411's Roundtable Review: Summerslam 1990
Posted by Ryan Byers on 08.10.2006
See what our three-man panel thinks of Hogan vs. Earthquake, Hart Foundation vs. Demolition, and the tragic tale of Thweet Thapphire burying a knife in Duthty Rhodeth' back.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to 411's Roundtable Review for Summerslam 1990. The reviews are moving along at a brisk pace as we count down to this year's August pay per view from WWE. Once again, we've got three superb 411 writers here to dissect all of the action from 1990. They are . . .
- Some people mistake this man for a spicy Italian ham. They're confused. The ham is capicola, and the writer is Carapola. Stuart Carapola, to be exact. Feel free to check out his This Week in Hardcore and That Was Then columns.
- I tried to give this man some vicodin as a gift for being on the panel, but he turned it down. He likes being Furious. Arnold Furious, that is. He's usually in the wrestling zone with Furious Flashbacks and in the movie zone with Furious on Film.
- Last but not least is one of 411's most tenured writers, Sydney Brown. What, you wanted a lame joke about his name? No way. Go read his Down with the Brown reviews instead.
These three men are coming together to examine Summerslam 1990. This show broke the mold a little bit, as it was the first year that a tag team match was not headlining. It was also the first time that the WWF Championship was being defended, which would become an almost annual occurrence on subsequent shows. However, for all of the changes that took place, some things looked eerily similar to the last two shows. Rematches were the order of the day, as the Hart Foundation took on Demolition in a redo of their 1988 encounter, while Rick Rude squared off against the Ultimate Warrior one year after their near-classic Intercontinental Title match. Top that off with the pay per view return of the BROTHER LOVE SHOW~!, and you've got all the makings of an interesting little program.
Match Number One: Power & Glory vs. The Rockers
Arnold Furious: This would be the first PPV appearance of Power & Glory. For those not in the know Power is Ray "Hercules" Fernandez. Aside from a feud with Ted DiBiase when that meant something Herc hasn't done much since Summerslam '88. Paul Roma on the other hand represents Glory. This team are heels unlike Roma's previous "success" in Young Stallions with Jim Powers. The Rockers have already been a team for five years by this point. They came into the WWF in 1988 and were slated to win tag gold not long after this, and did so at the tapings with the Harts were the ropes broke. This being in Philadelphia the babyface Rockers get booed by the unpredictable crowd. Unfortunately for this match Shawn Michaels was legitimately injured, not just lost his smile, and has a bad knee. For storyline purposes Herc takes his chain to the knee joint in the opening seconds and Shawn never tags in. Boo! So it's left to Marty Jannetty to fight two guys. One distinct advantage he does have over both of his opponents is his significant speed. Not the kind you snort either. The weight of numbers proves to be too much for him especially when you add in the interference from P&G manager Slick. Three on one in terms of odds by the time the match is properly under way. When the ref isn't looking Roma puts the boots to Shawn to make sure he has no chance of entering the match. Then it's a simple case of two heels working over one face. Jannetty only looks to use his skill while P&G use their skills and an array of illegal moves. Plus there's two of them. Even when Jannetty gets an inside cradle Slick distracts the referee to prevent a pin. In the end P&G take it with a double team, which is largely unfair as the Rockers couldn't do anything team wise because Shawn never even got to the apron. The superplex and top rope splash combo is a great looking finish. Sadly for the team this was their biggest win. Perhaps not sadly because Paul Roma sucks. Obviously the match would have been better had Shawn been fit. As it is it's not bad but can't amount to a handicap match.
Stuart Carapola: This was Power & Glory's only real win of note. Officially their opponents were the Rockers, but Shawn came in with an injured knee, and Hercules hit his knee with his chain before the match to "take him out." This create lots of drama though, as it looked like Jannetty could have actually done it by himself, only to have the numbers overwhelm him time after time. Shawn, to his credit, sold the knee injury like he was dying.
