Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF This Tuesday in Texas

Live from San Antonio, TX

Airdate: December 3, 1991

Attendance:  8,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Hogan regain the WWF title? Does Savage get revenge against Roberts? Read on!

Match 1 for the WWF Intercontinental title: Bret “Hitman” Hart (champion) versus Skinner

Highlights:

  • When Bret gave his souvenir sunglasses to a young woman at ringside, she became euphoric. Of course, Heenan had to refer to her to a “bimbo.”
  • For those unaware, Skinner was portrayed by Steve Keirn, formerly of the Fabulous Ones.
  • After a leap frog by Skinner, Bret delivered an atomic drop followed by an inverted atomic drop.
  • He then clotheslined Skinner sending him scurrying outside the ring.
  • While Monsoon claimed that Skinner was still undefeated, his first WWF loss occurred back on 7/31 in Moncton, NB.
  • Shortly after, Skinner rammed Bret shoulder-first into the ring post.
  • He then hooked a rope-assisted abdominal stretch yet somehow didn’t get caught.
  • Next, he delivered a shoulder breaker for 2.
  • He then gave Bret a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • As Bret mounted the second turnbuckle, he missed an elbow drop.
  • Skinner then grabbed his spit can, but referee Danny Davis took it away.
  • With Davis distracted, Skinner grabbed his alligator claw and nailed Bret. SNEAKY!
  • He then gave Bret a cross corner whip that resulted in a sternum-first bump.
  • Afterward, Skinner hit the Gatorbreaker.
  • Do we have a new champion?
  • 1-2-NO!
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle, leaped, but ate boot.
  • When Bret came back, he gave Skinner a back elbow.
  • He then delivered a side-Russian leg sweep for 2.
  • After a vertical suplex, Bret got another 2.
  • He then gave Skinner a backbreaker, mounted the second turnbuckle, hit a flying elbow, but couldn’t get 3.
  • As Bret argued with Davis, Skinner rolled him up for 2.
  • Bret’s kick-out sent Skinner to the floor so Bret joined and brawled with him.
  • When Skinner rammed Bret face-first into the apron, he attempted to suplex Bret back into the ring.
  • On the other hand, Bret escaped but couldn’t roll Skinner up.
  • Skinner then mounted the top turnbuckle, but Bret caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • After Bret hooked the Sharpshooter, Skinner submitted.
  • Bret retained.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  With Skinner controlling the match, the pace was plodding, and Bret didn’t showcase much besides his customary five moves.

From the blue locker room, Sean Mooney interviews Roberts who cuts an intense promo on Savage. When he turns his attention to WWF President Jack Tunney, Roberts states that he cannot be held responsible for his actions. I smell shenanigans.

Elsewhere backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Savage with Elizabeth.

Match 2: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Highlights:

  • As Roberts made his entrance, Savage, who hadn’t entered yet, ambushed him from behind.
  • He then made Roberts HIT THE POLE.
  • Next, he gave Roberts a cross corner whip followed by a back elbow.
  • While continuing to wear his hat bearing many feathers, Savage mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a double axe handle.
  • Roberts then sought refuge in the aisle until Savage joined and nailed him.
  • When Roberts came back, he tossed Savage over the top rope to the floor.
  • He then joined Savage on the floor and made him HIT THE POLE.
  • After Roberts rammed Savage’s arm into the ring post, he gave Savage an inverted atomic drop.
  • He then missed a short-arm clothesline, and Savage delivered an elbow smash.
  • As they almost sandwiched referee Earl Hebner in the corner, Savage charged but ate knee.
  • Roberts then hit the short-arm clothesline to a chorus of boos from the San Antonio faithful.
  • When Roberts signaled for the DDT, Savage blocked it by jamming Roberts rib-first into the corner.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle and hit the big elbow.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Savage won.

Rating: **1/2

Summary: This was a relatively quick match at 6:25, but Savage gave Roberts his comeuppance for the snake attack.

After the match, Savage exits the ring and grabs a chair. Although Tony Garea tries to take it from him, Savage kicks him away. Savage then grabs the bell, but Hebner removes it. Instantly, Roberts hits the DDT. As the San Antonio faithful chants “Mach-o,” Roberts delivers a second DDT. Savage is OUT COLD.

