After a few weeks on the road, Prime Time Wrestling returns to its home in Stamford, with Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan hosting. Heenan’s recent woes gambling and in the gym are replayed.
Jimmy Snuka (3-2) defeats the Genius with a flying headbutt at 3:04:
The Genius was Lanny Poffo, brother of Randy Savage. He had been in the WWF since 1985 and spent the early part of 1990 managing Mr. Perfect and waging a feud against Hulk Hogan. After WrestleMania VI, the Genius and Perfect parted ways off-screen and the Genius entered the singles ranks. He did not have much success, though, losing a feud and his hair to Brutus Beefcake and losing to other babyfaces like Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Dustin Rhodes.
This match took place at the Superstars taping in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 26. All that can be said about this one is that it is a squash for Snuka, rebuilding him after losing in a similar fashion to the Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps the status of the Hulk Hogan-Sergeant Slaughter feud.
In the studio, the show is still about weightlifting as Heenan fails to bench lift 135 pounds.
The British Bulldog’s squash from Wrestling Challenge is shown.
Back in the studio, McMahon has to lift the bar off of Heenan’s chest after Heenan threatens to sue him.
Jake Roberts’ squash from Superstars airs, along with Roberts’ post-match interaction with Earthquake.
The Warlord and Slick come into the studio so the Warlord can do some weightlifting.
Promos with Sean Mooney! The Rockers put the WWF on notice that they are rolling and hotter than ever.
Back in the studio, the Warlord sits down at the bench to do at least twenty reps of 500 pounds. However, he only manages to do nineteen because, according to Slick, he is injured. This was not a good segment because it made the Warlord look weak for not accomplishing the goal set by McMahon.
The Dragon’s squash from Wrestling Challenge is shown.
Slick dances in the studio because the Warlord got twenty reps, which McMahon corroborates even though the audience saw less than ten minutes ago that the Warlord only go in nineteen reps. Slick asks a member of the audience to dance with him, leading to a Rosati sister coming down and smashing herself against Slick and Heenan.
A replay of the Funeral Parlor segment featuring the Undertaker on Superstars airs.
After recapping what happened to Roddy Piper at WrestleMania, he comes out to talk with McMahon and Heenan. Piper promises that he got his injury trying to jump cars in his motorcycle. He tells Ted DiBiase that he will be rid of his crutches soon and will be coming after him.
Butch beats Crush (0-1) via count out at 9:01:
This match took place at the London Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada on February 16. It is a dreadful bore as Butch and Crush take turns stalling. Crush compounds the issue by using rest holds for most of his offense. The biggest blow that Butch lands is a spear to the gut, trying to mimic the Battering Ram without his tag team partner’s help. That sends Crush to the floor and Butch pushes Crush into the post and slides in to prevail. Rating: DUD
Heenan challenges Piper to play the bagpipes. Piper begs off because he has not played in years, but Piper eventually decides to do it and plays his theme song as the crowd claps along. Heenan is called out on his “degree” from the Harvard School of Music and is given a tuba to play. Heenan fails to get in the right position to play.
The Big Bossman (13-0) wrestles Rick Martel (8-1) to a double count out at 7:45:
This was also from the Las Vegas Superstars taping. Martel works over the Bossman’s right knee for most of the match until the Bossman kicks him to the floor. An enzuigiri puts the Bossman in a position to win, but the Mountie walks down to ringside, provides a timely distraction, and shocks the Bossman with the cattle prod. The Bossman falls to the arena floor and that is where he and Martel end up fighting until they are counted out. This match never clicked because the Bossman stopped selling the knee on his comeback, the Mountie’s interference dragged out, and the brawling that led to the double count out did not need to happen as Martel could have left the Bossman on the floor and won easily. Rating: *
Irwin R. Schyster’s latest vignette is replayed.
Sensational Sherri provides “Advice to the Lovelorn” where she provides romantic advice to fans. Letters are narrated offscreen and Sherri provides advice like marrying someone rich and laughs like a maniac. This segment had potential but it did not land.
Mr. Perfect’s squash from Superstars is shown.
Virgil (2-0) beats the Brooklyn Brawler with a right hand at 2:53:
The inexperienced Virgil gets beaten up in the corner by the Brawler but he fights back and wins with a right hand. Sean Mooney spends a lot of the match putting over Virgil’s boxing skills so the company is wanting to lean into that for his fighting style.
After kissing Heenan, Sherri tells Virgil to stay away from Ted DiBiase because DiBiase is dangerous. She storms off the set when she hears that Roddy Piper will be coming back on the set.
Power & Glory’s squash from Wrestling Challenge airs.
The broadcast closes with Heenan coming out in a kilt, arguing that Piper wears his wrong. Piper uses a mirror to look underneath Heenan’s kilt and makes puns about how small Heenan is underneath. He adds that Heenan wears his kilt like a dress.
Tune in next week to see the Bushwhackers, Irwin R. Schyster, and Elizabeth!
The Last Word: None of the studio segments hit the mark because they mostly failed to advance existing storylines. Bobby Heenan is doing what he can for comedy and has great chemistry with Roddy Piper, but the kilt segment at the end was not enough to save the show.
Up Next: WWF Superstars for April 13!