The video montage to lead into the show has been updated to feature Sid Justice and show Virgil holding the Million Dollar Championship. The Ultimate Warrior has been scrubbed.
Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are doing commentary, this time coming from Rochester, New York. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on August 19 and drew a crowd of 7,000 fans.
Opening Contest: The Texas Tornado (26-0) pins Bubba Monroe after the discus punch at 2:21:
Monroe was the son of noted Memphis wrestler and civil rights activist Sputnik Monroe. His father trained him and Bubba made his debut in 1981. He wrestled in Memphis and wrestled on East Coast independents before appearing on this show.
In the split screen, the Tornado tells Sergeant Slaughter that he had better stay in seclusion after betraying the United States. The Tornado punches Monroe’s lights out and then stands him up, poses for the crowd for a while, and then finally comes off the ropes with the discus punch.
Coliseum Video footage shows the Randy Savage-Elizabeth wedding reception. Elizabeth opened a wedding gift that had a cobra inside and the Undertaker hit Savage over the head with the urn. Jake Roberts then grabbed the snake and scared Elizabeth with it until Sid Justice made the save.
Skinner (2-0) beats Scott Summers after an inverted DDT at 2:09:
Summers was trained by Charlie Fulton, beginning his career in 1990. While working in Oklahoma for the Central States Wrestling Alliance and winning the heavyweight title, he worked as an enhancement talent for the WWF, making some appearances in 1990 and 1991. He also did enhancement work for WCW.
Skinner does an insert promo about how he is going to skin his way to the top of the WWF, starting with the Dragon. That gives the Dragon his first program after five months in the company. A notable moment in the squash sees Skinner use a modified Pedigree as a trademark move to set up the inverted DDT.
Virgil (14-0) defeats Chris Duffy via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 2:21:
Duffy attacks Virgil before the bell but that does not work out since he gets cornered and abused with punches. Virgil pescados onto Duffy on the floor and rolls him in, taunting Ted DiBiase between moves until he finishes Duffy with the Million Dollar Dream.
Gene Okerlund does the Update segment, which recaps last week’s Funeral Parlor segment where Roddy Piper argued with Bobby Heenan.
The Berzerker (w/Mr. Fuji) (20-0) defeats Kerry Davis via count out at 2:26:
The bout’s commentary focuses more on Ric Flair’s arrival, with McMahon saying that Flair will be a guest on Prime Time Wrestling. That triggers a Piper rant about how is not going to let someone come into the WWF and abuse his name. After several big boots, the Berzerker tosses Davis over the top rope and wins.
The Bushwhackers (15-3) defeat Duane Gill & Barry Hardy when Luke pins Gill after the double stomachbreaker at 3:45:
Andre the Giant must be embarrassed by the Bushwhackers performance at SummerSlam, no longer accompanying the duo to the ring. In the split screen, the Beverly Brothers announce the Genius as their new manager, saying he will give them the edge to beat the Bushwhackers. That is an immediate upgrade for the Beverlys as Coach never fit then aesthetically or as a character. This follows the usual Bushwhackers comedy formula, taking a while to wrap up until Gill is bowled over with the Battering Ram and vanquished with the double stomachbreaker.
Irwin R. Schyster is a guest on the Funeral Parlor. Schyster reminds people that dying is not an excuse to not pay your taxes. Bearer says that he respects the tax man more than the Big Bossman, who abuses his opponents. Schyster accuses the Bossman of being a tax cheat that betrays the U.S. government that once employed him. As the rhetoric of this promo suggests, this feud is a stretch and is a significant downgrade compared to other feuds that the Bossman has had in recent years.
The finish to the Bret Hart-Mr. Perfect Intercontinental Championship match from SummerSlam is shown.
The Warlord (w/Slick) (18-2-2) defeats Mark Thomas via submission to the full nelson at 2:44:
McMahon puts over the Warlord as an Intercontinental title contender, claiming that the Warlord was happy to see Bret Hart win the title at SummerSlam. In the split screen, the Warlord and Slick tell Bret that he is a marked man. The Warlord ragdolls Thomas with a variety of power moves to set up the full nelson.
Tune in next week to see the Undertaker, Irwin R. Schyster, Jim Neidhart, and the Natural Disasters in action! There will also be a special interview with WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and new comments from Jake Roberts and Sid Justice about Randy Savage’s wedding reception!
The Last Word: The shows after a big pay-per-view are much fresher because new angles and stories were set up and this broadcast was no exception. The Warlord makes a good first opponent for Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart since he has a strong win-loss record. The original plan was to run rematches between Bret and Mr. Perfect on house shows but those plans were scuttled by Perfect’s back injury. Other feuds like Skinner-Dragon and Bushwhackers-Beverlys are not going to set the world on fire but are perfectly acceptable midcard fare.
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