What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 23, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing their usual studio duties for tonight’s telecast.

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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 Prime Time Wrestling – July 2, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for tonight’s show.  Heenan wants Mr. Perfect’s feature match against Hercules to air at the beginning of the telecast, but Monsoon urges patience because the show is two hours long.

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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 Prime Time Wrestling – June 25, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host tonight’s program.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 24, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan call the action, which originates from Rochester, New York.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on June 5 and drew a crowd of 8,000 fans.

The Bushwhackers squash match from Prime Time Wrestling is today’s opener.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 16, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth, concluding the tapings in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Ventura argues that his MIA bracelet will come off faster than McMahon’s Hulk Hogan friendship bracelet.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – June 4, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host this evening’s show.  Monsoon rails against Heenan telling viewers at the end of last week’s show that he was the real host of the program, all while Monsoon was trying to get an update on Hulk Hogan’s condition.  Heenan says he does not care about Hogan anymore because he is not the WWF Champion, so since Hogan no longer has something Heenan wants he cares nothing about his condition.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – May 28, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s hosts.  Heenan refers to himself as “the perfect host” for this program in keeping with his new role as Mr. Perfect’s manager.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – May 21, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio and handle tonight’s broadcast.  Heenan blasts Tugboat’s gimmick, arguing that kids should want to be the President of the United States rather than “a stupid boat.”  Monsoon has a good counter, asking Heenan what the Barbarian wanted to be as a kid.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 20, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, still broadcasting from San Antonio, Texas.  In a funny opening bit, Heenan thinks Monsoon is talking about Tito Santana when Monsoon references former Mexican general Santa Anna.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 12, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura handle commentary today, taped from Austin, Texas.  This was the same location as the recent Saturday Night’s Main Event taping, taking place on April 23 and attracting 8,500 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 6, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, and they are wrapping up the television tapings in Syracuse, New York.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 5, 1990

Vince McMahon calls today’s action with Jesse Ventura.  This is the last show of the taping cycle in Glen Falls, New York.

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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: Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVI

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura handle commentary and they are taped from Austin, Texas.  To put over the Texas setting of the show, McMahon and Ventura open the show on horseback in the aisle.  The card was hyped as “The Tussle in Texas” and took place on April 23.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 8,500 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – April 16, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host tonight’s broadcast.

Jake Roberts’ squash from Wrestling Challenge airs.

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What the World Was Watching: The Wrestling Summit (Special Column)

As noted in prior columns, this show was a joint effort by the WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and All Japan Pro Wrestling.  The WWF was looking to expand its global presence while New Japan and All Japan felt threatened by Akira Maeda’s shoot-like Universal Wrestling Federation, which drew a 50,000 person crowd to the Tokyo Dome for a big show in November 1989.  To counter them, New Japan and All Japan worked together on a supershow at the Tokyo Dome on February 10.  Then, they built on that effort by partnering with the WWF for another big card in Tokyo on April 13 that was named The Wrestling Summit.  According tothehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 53,742.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 15, 1990

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan do commentary for this show, kicking off a new round of television tapings from Syracuse, New York.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on April 3.

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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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