May 4, 1991
From the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. We are also treated to a new opening montage.
This week’s featured match has the Nasty Boys defending the Tag Team Titles against The Rockers. Also, Hulk Hogan as guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” Others in action are Col. Mustafa, Virgil, The Berzerker, and Bret Hart.
WWF Tag Team Title Match: The Nasty Boys (c) w/ Jimmy Hart vs. The Rockers
Knobbs cheap shots Marty in the corner then fires away. He then eats boot on a charge and after that Marty hits a facebuster. Knobbs rakes the eyes after a pin attempt but Marty hits a reverse rollup and dodges a clothesline by Sags, who made a blind tag, and hits a dropkick. Shawn makes a blind tag and cleans house but misses a dropkick after Knobbs held up his partner. We hear from the Legion of Doom in an insert promo saying they hope the Nasty Boys can get by in this match so they can face them for the titles. The Nasty Boys work over Shawn for a bit but Shawn comes back and crotches Sags against the post. Marty runs in to help out his partner then tags in and runs wild. Sags accidentally elbow drops his partner amid the chaos then Knobbs tries to use Hart’s helmet but Marty takes him over with a back drop and the ref ends up DQ’ing Knobbs for bringing in the helmet (4:36) **.
Thoughts: Fun match while it lasted. The Nasty Boys/LoD had the top tag feud so a title change was not expected here. The Rockers both looked great in this match, which was all action.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We are shown a replay of the Jake Roberts/Earthquake segment as Okerlund asks us to imagine losing our pet in this manner. A feud hyped as a guy seeking revenge against the man who killed his pet is quite dark to begin with, nevermind for an era like this that was filled with dopey gimmicks but with business down they tried hard to put some edginess into the product.
Al Burke vs. Texas Tornado
We hear from Warlord & Slick in an insert promo as they call Tornado all muscles and no brains. Tornado takes control as Vince puts over the Hot Ticket PPV special and asks the commentators about their WrestleMania moments. Piper name drops Paul Orndorff as part of WrestleMania 1 then Tornado hits the Tornado Punch for the win (1:53).
Thoughts: The Tornado/Warlord feud would continue at house shows for the next couple of months. It was a lousy feud between two guys that were not part of long-term WWF plans.
Col. Mustafa w/ Gen. Adnan vs. WT Jones
Mustafa whips Jones with his belt as Adnan distracts the referee. Mustafa continues to beat on Jones then we hear from Jim Duggan in an insert promo as he promises to run over Mustafa. Back to the match as Mustafa hits a back suplex then uses a Camel’s Clutch for the win (1:53).
Thoughts: Mustafa was an embarrassment in the ring. Plus, there is not heat at all for his act. His feud against Duggan continues.
We are shown Eddie Robinson once again preparing for the WBF Championship. After that Vince voices over for the event, which takes place on June 15th.
Vince lets us know that Brutus Beefcake is back in the WWF. We then get a clip from “Prime Time Wrestling” as a barber shop quartet signs as Beefcake cuts some guy’s hair. You’ll notice how over the coming weeks (and even the next segment) they kept showing segments and hyping up guests for Prime Time since they needed a boost due to falling ratings.
Tom Stone vs. Virgil
Virgil knocks Stone outside with a right hand as Piper is all pumped up. Virgil dances around and lands a few more punches as Vince notes he will be on Prime Time this week. Virgil punches some more then puts Stone away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:44).
Thoughts: Besides putting over the Piper & Virgil pairing they are also adding heat to the Virgil/DiBiase feud by having Virgil use the Million Dollar Dream.
The Berzerker w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Dan Robbins
Berzerker thanks Fuji before attacking Robbins. We then hear from Tugboat in an insert promo as he challenges The Berzerker, who is in control of the match. Berzerker boots Robbins in the face then throws him outside and gets a countout win (2:25). Vince then plugs the “WWF Superstars” game of Game Boy.
Thoughts: I guess they are trying to establish a Berzerker/Tugboat house show program, which I assume was not a big hit in the arenas.
Funeral Parlor with guest Hulk Hogan. Bearer asks Hogan about fear but Hogan says the Hulkamaniacs and himself fear no evil. Hogan says Hulkamania is the strongest force in the universe before shoving Bearer into the wooden casket prop on the set. Hogan then poses after saying “what’cha gonna do when the Hulkster decides to bury you” as Bearer sticks his head out of the casket and appears disgusted. Based off of what we saw on “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and here the company is planting seeds for an eventual Hogan vs. Undertaker feud, presumably after Hogan’s feud with Slaughter reaches its conclusion.
Irwin R. Schyster says with the tax deadline behind us all of the crooks have come out of the woodwork. These vignettes become less amusing with each new installment.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Warren Bianchi
Piper thinks its nice that Bret gives his glasses away to kids when he wrestles. We then hear from Barbarian & Bobby Heenan as they promise to destroy Bret. Back to the match as Bret works over Bianchi as Vince talks about the Fitness Expo and supplements before Bret uses the Sharpshooter for the win (1:49).
Thoughts: More hype for the Bret/Barbarian feud. The company also wants to focus on Bret giving his glasses to kids sitting ringside. Definitely makes for a cool surprise at a live show.
Next week in action are The Dragon, Sgt. Slaughter, Big Bossman, and The Undertaker. Plus, the featured match of Roddy Piper vs. Rick Martel.
Final Thoughts: The featured match was fun and we saw that a Hogan/Undertaker program was a likely possibility. We also saw the aftermath of Damien being killed as that is another TV feud we will see a lot of going forward as the company continues to put out new feuds.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/5/91
Thursday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/11/91
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/12/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/21/83
Sunday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 5/14/91
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/18/91
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/19/91