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 Wrestling Challenge – June 17, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan commentate this Father’s Day edition of Wrestling Challenge.  This is the last of the shows from Madison, Wisconsin.

Brutus Beefcake’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling kicks off the telecast.

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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 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 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 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 19, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary, still taped from Austin, Texas.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 13, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary, and they are taped from San Antonio, Texas.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on April 24 and drew a sellout crowd of 10,700 fans.

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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 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 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 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: 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 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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Dwayne Johnson’s TV Debut, Tugboat vs. Roadblock (and other Dream Matches)

Just a picture of Flex Kavana, anyone knows does he still wrestles, I remember seeing him USWA back in 90s. : SquaredCircle

Welcome back to more Dream Matches! Now, if you’re anything like me, every once in a while you wake up and go “I really want to watch a dozen Roadblock matches”, but I wasn’t sure about doing a “Best of Roadblock” column or just spreading the joy throughout multiple columns. But watching him fight Tugboat in 1991 just needs some focus on its own, you know?

Also, this week we’ll see the TV debut of some tall guy named Dwayne Johnson as “Flex Kavana”, as he teams up with Brian Christopher against Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee in the Memphis territory, while Dwayne prepares for his WWF callup in one of the few old territories left. Also, it’s a Berzerker frenzy, as John Nord squashes both Shawn Michaels and Jim Powers in different decades! Who knows if either of those pretty boys will recover their careers?

Also, come watch Blitzkrieg fight Super Calo! With NO BOTCHING! Swear to God! Except once. Where Blitzkrieg nearly dies. But other than that it was clean!

USWA TAG TEAM TITLES:
FLEX KAVANA & “TOO SEXY” BRIAN CHRISTOPHER vs. “THE KING” JERRY LAWLER & BILL DUNDEE:
(USWA, mid-1996)
* So yes, this is the first EVER televised match for one Dwayne Johnson, as he appears in his USWA incarnation, with barely any training under his belt (he graduated college only the year before), as “Flex Kavana” (a nickname 411/Inside Pulse’s Eric S would always use to make fun of him). And he’s teaming with “Too Sexy” against the old men of the territory, Jerry & Bill, at a combined age of 970, with Bill in yellow tights and Jerry in his blue one-strap. Flex is in black trunks, Brian in white tiger-striped tights. Flex, with the same heelish tint in his voice that the Rock would later use, declares his team “Naughty by nature and violent by design”. There’s barely anyone at all in this embarrassingly-tiny red TV studio as the USWA promotion dies and dies. Lawler is actually a heel at this point.

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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 Prime Time Wrestling – February 19, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are hosting tonight’s broadcast.  Heenan announces that Mike Tyson will not referee the WWF title match between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage on The Main Event.  Monsoon follows up by saying that Buster Douglas will take Tyson’s place.  Heenan is discouraged by this news because he hoped to referee the bout.

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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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Earthquake’s Dream Matches (Boss Man! Paul Roma! Booger!)

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Tenta as Yukon lumberjack “Earthquake Evans” in a 1989 tryout match, with Slick as his manager!

I’ve long felt that John “Earthquake” Tenta is a tragically underrated “Big Man” worker, but, much like Haku, he’s had a bit of a renaissance as former Workrate Snobs like me have learned to appreciate what a hard-working big guy can bring to the table. I was gonna make a more varied list for a column, but I had enough for a full one of JUST Tenta, so here’s a random selection of fun or weird Earthquake matches! Watch him take on such luminaries as Paul Roma (back when he was trying out in a Lumberjack gimmick!), The Big Boss Man (with one hell of a power feat), Tugboat & Bastian Booger!

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