After Hebner shoos him away, Roberts pulls a bag from underneath the ring. He then taunts Savage with the bag that supposedly holds the king cobra, but Elizabeth runs to the ring to save her husband. While she yells at Roberts to “leave him alone,” Roberts taunts her while giving Savage DDT #3. How dastardly! Roberts then unlaces the bag and puts on his protective glove.

Instead of releasing the snake, Roberts grabs Elizabeth by the hair and strikes her. Oh. My. God. That’s despicable! Before any more chicanery can occur, Tunney exerts his authority by ejecting Roberts. Finally, officials assist Savage backstage while Elizabeth’s both hurt and upset. Add ½* for the exciting post- match angle.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Roberts who relishes what just happened. Roberts is such an incredible heel.

Match 3: The “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith versus Warlord (w/ Harvey Wippleman)

Highlights:

  • After Smith clotheslined Warlord over the top rope to the floor, he attempted a plancha.
  • Warlord tried to catch him but missed. Instead, he picked up and rammed Smith back-first into the ring post.
  • As Smith came back with the ten-top-turnbuckle count-along, he mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a missile dropkick. Wow!
  • He then tied Warlord in the ropes and gave him the ten-punch count-along.
  • When Smith attempted a cross body block, Wippleman released Warlord causing Smith to hit the ropes like he did at The Wrestling Classic in 1985.
  • Warlord then delivered a back drop, whipped Smith into the corner, and applied a bear hug.
  • After Smith escaped with a head butt, Warlord hit a belly-to-belly suplex. Impressive!
  • He then gave Smith a fist drop for 2.
  • As Smith attempted a piledriver, Warlord countered with a back drop.
  • However, Smith hooked a sunset flip. Warlord kneeled upon Smith’s shoulders for a 2-count.
  • Smith then flipped him for his own 2-count.
  • When Warlord clotheslined Smith, he signaled for the full-nelson.
  • He then applied it as Wippleman begged the timekeeper to ring the bell. Well, he’s no Vince McMahon.
  • After Warlord released the hold, he gave Smith a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Smith then mounted the second turnbuckle and hit a clothesline.
  • Next, he delivered a delayed vertical suplex for 2.
  • As he whipped Warlord into the corner, Smith hit a corner clothesline.
  • He then attempted the running powerslam, but Warlord used momentum to land on top for 2.
  • When Smith hooked a crucifix, he pinned Warlord.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  Much better than I expected as Smith had his working boots on.

Backstage, Mooney interviews an irate Savage who feels that Roberts degraded Elizabeth and blames himself. He then vows to punish Roberts despite his anguish.

Match 4: The “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase & Repo Man (w/ Sensational Sherri) versus “El Matador” Tito Santana & Virgil

Highlights:

  • After each wrestler tried to hip-toss the other, Santana sent Repo Man over the top rope to the floor.
  • DiBiase tagged in and requested Virgil.
  • As Virgil tagged in, he hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • He then gave DiBiase an atomic drop sending him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Upon his return, DiBiase received another clothesline returning him to the floor.
  • Virgil then gave DiBiase a cross corner whip but ate a back elbow on his follow-through.
  • When Repo Man tagged in, he slammed Virgil.
  • He then distracted referee Danny Davis so that DiBiase could give Virgil the business in the heel corner.
  • After DiBiase tagged in, he clotheslined Virgil.
  • Shortly after, he gave Virgil a gutwrench suplex for 2.
  • Virgil came back with a swinging neckbreaker, and tags were exchanged on both sides.
  • As Santana hit a back elbow, he followed with a pair of dropkicks to Repo Man.
  • He then hit a flying forearm to Repo Man and nailed DiBiase.
  • When Santana came off the ropes, DiBiase tripped him.
  • Repo Man then clotheslined Santana over the top rope to the floor.
  • While Repo Man distracted Davis, DiBiase rammed Santana face-first into the steps.
  • DiBiase tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and gave Santana a double axe handle.
  • Next, a false tag occurred, and the heels double-slammed Santana.
  • After a double clothesline put both wrestlers down on the mat, tags were exchanged on both sides again.
  • Virgil then gave DiBiase a cross corner whip followed by a clothesline.
  • As Virgil cleaned house, he gave DiBiase a side-Russian leg sweep for 2.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring.
  • When DiBiase held Virgil, Sherri got up on the apron and removed her shoe.
  • She then tried to nail Virgil but inadvertently hit DiBiase.
  • After Virgil grabbed Sherri, Repo Man nailed him from behind.
  • DiBiase then pinned Virgil.
  • Nefariously, Repo Man and DiBiase stole the victory.

