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Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary, kicking off a television taping in Flint, Michigan. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on September 19.
Opening Contest: Tugboat (22-0) pins Black Bart after a splash at 2:20:
This is the third time that Tugboat defeats Bart this year, going through the motions before winning with a splash. Jimmy Hart does an insert promo, arguing that Earthquake and Dino Bravo will soon put Hulk Hogan and Tugboat out of action.
Gene Okerlund does the Survivor Series Report.
The Warlord (w/Slick) (15-0) pins Spike Jones after the running powerslam at 1:54:
Heenan chooses to fill time during the match making fun of the Bossman’s mother. The Warlord continues to showcase his power offense but all of these wins are not getting him anywhere on the card.
Dusty Rhodes (15-1-1) defeats Paul Diamond (1-8) after the Polka Dot Drop at 1:53:
As Rhodes brawls with Diamond, Ted DiBiase does an insert promo that mocks Rhodes and his vow not to sell out to the Million Dollar Man. Rhodes gets Diamond back into the ring and finishes with the Polka Dot Drop.
The giant egg makes its first appearance on Wrestling Challenge. Monsoon wonders what might come out of it.
Demolition’s six-man squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
Okerlund interviews Intercontinental Champion the Texas Tornado. The Tornado repeats the line from his Superstars insert promo about how Perfect must become the perfect challenger to defeat him. Things go off the rails when the Tornado starts talking about the destructive power of tornadoes and God, saying that all of this will culminate in him becoming the greatest Intercontinental Champion in WWF history. For as good as the Tornado’s promo was at SummerSlam, this was on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Sergeant Slaughter (w/General Adnan) (3-0) beats George Anderson via submission to the Camel Clutch at 2:45:
Slaughter is moving on from his noogie finisher, busting out the Camel Clutch to win this squash. During the bout, Slaughter and Adnan do an insert promo against Nikolai Volkoff and how they will annihilate him. After the bell, Slaughter puts Anderson back into the Camel Clutch as Adnan draws the attention of the referee.
Saba Simba’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.
Power & Glory (w/Slick) (11-0) defeat Jim Brunzell & Brad Kramer when Paul Roma pins Kramer after the Powerplex at 3:27:
Before the bout, Power & Glory do an insert promo where they talk about taking out the Rockers for good. Brunzell goes toe-to-toe with Roma but Kramer is not a good partner and eventually succumbs to the Powerplex.
Tune in next week to see Earthquake, the Bushwhackers, the Legion of Doom, and Mr. Perfect! Also, Battle Kat will make his debut!
The Last Word: Lots of lower tier acts were given attention on this program. It is good that Sergeant Slaughter has a new finisher since the noogie was only earning laughs. The Texas Tornado’s Intercontinental title run has been disappointing as he is losing most of his matches on house shows and Mr. Perfect is the one being showcased with fighting spirit in their feud.
Here is a sampling of the WWF’s house show circuit for early October, with results courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Emmitsburg, Maryland – Knott Arena – October 1, 1990: Koko B. Ware beat Boris Zhukov…Ronnie Garvin defeated Mike Sharpe…Jim Neidhart beat Greg Valentine in a match that was originally booked to feature WWF Tag Team Champions the Hart Foundation against Rhythm & Blues…Hacksaw Jim Duggan beat Rick Rude via disqualification…Battle Cat pinned the Genius…Jake Roberts defeated Akeem (substituting for Bad News Brown) in a Harlem street fight…Earthquake pinned the Big Bossman.
Boston, Massachusetts – The Boston Garden – October 6, 1990 (matinee) (2,700): Paul Diamond beat Bob Bradley…The British Bulldog pinned Haku…Jimmy Snuka defeated the Warlord via count out…Ted DiBiase pinned Dusty Rhodes after hitting him with the Million Dollar Championship Belt…Tugboat beat Earthquake via disqualification when Dino Bravo interfered…WWF Tag Team Champions the Hart Foundation defeated Rhythm & Blues via disqualification.
Atlanta, Georgia – The Omni – October 7, 1990 (1,600): The British Bulldog beat Haku…Jimmy Snuka defeated the Warlord via disqualification…Sergeant Slaughter defeated Nikolai Volkoff…WWF Tag Team Champions the Hart Foundation beat Rhythm & Blues via disqualification…Paul Diamond beat Bob Bradley…Mr. Perfect defeated Intercontinental Champion the Texas Tornado via count out…The Ultimate Warrior & the Legion of Doom beat Demolition when the Warrior pinned Smash.
Backstage News*: The WWF is dismissing reports that house show business has been poor since WrestleMania VI, claiming that business is cyclical and other competitors are not doing well either. Dave Meltzer argues, though, that they should worry about typically there is a bounce in business after a new champion wins the belt, which is what happened when Randy Savage won the title at WrestleMania IV. In response to declining houses, though, the WWF is eliminating C-level house shows. A new loop was supposed to feature Dusty Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase on top but the company is eliminating those cards because the Dusty vs. Savage program did not draw well months earlier. What is also hurting house shows is that the filming of Hulk Hogan’s Suburban Commando is taking longer than expected, so Hogan has not returned to house shows yet and cards headlined by the Big Bossman against Earthquake are not doing well.
*Ax missed some recent shows so the WWF plugged Randy Savage into his place in the six-man tag team main events against the Ultimate Warrior and Legion of Doom.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 15.
Up Next: Prime Time Wrestling for October 8!