Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart call today’s action, kicking off new television tapings from Reno, Nevada. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this taping took place on March 27.
Opening Contest: The Legion of Doom (7-0) defeat Pez Whatley & Bill Luger when Hawk pins Luger after the Doomsday Device at 2:43:
In the split screen, WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart tell the Legion of Doom that their big muscles will not be enough when they face off. Luger takes a long beating from the Legion, who remain the most over tag team in the company because of their stiff offense and awesome finisher.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report segment recaps the ending of the Virgil-Ted DiBiase match at WrestleMania. Roddy Piper says he can be a better spoiled brat than DiBiase when they square off.
Jimmy Snuka (4-2) pins Randy Sharkey with a slingshot suplex at 1:06:
Sharkey had worked for the WWF in an enhancement capacity for years, also using the name Steve Vega. In fact, he the Ultimate Warrior’s last squash opponent before the Warrior won the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI.
The WWF is giving Snuka television time but it is not meant to amount to much as the announce team talks exclusively about Sensational Sherri now managing Ted DiBiase. Snuka is experimenting with different finishers, opting for a slingshot suplex rather than something off the ropes.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (10-0) defeats Larry Ludden with the carotid control technique at 2:06:
Ludden worked two matches as an enhancement talent for Herb Abrams’ UWF in 1990.
The Mountie does some methodical strikes and control moves as the announcers makes comparisons between him and the Big Bossman. After winning, the Mountie handcuffs Ludden to the ropes, reads him his rights, and shocks him with the cattle prod to Heenan’s delight. What Heenan laugh harder is that the Mountie, intentionally or not, zaps Ludden in the groin.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan (9-0) pins Mike Starr with the three-point stance clothesline at 2:42:
Starr appeared in Jim Crockett Promotions for squashes in the late 1980s, while also working for the WWF. He had his best success in Vancouver All-Star Wrestling in 1988 and 1989, winning matches under the names Blue Demon and Michelle Starr.
In the split screen, Colonel Mustafa says Sergeant Slaughter has given him a mission to crush Duggan. The announcers continue to hype a possible battle between Duggan and Slaughter in the future as he runs through Starr with a knee drop, slam, and three-point stance clothesline.
Brutus Beefcake returns to the WWF after a nine-month absence, beginning a new interview segment called the Barber Shop. His guests are Earthquake and Jimmy Hart. This is funny because Beefcake attacked Earthquake several times before WrestleMania under a mask and Earthquake fails to put two and two together. Earthquake screams about hating snakes and warns Jake Roberts to keep Damien away from him unless he wants both of them to get squashed. Hart and Earthquake sit in the barber chair, with Earthquake reclining and seemingly content. However, Beefcake gets a rubber snake and throws it on Earthquake, causing the big man to fall out of the chair as a result.
The Rockers (5-0) defeat Louie Spicolli & Mark Ming when Shawn Michaels pins Ming after the double flying fist drop at 1:42:
Spicolli and Ming were trainees of Bill Anderson and worked WWF squashes on the West Coast dating back to 1988. was a trainee of Bill Anderson and worked squashes for the WWF starting in 1988.
In the split screen, Mr. Fuji tells the Orient Express that he wants them to make the Rockers squeal like pigs. Spicolli’s clock gets cleaned by a Michaels superkick and Ming is quickly planted with a Marty Jannetty powerslam to set up the finish.
The Warlord (w/Slick) (6-2) beats Jim Powers via submission to the full nelson at 2:11:
After losing his feud to the British Bulldog, the Warlord is waiting for something new to do. For now, he is content to squash Powers, using a stun gun before locking in the full nelson.
Colonel Mustafa (w/General Adnan) (2-0) defeats Jim Evans via submission to the Camel Clutch at 1:39:
In the split screen, Hacksaw Jim Duggan calls Mustafa “a rag top” and says that he is going to make Mustafa wave the white flag so he can get a match in the future with Sergeant Slaughter. Mustafa suplexes Evans several times, locking in the Camel Clutch as the crowd chants “USA.”
Tune in next week to see Bret Hart, the Berzerker, the Big Bossman, Mr. Perfect, and Jake Roberts in action! Also, WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys will be guests on the Barber Shop!
The Last Word: Brutus Beefcake did a good job with the Barber Shop segment and, as noted last week, it provides a better venue for an interview than having Gene Okerlund stand on a podium. The rest of the show had nothing to offer, though, other than providing squash matches to keep house show programs warm.
After venturing overseas, the WWF returned to the United States to run a few weekend house shows in the Rust Belt. Here are the results of those shows, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Minneapolis, Minnesota – The Target Center – April 13, 1991 (8,600 paid): Bret Hart pinned the Barbarian…Irwin R. Schyster defeated Jimmy Snuka…The Texas Tornado pinned Smash (substituting for Rick Martel)…Ted DiBiase pinned Virgil after Sensational Sherri hit Virgil with her shoe…The Legion of Doom defeated WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys via count out when the champions abandoned the match…The Warlord pinned Tugboat…The Dragon beat Haku…WWF Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Sergeant Slaughter after throwing a fireball at the challenger.
Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Palace – April 13, 1991 (5,200): The Berzerker defeated Koko B. Ware via count out…Power & Glory beat the Bushwhackers when Paul Roma pinned Butch…Hacksaw Jim Duggan pinned Colonel Mustafa…The Rockers beat the Orient Express when Marty Jannetty pinned Kato after heel miscommunication…The Big Bossman pinned the Mountie with the Bossman Slam…Earthquake defeated Jake Roberts via disqualification…Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect pinned the British Bulldog with the Flair pin…The Ultimate Warrior defeated the Undertaker via disqualification when the Undertaker hit the Warrior with the urn. After the match, the Undertaker tried to put the Warrior in a body bag, but Duggan and the Bulldog saved the Warrior.
Chicago, Illinois – The Rosemont Horizon – April 14, 1991: Jimmy Snuka beat Irwin R. Schyster…The Warlord defeated Tugboat…Bret Hart beat the Barbarian…The Dragon defeated Haku…The Mountie beat the Big Bossman…The Legion of Doom beat WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys via count out…Ted DiBiase beat Virgil…Sergeant Slaughter defeated WWF Champion Hulk Hogan via disqualification.
Backstage News*: The WWF was happy with the Ultimate Warrior and the Undertaker drawing more than 5,000 fans to Auburn Hills for the first run of their program. Arena reports suggest that fans are cheering the Undertaker since he is not selling the Warrior’s offense and looks unstoppable as a result.
*In talent relations, new reports are that Sid is leaving WCW after all when Vince McMahon promised him the main event at WrestleMania VIII against Hulk Hogan. This convinced Sid to reject WCW’s new contract after emergency negotiations, including promises of being a top paid talent in the promotion and a world title reign. Sid is no longer showing up for WCW house shows, waiting to make his last appearance at SuperBrawl on May 19. The WWF will have to call Sid by a different name, though, because WCW has trademarked the name “Sid Vicious.”
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for April 22.
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