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 Superstars – June 9, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura call the action and they are still in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 3, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they begin a new set of television tapings in Madison, Wisconsin.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings took place on May 14.

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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 14, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for tonight’s show.

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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 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 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: WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 8, 1990

With Tony Schiavone gone, Wrestling Challenge sees an announcing shakeup with Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan now calling the action.  They are commentating matches at the end of the taping cycle in San Francisco.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – March 24, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura handle commentary duties, starting a new round of tapings in Sacramento, California.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on March 6 and attracted a crowd of 13,500, with 2,000 of those fans attending for free.  This week Ventura has his face painted like the Ultimate Warrior – a horrifying sight – and is wearing tassels because he is once again changing his prediction for the WrestleMania VI main event.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – March 12, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan run the studio portion of the telecast.  Heenan is wearing a dark green jacket, so Monsoon asks him if that will be his attire for WrestleMania VI.  Heenan responds that he might be preparing for the Masters golf tournament.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 11, 1990

Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon are in the charge of the play-by-play and they are still taped from Tucson, Arizona.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – February 17, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary and they are doing the second episode from Miami, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – January 29, 1990

As per usual, Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio hosting this evening’s show.  Heenan says that the Colossal Connection will be interested in seeing Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior team up tonight.  Monsoon says that Tugboat, who will appear on this show, is a “strange individual” who looks like he came from the Popeye cartoons, a great endorsement of the gimmick.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 28, 1990

Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon are in the booth and they are still in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A replay of the Hacksaw Jim Duggan-Pez Whatley match that aired on Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – January 15, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio to spar with each other before they toss the broadcast over to new matches.  Tonight’s feature match comes from Chattanooga, Tennessee and was taped on January 3.

Heenan is upset that he cannot have the guests he wants on the program whereas Monsoon was able to bring Arnold Skaaland on last week’s show.  Monsoon tells Heenan that he had better not abscond with the yellow Royal Rumble hats on the broadcast desk.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 7, 1990

Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon handle commentary duties and they are taped from the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.  This taping took place on December 12, 1989.  Schiavone has a guitar and tries to play a song and does terribly.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – January 1, 1990 (Start of a New Series!)

1989 was a strong year for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  The Mega Powers angle between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage created a strong buyrate for WrestleMania V and rematches between the two throughout the spring and summer generated healthy gates.  In addition, the company expanded its revenue streams by adding The Royal Rumble to its pay-per-view lineup in January.  And other competitors were faltering as the American Wrestling Association (AWA) was on its last legs and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was riven by divisions between Executive Vice President Jim Herd and talent like Ric Flair.  Times were good for the WWF’s Golden Age.

However, there were some cracks underneath the surface that the WWF would grapple with as 1990 began.  The company’s star, Hulk Hogan, wanted to make his mark on Hollywood and WWF owner Vince McMahon wanted to find the next big act to replace him.  And without Hogan it was unclear whether casual fans, who fueled the WWF’s rise throughout the late 1980s, would continue to tune in.  Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior appeared the most likely successor, with a physical build similar to Hogan’s and laying claim to being the second-biggest star in the company.  Both men had been kept away from each other in storylines and McMahon looked at a clash between them as a way to resolve the conundrum.  And beyond the Hogan-Warrior transition there were questions as to who the big heels of the company would be.  Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase had failed in their efforts to win the WWF Championship, reduced in standing by multiple losses.  Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, and Zeus were considered possibilities but Perfect had not held a singles title yet, Hogan refused to work a program with Rude, and Zeus was limited in the ring.  So, the WWF was on the look for new talents that they could slot into main event programs and continue to draw houses on par with those of the late 1980s.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – December 23, 1995 (Last of the series)

A replay of Xanta Claus attacking Savio Vega at In Your House 5 is shown.

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are doing commentary and they are kicking off some new tapings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, only 1,500 fans attended because there was a blizzard during the show.  This was also the taping where Bradshaw made his debut in a dark match, losing to Savio Vega.  Also, this is the last Superstars of 1995 because next week’s episode is a “year in review” show.

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