October 7, 2009
Steve Riddle

Summerslam 1990
August 27th, 1990
Philadelphia Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dark Match:

1. Shane Douglas defeats Buddy Rose

Actual Show:

We see the opening montage for Summerslam hyping the double main event.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

1. Power and Glory (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick) defeat the Rockers when Paul Roma pins Marty Jannetty at 6:00.

The Buildup: Power and Glory formed when Roma and Hercules turned heel and attacked the Rockers. They later added Slick as the manager.

Analysis: A decent opener that is basically a handicap match. Shawn was suffering a knee injury and gets attacked before the match, leaving Jannetty by himself. Marty tries, but P&G get the big win and are on the fast track to the titles, but we will see why that does not happen. The Rockers are set back for now due to the injury, but would be back by the end of the year. Grade: 2

Sean Mooney interviews Mr. Perfect and Bobby Heenan.

“Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the Texas Tornado.

2. “The Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich pins Mr. Perfect (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) after a discus punch at 5:15 to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

Title Change: Perfect won a tournament in June to win the vacant Intercontinental title after Ultimate Warrior vacated it after winning the WWF Title at Wrestlemania VI.

Debut: Kerry Von Erich is from the legendary Von Erich family in Texas. His father, Fritz, was a famous wrestler and promoter who started World Class Championship Wrestling. Kerry’s brothers Kevin, David, and Michael were also wrestlers. Kerry won the NWA World Heavyweight Title in 1984 (he took David’s spot after David passed away). Kerry also held the WCCW World Championship, before losing it to Jerry Lawler in a title unification match at Super Clash III. Kerry came to the WWF earlier in the year.

Replacement: Von Erich is replacing Brutus Beefcake, who was injured in a parasailing accident and would not return to in-ring action until 1993.

Analysis: Considering who was in the match, it was pretty surprising. Not surprising that Von Erich won the title (although takng the belt off Perfect after two months was unusual), but surprising the match was so quick. We know how good Perfect is, but this could have showcased Von Erich in a better light. You also feef bad for Brutus Beefcake, who was locked to win the IC title again, but sadly his injury would kill all his momentum and he never regained it. Von Erich wins the strap, and gets a really nice reaction from the crowd, and his feud with Perfect continues. Grade: 2

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Mr. Perfect and Bobby Heenan.

3. “Sensational Queen” Sherri defeats Sapphire by forfeit.

Analysis: This was just to further the Rhodes/Savage match and adds Ted Dibiase into the mix later in the night. Sherri, sacry mask and makeup in all, wins. Grade: N/A

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Dusty Rhodes.

4. The Warlord (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick) pins Tito Santana with a running powerslam at 5:28.

Replacement: Warlord is replacing Rick Martel, who in storyline was in France modeling.

Analysis: Another basic squash involving Tito Santana. Tito continues to do his job of putting talent over. Warlord had a great look and nice power and could have been used in the main events effectively, but would never get a title shot. Oh well. Either way, he gets the big win and Tito jobs again. Grade: 2

We see an ad for Survivor Series.

Sean Mooney interviews Demolition.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Hart Foundation.

5. The Hart Foundation defeat Demolition in a 2 out of 3 falls match to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Fall #1: Smash pins Bret Hart at 6:09
Fall #2: Demolition disqualified at 10:06
Fall #3: Bret pins Crush at 14:24

Debut: Crush got his start in the Pacific Northwest, becoming a tag champion and PNW Heavyweight Championship. He came to the WWF earlier in the year.

The Buildup: After Demolition won the tag titles at Wrestlemania, the Harts challenged them to a title shot. Over the year, a third member was added as the team was turned heel, as they also were getting ready for the arrival of the Road Warriors. Crush was brought in because Ax was beginning to suffer heart problems.

Analysis: A very solid title match. After being one of the most popular teams in the last two years, Demolition add a third member and turn heel. The Harts are quickly back on top as the face leaders. Crush was a good looking talent and worked well with Smash, though it wasn’t as good as the original. Demolition get the first fall, then lose the second fall. After that fall, Ax sneaks down and the three members switch back and forth to get the advantage. But then, the Harts get some help in the form of the debuting Legion of Doom. They cause a distraction and Crush gets pinned and the Harts win the tag titles. Demolition and the Road Warriors have unfinished business and the Harts are back on top. Grade: 3.5

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Legion of Doom and Hart Foundation.

Sean Mooney attemps to intreview Demolition.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Sensational Sherri.

Mean Gene Okerlund hypes the second half of the card and interviews the Big Bossman.

Sean Mooney interviews Jim Duggan and Nikolai Volkoff.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Jimmy Hart, Dino Bravo, and Earthquake.

Sean Mooney interviews Jake Roberts.

6. Jake “The Snake” Roberts defeats Bad News Brown by disqualification at 4:44.

Special Referee: The Big Bossman

The Buildup: Brown attempted to counter Damien by producing his own Harlem sewer rats.

Farewell: This is Bad News Brown’s last WWF PPV. He would leave shortly after this event and bounce around the independents until retiring in 1999. Bad News Brown would sadly pass away from a heart attack on March 6th, 2007 at the age of 63.

