Vince McMahon moderates tonight’s panel of Gorilla Monsoon, Roddy Piper, Bobby Heenan, and Mr. Perfect.
Monsoon argues that the Undertaker and Paul Bearer failed to take out Hulk Hogan on Superstars. However, Perfect makes a good point that the Undertaker was unfazed by Savage’s chairshot, showing that nothing will stop the Dead Man from winning at Survivor Series.
The Bushwhackers-Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster tag team match from Wrestling Challenge airs.
Virgil’s squash from Superstars two weeks ago is shown.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps how Jim Neidhart is out of Survivor Series and there is a replay of the Beverly Brothers and Genius warning Neidhart to stay out of their way.
The panel discusses who might replace Neidhart and Sid Justice at Survivor Series. This leads into a discussion of whether Randy Savage should be reinstated, something Perfect argues would set a bad precedent for behavior in the WWF.
El Matador (7-2) beats Hercules (2-3-1) after the flying forearm at 9:12:
This match took place at Madison Square Garden on October 28. Hercules looks like an idiot charging through the bullfighting cape after the bell. He soon gains the advantage after fighting out of an armbar and slowly works the back of his opponent. That includes two bearhugs that kill the crowd. El Matador’s comeback gets no reaction. He floors Hercules with the flying forearm, but Hercules gets a foot on the ropes and El Matador hits another to the back of the head for finish off the former Power & Glory member. The lack of reaction for Tito Santana’s new gimmick was not a good sign and Hercules was checked out. The only highlight of this was Heenan narrating the final highlights and stealing Monsoon’s gimmick of making up anatomy. Rating: ½*
A replay of the Repo Man vignette where he repossesses a car at 3 a.m. is shown.
McMahon floats the silly idea of Repo Man replacing Sid Justice at Survivor Series.
WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom’s squash from Wrestling Challenge two weeks ago is shown.
Okerlund does the Survivor Series Report. The segment is notable for featuring the first digital blurring of Ric Flair’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship Belt.
The Beverly Brothers (w/the Genius) (15-0) wrestle the Rockers (19-2) to a time-limit draw at 11:10 shown:
This is the Beverlys first test against name competition, filmed at the recent Wrestling Challenge tapings. The Beverlys struggle to contain the Rockers’ manueverability. It takes a Genius distraction to put his men in control and Marty Jannetty is placed in peril. Jannetty kicks out of a Blake powerslam and Beau side suplex, and Shawn Michaels is forced to bail out his partner after the Beverlys land an aided leapfrog body guillotine. A Beau blind charge finally turns the tide and the crowd pops nicely for the hot tag. Beau saves Blake twice from pinfalls following a double backdrop and facebuster and the last one comes just as the time limit expires. Cop-out finish aside, this was a fun, action filled match once it got going. Rating: ***
McMahon hypes Sunday’s Survivor Series Showdown special where Michaels will face Beau Beverly, the Big Bossman squares off with Earthquake, and Virgil defends the Million Dollar Championship against Ted DiBiase.
A replay of the Funeral Parlor segment from Superstars airs.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Bret Hart (Champion) (22-0-3) defeats Skinner (9-0-1) at 6:57:
This match also took place at the recent Wrestling Challenge tapings. The bout suffers from a lack of exciting offense. Bret takes his time early working Skinner’s arm and then Skinner chokes and does little in return. There is a botch in the middle where Skinner grabs his alligator claw to use as a weapon, but the referee can see what he is doing so he is forced to put it back. A Skinner blind charge leads to the moves of doom, and Bret applies the Sharpshooter, which earns a quick submission. Skinner’s early push is now dead with this loss as he did not look like a substantial threat to the Hitman. Rating: *
The Texas Tornado (32-1) defeats Big Bully Busick (8-5) after the discus punch at 7:47:
This encounter, which also comes from Madison Square Garden on October 28, lives up to its predicted billing as a bore as each man circles the other and then randomly wails away. Five minutes in, the Tornado catches a Bully dive off the second rope with the Claw. However, the Bully amazingly recovers and blocks the discus punch, the first time someone has managed to do that to the Tornado. The best follow up he can do is a sleeper, though, and the Tornado gets out, catches the Bully’s blind charge with a boot, and hits his second attempt at a discus punch for the win. Rating: ¼*
Jake Roberts’ squash from Superstars two weeks ago airs.
A replay of Sergeant Slaughter visiting a classroom and leading them in the Pledge of Allegiance airs.
Heenan hypes Ric Flair, raising Piper’s ire. Piper throws water in Heenan’s face and walks off the set as the show ends.
The Last Word: Mr. Perfect was better on the panel this week than last and the format is a major improvement over the “live audience” shows that Vince McMahon and Sean Mooney hosted for much of the year. The Rockers-Beverlys match was one of the better televised matches in some time, but unfortunately it was sandwiched between some awful bouts.
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