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Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan call the action, still broadcasting from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Monsoon is incredulous when Heenan justifies Ric Flair’s attack on Roddy Piper last week because Piper spit on the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Belt.
Opening Contest: The British Bulldog (30-2-1) pins the Brooklyn Brawler after the running powerslam at 2:14:
The Bulldog beat the Brawler on the April 23 edition of Prime Time Wrestling and runs through him again here. The Bulldog should continue to post a decent win-loss record for the rest of the year as the WWF positions him as a special attraction for European tours, likely to become a greater source of revenue for the company as it struggles domestically.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps Ric Flair’s attack on Roddy Piper two weeks ago on Superstars. Piper does a taped promo where he argues that Flair made a big mistake by not finishing him off. Flair and Heenan rebut that they embarrassed Piper, something people said they could not do.
The Beverly Brothers’ squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
A scene from Suburban Commando airs.
Big Bully Busick (w/Harvey Wippleman) (5-2) beats Barry Hardy via submission to the stump puller at 2:08:
In the split screen, Wippleman and Busick call out Jim Neidhart, telling him to stay out of their way. Busick takes Wippleman’s cigar and puts it in Hardy’s mouth before doing a full nelson facebuster, a creative spot that already makes this the best Busick squash so far. That gives way to the Bully’s signature and finishing moves, getting him back on the winning side of the ledger after two feature match losses.
The Big Bossman (32-0-1) pins Duane Gill after the Bossman Slam in 48 seconds:
The Bossman does not sell Gill’s sneak attack, gives him a big punch, and quickly finishes him with the Bossman Slam. The Bossman would have won this in less than 40 seconds, but the referee took forever to count the pinfall. After the bell, the Bossman handcuffs Gill to the ropes. He has now won twenty-straight matches.
Gene Okerlund interviews Jake Roberts. Okerlund castigates Roberts for his recent behavior before Roberts talks about how Randy Savage, as well as the fans, are happy he is not reinstated because it would not be good for him. He tells Sid that chivalry is dead, and he will pay a heavy price for allowing Savage to make a fool out of him. Roberts warns Okerlund and others to stay out of his way if they disagree with his ways. As Roberts turns to leave, Okerlund tells Roberts that someone will get even with him later, prompting Roberts to get a cobra out of his black bag and come after him. Poor Okerlund is too fat to make a quick getaway, getting stuck between the stage and guardrail. Fans were VERY concerned for his welfare, though, so this got even more heat on Roberts.
Non-Title Match: Bret Hart (Intercontinental Champion) (20-0-3) beats Paul Perez via submission to the Sharpshooter at 1:46:
Bret wastes little time grounding Perez and then using a backbreaker to setup the Sharpshooter
A replay of Sergeant Slaughter’s appearance at Arlington National Cemetery from Superstars airs.
A replay of Tito Santana’s latest vignette from Superstars is shown.
The Natural Disasters (w/Jimmy Hart) (12-0) defeat Tony Diamond & Mark Thomas when Earthquake pins Thomas after the Earthquake Splash at 3:02:
Heenan revives his classic gag of begging Monsoon for tickets for WrestleMania VIII for his extensive list of friends and family members. The Disasters toy with the jobbers, throwing them around with ease. Thomas is avalanched against the buckles by both big men and takes each man’s finish.
Tune in next week to see the Rockers, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom in action! Also, Roddy Piper will be a guest on the Barber Shop!
The Last Word: This show featured a lot of the company’s workhorses as the British Bulldog, Bret Hart, and the Big Bossman have gotten the bulk of the television time in the ring this year. Jake Roberts’ heel turn is on the best things that the company has done in years as his move to attack Gene Okerlund, someone he apologized to a year ago in his feud with Bad News Brown, severed any redeeming connection he had with the roster. And the Jim Neidhart-Big Bully Busick program sounds like a bore, but it is as good a way as any to re-establish Neidhart on the roster.
