WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 13th, 1991

April 13, 1991

From the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage

This week, the Ultimate Warrior is the guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” In action are the Nasty Boys, Texas Tornado, The Berzerker, and Bret Hart.

 

Texas Tornado vs. Black Knight

Black Knight is Billy Anderson under a mask. Piper once again puts Tornado over as being a great guy as Vince wants to know who is the Black Knight. Piper jokes that its Pat Patterson as Tornado is in control. Tornado follows with a back drop then soon after that gets the win with a Tornado Punch (2:13).

Thoughts: The most interesting part of this match was on commentary. Tornado is now a guy who when he wrestles the announcers use the match as a backdrop to discuss other stuff going on in the company.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. The focus is on what happened last week when Jake Roberts chased Earthquake away with Damien. We now hear from both men as Earthquake warns Jake to keep Damien away from him as he hates them both. Jake then wants to know if Earthquake is warning him, like his mother did when he was a child. Earthquake is now making it a point to threaten Damien and that is something to keep an eye on going forward.

 

Jim Kolhep vs. The Berzerker w/ Mr. Fuji

Berzerker attacks Kolhep then hits a dropkick. Fuji is with Berzerker in an insert promo saying he is proud of Berzerker, even though he is crazy. The Berzerker beats on Kolhep some more as the announcers talk about a Jake vs. Earthquake match. Berzerker then tosses Kolhep outside and wins via countout (2:26).

Thoughts: The Berzerker gimmick is just not registering with the fans at all. He keeps getting wins on TV but there does not appear to be any plans for him and Fuji has not been involved in a good feud in quite some time.

 

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Barry O.

Piper also puts over Bret for being a great guy as we see Bret give his shades to a kid sitting ringside. The announcers talk about Hulk Hogan getting a fireball thrown in his face as Bret takes control of the match. Bret is then shown in an insert promo calling out The Barbarian for not being able to out wrestle him to hype a match between them. Barry misses a knee drop from the middle rope then Bret fires away. Bret hits a backbreaker as Vince talks about Brutus Beefcake returning as Savage says Beefcake is not the brightest guy. Bret then turns Barry over for the sharpshooter and gets the win (2:46). Piper is convinced Bret can put The Barbarian in a sharpshooter without any problems.

Thoughts: They are now giving Bret a feud with The Barbarian since he is a singles act. And since The Barbarian is not exactly high up on the card its an easy feud for Bret to win since the company seems to actually have plans for him.

 

Stephen DeLeon & Riki Ataki vs. The Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart

Vince notes how the Legion of Doom are coming after the Nasty Boys. Knobbs destroys Ataki to start. We hear from LoD in an insert promo as they promise to beat up the Nasty Boys and take the Tag Team Titles. The Nasty Boys now beat on DeLeon and put him away with a running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo (3:41).

Thoughts: More hype for the LoD/Nasty Boys feud over the Tag Team Titles.

 

Funeral Parlor with guest the Ultimate Warrior. There is a casket decorated with Warrior symbols as Bearer says it was designed to accomodate Warrior’s massive physique. Warrior tells Bearer he was told by god after WrestleMania VII that its not the time to descent into “parts unknown” or get buried into a sacred ground where The Undertaker walks upon. Bearer tells Warrior he will be scared as Warrior grabs Bearer’s jacket. The Undertaker walks out of a tomb that is a prop on the set and attacks Warrior from behind. Undertaker continues to beat on Warrior then whacks him over the head with Bearer’s urn. Undertaker then picks up Warrior and throws him into the casket. Warrior tries to prevent the door from being shut but is unsuccessful. Bearer locks the casket as Undertaker presses down as Piper wants to know how Warrior will breath. Bearer & Undertaker leave as Vince yells for help. We get road agent Tony Garea trying to yank it open but he fails. Jack Lanza and Earl Hebner are out to try and help as Lanza is prying away with a crowbar. Rene Goulet is out as these guys still cannot get Warrior out. They are drilling a hole into the casket to provide Warrior air and after that finally pop it open. Warrior is out cold and is given CPR as Vince is worried before screaming for “professional help.” Warrior then shows signs of life by coughing as Vince is getting happier. Even Savage is delighted to see Warrior alive. Warrior is being carried to the back as the camera zooms in on a Warrior symbol on the casket. We knew a Warrior/Undertaker feud was going to happen and they kick it off with a huge angle. Watching the dopey road agents try to get Warrior out was comical though and that’s not the effect the WWF was going for with the angle. Anyway, this gives The Undertaker a huge boost in attacking a star like Warrior so we now have another program at the top of the card.

 

Brooklyn Brawler vs. Tugboat

Brawler pokes Tugboat in the eyes as Savage said no one deserves what just happened to Warrior. Tugboat fights back with a clothesline then scoops up Brawler with ease for a slam before using a splash for the win (2:03). Piper leaves the booth to get an update on Warrior.

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about what we saw on the Funeral Parlor.

 

Irwin R. Schyster tells us reasons to file our taxes on time. And those reasons are that he’ll come after us if we don’t.

 

Next week in action are Legion of Doom, British Bulldog, and Ted DiBiase. Sgt. Slaughter will be guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and we’ll get an update on Warrior. Piper then comes out frantically and says Warrior is shaken up and has dilated eyes along with the chills. Can’t fault the WWF for half-assing the presentation of the angle.

 

Final Thoughts: The Warrior/Taker stuff was the big news coming out of this show. They went over a few other feuds as well but we now have a new major TV program that will take up a majority of the shows.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/7/83

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/14/91

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/20/91

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/21/91

Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 4/22/91

Thursday: WWF UK Rampage ’91 4/24/91

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/27/91