Bobby Heenan is shown speeding into the parking lot because he is late. He knocks over some traffic cones and puts a “Doctor on Call” notice on his dashboard before rushing into the building.
Sean Mooney and Heenan host this evening’s telecast. Heenan insists he is good friends with Sid Justice.
Opening Contest: Colonel Mustafa (w/Sergeant Slaughter & General Adnan) (11-0) pins the British Bulldog (24-1) after Slaughter interferes at 3:53:
This is Mustafa’s first feature bout in singles competition and took place at the recent Superstars taping in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The layout of the match sees the Bulldog do his big spots and Mustafa delicately bump and move around him. Mustafa’s only significant offense is using a loaded boot and working a long chinlock near the end. The Bulldog fights out of that and gets Mustafa up for the running powerslam, but Slaughter trips the Bulldog and holds his foot down so Mustafa can pin him. It made sense to put Mustafa over because he is in the SummerSlam main event, but this has to be up there in terms of worst singles losses in the Bulldog’s career. It is definitely his worst loss since returning to the company last year. Rating: ½*
Lord Alfred Hayes does the Update segment, recapping the Jake Roberts-Ultimate Warrior segment from Superstars.
WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart are the evening’s first guests. They do a generic promo about how they will defend their titles at SummerSlam. Jamison is caught chanting for the Legion of Doom, causing the Nasties to pull him out of he crowd and rip his jacket off. They also spray paint his face red before leaving.
Bret Hart (14-0-3) defeats Ed Moretti via submission to the Sharpshooter at 2:19:
Mooney and Hayes spend the match putting over the crisp execution of Bret’s moves in front of his hometown crowd, as this bout was filmed at the recent Wrestling Challenge taping in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The second rope elbow drop sets up the Sharpshooter as Bret’s winning streak in singles competition goes to seven matches.
When Mooney wonders aloud where Sid Justice will stand in the SummerSlam main event, Heenan believes that he is talking about Sid showing up to the Randy Savage-Elizabeth wedding. A video package hypes Sid’s workout routine in Titan Towers as if Sid is gearing up for a WBF competition.
Dino Bravo (1-4) pins Louie Spicolli after the sidewalk slam at 2:12:
Bravo is being hyped as a babyface but reverting to generic black trunks and black hair and getting no promo time makes him appear destined for jobber to the stars duty like Koko B. Ware. And indeed, this would be his last appearance on WWF television in the United States. He gets some token pops from the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada crowd for his entrance and an airplane spin spot, but nothing else made an impact.
A replay of Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior’s interview with Gene Okerlund on Superstars airs.
Greg Valentine is the show’s next guest. He stumbles through a promo about looking forward to facing Irwin R. Schyster at SummerSlam.
Irwin R. Schyster (9-0-1) beats Chi Chi Cruz after the Write Off at 1:45:
In the split screen, Valentine says that Schyster will be in trouble when he is on the receiving end of a figure-four at SummerSlam. Schyster faces no trouble in this squash, though, destroying Cruz with a backdrop suplex and the Write Off.
Valentine uses power tools to demonstrate what he is going to do to Schyster at SummerSlam in a segment more befitting of the sitcom Home Improvement. Valentine ends the segment by bashing a coconut open with a hammer.
Backstage, the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart want to tear apart executive offices, but they are all locked.
Okerlund does the SummerSlam Report.
Sid Justice is the third guest of the night, wearing a referee-like tank top. He refuses to shake hands with Heenan and Hayes. Justice says that he will be impartial at SummerSlam and justice will be served.
Jake Roberts (16-1) beats Typhoon (w/Jimmy Hart) (10-4) via disqualification when Earthquake interferes at 3:57:
Fans who watched All American Wrestling saw this match aired a day before Prime Time Wrestling. Typhoon goes down several times for Roberts, bumping for a knee lift and short-arm clothesline. Like the opening match, there is not a lot of action until Earthquake runs in to save his partner and the referee calls for the bell. Rating: *
After the bell, Earthquake puts Roberts in position for the Earthquake Splash but Roberts rolls out of the ring. Typhoon throws the snake bag containing Lucifer into the middle of the ring and Earthquake gets ready to squash it like Damien but stops to watch Andre the Giant limp to the ring on crutches. That distraction saves Lucifer and allows Roberts to chase off the Disasters and Hart when he gets Lucifer out of the bag. As the Disasters run by him, Andre tries to jab them with his crutches but makes little contact and looks ineffective.
Mooney calls a young fan named Ernie, who is wearing a Hulk Hogan shirt, to the front of the studio. Ernie cuts a pro-Hogan promo that mimics Hogan’s style, tears off the shirt, and flexes.
The Dragon (14-0) pins Paul Roma (2-4) with the flying body press at 10:55 shown:
This bout took place at Madison Square Garden on July 1. Roma goes toe-to-toe with the former Intercontinental titleholder but takes too long to follow up his high impact moves. The Garden crowd enjoys the segments where each man trades strikes with the other. Roma clotheslines the Dragon against the turnbuckles in the match’s waning moments but trying it a second time shortly after the first misses and a dazed Roma falls victim to the Dragon’s flying body press finisher. This was easily the Dragon’s best match since his return. Unfortunately, neither man received a boost from bouts like this. Rating: **½
The Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart go into the lounge and want to wreck it, but the tables and equipment are bolted down. The cupboards are also emptied so they cannot wreck those either.
The Mountie’s quick squash from Superstars two weeks ago is shown.
The Texas Tornado (23-0) pins Tim Peterson after the discus punch at 4:19:
The squash gets a few “Boring!” chants as the Tornado frustrates Peterson by taking him down with some amateur holds and then blocks his punches. However, he refuses to trade in kind until the end when he unloads with several fists, throws a dropkick, and hits the discus punch. Incorporating a story into this squash made it unique but it took too long to get to the expected finish.
The Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart return to the studio, expressing frustration over not being able to wreck the corporate offices. Jamison emerges in Legion of Doom gear and is backed up by Greg Valentine. That standoff ends the show.
Tune in next week to see Randy Savage’s bachelor party!
The Last Word: Since the Nasty Boys had done a few raids of the WWF’s offices this year it was funny to see their efforts thwarted on this program. The Dragon’s match with Paul Roma was one of the better Prime Time bouts of the year, so that is something that this show had going for it too. The rest was skippable, though, so the bad cancelled out a lot of the good.
Up Next: WWF Superstars for August 10!