September 7, 1991
From the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI
This is not an official WWF release but rather a “Fan Cam” version of the show. Some of the matches are floating around YouTube and Daily Motion but I got this copy from a tape trader.
First Round Match: Jerry Sags w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Hawk
Sags bails after getting shoved down then paces around the ring. He returns but Hawk blocks a kick then stomps him as Sags once again bails. Hart is up on the apron yelling at the ref then Sags is able to toss Hawk outside. However, Sags celebrates then Hawk comes off the top with a chop. Hart tries to toss Sags his megaphone but its intercepted then Hawk uses it to whack Sags but the ref saw it and Hawk gets disqualified (3:02) 1/4*.
Thoughts: Not much to this at all. It was more like something you’d see on Superstars or Challenge as a featured match where they do not want either guy to take the loss.
First Round Match: “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase vs. The Dragon
DiBiase stalls to start off the match and is greeted with “Virgil” chants from the crowd. Dragon uses a mat slam then slingshots DiBiase back inside before sending him over the top rope with an atomic drop. Dragon brings DiBiase back inside and takes him over with a hip toss before working a side headlock. Dragon works a side headlock for a while then dropkicks DiBiase after an Irish whip sequence. The camera loses focus as DiBiase is now working a hold on the mat. DiBiase backs Dragon into the corner then hits a few chops. DiBiase catches Dragon with a boot then tosses him outside and heads out to inflict more punishment. Back inside, DiBiase punches away in the corner before taunting the crowd. Dragon fights back with chops but ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. DiBiase clotheslines Dragon for two then hits a vertical suplex for another two count. Gutwrench suplex gets two then DiBiase grounds Dragon with a chinlock. Dragon escapes and fights back. He gets a nearfall with a suplex then with a swinging neckbreaker. Jackknife gets two then he slingshots DiBiase into the corner and rolls him up but the bell rings to signal a time-limit draw (15:00) **.
Thoughts: It did pick up at the end but both guys appeared to be going through the motions. This draw means that Sags will advance to the semifinals.
First Round Match: Brian Knobbs w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Duggan hits a few clotheslines then Knobbs rolls out for a breather as the crowd chants “USA.” Knobbs comes back in and hammers away but Duggan fights back and pulls Knobbs outside from the apron. Duggan roughs up Knobbs but Hart provides a distraction and that allows Knobbs to attack from behind. Back inside, Knobbs punches down Duggan then works a chinlock. Duggan fights back but Knobbs cuts him off with a knee smash then goes back to the chinlock. Duggan breaks out then avoids a charge in the corner and rolls up Knobbs for the win (5:04) 1/2*.
Thoughts: The work was incredibly boring and the ending was really weak. Only one Nasty Boy will be advancing in the tournament.
First Round Match: Irwin R. Schyster vs. The Berzerker
A rare heel vs. heel matchup. IRS chokes out Berzerker with his tie. He then drops a pair of elbows before heading up top but Berzerker gets his foot up on the dive. Berzerker hammers away and hits a big boot then a slam that gets two. The action heads outside then Berzerker rolls IRS inside but gets counted out before he re-enters as IRS advances (2:51) 1/4*.
Thoughts: We are 3 for 3 with crappy finishes. IRS was the one actually getting a push so it did make sense for him to advance.
First Round Match: Pete Doherty vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Bret takes Doherty down then quickly puts him away with the Sharpshooter (0:33).
Thoughts: Doherty was here subbing for Texas Tornado, who missed the shows this week due to a kidney issue. This match was exactly what it should have been.
First Round Match: Skinner vs. Virgil
Skinner attacks Virgil but misses a clothesline as Virgil fires away. Virgil then hits an atomic drop before knocking Skinner outside. Virgil poses for the fans but Skinner drags him outside and chokes away. Virgil ducks a swing and locks on the Million Dollar Dream but Skinner runs him into the post. They head back inside where Skinner bails after getting punched. Skinner returns and lures him Virgil and yanks him into the corner. Skinner stays in control with kicks and punches but runs into a right hand from Virgil. Skinner gets knocked down as Virgil fires up but DiBiase runs out. Virgil gets distracted then Skinner hits a high knee from behind before the inverted DDT gets the win (5:02) 3/4*.
Thoughts: This match was messy but I did like how DiBiase cost Virgil the match. It fits in well with the current storyline of DiBiase trying to do anything in order to reclaim the Million Dollar Belt.
First Round Match: Sid Justice vs. The Warlord
Sid kicks Warlord a few times but ducks his head and has his face rammed off of the mat. Warlord targets the lower back but runs into a clothesline. Sid eats boot on a charge then Warlord hits a clothesline of his own before applying a chinlock. Warlord continues to target the back but runs into a kick then Sid hits a powerbomb for the win (3:23) 1/2*.
Thoughts: Sid got a decent reaction but looked bad in the ring. He made the Warlord look smooth by comparison. Sid winning clean was the right move.
First Round Match: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Animal
Animal immediately attacks the Undertaker then sends him outside with a clothesline as the crowd cheers. Undertaker snaps Animal’s neck off of the top rope then returns to the ring. Undertaker hits an uppercut then chokes out Animal in the corner. We get more choking from the Undertaker then a nerve hold as the match has considerably slowed down. Animal gets back to his feet and manages an atomic drop. Animal staggers Undertaker with a pair of clotheslines then takes him down with a shoulder tackle. Animal hits a powerslam but Bearer jumps up on the apron after placing the urn underneath the ropes then Undertaker uses it to hit Animal behind the referee’s back and gets the win (3:40) 1/2*.
