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[1990-07-28-WWF-Superstars] Update: Power & Glory announce Slick as their manager

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They show the recent turn of Hercules and Paul Roma, forming POWER AND GLORY, a team that had an awesome look and gimmick but didn't have enough else going for them to make it in the long run. I always liked this angle. They announce Slick as their manager. I will give Vince credit for giving it an honest go.

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There was actually some build to this, as Herc & Roma had been working as an undercard tag team for a few weeks. Now they have Slick, a great team name, and as we'll see a killer tag finisher. I don't see any reason why an honest push couldn't have gotten them to the tag titles, but the Nasty Boys ended up falling into the WWF's lap.

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I loved how Slick just popped up out of nowhere and the beatdown on the Rockers was pretty good for what I assumed was a throwaway tag match to start Summerslam.

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We have a disagreement between Rockers and Paul Roma. Hercules runs into the ring to take Roma’s side. Jannetty looked like he missed his drop kick. Hercules and Roma have themselves a manager which is Slick. Power and Glory!

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They missed a bit of an opportunity here, like they often did: Slick managed Herc right after he arrived in '86, but of course that was never mentioned. A simple "Welcome home, brutha!" from the Slickster would have sufficed.

 

I'm aware of the story that says it was Power and Glory who were supposed to beat the Harts instead of the Nasties. It seems a bit far-fetched, because the Nasties win was booked so well, and they had the added advantage of Jimmy Hart (the Foundation's former manager) as their manager. That doesn't mean it couldn't have happened that way, just that the pieces don't fit together quite as well as what happened in real life. We'll see what Herc and Roma did to earn Vince's confidence as the yearbook rolls on.

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Gene recaps what happened on last week’s Superstars of Wrestling where the Rockers came to Paul Roma’s aid after he lost a match, but he took exception to them. Hercules comes out to back Roma up and the future Power & Glory attack the Rockers before a double dropkick sends them both flying out of the ring and they are then held back by officials.

 

Taped interview from Hercules & Roma. Hercules says how they’re the best, baddest tag team in the WWF, but were missing one ingredient. Roma says ‘not anymore’, and then introduces Slick as their new manager. Slick says that it’s his pleasure to be associated with these two fine athletes, it’s a winning comination, and from this point forward they shall be known as Power & Glory.

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Unique angle built up over the past few weeks. Going back further, Hercules "filled in" as jobber Jim McPherson's partner against The Orient Express and got jumped after the match until Roma made the save. When Roma faces Bravo, Vince drops all sorts of hints about how Roma's talented, but hard to like because he thinks so highly of himself (which starts getting Jesse on Roma's side). 

Bravo and Roma have a basic, but fun match with Roma getting a little more offense than usual before falling to Bravo's "experience". Bravo then nails Roma with Jimmy Hart's megaphone for whatever reason, leaving Roma laying when the Rockers come out for their squash. They try to assist Roma in leaving the ring and he gets super aggressive, pushing each away, yelling he doesn't need their help. Hercules runs out to back Roma and both attack the Rockers, out of nowhere.

Rockers have their squash, and Roma/Hercules pop up in an interview box declaring they are a new team and will teach the Rockers a lesson. The following week is the announcement of Slick as their manager and the awesome name, Power & Glory. The very next time they appear in an interview segment they've got their sunglasses, t-shirts and the whole look down.

The backstory is a little strange and as a kid I would have been really confused as to why Roma was angry at the Rockers when Bravo was the attacker. Plus why longtime face Hercules wasn't backing up fellow faces the Rockers. But it's still a really effective and creative way to immediately place a new heel tag team in the mix of things and Roma and Hercules proved to be a formidable duo and should have gone farther. If only WCW had been smart enough to keep the Nasties under contract. 

Possibly the best power/speed tandem of this period? No one else comes to mind and Power & Glory are the rare combo of previously established singles wrestlers that paired perfectly together. Add in Slick and I'm really excited to watch their progress into 1991.

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