March 11, 1991
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan
Tito Santana & Koko B. Ware vs. Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji
This match took place at the 2/18 “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings in Orlando, FL. We are joined in progress as Koko uses his speed to elude Smash. Tito tags in and hits a dropkick but gets decked. Crush tags and hammers away in the corner. Tito ducks an attack then takes Crush down with a pair of dropkicks and gets two. Tito works the arm but gets attacked from behind by Smash on the apron. Crush dumps Tito outside then distracts the ref so Smash & Fuji can beat on Tito. Demolition neutralize Tito and slow things down a lot. Tito finally escapes and makes the tag as Koko runs wild. He gets a nearfall with a missile dropkick as Crush makes the save then the match breaks down. Koko has Smash up for the Ghostbuster but Crush sweeps his leg and Smash falls on top for the win (5:54) *.
Thoughts: The long heat segment on Tito was just brutal and showed that Demolition was no longer useful in the WWF. The rest of the match was forgettable and the finish was lame.
Back in the studio, Vince and Heenan do a comedy bit with Vince poking fun at the scent of Arrogance. No one finds foul smelling puns funnier than Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
An ad for next week’s “Superstars and Stripes Forever” WrestleMania special with the main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Gen. Adnan. I will be recapping that show as well.
The Hart Foundation defeat Pete Sanchez & John Martin in a match that first aired on the 3/9 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”
Macho King Randy Savage comes out on the set. Queen Sherri is not present. He makes fun of Vince’s outfit then tells us about how it was the Ultimate Warrior’s idea to put their careers on the line. Savage then said Warrior’s career is sinking as Vince introduces us to his first WWF appearance back in 1985. The graphic reads that it was “Superstars of Wrestling” which is false as it was “Championship Wrestling.” Vince then shows Savage choosing Elizabeth as his manager as Savage keeps saying he forgets her name. They continue to talk about his career as Vince also says one of the greatest matches ever was against Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III as Savage is great in saying how he got screwed out of the Intercontinental Title due to George Steele. After saying he carried the Mega Powers then tells us that Warrior should blame himself for losing the title for not promising him a title shot as we see a slow motion replay from the Royal Rumble where Savage cracked his scepter over Warrior’s head. We then head to break as Savage promises Sherri will come out afterwards. A fun segment and Savage was just superb in narrating his clips. He was just great.
Queen Sherri comes out with a shopping bag that has retirement gifts for the Ultimate Warrior. There is a cow bell t0 put him out to pasture, a towel because he is all washed up, and a phone to call it quits. Sherri then flips out when Vince asks what will happen if Savage loses and claims Savage will never lose. God damn was Savage gold on this show.
Mr. Perfect defeats Pat Armstrong in a match first shown on the 3/10 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
The Viking defeats Brian Costello in a match first shown on the 3/10 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
Okerlund at Toys R Us with Big Bossman.
Haku vs. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
This match took place at the 2/19 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Ft. Myers, FL. These two had an excellent match at the October ’90 MSG show. They trade holds to start then Davey catches Haku with a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence. Haku takes a breather and returns only for Davey to take him down with an arm drag. Davey slams Haku, who complains of hair pulling, then catches him with a sleeper. Haku counters with an arm drag but Davey trips him up then grabs an armbar. Haku catches Davey with an inverted atomic drop then hits a piledriver for a nearfall. Haku grabs Davey’s hair and pulls him back before going to work on the neck. Haku now has Davey in a sleeper but Davey is able to keep his arm up after the third raise. Davey slowly gets to his feet then fights out and comes back with a crossbody for two. Haku stomps away before applying a chinlock but Davey gets out of that and the two slug it out. They now trade headbutts then Davey avoids a dropkick then runs wild until he ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Haku tries for a back drop but Davey counters with a crucifix and gets the win (7:48) **3/4.
Thoughts: Somewhat like an abbreviated version of their MSG match but still quite good. Since his return, Davey really has been in the zone as a worker and we will see more evidence of that in the March MSG show, which will be recapped tomorrow.
Back in the studio, Heenan is in the crowd because he is afraid of Damien. Jake Roberts comes out now wearing a sweater from the Bill Cosby collection as Vince also has a new outfit. Jake has some lame joke about snakes not eating weasels then talks about his blindfold match at WrestleMania and what Rick Martel put him through. Jake catches Heenan playing the air violin as Heenan keeps doing it as Jake has his back turned. Vince orders Heenan down because he cannot be trusted then Jake talks about all of the various snakes we see on the set. Heenan tries hard to make this entertaining with his jokes but this is pretty much something you’d expect from “Tuesday Night Titans” and not in a good way.
