick and suplexing Stevens to set up the Polka Dot Drop.

The Warlord squash that aired on Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan are in a gym and Rude challenges WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior, saying that he is the only man in the WWF who has defeated the Warrior for a title.  Rude claims that he is embarking on a rigorous training schedule, one that will take him to parts unknown and give him the tools needed to beat the Warrior.  This was a good promo and began the transition of Rude to a more serious character.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (10-1-1) pins Black Bart after the three-point stance clothesline at 2:37:

When referee Danny Davis admonishes Duggan for using too many corner punches, Duggan bites his finger.  That type of referee abuse does not warrant a disqualification and mows through Bart with a bevy of clotheslines.

Bad News Brown (9-0-1) pins Terry Zeller after the Ghetto Blaster at 2:10:

This match should have aired before WrestleMania VI because Brown screams about Roddy Piper and the volume of McMahon and Ventura’s commentary is increased to drown out an insert promo Brown cuts about Piper.  Production snafus aside, Brown wears down Zeller with strikes and a clothesline sets up the Ghetto Blaster.

The Bushwhackers appear on the Brother Love Show.  They take issue with Love finding Rhythm & Blues recent attack on them funny and allege that he might have orchestrated it.  The Bushwhackers opt to not beat Love up, but they send a message to Rhythm & Blues that “no one bushwhacks a bushwhacker.”

Dino Bravo (w/Jimmy Hart) (9-3-1) defeats Stephen DeLeon after a sidewalk slam at 2:15:

In the split screen, Bravo screams about how he is the World’s Strongest Man.  Bravo toys with the jobber, refusing to pin him on multiple occasions, before landing the sidewalk slam.

The Hart Foundation squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Tune in next week to see Dusty Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Brutus Beefcake, the Orient Express, and Jimmy Snuka in action!  Also, WWF President Jack Tunney will give an update about the status of the Intercontinental Championship!

The Last Word:  As a consequence of the taping schedule there was only one new post-WrestleMania angle advanced, which was Rick Rude calling out the Ultimate Warrior.  Rude has a good justification for becoming the Warrior’s first challenger but it is a curious choice since the Earthquake was being built as the challenger in waiting in the months preceding WrestleMania VI.  Dino Bravo is also getting a lot of exposure as of late, making more televised appearances than anyone else on the roster to this point.  The WWF still sees some value in him, but his role after WrestleMania remains undefined.

Up Next:  Wrestling Challenge for April 8!