WWF Prime Time Wrestling – August 12th, 1991

August 12, 1991

This show is all about Randy Savage’s Bachelor Party

 

Heenan is in his dressing room yelling at Jameson. He leaves then a news bulletin comes across the radio about people escaping from the “Stamford Sanitarium” and driving a yellow bus.

 

Gene Okerlund, Lord Alfred Hayes, and Sean Mooney are exhausted from blowing up balloons as they complain about Heenan not showing up. Heenan finally enters and gets yelled at but says he was late due to signing autographs at the Children’s Hospital. Koko B. Ware now enters and dances then The Bushwhackers follow holding a giant sardine sandwich as they scream and yell. The wackiness has already begun.

 

“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Brooklyn Brawler

Gorilla and Lord Alfred are the announcers here. This match was also shown on the 8/17 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Brawler attacks from behind then hammers away in the corner. Snuka comes back to catch Brawler with a chop as Gorilla gets in a “Terry Garvin School of Self-Defense” at Brawler’s expense. Snuka stays in control then hits the Superfly Splash for the win (2:47). After the match, Snuka tosses Brawler outside.

Thoughts:  Snuka is no longer featured in the company and would remain on the lower card until leaving the company at the beginning of 1992.

 

Back in the studio the party continues without Savage. Slick enters and calls Heenan “homey” then gives Savage from advice and says its not too late to call it off before he commits “financial suicide.” Hilarious. After that, Sensational Sherri angrily enters and says she was invited by Heenan. Sherri then says she has an interesting present for Savage then hopes Savage & Elizabeth will become sickly together. We are off to a good start here, folks.

 

We are once again in the studio as Okerlund wants to know about The Bushwhackers’ “stag films” as Heenan jokes they are not too “baaaaaaaaaaaaad” as he mocks a sheep sound. This works not only as a joke that the Bushwhackers nail sheep but also a rib on them for their gimmick (The Sheepherders) prior to coming into the WWF.

 

Clip of Sid Justice confronting the Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan on “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Roddy Piper finally enters and has presents. One of them is a 30 pack of Budweiser changed to say “Budweasel” to mock Heenan. Piper then talks about the bus he saw on the road as Jameson is petrified. Piper said they should bring them in to make it a real party as we get one guy dressed like Abraham Lincoln, one girl dressed like Dorothy from “Wizard of Oz” and a few other strange individuals that are clearly from the “Stamford Sanitarium.”

 

Paul Roma w/ Slick vs. Tim Patterson

This match took place at the 7/9 “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The announcers talk about the six-man tag match at SummerSlam as Roma hammers away. Roma then drills Patterson with a dropkick before taunting the crowd. Roma lands a few more punches then hits a few backbreakers as Gorilla puts over how Slick is an ordained minister and jokes he might marry Savage and Elizabeth. Roma then catches Patterson with a powerslam before he gets the win with a top rope splash (3:19).

Thoughts: Hercules was hurt at the time. Also, Roma was reportedly in line to become a singles act too so this might have been a test run. Roma did fine and he was good in the ring at this point. His main problem in WWF was his lack of height.

 

Savage finally enters the studio as everyone is happy.

 

Greg “The Hammer” Valentine vs. Black Knight

Another match from the 7/9 Superstars taping. Valentine shoves down Knight as the announcers talk about the IRS/Valentine match at SummerSlam. Valentine works the arm for a bit then follows Knight outside and beats him down. They head back in where Knight lands a few shots but Valentine returns the favor. Valentine now softens up the leg before putting Knight away with the Figure Four (3:17).

Thoughts: Basic hype for the IRS/Valentine SummerSlam match as its clear Valentine is being used to put over the new act.

 

We are in the studio as Heenan orders everyone to be quiet. Heenan tells Savage he has something to get rid of his anxiety then brings out the “mistress of love.” We get a belly dancer now as everyone claps except for Slick, who does some awesome dance. Savage then puts on the girl’s feather hat and scarf while Slick briefly twerks in the background. Okerlund now dances around as this ends with a freeze frame shot on Savage’s face. Slick cracked me up in this segment.

 

After the break, the dancer is still in the studio. Heenan tells Savage he is making a mistake by getting married when he can have women like this.

 

SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund. We learn that next Sunday will be the Prime Time “SummerSlam Spectacular” special.

 

The Barbarian vs. Jim Powers

This is from the 7/30 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Portland, ME. Powers got an entrance here and still using “Crank it Up” as a theme. He actually replaced Shawn Michaels as Marty Jannetty’s partner for a few house shows around this time as Shawn was dealing with an injury. Barbarian tosses Powers into the corner but Powers escapes. The announcers talk about the SummerSlam main events as Powers is using his speed to his advantage. Barbarian catches a crossbody attempt then drives Powers into the corner where he chokes him out. Powers tries a sunset flip then avoids getting punched and starts working the arm. Barbarian then catches Powers with a kick to the gut then soon after that connects with a boot to the face and gets the win (3:40) 1/2*.

Thoughts: This was more competitive than I thought it would be but still not very exciting. The Barbarian is floundering.

 

Replay of Jake Roberts training the Ultimate Warrior in the cemetery.

 

We are in the studio with everyone plugging the Hulk Hogan 1-900 number. Heenan is ecstatic after winning one of the games.

