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

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura call today’s action, wrapping up the television taping cycle in Binghamton, New York.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Demolition – Smash & Crush (Champions w/Ax) (2-0) defeat Tony Ulysses & Mike Pocari when Crush pins Pocari after Demolition Decapitation at 1:57:

Demolition is booed during their entrance, cementing their soft heel turn since welcoming Crush into the group.  In the split screen, Demolition say that they do not fear the Hart Foundation and they care more about the tag team titles than the fans.  In rebuttal, McMahon argues that Ax and Smash got Crush because they needed to find something to counter the Foundation.

Gene Okerlund promises in the Update segment that Hulk Hogan will make the most important announcement of his career next week.  Okerlund speculates that this could be a retirement speech.  The Rockers, Hillbilly Jim, and Brutus Beefcake send well wishes.  However, the Warlord, Slick, Earthquake, and Jimmy Hart argue that Hogan is never coming back.  To close the segment, Okerlund urges fans to keep writing to Hogan because it is not too late to influence his decision.

Tito Santana (11-5-1) pins Buddy Rose after a flying forearm at 2:02:

This is the third time that Santana and Rose have wrestled this year, and the two last faced off on the April 8 edition of Wrestling Challenge.  McMahon floats the idea that Rose is going to get a tummy tuck to fit his announced weight.  Such a change would have helped Rose in this match as he slowly climbs to the top rope, gets slammed off, and succumbs to Santana’s flying forearm.

Bad News Brown (16-0-1) beats Mike Bee after the Ghetto Blaster at 2:17:

Brown does his usual sneak attack on Bee to start the match and then speaks in the split screen about how a Dr. Calhoun in Harlem cured him of his fear of snakes.  However, this boast is premature as Bee pulls a rubber snake out of his tights to scare Brown halfway through the match.  Unfortunately for Bee, the referee makes him relinquish the object and Brown regains the advantage and win with the Ghetto Blaster.  After the bell, Brown is so terrified of the rubber snake that he stomps on it and beats on it with a chair.  That sounds stupid, but Brown’s body language is so good it makes this entertaining.

Jimmy Snuka’s squash match from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Rhythm & Blues (w/Jimmy Hart) (16-0-1) defeat Jim McPherson & George Skaaland when the Honky Tonk Man pins McPherson after a double back suplex at 2:04:

In the split screen, the Blues argue that “Hunka Hunka Honky Love” has reached number thirteen on the music charts.  The Blues land some basic strikes on McPherson before finishing him off.  There is no mention here of the Blues feud with the Bushwhackers, so it is unclear if that feud will continue into the rest of the summer on the house show circuit.

Nikolai Volkoff is a guest on this week’s Brother Love Show.  Volkoff screams about how he wants world peace and how he hopes fans will be behind him when he faces his former tag team partner Boris Zhukov.  Hacksaw Jim Duggan interrupts the segment, offering Volkoff the American flag as a peace offering and his hand in friendship.  Volkoff enthusiastically waves the flag as the show goes to a commercial break, fighting back tears as he does so.

Randy Savage (w/Sensational Sherri) (3-2) pins Jim Brunzell after a flying elbow drop at 3:05:

During Savage’s lengthy entrance, Sherri does an insert promo that puts her charge over as the best wrestler in the WWF.  Savage’s win-loss record in 1990 says the opposite, but his fashion sense is more open to question as his tights are littered traffic signs.  The match features a nice spot where Savage knocks Brunzell to the floor and Sherri goes down on all fours on the apron to avoid Brunzell flying into her.  Brunzell fails to put up much of a fight since he is only doing job duty during this run.

Bobby Heenan tells fans that the new WWF magazine features stories about the Heenan Family.  He urges fans to buy it, even though previous editions of the magazine have nothing but lies in them.

The Big Bossman squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

Tune in next week to see Hulk Hogan’s important announcement!

The Last Word:  The action was fast and furious today.  That, coupled with a few important pieces of angle development, made this a good show.  The WWF has spent the last few weeks building up midcard feuds like the Big Bossman-Ted DiBiase, Jake Roberts-Bad News Brown, Hart Foundation-Demolition, and Nikolai Volkoff-Boris Zhukov.  However, the program that features the WWF Champion has been completely ignored, an unforgivable offense when the WWF Championship is supposed to be the top prize in professional wrestling.  It is little wonder that A-level house shows were not doing well either because the Ultimate Warrior has only appeared once in a meaningful capacity outside of Event Center promos since WrestleMania.

Up Next:  Wrestling Challenge for July 8!