Sydney Brown: Shawn Michaels had suffered a knee injury weeks before the match and was barely able to walk, much less wrestle. So as a result we get a rare thing: a complete squash of a top tag team by another top tag team. Hercules lays out Shawn with the chain and he and Roma pretty much destroy Marty Jannetty for about six minutes. You really would have thought The Rockers were on their way to WCW the way they get destroyed. It's basically a glorifed Superstars squash, and a strange way to start the show. Though it does feature the awesome "superplex into a top rope splash" finisher.
Match Number Two: Kerry Von Erich vs. Mr. Perfect (c) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Arnold Furious: Curt Hennig is about two years past his run as AWA heavyweight champion. Even after that he'd been feuding with Hulk Hogan and been in the main event scene early in 1989. In April of 1990 he claimed the IC title in a tournament and generally he's seen as a main event guy holding a belt that means something. Texas Tornado, better known perhaps as Kerry Von Erich, had already been highly successful elsewhere but Vince saw dollar signs in his physique. Of course that physique came at a price as Kerry was heavily into his drugs. His painkiller issues were so serious that he was once arrested carrying over 300 pills. It didn't help matters that he had a foot amputated in 1986. In order to put over Tornado as a huge powerhouse Hennig does his usual OTT selling to allow Kerry to look like the million dollars his physique suggests he is. However Tornado really isn't in the mood for putting much psychology into this one and sort of meaninglessly works at the arm. Perfect meanwhile goes after the neck with some of his patented offence including the rolling neck snap. The body part working in what is essentially a five minute match seemed a little pointless especially Tornado's arm work. Perfect is on job duty here and continues to oversell making Tornado look like a star until Kerry finishes him off with the Claw and the Discus Punch. Somewhat disappointing they only gave this five minutes and jobbed Perfect out so quickly and cleanly. Especially with him having a main event pedigree and the shortness of the match was probably due to a lack of confidence in Von Erich. So why put him over so big? IC title changes hands and we move on.
Stuart Carapola: Mr Perfect was supposed to defend the IC Title against Brutus Beefcake next, but of course Beefcake had suffered his accident some weeks earlier and wouldn't be able to wrestle, so instead we got new WWF signee Kerry Von Erich challenging, and in a strangely short match, Von Erich hit Perfect with the Tornado punch to win the title. It was great seeing Heenan basically blow off Von Erich (who, of course, had no career prior to debuting in the WWF), and then have Hennig get knocked cold and lose the title, then Heenan and Perfect came to the back and ranted about Von Erich getting lucky.
Sydney Brown: Original challenger Brutus Beefcake was out of action due to his parasailing accident and recent arrival Von Erich challenged Hennig on his first week in the company. Another really short match as Kerry dominates most of the action aside from a minute-long sleeper from Hennig. Match is memorable for Hennig spinning the wrong direction after receiving the discus punch. And it's one of the few WWF matches where Kerry actually used the claw. Von Erich wins the title in barely five minutes in front of a very receptive crowd. Match was nothing though.
Match Number Three: Sensational Sherri vs. Sapphire
Arnold Furious: Although this isn't a match because Sherri wins on forfeit after Sapphire is a no show, so she can turn heel later and end the storyline, I thought I'd throw a bit of background in here. Sherri had been a main event star herself for quite some time. She'd been supporting Randy Savage and as a result she spent most of 1989 teaming with Savage against Hulk Hogan and Miss Elizabeth. Throughout 1990 she and Savage had been opposing the duo of Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire. So this was the blow off match in that feud with Savage & Rhodes already having had their big showdown earlier in the year. Increasingly Sherri had stronger and stronger links with Ted DiBiase and would go on to manage him after parting company with Savage after Wrestlemania VII. Sapphire herself, turning heel to join with DiBiase tonight, disappeared shortly afterwards never to be heard of again. She passed away in 1996.
Stuart Carapola: Even now, I think it would have at least been a decent comedy match.
