Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are hosting as usual. There are technical difficulties to start because the Barbarian is in the production truck playing with the controls.
The Ultimate Warrior-Smash bout from Superstars is the first match on the broadcast.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment discusses the Big Bossman-Mountie feud.
Greg Valentine is a studio guest tonight. He talks about wasting a lot of the time of his career with Jimmy Hart before asking Heenan for a shot at Mr. Perfect Intercontinental title. McMahon proposes that Heenan and Valentine call the Hulk Hogan hotline and see who does better at the interactive game. What makes this segment puzzling is that they already had Perfect and Valentine wrestle on the previous episode. Why not do this segment a few weeks ago to build to that match?
The Berzerker’s squash from Wrestling Challenge airs.
Back in the studio, Valentine wins the interactive game while Heenan loses.
The British Bulldog (17-0) beats Frankie DeFalco with the running powerslam at 2:15:
DeFalco was trained by Al Patterson and started working in 1979. Beyond the Wisconsin independent scene, he started doing enhancement work for the WWF in 1987, while serving in a similar role for the AWA and WCW.
In the split screen, Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect tells the Bulldog that he cannot win the title on his best day. While that might be true, the Bulldog easily runs through DeFalco with power moves and gets closer to twenty wins on the year.
The Barbarian shows up in a tuxedo, which still includes his furry ring boots. He claims that Bret Hart is a loser and is not qualified to beat him. After a commercial break, the Barbarian rips off his jacket and snifs and crawls around the studio, going into a pregnant lady’s purse to find pickles, raw meat, and ice cream. That lady is the same who one who was after Heenan last week and security escorts her out. As the Barbarian eats the meat, Jamison eats the ice cream and pats the Barbarian on the head.
Irwin R. Schyster’s squash from Superstars is shown.
Promo time with Sean Mooney! Tugboat says that the Berzerker is out of control but he can stop him with a big explosion.
The Texas Tornado’s squash from Wrestling Challenge airs.
The Nasty Boys & Earthquake (w/Jimmy Hart) defeat the Bushwhackers & Hacksaw Jim Duggan via disqualification when Duggan hits Earthquake with a 2×4 at 5:10:
This bout took place at the recent Wrestling Challenge tapings in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is humorous for Duggan to work up a “USA” chant to encourage his team even though there are more Americans opposing him. The heels dominate most of the action as the babyfaces manage only short spurts of offense. Earthquake avoids a Duggan charge, which sends Duggan over the top rope and then he tosses Butch out of the ring. However, before Earthquake can do the Earthquake Splash to Luke, Duggan runs into the ring with a 2×4 and blasts the big man, giving the heels a disqualification victory. There were a few good spots in the match but it never seemed to get out of first gear. Rating: *
WWF Champion Hulk Hogan drives his Harley into the studio. Hogan hypes Suburban Commando, which is coming out later this summer, and a clip of the film is shown. There is also more hype for the Hulk Hogan hotline as Heenan continues his fruitless quest to win the interactive game.
The Dragon (5-0) pins Brian Costello with the flying body press at 2:19:
The Dragon has a formula for his squashes, throwing some chops, doing a flying chop, and then a flying body press. He runs through that in a little more than two minutes today to remain undefeated.
Heenan loses the interactive game again and starts playing with Hogan’s motorcycle as Hogan hypes the Desert Storm matches on house shows. He says he will be ready for anything Sergeant Slaughter tries to do. Ever the consummate babyface, Hogan tries to run Heenan over with his motorcycle to send the broadcast to a commercial break.
Bret Hart (4-0-2) defeats the Brooklyn Brawler via submission to the Sharpshooter at 7:32:
One would expect this match to last less than three minutes but it drags out because the Brawler complains about a hair pull, feigns a walk to the back, and works in an eye poke and rope burn. Bret fights out of a chinlock and then sunset flip into the ring, triggering a comeback that ends with the Sharpshooter. It did not do Bret any favors to be going this long with a jobber as it put him on the level of Tito Santana who went fifteen minutes with jobbers on Prime Time last year.
Bodybuilder Mike Quinn comes into the studio and points at the camera a lot to say that he is out for blood at the WBF Championship in Atlantic City next month. McMahon screams in joy as Quinn flexes. As this goes on, Hogan is still chasing Heenan down the hallways with his motorcycle.
Jake Roberts’ squash from Superstars is shown.
More promos with Sean Mooney! Sergeant Slaughter and General Adnan tell Hulk Hogan that they cannot wait to get him back in the ring and regain the WWF Championship.
Power & Glory (w/Slick) (8-1) beat Kevin Kruger & Dave Sigfritts when Paul Roma pins Kruger after the Powerplex at 3:18:
The most notable detail of the squash is the return of the Powerplex as Power & Glory’s finisher. The team is the second-best heel team in the company but are treading water in the tag division in a nothing feud with the Bushwhackers.
Hulk Hogan brings an exhausted Heenan back into the studio. Hogan puts Heenan on a kid’s bike and rams it into the steps of the studio, causing Heenan to flip over the handlebars.
Tune in next week to see the Undertaker, the Dragon, and Power & Glory!
The Last Word: It is little wonder that ratings for Prime Time keep sliding. There seems to be less and less meaningful action on the show with each passing week and the studio segments are getting worse. One can only see Bobby Heenan get embarrassed by a babyface so many times without the act growing stale.
Up Next: WWF Superstars for May 25!