What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling “SummerSlam Fever” – August 19, 1990

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, and they are taped from Utica, New York.  This show aired on USA Network on August 19 and the matches were taped at Utica’s Memorial Auditorium on August 15, drawing a sellout crowd of 5,000 fans, according to thehistoryofwwe.com.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – August 19, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth, concluding the taping cycle in Omaha, Nebraska.  This show would be Ventura’s last WWF appearance until 1999 as he quit the company over a video game licensing dispute.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 5, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth for a new round of television tapings in Des Moines, Iowa.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on July 17.

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What the World Was Watching: Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVII

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary for tonight’s episode, taped from Omaha, Nebraska.  The episode is dubbed “Wild Kingdom,” a play on the Mutual of Omaha television program with the same name.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show took place at a Superstars taping on July 16, drawing a sellout crowd of 10,303 fans.  And according to oswreview.com, the show drew a 7.2 television rating, the second lowest for a Saturday Night’s Main Event to date.  This would be the last Saturday Night’s Main Event that Ventura would call.

Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan promise that WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior will be eaten by Rude, who is the deadliest predator in the WWF jungle.  The Warrior rebuts that he fears no predator, setting out to prove that he is the ultimate animal in the company.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 28, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary, concluding the tapings in Dayton, Ohio.

The Big Bossman squash from Prime Time Wrestling begins the broadcast.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 22, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are still in Huntington, West Virginia.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 14, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth, and they are taped from Dayton, Ohio.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on June 25 and attracted a crowd of 7,500 fans.  At the top of the broadcast, Ventura is confident that Hulk Hogan will announce his retirement.

Jake Roberts’ match against Paul Diamond from Prime Time Wrestling leads off the show.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 1, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, and they are taped from Rochester, New York.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 2, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary and they are starting a new set of television tapings in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, a location the WWF does not highlight in the show’s opening.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on May 15.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 27, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan handle commentary and they are concluding the taping cycle in San Antonio, Texas.

Rhythm & Blues squash match from Prime Time Wrestling opens the show.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 29, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan call today’s action, still taped from Syracuse, New York.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – April 9, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s studio hosts.  Monsoon asks Heenan if the Heenan Family is seeing growing defections.  Heenan is aghast at what happened with Andre the Giant at WrestleMania, opining that the big man cannot take directions.  Monsoon makes a good point that Heenan failed to help get Andre out of the ropes at WrestleMania, thereby costing his team the WWF Tag Team Championship.

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What the World Was Watching: WrestleMania VI

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth and they are live from Toronto, Ontario, Canada in what will be Ventura’s last appearance calling a WWF pay-per-view.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a sellout crowd of 67,678, a new attendance record for the venue.  It drew a buyrate of 3.8 (an estimated 550,000 purchases).  This was a decline from the 5.9 buyrate of WrestleMania V, but this can be attributed to more homes getting pay-per-view access by 1990, thereby messing with the buyrate average.

Robert Goulet sings the Canadian National Anthem.  According to Bruce Prichard, Goulet was picked for this spot because he badly botched signing “The Star Spangled Banner” several years earlier and this was a chance for him to redeem himself in front of a live crowd.  The WWF put the lyrics on the Skydome’s video screen to ease Goulet’s nerves.  And if you watch his body language during the performance, he goes from a bad of nerves to a guy having the time of his life halfway through.  His wife, who watched backstage, cried her eyes out after he nailed the song.

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What the World Was Watching: Saturday Night’s Main Event – January 27, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura provide the commentary for this evening’s matches.  They are taped from Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 3.  According to oswreview.com, this show scored an 11.1 rating, an improvement over the 8.7 rating of the previous edition.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 21, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Dalton, Georgia.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 9, 1995

A video package hypes today’s big feature match between Dean Douglas and the 1-2-3 Kid.  Will the Kid get sent to the principal’s office?

Since this is the new fall season, Superstars gets a new theme song for the first time in more than a year, with it being a knockoff of the Monday Night Football theme asking “Are you ready?”  The funny thing with an intro like this is that half the talent in it had quit or was released by January 1996 so they had to redo the lyrics, all of which were tied to a specific superstar.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – February 12, 1995

Todd Pettengill narrates a video package that recaps the Lex Luger-Tatanka feud that has been going on since the summer of 1994.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are still taped from South Padre Island, Texas.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – February 5, 1995

Jim Ross and Vince McMahon are covering the action, which is still coming from South Padre Island, Texas.  McMahon is replacing Todd Pettengill because Pettengill is on vacation.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…AWA Super Sunday

Prior to my vacation/wedding/honeymoon, I promised a reflection of NWA Great American Bash ’88; however, this show serves as a precursor to it. Therefore, allow me to provide you with said precursor as a turning point for a promotion.

Live from St. Paul, MN

Airdate: April 24, 1983

Attendance:  20,000

Hosted by Rod Trongard

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