Irwin R. Schyster reminds Bobby Heenan that the makeup he needs for Prime Time is tax deductible. Jamison wanders by and is scoulded, deciding not to enter “Dressing Room 3.” He does go into “Dress Room 4” where he encounters Bret Hart, who tells him that he cannot talk to him because he is busy. That makes Bret look like a prick, so he gives Jamison his shades to make up for it.
When Heenan makes his entrance he gets a loud applause, but that is because Jamison is behind him when he does so. Heenan is hosting tonight’s show with Sean Mooney. Mooney asks Heenan to take it easy on him because his sister is in the crowd. Heenan immediately asks her if Mooney tried on their mother’s clothes a lot when he was young.
Opening Contest: Virgil (11-0) defeats Paul Roma (w/Slick) (2-3) via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 8:10:
This bout took place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Wrestling Challenge tapings on July 8. Roma is settling into the role of “tag wrestler who can be jobbed in feature matches and we can excuse it because he is used to being part of a team.” He was likely not thrilled to do the job here, so the match suffers as Roma stalls a lot. Virgil’s weaknesses are also exposed as his selling and offense are awkward. Roma opts not to do for a pin after a powerslam and that proves to be a mistake as Virgil rolls out of the way of a top rope splash. Virgil’s comeback peters out, but Roma puts his head down too early on an Irish whip and Virgil locks in the Million Dollar Dream to remain undefeated. Rating: *
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment hypes the Randy Savage-Elizabeth wedding at SummerSlam.
The Nasty Boys’ squash from Superstars is shown.
Irwin R. Schyster is the first guest of the evening. He accuses a woman in the audience of cheating on her taxes and her husband. Heenan offers the woman $1,000 if she can prove she has never cheated on her taxes. The woman takes the bet, going with IRS backstage to settle the matter.
A replay of Sid Justice’s debut appearance on Superstars airs.
Bret Hart is the next guest. He says that he has waited his whole career for the opportunity to wrestle for the Intercontinental Championship.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan (16-0-1) pins Ed Moretti after the three-point stance clothesline at 1:32:
Duggan makes quick work of Moretti, spamming clotheslines en route to another squash win. He is still booked against Colonel Mustafa on house shows but that has feud has not been mentioned on television recently.
Bret puts over Mr. Perfect’s wrestling abilities, repeating how he is going to prove at SummerSlam that no one is perfect. Heenan rebuts by showing footage of Perfect’s old squashes, hyping how Perfect has great execution on his moves. Mooney and Bret counter by narrating some of Bret’s moves from recent matches. Bret suggests that he will win the title when Perfect makes a small error and he capitalizes on it. While Bret was not a great promo around this time that arguably worked in his favor because he was presented as a genuine athlete and not a larger than life figure.
The Big Bossman plays the Hulk Hogan Hotline and gets so upset he handcuffs the phone. This leads Heenan to go into his old shtick about how the Bossman is a dumb hick. He makes fun of Mooney’s sister in the front row.
Okerlund does the SummerSlam Report.
IRS goes through the woman’s purse and finds maternity vitamins. She admits she did not submit receipts when she claimed those as a tax deduction.
The Natural Disasters and Jimmy Hart are the next guests. They promise to snap the Bushwhackers bones at SummerSlam and send Andre the Giant out of the arena in an ambulance.
The Bushwhackers (11-2) beat Haku & the Barbarian (2-2) when Butch pins Haku after heel miscommunication at 9:40:
This match was filmed at the recent Wrestling Challenge taping in Fresno, California. Haku and the Barbarian have not teamed up since the April 16 edition of Prime Time Wrestling when they had a fun, hard-hitting match with the Legion of Doom. There was a rumor that they were going to be paired with Coach since they were both quickly turning into jobbers to the stars, but nothing ever came of that. The two former Heenan Family members spend eight percent of the match working over Luke, which stalls things out. When Butch gets the hot tag the Bushwhackers floor Haku with the Battering Ram, but the Barbarian breaks up the pin. However, heel miscommunication follows a Barbarian Mafia kick, the Bushwhackers knock the Barbarian out of the ring with the Battering Ram, and Butch dives onto Haku for the winning fall. One has to give credit to Haku and the Barbarian for still trying in their matches despite the lack of a push. The crowd is no longer buying them as a threat because they keep losing so much. Rating: *½
Jimmy Hart says that the Natural Disasters have a surprise for Andre the Giant at SummerSlam.
