What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 27, 1990

Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper handle commentary, calling the action from Springfield, Illinois.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on October 9.  Piper comes out with a white sheet over his head and carrying a pumpkin, lest his intentions be misconstrued from his actions at WrestleMania VI.

Opening Contest:  Demolition (6-1) defeat Jim Brunzell, Jim Evans & George Anderson when Crush pins Anderson after Demolition Decapitation at 2:45:

Demolition debut a more sinister sounding theme song, replacing their popular Rick Derringer rock anthem.  They also wear masks, taking their BDSM look to a whole new level.  Neither of these changes are positive for the team, taking away the things that made them special.  The other thing that hurts the team are these bad six-man tag team squashes since the team made its reputation in conventional tag bouts.

Rick Martel repeats his half-hearted apology for what happened to Jake Roberts a few weeks on the Brother Love Show and gives Love a walking stick to give to Roberts on his behalf.  WWF road agent Tony Garea helps guide Roberts out onto the Brother Love set.  Love tries to make a fool of Roberts by positioning him away from the camera, but Roberts gets the crowd to cheer to direct him to the right place.  Love gives Roberts Martel’s gift, which Roberts swings like a baseball bat.  He warns Martel that his eyesight might be gone, but he will face him anywhere.  Martel runs back out and makes fun of how Roberts cannot see him.  He slaps Roberts and Roberts gets a hold of Love and DDTs him.  His eyeglasses come off, revealing that his left eye is still all white.  This was an amazing segment where everyone played their roles to perfection.

The British Bulldog pins the Brooklyn Brawler (2-14) after a running powerslam at 2:19:

The Bulldog was Davey Boy Smith, one-half of the British Bulldogs tag team with the Dynamite Kid that won the WWF Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania II in 1986.  Smith started wrestling at fifteen in 1978 for World of Sport in Great Britain before migrating to Canada and wrestling for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling.  It was there that he met and married one of Hart’s daughters, Diana.  In 1984, he formed the Bulldogs tag team with the Kid and the team was signed by the WWF, staying until 1988 when the Kid suffered a debilitating back injury.  That led to Smith returning to Stampede, where he was fortunate to escape death in an automobile accident when riding with Chris Benoit, Ross Hart, and Jason the Terrible.  Smith also resumed teaming with the Kid in All Japan Pro Wrestling, but the team had a falling out there and Smith got a new contract with the WWF as a singles wrestler.

The Bulldog does an insert promo about how he cannot wait to sink his teeth into some WWF action.  He looks good, flattening the Brawler with a dropkick and some nice-looking clotheslines.  The Bulldog is using the same finisher as the Warlord and a feud might be developing between the two as McMahon says that the Bulldog has the best running powerslam in the WWF.

Gene Okerlund appears in front of the big egg with several children, who are allowed to touch it.  They speculate that balloons, turkeys, or a chicken might pop out of it.

A replay of the Dusty Rhodes-Randy Savage match from Saturday Night’s Main Event is shown.  Afterward, Ted DiBiase, Virgil, and Sapphire do a taped promo and DiBiase says that Dustin Rhodes would never last more than ten minutes with him.

The Rockers (15-4-1) defeat Kent Carlson & Buddy Rose when Shawn Michaels suplexes Marty Jannetty onto Carlson at 2:52:

As the Rockers pound on Rose, Power & Glory and Slick say that the Rockers are not on their level.  Carlson joins the ranks of jobbers who are not sure of how to take the Rocker Dropper, landing knee-first on the bump.  The Rockers blitz their opponents for the finish, double slingshot suplexing Carlson, double superkicking Rose into the ropes, and then Michaels dumps Jannetty on top of Carlson for the win.

Okerlund’s Update segment airs an announcement from WWF President Jack Tunney.  He indefinitely suspends Rick Rude due to insults about the Big Bossman’s mother, censors Heenan from making future negative comments about the Bossman’s mother, and says that Heenan must substitute for Rude on cards that have been booked.  In a panic, Heenan begs Tunney to rescind his decision and the Bossman to forgive him.  Okerlund shows that Heenan is not sincere because the cameras kept rolling and showed him laughing after begging for forgiveness.

The Warlord squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Okerlund does the Survivor Series Report.  A new match announced is the Vipers (Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka & the Rockers) against the Visionaries (Rick Martel, the Warlord & Power & Glory).  Also, Haku will replace Rick Rude on the Natural Disasters.

The Big Bossman’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

Dusty Rhodes, along with Dustin Rhodes, warns Ted DiBiase that their feud has become personal on a family level.  He says that he will be in his son’s corner and that his son will last ten minutes against the Million Dollar Man.

Tune in next week to see Dustin Rhodes face Ted DiBiase in a ten-minute match!  Also, Mr. Perfect, Tugboat, Sergeant Slaughter, and the Bushwhackers will be in action!

The Last Word:  This was a great show because of all of the new angles and storyline developments.  Jake Roberts and Rick Martel are hitting it out of the park with their program.  Rick Rude’s suspension is silly as somehow it is okay for Earthquake to send jobbers to the hospital on a regular basis or for Rhythm & Blues to take people out with guitars but making insults about someone’s mother are a step too far.  Plugging Bobby Heenan into the matches was as good a way as any to try to salvage the feud, but it was the best of a series of bad options.

Up Next:  Wrestling Challenge for October 28!