We return from commercial where Heenan tells Jake he will embarrass him more than Martel will at WrestleMania and invites Jake to play a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Jake puts on the hood and uses the noise from the crowd to guide him to the donkey but Heenan keeps moving it around until he stumbles and drops it so Vince picks it up and Jake wins the game. Jake then tells Heenan he does not like games and threatens to put a snake on him before Heenan puts on the hood. Vince accidentally jabs Heenan with the pin and he swings his arms around. Heenan then tries to get the donkey but is lured in by Jake and accidentally touches Damien. Heenan then flips out and runs out of the studio. A long segment split up in two parts with a predictable punchline but at least this coincided with a storyline.
“The Model” Rick Martel vs. Frankie Lancaster
This match also aired on the 3/16 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” “The Thumper” is doing some enhancement work for the WWF now. Martel takes Lancaster down and follows with a slam. Martel hits a gutwrench suplex then pulls a hood out from his tights and puts it on Lancaster’s face. Lancaster gets up and has no idea where he is while Martel mocks him and dances around. Martel then looks into the camera and tells Jake this is what he should expect at WrestleMania before getting the win with a Boston Crab (2:11).
Thoughts: I did like Martel putting the mask on Lancaster as a way to get heat. A lot of hype for the Blindfold match on this show.
Back in the studio, Jake tells Martel he will get what he wants from him at WrestleMania VII.
Vince lists off other matches for next week’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” show including Bret Hart vs. Brian Knobbs and Koko B. Ware vs. Rick Martel in a blindfold match. Also, a contract signing for the Ultimate Warrior vs. Macho King Randy Savage match and Roddy Piper interviewing Ted DiBiase.
Replay of Slaughter & Adnan buring the Hulk Rules shirt airs.
WrestleMania Report airs.
The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Jim Powers
This match took place at the 2/19 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings. Undertaker traps Powers in the corner then hammers away. He then chokes out Powers as the camera zooms in on the Undertaker’s face. Powers runs into a big boot then tries a kick and a clothesline to no effect before he gets planted with a chokeslam. Undertaker then picks up Powers and hits the Tombstone for the win (3:13). After the match, Undertaker sprinkles dirt on top of Powers.
Thoughts: An easy win for The Undertaker as they are establishing his character with Paul Bearer by sprinkling dirt on his opponents after the match.
The Queen of England comes out on the set. Vince asks her about praising The Warlord and we get some comedy from the hosts about the Queen being senile. The Queen said she got a little “nip” from a dog bite while Heenan has a great line about Lord Alfred enjoying a nip now and then. The Queen now talks up someone as Lord Alfred is shown in the background very excited and thinking its him but she chooses Heenan. The Queen then knights Heenan and invites him to the palace for tea and cucumber sandwiches. Heenan was good here and Lord Alfred’s facial expressions were funny as that helped negate the lousy premise.
Vince once again runs down the “Superstars and Stripes Forever” show before we come back to the Queen and Heenan. Vince wants a closer look to see if she is the real queen but two guys in trench coats claiming they are from Scotland Yard are saying this woman is a fraud and have proof. Heenan said they are lying but the men say they have videotape proof claiming she is not the queen. They pull out the tape as Vince wants us to see it and the footage is shown of Heenan and the “queen” laughing, eating, and playing cards in a hotel room. We cut back to the studio where the queen is pulled away. Heenan pretends he had nothing to do with this and also wants the queen taken away but gets dragged off himself. So, this was the payoff of the mini-storyline that started in the usually repetitive and stale WrestleMania Update segments that many people have likely forgotten about or never known had existed in the first place.
Final Thoughts: This had the goofy segments like the first episode of the Prime Time relaunch but they were at least focused on the wrestlers and their storylines. The Haku vs. Davey match was a really good TV match and that alone is a treat from this era. Plus we had the conclusion of the random Queen of England storyline. Next week is the special WrestleMania edition of Prime Time that was hyped throughout the show.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 3/15/91
Thursday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/16/91
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/17/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 6/23/83
Sunday: WWF Road to WrestleMania VII Prime Time Wrestling Special 3/17/91
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/23/91
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/24/91