What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – December 1, 1990

Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper call the action, wrapping up the taping cycle in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Their intro has Elvis Presley song puns because they are broadcasting from the site of Presley’s last public performance.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  The Texas Tornado (Intercontinental Champion) (15-0) defeats the Brooklyn Brawler (2-17) after the discus punch at 2:22:

The squash is awful, with the Tornado leaning the Brawler against the ropes several times only to give a clean break.  The Tornado clocks the Brawler in the stomach and rebounds off the ropes with the discus punch for the win.  McMahon and Piper hype a return match in the future between the Tornado and Mr. Perfect.

Gene Okerlund shows footage of Cain the Undertaker’s debut at Survivor Series.  The Undertaker and Brother Love do a taped promo, with Love putting over the Undertaker’s size and the Undertaker promising to bury the competition.

Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil) (22-3-1) beats Jim Evans via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 2:22:

Like their last match on the February 24 edition of Superstars, Evans is no match for DiBiase.  In the split screen, DiBiase puts over the abilities of the Undertaker.  DiBiase pulls Evans up after a fist drop and cinches in the Million Dollar Dream after a clothesline.

Footage of the Gobbledy Gooker’s debut at Survivor Series airs.  The WWF sweetens the crowd noise to make it seem like fans popped loudly for the segment.

Shane Douglas (8-1-1) pins Mike Sharpe (1-11) after a flying body press at 2:38:

Douglas continues his slow climb up the WWF singles ladder, avoiding a Sharpe dropkick and hitting a sloppy flying body press for a fourth straight win.

Tugboat (25-0) pins Jeff Sword after a splash at 1:44:

Tugboat adds a dropkick to his squash arsenal, impressing McMahon and Piper.  After an avalanche, Sword is easy pickings for a splash as Hulk Hogan’s buddy remains undefeated.

Power & Glory’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

McMahon announces that The Royal Rumble will take place on Saturday, January 19.

Brother Love interviews Hacksaw Jim Duggan.  Duggan rants about gas costing $2 a gallon and how the economy is in recession before saying the biggest problem is Sergeant Slaughter’s disloyalty to America.  He promises to kick Slaughter’s butt at an undetermined time in the future.

Jimmy Snuka (18-2) defeats Doug Vines after the Superfly Splash at 2:24:

Jimmy Hart drops by the commentary table, who himself over as a bigger musical act than Elvis.  In a comment that has not aged well, Hart says that the reason he does not manage Snuka is because Snuka lacks “a killer instinct.”  This is a typical Snuka squash with slow, 1970s and early 1980s style ring work before hitting the Superfly Splash.

The Orient Express (w/Mr. Fuji) (23-3) beat Gary Jackson & Albert Bissel when Sato pins Jackson after a sitout powerbomb at 2:16:

Hart is still on commentary but does not add anything.  In the split screen, Fuji says that the Legion of Doom will be surprised by what he can do in the ring.  This is Sato’s last appearance before moving to a WWF front office role and he gets the usual honor of winning a squash for his team with a sitout powerbomb.

Sean Mooney’s Event Center segment is notable because the two remaining members of Demolition are revealed as Smash and Crush.  They announce that Mr. Fuji is their new manager.

In a weird end to the show, McMahon and Piper bully Jimmy Hart by playing piano on his ring jacket.

Tune in next week to see the Big Bossman, Demolition, Sergeant Slaughter, and Jake Roberts in action!  Also, Dustin Rhodes will be a guest on the Brother Love Show!

The Last Word:  There was a strong push early in the show for the Undertaker, who has yet to wrestle on a weekly television program.  Aside from that, the rest of the show was flat because of a lack of major talent appearing.

Up Next:  Wrestling Challenge for December 2!