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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin and Scott are joined by JA D'Amato and Ben Zani for a dive into the hottest show of the summer... SummerSlam 1990!

The boys chat about the Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, why Tugboat was subbed out of Hogan's corner, a dominant showing for Power & Glory, Roddy Piper on commentary, Kerry Von Erich's big debut, the saga of Sapphire, a big night for the Hart Foundation, a good showcase for Big Boss Man, the final appearance of Bad News Brown, the return of Sgt. Slaughter, a brutal evening for Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan's big comeback and so much more!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin, Ben and JA as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-545-summerslam-1990/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Shawn Kidd are back in the home office for a dive into the 9/21/90 Madison Square Garden house show!

The crew discuss the always wonderful Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, the arrival of Dustin Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter's MSG return, Power & Glory rolling hot, a farewell to Ron Garvin, what Rick Rude could have been if he stayed in WWF, Ultimate Warrior spinning his wheels, Legion of Doom getting a showdown with Demolition and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & Steve as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-546-wwf-house-show-madison-square-garden-9-21-90/

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Great review of a meh show but I feel you guys sort of missed the truly hilarious spot of the Warrior murdering a poor cameraman on the way to the ring.  The match was on Supertape 3 and an endless rewind of funny for my friends.

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In this summer blockbuster episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Peter Winson are kicking back at the biergarten and celebrating Oktoberfest as they take a look at the 10/13/90 Saturday Night's Main Event!

The boys discuss the Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week~!, the changes in WWF production during this time, OKTOBERFEST, the continued downfall of Demolition, a great DiBiase/Rhodes Family angle, the Savage/DiBiase alliance, more Hogan/Earthquake angle advancement, Master Sausage Stuffer, The Genius, the passing of Howard Finkel and much more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and Peter as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-547-saturday-nights-main-event-xxviii-10-13-90/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Kevin Pittack are back in the home office for a dive into the 10/19/90 Madison Square Garden house show!

The crew discuss the always wonderful Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, the thin roster in the Fall of 1990, the arrival of Shane Douglas, Warlord's caloric intake, Mr. Perfect's rugged rematch against Texas Tornado, a match out of 1986 hell, more Rhodes vs. DiBiase, a strong return for the British Bulldog, a sluggish Tugboat/Bravo slog and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & Kevin as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-548-wwf-house-show-madison-square-garden-10-19-90/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Robert Hawkins are getting geared up for Thanksgiving weekend with look back at WWF Survivor Series Showdown from 11/18/90!

They discuss the newest HERB KUNZE TIDBITS~!, the phantom Rockers title win, a fun battle between Tito Santana and Sgt. Slaughter, a good showing for Marty Janetty, Tonganese bonds, a big power match between Big Boss Man and Earthquake, a bland main event and much more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and Robert as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-549-survivor-series-showdown-11-18-90/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin and Scott are joined by JA D'Amato to carve the turkey, eat some stuffing and strive to survive with a dive into the 1990 Survivor Series!

The boys chat about the Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, rumors of what was going to be in the egg, the death of Demolition, a strong showing for Mr. Perfect, the arrival of the Undertaker, the red-hot blind Jake Roberts, Hulk Hogan's hair, the resetting of Randy Savage, a rough night for Sgt. Slaughter, the GOBBELDY GOOKER, the only grand finale match and so much more!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and JA as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-550-survivor-series-1990/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Peter Winson are recovering from surviving their Thanksgiving feast as they take a look at the 11/23/90 Main Event!

The boys discuss the Herb Kunze Tidbits of the week, Ted DiBiase back in the World Title picture, a great attack by Randy Savage, another Sgt. Slaughter beatdown on Nikolai Volkoff, the forgotten Big Boss Man/Mr. Perfect match, the debut of the Blow Away Diet, another chapter in the Santana/Martel feud and much more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and Peter as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-551-the-main-event-iv-11-23-90/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Dave Hall are back to wrap up Thanksgiving weekend by digging into the 11/24/90 Madison Square Garden house show!

The crew discuss the always wonderful Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, Slaughter's new feud, a sneaky fun announce team, a nice match for the British bulldog, Boris Zhukov's farewell, another installment in the Hogan/Earthquake feud, a wild post match to the Tornado/Perfect bout, DiBiase getting another one over on the Rhodes Family, the early signs of Bret Hart's solo push and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & Dave as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-552-wwf-house-show-madison-square-garden-11-24-90/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Steve Bennett are back to wrap up the first year of the 90s by digging into the 12/28/90 Madison Square Garden house show!

The crew discuss the always wonderful Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, Andre the Giant in the Royal Rumble, the Charles Austin lawsuit, Mr. Perfect regaining the IC Title, a terrible Snuka/Warlord match, a shaky showing for Saba Simba, the end of the road for the Honky Tonk Man, red hot Hulk Hogan, could Earthquake have main evented WrestleMania VII, the ascension of Sgt. Slaghter and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & Steve as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

https://placetobe.podbean.com/e/place-to-be-podcast-episode-553-wwf-house-show-madison-square-garden-122890/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin and Scott are joined by Jason Sherman to kick off a brand new year in the WWF with a look at Royal Rumble 1991!

The boys chat about the HERB KUNZE TIDBITS of the Week~!, a red hot Miami crowd, a classic tag team opener, the WWF roster rejuvenating, Queen Sherri seducing Ultimate Warrior, the passing of Regis Philbin, a huge World Title change, Big Match Warrior, the arrival of the Mountie, the end of the Rhodes Family, a memorable night for Rick Martel, a fun Rumble match and so much more! 