Sydney Brown: I take that back. THIS match is nothing. Dusty Rhodes' manager Sapphire no-shows the match and Sherri takes the forfeit. Although it was kind of a giveaway that she wasn't showing since Sherri didn't even bother to wear wrestling gear. No match.
Match Number Four: Tito Santana vs. The Warlord
Arnold Furious: Warlord is at the tail end of his big singles push that didn't really go anywhere while Santana is practically a jobber after a near thing in the IC title tournament that Hennig won. Santana naturally uses his speed to try and discombobulate the big man. Warlord isn't really effected by the little man offence because this is the WWF, the land of the giants. He throws Santana around for a while and clubbers away. Nothing of any interest. Santana comes back with his babyface rally and manages a flying clothesline but Warlord's huge kickout should be a sign of bad things for Tito. Even the Flying Jalapeno can't get it done and Warlord finishes it off with a powerslam. The match tells the classic story of big man with lots of power v little guy with lots of speed. In the WWF, unless the little guy is on a big push, the big guy wins. Both these guys were going nowhere at this point in their careers so it's somewhat confusing as to why this even made it onto a big PPV card.
Stuart Carapola: Tito finishes up "Job To The Powers Of Pain Tour 1990" here at Summerslam with a loss to the Warlord, who they made look like a pussy by almost getting pinned after the flying forearm.
Sydney Brown: Tito Santana spent 1990 basically taking turns getting squashed by The Warlord or The Barbarian, though he makes things competitive here. Slick is hilarious here, giggling like a little girl when Warlord throws Tito around. Tito gets a decent amount of offense, but Warlord puts him away with a powerslam. And this makes four matches that have struggled to reach the five minute mark.
Match Number Five: The Hart Foundation vs. Demolition (c) for the WWF Tag Team Championship in Two Out of Three Falls Match
Arnold Furious: Demolition have held the tag straps for a whopping 16 months by this point. Although this lengthy title reign has taken it's toll on Ax (Bill Eadie) who needed time to rest thanks to a heart problem. The WWF wanted to keep Demolition going strong and brought in a 3rd guy Crush. It's Crush and Smash in this match and Demolition are competing as the heels leading into their forthcoming feud with the Roadwarriors. The Harts start out with superior teamwork suggesting that Smash hasn't quite gotten used to his new partner yet. Bret continues to get an effective array of offence in himself showing his increasing confidence that would lead to a singles push the following year. In doing so he's debuted the ‘five moves of doom' and throws three of them into this opening fall (Russian legsweep, backbreaker, 2nd rope elbow drop). Just when it seems the Harts are shoe-in for the first fall Crush sneaks in for a legdrop on Bret while he pins Smash after the elbow drop and they're able to pick him off with the Demolition Decaptitation to go 1-0 up. Bret now goes on a selling spree to demonstrate just how effective the Demolition finisher was. Crush takes his chance to show a certain superiority of his own by hitting a lot of power offence. Bret still has a speed advantage though and uses it to get Neidhart into the match. He's very fresh with Bret having wrestled the majority of the match thus far. This sets up the Hart Attack but Crush opts for the somewhat less debilitating loss of a DQ when he stops the referee counting to three. So it's one fall each but now here comes the x-factor in the Demolition plan as Ax turns up and hides under the ring preparing to make a switch for one of the more tired team members at the end of the match. It seems to be all set up for Demolition to retain. Especially when the Harts foolishly celebrate the equalising fall for ages allowing them to be jumped from behind. Demolition make the switch but someone didn't think this through but Ax looks nothing like either Smash or Crush so surely the referee should realise what's going on. Furthermore the referee also misses the ‘no tag' switch by Demolition even though none of the members look the same. That really is the utmost in incompetence. Of course it's probably a booking snaffu but if you want some realism at least give Ax the same facepaint or haircut as the guy he's meant to be replacing. Eventually the Roadwarriors in the back have had enough of this and run out to get rid of Ax. The Harts waste no time in thanks, like they did in celebrating earlier, and Neidhart shoulderblocks Crush into a Bret roll up for the win and the tag team titles. If you can look past the convoluted booking, which I really can't, then it's a pretty good match and the crowd pops huge showing that they were doing something right.
