Originally Posted by BLeonard
I can answer this one... That match took place at around 12:30 AM.
I was at this show. It started at 7:30PM and after 5 hours and people haveing to work the next morning (it was the middle of the week, school night, etc) people had about had enough.
On this night, WWF taped multiple episodes of "Superstars of Wrestling" (or maybe it was "Challenge," I don't remember for sure). Back then, they'd tape 3 weeks of shows in one night, on top of all of the interview segments done on the big blue platform with steps, or other things, such as the Brother Love Show, etc. I'm pretty sure that the infamous Survivor Series Egg that contained thw Gobbledy Gooker was there that night as well.
Anyway, on top of the 3 weeks of TV, they taped what was going to be a 90 minute episode of "Saturday Night's Main Event," the one where Warrior wrestled DiBiase and Savahe interfered. That was also the same night the the Rockers beat the Hart Foundation for the Tag Titles, but the top rope broke (which took a legit half hour to fix) and was cut from the program altogether when NBC wanted a 1 hour Friday Night show, instead of a 90 minute Saturday Night show.
So, long story short, that match was ver short because, had it gone on much longer, there would have been even less peopel who stayed for the entire thing.
Now, onto the actual subject:
My guess is, due to Warrior and Rude having a good amount of familiarity with each other, that certainly helped, as Rude made Warrior look good and was credibe threat, since he was th only guy to have beaten Warrior up to that point. I'm not saying that Savage wouldn't have made Warrior look good, or been a credible threat, but Savage and Sherri were ending their feud with Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire, as both had matches scheduled that evening (Savage vs Rhodes, Sherri vs Sapphire).
So, if not Rude and not Savage, then who? I'm gonna stick with guys that were actually on the show and can come up with three potential possibilities:
3: Dino Bravo. The worst of the three, but he and Quake had had run-ins with Warrior and Hogan prior to WrestleMania VI, so, if they built Bravo correctly, he could have been a possibility.
2: Ted DiBiase. I have no idea why DiBiase's only part in SummerSlam 1990 was buying Sapphire, but surely, he could have had a good match with the Warrior and had been in the title picture before, though not as an opponent of the Warrior.
1: Mr. Perfect. First off, why they had Perfect lose to Beefcake at WMVI, I have no idea. Flip that result and Perfect is now the Intercontinental Champion and still undefeated heading into SummerSlam. What better way to showcase your chanpion than by having him beat a guy who, not only was undefeated, but a Champion himself as well? It also keeps Perfect out of having to job the Intercontinental Title to the Texas Tornado, who had barely been with the company for a month at that point. If you're gonna tout a wrestler for having an undefeated streak, why would you have Beefcake and Tornado be the first two guys to end it?
Again, not saying Savage would be a bad choice, but I think that there are others that would have been fine as well.