Thoughts: The company protected the tag champs in defeat here. Now, we’ll see Sid vs. Undertaker in the next round.
Beverly Brothers vs. The Bushwhackers
The crowd is into The Bushwhackers. A “faggot” chant appears to be breaking out at the Beverly Brothers. Blake beats on Butch to start. Butch fights back then the match breaks down with The Bushwhackers clearing the ring and marching around. The Beverly Brothers keep trying to attack The Bushwhackers from behind but are unsuccessful until Blake ducks out and Beau attacks Butch from behind. The Beverly Brothers cut off the ring and use some illegal double-team moves behind the ref’s back. Butch comes back with a clothesline on Blake as both men are down then ends up making the tag. Luke runs wild but the match breaks down and as Butch is ordered back to the apron, Blake snaps Luke’s neck off the top rope and Beau uses a rollup for the win (7:33) *.
Thoughts: Nothing more than a basic house show tag match. The Bushwhackers were over here but the theme of the night continues with another bad finish.
Quarterfinals Match: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
IRS stalls to start. Duggan knocks him down a few times but IRS rolls out to the apron. Duggan gets kicked in the face after ducking his head for a back drop as IRS now takes control of the match. IRS barely gets two with an elbow drop then uses an abdominal stretch while grabbing the ropes for leverage. Duggan tries to fight back but eats boot on a charge then IRS rolls him up and puts his feet on the ropes for the win (3:16) 1/4*.
Thoughts: This match was too short to get going and neither guy was exactly lighting the world on fire at this time. IRS will advance to the semifinals against Jerry Sags.
Quarterfinals Match: Skinner vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
The match starts off with Bret working the arm. Skinner cheap shots Bret in the corner then roughs up Bret. Skinner drops an elbow for two before choking out Bret with his foot. Skinner uses various cheap heel tactics to maintain control before getting a two count with a shoulderbreaker. Bret fights back and starts to run wild then turns Skinner over for the Sharpshooter and gets the win (4:47) *1/4.
Thoughts: Dull match but Bret going over was the right call. Skinner’s was not good on offense but stated in his shoot interview with RF Video that he had to adapt to working in modified workboots and it took a while before he got comfortable.
Quarterfinals Match: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Sid Justice
Sid immediately attacks Undertaker but ducks his head and gets hit with an uppercut. Undertaker chokes out Sid in the corner for a while but Sid fights back. Undertaker catches Sid with a boot to the face then hits a clothesline as we now see Jake Roberts in street clothes out to support the Undertaker. The action heads outside where Undertaker beats on Sid then rolls him back inside. Undertaker once again chokes out Sid and tries for a chokeslam but Sid blocks that and fights back. Sid shoves the ref then Undertaker chokes out Sid in the corner. Undertaker now shoves the ref and both men get disqualified (4:08) 1/2*. After the match, Jake comes into the ring and gets cornered but it allows Undertaker to attack from behind. Its now 2 on 1 against Sid and they put Sid in the coffin before leaving. Sid then escapes and rolls back into the ring and gets cheered by the crowd.
Thoughts: The finish was obvious once Jake came out. I didnt mind the finish here though as these guys were two potential stars and needed to be protected. It also went together with the current TV angle. This means Bret advances to the finals.
Semifinals Match: Jerry Sags w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Irwin R. Schyster
IRS cheap shots Sags after a break but Sags fights back. Hart jumps up on the apron and holds IRS for Sags but is accidentally knocked off. Sags then goes to open IRS’s briefcase but is rolled up from behind as IRS gets the win and advances to the finals (1:22) DUD.
Thoughts: Nothing good to say about this match. Our finals are now set as its Bret vs. IRS.
Finals Match: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Bret works a side headlock on the mat to start as IRS tries to escape. Bret then uses a hip toss and hits a clothesline for a two count before going to work on the arm. IRS bails and takes a breather then Bret comes out and gets beat down. IRS works a chinlock for a while then cuts Bret off with a knee smash. IRS goes back to the chinlock then roughs up Bret in the corner. IRS misses a charge and Bret hits him with an inverted atomic drop. Bret gets a nearfall with a small package. Backbreaker gets two. Suplex gets two. IRS boots Bret with a kick then ducks down on a reverse rollup attempt as Bret spills outside. IRS knocks Bret off of the apron but Bret gets back up and fights back. IRS blocks a slingshot sunset flip but Bret manages to put him in another small package for two. IRS catches Bret off of the rebound and tries for the Write Off but this time Bret successfully turns that into a sunset flip and gets the win as Bret is your 1991 King of the Ring (10:00) **1/2.
Thoughts: Easily the best match on the show. Bret winning was a strong choice and he can add this to being the Intercontinental Champion.
Final Thoughts: I haven’t seen a first round of a tournament this bad since WrestleMania IV. The finals match was pretty good but you can pass on everything else unless you’re really curious about this event. The show itself only drew 2,400 fans, which is a really terrible number, but the right person won.