The Mountie says that the Big Bossman is guilty in his book. This is meant to hype the Mountie’s appearance on next week’s program.
The Berzerker (w/Mr. Fuji) (15-0) defeats Jimmy Snuka (7-2) after rolling through a reverse flying body press off the second rope at 4:25:
This match was filmed at the Superstars taping in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 9. Snuka has one of the most ridiculous sells of a blind charge ever, running into the Berzerker’s boot in the corner and flying backward towards the other side of the ring, where he flies over the top rope. Instead of the action, the focus of the bout is more on the Berzerker’s conversations with Fuji where the Berzerker is constantly seeking Fuji’s approval. Snuka avoids a Berzerker big boot and gets a near-fall from a flying headbutt off the second rope. However, when he flies off the second rope with a reverse flying body press, the Berzerker rolls through and wins a rare match via pinfall. Rating: *½
A camera shows the Natural Disasters working with some dummies in a warehouse that are meant to represent the Bushwhackers and Andre the Giant. They destroy them as Jimmy Hart laughs.
The Dragon (12-0) pins Louie Spicolli after the flying body press at 1:40:
This is the second time these two have faced off this year as the Dragon pinned Steamboat on the April 20 edition of Wrestling Challenge. The Dragon does a roll up clinic with Spicolli, scoring several near-falls before abandoning the tactic. This was a fun squash because the Dragon worked quickly and never gave Spicolli any breathing room.
The Beverly Brothers (w/Coach) (5-0) defeat Bobby Jones & Chi Chi Cruz when Beau pins Jones after an elevated mat slam at 2:32:
Cruz was a Canadian talent that was trained by Ernest Rheault and started wrestling in 1986. At the time of this squash, he was a talent for Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling in Eastern Canada.
The highlight of the squash is Blake giving Jones a reverse dragon suplex. The crowd does not react to this, a sign that this match was filmed at the end of a long taping cycle. The Beverlys coast to an easy win as Coach blows his whistle constantly.
The Natural Disasters are still training, smashing Jimmy Hart’s megaphone into the Andre dummy’s knee and Typhoon avalanching it in the corner. This causes the dummy’s head to fly off, so Earthquake rips open the rest of the dummy to expose balloons and the Disasters smash the remains of the dummy to pieces.
The Texas Tornado (22-0) pins Vern Siebert after the discus punch at 1:50:
Siebert started working in 1982 for Vancouver All-Star Wrestling. He also had stops throughout the 1980s in Portland and Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling.
Siebert tries to jump the Tornado at the beginning but ends up getting kicked in the face when the Tornado enters the ring. The Tornado brawls with Siebert for a few minutes and then settles for decking him with the discus punch.
IRS berates the woman that he was interrogating as a massive tax cheat. She cries as she leaves the building.
The Natural Disasters discover the hidden cameraman who has been filming their training. Earthquake grabs the camera and gives it an Earthquake Splash to end the broadcast.
Tune in next week to see the Mountie, Sergeant Slaughter, General Adnan, Colonel Mustafa, and the Big Bossman!
The Last Word: As was typical, the appeal of this Prime Time is that fans got to see three feature matches but as was also typical, they were not very good. The show ran out of momentum after the first hour and some segments, like the Natural Disasters beating up dummies, overstayed their welcome.
Up Next: WWF Superstars for July 27!