What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – March 11, 1991

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are the studio hosts for this evening’s telecast.  For this broadcast McMahon is wearing an ugly yellow track suit.

Opening Contest:  Demolition (w/Mr. Fuji) (1-1) defeat Koko B. Ware & Tito Santana when Smash pins Ware after Crush kicks Ware’s leg out during a Ghostbuster attempt at 5:50 shown:

Ware and Santana appear to have patched things up since their match at Madison Square Garden.  The match is joined in progress, with Santana throwing a few dropkicks before Smash hits him in the back of the head when he runs the ropes, putting the former Intercontinental champion in peril.  After the hot tag, Ware hits Smash with a missile dropkick but Crush makes the save.  Then when Ware raises Smash for the Ghostbuster, Crush kicks Ware’s leg out from under him and Smash falls on top for a weak finish.  Rating:  *½

The Hart Foundation’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

Randy Savage visits the studio, makes fun of McMahon’s outfit, and makes a “stand back” reference.  Savage is shown footage from his career like his first match, his selection of Elizabeth as a manager, winning the Intercontinental Championship from Tito Santana, his loss to Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III, the Mega Powers feud, and how he became the King of the WWF.  Savage is awesome narrating the footage, feigning that he forgot Elizabeth’s name, that he lost to Steamboat because he was fighting him and George Steele simultaneously, and he cannot remember who his partner in the Mega Powers was.  The funniest bit is when there is a recap of the Ultimate Warrior-Sergeant Slaughter match from The Royal Rumble and Savage asserts that Sensational Sherri was about to pin the Warrior with a small package.

After the commercial break, Sherri joins McMahon, Heenan, and Savage in the studio.  She has a bag full of retirement gifts for the Warrior.  As she pulls them out, Savage adds a punchline and this causes Heenan to legitimately crack up a few times.  The gifts include a cow bell because Savage is going to put the Warrior out to pasture, a towel because the Warrior is washed up, and a phone because the Warrior is going to call it quits.  Sherri flips out when McMahon brings up the possibility of Savage losing at WrestleMania, saying she will stand by her man because there is no way in hell he will lose.

Mr. Perfect’s squash from Wrestling Challenge is shown.

The Viking’s squash from Wrestling Challenge airs.

The British Bulldog (6-0) pins Haku (0-2) with a crucifix at 7:48:

There are spurts of the match that are good but too much of it is spent in rest holds.  After Haku misses a dropkick the Bulldog rallies with a backdrop and clothesline, only to put his head down too early on an Irish whip.  However, the Bulldog comes back off the ropes moments later and traps Haku in a crucifix to prevail.  Rating:  *

Jake Roberts comes out to the studio as Heenan flees into the crowd.  Roberts tries to cut a serious promo about how it is time for Rick Martel to experience the darkness, but Heenan is phantom playing a violin.  Eventually Heenan is forced down from the crowd to go through a tour of various snakes.

After the commercial break, Heenan puts a blindfold on Roberts so he can play pin the tail on the donkey.  The crowd tries to guide Roberts but Heenan keeps moving the donkey until it falls out of his hands and McMahon picks it up so Roberts can win.  Roberts forces Heenan to put on the blindfold but the crowd guides him toward touching Damien, who Roberts has removed from his bag.  This was a playful way to demonstrate the WrestleMania concept and clue the fans attending how they could help Roberts in the match.

Rick Martel (5-0) defeats Frankie Lancaster via submission to the Boston Crab at 2:10

After taking Lancaster to the canvas, Martel puts a blindfold on Lancaster, which the referee deems as a legal tactic, and tees off with more offense for an easy win.

In the studio, Roberts tells Martel that he is going to take Martel down a road he has never been on before.

Tune in this Sunday for a special “Stars & Stripes Forever” Special!  Matches include Hulk Hogan against General Adnan, Bret Hart against Brian Knobbs, and a blindfold match between Koko B. Ware and Rick Martel!  There will also be a contract signing between the Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage and Roddy Piper will interview Ted DiBiase!

A replay of Gene Okerlund’s interview with Sergeant Slaughter on Superstars airs.

Okerlund does the WrestleMania VII Report.

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (7-0) pins Jim Powers after the Tombstone at 3:05:

This match is notable because it features the debut of the urn, which Bearer clutches close to his chest.  The Undertaker is not fazed by a Powers clothesline, chokeslamming him and finishing with the Tombstone to continue his undefeated march to WrestleMania.  After the match, the Undertaker sprinkles dirt on Powers.

Heenan brings out “Queen Elizabeth,” who comes out and sits on the throne that Savage used earlier.  She is wearing a bandage on her left hand because one of her corgis bit her.  The Queen puts over someone for bravery and heroism that she wants to knight.  Lord Alfred Hayes buffs out his chest, thinking it is him, but it is Heenan that is knighted.  Heenan is then invited to Buckingham Palace.

After a commercial break, members of Scotland Yard show up and arrest the Queen Elizabeth impersonator for fraud.  They show a video clip of Heenan and the impersonator smoking, drinking alcohol, and playing cards in a hotel room.  The detectives take away the impersonator and Heenan to end the show.

The Last Word:  This was a fun episode of Prime Time thanks to how well Randy Savage and Jake Roberts handled their respective segments.  Bobby Heenan was also funny in the Queen Elizabeth bit, which was saved by Lord Alfred Hayes thinking he was going to be knighted.  The whole storyline was dumb, though, because the British Bulldog nor the Warlord ever mentioned her in their promos leading up to WrestleMania.

Up Next:  WWF Superstars for March 16!