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Encyclopedia > WWF Superstars of Wrestling
Superstars of Wrestling
Genre Professional wrestling
Sports Entertainment
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring World Wrestling Federation
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
Production
Running time 46 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated (1986 - 1996)
USA Network (1997-2000)
TNN (2000-2001)
External links
TV.com summary

WWF Superstars of Wrestling was a professional wrestling program that debuted on September 6, 1986, replacing WWF Championship Wrestling. Superstars, as it would later be known, was the flagship of the WWF's syndicated programming from 1986 to 1996. Superstars was around before this version, as a weekly recap show hosted by Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes. That version of Superstars was renamed WWF Wrestling Spotlight at the time the WWF made the name changes to the following syndicated lineup: This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sports entertainment is a type of entertainment that superficially takes the form of a sporting event, but with more emphasis on dramatic storylines, humor, spectacle or titillation than on the contest of athletic skills. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... See also: 1985 in television, other events of 1986, 1987 in television and the list of years in television For the American network television schedule, please see 1986-87 American network television schedule. ... WWWF Championship Wrestling was the original TV show of the WWWF. Championship Wrestling featured all the stars of the WWWF, interviews and championship matches. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... See also: 1985 in television, other events of 1986, 1987 in television and the list of years in television For the American network television schedule, please see 1986-87 American network television schedule. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1996. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Alfred Hayes (August 8, 1928 – July 21, 2005) was a professional wrestler, manager, and later World Wrestling Federation commentator. ... WWF Wrestling Spotlight was a WWF show that lasted between 1984 and 1986, first as WWF Superstars of Wrestling, before being renamed in the fall of 1986. ...

  • WWF All-Star Wrestling - WWF Wrestling Challenge
  • WWF Championship Wrestling - WWF Superstars of Wrestling
  • Superstars of Wrestling - Wrestling Spotlight

Superstars consisted of original matches involving top tier to mid card talent against enhancement talent (today, wrestling fans more often refer to them as jobbers) and a feature match from time to time that involved main event wrestlers. Superstars was where all the storylines began and at times ended and where the majority of title changes took place if not at a pay-per-view (e.g. WrestleMania or SummerSlam). WWF All-Star Wrestling was a World Wrestling Federation television show which consisted of top tier or mid-card talent defeating enhancement talent (jobbers) and at times a Feature match between main WWF talent. ... WWF Wrestling Challenge was a syndicated weekly World Wrestling Federation show that aired from 1986 to 1996. ... A job is professional wrestling slang referring to a performer who loses a match. ... In professional wrestling, an angle is a fictional storyline. ... WWE Womens Champion Mickie James In professional wrestling kayfabe, a championship or title is a recognition of a wrestler being the best in his or her promotion, or for lesser championships (such as the WWE Cruiserweight Championship), his or her division. ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... Official SummerSlam logo as of 2006 SummerSlam is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event held in August by World Wrestling Entertainment. ...

