Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart do commentary from a new taping venue in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on March 12 and drew a crowd of 9,000 fans.
A replay of Gene Okerlund’s WrestleMania recap airs.
Opening Contest: Colonel Mustafa (w/Sergeant Slaughter & General Adnan) (1-0) beats Dale Wolfe via submission to the Camel Clutch at 1:24:
The WWF is not being coy about Mustafa’s past persona, with Monsoon discussing how he is the Iron Sheik. This squash showcases Mustafa’s limitations as a plodding beatdown sets up the Camel Clutch. Mustafa’s ceiling is simply to be cannon fodder for the Slaughter-Hulk Hogan feud. Anything beyond that is booking a bridge too far.
The Big Bossman (11-0) defeats Jim Corbett with the Bossman Slam at 2:16:
In the split screen, the Mountie does a promo that proclaims the United States is under his jurisdiction. The Bossman runs through his usual offense, screaming during the squash about how he is the law and order in the WWF. After the bell, the Bossman handcuffs Corbett to the ropes and runs off.
Non-Title Match: Mr. Perfect (Intercontinental Champion w/Bobby Heenan) (7-2) beats Reno Riggins with the Perfectplex at 2:30:
Perfect shows respect to Riggins enhancement capabilities by taking a powder from a clothesline. As Perfect regroups an insert promo airs where Perfect and Heenan hype a future encounter with the British Bulldog. Heenan argues that dog owners are worse than dogs. As expected, Perfect regains his fire when he steps back into the ring, taking Riggins down and finishing moments later with the Perfectplex to rebuild his win-loss record after a defeat at WrestleMania.
Okerlund interviews Perfect and Heenan, or at least that is the aim before Heenan tells Perfect he can go to the locker room. He later regrets that decision when Andre the Giant interrupts. Heenan denies that there are any problems in the Heenan Family and tries to get Andre to do the same, but the big man shakes Heenan’s hand so hard that Heenan falls to his knees in pain. Andre points out that he is done with the Heenan Family, stomping on Heenan’s hand to end the segment.
The Warlord (w/Slick) (5-2) defeats John Allen via submission to the full nelson at 1:10:
Monsoon and Neidhart take joy in Heenan’s suffering from the last segment. The Warlord’s size impresses in this squash as he throws Allen around like a toy, swinging him around in the full nelson after the bell.
The Legion of Doom’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
A replay of the Irwin R. Schyster vignette from Superstars airs.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (4-2) beats Pat Armstrong via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 1:02:
Before the match, DiBiase announces that Sherri is his new manager, making their pairing at WrestleMania VII permanent. As DiBiase works over Armstrong, Roddy Piper does a toned-down promo in the split screen about how he will be without his crutches the next time he encounters DiBiase.
Tune in next week to see the Texas Tornado, Earthquake, the British Bulldog, the Dragon, and the Undertaker in action!
The Last Word: There was very little that happened here outside of Ted DiBiase naming Sensational Sherri as his new manager. It is weird that they are continuing to have Andre the Giant and Bobby Heenan interact when a split between them was made very clear at the previous WrestleMania. Meanwhile, Virgil’s program against Ted DiBiase is almost being usurped by Roddy Piper, whose promo teased a future match with the Million Dollar Man. In terms of commentary, Neidhart was awful on this show and was the antithesis of Randy Savage’s contributions on that front.
The WWF did a few international shows, notably a joint card with Genichiro Tenryu’s SWS promotion the week after WrestleMania. Here were the results of those cards, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
WWF/SWS WrestleFest – Tokyo, Japan – The Tokyo Dome – March 30, 1991 (42,000; 25,000 paid): The Hart Foundation defeat the Rockers when Bret Hart pinned Shawn Michaels after rolling through a flying body press at 14:41…Earthquake pins Koji Kitao at 6:10…Ted DiBiase & Haku beat the Great Kabuki & Takashi Ishikawa when DiBiase pinned Ishikawa at 15:16…Samson Fuyuki, Tatsumi Kitihara, Masao Orihara & Apollo Sugawara beat Goro Tsurumi, Don Arakawa, Kenichi Oya & Fumihiro Niikura when Fuyuki pinned Oya at 5:37…Kendo Nagasaki pinned Hacksaw Jim Duggan with a knee to the midsection and kick to the head at 2:50…Demolition beat Shunji Takano & Shinichi Nakano when Smash pinned Nakano at 5:22…The Ultimate Warrior pinned Sergeant Slaughter with a series of clotheslines and a splash at 6:14…Masa Funaki defeat Naoki Sano via submission at 10:23…The Texas Tornado beat Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect via disqualification at 6:59…Ishinriki & Yoshiaki Yatsu beat Jimmy Snuka & the Barbarian when Yatsu pinned the Barbarian at 10:00…Randy Savage pinned George Takano with a flying elbow drop at 13:42…The Legion of Doom beat Hulk Hogan & Genichiro Tenryu via count out at 14:03.
Hamilton, New Zealand – March 31, 1991: Sivi Afi beat Mad Dog from Baghdad…Don Muraco defeated the Angel of Death via disqualification…Jim Powers wrestled the Genius…Koko B. Ware defeated the Brooklyn Brawler…The Bushwhackers beat WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys via disqualification.
Mangilao, Guam – The University of Guam Fieldhouse – March 31, 1991: Haku beat Shawn Michaels…Jimmy Snuka beat Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect via count out. After the match, Snuka delivered the Superfly Splash to Perfect…The Barbarian beat Jim Neidhart…The Texas Tornado pinned Ted DiBiase with a small package…Marty Jannetty defeated Greg Valentine…The Legion of Doom defeated Demolition…Hacksaw Jim Duggan (substituting for an injured Ultimate Warrior) beat Sergeant Slaughter.
Backstage News*: The WWF and SWS tried to tell reporters that their joint card in the Tokyo Dome drew more than 64,000 people but no one thinks that figure is accurate, quoting a number closer to 42,000. That makes the show a bigger attendance draw than this year’s WrestleMania. Dave Meltzer notes that this is impressive because the WWF does not have any television to market its product in the country. Fans were reportedly irate that the main event match ended without a clean finish.
*The WWF is still counter programming WCW pay-per-views, booking a show at Tampa’s Sundome the day before WCW runs a pay-per-view the next day in St. Petersburg.
*Herb Abrams wants to use Rick Rude in the UWF but Rude is still under contract with the WWF and the WWF is not relenting on letting him appear for another company while it is in force.
*The WWF is abandoning plans to have Brutus Beefcake return in a mask due to concerns about his health and safety in the ring. Instead, Beefcake will be used as an interviewer and host a segment called the Barber Shop.
*In talent relations news, it is expected that Sid Vicious will be coming to the WWF in early September. Sid recently gave notice to WCW that is effective on May 31 because WCW is not agreeing to his demands for a $3,000 pay increase per week, which would make him the highest paid wrestler in the promotion. Sid is said to be unhappy with his booking in WCW, arguing that he has been taking too many losses on television.
*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for April 8.
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