Vince McMahon and Randy Savage are in the booth, continuing the tapings from Wheeling, West Virginia.
Opening Contest: Roddy Piper (2-0) beats Tanaka (0-4) after a bulldog in 36 seconds:
Ric Flair and Bobby Heenan do an insert promo before the match about how Piper is in great condition and a big star but he, like Hulk Hogan, is not the real world’s champion. Despite being a name talent, Tanaka gets blitzed with punches and finished in less than a minute with a bulldog.
After the bell, Piper gets a chair and thinks of hitting Tanaka with it. However, he thinks better of it and tells the camera that he is saving the chair for Flair.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps last week’s beatdown of Sid Justice by Jake Roberts and the Undertaker. Roberts does a taped promo after how he will give Sid a DDT so he can see the king cobra up close.
Irwin R. Schyster (18-1-2) beats Chris Hawn with the Write Off at 1:32:
IRS does an insert promo about how the Big Bossman needs to think of what he needs to do when he confronts him in the ring. After kicking Hawn a lot in the corner, IRS vanquishes his opponent with the Write Off for a fifth-straight win.
El Matador (4-2) pins Bob Bradley after the flying forearm at 1:27:
There are some piped in cheers as arena reports said a lot of fans were confused at the tapings when Tito Santana came out dressed as a bullfighter. McMahon tries to put over that Santana is more aggressive as El Matador but his moveset is the same. A new twist to Santana’s flying forearm is for his opponent to not lift their head, allowing him to land the blow on the back of their head as if they were a bull.
Sergeant Slaughter is in front of a Paul Revere statue this week, putting over Revere’s belief in freedom. Slaughter repeats that he has learned the error of his ways and wants his country back.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (23-3-1) beats Sonny Blaze via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 1:56:
These two last faced off prior to WrestleMania VII and their encounter had an awkward end as Virgil came out and carried Blaze to the locker room so DiBiase could not win via submission. In the split screen, Virgil says he plans to keep the Million Dollar Championship Belt. Virgil does not save Blaze from a beating this time as DiBiase beats Blaze down while yelling at the camera that Virgil will not be holding onto his belt for much longer. After the bell, DiBiase shoves $100 down Blaze’s throat.
The Dragon (25-0) pins Barry Hardy after the flying body press at 1:38:
The Dragon runs through his moveset to win what would be his last match on WWF television for eighteen years. It wrapped up a disappointing run where he never got involved in a major program or got out of an opening match role.
Okerlund interviews the Natural Disasters and Jimmy Hart. Hart hypes his team as future tag team champions. Earthquake says there is no one in the WWF that can take the Disasters on and they will eliminate the Legion of Doom quickly at Survivor Series.
Okerlund does the first Survivor Series Report, which has some goofy bumper music that is better suited for a disco than a show billed as having “The Gravest Challenge.” WWF Champion Hulk Hogan tells the Undertaker that he will not kill Hulkamania because he will have to bury every toddler, child, and adult that believes in him. He also promises to bring his dark side to Detroit and shove the Undertaker and Paul Bearer into a double body bag. The Undertaker and Bearer rebut that Survivor Series will end with Hogan stuffed in the custom casket that the Undertaker has created for him. The Undertaker adds that Hogan is hiding behind his Hulkamaniacs because he is scared. A new match added to the card will feature Roddy Piper teaming with Bret Hart, the British Bulldog, and Virgil to face Ric Flair, the Warlord, Ted DiBiase, and the Mountie. Flair’s team does a promo where they vow to slap all of their opponents and hype themselves as an unbeatable combination.
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (28-0) pins Duane Gill after the Tombstone at 2:07:
The match provides an opportunity for McMahon and Savage to talk about what happened on last week’s episode between the Undertaker, Jake Roberts, and Sid Justice. Hacksaw Jim Duggan does an insert promo warning the Undertaker that Hulk Hogan never backs down and that he will board the Undertaker to death when he faces him. The Undertaker slowly goes through his big moves and then stuffs Gill in a body bag after the bout, stomping on it to end the segment.
The Mountie and Jimmy Hart tell Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart that they are ready to electrocute him in next week’s non-title match.
Sid Justice tells Colonel Mustafa that he will be another step to the top next week.
Tune in next week to see Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart face the Mountie in a non-title match! Also, Sid Justice will face Colonel Mustafa! And find out how another Randy Savage appeal to WWF President Jack Tunney goes!
The Last Word: Survivor Series is shaping up as a good card with two strong elimination matches booked as well as a strong WWF Championship match. One of the nice things about this era is that Survivor Series let a fan see babyfaces and heels who did not always appear together on television align and it made for some fun combined promos going into the show. The only highlight of this show was Tito Santana’s first in-ring appearance since April. The El Matador gimmick is not taking him to the top, but it gives Santana some much needed color to match the era, so it is an A+ from an aesthetic standpoint.
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