Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, concluding the tapings in Dayton, Ohio.
Opening Contest: The Rockers (19-2-1) defeat the Brooklyn Brawler & Kato when Shawn Michaels pins the Brawler after press slamming Marty Jannetty on the Brawler at 2:33:
The jobber team is an eclectic mix and a signal that the Orient Express are dead as a credible team. In the split screen, the Bushwhackers say that they cannot wait to “rock and whack” the Nasty Boys and Beverly Brothers at Survivor Series. The end of the bout gives a hint of growing dissension within the Rockers as Michaels pushes Jannetty off the Brawler to get the winning pin.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps the Undertaker’s Funeral Parlor attack on WWF Champion Hulk Hogan on Superstars two weeks ago. Hogan does a taped promo that reiterates the major talking points of his Superstars promo.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (25-1-1) pins Burt Stiles with the carotid control technique at 1:08:
Stiles is not sure how he should sell the carotid control technique after the two handed chokeslam off the ropes, squirming on the mat and kicking as the referee counts three. So, the Mountie keeps the hold on for a while longer until Stiles goes limp. He then tells him that he has no rights and shocks him.
Repo Man’s vignette from a few weeks ago on Superstars is shown.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan (23-0-2) beats Jerry Sags (w/Jimmy Hart & Brian Knobbs) via disqualification when Knobbs interferes at 2:47:
Monsoon forgets where the show is taped, arguing that Duggan is getting “the Detroit crowd fired up.” Duggan squashes Sags and has the three-point stance clothesline primed. But Knobbs grabs Duggan’s foot and then gets into the ring to help beatdown the American hero, creating the disqualification.
After the bell, the Nasties double team Duggan until Sergeant Slaughter makes the save. He sends the Nasties fleeing and then press slams Hart out of the ring onto them. Duggan picks up his 2×4 and goes to hit his former adversary but thinks better of it. Slaughter hands Duggan the U.S. flag and leaves the ring, but Duggan beckons him back and hands him the U.S. flag back, which Slaughter kneels with and kisses. The two then shake hands.
A replay of WWF President Jack Tunney’s statement that he is taking Randy Savage’s reinstatement under advisement is shown. Monsoon is apoplectic at this, arguing that Tunney is afraid to make a decision.
The British Bulldog (35-2-2) pins Tom Stone after the running powerslam at 1:26:
The Bulldog makes it through a squash without a chinlock. He quickly beats Stone as Heenan insists that the Bulldog will not be able to do the running powerslam to the Warlord at Survivor Series, ignoring how the Bulldog already did that to the Warlord at WrestleMania.
The Undertaker and Paul Bearer visit the Barber Shop. Brutus Beefcake argues that they failed to put Hulk Hogan away for good on the Funeral Parlor. The Undertaker argues that he will extract the soul of Hulkamania at Survivor Series, plunging it into darkness forever.
Okerlund does the Survivor Series Report. WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom and the Big Bossman say they are ready to face Jake Roberts’ teams at even strength or down a man. Roddy Piper, Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart, Virgil, and the British Bulldog call out their respective rivals. Heenan appears with Ric Flair’s team, arguing that has been upgraded to Flair’s financial advisor while Mr. Perfect has been named as Flair’s executive consultant.
The Beverly Brothers (w/the Genius) (15-0-1) defeat Reno Riggins & Major Yates when Beau pins yates after the Shaker Heights Spike at 1:33:
Since the Beverlys dwarf Yates, it makes their offense look impressive. Yates does a nice sell for the Shaker Heights Spike, coming down right on his head. Riggins earns an easy pay day as he never gets tagged in.
Virgil tells Ted DiBiase that he is going to give him a chance to win back the Million Dollar Championship Belt on Survivor Series Showdown but DiBiase’s odds of getting it back are not good. DiBiase and Sensational Sherri smile and gloat that Virgil’s dream is about to end.
The Last Word: The Sergeant Slaughter babyface turn gave this show something unique, although the Slaughter turn was already telegraphed by weeks of vignettes. The WWF tried to get the turn over as a big deal but fans never took to it, booing Slaughter around the horn weeks after this and never getting behind him like they did in 1984. As noted before, it would have been better to keep Slaughter off of television for six months and then have him make a save like on this show without any vignettes. He did not get enough time off so that fans could turn the page on the Iraqi sympathizer gimmick.
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