What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – October 22, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host this evening’s show.  Heenan says he can solve the problems in the Middle East by sending the Big Bossman’s mother because it will cause Iraqi forces to flee Kuwait.  Monsoon threatens Heenan with more fines for unsavory jokes, causing Heenan to beg Monsoon not to do it because he needs the money to sponsor needy families for Christmas.

A replay of the Koko B. Ware-Sergeant Slaughter match from Saturday Night’s Main Event is shown.

Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recounts the Ultimate Warrior’s recent dealings with Brother Love.

Jimmy Snuka’s squash from Wrestling Challenge airs.

The Warlord (w/Slick) (16-0) pins Brad Kramer after the running powerslam at 1:27:

The Warlord shoves Kramer several times to put over his power.  An unceremonious running powerslam follows shortly thereafter.

Okerlund does the Survivor Series Report.  Afterward, Monsoon and Heenan put over the Los Angeles Coliseum hosting WrestleMania VII.  Heenan cracks Monsoon up by discussing going there with Trixie in his younger days.

Akeem (w/Slick) (11-4-1) defeats George Anderson after a splash at 1:30:

Lord Alfred Hayes sticks to the idea that Akeem is the only WWF competitor from “deepest, darkest Africa.”  In the split screen, Saba Simba says he is proud of his roots.  The WWF audience never finds out who wins this tasteless feud as Akeem quit over poor house show payoffs and this win marks his last match in the company.

Monsoon calls Saba Simba “the African dancing machine.”  Heenan mocks Simba’s cadence.

Promo time with Sean Mooney!  Mr. Perfect and Demolition say they are getting perfectly prepared for Survivor Series.  Perfect seems uneasy around his teammates, like he is a fresh fish in prison.

A replay of the Dusty Rhodes-Randy Savage match from Saturday Night’s Main Event is shown.

The Big Bossman (26-1) pins Tony Burton after a spinebuster at 1:18:

If the Bossman’s angle with Heenan was taking place in Memphis, it would culminate in the Bossman’s mother showing up and defeating Heenan in a match.  The Bossman’s enzuigiri move gets a good reaction and he finishes with a weak spinebuster.  After the bell, the Bossman handcuffs Burton to the ropes and celebrates.

Okerlund interviews Rick Martel, who are at an optometrist’s office.  Martel says he would only wear eyeglasses as a fashion statement because he already has perfect vision.  He dismisses Jake Roberts as “out of sight, out of mind.”

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (29-1-1) defeats Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan) (18-3-1) via disqualification at 9:14 shown:

This match took place at Madison Square Garden on September 21 and it would mark Rude’s last televised bout in the WWF.  Duggan dominates most of the contest, a surprising development because this match took place a few weeks after Rude main evented SummerSlam against the Ultimate Warrior.  No near-falls take place and the end comes when Rude pounds on Duggan in the corner and tosses the referee out of the way when he tries to get him to stop.  After the match, Duggan chases Rude and Heenan out of the ring with a 2×4.  Rating:  *½

Power & Glory (w/Slick) (13-0) defeat Red Tyler & Kevin Krueger when Paul Roma pins Krueger after the Powerplex at 2:37:

Power & Glory sport an undefeated record but their lack of theme music communicates to fans that they are not a big deal.  The Rockers appear in the split screen and say that Power & Glory will pay for not finishing them off when they had the chance.  Roma throws a nice dropkick on Tyler and Hercules uses an impressive sidewalk slam to set up the Powerplex.

More promo time with Mooney!  Sergeant Slaughter says that his Mercenaries have been put through hard training.  That must not have included learning about their adversaries as Tanaka almost forgets their names.  The Alliance puts over how much they love America and Tito Santana says that they will survive at any cost.

Non-Title Match:  The Texas Tornado (Intercontinental Champion) (11-0) pins Doug Vines after the discus punch at 1:55:

Vines started wrestling in 1980, competing for Angelo Poffo’s International Championship Wrestling (ICW) and winning the tag team titles there with Jeff Sword as part of a squad called the Devil’s Duo.  He did some enhancement talent work for Jim Crockett Promotions in 1984 and 1985 and was doing similar work for the WWF before going to the USWA.

As the Tornado slowly circles Vines, Mr. Perfect appears in the split screen and says that the Tornado will not survive the Survivor Series and his Intercontinental title reign is on borrowed time.  After doing a slam, the Tornado locks in the claw and takes Vines’ head off with the discus punch.

Tune in next week for a Halloween edition of Prime Time that feature matches with the British Bulldog, Dustin Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Randy Savage, Saba Simba, the Orient Express, the Barbarian, Shane Douglas, Jimmy Snuka, the Rockers, and Mr. Perfect!  There will also be a special edict handed down by WWF President Jack Tunney!

The Last Word:  Bobby Heenan does his best each week to come up with new material about the Big Bossman’s mother but it is becoming a tiresome act at this point.  The best parts of the broadcast were when Gorilla Monsoon could get him away from that formula.  This broadcast is the end of Rick Rude and Akeem, with Rude being a much bigger loss for the company over the long-term.

Up Next:  WWF Superstars for October 27!