Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIX

Taped from Omaha, NE

Airdate:  April 27, 1991 (taped 4/15)

Attendance:  9,400 (7,000 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Can both Undertaker and Bret Hart make a big splash on network TV? Read on!

From the pink locker room, Savage interviews Slaughter with Adnan and Mustafa. We then witness Slaughter tossing a fireball into Hulk Hogan’s face after WrestleMania VII. How dastardly!

From the blue locker room, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Warrior. We then witness Undertaker’s attack of Warrior on the Funeral Parlor (aired 4/13, taped 3/26).

Match 1: Ultimate Warrior versus Sergeant Slaughter (w/ General Adnan & Colonel Mustafa)

Highlights:

  • For those unaware, Mustafa was portrayed by the Iron Sheik. I’m sure the WWF dollars outweighed Sheik’s loyalty to his former homeland of Iran.
  • Slaughter exited the ring so that Warrior could perform his normal histrionics.
  • As Slaughter mounted the top turnbuckle for a surprise attack, Warrior caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • He then clotheslined Slaughter and nailed him in the midsection.
  • After a back drop, Warrior sent Slaughter over the top rope to the floor.
  • Shortly after, Slaughter tossed Warrior outside the ring so that Mustafa could ram Warrior face-first into the apron.
  • Slaughter then joined and made Warrior HIT THE POLE.
  • Back in the ring, Slaughter gave Warrior a backbreaker and hooked a bear hug.
  • Warrior then broke the hold and slammed Slaughter.
  • As Slaughter reapplied the bear hug, Paul Bearer brought a casket to the ring.
  • When Bearer and the casket distracted Warrior, Slaughter nailed Warrior from behind.
  • After a commercial break, Warrior came back with a series of clotheslines.
  • Warrior then hit a flying shoulder block while Undertaker sat up in the casket. Spooky!
  • As Warrior and Undertaker locked eyes, Slaughter gave Warrior a double axe handle.
  • Adnan then entered the ring causing referee Earl Hebner to disqualify Slaughter.

Rating: ½*

Summary:  More angle than match as you’ll see.

After the match, Undertaker enters the ring, and the heels quadruple-team Warrior. Abruptly, Hogan runs to the ring to save him. When Hogan nails Undertaker with the WWF title belt, Undertaker no-sells it. Slaughter then hits Hogan with a double axe handle, but Hogan no-sells it.  Is this a contest? As Hogan chases Slaughter away, Undertaker misses a pair of elbow drops. When Warrior clotheslines him, Undertaker no-sells it. Warrior then tries a flying shoulder block but couldn’t take Undertaker off his feet. To close the segment, officials separate them.

Back in the pink locker room, Okerlund interviews the Nasty Boys with Hart who cut a promo on the Bushwhackers.

From the blue locker room, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper interviews the Bushwhackers who lick Piper. Ick. After they lift Piper’s kilt, Butch mentions Piper’s “shrimp on the Barbie.” HA!

Match 2 for the WWF tag team titles: The Nasty Boys (champions w/ Jimmy Hart) versus the Bushwhackers

Highlights:

  • After Knobbs gave Luke a pair of shoulder blocks in the corner, Luke reversed a cross corner whip and nailed him.
  • Sags came in, but Butch intercepted him.
  • Not like THAT!
  • As the Bushwhackers whipped Knobbs into Sags, they double-clotheslined the Nasty Boys consecutively.
  • Sags tagged in. but Butch reversed an Irish whip and put a knee into Sag’s midsection.
  • After Butch gave Sags a knee lift, Luke tagged in and hit a lariat for only 2 thanks to a save by Knobbs.
  • Butch came in and nailed Knobbs while the Bushwhackers gave Sags a battering ram.
  • Upon giving Knobbs a battering ram, the Bushwhackers celebrated to the delight of the Omaha faithful.
  • Butch then distracted referee Joey Marella as Knobbs put a boot in Luke’s ear.
  • When Knobbs tagged in, he delivered a series of elbow drops to Luke for 2.
  • Knobbs then gave Luke a HARD cross corner whip injuring the back.
  • As Sags tagged in, an elbow drop got another 2.
  • Sags then gave Luke a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Hot tag Butch.
  • After a clothesline, Butch got 2.
  • While Marella put Luke back into the babyface corner, Knobbs clotheslined Butch for 2.
  • Marella then slowly put Sags back into the heel corner while Luke pushed Butch atop Knobbs for a false pin.
  • As Knobbs took Butch down, Sags assisted with the pin.
  • The Nasty Boys retained.

Rating: *1/2

Summary: Did YOU really think the Bushwhackers would become WWF tag team champions? Me neither.

After the match, the Bushwhackers clear the ring with battering rams to the Nasty Boys.

Back in the pink locker room, Okerlund interviews Bearer with Undertaker. They cut a promo on Warrior.

As wrestlers make their entrances for the battle royal, Okerlund interviews Earthquake with Hart. We then witness the quintessential SQUISH of Damian by Earthquake (taped 3/26).

In the blue locker room, Savage interviews a disconsolate Roberts who mentions Damien’s big brother—Lucifer.

As Roberts makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan in the blue locker room.

