Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, starting a new television taping cycle from Dayton, Ohio. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this taping took place on October 22.
A replay of Sid Justice’s promo from Superstars airs.
Opening Non-Title Contest: The Legion of Doom (WWF Tag Team Champions) (18-0) defeat Barry Horowitz & Ben Jordan when Hawk pins Jordan after the Doomsday Device at 2:07:
Horowitz was a Boris Malenko trainee and broke into the business in 1979. Prior to 1987 he enjoyed his greatest success in Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) where he became the NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion. He worked as a preliminary wrestler for the WWF between 1987-1990, winning a few opening matches on house shows in singles and in a tag team with Steve Lombardi, who went on to become the Brooklyn Brawler. After working for WCW in 1990, Horowitz spent 1991 as an enhancement work for the WWF and a light heavyweight competitor for the Global Wrestling Federation.
Jordan was trained by Memphis legend Bill Dundee and began working as an undercard talent for the USWA in 1990. In 1991 he worked as an enhancement talent for Global as well as the WWF.
The Legion attack their opponents before the bell and give the jobbers simultaneous gorilla press slams. The Natural Disasters and Jimmy Hart gloat about Sid being out of Survivor Series and reiterate how they will have the tag team titles before the pay-per-view. Animal lands a nice dropkick that catches Jordan on the kisser and Jordan is put out of his misery with the Doomsday Device as Horowitz knows better than to try and save his partner.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps the Bret Hart-Mountie angle on last week’s Superstars. Bret does a taped promo about how the Mountie has gone too far. He promises to give the Mountie a title shot and that the Mountie will be in for a shock.
The Berzerker (w/Mr. Fuji) (26-0) beats Brad Morgan via count out at 1:51:
Monsoon and Heenan put over the Berzerker’s undefeated streak, comparing it to what the Undertaker has done. Neither man were undefeated if house shows were included, but that is a true statement in terms of televised results. The Berzerker wins his second squash of the week to continue a directionless 1991.
A new Sergeant Slaughter vignette sees him in front of the Statue of Liberty, saying that Lady Liberty is the only woman in his life. As “God Bless America” is heard in the background, Slaughter promises to fight for everything Lady Liberty stands for and reiterates how he wants his country back.
The Big Bossman (36-0-1) pins Montana Miller after the Bossman Slam at 1:17:
The Bossman puts away Miller in a hurry, pinning him with one finger. After the bell, he handcuffs his downed opponent to the ropes and poses.
Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, the Warlord, Jimmy Hart, Sensational Sherri, and Harvey Wippleman are guests on the Barber Shop. DiBiase says he cannot put a price tag on his team, while Flair says that his squad is ready to play ball and run wild on them. Gorilla Monsoon jokes that the Mountie is absent because he has not made bail.
Repo Man defeats Rock Werner via submission to a leg grapevine at 1:32:
Repo Man was the new gimmick for Barry Darsow, who formerly wrestled as Demolition Smash. Fans who remember Smash’s voice could easily tell who was under the Zorro-like mask that goes with the gimmick, but it was not as easy for other fans to pick up on who it was. The gimmick was not an original WWF idea as it was created by Florida independent wrestler Ned Brady, who later did enhancement work for WCW. However, Brady’s friend called WWF talent executive J.J. Dillon with the idea and the WWF trademarked the name “Repo Man” without giving Brady a job. Repo Man pounds away for a bit before working Werner’s knee and applying a leg grapevine for a submission. After the bell, Repo Man uses the rope he brought to the ring to tie Werner up to the ropes. This new gimmick was fine midcard fare and the theme song was catchy, but the finisher and post-match stuff was weak.
Gene Okerlund does the Survivor Series Report. Randy Savage urges WWF President Jack Tunney to reinstate him so he can “pinch hit” for Sid Justice. WWF Champion Hulk Hogan says people are starting to panic backstage about what might happen to the company if the Undertaker buries him at Survivor Series. The Undertaker and Paul Bearer rebut that Hogan will be taking an eternal slumber and his soul will be taken. Roddy Piper’s team talks up their chances, with Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart irate over what the Mountie did to him. Virgil insists that Ted DiBiase will be called “Mr. Gutter Rat” soon.
