WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 1st, 1991

July 1, 1991

Your hosts are Sean Mooney and Bobby Heenan

Guests include Brutus Beefcake, Mr. Perfect, Legion of Doom, and WBF Champion Gary Strydom.

 

Virgil vs. Kato w /Mr. Fuji

This is from the 6/18 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Fresno, CA. They fight over a lockup to start. Virgil chops Kato down but gets swept down. Kato fires away but Virgil no-sells a pair of turnbuckle smashes. Virgil blocks a kick then spins Kato around for an atomic drop. Kato backs into the corner then cheap shots Virgil after a break. Kato lands a few hard chops but Virgil comes back with a clothesline. Virgil lands some jabs but Kato goes low then tosses Virgil outside. Kato heads out and slams Virgil outside then distracts the ref so Fuji can use his cane. Back inside, Kato ducks his head for a back drop and gets slammed. Virgil punches away but Fuji trips him up. Virgil heads out to confront Fuji but Kato hits him from behind with a double axe handle. Fuji then leaves and the action heads back inside with Virgil putting on the Million Dollar Dream for the win (5:18) *1/2.

Thoughts: Kato did a strong job of carrying the match. Virgil was getting a push and it made sense for him to get the win. Also, Fuji heading backstage was surprising. Let’s see how that plays out going forward.

 

Mr. Perfect comes out to the set. He proclaims himself to be the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time and “big shot” of the WWF. Perfect also says he can win the Tag Team Titles by himself.

 

The Rockers vs. Tim Patterson & Brooklyn Brawler

This also aired on the 7/6 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” The Rockers work over Brawler to start. Marty drills Brawler with a super kick then The Rockers hit Patterson with a double-team move. Shawn catches Patterson with a boot in the corner then a mat slam before Shawn press slams Marty on top of Patterson for the win (1:54).

Thoughts: The Rockers use a new finisher here as they get a win but are still without any real direction.

 

Back in the studio, Perfect says that The Rockers are great athletes, especially Shawn Michaels, but that they need to listen to him in order to win gold. Again, notice how Shawn is portrayed as the star of the team. Perfect then wins a t-shirt playing the Hulk Hogan Hotline and says he will use it to line the bottom of his bird cage. Perfect then brings out his tailor, an old man named Abe, as Heenan jokes that he is Okerlund. Apparently, Abe will be making the “perfect” suit.

 

WWF Special Report from the 6/30 edition of “Wrestling Challenge” where Randy Savage stated next week he would express his feelings for Elizabeth.

 

Bob Jones vs. The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart

This aired on the 7/6 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Mountie immediately beats on Jones. He then uses his control techniques before using a two-handed chokeslam for the win (1:06). After the match, Mountie cuffs Jones and reads him his rights before using the cattle prod.

Thoughts: More hype for the Mountie/Bossman feud.

 

Perfect is yelling at Abe to make his clothes perfect. He even slaps him off the back of the head.

 

The Intruder vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

This would air on the 7/7 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” We get a “USA” chant as Duggan marches around with his 2×4. He backs The Intruder into the corner then thwarts off a sneak attack. Duggan then drops Intruder with an elbow smash and hits the Three Point Stance for the win (1:25).

Thoughts: Duggan is being trotted out for some “patriotism” as he continues to feud with Col. Mustafa.

 

Legion of Doom are out now. They call out the Nasty Boys and promise to become champions.

 

The Natural Disasters defeat Bob Allen & Larry Sampson in a match first shown in the 6/29 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Back in the studio, we see last week on the set when the Nasty Boys attacked a production assistant. The LoD blame Heenan for letting that happen because the Nasty Boys were his guests then they do what the Nasty Boys did to the production guy to Heenan. The crowd chants for LoD.

 

An ad for SummerSlam airs.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri vs. British Bulldog

This is from the 5/29 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Phoenix, AZ. We are joined in progress with Bulldog working a side headlock. Sherri grabs Bulldog’s leg and gets pulled up onto the apron. DiBiase tries to hit Bulldog with a high knee but misses and drills Sherri. The crowd taunts Sherri as Bulldog goes back to the headlock. Sherri trips up Bulldog and gets chased around but leads Bulldog back into the ring where DiBiase knocks him down. DiBiase stomps away then hits a suplex for a two count. Clothesline gets two. Piledriver gets two as Bulldog manages to get his foot on the ropes. DiBiase uses a chinlock to wear Bulldog down then cuts off a comeback with a knee smash and goes back to the hold. DiBiase hits a slam then tries a falling back elbow smash off of the middle rope but misses. Bulldog gets up and hits a clothesline and then a vertical suplex as DiBiase begs for mercy. Bulldog hits ten turnbuckle smashes and goes up top for a flying knee smash that gets two. Bulldog hits the running powerslam after a struggle but sees Sherri run backstage with Winston. Bulldog then runs backstage but ends up getting counted out (6:48) **1/4.