Stuart Carapola: This was the highlight of the evening for me. They ended up tied 1-1, and Demolition tried to cheat by having all three members wrestle in the match (and the referee, of course, couldn't tell them apart despite the fact that they look nothing alike), but the Legion of Doom got involved and distracted Ax and Smash while Bret rolled up Crush to win the title. Excellent, dramatic ending to a great match.
Sydney Brown: This was around the time that Ax was having medical issues and Bryan Adams was brought in as the third member Crush. This was also around the time the ridiculous angle where all three members supposedly looked alike when in fact they didn't look even remotely alike (later, they'd wear masks, though even then you could STILL tell them apart.) This is a best of three falls match with Ax being barred from ringside. The first two falls are pretty inconsequential (though with Demolition getting DQ'd in the 2nd fall, technically it should have become a non-title match.) It's the third fall where things pick up as Demolition punk out Bret and as Bret collapses outside the ring, Ax hides underneath the ring and switches out with a tired Smash later in the match. Now remember, the angle is that you can't tell Demolition apart, so the ref is too stupid to notice that Smash suddenly grew hair on the top of his head. Barring the ridiculous logic, it makes the third fall that much better, because just when you think the Harts are destined to lose, The Legion of Doom come out and demolish Ax and Smash in about twenty seconds, leaving Crush at the mercy of the Harts. The Harts get the pin in one of the loudest tag title change reactions you'll ever hear. Get past the stupidity and it's a pretty good match.
Match Number Six: Jake Roberts vs. Bad News Brown
Arnold Furious: Jake is in a babyface run and highly popular despite a reduced work ethic (insert crack joke here). Brown is the heel and both guys have relatively over finishers. Jake's DDT somewhat more fiercesome than Brown's Ghettoblaster. To make sure that Brown doesn't cheat all match the special referee is the Big Bossman. The match surrounds the DDT with Jake frequently making a move for it and Brown getting out. This would be a staple of Jake matches for years to come. In fact he goes for the DDT three times here with Brown avoiding every one of them. Even after he's softened up for number three with the knee lift and the short arm clothesline. Brown seems to have no interest in wrestling and uses a chair a few times leading to a lame DQ. And that's the whole match. Mostly Jake selling and going after the DDT. If Jake hadn't been so over I'd question this making the bloated card as well.
Stuart Carapola: Roberts got a DQ win when special referee Big Boss Man disqualified News for hitting Jake with a chair. Funny moment of the match has Jake getting his ass kicked, but flipping off Bad News as he crumples to the mat. Jake was the king.
Sydney Brown: Your special referee is The Big Bossman. Brown has countered Jake's snake by bringing a cage full of rats to the ring which seems like an odd choice considering that's basically a snake's dinner. These two you'd think would have had a kick-ass feud, but these two never really had the chemistry, and it shows here. Brown spends more time arguing with Bossman than he does wrestling Jake, and eventually he just says "screw it" and hits Jake with a chair for the DQ. Brown then tries to attack Jake's snake, but Bossman intervenes, so Brown attacks him instead. Jake throws the snake on Bad News, and he scatters (and Bossman almost does too, you can see how uneasy he is with the snake in the ring.) This was supposed to set-up a Bossman-Bad News feud, but Brown left the federation soon after this match. *1/2.
The Brother Love Show with Sergeant Slaughter
Stuart Carapola: After the snoozefest we got on the Brother Love Show at Summerslam 88, we get the sequel here. Thankfully, this one was much shorter, as Slaughter basically comes out, runs down the USA, praises Iraq, and challenges "that pinko commie" Nikolai Volkoff. They really need more stuff like this on WWE TV today.