This week marked the beginning of the WWF’s European Rampage Tour. One crew headed overseas while another stayed home. Here were the results of some of those shows, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
London, England – Royal Albert Hall – October 3, 1991 (5,000; sellout): This card was billed as The Battle Royal at Albert Hall. The Nasty Boys defeated the Rockers when Jerry Sags pinned Marty Jannetty after Brian Knobbs hit Jannetty in the back of the head with Jimmy Hart’s megaphone at 16:21…Ric Flair pinned Tito Santana with a roll up and using the tights for leverage at 16:14. Referee Danny Davis held up Flair’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship Belt before the match, implying that the match with Santana was for the title…Earthquake pinned the Big Bossman with an elbow drop after the Mountie interfered at 15:47…The Mountie pinned the Texas Tornado with a Flair pin at 13:16…The Undertaker beat Hacksaw Jim Duggan via disqualification at 6:18 after Duggan repeatedly hit the Undertaker with his 2×4…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom beat Power & Glory when Animal pinned Paul Roma after catching Roma with a powerslam when Roma dived off the top rope at 9:08…The British Bulldog pinned the Barbarian with a running powerslam at 10:07…The British Bulldog won a 20-man battle royal, last eliminating Typhoon at 14:39. Other participants included the Mountie, the Undertaker, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, the Big Bossman, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Power & Glory, the Rockers, Earthquake, the Nasty Boys, the Legion of Doom, Tito Santana, and the Texas Tornado.
London, England – Wembley Arena – October 4, 1991 (12,000; sellout): Tito Santana beat the Barbarian…Hacksaw Jim Duggan wrestled Typhoon to a double count out…The Rockers defeated Power & Glory when Marty Jannetty pinned Paul Roma…The Big Bossman beat the Mountie…Ric Flair pinned the Texas Tornado with the Flair pin…The British Bulldog (w/Andre the Giant) pinned Earthquake after hitting Earthquake with Andre’s crutch…The Undertaker defeated Roddy Piper via disqualification when Piper used the urn as a weapon…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Nasty Boys when Hawk pinned Jerry Sags.
Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi – October 5, 1991 (19,000): The Rockers beat Power & Glory when Shawn Michaels pinned Paul Roma with a roll up after heel miscommunication at 10:54…The Mountie beat the Big Bossman via count out after Jimmy Hart interfered at 9:17. After the match, the Bossman beat the Mountie up with his nightstick…Roddy Piper pinned the Barbarian with a sunset flip at 6:31…The British Bulldog (w/Andre the Giant) pinned Earthquake with a powerslam at 8:15 after Andre hit Earthquake with one of his crutches…Typhoon beat Hacksaw Jim Duggan via disqualification at 8:43 when Duggan used his 2×4 as a weapon…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Nasty Boys when Hawk pinned Jerry Sags after a flying clothesline when Sags tried to piledrive Animal at 11:40…Ric Flair pinned the Texas Tornado with a Flair pin at 15:15…Tito Santana pinned the Undertaker after escaping from a body bag, using three piledrivers, and hitting the Undertaker with the urn at 13:53.
Long Island, New York – Nassau Coliseum – October 5, 1991 (8,500): The Dragon pinned Skinner…Irwin R. Schyster pinned Jim Neidhart with the Flair pin…The Beverly Brothers defeated the Bushwhackers when Blake pinned Butch…The Berzerker pinned Greg Valentine…Sid Justice defeated Jake Roberts via disqualification when Roberts brought a cobra into the ring…Jimmy Snuka defeated Bob Bradley (substituting for Tanaka)…Ted DiBiase beat Virgil via count out…Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart pinned the Warlord.
Backstage News*: The WWF will be running Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair on house shows immediately to strengthen ticket sales because of the company’s worsening financial picture. Expected adjustments in the company’s travel schedule could mean more shows for smaller towns because they will be in the regional loops that the WWF is planning. WWF owner Vince McMahon has claimed that nearly a quarter of house show revenue was going to airline costs to fly talent from one town to the next, so the company expects to generate sizeable savings with the change. The WWF also sees the December pay-per-view as an experiment since it will be two hours and have a cheaper $12.95 price point than other shows. Due to the short turnaround, the only build the show will get is on Survivor Series.
*The WWF is thrilled with how the European Rampage Tour is doing as ticket sales have been strong in every city visited to this point.
*Hulk Hogan’s Suburban Commando is getting poor reviews from critics.
*Superstar Billy Graham’s anticipated lawsuit against the WWF, alleging pressure to use steroids while he was with the company, has not been filed.
*In talent relations news, the Undertakers got another tryout at the recent Wrestling Challenge tapings. This time they were called the Fat Boyz but again, they were not signed to a deal.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 14.
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