Analysis: Another match that showed a lot of promise, but did not live up to the hype. Both Brown and Roberts seemed off their game tonight and Bossman could only do so much to savlage the match. There is no real flow until Brown is DQ’ed. We don’t see the sewer rats, but we do see Damien. Brown is sadly never seen again, Roberts moves on to a new feud, and Bossman’s night is not finished. Grade: 1

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Demolition.

We get a special Brother Love show with his special guest Sgt. Slaughter.

Debut: Sgt. Slaughter began his career in the 70s in the NWA and AWA under numerous gimmicks. He came to the WWF in 1980 as a heel, feuding with Pat Patterson, which culminated in a classic Alley Fight at Madison Square Garden. He would turn face in 1983 and feud with Iron Shiek before being let go in 1984. He would compete in the AWA from 1985-1990 when he returned before this event as an Iraqi sympathizer.

Sean Mooney interviews Orient Express and Mr. Fuji.

Mean Gene Okerlund attempts to interview Sapphire.

7. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and Nikolai Volkoff defeat the Orient Express (w/ Mr. Fuji) when Duggan pins Pat Tanaka at 3:22.

Face Turn: Nikolai Volkoff turned face shortly after the Bolshieviks split up and the Cold War ended. Volkoff became a US-supporter joining forces with Duggan.

Analysis: A quick squash to establish the new face. Damn shame for the Express, but the tag scene was getting crowded and would getting even more crowded over the months, so the Express was pushed down the ladder. Duggan and Volkoff get the win and march on for the USA. Grade: 1

We see an ad for the Survivor Series.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Dusty Rhodes.

Sean Mooney interviews Randy Savage.

8. “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/ “Sensational Queen” Sherri) pins “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes with a shot from a loaded purse at 2:15.

The Buildup: After WM, Sapphire began receivng gifts from a mysterious benefactor. During the show, Sapphire was missing throughout the whole show, until coming out before the match with her benefactor, Ted Dibiase.

Farewell: This is Sapphire’s last PPV. She would leave shortly after the event, rumored to be upset that she and Dusty were ending their run together. Sapphire would sadly pass away on September 11th, 1996 from a heart attack at the age of 60.

Analysis: A very short match used to set up Rhodes’ next feud with Ted Dibiase after he bought Sapphire. Savage gets the win and ends the feud and moves on to bigger feuds. Rhodes and Dibiase would begin their feud which would introduce another member of Dusty’s family. Grade: 1

Sean Mooney attempts to interview Ted Dibiase, Virgil, and Sapphire.

Sean Mooney interviews Hulk Hogan and Big Bossman.

9. Hulk Hogan (w/ The Big Bossman) defeats Earthquake (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart and Dino Bravo) by countout at 13:16.

The Buildup: During a Brother Love show in April, Hogan was attacked by Earthquake and put out of action. After thousands of letters from fans and encouragement form Tugboat, Hulk returned and challenged Quake. Tugboat was to be in Hogan’s corner, but was taken out by Earthquake and Bravo. Bossman stepped up to assist Hogan in the match. This was all storyline, in reality Hogan was off filming “Suburban Commando”.

Analysis: Another awesome feud that had a weak ending. Quake was built up as a sadistic killer and the fans were clamoring for Hulk to get his revenge. The match itself is slow, mainly because of Quake’s size, and we know the limited capabilities of Hogan. Hogan also kills off Quake’s finisher by throwing him off. He eventually slams Quake, but then Quake gets counted out after a slam on the table. The brawl continues until Quake gets hit by a chair by Bossman. A match that could have ended so much better, but is ok for what it’s worth. Grade: 2.5

Sean Mooney interviews Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Dusty Rhodes.

Lord Alfred Hayes is at ringside while the cage is being constructed.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan.

Vince and Roddy recap Hogan/Earthquake and hype the steel cage match.

Sean Mooney interviews Earthquake, Jimmy Hart, and Dino Bravo.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Ultimate Warrior.

10. The Ultimate Warrior defeats “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) in a cage match by escaping the cage at 10:06 to retain the WWF Championship.

Farewell: Aside from his brief reappearacne in 1997, this is Rick Rude’s last WWF PPV. He would jump to WCW in 1991 and reign as the US Champion before retiring in 1994. He made a brief appearance in ECW as a color commentator before returning to WWF in the fall of ’97 where he stayed until leaving again shortly after the Montreal Screwjob. He returned to WCW where he stayed for the rest of his career. Rick Rude would sadly pass away on April 20th, 1999 from heart failure at the age of 40.

Analysis: Our main event pits old rivals for the big prize. One year ago, Warrior and Rude tore the house down in their match, and here one year later they do battle again. Sadly, the heat from a year ago is gone and the tension is just not there anymore. Rude was built up as best as he could, but at this point he was not seen as a credible challenger. Warrior’s reign as quickly lost steam as he has had no real solid challengers. As far as the match goes, it is not bad as both men are familiar with each other. Rude even hits some moves off the top of the cage. But in the end, Warrior escapes the cage and wins. Rude is not seen in the ring on WWF PPV again and Warrior moves on. Grade: 3

Final Analysis: After an amazing Wrestlemania, this event comes off as flat. Most of the matches had big buildups, but the payoffs just seemed underwhelming. What’s worse is that most of these feuds ended here with no big blowoff. This is the first that the fans are starting to become a little bored with the product and the prdouct is becoming stale. The next show brings a few debuts to help shake things up again. For now, this event is just OK, nothing spectacular, but nothing real terrible. Final Grade: C+

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