June 15, 1991
From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. Piper opens up is Father’s Day gift, which is a tie.
This week’s featured match is Tugboat & The Bushwhackers vs. Earthquake & Nasty Boys. Also in action are Ted DiBiase, Jim Duggan, and Bret Hart. Plus, more on Sid Justice and Mr. Perfect as a huge announcement to make on the “Funeral Parlor.”
Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Louie Spicolli
Bret takes down Spicolli then drops an elbow. We hear from Bret in an insert promo as he wants us to get into the “shade of pink” before pulling down his shades. Nice attempt to get those over at the house show concession stands. Bret then hits a snap suplex before getting the win with a sharpshooter (2:42).
Thoughts: The Bret push continues as they are marketing his shades now too.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. Replay of Earthquake attacking Andre the Giant. Okerlund says Andre needs reconstructive knee surgery as his WWF future is in doubt.
Another brief promo of Sid Justice smiling airs.
Larry Ludden vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri
Vince asks Savage about the buzz going around that he is thinking of marrying Elizabeth. Savage then says who knows if its true or not as DiBiase beats on Ludden. DiBiase hits a powerslam then uses the Million Dollar Dream for the win (2:11).
Thoughts: The story was on commentary with the announcers asking Savage if he is going to marry Elizabeth. And this is a story that will be heavily pushed for the next few weeks.
Vince plugs the “WWF Spotlight Magazine” with Piper on the cover.
An ad for the WBF Championship airs.
The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Stephen DeLeon
The Mountie uses his control techniques as we hear from Big Bossman in an insert promo. Bossman promises to hunt down Mountie as Hart yells into the camera about Mountie being the law & order in the WWF. Vince goads Savage about the marriage rumors then switches topics to the WBF Fitness & Nutrition Expo as Mountie uses a two-handed chokeslam for the win (1:51). After the match, Mountie shocks DeLeon with his cattle prod.
Thoughts: Besides hyping up the Mountie/Bossman feud we got more about the WBF and the rumors of Savage proposing to Elizabeth.
We now hear from Texas Tornado and Power & Glory as they put over Sid Justice. They are really giving Sid a huge push off the bat with various guys putting him over.
The Black Knight vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Duggan backs off due to Knight’s bad breath then hammers away. Well, that is not a spot you see every day. Duggan stays in control then hits Knight with a Three Point Stance (2:12).
Thoughts: An easy win for Duggan as he continues to feud with Col. Mustafa.
Funeral Parlor with guest Mr. Perfect. Vince wonders if Bearer as the perfect coffin. Perfect then says he is going to bring out his former manager, Bobby Heenan, and says he will be a great broadcast journalist. The announcers are shocked at Heenan billed as his former manager. Heenan comes out and says he is better than the other journalists before bringing out “Coach.” We get a guy dressed as a gym teacher who screams and blows his whistle but is mostly drowned out by the Funeral Parlor theme. Coach is former wrestler John Tolos. Quite frankly, this was a terrible debut for Coach. First off, the outfit is incredibly corny and what you would expect a high school gym coach to dress like in a school play from the 1960’s. And secondly the screaming and whistle blowing was grating more than anything else. This went over like a fart in church.
Nasty Boys & Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers & Tugboat
The Nasty Boys work over Knobbs to start. They look to tag Tugboat but he was busy posing to the crowd. We now get Earthquake and Tugboat in together and they have a stare down ending with Tugboat tagging out. Earthquake beats on Luke as Savage claims Luke yelled to get into the ring. The Nasty Boys hit a few double-team moves then Earthquake hits Luke with a powerslam but Butch breaks up the pin. Butch then goes after everyone and the match breaks down but Tugboat nails Butch and tosses him outside before hitting Luke with a splash. Tugboat bails then Earthquake hits a sit-down splash for the win as the announcers are shocked (4:21) *. Tugboat heads back in and hugs Earthquake then celebrates with his new friends
Thoughts: Tugboat was done as a babyface anyway and the gimmick sucked so a heel turn was for the best. The match itself was not that bad considering who was on the face side. I thought they pulled off the turn fine as Tugboat is Hart’s consolation prize after failing to lure Andre.
Col. Mustafa w/ Sgt. Slaughter & Gen. Adnan vs. Matthew Bird
Mustafa hammers away then taunts the crowd. He then hits a pair of suplex as Vince brings up that Piper will be on “Prime Time Wrestling” with Virgil’s sister “Virgilina.” Mustafa then uses the Camel’s Clutch for the win.
Thoughts: They used this match as a way to plug Prime Time.
Next week in action are the British Bulldog, The Undertaker, and the debuting Beverly Brothers. Plus, Big Bossman as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and more superstar comments about Sid Justice. The show closes by Savage plugging the WBF Championship and Fitness & Nutrition Expo.
Final Thoughts: Lots of stuff happened this week. They started the Savage/Elizabeth marriage storyline and had the Tugboat turn. Plus, we saw that Heenan is no longer the manager of Perfect as he is no longer a manager to anyone. The Sid hype continues and the WBF mentions intensified as the Championship was just one day away.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/28/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/16/91
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wresting 6/22/91
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/23/91
Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/29/91
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/30/91
Friday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 7/1/91