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Notable storylines

  • Randy "Macho Man" Savage (kayfabe) injures Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat with the timekeeper's bell.
  • The violent feud between "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, over Adonis' establishment of The Flower Shop interview segment (in place of his own Piper's Pit during Piper's absence).
  • Corrupt referee Danny Davis makes obviously biased decisions in favor of heel wrestlers, particularly the Hart Foundation. WWF President Jack Tunney (kayfabe) suspends Davis from refereeing for "life plus ten years" following the Hart Foundation's WWF Tag Team Championship win over the British Bulldogs when Davis ignored pin attempts by the Bulldogs, while allowing the Harts to break the rules before making a fast three-count. This sets up Davis' run as heel wrestler "Dangerous" Danny Davis.
  • André the Giant, flanked by Bobby "the Brain" Heenan, turned heel on Piper's Pit and demanded a match against Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania III. The turn had been set up on two previous editions of Piper's Pit, where Hogan had been awarded a large trophy for being WWF Champion for three years, and André getting a somewhat smaller one for "going undefeated for 15 years."
  • The Islanders (Haku and Tama) kidnap Matilda, the bulldog mascot of the British Bulldogs.
  • "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase announces his intention of buying Hulk Hogan's WWF World Heavyweight Championship belt, and Hogan's subsequent rejecting the offer, telling DiBiase he'll have to wrestle him for it.
  • Jack Tunney's announcement that the WWF Heavyweight Championship was being vacated (following Hulk Hogan's controversial title loss to André the Giant, and subsequent "sale" of the belt to DiBiase), to set up a 14-man elimination tournament at WrestleMania IV.
  • "Ravishing" Rick Rude kissing women following his matches, but getting spurned by Cheryl Roberts, the (legit) then-wife of Jake "the Snake" Roberts. In subsequent matches, Rude began wearing tights with Mrs. Roberts' image on them. Roberts – who had warned Rude to stop wearing the tights – charged to the ring one night and stripped Rude of the tights. Although the footage was censored for television airings (to make it seem Rude had actually been stripped naked), the live audience saw Rude wearing a thong.
  • "Outlaw" Ron Bass attacking Brutus Beefcake and slicing Beefcake's forehead with his spurs. The television audience only saw a giant red "X" across the screen, accompanied by the word 'censored' (to create the illusion that Beefcake was gushing blood; in reality, he did not bleed profusely.). The incident caused Brutus to miss his upcoming Intercontinental Championship match against the Honky Tonk Man, who lost to Beefcake's replacement, the Ultimate Warrior.
  • Earthquake blind-siding and injuring Hulk Hogan on The Brother Love Show. Viewers are asked to send cards and letters to the "ailing" Hogan, who was said to be depressed over his injuries and considering retirement.
  • Rick "The Model" Martel (kayfabe) blinding Roberts with his "Arrogance" cologne. Roberts was blind for weeks, but continued to make appearances on Superstars attempting to take revenge on Martel.
  • Earthquake declares a war on animal mascots, then makes his point by crushing Roberts' pet python, Damien, in the ring.
  • The Undertaker and Paul Bearer locking the Ultimate Warrior in an air-tight casket on Bearer's Funeral Parlor set. Later, Jake Roberts offered to help Warrior in their feud with a series of psychological tactics, but wound up locking him into a chamber filled with snakes, turning himself heel.
  • In post-SummerSlam '91 footage shown on Superstars, Jake Roberts crashed the wedding reception of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. Elizabeth opens a gift package containing a live snake.
The Roberts/Savage feud intensified throughout the fall of 1991, reaching a boiling point when Roberts enticed Savage, a color commentator at the time, into the ring, and proceeded to beat him down and release a cobra that bit Savage on the arm. Savage was just about to be "reinstated" to wrestle after having lost a retirement match to Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII. The (devenomized) snake actually did bite into Savage's arm during the segment.
  • Papa Shango casting "witch doctor" spells over the Ultimate Warrior, resulting in severe vomiting and convulsions.
  • Nailz (kayfabe) injuring the Big Boss Man with a nightstick as payback for Boss Man's allegedly beating him while Nailz was incarcerated under Boss Man's watch.

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WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... For articles about the U.S. band or the TV series called The Islanders see The Islanders (disambiguation) The Islanders were a professional wrestling tag team. ... Tonga Uliuli Fifita (born February 3, 1959 in Nukualofa, Tonga, then under British sovereignty) is a former professional wrestler for both World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Larry Anoiai is a professional wrestler best known under the name of The Tonga Kid. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... WrestleMania IV was the fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... -1... 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Notable title changes

Note: Many of these title changes were not aired for up to several weeks after they took place. In some instances, the previous title holder defended his title at house shows – as though he were still the champion – until the title change was aired on television.

  • The Hart Foundation beating the British Bulldogs for the World Tag Team Championship February 1987.
  • The Honky Tonk Man defeating Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship in June 1987.
  • Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) beating the Hart Foundation for the Tag Team titles in October 1987.
  • Demolition defeating the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) for the Tag Team titles in November 1989.
  • The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) beating Demolition for the Tag Team titles in December 1989.
  • Mr. Perfect defeating Tito Santana for the vacant Intercontinental title in May 1990.
  • Mr. Perfect beating Kerry Von Erich for the Intercontinental Championship in December 1990.
  • Diesel defeating Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Championship in April 1994.

Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Merced Solis (born May 10, 1953) better known by his ring name Tito Santana, is a semi-retired Mexican-American professional wrestler whose career spanned from the late 70s to the early 90s. ... Demolition was a professional wrestling tag team in the late 80s / early 90s World Wrestling Federation made up of Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow), and later Crush (Brian Adams). ... The Brain Busters with Bobby Heenan The Brain Busters were a professional wrestling tag team in the 1980s. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Tully Blanchard (born January 22, 1954) is a second generation American professional wrestler, best known as one of the Four Horsemen. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Colossal Connection were a Professional wrestling tag team collaborated of Andre The Giant & Haku. ... Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1958 – February 10, 2003), also known by his ring name Mr. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Kerry Gene Adkisson (February 3, 1960 – February 18, 1993) was an American professional wrestler under the ring names Kerry Von Erich and The Texas Tornado (World Wrestling Federation or WWF) and part of the famous Von Erich family. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...

Superstars hosts

The commentary team on Superstars underwent many changes as the years passed. With a few rare exceptions, the team would always consist of one or two commentators who supported the face wrestlers, and one who supported the heels (this presentation is, to a lesser extent, still used today). The hosts of Superstars are listed below in chronological order with the debut episode of the team in parentheses: In professional wrestling, a face or babyface is a character who is portrayed as heroic relative to the heel wrestlers, who are analagous to villains. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Vince McMahon, Jesse "the Body" Ventura, and Bruno Sammartino (September 6th, 1986)
  • McMahon and Ventura (March 26th, 1988)
  • McMahon and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (August 25th, 1990)
  • McMahon, Piper, and the Honky Tonk Man (December 8th 1990)
  • McMahon, Piper, and Randy "Macho Man" Savage (March 30, 1991)
  • McMahon and Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig (November 30, 1991)
  • McMahon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (briefly, after Mr. Perfect's face turn in 1992)
  • McMahon, Heenan and Jerry "the King" Lawler
  • McMahon, Savage, and Lawler (December 11th, 1992)
  • McMahon and Lawler
  • McMahon and Reo Rogers (for one week only)
  • McMahon and Stan Lane
  • McMahon and Johnny Polo
  • McMahon and Dok Hendrix (April 15th, 1995)
  • McMahon, Jim Ross, and Lawler
  • McMahon, Ross, and Hennig (December 2nd, 1995)
  • Ross and Hennig
  • Ross and Jim Cornette

Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935), is a former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total, as well as the longest world championship reign in professional... Jerry ONeil Lawler (born November 29, 1949) is an American professional wrestler and wrestling commentator, known throughout the wrestling world as The King. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working and wrestling on its RAW brand as the color commentator. ... Bruce Prichard (born March 7, 1963) is a creative team writer for the World Wrestling Entertainments WWE SmackDown! brand. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michael Seitz (born March 29, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler. ... James W. Ross (born January 3, 1952) was a professional wrestling announcer and executive currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working on its RAW brand as their play-by-play commentator. ... James (Jim) Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ...

Repackaged

Superstars ended it's syndication run in September 1996, moving to the USA Network. Beginning with the March 9, 1997 episode, the format of Superstars was changed from original matches back to a recap show. In addition, the show got a new theme song performed by the DX Band. This version of Superstars aired on the USA Network until 2000 when the WWF moved all of its programming to TNN in the fall of 2000. Superstars would continue to air on TNN until it was cancelled in the summer of 2001. Along with its sister show WWF LiveWire, Superstars was replaced by WWF Excess, which aired on Saturday nights. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This is a list of television-related events in 1996. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... Christopher Warren is a currently retired musician from New York who has performed in numerous bands, his last being in Bro-Kin. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... WWF LiveWire was a program that was a predecessor to WWF Excess, was a morning news show hosted by Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman and Marissa McMahon. ... WWF Excess was a program that was a wrestling talk show that featured the current, then WWF (now WWE) stars and interviewed them. ...


During its syndication run, the program was repackaged and aired in Canada as "Maple Leaf Wrestling", despite the fact that it contained almost no Canadian content other than interviews promoting matches that were to be held in Canada.


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