March 16, 1991
From the Orlando Arena in Orlando, FL
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper, who is on crutches due to a bike accident.
This week, we have an interview with Hulk Hogan. In action are The Undertaker, Davey Boy Smith, Nasty Boys, and Texas Tornado
“British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith vs. Cliff Sheats
Davey overpowers Sheats as we hear from Warlord & Slick in an insert promo as they promise victory at WrestleMania. Davey works a chinlock for a bit and stays in control before hitting a running powerslam for the win (2:04).
Thoughts: With WrestleMania just eight days away we are going to get nothing but generic hype for the matches. Anyway, this match has been built up well for a midcard program.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We get a lengthy recap on the Bobby Heenan and Big Bossman feud to hype Bossman’s Intercontinental Title match against Mr. Perfect at WrestleMania. Heenan & Perfect then tell Bossman they are walking out of WrestleMania as the champion.
Texas Tornado vs. Pez Whatley
Piper says that outside of the ring, Tornado is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Tornado hammers away then we hear from him in an insert promo telling Dino Bravo “when I spin, I win” to hype up their match at WrestleMania. Piper says his ankle injury is fine and will be in Virgil’s corner then Tornado hits the Tornado Punch twice for the win (1:55).
Thoughts: I actually though Tornado’s line was clever but his match against Bravo is one of the least anticipated on the card.
Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Brian Costello & Terry Davis
Knobbs beats on Costello to start. The Nasty Boys then beat on Davis as the announcers put over how fast it took them to make an impact in the WWF before the Nasties hit a running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo for the win (2:49).
Thoughts: The announcers talked up the Nasty Boys a lot and for being successful since their debut, which is part of the story heading into their title match at WrestleMania. The other part is that they got lucky due to Power & Glory fucking over the Legion of Doom in the #1 contender battle royal.
Gene Okerlund welcomes Hulk Hogan to the interview platform. Hogan tells Sgt. Slaughter that he will never burn or deface the banner of Hulkamania as long as he is around. He then said that Hulkamania is the strongest force in the universe. Nothing more than a generic Hogan promo
Rick Martel beats Frankie Lancaster in a match first shown on the 3/11 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”
WrestleMania Report with Gene Okerlund. Clips of the fake Queen of England getting exposed on “Prime Time Wrestling” is shown here, ending that bit.
Pat Armstrong vs. The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer
Undertaker brushes off Armstrong with ease. He then hits a chokeslam as we hear from him with Bearer in an insert promo saying we will believe in the Undertaker after he buries Jimmy Snuka at WrestleMania. Undertaker stays in control then puts Armstrong away with a tombstone (2:30).
Thoughts: Unlike Brother Love, Bearer actually enhances Undertaker’s act. And the Undertaker’s act is extremely impressive to begin with. The presence these two have together is unmatched by any other heel on the roster.
Next week in action are Earthquake, Ted DiBiase, and the Legion of Doom. Plus, an interview with the Ultimate Warrior and more!
Final Thoughts: The closer you get to a PPV, the more basic these shows become. The top matches have all been hyped up as much as possible and really what else more can you to makeup someone else’s mind about whether or not to order WrestleMania? Just one more week of syndicated shows until WrestleMania then on to the fallout.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Wednesday: WWF WrestleMania VII
Thursday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 3/26/91