What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 23, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura start a new round of summer television tapings in Binghampton, New York.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on June 6.

Brutus Beefcake’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling starts the show.

Gene Okerlund’s Update segment assures fans that Hulk Hogan is on the mend and airs a tribute to the former WWF champion.  The tribute begins with Hogan’s theme song and match clips and then moves to darker music when cutting to footage of Earthquake squashing him on the Brother Love Show.

The Barbarian (w/Bobby Heenan) (9-0) pins Scott Colontonio after a flying clothesline at 1:59:

This squash is a better effort than the Barbarian’s effort on Prime Time Wrestling as the thinner Colontonio has his head taken off with a clothesline, Mafia kick, and flying clothesline.

Hercules and Paul Roma say only superstars like them deserve WWF ice cream bars.  That is a heelish way to sell the product.

Non-Title Match:  Demolition – Smash & Crush (WWF Tag Team Champions w/Ax) defeat Paul Diamond & Joe Champ when Crush pins Champ after Demolition Decapitation at 3:24:

Crush was Brian Adams, a wrestler trained by Japanese legends Tatsumi Fujinami and Antonio Inoki.  Adams debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1986 and he made his way back to the U.S. in 1987, working for Don Owens’ Pacific Northwest Wrestling (PNW) and the CWA in Memphis.  It was in PNW that Adams found the most success, feuding with the Barbarian and Buddy Rose and winning the promotion’s heavyweight title in a tournament final a couple of months before his WWF debut.

It is odd that the WWF did not do any vignettes to preview Crush’s arrival as part of the Demolition team, having all three Demolition walk out as a surprise for the home viewing audience.  In the split screen, the Hart Foundation say the only thing they care about with three Demolition members is which two they will be facing for the tag team titles.  The Crush-Smash duo do more power moves than the Ax-Smash combination, lifting Diamond at one point for a double gorilla press slam.  The match shows that Demolition are turning heel when Ax beats up Diamond when he gets knocked to the floor.  Crush looks good in his debut, towering over his opponents and hitting a nice running powerslam and flying knee drop.  While the crowd is confused at three Demolition members, they still cheer the match’s outcome.

Dino Bravo’s squash match from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

Fans are given their first announcement for SummerSlam, with the show booked to take place on Monday, August 27.

WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior appears on the Brother Love Show.  This is the first time that the Ultimate Warrior has appeared on a general television segment since the April 28 Saturday Night’s Main Event.  The Warrior wears very little face paint, only having a Warrior symbol on his left cheek.  He rants about scar tissue and intensity and says that his fans love him.  A little girl named Amanda Ultimate Warrior runs onto the set and flexes, does a cartwheel, and a handstand.  According to Bruce Prichard, the WWF was trying to humanize the Warrior in this segment but that failed.  The crowd dug Amanda’s abilities, but the segment does not jive with the Warrior’s character.  And how is this building the Warrior’s feud with Rick Rude, which is already floundering?

The Orient Express squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

Tune in next week to see Tugboat, Rick Rude, Dusty Rhodes, and Earthquake in action!

The Last Word:  A new taping cycle brings new changes with the debut of Crush and the first sighting of the Ultimate Warrior in a long while.  However, the Warrior’s appearance has to be judged a failure as it was focused more on the concept of love than heating up his feud with Rick Rude.

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