Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect are commentating, broadcasting the last episode of the taping cycle in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Opening Contest: The Natural Disasters (w/Jimmy Hart) (3-0) beat Bob Avery & Raymond Hammer when Typhoon pins Hammer after the Tidal Wave at 3:15:
After the result of The Royal Rumble it can be assumed that the Disasters are still due another shot at the tag team titles. Avery never tags in as the Disasters have fun avalanching Hammer in the corner over and over. That is entertaining to watch, capped off by the overkill of the Disasters doing each of their finishers to end the bout.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps how Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair is the WrestleMania VIII main event. He also speaks to how Bret Hart has challenged the winner of the Roddy Piper-Mountie Intercontinental title match on Saturday Night’s Main Event. There is a recap of the WrestleMania VIII press conference that aired last week and Sid Justice’s angry reaction to Hogan getting the WWF title shot. Sid Justice does a taped segment where he exudes being fake, smiling as he says he has been misunderstood and that he apologizes to Hogan for his comments on last week’s show.
Virgil (4-0) defeats Kato (0-3) via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 3:25:
Kato kicks out of a backslide and sunset flip as Repo Man appears in the split screen and repeats that he is going to repossess Virgil’s career. Kato cuts off a Virgil comeback by throwing him out of the ring and suplexing him back into the ring for two. However, Virgil tees off out of nowhere, takes Kato to the buckle ten times, and locks in the Million Dollar Dream for the win. This was a nice, energetic encounter to put over Virgil’s in-ring capabilities. Rating: *
Jake Roberts (3-0) pins D.D. Russel after the DDT at 2:27:
McMahon does not like Russel’s tights, which look like a mashup of Skittles colors. Roberts slams Russel on the arena floor and when the crowd cheers for the DDT, he pushes his foe away, using the finisher when they calm down.
Sergeant Slaughter & Hacksaw Jim Duggan (3-0) defeat Bill Badd & Jim James when Duggan pins James after the three-point stance clothesline at 2:20:
In a pivot from Prime Time Wrestling, McMahon says that Slaughter and Duggan will face the Beverly Brothers on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Slaughter and Duggan whip the alliterative jobbers into each other, providing the sole spot of excitement before the finish. After the bell, Duggan mows Badd down with a clothesline as well.
WWF Champion Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect are guests on the Funeral Parlor. Perfect promises that Flair and the Undertaker will destroy Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Flair gives an generic promo about he is the champion and Hogan had better get used to it.
A collection of memorable WrestleMania moments are played.
Papa Shango pins Dale Wolfe after a reverse shoulderbreaker at 1:26:
Shango was a character produced for Charles Wright, a trainee of Larry Sharpe who debuted in 1989. Wright wrestled in the USWA as the Soultaker in 1989 and won the promotion’s Unified title from Jerry Lawler. After that he did international tours with New Japan and Germany’s Catch Wrestling Association before returning stateside for work in the Global Wrestling Federation. The Undertaker was a friend of Wright’s and recommended him to WWF management, who gave him a tryout and signed him in late 1991.
Shango carries a staff and smoking skull to the ring with him, freaking out Jamison near ringside. Shango does not do much in the match, choking Wolfe against the ropes, doing a sloppy backbreaker, and finishing with a nice reverse shoulderbreaker. After the bell, Shango puts back on his top hat and laughs into the camera. The ring work was not impressive but Shango has an interesting gimmick that comes off as more threatening other cartoon-like gimmicks that have come into the company since 1991 like Skinner or Big Bully Busick.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (2-1) beats Mike Casey after a dropkick at 1:30:
In the split screen, Intercontinental Champion Roddy Piper tells the Mountie that he is too legit to quit and that the Mountie is not going to win back the title on Saturday Night’s Main Event. The Mountie dominates Casey, throwing the jobber to the floor and blasting him with a dropkick for the win. It seems like the Mountie is searching for a new finisher based on how his recent squashes have gone. After the bell, the Mountie zaps Casey with the shock stick.
The Undertaker and Paul Bearer talk about how dark clouds have rolled in for Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Hogan does a rebuttal promo about how Sid now respects the power of Hulkamania and they are going to wipe the floor with Flair and the Undertaker.
Tune in next week to see Intercontinental Champion Roddy Piper, Shawn Michaels, and the Nasty Boys in action!
The Last Word: As expected, the show featured last-minute hype for Saturday Night’s Main Event. Ric Flair’s promo on the Funeral Parlor was disappointing, providing only generic comments about the tag team main event. Papa Shango had a decent debut but the character was rushed on television when doing a few more weeks of vignettes would have been better.
Up Next: Saturday Night’s Main Event XXX!