Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are in the booth, still broadcasting from Rochester, New York.
Opening Contest: The Dragon (19-0) pins Paul Perez with the flying body press at 2:10:
Throughout the match McMahon and Piper go back-and-forth over whether WWF President Jack Tunney will reinstate Randy Savage. McMahon also insists that the Dragon is coming on strong despite being mired in a midcard feud with Skinner, something unbecoming of his prior WWF run and recent run as NWA World Champion. The Dragon notches an easy win, scoring his second victory of the week.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps the Savage-Elizabeth reception. Jake Roberts, the Undertaker, and Paul Bearer do a taped segment where they promise to have something in store for Sid Justice. Sid responds that justice is coming for Roberts and the Undertaker.
Greg Valentine (17-6-1) beats Scott Colantonio via submission to the figure-four leglock at 1:35:
Colantonio keeps charging Valentine, so he gets hiptossed three times. Valentine chalks up a quick win, his third straight.
A member of the U.S. Army tells Sergeant Slaughter that he did not appreciate his lack of support during the Gulf War and that he and his buddies enjoyed seeing Slaughter lose at SummerSlam.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (21-1-1) beats Ross Greenberg after the carotid control technique at 1:38:
This is the Mountie’s first match since SummerSlam, leading to a discussion between McMahon and Piper about whether the night in jail broke the Mountie or if he will come back as a better wrestler. The Mountie shows more of a mean streak by ramming Greenberg’s head into the turnbuckle more times than usual. After the bell, Greenberg is handcuffed and angers the Mountie by telling him that he is a “jailbird,” prompting the Mountie to use the shock stick on his downed foe.
Irwin R. Schyster (14-1-2) pins Tony Diamond after the Write Off at 2:30:
Before the match, IRS applauds the 33 states who have raised their income taxes. In the split screen, he accuses the Big Bossman of being on the take and promises to put a lien on everything he owns to make his life miserable. Piper makes fun of IRS’s first name in the early part of the contest, implying that fans should start chanting it at IRS. IRS wins a quick match with the usual, recovering from his first-ever loss to the Texas Tornado on Prime Time Wrestling earlier in the week.
Okerlund interviews WWF Champion Hulk Hogan. Hogan says that he has been asked about Ric Flair for a long time. He accepts Flair’s challenge for his title so he can be at peace with himself by finding out who the better man is.
The Natural Disasters (w/Jimmy Hart) (10-0) defeat Brian Donahue & Mike Fury when Typhoon pins Donahue after the Tidal Wave at 3:01:
Fury made his debut in 1984 and would later go on to fame as Big Guido in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) later in the 1990s.
Piper acts heelish on commentary, questioning whether the Legion of Doom can defeat the Disasters. In the split screen, the Nasty Boys, Disasters, and Hart do an insert promo about how their stable will not rest until they take the Legion down and regain the tag team titles. Donahue is avalanched against the buckles by each Disaster, powerslammed by Earthquake, and takes both big man finishers.
Jim Neidhart’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (25-0) pins Bill Pierce after the Tombstone at 2:05:
This is the Undertaker’s first televised match in more than a month. He methodically deconstructs Pierce as McMahon and Piper hype his ongoing feud with Sid Justice (and potentially Randy Savage). After the bell, the Undertaker and Bearer shove Pierce into a body bag and the Undertaker stomps it.
Tune in next week to see the British Bulldog, Ted DiBiase, the Big Bossman, and Sid Justice in action! Also, Ric Flair will appear on the Funeral Parlor and Randy Savage will return to the commentary booth with news of how his summit with WWF President Jack Tunney went!
The Last Word: This show continued to develop the company’s post-SummerSlam feuds. Hulk Hogan’s endorsement of Ric Flair as a credible challenger carried a good deal of weight, educating fans that were only watching the WWF about Flair’s abilities. One also wonders if something has to give in Jimmy Hart’s pursuit of the tag team titles since the Natural Disasters and Nasty Boys might come to blows over which team will take the titles from the Legion of Doom.
Later in the day, Wrestling Spotlight featured an exclusive match!
The Berzerker (21-0) beats Koko B. Ware (6-7) with a stun gun at 7:07:
This bout was filmed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 21. The Berzerker goes over the top rope to sell a Ware dropkick but asserts his dominance after a blind charge effort by the Birdman. Ware avoids a big boot, and his missile dropkick gets two but he runs into his kryptonite – a stun gun – and loses. The Berzerker’s lack of exciting offense in the middle dragged this down. Rating: *½
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