May 18, 1991
From the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage
This week, our featured match is Ultimate Warrior vs. Smash. Also, Irwin R. Schyster will make his Superstars debut. Plus, Jake Roberts, Power & Glory, and the British Bulldog will be in action.
Smash w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Ultimate Warrior
Warrior shoves Smash into the corner then knocks him down a few times. Warrior now kicks Smash repeatedly but gets cheap-shotted after a break in the corner. Smash hammers away but eats boot on a charge as Warrior regains control. Warrior uses a mat slam but whiffs on a clothesline as Smash comes back with a clothesline of his own. Smash targets the back then chokes Warrior against the ropes. Warrior is kicked outside then Fuji jabs the cane into his ribs. Smash knocks down Warrior and rolls back inside then heads out to land a few more punches. Back inside, Smash continues to hammer away but Warrior pumps up and hits a few clotheslines before the flying shoulder block/splash combo gets the win (5:03) 1/4*. Warrior celebrates as Piper says he is getting is confidence back.
Thoughts: Bad match and Smash is really just not needed at this point with Demolition fizzled out. The story here was that Warrior is getting confidence back with a few wins over name opponents on TV so he can face Undertaker.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We are shown clips from last week when The Mountie & Nasty Boys attacked Big Bossman. After that we hear from Mountie with Jimmy Hart as he warns Bossman if there is a next time he will not receive the little bit of mercy he got last week.
Dan Robbins & Buck Zumhoffe vs. Power & Glory w/ Slick
Roma dropkicks Zumhoffe to start. Robbins gets stomped then Roma hits a vertical suplex. We hear from The Bushwhackers in an insert promo as they cannot wait to meet Power & Glory. Hercules slaps around Robbins then soon after that Power & Glory get the win with a backbreaker rack/elbow drop combo (3:35). Robbins landed on his head on that one.
Thoughts: I assume they are not doing the Powerplex due to Hercules still being hurt as this new finisher does not require him to bump. However, Power & Glory are in a bottom of the card feud with The Bushwhackers.
Irwin R. Schyster vs. Red Tyler
Before the match, IRS calls the crowd tax cheats and promises to come to their house and make them pay. Piper keeps making fun of “Irwin” and how he wears a tie to the ring. IRS slams Tyler before knocking him outside. The announcers debate the severity of Piper’s knee injury from last week as IRS works an abdominal stretch then finishes him off with the Write Off (2:16).
Thoughts: Piper ragging on IRS was funny but the IRS character itself is already grating, IMO. The shtick isn’t meant to last (although that didn’t stop the WWF) and the ring work was really dull.
British Bulldog vs. Tony Squire
Bulldog overpowers Squire to start. He then works the arm before grabbing a chinlock as the announcers talk about the Fitness and Nutrition Expo prior to the WBF Championship. Bulldog stays in control then puts Squire away with a running powerslam (2:37).
Thoughts: Not surprising they are using a Bulldog match as a backdrop to talk about the WBF and the Fitness & Nutrition expo. Bulldog is still feuding with Mr. Perfect over the Intercontinental Title.
Gene Okerlund welcomes Ted DiBiase & Sensational Sherri to the interview platform. DiBiase first wants Virgil to take a look at Sherri because she is class from head to toe as the camera looks her over. DiBiase then says the biggest mistake Virgil has made was listening to Piper. DiBiase then tells Piper he stuck his nose in his business and got him a bad knee and a crutch and says he will need the crutch again in the near future. Sherri then tells Piper & Virgil that DiBiase is more of a man because of all his money. DiBiase will still feud with both Piper and Virgil. The DiBiase & Sherri pairing still isn’t clicking, however.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Tom Bennett
Piper & Vince talk about Damien being Jake’s buddy and how devastating it is to lose a pet. Jake works over the arm of Bennett then we hear from Earthquake & Jimmy Hart in an insert promo. Earthquake warns Jake to not bring Lucifer anywhere near the ring. Bennett attempts to kick the bag outside but Jake runs over and beats him down. Jake then hits a slam and soon after that hits the DDT for the win (3:03). After the match, Jake dumps Lucifer on top of Bennett.
Thoughts: Earthquake is now threatening to squash Lucifer like he did with Damien to keep this feud going.
WBF star Aaron Baker tells us about redefining bodybuilding on June 15th at the WBF Championship.
The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Sonny Blaze
Barbarian tosses Blaze down as Vince tells us he will be on “Prime Time Wrestling” along with Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan. Barbarian stays in control until he puts Blaze away with a boot to the face (1:35).
Thoughts: A segment used to hype this week’s episode of Prime Time. They briefly mentioned Barbarian’s feud with Bret but Barbarian is just being used to put Bret over.
Next week in action are The Rockers, Col. Mustafa, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect, and the Nasty Boys. Plus, Jake Roberts as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and more!
Final Thoughts: The featured match was a stinker and the interview segment was nothing special. The same feuds are continuing though as they are setting up house show feuds for the Summer.