What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 8, 1990

Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Providence, Rhode Island.  Piper makes hen noises and grabs McMahon’s rear end to start the show.

Opening Contest:  The Big Bossman (22-1) pins Pez Whatley after the Bossman Slam at 1:41:

Whatley attacks the Bossman before the bell but that only gives him a temporary advantage.  Bobby Heenan pops up in the split screen and jokes about the Bossman mother’s age.  The Bossman rolls to his twentieth consecutive win in less than two minutes, defeating Whatley for the second time this year.  After the bell, the Bossman continues his new babyface routine of handcuffing the jobber to the ropes and yelling at them rather than beating on them with the nightstick.

Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps the events of SummerSlam, including Sapphire’s heel turn.  Dusty Rhodes cuts a promo against Ted DiBiase, reminding him that he cannot be bought.

Rhythm & Blues (w/Jimmy Hart) (21-0-1) beat Mark Thomas & Jim McPherson when Greg Valentine pins McPherson after a double back suplex at 1:47:

Before the match Hart announces that “Hunka Hunka Honky Love” has gone platinum, triggering a bit where Piper asks McMahon how many copies “Stand Back” sold.  After Piper half-heartedly puts over the Blues’ abilities, the Hart Foundation do a generic insert promo about how they are prepared for whatever the Blues can dish out.  McMahon rips on Gordon Solie’s commentary at the end, asking Piper if a “su-play” is a food dish.

The Barbarian (w/Bobby Heenan) (14-0) pins Mike Daniels after the flying clothesline at 2:22:

As the match unfolds the Big Bossman does an insert promo about how jokes about his mother are worse than breaking the law.  The Barbarian easily rolls to another victory over a smaller opponent.

Nikolai Volkoff (7-0) beats Mike Williams after a clothesline to the back of the head at 1:23:

McMahon hypes Volkoff as “A happy young man” even though Volkoff was forty-three at the time of this match.  Sergeant Slaughter is angry about Volkoff confronting him last week on Wrestling Challenge and he says as much in the split screen.  Williams does a somersault sell of Volkoff’s finisher, which looks better before a post-match replay exposes it.

Brother Love interviews Sensational Sherri, who calls out WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior on Randy Savage’s behalf.  Sherri has a contract for a future match between the two but needs the Warrior’s signature, alleging that he is a coward for not having done so.  Love piles on, making fun of the Warrior’s appearance and agreeing that he is afraid.  While all of this is going on, the Warrior keeps peeking through the backstage curtain like he is a villain in a horror film.  Eventually the Warrior appears and rips up Sherri’s contract, saying he does not need a contract to face Savage.  When the Warrior says that Savage is not present because he hides behind Sherri, Sherri slaps him several times.  In response, the Warrior argues that Savage is not in the arena because he has found love somewhere else and destroys the set.  This was not a bad segment to start the feud but Savage’s absence hurt it.

Bad News Brown’s last WWF squash that aired on Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Jake Roberts’ squash win over Buddy Rose from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

The Last Word:  The Ultimate Warrior continues to get ice cold opponents for his title run as Randy Savage has little momentum going into their feud due to doing jobs for Hulk Hogan and Dusty Rhodes around the horn for the better part of the last two years.  Savage and Sensational Sherri will do what they can to make that feud interesting, but it is likely to fail at the box office despite their best efforts.  Most of the midcard programs for the fall look terrible, as the Big Bossman freaks out about his mother and the Hart Foundation face weak challengers in Rhythm & Blues.  At least Hulk Hogan will be appearing at house shows to face Earthquake, which is one of the few programs to come out of SummerSlam with some momentum behind it.

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