November 9, 1991
From the Allen County War Memorial in Ft. Wayne, IN
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage.We learn that Sid Justice will miss the Survivor Series and more due to a severed tendon in his bicep after a match against Jake Roberts. We then hear from Sid, promising to be back better and stronger than ever. Sid then wants President Jack Tunney to reinstate Savage so he can take his spot in the Survivor Series. Piper then cuts off Savage and holds up a sign calling for Savage to be reinstated.
This week’s featured match is Ric Flair vs. Jim Neidhart. Also in action are The Undertaker, Virgil, Jake, Roberts, and the Beverly Brothers. Plus, an update on Bret Hart’s condition and more!
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Eric Freedom
Jake beats on Freedom in the corner as we learn that Jake told Jack Tunney his cobra has been de-venomized but Piper does not believe it. Jake then hits a short-arm clothesline before using the DDT for the win (1:22). Savage is then heard on commentary telling Jake he will get him.
Thoughts: The big thing here was the comments about Jake’s cobra being de-venomized. That will come into play in a couple of weeks.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We are shown footage from last week when Bret Hart had water dumped on him by Jimmy Hart before The Mountie shocked him with a cattle prod. Okerlund highlights how they will both be on opposing teams at the Survivor Series then Mountie & Hart tell Bret they are gunning for his IC Title.
Virgil vs. Steve Dupree
Dupree has “Yes” written on the back of his tights. He was also better known as Joe Cagle where he primarily wrestled in the All-Star Wrestling promotion in Vancouver. Virgil takes control then we hear from Ted DiBiase & Sensational Sherri in an insert promo laughing about their plan to reclaim the Million Dollar Title and after that Virgil uses the Million Dollar Dream for the win (0:55).
Thoughts: Virgil’s luster has definitely worn off as he just couldn’t cut it in the ring and like I’ve said before, there was nowhere to go but down once he got his revenge on DiBiase.
We see a vignette of the Repo Man. The Repo Man is out there at 3am on the streets and is taking the car from a guy who is a day late on his payment as he smashes the windshield and hot wires the engine. Repo Man then tells us “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine too.” The Repo Man is Barry Darsow, who was formerly Smash of Demolition fame. And the character will make its in-ring debut this week on Challenge after just one vignette.
Now, we see the replay from last week’s episode of “Prime Time Wrestling” where British Bulldog hit Slick with a running powerslam during his match against The Warlord. Vince says we will not be seeing Slick for a while then hints that he has “seen the light” and wants to become an evangelical minister.
Brad Kramer vs. The Warlord w/ Harvey Whippleman
Kramer tries a kick that has zero effect and after that is caught with a slam. Warlord then hits a gutwrench suplex as we hear from Whippleman in an insert promo claiming he will take Warlord to his greatest heights. Vince then talks about the sightings of “Mr. Madness” in the arenas as Savage has no comment on the issue then Warlord uses a full nelson for the win (1:36).
Thoughts: With Slick no longer a manager his client is now managed by Whippleman, who lost his client after he quit the company.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Ric Flair
Piper revs up on commentary at the sight of Flair. Neidhart grabs a side headlock before running over Flair. We are shown an insert of a “WWF Magazine” article on Flair as Neidhart works the arm. Neidhart then hits a back drop and a pair of clotheslines but misses a high knee in the corner. Flair then smashes Neidhart’s leg against the post then heads back inside. Neidhart fights back then Flair hits a crossbody for a two count. Flair then chop blocks Neidhart and works the leg until applying the figure four. Piper encourages Neidhart on commentary to stay in the match but Neidhart ends up submitting (3:09) *. After the match, Flair hits another chop block then reapplies the hold while grabbing the ropes for leverage as Piper is going mental, calling Flair a “pretentious contender.” Flair continues to destroy the leg as Piper wants to destroy Flair and is all over Vince for calling him a “great technician” earlier in the match. Flair finally stops then holds up his belt.
Thoughts: If you ask me, this is the first official TV match Flair should have had after the attack on Piper. He came out of this looking strong and it really put over the figure four. Forget wrestling the Bill Pierce’s and Ron Cumberledge’s of the world that all the other aimless midcarders beat each week. And Piper going off on Flair worked well too.
Sgt. Slaughter is now in front of the Statue of Liberty. He says its the only lady in his life. Slaughter calls it the light of freedom and beacon of hope and now hear for him as he knows what its like to be without friends, family, and his country. He is then shown inside saying he wants his country back.
Neidhart is being helped to the back. The Beverly Brothers, accompanied by The Genius, come out for then match then attack Neidhart from behind. They hug each other as Neidhart is in pain on the ground. If you read the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” around this time, you would have seen Meltzer write about Owen Hart likely coming to be Neidhart’s partner at the end of the year. And its clear Neidhart will get a partner in order to seek revenge.
Mark Wilson & Dan Robbins vs. The Beverly Brothers w/ The Genius
Blake attacks Robbins then hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Wilson tags and gets destroyed as Vince plugs the Savage/Elizabeth hotline. The Beverly Brothers stay in control then use the Shaker Heights Spike for the win (1:12).
Thoughts: Easy win for the Beverly Brothers here as they look to be moving past their feud against The Bushwhackers.
Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund. We even get the “Commentary” graphic on screen as Okerlund pleads with Tunney to reinstate Savage and have him take Sid’s place to make this a fair fight. We then find out that El Matador has replaced The Dragon as part of Jim Duggan’s theme then a question mark appears over Neidhart’s face due to what happened this week.
The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Major Yates
The announcers talk about the gravest challenge with Savage wishing Hogan luck. Undertaker clotheslines Yates as Savage talks about a lot of people not being able to survive the WWF, which I assume is a shot at a few people. Undertaker stays in control then hits a tombstone for the win (1:21). Vince wants to know if Hogan will end up inside of the casket at Survivor Series as Undertaker puts Yates inside of a bodybag.
Thoughts: Another win for Undertaker as he is being put over as a threat to finally end Hulkamania. Not exactly an original story though.
Next week in action are the British Bulldog, Natural Disasters, Repo Man, and featured match of Greg Valentine vs. Irwin R. Schyster as we hear comments from both involved in the featured match. Plus, Hulk Hogan as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and more!
Final Thoughts: The big news this week was learning that Sid will miss the Survivor Series due to injury as the story is they are trying to plead with Tunney to reinstate Savage as his replacement. We also saw Flair destroy Jim Neidhart, who also got laid out by the Beverly Brothers as this was the best Flair has been presented on TV. The Survivor Series hype intensifies as the show is just over two weeks away.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/29/83
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/10/91
Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 11/11/91
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/16/91
Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/17/91
Thursday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 11/18/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/23/91