October 5, 1991
From the Ottawa Civic Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. Piper addresses Ric Flair and says why Flair might be front page news today but when he gets him in the ring Flair will be in the obituary section.
This week, Sid Justice is guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” Also in action are the Legion of Doom, Irwin R. Schyster, Virgil, and The Dragon
Legion of Doom vs. Brian Donahue & Mike Fury
Piper is irate over the fact he cannot contractually defend himself while a broadcaster. Savage talks about his situation with Jake Roberts as the LoD beat on Fury. We hear from Jimmy Hart & The Natural Disasters in an insert promo as the Disasters tell the LoD they’ll be fighting for your life. Piper says the WWF theme right now is fighting for your life as Vince plugs “WBF Magazine” with Mike Quinn on the cover. Donahue tags in and gets beat down until the LoD put him away with the Doomsday Device (2:51).
Thoughts: Most of the focus was on the problems of Piper and Savage. The Tag Team Title hype was secondary.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This show us a replay from last week where Flair attacked Piper at the broadcast table. A dazed Piper then accidentally hit Vince with a chair and the show ended with Vince getting stretched out. We now hear from Flair with Bobby Heenan as Flair talks about turning the heat up when he got to the WWF and if Piper is angry then do something about it but until then Piper should address him as “champ.”
The Berzerker w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Scott Taylor
Yes, this is Taylor of Too Cool fame. Berzerker beats on Taylor then he tells Fuji how no one has any guys. We hear from Berzerker in an insert promo as he says Fuji is the only guy that controls him and how he breaks bones. Berzerker ties up Taylor in the ropes and hits a big boot as Savage talks about having “invisible handcuffs” on as an announcer. Berzerker asks Fuji for permission to attack Taylor again as Vince says Berzerker is having fun. Berzerker then tosses Taylor outside and gets the win via count out (3:09). Vince then teases that we will find out later on in the show the whereabouts of next year’s WrestleMania.
Thoughts: We heard more from Savage about wanting to get back into the ring as he continues to vent frustrations regarding his suspension. Also, Piper was ragging on Taylor for not defending himself or showing much effort. He even referenced back to this later on in the show.
We get another clip and the trailer of “Suburban Commando.” The film had a poor opening weekend, placing 7th at the box office.
Virgil vs. Mike Williams
Virgil shows off the Million Dollar Belt. Savage and Piper start goading each other as they are frustrated over not being able to compete but Vince tells them to chill out. Virgil dumps Williams then flies out with a pescado then we hear from Ted DiBiase with Sensational Sherri as DiBiase wants Virgil to shine the belt before giving it back. Piper gets in a line about wanting Mike Tyson to date Sherri as Vince tells us that Piper will be on this week’s Prime Time. Virgil then puts Williams in the Million Dollar Dream for the win (2:09).
Thoughts: The Virgil/DiBiase feud continues. Its also been going on since the Royal Rumble and after the great moment we witnessed at SummerSlam there is nowhere else to go but down.
Irwin R. Schyster vs. Jim Powers
Vince says in a few minutes we will learn of the location and ticket information for WrestleMania VIII. Before the match, IRS tells the fans that there “tax-cheating opinions” means nothing to him. Piper asks Vince if IRS is after him then Savage wonders if Piper gets a finder’s fee but Vince claims innocence. IRS takes Powers over with a hip toss as Piper said his audit came back clean as they have pretty much written off that feud. Powers fights back and hits a slam and a dropkick as Vince asks Savage if he can deduct his expenses spent on the 1-900 hotline. IRS now regains control and uses the abdominal stretch while grabbing on to the ropes. Powers gets out but runs into an attack then IRS hits the Write Off for the win (2:28).
Thoughts: Again, the focus was on the announcers problems. It was odd to see Piper reference Taylor here as he said Powers showed something in this match and wanted Taylor to take note. No reference of the Bossman/IRS feud.
Now, we find out that WrestleMania VIII will take place in Indianapolis, IN on April 5th at the Hoosier Dome. They teased this by giving us five reasons why to go to Indianapolis with the #1 reason being WrestleMania VIII.
Funeral Parlor with guest Sid Justice. Sid comes out and said he smells the rotten stench of Jake Roberts. Sid then calls Jake a “low-life” and a symbol of the devil, maybe even the devil himself, but at the end all everyone will say is that justice was served and that Jake went home to hell. Sid then leaves as Savage loves what Sid has said. The lines were corny but Sid was able to pull it off. Just two days after this show aired, Sid ended up injuring his bicep at a house show in Orlando against Jake and ended up missing the rest of the year. Sid was replaced by Savage against Jake on house shows.
Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Kerry Davis & Bob Wisseman
The announcers talk about the Nasty Boys and Rockers feuding while Knobbs beats on Davis. Wisseman is now in and Sags hits him with a back suplex. Vince asks Savage about once again being at Jack Tunney’s office while Savage says he is relentless to get back into action. Knobbs then hits Wisseman with a corner splash then after that the Nasty Boys use the running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo for the win (3:11).
Thoughts: More talk about Savage trying to get reinstated. The Nasty Boys/Rockers feud is starting to get more mentions on TV.
We get our next installment of Tito Santana’s quest to become El Matador. He is shown in the bullfighting arena topless with jeans running around and narrating the dangers of fighting a bull. I have no idea why Vince felt the need to have a matador character. Anyway, it at least seems like something for Tito to do but the gimmick is weak.
Sgt. Slaughter is now shown at the Arlington National Cemetery. He talks about letting down all of the soldiers who gave their lives to this country and how he turned his back on the living soldiers. Slaughter now wishes he can take the places of one of the dead soldiers because they stepped up when their country needed them and did not turn their backs. Slaughter does not care if he ever wrestles again and no longer seeks any titles because he wants his country back. The camera then pans over some of the headstones, one of which reads “Pedro Morales.” If you thought this vignette was enough, just wait. We will get even more of this. They tried way too hard to make Slaughter sympathetic for fans to by his turn but this was next level pandering.
Mike Durham vs. The Dragon
Piper is still not sold on Slaughter being sincere as Savage tells him not to be so close-minded. Man, the way they are playing up this Slaughter turn is something else. Dragon hits a crossbody after an Irish whip sequence before using his arm drag. Savage brings up losing to Dragon at WrestleMania III as Vince notes that is considered one of the greatest matches ever. Durham fights back and hits a slam but Dragon knocks him down. We then hear from Skinner in an insert promo saying he’s not scared of his fire and will stomp it out with his boot before skinning Dragon alive. Vince once again plugs Piper appearing on Prime Time as Dragon puts away Durham with a flying body press (2:38).
Thoughts: More hype for the scintillating Dragon/Skinner show as well as plugs for this week’s Prime Time Wrestling.
A plug for the Hulk Hogan Hot Ticket PPV
Next week in action are Jim Neidhart, Jake Roberts, and the Big Bossman. Plus, Bobby Heenan will interview Ric Flair and the announcement of the Survivor Series main event.
Final Thoughts: The theme of the show was the color commentators expressing their frustrations over not being able to become physical while behind the desk. Besides that we got some vignettes that ended up not being very good and hype for midcard feuds and not particularly exciting ones at that. However, we at least learned that next week the Survivor Series main event will be announced and saw that WrestleMania will take place on April 5th at the Hoosier Dome as this show lacked the big angle we have seen over the past few weeks.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Friday: WWF Barcelona 10/5/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/15/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/6/91
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/12/91
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/13/91
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 10/19/91
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/20/91