Sean Mooney and Bobby Heenan are the hosts for tonight’s program. Mooney is carrying a Big Bossman wrestling buddy because the Bossman will be a guest on the show.
Irwin R. Schyster does a taped promo about how the Big Bossman does not pay taxes on the bribes he collects.
Opening Contest: The Dragon (20-0) defeats Tanaka (0-2) with the flying body press at 5:50 shown:
This bout took place at the recent Superstars taping in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Like last week, the match is clipped to Tanaka blasting his opponent with a flying forearm. The match picks up after the Dragon fights out of some rest holds and plants Tanaka with a back suplex. A swinging neckbreaker dazes the Orient Express member, allowing the Dragon to win yet another opening match with the flying body press. This started to settle into a good grove by the end, making for a decent television match. Rating: **
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The Nasty Boys (w/Jimmy Hart) (19-3) defeat Phil Apollo & Bill Pierce when Jerry Sags pins Pierce after the Trip to Nastyville at 2:41:
This is the first match for the Nasties since losing the tag team titles at SummerSlam. Like the other SummerSlam losers such as Ted DiBiase and the Mountie, they give their opponents a fierce beating and win easily. Gorilla Monsoon makes the point that if the Nasties want the tag team titles back, they are going to have to fight their way back up the ranks starting with the Rockers.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment replays Randy Savage’s interview from Superstars.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan (19-0-2) beats Brian Donahue with the three-point stance clothesline at 1:42:
Donahue thinks he has won a great victory when he traps Duggan in an arm ringer, but Duggan just hauls off and punches him in the face, which is the most Duggan-like counter ever. After that, Duggan is off to the races with his usual squash formula, using a bodyslam to set up his finisher. With all of the recent talk about Sergeant Slaughter, it is interesting that Duggan has not been asked to share his thoughts.
Heenan buries Tito Santana’s new gimmick, arguing that Santana could become an astronaut, but it is not going to help him.
The Big Bossman is the first studio guest. He says he has never taken a bribe and welcomes an audit. The Bossman turns Irwin R. Schyster’s argument against him, arguing that he is going to launch his own investigation of IRS’ business practices.
Irwin R. Schyster (15-1-2) beats Ray Garcia with the Write Off at 2:26:
Before the match, IRS tells fans that he is going to go after them to make sure they pay every cent to the government that they owe. Monsoon chalks Garcia’s struggles up to never wrestling someone in street clothes before. IRS punches and kicks his way to victory in an uninspired squash.
Heenan has video producers roll footage of someone giving the Big Bossman an envelope in the parking lot. What does not make sense with it is a woman is giving the Bossman money but the voice on the tape is of an adult male.
Jamison comes into the studio after using the bathroom and has toilet paper protruding from his pants.
The Rockers (15-1) defeat Duane Gill & Barry Hardy when Marty Jannetty pins Gill after Shawn Michaels throws him on top of Gill at 2:39:
Gill and Hardy continue to job to teams in the tag team division, with this marking the fifth team they have lost to this year. Due to an injury to Michaels, this is the Rockers first televised match since August 11 when they won a squash on Wrestling Challenge. Michaels wrestles most the match with a neon green Rockers hat on, getting mad when it falls off his head. The squash was a good showcase of the Rockers energy, building them for house shows against the Nasty Boys.
The Big Bossman confronts the person who videotaped him taking an envelope in the parking lot. The man tells him that he got a call from IRS.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (20-3-1) defeats Jimmy Snuka (12-3) after an elbow drop at 7:32:
This bout, which also took place in Ottawa, is a slog because Snuka’s best years are behind him. There is lots of stalling until DiBiase traps Snuka in a bearhug and Snuka claps DiBiase’s ears to escape. A flying headbutt off the second rope gets two but he misses a reverse flying body press off the second rope in the opponent corner and the Million Dollar Man drops an elbow to escape with the win. Rating: ¾*
WBF signee Lou Ferrigno makes an appearance. He talks about wanting to inspire kids and others and he chose the WBF because he gets to be a character to add to his performance. Ferrigno hypes a clash with Gary Strydom, who won the first WBF Championship. Heenan pitches the idea of managing Ferrigno, but the crowd urges the former Incredible Hulk not to listen to the Brain.
A replay of Ric Flair and Bobby Heenan’s appearance on the Funeral Parlor on Superstars is shown.
Jake Roberts comes into the studio with a cobra, making Mooney nervous. After the commercial break, Roberts puts the cobra away. He says that WWF President Jack Tunney is saving Savage’s life by not reinstating him. He argues that Savage was once a cold killer in the ring but has been turned soft by a woman, thereby not making him worthy of Roberts’ respect.
Sid Justice’s squash of Kato from Superstars airs.
Back in the studio, Roberts says he may not have the size of Sid Justice, but a small snake can strike a powerful blow.
A clip of Hulk Hogan’s Suburban Commando film is shown.
Non-Title Match: Bret Hart (Intercontinental Champion) (18-0-3) defeats the Brooklyn Brawler via submission to the Sharpshooter at 2:27:
Although Bret was notching victories on house shows and winning the 1991 King of the Ring, he had not appeared on television since winning the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam. This is the second time that he has faced the Brawler this year, last beating the glorified enhancement talent on the May 21 edition of Prime Time Wrestling. In the split screen, Bret discusses how he is going to be a fighting champion and not duck anyone. Unlike the last time these two wrestled, the Brawler musters no offense and Bret vanquishes him with the moves of doom that lead into a sloppy Sharpshooter.
The Big Bossman catches up to an impersonator in the bathroom who wore a Bossman mask during the videotaped sketch earlier in the show. The impersonator says that Heenan and IRS put him up to the act when the Bossman threatens to punch him in the face. In the studio, Heenan panics when Mooney says he has broken the law.
The Natural Disasters (w/Jimmy Hart) (11-0) beats Joe Milano & Martin Roy when Earthquake pins Roy after the Earthquake Splash at 3:08:
Roy had done squashes for the WWF for several years. When he was last seen in 1990, he tried to act crazy in his matches, but he seems subdued now.
In the split screen, WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom argue that natural disasters are meant to disturb the Earth but that has no effect on them because they are naturally disturbed already. The Disasters take turn avalanching Roy against the turnbuckles. The jobber gets lucky that he only has to take Earthquake’s finish at the end.
The Big Bossman comes into the studio wearing the Bossman mask. Heenan thinks it was the impersonator and tells him to go back to the hotel. The Bossman takes the mask off, pulls it over Heenan’s face, and tells IRS that hard time awaits him. He handcuffs Heenan as the show concludes.
Tune in next week to see the Nasty Boys, the Warlord, and Roddy Piper!
The Last Word: The Big Bossman angle with Bobby Heenan was entertaining and these shows move along at a faster clip when there is a storyline that plays through them. The angle was also a way to generate interest for the Bossman’s feud with Irwin R. Schyster, something that it desperately needed. Anytime Jake Roberts can give an extended promo is also a treat. He is doing what he can against Sid Justice, but it is not a program that has the same level of interest as Roberts’ planned feud with the Ultimate Warrior or possible feud with Randy Savage. Sid is just a third wheel when it comes to those programs and there is barely any interest as a result.
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