Match 3 (battle royal):

Participants:

Barbarian, Big Bossman, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Earthquake, Haku, Hercules, WWF champion Hulk Hogan, Marty Jannetty, Kato,Shawn Michaels, WWF Intercontinental champion Mr. Perfect, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Paul Roma, the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Pat Tanaka, Texas Tornado, Tugboat, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Warlord

Highlights:

  • When Roma almost eliminated him, Jannetty used a headscissors to remove Roma.
  • Roma then pulled out Jannetty.
  • Upon mounting the second turnbuckle, Perfect nailed Bossman.
  • Hogan and Valentine then pinballed Perfect with elbow smashes.
  • Next, Warlord eliminated Smith.
  • Snuka then eliminated Tanaka but got eliminated by Haku.
  • After Earthquake eliminated him, Roberts removed Lucifer from the bag to terrify Earthquake.
  • Back from commercial, Tugboat nailed Hogan, and they brawled.
  • Hogan then eliminated Warlord.
  • As Tornado hooked a sleeper, Barbarian eliminated him.
  • Earthquake then eliminated Duggan, but Hogan eliminated Earthquake.
  • After Hogan eliminated Kato, Tugboat eliminated Hogan.
  • Michaels then gave Tugboat a double axe handle and eliminated him.
  • When Bossman eliminated Hercules, Perfect dropkicked Bossman out.
  • After Haku mistakenly chopped Perfect, Michaels dropkicked Haku out.
  • FINAL FOUR: Michaels, Perfect, Valentine, and Barbarian.
  • As Michaels almost eliminated Perfect, he followed with another dropkick.
  • A cross corner whip by Perfect then resulted in a Michaels flip.
  • With Michaels on the apron, an Axe by Perfect eliminated Michaels.
  • As Barbarian held Valentine, Perfect mistakenly dropkicked him.
  • Valentine then eliminated Barbarian.
  • When he gave Perfect a cross corner whip, Valentine followed with a chop.
  • An atomic drop by Valentine sent Perfect face-first into the top turnbuckle.
  • Upon giving Perfect a pair of hammers, Valentine tossed Perfect over the top rope.
  • However, Perfect only landed on the apron.
  • When both men spilled over the top rope, Perfect landed on the apron while Valentine hit the floor.
  • Perfect won.

Rating: NONE

Summary:  Exciting battle royal that saw both Michaels and Perfect work their magic while a possible Tugboat-Hogan match could be forthcoming.

Back in the pink locker room, Okerlund interviews DiBiase with Sherri.

Match 4: The “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/ Sensational Sherri) versus Bret “Hitman” Hart

Highlights:

  • Piper joined the broadcast table for this match.
  • Upon reversing a cross corner whip, Bret hip-tossed DiBiase.
  • He then delivered a pair of clotheslines and sent him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Next, Bret hit a plancha and intimidated Sherri.
  • As Bret came off the ropes, Sherri tripped him.
  • He then pulled Sherri onto the apron as DiBiase missed him but nailed Sherri with a knee.
  • Afterward, Bret rolled up DiBiase for 2.
  • On the other hand, DiBiase came back with a stungun.
  • He then delivered a piledriver for 2.
  • As Bret attempted a rollup, DiBiase used momentum to send him to the floor.
  • DiBiase then joined and rammed Bret face-first into the steps.
  • While he distracted referee Earl Hebner, Sherri nailed Bret.
  • She then choked Bret with her jacket. SNEAKY!
  • As DiBiase gave him a cross corner whip, Bret took a sternum-first bump.
  • DiBiase then hooked the Million Dollar Dream, but Bret backed him into the corner to escape.
  • When DiBiase mounted the second turnbuckle, he leaped, but Bret nailed him in the midsection.
  • Bret then gave DiBiase an inverted atomic drop and followed with a back elbow for 2.
  • After a side Russian leg sweep, Bret got another 2.
  • He then delivered a backbreaker, mounted the second turnbuckle, hit an elbow smash, but couldn’t get 3.
  • As Sherri grabbed his foot, Bret grabbed her.
  • DiBiase then leaped from the apron and hit Bret with a double axe handle.
  • When Piper left the broadcast table to come to the ring, he sauntered after Sherri.
  • Piper then grabbed a broom, pantomimed a witch to insult Sherri’s character, and whacked her with it.
  • As Piper chased after her with the broom between his legs, Sherri ran backstage.
  • DiBiase then chased after Piper causing Bret to follow him.
  • While they brawled in the aisle, Hebner called for the bell.
  • The match was ruled a double countout.

Rating: ***

Summary:  Good match that put Bret on the same level as DiBiase.

Match 5: The Mountie (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Tito Santana

Highlights:

  • As Santana gave Mountie an atomic drop, he delivered a pair of dropkicks.
  • When Mountie sought refuge with Hart outside the ring, Santana tried to give them a double noggin knocker but failed.
  • Santana then rammed Mountie face-first into the apron.
  • Back in the ring, Santana gave Mountie a cross corner whip, attempted a monkey flip, but Mountie blocked it.
  • Mountie then attempted a splash but ate knees instead.
  • Next, Santana hit the flying forearm, but Hart distracted referee Mike Chioda before a pinfall could be counted.
  • Santana then gave Hart the flying forearm, but that allowed Mountie to grab the cattle prod.
  • While Chioda tried to remove Hart who was OUT COLD, Mountie applied the cattle prod to Santana with accompanying sound effects.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Mountie won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Mountie. I guess it’s true what they say.

After a commercial break, Okerlund interviews Slaughter with Adnan and Mustafa. Slaughter then cuts a promo on Hogan.

In the blue locker room, Piper interviews Hogan who cuts a promo on Slaughter.

Conclusion:  This was the final episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event on NBC until 2006 as the series moves to FOX in February. Also, the setting was decorated for The Main Event, but due to a decline in ratings, NBC slotted it as an SNME.

As far as the content of the show goes, Undertaker’s involvement places him near the top of the card versus Warrior. Similarly, Bret’s efforts against DiBiase helped to further his status as a singles competitor. I look forward to each wrestler’s growth in 1991.

Stay tuned for WCW/NJPW Supershow!

Rating: 7.70

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