May 12, 1991
From the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart
This week, our featured match is Legion of Doom vs. Orient Express. Also in action are The Undertaker, Virgil, and the debut of IRS. Plus, Jake Roberts as guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more!
The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Legion of Doom
Kato chops Animal to no effect but is able to catch him with a boot. Animal then catches Kato midair with a powerslam then Hawk runs in to press slam Tanaka as Heenan notes he picked him up like an “Oriental Cabbage Patch Doll.” Hawk beats on Tanaka until Kato cheap shots him from the apron. The Orient Express hit a spike piledriver behind the ref’s back but Hawk pops right back up and cleans house. The Orient Express bump around for the LoD then we hear from the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart as they want the LoD to get ready for the nastiest time of their lives. Fuji distracts Animal to allow Tanaka to hit a thrust kick. The Orient Express hit a few double-team moves but Animal comes back with a double clothesline before tagging out. Hawk runs wild then the LoD put Kato away with a Doomsday Device (5:12) **.
Thoughts: Decent match due to the Orient Express bumping around for the LoD. They put on one hell of a performance. This gives LoD a win over a credible opponent on TV en route to their eventual title shot.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Repeat from Superstars where Slick tried to court Andre the Giant and ended up stuck in a limo.
Col. Mustafa w /Gen. Adnan vs. Red Tyler
Tyler is wearing American flag trunks. He gets jumped from behind to start. Tyler makes a brief comeback but Mustafa brushes away a dropkick then hits a few suplexes before getting the win with a Camel’s Clutch (1:44).
Thoughts: Mustafa is just pathetic in the ring at this point and paired just with Adnan is a heatless act. Hell, he’s even dragging down Slaughter.
British Bulldog vs. Gary Wild
Heenan denies that Mr. Perfect is concerned over facing the British Bulldog but Gorilla said he heard different from Perfect’s father. We are then shown Winston in an insert promo for his thoughts on Mr. Perfect as we are back to doing goofy dog inserts. Wild lands a few shots in the corner but Bulldog fights back and hits a running powerslam for the win (2:01).
Thoughts: An easy win for Bulldog as his feud with Mr. Perfect continues to focus on Winston and other dog puns, meaning there is little heat.
Virgil vs. Dale Wolfe
The camera shows a fan holding up a WWF mug in the crowd as Heenan jokes we will see Virgil holding one of those on the street corner with Winston asking for change. Ted DiBiase is in an insert promo putting over Sensational Sherri as being classy, unlike Virgil. Wolfe gets punched a lot by Virgil then put away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:37).
Thoughts: Even though Piper/DiBiase is currently getting more focus they are still reminding us that Virgil and DiBiase are not finished with each other.
Gary Strydom is in the gym putting himself over for the WBF Championship.
Dan Robbins vs. Irwin R. Schyster
Before the match, IRS tells us tax cheats he will make us pay. This did not get much heat at all. IRS roughs up Robbins then tosses him outside. IRS then brings Robbins back in and puts him away with a Samoan Drop, which Heenan tells us is called the “Write Off” (2:12).
Thoughts: Not much of a debut here for IRS. However, with the vignettes and focus on commentary they are going to be giving him a push.
Another ad for the Hot Ticket PPV.
Barber Shop with guest Jake Roberts. Beefcake asks Jake about what is going through his mind now that Damien is no longer alive. Jake says Damien is dead but the snake is still standing. Jake then said what Earthquake did was “no less than rape” and he now has two choices: roll over and die or get a bigger snake. He then introduces us to Damien’s bigger brother “Lucifer” as Beefcake peeks inside of the bag and is frightened. Jake then tells Earthquake that Lucifer is here to eat him. The company wants you to remember that Damien is no more and Lucifer is the new snake. The “No less than rape” line was quite strong, especially by 1991 TV standards.
The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Buck Zumhoffe
A sign in the crowd reads “The Ultimate Warrior Will Overtake the Undertaker.” Reads like a planted sign to me. The Undertaker beats on Zumhoffe then quickly puts him away with a tombstone (1:13). After the match Zumhoffe is stuffed inside of a bodybag.
Thoughts: They once again are getting over the bodybag gimmick as that will lead to a series of matches against The Undertaker across the house show circuit.
We are shown a clip from “Prime Time Wrestling” where Heenan refuses to move his car that is preventing a pregnant lady from getting by so the Legion of Doom head outside and physically move the car themselves. This will also be followed up on in this coming week’s show, whucjh
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Warren Bianchi
Bianchi attacks Snuka from behind. Snuka fights back and roughs up Bianchi before using a slingshot suplex for the win (1:35).
Thoughts: Really just a way to fill time here as Snuka was not getting any sort of push.
Next week in action are the Texas Tornado, The Berzerker, The Rockers, and Ted DiBiase. Plus, Hulk Hogan as guest on the “Barber Shop” and the featured match of Bret Hart vs. The Warlord.
Final Thoughts: The featured match was solid and we learn that Jake has a new snake. The IRS made his debut too as Challenge actually had a notable show.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/25/91
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/26/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/1/91