Rating: ***1/2

Summary:  Really good match where the tag formula kept the San Antonio faithful glued to the match. Also, DiBiase was the workhorse whereas I thought that would be Santana.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Hogan while highlights of Undertaker’s victory at Survivor Series are shown.

Match 5 for the WWF title: Undertaker (champion w/ Paul Bearer) versus the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan

Highlights:

  • As the bell rang, both Bearer and Undertaker attacked Hogan.
  • To retaliate, Hogan gave them a double noggin knocker.
  • He then gave Undertaker a cross corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
  • Afterward, he removed his bandana and delivered the ten-punch count-along.
  • Tunney was shown sitting at ringside.
  • Meanwhile, Hogan gave Undertaker an inverted atomic drop.
  • He then clotheslined Undertaker, attempted a slam, but Undertaker nailed him in the back.
  • When Hogan successfully slammed Undertaker, he nailed Bearer on the apron.
  • He then clotheslined Undertaker over the top rope to the floor.
  • While Bearer distracted referee Joey Marella, Undertaker choked Hogan on the floor.
  • The San Antonio faithful then chanted “Ho-gan,” as he rammed Undertaker back-first into the corner.
  • After a cross corner whip, Hogan ate knee on his follow-through.
  • Undertaker then gave Hogan the ropewalk shoulder smash.
  • Outside the ring, Undertaker reversed an Irish whip and made Hogan HIT THE POLE.
  • He then applied the facial claw and got 2.
  • When Hogan came back, Undertaker took a bad bounce off the top rope.
  • Hogan then gave Undertaker a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • As Undertaker hit a flying clothesline, he got 2.
  • He then attempted a second ropewalk, but Hogan pulled him back down to the mat.
  • Suddenly, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair came to ringside.
  • It’s Hulk-Up time!
  • Hogan then clotheslined Undertaker over the top rope to the floor.
  • Upon spotting Flair, Hogan exited the ring, grabbed a chair, and WALLOPED Flair in the back.
  • He then gave Undertaker the Axe bomber but couldn’t take him off his feet.
  • With Tunney OUT COLD on the floor, Flair got up on the apron with a chair.
  • Undertaker then tried to ram Hogan into the chair but ate it himself.
  • After Hogan clotheslined Flair back to the floor, he gave Undertaker the big boot.
  • Bearer then got up on the apron to distract Marella.
  • When he tried to nail Hogan with the urn, Bearer mistakenly hit Undertaker.
  • Hogan then grabbed the urn, nailed Bearer, and tossed ashes into Undertaker’s face.
  • In the meantime, Flair placed a somewhat coherent Tunney upon his feet.
  • As he rolled up Undertaker, Hogan got the pin.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  Another screwy finish to a mostly bad match.

After the match, Hogan nails Undertaker with the belt sending him to the floor and poses for the San Antonio faithful.

Conclusion: Similar to an SNME, this show was part of a larger TV taping including matches for Prime Time Wrestling and Wrestling Challenge. Dissimilar to an SNME, the violence displayed by Roberts wouldn’t have been tolerated on national TV in 1991.

I meant domestic violence.

OK, you got me.

Regardless, this was a novelty show as a Tuesday night PPV didn’t generate enough buys to continue the trend. With that in mind, both the Savage-Roberts saga and the tag match were worthwhile, and the title change was historic yet controversial.

See you for WCW Starrcade ‘91!

Buyrate: 1.00

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