Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, starting a new set of tapings from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on September 10.
Opening Contest: Sid Justice (1-0) defeats Big Bully Busick (w/Harvey Wippleman) (5-0) with a powerbomb in 36 seconds:
This match was supposed to be a squash for the Bully against Bob Bradley, but Busick attacked Bradley before the bout. Wippleman and Busick corner announcer Mike McGuirk, who does a good job acting terrified, and demand she announce that Busick wants competition. Before she can, Wippleman keeps blowing smoke in her face. Before she can announce what they want her to, Sid interrupts and makes his way to the ring.
Sid makes quick work of the Bully, splashing him in the corner, chokeslamming him, and then it is a kick into a powerbomb. The crowd loses its mind for all of this, which enhances Sid’s overness.
After the bell, Wippleman makes the stupid decision to hit Sid in the back and jaw with him. Sid rears back to club him, so Wippleman flees. Before he leaves the ring, Sid tells the camera that he fears no man.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report replays Gene Okerlund’s interview with Sergeant Slaughter from Superstars.
The Nasty Boys’ squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.
The Dragon (21-0) beats Mike Williams with the flying body press at 2:22:
Monsoon and Heenan are impressed by Williams, who throws lots of blows at the Dragon, but the Dragon survives the onslaught and takes control with a sloppy swinging neckbreaker. In the split screen, Skinner tells “Dragon Boy” that he is after his hide. The Dragon is no longer using the top rope chop to setup the flying body press, likely reasoning that he is not going anywhere on the card, so it was better to save his knees.
A replay of the Tito Santana vignette on Superstars is shown.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (21-3-1) defeats Mark Thomas via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 1:54:
Virgil does an insert promo about how DiBiase will never get the Million Dollar Championship Belt back. Sherri screams a lot as DiBiase goes on to powerslam Thomas and submit him with the Million Dollar Dream. After the bell, DiBiase gets $100 bill from Sherri and shoves it in Thomas’ mouth, which Sherri steals for herself.
WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom are guests on the Barber Shop. They clarify that they are done with the Nasty Boys, and it is time to move onto the Natural Disasters. Hawk says that he and Animal are sicker than other teams in the tag team division, which is why they are unbeatable.
Irwin R. Schyster’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.
There is a replay of footage from Hulk Hogan’s Suburban Commando.
Ric Flair defeats Jim Powers via submission to the figure-four leglock at 1:27:
Heenan is irate when McGuirk announces Flair as the “self-proclaimed real world champion.” In the split screen, Flair shows off the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Belt, arguing that he will show Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan why he lives up to the real world’s champion moniker. Flair cuts through Powers quickly, earning a submission win with the figure-four.
Tune in next week to see the Natural Disasters, the Big Bossman, Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart, and the British Bulldog in action! Also, there will be a special interview with Jake Roberts!
The Last Word: The Sid squash at the beginning of the broadcast was a nice way to put Big Bully Busick in his place, although it also gave insight into how little the company valued Busick as an act going forward. According to Sid in a shoot interview, Busick had a drinking problem and messed up spots on shows to generate heat for the character, so the company quickly abandoned his push. Ric Flair’s debut on this show was noteworthy but there was nothing special about it either, which was a problem since Flair is being programmed as a top heel act. The WWF did not even provide any replays after he won, wrapping up the show once his segment ended.
The WWF closed the month with a big event at Boston Garden. Here are the results of that show, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Boston, Massachusetts – Boston Garden – September 28, 1991 (11,000): The Dragon pinned Skinner with a schoolboy roll up…Irwin R. Schyster defeated Hacksaw Jim Duggan via disqualification when Duggan used his 2×4 as a weapon…The Texas Tornado pinned Pete Doherty (substituting for the Berzerker) with the discus punch…Ted DiBiase beat Virgil via count out after ramming Virgil into the ring post…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Nasty Boys…The Beverly Brothers beat the Bushwhackers…Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart pinned the Berzerker (substituting for the Warlord, who was substituting for Mr. Perfect) with a sunset flip…Sid Justice (substituting for the Ultimate Warrior) beat the Undertaker in a casket match.
Backstage News*: The biggest news in the industry this week is that the WWF is suffering financial distress. In response, a pay-per-view has been added for Tuesday, December 6, which is six days after Survivor Series. The WWF also cut 10% of its front office staff, will raise ticket prices by $1, and change the travel schedule to cut back on airline tickets. The new travel plan calls for towns to be booked that are within close distance of an airport so that talent can fly into a venue and travel by car to different towns before leaving from that same airport to a new circuit. Blame for the company operating in the red has been thrown at Vince McMahon’s obsession with the WBF, along with how poorly WrestleMania and SummerSlam drew compared to previous years. Dave Meltzer questions the placement of the December pay-per-view, arguing that it will mess with the booking of Survivor Series and lead to screwy finishes to get fans to buy another show, thereby hurting the Survivor Series brand going forward.
*In a sign of good news, advance ticket sales for WrestleMania VIII have been strong, with 5,500 tickets reportedly sold on the first day.
*More news is coming out about the Ultimate Warrior’s exit as Variety is reporting that the Warrior held Vince up for $100,000, not $500,000, when he found out that Hulk Hogan was receiving $150,000 for the main event while he was only receiving $50,000.
*The steroid scandal engulfing the company is not going away as Hogan was asked about it while doing a publicity tour for Suburban Commando. He keeps changing his story about when he first met Dr. George Zahorian, what year he was given steroids, and what type of steroids he took. Hogan has even gone as far as to say that the only reason his name came up in Zahorian’s trial is because Zahorian had a picture of him in his office, neglecting that Hogan’s name was one of 43 WWF employees that Zahorian tried to shred FedEx receipts for when he was busted by federal authorities. Perhaps sensing that the steroid story is getting larger, Hogan told a local paper in St. Petersburg, Florida that he will never wrestle a full-time schedule again and is going to work with the WWF to build up a replacement. This might imply that Sid Justice is who will get that spot.
*Koko B. Ware is working a program with Jerry Lawler in Memphis as part of a storyline of how Lawler wants to prove himself against WWF talent while not abandoning the USWA.
*In talent relations news, a tag team on the independent scene called the Undertakers were given a tryout as part of a legal settlement over rights to the Undertaker name. The duo were called Double Trouble and they were not signed to a long-term deal.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 7.
Up Next: Prime Time Wrestling for September 30!