Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage are doing commentary, still broadcasting from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Rockers squash from Prime Time Wrestling leads off the show.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps Jake Roberts’ appearance on the Funeral Parlor last week. Roberts is then shown encouraging the Ultimate Warrior to get into a casket like the one he was locked in earlier in the year. The Warrior eventually lays down, allowing Roberts to close the casket lid on him. Roberts then locks the Warrior in the casket as he beats on the lid, all while Roberts tells him to relax and release his fear. Roberts unlocks the casket as the Warrior sits up and has a fierce look about him. Amazing segment because of the great interaction between the two characters. The only problem is McMahon telegraphs a heel turn for Roberts in the post-angle commentary by mentioning that he was skeptical of Roberts’ intentions.
The Dragon (13-0) pins the Brooklyn Brawler after the flying body press in 55 seconds:
The Dragon only needs three moves to put the Brawler down for the count: a fist drop, flying chop, and the flying body press.
Sean Mooney hypes SummerSlam and provides a few promos. The Mountie and Jimmy Hart promise to put the Big Bossman in a prison cell. The Bossman rebuts that 22,000 fans in Madison Square Garden are going to find out why he is the law and order in the WWF.
The Natural Disasters’ squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. The Warrior says that the Ultimate Challenge between them a year ago prepared him for the SummerSlam main event. Hogan adds that the United Nations cannot prevent them from wiping out Sergeant Slaughter’s troops. Sid Justice appears, shakes hands with the babyfaces, and raises their hands. Justice gets upset when Okerlund says that he might be partial to Hogan and the Warrior. He promises to make sure Justice is served at SummerSlam.
The Undertaker’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.
More SummerSlam hype with Mooney! Greg Valentine promises to bring his receipts to SummerSlam so Irwin R. Schyster can audit him, but the real test will be whether Schyster can outwrestle him. Ted DiBiase and Sensational Sherri promise to destroy Virgil’s dreams in Madison Square Garden.
Okerlund does the SummerSlam Report. A new match announced is WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys defending their titles against the Legion of Doom in a no disqualification, no count out match. The Nasties and Jimmy Hart argue that the stipulation is up their alley, which means that the Legion is in trouble. The Legion rebut that the Nasties only have brain swelling to look forward to. Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect and Coach put over his perfect qualities, while Bret Hart tells Perfect that perfection does not exist, but hitmen do. Ted DiBiase and Sensational Sherri say that no one will ever take his Million Dollar Championship. Virgil says he will become a rich man after SummerSlam. The Mountie and Jimmy Hart hype how the Mountie always gets his man. The Bossman promises to prove that the Mountie is not who he says he is and gives a bad name to other mounties. Young fans talk about how they look forward to the Randy Savage-Elizabeth wedding that is also booked for the show.
Handicap Match: Sergeant Slaughter (w/Colonel Mustafa & General Adnan) defeats Larry Williams & Bob Jones when he makes Jones submit to the Camel Clutch at 2:03:
This match is a mess as Mustafa helps Slaughter attack his opponents after the bell and that is allowed. Slaughter throws Jones to the floor, where Mustafa slams a chair onto the jobber’s back. Slaughter pins Williams in 58 seconds after two clotheslines. Then, he does a flying knee drop to Jones’ back and makes him submit to the Camel Clutch. After the bell, Slaughter and Mustafa put the jobbers in Camel Clutches as Adnan slams the jobbers in the face with a riding crop. The crowd was dead silent for this, a bad omen for the SummerSlam main event.
One last round of SummerSlam promos with Mooney! Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect and Coach put over Bret Hart’s technical acumen but warn that does not make him perfect. The Bushwhackers and Andre the Giant put over how they are coming for blood against the Natural Disasters.
Tune in next week to see Irwin R. Schyster, the Big Bossman, Ted DiBiase, and WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys! Also, Jake Roberts and the Ultimate Warrior visit a cemetery!
The Last Word: Most of the show was SummerSlam hype and talking rather than unique in-ring action. The Jake Roberts-Ultimate Warrior segment was a home run, with Roberts’ presence carrying the segment. However, the show illustrated the oddity of putting the Warrior in the SummerSlam main event without the Undertaker because in the first part of the show he is overcoming his fear of death and then acting like none of that matters when he was being interviewed by Okerlund. The “Match Made in Hell” is quickly becoming a match that no one wants to see as Sergeant Slaughter’s heat has rapidly dissipated since WrestleMania. Slaughter does not even have the Iraq angle to lean into anymore, so he is just a generic heel with nothing special about him. And Sid Justice playing nice with the babyfaces means that the chances of a heel turn on Hulk Hogan are small at SummerSlam, as are the chances of a Warrior turn because of the ongoing angle with the Undertaker, so the whole feud comes off as something the WWF cannot provide effectively closure to.
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