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and Jason as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-554-royal-rumble-1991/

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Unfortunately in contrast to the reaction on this show, I think there's a strong argument that the decision to put the title on Slaughter was, from a purely financial and publicity standpoint, the singular worst booking decision in WWF history. Certainly the worst up until 1991 and maybe one of the worst for a long time afterward. So much of their more recent decline has been of the "death by a thousand cuts" variety, whereas this is a singular decision that ended up being a critical and financial flop, and brought untold amounts of negative publicity--negative attention that I would say planted a seed and exacerbated the reactions to the even-more negative publicity to come a year later.

I can tell you anecdotally as well as with facts and figures that Earthquake was demonstrably more over in the fall of '90 than Slaughter was in the spring of '91. Anecdotally based on house show reactions and with proof in the pudding with the fact that SummerSlam '90 outperformed Mania 7 on PPV by a substantial margin (sorry JT, but Mania 7 was the *lowest* grossing Mania to date, not the highest). Now, the Rumble itself actually did very good numbers by the rather low standards set by the '89-'90 shows, so the whole distastefulness of putting Slaughter in a PPV main event mere days after war breaks out could probably have been a footnote in history...but when they doubled down and actually put the title on him, shit hit the fan and not in a good way.

Maybe Warrior-Hogan doesn't keep the WWF in the Coliseum either, but they went with a main event that couldn't even sell out the LA Sports Arena and pissed off a bunch of people in the process who weren't shy about publicly saying so (a planned celebrity "get" in Bob Costas, as well as Jesse Ventura), all for a 2.8 buyrate after a 4.5 the previous year. The bloom was off the rose as far as Vince being a genius impresario, and his public reinvention as a cynical sleaze merchant would not help with even more serious accusations to come.

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Thanks for all the info bud... I do think they should have just stayed the course and done Hogan/Warrior II or done Hogan/Sarge non title with Warrior/Savage Title v Career on top, but I get why they wanted to strap Hulk back up.

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Kelly Nelson are battling the chilly Big Apple winter by digging into the 1/21/90 Madison Square Garden house show!

The crew discuss the always wonderful Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, the mainstream reaction to Sgt. Slaughter, brutal refereeing in the opening match, a big arm wrestling contest, a fun Tito Santana/Koko B. Ware tussle, Undertaker’s Garden debut, an time spot by Demolition Smash, Bobby Heenan antagonizing Big Boss Man, Greg Valentine as a face, Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage in a cage and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & Kelly as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-555-wwf-house-show-madison-square-garden-1-21-91/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Peter Winson are officially hitting the Road to WrestleMania VII as they take a look at the 2/1/91 Main Event!

The boys discuss the Herb Kunze Tidbits of the week, WWF and the Iraqi War angle, Hogan officially finishing off Earthquake on national TV, Sgt. Slaughter’s first televised WWF Title defense, a big showing for Legion of Doom, Hulk Hogan being named number one contender for WrestleMania and much more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and Peter as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-556-the-main-event-v-2-1-91/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Tim Slomka are drinking some green beer and partying it up by digging into the 3/15/91 Madison Square Garden house show!

The crew discuss the always wonderful Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, the WCW/New Japan Supershow, a hot opener with a great finish, a fun hoss battle between British Bulldog and Warlord, the arrival of Paul Bearer, a sneaky fun Tag Team Title match, Virgil continuing to harass Ted DiBiase, Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter rolling to WrestleMania and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & Tim as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-557-wwf-house-show-madison-square-garden-3-15-91/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin and Scott are joined by Jordan Duncan, Jacob Williams & JA D’Amato on their march toward WrestleMania VII with a live watch of the Superstars & Stripes Forever special!

The crew discuss the WWF taping schedules of the time, an early Michaels/Perfect match, thoughts on Sgt. Slaughter as World Champion, an Andre the Giant appearance, the Warrior/Savage contract signing, a big night for Undertaker, a forgotten blindfold match, a great Roddy Piper promo, Slaughter getting the final blow in on Hogan and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & the crew as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-558-wwf-superstars-stripes-forever-3-17-91/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin and Scott are joined by JA D'Amato for a taste of Americana as it is time to dive into the classic WrestleMania VII!

The boys chat about the Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, the quick disappearance of the Mariner, AMERICANA running wild, a red hot tag team opener, the end of the Hart Foundation, the big Blindfold Match blowoff, the WrestleMania debut of the Undertaker, the all time classic Retirement Match, a great Perfect/Boss Man match, a solid batch of celebrities, Virgil's big night, Hulk Hogan back on top and so much more!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and JA as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-559-wrestlemania-vii/

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In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin, Scott and Steve Bennett are welcoming in the spring and the WrestleMania fallout by digging into the 4/22/91 Madison Square Garden house show!

The crew discuss the always wonderful Herb Kunze Tidbits of the Week, the post WrestleMania cuts and announce team shakeups, the return of Ricky Steamboat, a tough night for Power & Glory, the kickoff of the Boss Man/Mountie feud, a hot Hogan/Slaughter brawl, a rough debut for IRS, a fun six man tag match, a confusing finish to the show and more, including end of show awards!

So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin & Steve as it’s time for another edition of the PTB Podcast!

http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-560-wwf-house-show-madison-square-garden-4-22-91/

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