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (30-0) defeats the Texas Tornado (31-0) after the Tombstone at 2:43:
Like Superstars, the custom Hulk Hogan casket is placed at ringside. In this major clash of undefeated stars, the Tornado is more focused on the Undertaker’s body bag as he grabs it at ringside and starts walking to the locker room. The Undertaker intercepts the Tornado, rolls him in, and finishes with a flying clothesline and Tombstone. This squash does a lot to make the Undertaker look like a killing machine since the Tornado showed little vulnerability throughout 1991.
Ted DiBiase, Irwin R. Schyster, and Sensational Sherri talk about the ignorance and worthlessness of the Bushwhackers. The Bushwhackers rebut that the are going to chew DiBiase and IRS up and spit them out.
Tune in next week to see Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster face the Bushwhackers! Also, El Matador and Skinner will be in action! Also, there will be a special interview with Randy Savage and Elizabeth!
The Last Word: The Undertaker’s strong push continued in the feature match, destroying a former Intercontinental Champion. The Texas Tornado has been incapable of wrestling serviceable matches throughout the year, so it made sense to put the Undertaker over strong. The Tornado may also have been a last-minute sacrifice because the Dragon was going to do a squash job for the Undertaker on the Superstars of this cycle before quitting. Aside from the Tornado losing his unbeaten mark on the year, this episode had nothing going for it.
Here is a recap of the WWF’s house show action to start the month, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Salt Lake City, Utah – Delta Center – November 4, 1991 (3,000): Jimmy Snuka (substituting for Greg Valentine) pinned Big Bully Busick…The Bushwhackers defeated the Beverly Brothers…Ted DiBiase beat Virgil via count out…Mr. Madness (substituting for Sid Justice) pinned Jake Roberts…The Undertaker pinned Hacksaw Jim Duggan…Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart beat the Berzerker.
Denver, Colorado – Denver Coliseum – November 4, 1991 (6,400): Tito Santana beat Hercules…Skinner pinned Greg Valentine with the Flair pin…The Big Bossman defeated Irwin R. Schyster…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Natural Disasters…The Mountie beat the British Bulldog…WWF Champion Hulk Hogan beat Ric Flair via count out.
Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverfront Coliseum – November 9, 1991 (6,000): Tito Santana beat Kato…Colonel Mustafa defeated Greg Valentine…The British Bulldog wrestled the Mountie to a draw…The Berzerker beat Jim Powers (substituting for Jim Neidhart)…The Big Bossman defeated Irwin R. Schyster…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom beat the Natural Disasters via disqualification…Ric Flair defeated WWF Champion Hulk Hogan via count out.
Boston, Massachusetts – Boston Garden – November 10, 1991 (7,000): Jim Powers beat Rex Armstrong…Tito Santana pinned Kato after the flying forearm…The British Bulldog wrestled the Mountie to a 20-minute time-limit draw…Irwin R. Schyster pinned the Big Bossman after hitting him with his briefcase…Ric Flair pinned Roddy Piper with the Flair pin…Colonel Mustafa beat Greg Valentine by lifting his shoulder to escape a double pin spot from a back suplex…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Natural Disasters via disqualification after the referee was knocked down.
Backstage News*: Mr. Perfect is going to come back and replace Bobby Heenan as Ric Flair’s advisor. The WWF is said to have reached out to Jim Cornette for the role but were turned down because Cornette is looking to start up his own promotion called Smoky Mountain Wrestling in East Tennessee.
*The main event of This Tuesday in Texas could end up as Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair as the WWF looks to score a good buyrate to end the year.
*In talent relations news, Big Bully Busick quit. The WWF appears to have finally signed Chris Chavis to a deal after bringing him in for tryouts throughout the year. Chris Walker is said to have done well in his tryout bout.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for November 18.
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