What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 29, 1991
By LScisco on 9th November 2022
Sean Mooney and Bobby Heenan are hosting tonight’s show.
Opening Contest: The Warlord (16-2-2) beats Greg Valentine (14-4-1) after a bodyslam at 10:16:
This match took place at Madison Square Garden on July 1. As expected, this one moves at a deliberate pace and in the middle the Warlord aims to weaken Valentine with bearhugs. On the second one Valentine does a funny bit of stroking the Warlord’s head as he desperately seeks some leverage to escape before opting to box his opponent’s ears. The crowd does not care about Valentine’s comeback, which ends when the Warlord reverses a whip into the turnbuckles and slams him on the rebound to win. Monsoon puts over the finish as a powerslam, but the Warlord never leaves his feet, so it appears like Valentine loses to a transition move. This bodes ill for Valentine’s SummerSlam chances. Rating: *½
Mooney plugs the Hulk Hogan Hotline and the WWF fan club, pointing out that Jamison is good at the interactive game and is a member.
Jimmy Snuka (7-3) pins Louie Spicolli after the Superfly Splash at 2:12:
Add Snuka’s list to the names of talent who are winning matches but not engaged in a meaningful program. Spicolli bumps quickly and effectively for the 1980s star, vanquished with the Superfly Splash.
The Big Bossman is supposed to be the first guest but does not come out when his music is played. Instead, the Mountie and Jimmy Hart appear. The Mountie accuses the Bossman of cowardice for not showing up and hypes the SummerSlam Jailhouse Match.
A replay of Jake Roberts’ appearance on the Funeral Parlor on Superstars is shown.
Sergeant Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa, and General Adnan are the next guests. Slaughter promises the destruction of Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam, warning that Sid Justice will suffer the same fate if he gets in their way. A press pool is assembled to ask Slaughter questions, but he does not want to take any and he threatens to abduct Mooney again. Slaughter changes his mind and decides to seize Lord Alfred Hayes instead.
The Natural Disasters (w/Jimmy Hart) (4-0) beat Stan Saxon & Doug Casen when Earthquake pins Saxon after the Earthquake Splash at 2:12:
In the split screen, the Disasters threaten to squash the Bushwhackers at SummerSlam. Saxon gets the worst beating, avalanched against the buckles by each Disaster and taking the finisher of each man.
Sergeant Slaughter and his allies spirit Hayes away in a car. Slaughter screams of how they are going to go on a “highway to hell.”
Gene Okerlund does the SummerSlam Report.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (15-2-1) defeats Jason Anderson via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 1:36:
Anderson was trained by Stampede wrestler Gama Singh, beginning his career in 1989. He wrestled in Stampede as Jason Neidhart, hyped as Jim Neidhart’s cousin.
As DiBiase works over Anderson, Virgil does an awkward split screen promo where he leaves several seconds of dead air before starting. He tells fans that he is ready for SummerSlam. When the promo finishes, DiBiase locks in the Million Dollar Dream and earns an easy win. After the match, DiBiase stuffs $100 down Anderson’s throat, which Sherri takes back for herself.
The Mountie and Jimmy Hart return to the studio. They announce that the Big Bossman has left the country. Hart says there is no chance that the Mountie is going to let the Bossman take him to jail at SummerSlam and that the Bossman will be in for a shocking experience in New York City.
The Bushwhackers scream about the fun of the Hulk Hogan Hotline game.
Irwin R. Schyster (9-0) wrestles Hacksaw Jim Duggan (17-0-1) to a double count out at 4:57 shown:
This match was filmed at the Superstars taping in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 9. It is joined in progress and Schyster liberally applies chinlocks throughout the encounter and Duggan fights out of the sequence to make his comeback. He uses Schyster’s tie to keep his opponent close for punches but unfortunately Gorilla Monsoon is not on commentary to appreciate it. Schyster eats the three-point stance clothesline but bails and he and Duggan end up brawling on the floor for a double count out. After the match, Schyster attacks Duggan and tries to hit him with Duggan’s 2×4, but Duggan avoids the blow, gets a hold of his favorite weapon, and blasts Schyster. As the description attests, there was not much here. Rating: ½*
Sergeant Slaughter is still in his staff car with Lord Alfred Hayes, promising total annihilation for Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior.
A replay of the Skinner vignette where he hides from the camera is shown.
Mooney receives a videotape that is supposed to have something to do with the Big Bossman. It shows a family having fun outside until the dad, who is operating the camera, turns to the parking lot and sees the Mountie and Jimmy Hart attack and shock the Bossman.
WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys (Champions w/Jimmy Hart) (16-2) defeat the Hart Foundation (6-1) via disqualification when Bret Hart is caught using a motorcycle helmet as a weapon at 9:11 shown:
This match also took place at Madison Square Garden on July 1. The timing is odd because Bret is getting a singles push and it is not explained why he would want to reunify with his old partner and regain the tag team titles in a rematch of WrestleMania VII. Since Bret is getting a strong push, Jim Neidhart ends up in peril. The match is not as good as the WrestleMania bout because the Nasties offense consists of placing Neidhart in multiple rest holds to kill time. Bret tries to salvage things by doing the moves of doom to Brian Knobbs, but Jerry Sags breaks up a pin attempt after the second rope elbow drop. Knobbs eats the Hart Attack, but Sags breaks that up too. Hart tries to toss Sags a motorcycle helmet but throws it too far and Bret gets it and goes to town, but the referee spots it even though he is preoccupied with Neidhart and disqualifies the Foundation. This would be the Foundation’s swan song as Bret and Neidhart would not team up again in the WWF for six years. Rating: *
A cameraman follows the Mountie and Jimmy Hart backstage where they disappear into a locker room.
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (23-0) pins Brian Jewel after the Tombstone at 1:48:
In the split screen, the Undertaker and Bearer tell Jake Roberts knows nothing about the dark side and should stay out of their business. The Undertaker continues to build his mystique in a quick squash of Jewel. Questions remain as to why he has not been booked for a SummerSlam match. After the bell, the Undertaker and Bearer stuff Jewel in a body bag and the Undertaker stomps on him afterward.
Security get into the locker room that the Mountie and Jimmy Hart were in and it is discovered that they were torturing the Big Bossman, continuously shocking him while he was handcuffed to a pipe. A security officer who comes to the Bossman’s rescue is also shocked, but personnel are eventually able to make the Mountie and Hart leave.
The Bossman makes a quick recovery, coming into the studio as Heenan flees. He shows electrical burns on his chest, promising to whip the Mountie’s ass at SummerSlam.
The Rockers (13-1) defeat Ed Moretti & Mike Roselli when Marty Jannetty pins Roselli after Shawn Michaels press slams him onto Roselli at 2:19:
Roselli was a national champion amateur wrestler in Canada, coached in high school by John Tenta (Earthquake). He started wrestling professionally in Vancouver in the late 1980s after going through Al Tomko’s All Star Wrestling school. Roselli later became a Hollywood stunt man, having roles in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and several X-Men films.
The Rockers have become the most forgotten team in the tag ranks, making only three televised appearances throughout the summer. They do nothing spectacular in his squash, going through the motions to notch their eighth consecutive win.
Tune in next week to see Sid Justice, WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys, and Greg Valentine!
The Last Word: The Big Bossman-Mountie angle had a good premise and was the highlight of the show. The abduction of Lord Alfred Hayes, which never went anywhere, is a perfect illustration of how lame Sergeant Slaughter’s stable has become as the company is recycling something that they did several weeks ago to Sean Mooney. The feature match were also bad this week, making this Prime Time one to forget.
Up Next: WWF Superstars for August 3!