What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 26, 1990

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are calling the action for today’s episode, which was taped in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 7.  According to the historyofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 7,700.  McMahon is substituting for Gorilla Monsoon, who was having a toe amputated.  This is the “go home” show before SummerSlam.

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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 Prime Time Wrestling – August 6, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan spend another evening in the studio, acting like the matches from the recent Saturday Night’s Main Event have not been viewed by the public.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 30, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing studio duty for this evening’s show.

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

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host tonight’s program, weighing in on how Hulk Hogan will handle getting back into the ring at SummerSlam.

The Legion of Doom’s debut on Wrestling Challenge is shown.  Heenan admits that they will be a tough team for anyone to beat.

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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 8, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, concluding the tapings in Rochester, New York.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – June 18, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s hosts.  Monsoon tells Heenan that he does not appreciate how he left last week’s show.  He says that he has seen Hogan and he is okay but could be doing better.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 10, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the telecast, still broadcasting from Madison, Wisconsin.

One match is missing from my copy of the show.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, Rick Rude (8-1-1) defeated Sonny Rogers in the opener, his first televised match since the April 2 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.

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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 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 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 Prime Time Wrestling – May 7, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan handle studio duties for this evening’s telecast.

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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: WWF Superstars – April 21, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary and they are taped from 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 Superstars – April 14, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth, and they are taped from Glen Falls, New York.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on April 4.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – April 2, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are manning the studio.  Monsoon announces that the Ultimate Warrior is the new WWF Champion, and adds that Hulkamania has now achieved immortality.  Heenan challenges the Warrior to put the title on the line against an undetermined member of the Heenan Family.

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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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