August 10, 1991
From the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage
In action this week are The Nasty Boys, Ted DiBiase, Big Bossman, and Irwin R. Schyster.
Big Bossman vs. Mike Starr
Bossman beats on Starr in the corner as Piper says the closest jail to Madison Square Garden is in Hells Kitchen. The Mountie & Jimmy Hart are shown in an insert promo telling Bossman to get ready to serve hard time. Bossman stays in control and catches Starr with a sidewalk slam for the win (2:12).
Thoughts: The announcers spent the match putting over the Jailhouse Match stipulations by saying the conditions of the jail will be awful.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We are shown Sid Justice meeting Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior last week where he reminded everyone that he is only here to make sure justice is served. We now hear from Hogan & Warrior as comment about the match at SummerSlam and Sid Justice.
Louie Spicolli & Brian Jewel vs. Beverly Brothers w/ Coach
Savage still believes that Hogan & Warrior are prima donnas and they will lose at SummerSlam. The Beverly Brothers beat on Spicolli then on Jewel and eventually put him away with a pancake/head spike combo (2:43).
Thoughts: The announcers talked about the “Match Made in Hell” rather than the Beverly Brothers, who remain heatless.
Irwin R. Schyster vs. Chi Chi Cruz
IRS calls out “tax invaders” as the camera shows an elderly women in the crowd giving him a thumbs down. IRS hits a back suplex as Vince talks about his match against Greg Valentine at SummerSlam. We then hear from Valentine in an insert promo as he has a deduction for IRS and that is his figure-four. An incredibly corny promo. IRS then puts Cruz away with the Write Off (1:45).
Thoughts: Yeesh, the promos here by both IRS and Valentine sucked. This is by far and away the least impressive match at SummerSlam.
We are then shown the cover of “WWF Magazine,” featuring Hogan & Warrior.
British Bulldog vs. Tim Patterson
Bulldog shoves Patterson against the ropes to start. Interestingly enough, we hear Finkel’s voice over for the 9/28 Boston Garden show with Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect for the Intercontinental Title. I guess they really did suspect Perfect would be back soon. Bulldog hits a vertical suplex then puts Patterson away with a running powerslam as Vince & Piper continue to tease Savage about his wedding (1:55).
Thoughts: With his feud against Perfect dropped, Bulldog is now without any direction.
Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Doug Carson & Ken Johnson
Knobbs tells the Legion of Doom that they are not “nasty enough.” The announcers talk about the SummerSlam Tag Team Title match and how there are no count outs or disqualification. The LoD are shown in an insert promo as they love the stipulations of their match. The Nasty Boys beat on Carson as we learn that Savage will have a surprise bachelor party on “Prime Time Wrestling” then Knobbs hits a running powerslam for the win (2:44).
Thoughts: Besides the Tag Team Title feud hype we now learn that Savage will have a bachelor party on Prime Time. I will recap that show as well for those wondering.
Now, we are shown Jake Roberts and Ultimate Warrior in a cemetery. Jake talks about Warrior trusting him then we are shown Warrior digging as Jake says he is “digging up the past.” Warrior is doing this while wearing a denim jacket. Warrior then pulls out a skull and lifts it up as Jake talks about the smell of death then takes it away. Jake then says he must bury Warrior in the same soil to get rid of the fear. Warrior, referring to Jake as “Snake Man,” says he trusted him before and will again. We are then shown Warrior, buried up to his neck, as Jake asks if he trusts him. Jake then puts the skull in front of Warrior’s face and the camera zooms in on that as Jake says the final encounter will take place Thursday night. Another dark segment but this training stuff was so ridiculous that you pretty much knew a turn was coming. And like I said, they tipped it off too much on commentary with the face announcers even chiming in how they would not trust Jake in this situation. Besides all of this, Jake himself was great in these segments. He made it as believable as humanly possible.
SummerSlam Report with Okerlund.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri vs. Bobby Jones
Vince says that cameras will show us what happens during Warrior and Jake’s final meeting. Savage is upset that Vince & Piper invited Sherri to his bachelor party. DiBiase works the arm as Piper is ecstatic that Virgil can become a millionaire after SummerSlam as Savage says Virgil will pawn the belt and become broke in three days. DiBiase looks into the camera and says “you’re history” then Virgil is in an insert promo stating his domination of DiBiase will begin at SummerSlam when he takes his belt. DiBiase hits Jones with a powerslam then uses the Million Dollar Dream for the win (2:10).
Thoughts: The story of Virgil possibly becoming a millionaire by winning the Million Dollar Belt is now the theme for their SummerSlam match.
We now see Bobby Heenan, holding up the NWA World Title Belt. He says this belt belongs to the real world champion and that is not Hulk Hogan but someone who is presently under contract to another federation. Heenan says that if this man, who Hogan cannot compare to, comes over to the WWF he would love to be his adviser. Heenan says the man who owns the belt he is holding is the real world champion and that man is Ric Flair. Awesome segment and a great job by Heenan. Flair’s contract to WCW expired September 1st so they used a real-life scenario here. And, the NWA board had voted to let Flair keep the belt as the WCW was no longer affiliated with the NWA as of 7/15. Anyway, the thought of Flair coming to the WWF was quite exciting.
Next week, we will see the final step into the darkness of the Ultimate Warrior. In action will be the Texas Tornado, The Berzerker, Jimmy Snuka, and Legion of Doom. Also, more on Bobby Heenan’s comments about Ric Flair.
Final Thoughts: Lots of big happenings this week with Jake turning on Warrior and the mention of Flair possibly coming to the WWF. Both of those things should be the focus after the PPV but as we will learn, only one of storylines continued. The SummerSlam hype has been basic and not all that inspiring if you ask me but it was already sold out at this point so I guess it was good enough.
Here is my schedule for the next seven days:
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/11/91
Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 8/12/91
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/17/91
Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/18/91
Thursday: WWF SummerSlam Spectacular 8/18/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/24/91