Thoughts: This match was going along well enough until the finish. The finish itself wasn’t very good but I get they wanted to protect both guys. A longer match between the two would have been fun to see though.

 

Brutus Beefcake heads out to the studio as we see a barber chair in the corner. Heenan grills Beefcake about his surgery then sticks two refrigerator magnets on his face. Beefcake then tells Heenan to worry about his own face and promises he has someone that will make him look a lot better. He then brings out “Cookie,” who is an attractive young blonde. Beefcake says she’ll give Heenan facial and deep cleansing and we see that take place.

 

Replay of Sgt. Slaughter on the “Funeral Parlor” from the 6/29 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

We see Heenan’s face but Beefcake and Cookie claim they cannot find the solvent to remove the mask and leave to find something else. Heenan is irate and the butt of another joke.

 

Paul Roma w/ Slick vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart

This is from the 6/17 “Superstars of Wrestling” taping in Sacramento, CA. Bret takes Roma down and works the arm after some back-and-forth action. Bret then hits a clothesline after an Irish whip sequence and fires away in the corner. Bret goes back to the arm until Roma cheap shots him after a break. Bret comes back with a turnbuckle smash and goes back to the arm then hits a pair of atomic drops. Bret hits another clothesline then gets two with a crossbody but is knocked outside on the kick out. Roma blocks a slingshot sunset flip attempt then hammers away in the corner. Roma connects with a running elbow smash then tosses Bret after three straight backbreakers. Roma taunts the crowd after a back suplex then drops an elbow for two. Bret manages to avoid a charge in the corner then runs wild and picks up a few nearfalls. Bret then floats over in the corner and appears to have blown out his knee. Roma then stalks Bret and goes after the knee but Bret puts him in a small package and gets the win (8:21) **1/2. Bret then gets up and walks away without any limp.

Thoughts: A creative finish for the time period. The match itself was fun but I was a little surprised to see Roma not put away with the Sharpshooter since Power & Glory have been greatly downplayed but maybe there was truth to Roma saying they had plans for him as a singles wrestler.

 

Back in the studio, Heenan is screaming for his face mask to come off. Beefcake then comes out with a plunger covered in wet toilet paper as Heenan backs away.

 

Beverly Brothers defeat Bill Gatlin & Stephen DeLeon from the 6/30 edition of “Wrestling Challenge”

 

Beefcake continues to tease Heenan in the studio.

 

Gary Strydom comes out to the set after the break after Heenan takes off. But first we were subject to highlights of his WBF Championship routines. Strydom says he felt great after the show and wants to be a role model to kids around the world. The camera pans over Strydom’s physique as we are shown Strydom being announced the WBF Champion. Strydom does more poses in the studio. This was a segment solely designed for Vince McMahon.

 

The Undertaker defeats Terry Zeller from the 6/30 edition of “Wrestling Challenge”

 

Heenan is back on the set and begs Mooney for help. Beefcake comes back out with a chainsaw and chases Heenan away. After that Heenan tells us how badly his face hurts. Then, Mr. Perfect comes out wearing a suit and tie. Perfect tells us how perfect he is and does not want Heenan to touch him with that stuff on his face. However, he will change clothes and come back to take it off.

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Louie Spicolli

This would air on the 7/6 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Jake works the arm but Spicolli fights back. Jake ducks a crossbody then hits a clothesline before hitting the DDT for the win (1:26).

Thoughts: An easy win for Jake as his feud with Earthquake continues.

 

We are back in the studio as Heenan continues to freak out. Beefcake is back out now as Heenan is on his knees begging. Beefcake then waves out the LoD. The LoD put Heenan into the chair and try to rip off the mask but fail so they bring out Strydom. All three join and yank off the mask as they all tell Heenan he looks better. However, Heenan’s face is all red as he storms off the set.

 

Next week we will see Randy Savage, Sgt. Slaughter, and Hillbilly Jim.

 

Final Thoughts: I thought this was a solid show. The exclusive matches were fun and the show-long joke about Heenan was alright because of Heenan himself. And I do like Mooney as the straight man. He was a lot better than I remembered as a kid.