Sydney Brown: This was before they went off the deep end with the Slaughter angle, and Slaughter just hates America and doesn't love Iraq yet. Slaughter gives Brother Love a medal for being so wonderful. He declares war on Nikolai Volkoff and calls him a "pinko commie maggot scum puke." You know, for some reason, that actually sounds worse than being called a M*****F****r. For some reason, Slaughter gets more mike time than almost every match on the card thus far.
Match Number Seven: Jim Duggan & Nikolai Volkoff vs. The Orient Express
Arnold Furious: Patriotism rears it's ugly head here with the red, white and blue Volkoff having decided that he actually loves America. I never buy those 360 babyface turns. His whole personality changes here. How can you trust someone like that? From a storyline perspective. He hasn't turned over a new leaf! Boo! Orient Express are Pat Tanaka and Akio Sato. Tanaka eventually teamed up with Paul Diamond again in a rehash of AWA's Badd Company but with Diamond under a mask as Kato. This is way before they have a following or a feud going on. So it's all down to the mindless patriotism and Duggan finishes this off in short order with the Three Point Stance. The match is mostly heat on Volkoff to judge whether or not he was sympathetic as a babyface. Before the match was a Brother Love segment where Sgt Slaughter challenged him and that was the only real feud Volkoff had as a babyface before being shipped off into obscurity in 1992. This is easily the worst match on the card.
Stuart Carapola: Team Nuclear Power really beat up the Express, and Duggan even managed to give the camera a big stupid look as he made the winning cover.
Sydney Brown: Duggan & Volkoff sing a duet of "God Bless America" in what is easily the worst rendition of this song you'll ever hear. This match really makes no sense as Duggan & Volkoff had never teamed before, would never team again, and yet they destroy the Orient Express as if they were Barry Hardy and Duane Gill. This match makes the Rockers-Power & Glory bout from earlier look competitive. Duggan kills Tanaka dead in about 2:00. ½*.
Match Number Eight: Randy Savage vs. Dusty Rhodes
Arnold Furious: This was the other half of the Savage/Sherri v Rhodes/Sapphire equation. Following on from their earlier match Sherri is out here but Sapphire is nowhere to be seen. It's here we get the revelation that Sapphire has joined forces with Ted DiBiase. Rhodes is infuriated but this gives Savage an opening to pound him. Sherri makes a point of getting some cheap shots in to really stack the deck against the American Dweem. So Rhodes fires back with his patented flip, flop and fly. He even manages a crowd pleasing dropkick before Savage nails him with a foreign object for the pin in just over 2 minutes. NOT a good day to be Dusty Rhodes.
Stuart Carapola: Finally, we get the answer to the Sapphire Mystery. As Dusty Rhodes prepared to battle Randy savage, Ted Dibiase came out and revealed that he had bought off Sapphire. Rhodes was distraught, and easy prey to the Macho Man, who really was in a kind of career limbo at this point. Savage gets the win, and Rhodes chases Dibiase to the back, but Dibiase's limo (with Sapphire inside) pulls away just before Rhodes got to the parking lot.
Sydney Brown: Rhodes is distraught over the disappearance of his manager Sapphire, though it all comes together as Ted DiBiase announces before the match begins that he has bought her services. Dusty can't focus on the match because of it, and Savage kills Rhodes dead in about 2:00 as well after a loaded purse shot. And this marked the end of Dusty Rhodes' WWF push as Ted DiBiase would humiliate Rhodes again and again in what could have been the most lopsided feud ever. And what should have been a hard-fought match, barely registers instead. 1/4*.
