What the World Was Watching: SummerSlam 1990

Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are doing commentary and they are live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show attracted a sellout crowd of 19,304, of which 18,703 paid to attend.  The buyrate for the show was 3.8 (507,000 estimated buys), down from the 4.8 buyrate (625,000 estimated buys) of the previous edition.

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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 Superstars – August 25, 1990

Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are calling the action, and they are taped from Providence, Rhode Island.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on August 8 and drew a sellout crowd of 15,000 fans.

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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 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 12, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are today’s commentators, continuing the taping cycle in Des Moines, Iowa.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – August 11, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth, still broadcasting from Omaha, Nebraska.

The Legion of Doom squash from Prime Time Wrestling begins the show.

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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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