October 19, 1991
From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage
This week, we will see Sid Justice vs. El Diablo. Also in action are Ric Flair, Jake Roberts, and the Natural Disasters. Plus, Hacksaw Jim Duggan as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and more!
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Bill Pierce
Jake’s theme now starts with him saying “trust me.” Pierce tries to bring the fight but Jake beats him down. Jake hits a slam as Savage wants to be reinstated with Vince mentioning fans are writing in letters to support Savage. Jake then hits a short-arm clothesline and follows with the DDT for the win (1:28).
Thoughts: They keep pushing the story of Savage doing anything he can in order to be reinstated as a wrestler. Jake’s new look and heel persona have been great though.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week, we learn about other matches at the Survivor Series. One team has captain Sid Justice & Big Bossman & Legion of Doom vs. Jake Roberts & IRS & Natural Disasters. Well, it didnt quite work out that way. We then hear comments from Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker to hype up “The Gravest Challenge,” the name given to their title match at the PPV.
Texas Tornado vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Tornado works the arm to start. Brawler runs over Tornado but is soon tossed outside. We see an insert of Tornado’s photo as he represents February on the 1992 WWF calendar. Tornado tosses Brawler inside and hammers away until he hits the Tornado Punch for the win (1:25).
Thoughts: Tornado’s main thing now is being Mr. February on the 1992 calendar. There is no feud or direction for him at the moment.
The “Suburban Commando” trailer airs.
Tito Santana is now at the bullfighting arena. He is dressed as a matador with his hair pulled back in a ponytail. Santana then conquers the bull and is now El Matador, and ready to return to the WWF.
Barry Hardy & Duane Gill & Jim Arnon vs. Natural Disasters w/ Jimmy Hart
We get a rare 3 vs. 2 handicap match. Earthquake beats on Hardy to start. Typhoon then beats on Gill and the Disasters destroy Arnon until they put him away with a double splash combo (3:02).
Thoughts: The Natural Disasters do not seem to be getting much heat for a monster heel team. Even with Hart as their manager. And to think a year ago Earthquake was main eventing against Hogan at SummerSlam.
Ron Cumberledge vs. Ric Flair
We see Piper on commentary turning his back on the ring and refusing to speak due to Flair. Match starts with Flair taking down Cumberledge and working the arm. Flair hits some chops in the corner and then uses the figure four and gets the win (1:20). On commentary, Vince said that no one uses the figure four like Flair.
Thoughts: Vince tried to get over Flair’s figure four but Flair is just like any other guy squashing enhancement talent on TV each week.
Funeral Parlor with guest Hacksaw Jim Duggan. The crowd starts up a “USA” chant then Bearer shows Duggan the custom casket he made for Hogan. Duggan calls Bearer “Gomez Addams” and that he does not think Undertaker can beat Hogan at the Survivor Series. Duggan then says if the Undertaker ever gets in his way he’ll make sure he is “board” to death.
El Diablo vs. Sid Justice
Diablo is wearing a gi and a mask that are not color coordinated. However, Paul Bearer & The Undertaker head out before the bell rings as Vince says this cannot be good. Diablo heads outside and Bearer hands him a haliburton as he has bought him off so the Undertaker can face Sid. The crowd goes nuts as the two have a staredown. They grab each other by the throat then Sid backs Undertaker into the corner. El Diablo runs back out with the briefcase then unmasks to reveal Jake Roberts. Jake chokes out Sid with his belt as Undertaker also chokes out Sid with his hand. Bearer now wheels out a casket as Jake hits Sid with a DDT. They tie up Sid in the ropes as Jake opens up the briefcase and pulls out a huge cobra but Duggan runs out and tips over the caskey before untying Sid and helping him to safety. Several officials come out and back off Sid & Duggan as Jake holds up the cobra. Having Jake be revealed as El Diablo and teasing Undertaker vs. Sid was an awesome idea, especially considering that Jake wrestled to open the show. Plus, Savage could not run out and help due to his broadcast deal and 90 day suspension. They probably could have had someone better than Duggan come out for the save but that really isn’t that important as the goal was presenting Jake once again as a diabolical heel. Sadly, Sid was injured by the time this aired so the feud stalled out. Also, Sid claimed in his interview with RF Video that Jake got him into trouble while in the WWF, suggesting he might have reported stuff to the office. Anyway, this was a great segment.
The Rockers vs. Vito Krus & Al Coleman
Marty works over Coleman for a bit. Shawn tags in as the announcers talk about what happened to Sid. Vito eats boot on a charge then Shawn takes him down then press slams Marty on top for the win (2:24).
Thoughts: Just a cool down segment as the announcers talked about the attack on Sid.
Sgt. Slaughter is now in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial wondering how he could have turned his back on this country. Slaughter then tells all of those who gave their lives that he wants his country back.
Next week in action are Ted DiBiase, The Undertaker, and Roddy Piper. Plus, the debut of El Matador and more!
Final Thoughts: The El Diablo angle was awesome and we learned about the first traditional Survivor Series match for the PPV. Definitely check out the above mentioned angle if you haven’t already as its a classic. While the midcard is being clogged with goofy gimmicks, the top of the card has been pretty damn good.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/20/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/26/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/22/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/27/91
Monday: WWF Madison Square Garden 10/28/91
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/2/91
Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/3/91