Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Mr. Perfect are on commentary, taped from New Haven, Connecticut. McMahon announces that Hulk Hogan regained the WWF Championship but WWF President Jack Tunney has an announcement to make about the title switch later. Piper warns Perfect against interfering in any of his matches like Ric Flair has done against Hogan.
Opening Non-Title Contest: The Legion of Doom (WWF Tag Team Champions) (21-0) beat the Executioners when Hawk pins Executioner #1 after an elbow drop at 3:20:
The Executioners are masked jobbers Duane Gill and Barry Hardy. Perfect and Piper snipe at each other the entire match, a boring squash for the tag team champions. Hawk drops an elbow after the Doomsday Device for reasons known only to him.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment features WWF President Jack Tunney’s announcement. Tunney declares the WWF Championship vacant because of the oversight of the referee at This Tuesday in Texas. He announces that the belt will go to the winner of the Royal Rumble next month. And to honor Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker’s claims to be the legitimate champion they will be allowed to draw their numbers from twenty to thirty. Okerlund is shocked at the announcement and says that Hogan will provide comments about it later.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (26-1-2) beats Al Phillips with the carotid control technique at 1:34:
During the squash, the Mountie taunts Jamison, although an overeager fan gets in the way to snap a few pictures of the Canadian law enforcement officer. After winning, the Mountie handcuffs Phillips to the second rope, reads him his rights, and shocks him. Jamison sticks his tongue out at that but runs away when the Mountie thinks of coming after him.
Footage of Virgil losing the Million Dollar Championship at Survivor Series Showdown airs.
Ted DiBiase (w/Sensational Sherri) (25-3-1) defeats Ross Greenberg via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 2:32:
In the split screen, DiBiase says that El Matador will pay a price if he gets in his way. Greenberg creates no problem for DiBiase, who goes through his moveset and wins an eighth-straight match with the Million Dollar Dream. After the match, DiBiase gets $100 from Sherri’s bra and shoves it down Greenberg’s throat, which Sherri promptly retrieves for herself
The New Foundation (1-0) defeat Kato & Peter Weeks when Owen pins Weeks after a Rocket Launcher at 3:51:
Piper is shocked to find out that Owen is Bret’s younger brother since he does not think they look alike. McMahon speculates that Neidhart wanted to get back into tag teams but Bret was busy as Intercontinental Champion so he got Bret’s brother to help him. Owen and Kato do a fun back-and-forth to start but that is the sole highlight of a squash that lasts too long. Owen looks great but Neidhart looks like he would rather be somewhere else.
Okerlund does the Royal Rumble Report. The event will take place on January 19. Hulk Hogan says that Hulkamania is stronger than ever and that he would not mind being #1 so he can show that he can beat the whole WWF in one night.
Greg Valentine (18-8-3) beats Barry Horowitz with an elbow drop at 2:45:
Perfect denies that Valentine’s figure-four is as powerful as Flair’s, arguing that it would be like Piper trying to do a Perfectplex. In the split screen, Valentine is shown playing the WWF’s most recent video game to “warm up” for matches. WWF President Jack Tunney calls the announce table to talk with Piper and says that he is the first person he is asking to enter the Royal Rumble. Piper accepts. Valentine wipes the floor with Horowitz, opting to use an elbow drop to finish.
The Nasty Boys (w/Jimmy Hart) (23-5) defeat Paul Perez & Mario Mancini when Jerry Sags pins Perez after the Trip to Nastyville at 4:25:
Mancini takes a double Pit Stop as Piper argues with Perfect over whether he can defeat Ric Flair and win the Royal Rumble. This leads to Piper quitting the booth and leaving so he can dedicate more time toward accomplishing both goals. Those antics overshadow the action in the ring but there is not much as the Nasties work slowly and kill the crowd.
Tune in next week to see the Bushwhackers, Virgil, and Jake Roberts in action! Also, there will be a special presentation made to Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart!
The Last Word: WWF President Jack Tunney’s announcement about vacating the WWF Championship was big news and immediately adds stakes to the Royal Rumble next month. The booking of Tunney’s announcement was great because it gave a justification for stripping Hulk Hogan of the WWF Championship, hyped the way to fill the vacancy, and gave some compensation to Hogan and the Undertaker for the Rumble match. The show also ended Roddy Piper’s role as an announcer on Superstars so the show will presumably operate with a Vince McMahon-Mr. Perfect team going forward. Since Piper and Perfect did not mesh as well as Piper and Randy Savage that is for the best. The in-ring quality of the show was dreadful, though, especially the tag team bouts.
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