January 5, 1991
From the SunDome in Tampa, FL
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Honky Tonk Man
This week, Hulk Hogan will be the guest on the “Brother Love Show.” In action are Sgt. Slaughter, Texas Tornado, The Orient Express, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Plus, a Royal Rumble Report and more!
Texas Tornado vs. Tom Stone
Stone jumps Tornado but ends up getting clotheslined outside. Vince once again brings up “Bodybuilding Lifestyles” magazine as we see the cover in an insert as he also outs over Tornado’s physique. Tornado continues to beat on Stone then hits the Tornado Punch for the win (1:47).
Thoughts: More hype for the DiBiase/Tornado feud and another mention of “Bodybuilding Lifestyles” magazine.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on the Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter World Heavyweight Title match at the Royal Rumble. We then hear from Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri as Savage says he’ll take the championship from Warrior before the Rumble. Now, we see a taped interview with Warrior hosted by Okerlund. It takes place inside of the locker room as Okerlund asks Warrior about Savage coming after him and facing Slaughter to point out the amount of pressure he is facing. Warrior tells Slaughter the love of his Warriors will overcome Slaughter and his Iraqis. They are really starting to build up the title match now, especially Slaughter.
The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Donny Steele
Warlord beats the crap out of Steele as Vince says there is a possibility Warlord and Davey Boy Smith face off at the Rumble. We then hear from Warlord & Slick in an insert promo as Warlord says no one will match his strength at the Rumble and if it comes down to him and Power & Glory it doesnt matter as he has no allegiance to anyone. Warlord then puts Steele in a full nelson while lifting and shaking him and that gets the win (1:40).
Thoughts: They hyped up the Warlord/Davey feud and the “every man for himself” theme of the Rumble match.
J.T. Smith vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Honky reminds us how Duggan won the very first Royal Rumble match. Smith takes Duggan’s 2×4 and marches around in mocking fashion but ends up getting clotheslined over the top rope. We hear from Duggan in an insert promo telling us he will stand in the middle of the ring at the Rumble and attack. Duggan stays in control then hits Smith with the Three Point Stance for the win (1:50).
Thoughts: They put over Duggan’s chances in the Rumble by mentioning he was a former winner but in reality he was sliding down the midcard.
Replay of last week’s Sgt. Slaughter interview where he opened up a package of boots that were a gift from Sadaam Hussein.
Sgt. Slaughter w/ Gen. Adnan vs. Pat Armstrong
Slaughter beats on Armstrong then hits a gutbuster. We hear from a kid that says Warrior will destroy Slaughter at the Rumble and he did so in a grunting and furious manner like Warrior himself. Slaughter continues to beat on Armstrong until he puts him away with the Camel’s Clutch (2:12). After the match, Adnan comes in and waves the Iraqi flag while Slaughter screams as Vince calls this an abuse of the First Amendment.
Thoughts: The mega push of Slaughter as a heel with the Iraqi traitor gimmick keeps getting more intense each week.
Brother Love Show with guest Hulk Hogan. Brother Love asks Hogan about Warrior as Hogan points out how he eliminated him last year at the Royal Rumble en route to winning and promises to win this year too. Brother Love then gets in Hogan’s face and brings up Earthquake and even Dino Bravo teaming up to get rid of him as Hogan wants to draw #1 so he can eliminate everyone one-by-one because he welcomes confrontation. Hogan says he will prove that Hulkamania is not only the strongest force in the world but also the only natural disaster in the WWF. Brother Love then asks Hogan about his friend Tugboat and if they face off at the Rumble. Hogan tells us that he talked with Tugboat and both agreed there is no friends in the Rumble before telling us that Hulkamania will “rumble” all over everyone. More or less your generic Hogan promo
Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund. He tells us that this is a bargain compared to “two minute boxing matches” and “forty minute rock concerts.” They also showed clips of Hogan eliminating Warrior last year at the Royal Rumble. Ted DiBiase is also shown walking around Texas with Virgil as he brags about his money and makes fun of the Rhodes’ and Texas. DiBiase tosses his cowboy hat to the ground and stomps on it then makes Virgil wipe the crap off of his shoe.
The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Bill & Tony Mulkey
Piper is telling Virgil not to put up with DiBiase and that he can tough it out on his own. Vince wants to know if Mulkey is a Polish name as The Orient Express beat them down. We hear from The Rockers in an insert promo as they promise to prove at the Royal Rumble that they are the best team in the WWF as The Orient Express put Randy away with a super kick/bridging German suplex combo (2:07).
Thoughts: Some hype for The Rockers/Orient Express match at the Rumble while Piper once again calls for Virgil to stick up for himself against DiBiase.
In action next week are Rick Martel, Davey Boy Smith, The Undertaker, Big Bossman, and Ted DiBiase. Plus, an interview with the Ultimate Warrior and more! At the end of the show, Honky says the Warrior’s reign will end at the Rumble while Piper makes fun of Honky’s chances in the Rumble.
Final Thoughts: Most of the focus here was on getting over Slaughter’s persona. Even more than the Rumble PPV itself, which is now three weeks away. Besides that, they are setting up for Virgil to fight back against DiBiase while continuing the other feuds going on at the moment.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/6/91
Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/12/91
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/13/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/19/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 5/26/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/19/90
Monday: WWF 1991 Royal Rumble