 

Kato w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Marty Jannetty

This is also from the 7/30 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Portland, ME. They start off on the mat as the announcers talk about the Summerslam marriage. We get a stalemate then Kato uses a cheap shot to take control. Kato hammers away on the neck but Marty comes back and works the arm. Marty gets a two count with a super kick before going back to the arm. Marty spills outside after missing a corner splash then clutches his knee. Kato slams Marty on the floor then rolls back inside where he knocks Marty off of the apron. Marty comes back in and gets a few pinfalls but walks into a super kick. Kato eats boot on a charge then Marty takes him down with a bulldog as both men are down. Marty fires away then hits a back elbow smash. Powerslam gets two but he misses an elbow drop off of the middle rope. Kato then bounces off of the ropes but Marty jumps up and takes Kato down with a sunset flip for the win (7:25) **1/4.

Thoughts: Solid TV match but these guys have had better. I guess with Shawn hurt they sent Marty out to win so people remember that The Rockers are still on the roster.

 

Mooney asks Savage if he is nervous. Savage said yes then we get a video of him trying on various suits for his wedding as he settles on a suit similar to what he usually wears. It was an amusing segment.

 

Back in the studio, a stripper pops out from a cake. She dances around as everyone goes nuts. The closeups on the faces of the men are hilarious by the way. Jameson tries to get the dancer’s attention by dangling a sardine as off camera the dancer is throwing her clothes to the guys.

 

Irwin R. Schyster vs. British Bulldog

Another match from the 7/30 Challenge tapings. Before the match, IRS wants everyone to pay $10,000 in order to erase the National debt. IRS bails after Bulldog takes him down with a hip toss. IRS returns as the two trade off working the arm. Bulldog misses a charge in the corner as IRS methodically goes to work. Bulldog gets dumped outside where IRS heads out and hammers away as we go to break. The match returns with IRS working an abdominal stretch. Big shock there. Bulldog manages to use a small package for two but IRS immediately stomps away. We are shown some fans in the front rows chanting “Irwin” as IRS works a chinlock. IRS gets a nearfall then goes back to the chinlock. IRS now hits a slam then yells at the crowd on the top rope but that allows Bulldog to get up and slam him off. Bulldog now runs wild then tries to use his powerslam but IRS grabs the ropes then falls on top for a two count. Bulldog hits an atomic drop as IRS is now out on the apron. IRS pulls Bulldog outside then hammers away as the two brawl and end up getting counted out (9:37) *.

Thoughts: IRS took over this match and it wasn’t for the best. He dragged Bulldog down to his level. With IRS getting a push and Bulldog over the double count out ending made sense.

 

Everyone is having fun in the studio. However, the head of security wants Heenan to come to the desk for a security issue. Heenan runs with excitement thinking the dancer wants to return.

 

Funeral Parlor with guest The Undertaker. This was filmed at the 7/29 Superstars taping in Worcester, MA. Bearer talks about all the training Jake Roberts has put the Ultimate Warrior through before saying when he reveals the final secret this week he better listen to this warning. The Undertaker tells Jake he knows little of his dark side and as he carries Warrior deeper into the darkness and the deeper they both go they’ll find out there is no way out. Bearer then says when they come back they’ll be waiting in the Funeral Parlor as the camera shows a casket that reads “RIP.” Interesting that they had a Funeral Parlor segment exclusive to Prime Time but with how much they’ve pushed this show I thought it was a good idea.

 

Gorilla and Mooney are in the studio as Gorilla cannot believe Warrior is leaving his life in Jake’s hands. When Gorilla says something like this its almost guaranteed Jake will be turning. Gorilla was a character never proven wrong.

 

At the security desk, Heenan runs into Jake Roberts and is pissed at not being on the list. Heenan proclaimed Jake was at the top of the list but Jake no longer cares and is now a bit ticked off at Savage. Jake then tells Warrior that this Thursday he’ll find out the final piece of the puzzle. So Jake is now pissed off at Savage for not getting invited to the party and does it in such an irrational manner that its even more obvious he’ll be turning heel.

 

Mike Daniels vs. Mr. Perfect w/ Coach

This match also aired on the 8/17 edition of Superstars. The announcers talk about the chance of Bret Hart beating Perfect for the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam. Perfect tosses Daniles outside then chops away. Perfect then rolls back inside and gets the win via countout (1:14). After the match, Perfect grabs a mic and calls out Bret for not being the chosen one like everyone thinks.

Thoughts: If you’re wondering why this win happened via count out it was due to the fact Perfect was legitimately injured and in obvious pain during this match. However, they did want him on TV before his match against Bret at SummerSlam.

 

We are back in the studio with Jameson interrupting to say the people Piper found are crazy. However, Jameson is ignored as everyone resumes their fun.

 

We get an ad for the SummerSlam Spectacular as Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter in a “No Holds Barred” match for the World Heavyweight Title will take place.

 

Once again we are in the studio with everyone having fun. We then have guys in white coats with nets looking to capture the escapees but they instead opt for refreshments.

 

Legion of Doom vs. Barry Hardy & Duane Gill

Another match that also aired on the 8/17 edition of Superstars. The LoD clear the ring before posing to the fans. They now work over Hardy as the announcers talk about the Tag Team Title match at SummerSlam. Gill tags in and gets destroyed until the LoD put him away with the Doomsday Device (3:11).

Thoughts: An easy win for LoD as the Tag Team Title match at SummerSlam was pushed.

 

We are in the studio for “last call” as we get some last minute SummerSlam hype.

 

Final Thoughts: Well, the action was not good at all but the theme of the show was Savage’s bachelor party and that was a lot of fun. Plus, we got an exclusive Funeral Parlor segment and another segment with an irate Jake as it sets up something for him against Savage in the future. I wonder if at this point the WWF knew they were getting rid of Warrior, who no showed the TV tapings on 7/29-7/30, which also included the “SummerSlam Spectacular” and wanted to quickly set up Jake/Savage. Anyway, this show was a lot of fun and worth checking out.