Match Number Nine: Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake
Arnold Furious: Jimmy Hart & Dino Bravo representing the heel side while Big Bossman is out here to give Hogan some back up. Hogan is freakishly over. Like not being the champion actually gave the crowd fresh reason to cheer him after somewhat siding against him earlier in the year. Hogan is all up for putting Quake over big in the early going by failing to slam him and generally being on the wrong end of the offence. Much like several other online reporters I never understood how Hogan could be such a poor sport and somehow get away with it. Some fine examples here as he throws nothing but punches, which are illegal, and then jumps Dino Bravo from behind without provocation. Then Bossman comes in and the babyfaces illegally double team Quake. Where's the DQ ref? There are heels who don't consider cheating this much. Bravo turns the tide back by assisting Quake but Hogan has already attacked him and the faces double teamed first. He's only responding to Hogan's aggressive cheating nature. Quake promptly goes to work on the back, which is the same back he injured on the Brother Love show a few months beforehand. Crowd knows this and Hogan makes sure to convey it to them if they didn't by selling like a champ. Hogan tries once again to slam Quake, which is nothing short of bullshit posturing and Quake falls on top of him. Sometimes Hogan got exactly what he deserved. Meanwhile on commentary Vince McMahon is concerned that this is the end of Hulkamania. Not long after that pronouncement Hogan starts no selling everything and hits the big legdrop. Jimmy Hart jumps in to break the pin, which is also a DQ and once again it's not forthcoming. Seeing that the rulebook is out the window everyone comes into the ring and turns this into a real mess. In the confusion Hart blasts Quake with the megaphone by mistake and Hogan slams him on the timekeepers table for the count out win. It really did seem they were building to a rematch with that particular finish but it never came.
Stuart Carapola: Time for the first part of the double main event, which featured Hulk Hogan making his return to the WWF to face Earthquake, who had put him on the shelf with several vertical splashes him, leaving Hogan unable to do anything but film Suburban Commando. After several attempts, Hogan finally slammed Quake, then did it again on a table, which strangely didn't break under the weight of Earthquake, even though a guy Rey Mysterio's size will totally destroy it in 2006. Go figure.
Sydney Brown: Earthquake is seconded by Dino Bravo, and Big Bossman seconds Hogan (replacing Tugboat who got pulled off the card.) This was Hogan's big return after getting squashed by Earthquake on The Brother Love Show. Hogan serves as a great role model for the youth of America as he hocks a major loogie in Earthquake's face to start things. THIS is how the Vader-Hogan feud should have been booked as Earthquake comes off as a monster here, overpowering Hogan from the outset, and dominating the match for the most part. Earthquake even has the balls to cover Hogan with one foot with his hand cupped to his ear. It's an impressive bit of booking as everyone in the world knew Earthquake was getting massacred. But it didn't happen. Though Hogan "Hulks up" after two splashes and slams Earthquake, the ref is too busy with Bossman to count the Hogan legdrop. So Hogan instead goes hardcore and slams Earthquake on a table (which almost gets dangerous as the table doesn't break and Earthquake almost lands on his head.) Hogan takes the countout win, but Earthquake chokes Hogan out in a post-match attack. And in an impressive bit, Bossman hits Earthquake with a chair three times FOR REAL (check out the welts on his back) which Earthquake no-sells even though it's GOT to be hurting him. Reasonably good match that does an excellent job of making Earthquake look like a main event player. Unfortunately, they never went anywhere with it.
