WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 20, 1991

April 20, 1991

From the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. Piper goes on an angry rant about DiBiase & Sensational Sherri before tossing his crutch aside as Piper states he will lean on DiBiase going forward. They made it clear we are getting a Piper vs. DiBiase match in the near future.

We get a new opening montage this week that ends with Hogan during his WrestleMania VII entrance.

This week in action are Ted DiBiase, British Bulldog, Legion of Doom, and The Dragon. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and an update on the Ultimate Warrior.

 

British Bulldog vs. Mike Starr

Starr fails in trying to run over Bulldog then gets taken down with an arm drag. We hear from Mr. Perfect with Bobby Heenan in an insert promo as they make fun of Bulldog for having fleas before dismissing him as a threat to the Intercontinental Title. Bulldog then hits Starr with a delayed vertical suplex then fights off an attack before hitting a running powerslam for the win (1:57).

Thoughts: Another showcase for Bulldog as his program with Mr. Perfect is being pushed.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We revisit last week when The Undertaker locked the Ultimate Warrior inside of a casket on the “Funeral Parlor.” This resulted in several officials running out to pry open the casket and perform CPR. Afterwards, Okerlund speculates as to whether or not The Undertaker has scarred Warrior for life. They now are going with the premise of Warrior possibly being too traumatized by the incident to defeat Undertaker.

 

Rob Allen & Scott Casey vs. The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji

The Orient Express beat on Casey to start. We hear from The Rockers in an insert promo as they promise to defeat The Orient Express again. The Orient Express beat on Allen as Piper notes that Casey was a tremendous athlete ten years ago then The Orient Express hit the German suplex/Super Kick combo for the win (1:53).

Thoughts: Orient Express are once again being used to put over The Rockers, who are in a holding pattern as a team.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri vs. Jim Powers

Piper wants to leave in disgust but Vince reminds him he is under contract as an announcer. So, Piper decides to remove his headset and play tic, tac, toe according to Vince. We hear from Virgil in an insert promo as he tells DiBiase if the left one doesnt get him, the right one will. Powers runs over DiBiase then they work an Irish whip sequence ending with DiBiase hitting a facebuster. DiBiase follows with a vertical suplex and soon after that uses the Million Dollar Dream for the win (2:08).

Thoughts: I know its only been a few weeks but there has been little chemistry between DiBiase & Sherri. They are both talented but together its not working.

 

Randy Sharkey & Mark Ming vs. Legion of Doom

The LoD immediately attack their opponents and stay in control. Sharkey tags and gets beat down then put away with the Doomsday Device (2:05).

Thoughts: Legion of Doom are once again dominant as they await the shot at the Tag Team Titles.

 

Funeral Parlor with guests Sgt. Slaughter, Gen. Adnan, and Col. Mustafa. Bearer puts over Slaughter’s strategy at WrestleMania as Adnan screams in his native tongue. Slaughter then wants the “pukeamaniacs” to listen up because he will make the dead roll in their graves. Slaughter then says that the banner of Hulkamania will burn again and promises to keep coming after him until Hulkamania is dead and buried. This feud sure lost a lot of steam as the fireball incident was unable to keep it relatively hot.

 

The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Dusty Wolfe

The announcers talk about the Slaughter/Hogan feud as Warlord beats on Wolfe. We then hear from Warlord with Slick in an insert promo issuing a warning to the WWF that he will go through everyone to be champion. Warlord stays in control and puts Wolfe away with a full nelson (1:22).

Thoughts: Warlord is a generic big man with the generic big man midcard push: kept as a threat by the announcers but never wins an important match.

 

We see footage of WBF star Mike Christian as he’s training to become the first WBF Champion on June 15th.

 

The Dragon vs. Louie Spicolli

Dragon chops Spicolli a few times as Vince notes his aggressive style. The announcers want to know if Warrior will be less or more aggressive after being locked in the coffin then Dragon hits a flying body press for the win (1:54).

Thoughts: Steamboat continues to struggle with this gimmick. And he said the wrist bands he wore restricted what he could do in the ring.

 

The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jim Evans

Mountie stays in control as the announcers talk about how he’s despised by everyone. Mountie taunts the crowd then tosses Evans outside and rams his back into the ring apron. Mountie rolls Evans back inside and uses the Carotid Control Technique for the win (1:49). After the match, Evans gets cuffed and shocked with the cattle prod but now we get sound effects of the “shock.”

Thoughts: They debuted the sound effects here and it did not make it seem more effective. Maybe if you are a young kid it would but even then you still understood the spot without the noise.

 

Next week in action are The Rockers, Mr. Perfect, Big Bossman, and The Undertaker. Plus, our featured match of Jake Roberts vs. Earthquake and Roddy Piper as guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” We close out the show with comments from Earthquake and Jake as Earthquake warns Jake not to bring Damien to the ring.

 

Final Thoughts: They advanced the Warrior/Undertaker stuff and set up next week’s featured match, which is memorable for what happened at the end. Besides that the company is slowly starting to establish the post-Mania lower card feuds.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/14/83

Sunday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 4/27/91

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/28/91