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

Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and the Honky Tonk Man are in the booth and they start a new television taping cycle from Rochester, New York.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on November 19 and drew 8,000 fans.

Opening Contest:  The Bushwhackers (25-2) defeat Tony Ulysses & Troy Durham when Butch pins Ulysses after a double stomachbreaker at 3:04:

McMahon discusses how the Bushwhackers might can their saliva and sell it for Christmas.  There is dissension in the jobber team when Durham wants to tag out after taking a beating and Ulysses is reluctant to enter the ring.  He soon does and is quickly finished off so the Bushwhackers can rebuild momentum after a loss to Demolition on Prime Time.

Sergeant Slaughter (w/General Adnan) (10-0) beats Sonny Blaze via submission to the Camel Clutch at 1:41:

Slaughter wears an Arabian headdress to the ring to emphasize that his loyalty is to Iraq instead of the United States.  McMahon decries how Slaughter and Adnan are abusing the First Amendment to the United States and Honky makes a weak rebuttal about how both men are participating in an act of international relations.  Honky also adds that he is going to be in the Royal Rumble.  In the split screen, Slaughter and Adnan promise to get Hacksaw Jim Duggan in line with their beliefs.  WWF bookers love to put these two together as Slaughter works the back and beats Blaze for the third time in three months.

Jake Roberts squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

Gene Okerlund’s Update segment sees him recap the rules of the Royal Rumble.  He announces that Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Power & Glory, the Undertaker, the Texas Tornado, Earthquake, Legion of Doom, Rick Martel, the Honky Tonk Man, Demolition, the Hart Foundation, the Bushwhackers, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Warlord, Mr. Perfect, and Andre the Giant will be in the match.

The Warlord (w/Slick) (23-0) pins Glen Ruth after the running powerslam at 2:14:

In the split screen, the British Bulldog calls out the Warlord and says he wants to find out who is the strongest man in the WWF.  After some token beating, the Warlord finishes with the usual.

The Big Bossman’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Brother Love’s guest this week is Dustin Rhodes.  Before Dustin can talk, Love welcomes out Ted DiBiase and Virgil.  DiBiase insults Virgil, saying that he is the lowest form of life and a moron, and then has Virgil clean his shoes and those of Brother Love.  He offers to buy Dustin like he bought Sapphire and when Dustin refuses he is the victim of a two-on-one attack until the Texas Tornado makes the save.  The save is pretty spastic as Love misses a cue to take a discus punch and the Tornado picks up the microphone in the midst of fighting DiBiase and Virgil.  After the heels flee, the Tornado says that he saved Dustin because he is a Texan and does not take kindly to DiBiase insulting the state.

Demolition (w/Mr. Fuji) (7-1) defeat Jim McPherson & Scott Summer when Crush pins Summer after Demolition Decapitation at 2:48:

Demolition and Fuji do an insert promo where they call out the Rockers and promise to be their worst nightmare.  Summers takes a dangerous stun gun bump when he does not get his arms stretched over the top rope in time and Demolition finish him off after that.

Koko B. Ware and the Gobbledy Gooker dance to Ware’s theme song.  These two could have been an interesting tag team.

Earthquake’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Mr. Perfect and Bobby Heenan say they had to pull some strings to get an Intercontinental title shot next week and Perfect promises to regain the belt.

Tune in next week to see the Texas Tornado defend the Intercontinental Championship against Mr. Perfect!  Also, Power & Glory, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Undertaker, and the Legion of Doom will be in action!

The Last Word:  Honky Tonk Man was an ineffective third wheel on commentary, only adding things when prompted by Vince McMahon.  His back-and-forth with Roddy Piper was not smooth and his character was too one dimensional to be an effective commentator.  Beyond the booth, the show paved some ground for fresh feuds between the Texas Tornado and Ted DiBiase, as well as Demolition and the Rockers and the British Bulldog and the Warlord.  And a big question for next week’s show is whether the Tornado-DiBiase feud will be over the Intercontinental Championship or whether the belt will return to Mr. Perfect.  After a parade of clunkers, this was a much-needed broadcast to inject life back into the product.

Up Next:  Wrestling Challenge for December 9!