Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, still broadcasting from Erie, Pennsylvania. Heenan argues that Randy Savage will bribe WWF President Jack Tunney to get back into the ring.
Opening Contest: The Bushwhackers (16-3) defeat Mike Durham & Ray Garcia when Butch pins Garcia after the double stomachbreaker at 3:08:
Durham began his wrestling career in 1987. He worked as a jobber for the WWF in 1990 and spent 1991 working for Herb Abrams’ UWF and International World Class Championship Wrestling. Fans would later come to know him as Johnny Grunge of the Public Enemy later in the decade.
In the split screen, the Genius talks about how he is going to take the Beverly Brothers to the top. The Beverlys add that they are going to put the Bushwhackers out of their misery. Durham takes a long beating and Garcia has no fire when he’s tagged in, immediately floored with the Battering Ram and the double stomachbreaker.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report segment puts over WWF toy offerings at Toys “R” Us. It replays the promos that aired on Superstars featuring Jake Roberts, the Undertaker, and Sid Justice.
Big Bully Busick (w/Harvey Wippleman) (3-0) defeats Sonny Blaze via submission to the stump puller at 1:53:
On his way to the ring, Busick continues his bullying ways by pulling some balloons from a young fan and letting one go to the ceiling and popping another with Wippleman’s cigar. Upon further investigation, that young fan was Heenan’s daughter. In the split screen, Wippleman says no one will stop him from doing what he wants in the company. Again, these promos are weird because they do more to put over a manager than a wrestler. Wippleman only talked of himself and at the end was like “And here’s the Bully,” as if the Bully is a mere sidepiece. The only highlight of the squash is the Bully using a slingshot atomic drop – a creative move – to set up the stump puller submission.
A military personnel member tells Sergeant Slaughter that he turned his back on his people, country, and flag. He claims that Slaughter got off easy at SummerSlam.
The British Bulldog (27-2-1) pins Mike Fury after the running powerslam at 2:39:
In the split screen, the Bulldog says that he is happy to compete on the WWF European Rampage Tour, something that Monsoon and Heenan discuss for a bit on commentary. There is a female fan near ringside that is close to the ring mic and their constant yells are heard throughout the bout. The squash is boring as the Bulldog does some long arm work and works a chinlock before clotheslining Fury against the buckles and hitting the running powerslam.
The Beverly Brothers (w/the Genius) (10-0) beat Ron Cumberledge & Kerry Davis when Beau pins Davis after the Shaker Heights Spike at 3:09:
Cumberledge began his career in 1988 and had worked for the WWF as an enhancement talent since 1990. In 1991 he also did some of the same work for WCW.
This is the first time that the Genius accompanies the Beverlys to the ring for a match, reading a poem that hypes the new combination as “a winning machine.” The Beverlys use a new double team of Blake holding Cumberledge above his head so that Beau can come off the top rope with a forearm. The Bushwhackers do an insert promo, saying it will take more than the Genius for the Beverlys to outsmart them. Monsoon almost spits out his drink when the Genius proclaims at ringside that he is the definition of masculinity in the 1990s. After a Blake flying headbutt off the second rope, the Beverlys finish with the Shaker Heights Spike, with Davis doing a great sell for it.
Skinner (3-0) pins Mark Thomas after the inverted DDT at 2:31:
Thomas gets a few hope spots with a sunset flip and small package in the early going, so Skinner bails. That allows for a split screen promo where the Dragon talks in a comically bad deep voice that speaks to how Skinner will soon feel his fire. After that, Heenan says that Ric Flair will appear on next week’s Barber Shop segment. Skinner takes advantage after Thomas crotches himself on the second rope and finishes with the inverted DDT shortly thereafter.
Footage of Bret Hart winning the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam airs.
The Warlord (w/Slick) (19-2-2) defeats Scott Summer via submission to the full nelson at 2:18:
The Warlord and Slick do an insert promo where they promise Bret will enjoy a short reign as Intercontinental Champion. The Warlord does his usual power offense en route to winning a tenth-straight singles match via submission to the full nelson.
Tune in next week to see Jim Neidhart, Virgil, and the Undertaker in action! Also, Ric Flair will be on the Barber Shop!
The Last Word: The only notable bit on the show was the Genius’ debut as the Beverly Brothers manager. Since the Genius was a good heel character that would immediately improve the quality of the team’s promos. And the Beverlys seemed to respond well to the switch, wrestling with more energy in their squash match.
Here is a sampling of the WWF’s house show results for this week in its history, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Allentown, Pennsylvania – Agricultural Hall – September 13, 1991 (2,750; sellout): Koko B. Ware pinned the Brooklyn Brawler (substituting for Paul Roma)…Irwin R. Schyster defeated Tony Atlas (substituting for Jim Neidhart)…Jimmy Snuka beat the Barbarian…Marty Jannetty & Jim Powers (substituting for Shawn Michaels) beat Pat Tanaka & Colonel Mustafa (substituting for Kato)…Hacksaw Jim Duggan pinned Typhoon…The Big Bossman defeated the Mountie in a steel cage match by escaping through the door after handcuffing the Mountie to the ring ropes.
Denver, Colorado – Denver Coliseum – September 14, 1991 (5,700): The Berzerker pinned Hercules (substituting for the Texas Tornado)…The Beverly Brothers beat the Bushwhackers…Ted DiBiase beat Virgil via count out…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Nasty Boys when Hawk pinned Jerry Sags…The Dragon pinned Skinner at 16:46…Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart pinned the Warlord (substituting for Mr. Perfect)…Sid Justice beat the Undertaker in a casket match.
Backstage News*: The WWF will hold a press conference on September 26 and announce that WrestleMania VIII will take place at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dave Meltzer argues that the main event that makes the most sense at this point is Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair in a title unification match. Pulling that match provision off will be difficult, though, because Jim Herd was recently made president of the NWA, which folds both entities back together again in recognition of Lex Luger as champion. This could give WCW the room needed to sue the WWF, get them to stop using the title on television, and get possession of the belt back from Flair.
*The WWF thought of doing another “Ultimate Survival” match at this year’s Survivor Series and published as such in WWF Magazine but they have changed course and will not be doing that.
*Kerry Von Erich (the Texas Tornado) missed house shows this week because of the suicide of his brother Chris on September 12. Chris is the fourth von Erich brother to pass away. Kerry has also suffered from a kidney injury, which is why he missed last week’s King of the Ring Tournament in Providence.
*Shane Douglas was substituting for Shawn Michaels on house shows but had to be pulled because of an ankle injury. As a result, Jim Powers has been called up to substitute.
*In talent relations news, the Ultimate Warrior is telling those around him that he is finished with the wrestling business. The Warrior is also arguing that the only demand he made to Vince McMahon was to work weekends.
*Backstage news is courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for September 23.
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