Match Number Ten: The Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Rick Rude for the WWF Championshp in a Steel Cage match
Arnold Furious: This would be for Warrior's WWF title. It's also a cage match. Rude was the first guy to show Warrior how to work and they had a good match for the IC title at Summerslam '89. This on the other hand isn't a good match because Warrior's attitude has gotten so lousy he thinks he knows it all and isn't willing to listen to the more experienced grapplers as a result. Considering he held the title for the best part of a year this was Warrior's only significant high profile title defence. Rude on the other hand was on his last days with the company and wouldn't last the year out. Rude does the same selling job here that Mr Perfect did earlier against Texas Tornado. Really obvious parallels between those two matches especially with Von Erich coming off like a Warrior clone. This one is allowed more time but only 10 minutes worth suggesting the WWF had little faith in their champion. When Rude finally gets some offence going it turns this bout into a brawl. It could really use some blood and Rude responds with a slight trickle. Warrior is intent on going after all his big moves and goes for his running splash only to get knees and Rude plants him with the Rude Awakening. Normally that'd be it but here Rude opts to climb out of the cage and then changes his mind to hit a sledge off the top of the cage. He should have just climbed out. I'd have to question his tactics there. He even tries the same deal a second time and pays for it. Its called "high risk" for a reason. Warrior tries to go out of the door but Rude's corner man Bobby Heenan slams it shut on his head. Again, this would normally be the end for the title run but Warrior was being booked really strong at this point. Heenan tries to pull Rude out of the cage but Warrior turns it into a tug of war, which he easily wins. Heenan gets worked over for the comedy pops and Rude has nothing left so Warrior gorilla presses him and climbs out to retain. Really poor main event as well btw.
Stuart Carapola: If you didn't know who was walking out of this match with the title, you must have been the mark to end all marks. Of course Warrior retains, doing the Rude hip swivel right before dropping to the floor. This was Rude's last big match before leaving for WCW.
Sydney Brown: Many people have their theories of why Warrior's title reign was a flop. My theory is that as champ, none of Warrior's title defenses looked like they were any kind of challenge. Rude, Perfect, Savage: all guys Warrior had slaughtered dozens of times, why should they pose a threat now? Warrior had one of his greatest matches ever at SummerSlam ‘89 with Rude, and now here was a second chance, this time in a cage. This also marks the first major televised WWF cage match to allow pinfalls. Warrior comes out with a green belt, and I'm sorry, that whole bit with the belt changing color every other week really made the title seem kinda cheap. Warrior practically tears the cage down by shaking it so hard. Warrior climbs into the cage, and Rude is there to meet him, and the two brawl at the top of the cage to start. And blood makes it return to the WWF as Rude gets cut a few minutes in. Rude also busts out a top of the cage axehandle marred only by Warrior's lateness in selling it. Decent cage match, but you never really feel that Warrior is in trouble, and that hurts it. Rude gets in a lot of offense, and even Heenan liberally interferes, but while the match is good, it stills comes off flat. Had you switched the two main events, it would have made for a better ending (and it's rumored that part of the reason the Warrior's match was a cage match was SOLELY because it would have to go on last.)
Arnold Furious: The WWF's attempts at PPV in the early years involved getting as many stars on the show as possible. More often than not the cards left a lot to be desired and the matches were all too quick to tell much of a story. Especially with some of the star names involved not realising that PPV would become such a big source of revenue and having a great match on a PPV would result in more tape sales and more profits. Although some of the WWF main stars in 1990 probably based a good match on strong crowd reactions and due to a relative underexposure (compared to the years that followed) reactions for any big names were always incredibly positive. This show suffers from having too many matches and there's really only one good one on the card. Which incidentally is the longest; the tag title match. Even that has some serious flaws to it and as a result I can't possibly recommend watching this show. Not even for nostalgia purposes.
Stuart Carapola: Summerslam 90 was a fun show, but looking back it was no great shakes. I thought the double main event concept was neat until the WWF drove it into the ground between 1992 and 1994. Although I really liked the show at the time, it really didn't stand up to the test of time very well.
Sydney Brown: SummerSlam ‘90 has a soft place in my heart (As do all the PPVs from 1990) as that was the year my cable company got Pay-Per-View access, so I will try my hardest to be fair and unbiased. It was a decent show, but it was just filled with too many squashes and filler for it to really be a great show. The main events were both good (either one kicks the ass of the two previous SummerSlam main events), but aside from the tag team match, I wouldn't say any match even approaches *** territory. While a hot crowd makes the show seem better than it was, in retrospect, SummerSlam ‘90 was great in little moments, but only a good show as a whole. Thumb in the middle, slightly recommended, B-.