It's been too long since I've done a DVD review (more specifically, one from the SummerSlam anthology set). And so, for old time's sake, here is my "long time no see" unbiased review of SummerSlam 1990.
SummerSlam 1990 took place on August 27th at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now I've got to be honest; out of the SummerSlams I've reviewed thus far, this has got to be the worst.
Now where do I begin my tyraid? Let's see...how about we start with both Queen Sherri vs Sapphire and Dusty Rhodes vs "Macho King" Randy Savage. For starters, both matches were really weak. The first of the two matches didn't even happen, and the other was executed really poorly. Those two matches left a really bad taste in my mouth. Nikolai Volkoff and Jim Duggan vs. the Orient Express is another example of a really bad match. The tag team of Volkoff and Duggan was supposed to reflect on the relationship between the US and the United Russian Federation. While that concept worked, the match itself, however, didn't. It shouldn't even have happened on Pay Per View.
My next gripe is the opening match between the Rockers and Power & Glory. It really wasn't a tag match; it was a handicap match. Yep, it was Jannetty vs Power & Glory. If Jannetty had won the match, I'd be surprised. But sadly, that didn't happen. I felt that match wasn't entertaining to watch. My final gripe was Hogan vs. Earthquake. I'm not say it wasn't bad (clearly, it was a lot better than the other matches), but what I'm saying is that the match shouldn't have ended in a count out. I wanted to see a pinfall.
Is there anything good about SummerSlam 1990? Yes, there is. ALL of the title matches were entertaining to watch. My personal favorite was the InterContinental match, and I'm not just saying that because Mr. Perfect is from Minnesota, or that Kerry Von Erich was a little too green for an opportunity like this. The two out of three falls tag team title match was also fun, but one thing sort of spoiled it; and that was the switcheroo that took place in the 3rd match. While the steel cage match for the WWF title ranked last, it certainly wasn't that bad of a match. I would've wondered what it would've been like if Rick Rude won the belt.
Overall, the only redeeming things about SummerSlam 1990 were the title matches. On a scale of 1 to 5, this gets a 1.25 (new format alert) out of 5. Well, that made me feel better.
Ken Kriho is an upcoming videographer. He has a YouTube channel (link at home page). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.