January 19, 1991
From the SunDome in Tampa, FL
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Honky Tonk Man
In action this week are Jake Roberts, Hart Foundation, Mr. Perfect, and The Earthquake. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter as guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more!
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Bob Bradley
Bradley hammers away to start. Jake fights back and works the arm then we hear from him in an insert promo telling Rick Martel to watch out. Bradley misses his slo-mo back handspring elbow smash and gets clotheslined then Jake hits the DDT for the win (2:25). After the match, Jake grabs Damien and puts it on top of Bradley.
Thoughts: More hype for Jake’s feud against Martel.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We hear from those involved in the Dusty & Dustin Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase & Virgil match tonight at the Royal Rumble. The feud theme of money vs. blood continues.
Randy Hunter vs. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart
Earthquake hammers away as the announcers put him over as one of the favorites to win the Royal Rumble. The crowd chants for Hogan then we hear from Dino Bravo in an insert promo telling Earthquake if it comes down to them he’ll come “right through him” before Earthquake puts Hunter away with a sit-down splash (1:42). After the match, Earthquake hits a couple of more splashes and Hunter gets taken out on a stretcher.
Thoughts: Again, the basic “every man for himself” Rumble theme was pushed with Bravo talking about going up against his partner.
Hart Foundation vs. Black Bart & WT Jones
Neidhart powerslams Bart then takes him over with a hip toss. We then hear from the Hart Foundation in an insert promo saying its every man for himself at the Rumble but no matter what they’ll still leave as Tag Team Champions. Bret beats on Jones then the Hart Foundation get the win with the Hart Attack (1:55).
Thoughts: More basic Rumble match hype as the Hart Foundation vow to remain a successful team no matter what happens at the Rumble.
Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Kevin Reno
Perfect tries to toy with Reno, who stands up for himself. Reno catches Perfect with a dropkick as Perfect regroups with Heenan. Perfect then tells Heenan that he’ll make an example out of Reno as he goes back in and takes him down. Perfect beats on Reno as he’s in an insert promo telling us he will win the Rumble then he puts Reno away with the Perfect Plex (2:00).
Thoughts: They mildly pushed Perfect as a threat to win the Rumble match. There certainly are not a lot of people being pushed as favorites in this match, that’s for sure.
Brother Love Show with guests Sgt. Slaughter and Gen. Adnan. Brother Love goes on about Slaughter becoming the next World Heavyweight Champion but we are interrupted by a special news bulletin from Sean Mooney, who reads an official statement from WWF President Jack Tunney. The statement reads that the WWF abhors the views and statements by Slaughter & Adnan and that they do not represent Arab-Americans across the world. Mooney then applauds Tunney’s statement as we go back to the Brother Love Show where Slaughter promises to become the new World Heavyweight Champion then raise the title in the air to prove that he is the greatest champion of all-time. We then cut back to Mooney in the Event Center as he talks about the Warriors being in the Ultimate Warrior’s corner to overcome tyranny. The word “Commentary” is on the bottom of the screen now as Mooney wants those of all races, creeds, and religion to stand together. They are still really trying hard to get major heat with Slaughter the day of the Rumble and with the amount of time they are spending on this you can probably see he will become champion. You don’t build someone up like this as a challenger for them to lose.
Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund. He tells us that another man will be named tonight to be part of the match. It wasn’t said but since Honky’s still being billed as appearing it would have been Andre’s replacement Okerlund was referencing. Honky left the company at this point but these tapings were done in Mid-December.
The Bushwhackers vs. Dennis Allen & The Gladiator
The Gladiator is Ricky Hunter under a mask. He hasn’t been here in a while. The Bushwhackers are shown in an insert promo very excited over the Royal Rumble as they are beating on The Gladiator. Allen tags in and does not fare any better then he gets put away with a double gutbuster (2:08).
Thoughts: The Bushwhackers were really low on the card at this point so its tough to get excited over them being in the Rumble.
Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Pat Armstrong & Pete Sanchez
The Nasties beat on Sanchez to start. Armstrong tags and also gets destroyed as the announces put over The Nasties, who get the win with a running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo (2:33).
Thoughts: The Nasties really do look good in their early squash match wins. You can also tell the company has plans for them too with how they are being talked up on commentary.
In action next week are Rick Martel, Davey Boy Smith, The Mountie, and Legion of Doom. Plus, highlights from the Royal Rumble.
The show closes with Honky saying Slaughter will become the next champion. This was Honky’s final WWF appearance until 1997 when he came back to manage Rockabilly.
Final Thoughts: This aired the day of the PPV so all you got was last-minute hype to buy the show with an emphasis on Slaughter. We will catch the fallout from Rumble next week then its on to building up the card for WrestleMania VII.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 5/26/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/19/91
Monday: WWF 1991 Royal Rumble
Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 1/21/91
Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/26/91
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/27/91
Friday: WWF The Main Event 2/1/91