Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are doing commentary, concluding the tapings from Rochester, New York. McMahon tells fans that Randy Savage’s appeal of his retirement to WWF President Jack Tunney have failed and that, in response, Savage trashed Tunney’s office.
Opening Contest: Sid Justice pins Kato (w/Mr. Fuji) (1-2) after a powerbomb at 1:45:
Sid was trained by Memphis legend Tojo Yamamoto and began his career in 1987 for Continental Championship Wrestling in Knoxville, Tennessee as Lord Humongous, a character based on the Mad Max films. After Continental, he wrestled in New Japan and World Class before signing with WCW in 1989 and being paired with Dan Spivey as part of a tag team called the Skyscrapers. After a rib injury he broke away from the team and became a member of the Four Horsemen, eventually challenging Sting for the WCW Heavyweight Championship at Halloween Havoc ’90. Growing tired of the politics in WCW, Sid lost a feud to El Gigante to end his run in the company and signed with the WWF in the spring of 1991.
Sid gets a good reaction from the crowd during his entrance. In the split screen, Jake Roberts, the Undertaker, and Paul Bearer say that Sid has made a big mistake messing with them. Sid annihilates Kato, chokeslamming him, dropping him across the guardrail, and powerbombing him. After the bell, Sid looks into the camera and reminds people that he is the man.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment sees him interview Randy Savage at his home. Elizabeth does not make a cameo but can be heard in the background telling Savage that she is fine. Savage is appreciative of Sid standing up for him and is frustrated that he cannot get back in the ring. He apologizes for what he did to President Jack Tunney’s office but argues anyone in his position, who had the best day of their life ruined, would have done the same.
Big Bully Busick (w/Harvey Wippleman) (4-0) beats Phil Apollo via submission to the stump puller at 1:43:
Continuing his bully ways, Busick takes popcorn from a young girl – once again Bobby Heenan’s daughter – and dumps it on her head. In the split screen, Wippleman finally puts his man over as someone who can protect him and enable him to do whatever he wants in the WWF. Busick cruises to another win after using a slingshot atomic drop to setup the stump puller.
Virgil lets children touch the Million Dollar Championship Belt, reminding them that they can achieve success if they work hard. This is bound to infuriate Ted DiBiase, who would never allow regular people to touch his custom championship belt.
Jimmy Snuka (11-3) beats Mike Williams with a schoolboy roll up at 1:50:
McMahon relays a rumor that Sergeant Slaughter is hiding in the Fiji Islands, something Piper discounts because the people there do not tolerate cowards. McMahon adds that he would like to see Slaughter return, but Piper has no desire to see a traitor return to the WWF. Compared to most jobbers, Williams gets off easy as Snuka throws a few chops and floats over a blind charge, rolling Williams up for a fifth-straight victory.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (19-3-1) defeats Mike Durham via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 1:55:
To put over his anger over losing at SummerSlam, DiBiase tears into Durham right after the bell and throws him to the floor, where he takes him to the steps. As usual, a powerslam sets up the Million Dollar Dream. After the bout, DiBiase shoves $100 down Durham’s throat.
The British Bulldog’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
Ric Flair and Bobby Heenan are guests on the Funeral Parlor. He promises to soon knock Roddy Piper’s lights out and alleges that WWF Champion Hulk Hogan has never had the guts to face him. Flair adds that when “Thunderlips” was making movies in Hollywood, he was winning championships and proving that he was the “real world champion.” He closes with his WCW catchphrase that he is a “Kiss stealing, limousine riding, jet flying, son of a gun” who women love.
The Big Bossman’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling two weeks ago airs.
Tito Santana, who has not been seen in the ring since late April, is shown in the middle of a bullfighting ring. He says to achieve greatness in the WWF he had to return to his people, look in the eyes of a bull, and become the best he can be: El Matador.
The Beverly Brothers (w/the Genius) (11-0) beat Sonny Blaze & Scott Keller when Beau pins Keller after the Shaker Heights Spike at 2:24:
The only noteworthy development in the match is that McMahon tells fans that Randy Savage will return to commentary next week. Blake continues to devastate jobbers, in this case, Blaze, with his overhead belly-to-belly suplex, and Keller takes the Shaker Heights Spike at the end.
Tune in next week to see Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart, the Natural Disasters, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Ric Flair in action! Also, Jake Roberts will be a guest on the Funeral Parlor!
The Last Word: Sid had a great in-ring debut on the show, exuding charisma and establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. The Randy Savage interview for the Update segment was good too, creating sympathy for his desire to return to the ring and get revenge for the events that took place at his wedding reception. Ric Flair gave a good promo in the Funeral Parlor segment, but he is trying to balance two programs at once between Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, with the latter distracting from what should be his main feud. The lone ridiculous feature was Tito Santana’s repacking. How is becoming a bullfighter going to make him WWF Champion or even get him back into contention for the Intercontinental Championship? It reeks of what the WWF has done to Ricky Steamboat since his return, which has not produced great results.
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