December 29, 1991
From the Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, TX
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
This week in action are Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter & Jim Duggan, Irwin R. Schyster, and El Matador. Plus, Jake Roberts as guest on the “Barber Shop” and more!
Ric Flair w/ Mr. Perfect vs. Larry Ludden
Heenan says his Christmas present will take place on January 19th when Flair wins the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Flair works a side headlock on the mat as the announcers talk about the Royal Rumble match. Gorilla then asks Heenan who Flair beat for his real World Heavyweight Championship but Heenan refuses to tell him then says that Flair has taken out Jim Neidhart among others. We then hear from Ted DiBiase & Sensational Sherri in an insert promo as DiBiase likes Flair’s class and style but that in the Royal Rumble its every man for themselves. Flair continues to beat on Ludden as Gorilla says lots of people hate Flair then Flair drops his title belt across Ludden’s chest before using the figure four for the win (3:31).
Thoughts: This was all about Heenan putting over Flair while Gorilla tried to shoot him down. Also, another promo hyping up the “there are no friends” tag line that is part of the Rumble match.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same thing we saw on Superstars about the rest of the Rumble match competitors being announced as well as the IC Title match.
Brooklyn Brawler & B.A. Dalton vs. Sgt. Slaughter & Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Heenan accuses Gorilla of not being “fair to Flair” as Gorilla wants to see Flair last for an hour against top WWF competition. Slaughter & Duggan lead the crowd in USA chants then take control of the match. The announcers keep talking about Flair as Heenan continues with the “fair to Flair” stuff then Gorilla asks Heenan about the other Rumble competitors. We now hear from the Nasty Boys in an insert promo as they call out Slaughter & Duggan and promise to eliminate them from the Rumble then Slaughter & Duggan use an Irish whip/clothesline combo for the win (4:09).
Thoughts: More talk about Flair as Heenan really went overboard in establishing the “fair to Flair” phrase.
Irwin R. Schyster vs. Scott Bazo
IRS promises that 1992 will be an even worse year for all of the tax cheats. IRS beats down Bazo then uses an abdominal stretch as the announcers put over the Savage/Jake feud. Skinner is shown in an insert promo as he promises to give IRS a “receipt” then IRS uses the Write Off for the win (1:46).
Thoughts: More of the same from IRS as we get hype for Savage/Jake and the Rumble match.
The Chris Chavis vignette from Superstars is shown.
El Matador vs. Louie Spicolli
We get more talk about the Rumble match then hear from Greg Valentine in an insert promo as he tells Matador they’ve been in the WWF for a long time and now going at it in the Rumble and wants the best man to win. Surprised their past feud was not mentioned. Matador catches Spicolli with a dropkick as Heenan says Matador has a good a chance as anyone to win the Rumble match. Matador then hits a back drop before the El Paso de la Muerte gets the win (1:42).
Thoughts: Matador was actually pushed decently in the beginning. Like, he was not portrayed as an aging veteran with a new dumb gimmick.
More info on the WBF Personal Fitness Expo
Barber Shop with guest Jake Roberts. Beefcake asks Jake about his Rumble match strategy, especially against guys like The Undertaker. Jake denies having an allegiance with the Undertaker and will play the Rumble match using the every man for himself mentality. Jake then talks about This Tuesday in Texas and gloats over being able to do anything to Elizabeth then wants Savage to go home and tell his wife he cannot get it done then says he sat down with the Undertaker and they decided either one of them would make a great champion. The mention about the Undertaker was something to keep an eye on but this was more about furthering the Jake/Savage feud.
Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund.
An ad for the Royal Rumble airs.
Sean Spencer & Richie Garvin vs. Beverly Brothers w/ The Genius
The Genius reads his poem about the Beverly Brothers rising to the top of the game. Blake hits Garvin with a powerslam as the announcers talk about the Beverly Brothers vs. Bushwhackers match at the Rumble. We then hear from Bushwhackers & Jamison as they talk about dressing the Beverly Brothers & Genius then the Beverly Brothers put Spencer away with the Shaker Heights Spike (1:56).
Thoughts: More hype for the Bushwhackers/Beverly Brothers match at the Rumble with a focus on Jamison.
In action next week are Big Bossman, Repo Man, Bret Hart, and the Natural Disasters.
Final Thoughts: Just Rumble hype here and with Heenan as a commentator they really focused on Flair. Challenge essentially became the Flair show more or less due to the fact he wrestled on here a lot and was a constant topic of mention by the announcers. Tomorrow, is the December MSG show then on to 1992.