What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – April 20, 1991
By LScisco on 3rd August 2022
Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Roddy Piper are in the booth, taped from Las Vegas, Nevada. Piper tosses his crutch aside and promises to come after Ted DiBiase.
Opening Contest: The British Bulldog (12-0) beats Mike Starr with the running powerslam at 2:01:
In the split screen, Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect and Bobby Heenan say that they are not concerned that the Bulldog is going after the title, arguing that he is “barking up the wrong tree.” The Bulldog has no trouble with Starr, running his win streak for the year to thirteen.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps last week’s Funeral Parlor segment and the Undertaker’s attack on the Ultimate Warrior. Okerlund says that the Undertaker and Bearer told WWF President Jack Tunney that they were just trying to scare the Warrior and did not mean to seal the casket to be airtight, with Tunney taking them at face value.
The Orient Express (w/Mr. Fuji) (4-3) defeat Rob Allen & Scott Casey when Tanaka pins Allen after a superkick-German suplex combination at 1:53:
Allen had been doing squash matches for the WWF going back to 1989, also wrestling under the names Bob Allen and Robbie Allen.
Casey made his debut in 1970, spending more than a decade working for Joe Blanchard’s Southwest Championship Wrestling (SWCW) and winning the promotion’s heavyweight and tag team titles. He was also a veteran of World Class, feuding with the Midnight Express and the Great Kabuki. In 1987, Casey bolted from World Class for the WWF but never rose about jobber status. His biggest claim to fame was being a member of Jake Roberts’ Survivor Series team in 1988 as a replacement for B. Brian Blair.
The Rockers do an insert promo about how they are going to make chop suey of the Express. Casey, who was making a last appearance before deciding to retire, is protected and does not take much of a beating. Tanaka cannot bridge well for the German suplex at the end, opting to lay on the canvas and keep one of his shoulders on the canvas as the referee counts the pinfall.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (6-2) defeats Jim Powers via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 2:07:
Piper’s boycott of DiBiase’s matches continues, opting to play tic-tac-toe rather than call the match. In the split screen, Virgil screams that DiBiase will not able to avoid his fists when they fight again. Powers puts his head down too early on an Irish whip and that allows DiBiase to drive his head into the canvas and cruise to victory shortly thereafter. After the match, Sherri produces a $100 bill from her dress and DiBiase shoves it down Powers’ throat.
The Legion of Doom (9-0) beat Mark Ming & Randy Sharkey when Hawk pins Sharkey after the Doomsday Device at 2:05:
Ming does not look thrilled during introductions and it immediately becomes clear why as he takes a gorilla press slam from Hawk and a powerslam from Animal. WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart do an insert promo about how the Legion might be tough but they are not nasty enough to take their titles. At least Ming avoids having to take the Legion’s finish, leaving that to Sharkey after he eats a dropkick from Animal and a shoulderbreaker from Hawk.
Sergeant Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa, and General Adnan makes an appearance on the Funeral Parlor. Slaughter says that Hulk Hogan has felt the heat and tries to sell the idea that he is the first man who has ever made Hogan bleed.
The Warlord (w/Slick) (7-2) defeats Dale Wolfe via submission to the full nelson at 1:18:
In the split screen, Slick warns everyone in the WWF that they are going to feel the power of the Warlord. The Warlord still thinks of himself as someone in the running for the WWF title even though he could not defeat the British Bulldog at WrestleMania. The Warlord does not use a lot of power moves to set up the full nelson, a hold he refuses to release until about ten seconds after the bell.
The Dragon (2-0) pins Louie Spicolli with the flying body press at 1:54:
McMahon relents to reality and recognizes the Dragon as Ricky Steamboat, recounting how he is a former Intercontinental champion and had a great match with Savage at WrestleMania III. He still emphasizes that his new identity is the Dragon, though, and says that this new persona makes Steamboat more aggressive than ever before.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (11-0) defeats Jim Evans with the carotid control technique at 1:47:
Savage argues that Evans is not big enough to fight off the Mountie’s crowd control techniques. Still, he thinks the Big Bossman cannot defeat the Mountie. After beating Evans from pillar to post and winning, the Mountie handcuffs Evans to the turnbuckles, reads him his rights, and shocks him with the cattle prod. The Mountie is getting one of the strongest heel pushes in the company right now, ranking behind the Undertaker in terms of television appearances and number of wins.
Earthquake and Jimmy Hart warn Jake Roberts not to bring Damien to the ring unless he wants to suffer major consequences. Roberts rebuts that he is not afraid of Earthquake because talk is cheap.
Tune in next week to see Jake Roberts battle Earthquake! Also, the Rockers, Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect, the Big Bossman, and the Undertaker in action! Also, Roddy Piper will be a guest on the Funeral Parlor!
The WWF”s Wrestling Spotlight show featured an original match:
-Sergeant Slaughter beat Randy Taylor via submission to the Camel Clutch at 2:15
The Last Word: The WWF packed a lot of matches onto this show and even if they were squashes, that gave fans at home a lot of content in an hour. The Hulk Hogan-Sergeant Slaughter feud is ice cold because it has no reason to exist anymore since Hogan beat Slaughter for the title. Slaughter can throw a fireball at Hogan but since no reference has been made about how he should have pinned Hogan at WrestleMania, many fans think he is a lame duck challenger before someone else comes along.
Up Next: Wrestling Challenge for April 21!