Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, taped from Lubbock, Texas. Heenan says that when Randy Savage finds out what Ric Flair knows about him then he is going to be whining. When Monsoon inquires what Heenan is talking about, Heenan just turns his back to the camera.
Opening Contest: The New Foundation (4-0) defeat Louie Spicolli & the Brooklyn Brawler when Owen Hart pins Spicolli after the Rocket Launcher at 2:10:
In the split screen, the Beverlys put themselves over as better than they think they are, a statement that is so illogical that Monsoon cannot help but call it out. The Brawler wrestles another squash without a shirt. The new look is not working as Jim Neidhart does not sell a clothesline and throws the Brawler back into the jobber corner. Neidhart slams Spicolli off the ropes to set up the Rocket Launcher, keeping the New Foundation undefeated.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps the path to the WrestleMania VIII double main event.
Papa Shango (2-0) beats Todd Overbow after a reverse shoulderbreaker at 1:49:
Heenan likens Shango’s smoking skull to seeing Monsoon ingesting hot wings at a local joint. Shango headbutts Overbow off the ropes and lands the double shoulderbreaker for an easy win. After the bell, Shango takes his voodoo stick and jams it into Overbow’s chest.
Shawn Michaels (w/Sensational Sherri) (2-0) pins Khris Germany after the Teardrop Suplex at 1:35:
In a demonstration of how effective the Rockers breakup angle was, Michaels gets some heat from fans on the way to the ring with Sherri, who is wearing a short white dress. Contrast that reaction to what the relative silence that greeted Shango in the last match. In the split screen, Michaels puts over his attractiveness as Sherri smiles. Michaels cheap shots German to start and the rout is on from there.
Monsoon and Heenan discuss past WrestleMania moments.
Gene Okerlund does the WrestleMania VIII Report.
A replay of the Randy Savage-Jake Roberts Saturday Night’s Main Event bout airs, along with the extracurriculars shown on Superstars.
Tune in next week to see the Nasty Boys, Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster, and Sid Justice in action!
The Last Word: There was not much here in terms of original content. Papa Shango and Shawn Michaels looked good in their squashes, especially the latter.
According to the historyofwwe.com, this is a summary of the WWF’s house show action for mid-February:
Utica, New York – Memorial Auditorium – February 19, 1992 (4,400; sellout): Repo Man pinned Virgil with a Flair pin…The Warlord beat Chris Walker at 10:30…Shawn Michaels pinned Jim Powers (substituting for Jimmy Snuka)…Rick Martel pinned J.W. Storm (substituting for the Texas Tornado)…Bret Hart & the Bushwhackers (substituting for the Legion of Doom) defeated the Mountie & the Nasty Boys when Bret pinned the Mountie at 10:00…The Undertaker pinned the British Bulldog after hitting him with the urn…Intercontinental Champion Roddy Piper defeated WWF Champion Ric Flair in a non-title steel cage match at 16:00 when, as both men were fighting outside of the cage, Flair rammed Piper’s head into the cage and knocked him to the floor. Rick Martel interfered on Flair’s behalf during the match.
Syracuse, New York – The War Memorial – February 22, 1992 (8,500; sellout; matinee): The Warlord pinned Chris Walker with a spinebuster…Shawn Michaels pinned Jim Powers after the Teardrop Suplex…Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware (substituting for Jim Neidhart) beat the Beverly Brothers when Owen Hart hit Beau with a crossbody when Beau came off the top rope…Randy Savage pinned Jake Roberts in a steel cage match…Rick Martel defeated J.W. Storm…The Undertaker pinned the British Bulldog after hitting him with the urn…Bret Hart & the Bushwhackers (substituting for the Legion of Doom) defeated the Mountie & the Nasty Boys when Bret pinned the Mountie with a roll up.
New York City, New York – Madison Square Garden – February 23, 1992 (14,000; matinee): The Berzerker pinned Jim Brunzell at 8:44…The Nasty Boys beat the Bushwhackers when Brian Knobbs pinned Butch after Jerry Sags hit Butch with the timekeeper’s bell at 12:38…The Warlord beat Chris Walker with a powerbomb at 11:14…Sid Justice pinned Hercules with a powerbomb in 25 seconds…Intercontinental Champion Roddy Piper pinned Repo Man after an elbow drop at 3:31…The Undertaker pinned the British Bulldog with a stun gun at 5:19…Rick Martel beat the Big Bossman after hitting the Bossman with his own nightstick at 13:49…Sid Justice won a 20-man battle royal, last eliminating Hulk Hogan at 16:37. Hogan originally eliminated Justice but the referee in the ring had been knocked to the floor and did not see it. With the referee out, Sid clocked Hogan with Harvey Wippleman’s doctor bag, rolled Hogan underneath the bottom rope, and convinced the referee that he threw Hogan over the top rope. Other participants in the match were Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Chris Walker, Rick Martel, the Big Bossman, the British Bulldog, the Berzerker, Hercules, the Bushwhackers, Skinner, Repo Man, the Warlord, Kato, Jim Brunzell, the Nasty Boys, and the Undertaker.
Hartford, Connecticut – The Hartford Civic Center – February 23, 1992 (5,500): Skinner pinned Jim Brunzell at 11:20…The Undertaker pinned the British Bulldog after hitting him with the urn at 6:20…The Berzerker pinned Hercules after a powerslam at 6:30…The Nasty Boys defeated the Bushwhackers (substituting for the Legion of Doom) at 13:20…Rick Martel pinned Chris Walker after using the tights for leverage at 13:00…The Big Bossman defeated Repo Man via disqualification after Repo Man used his tow rope as a weapon at 9:20…Hulk Hogan & Roddy Piper beat Ric Flair & Sid Justice when Hogan pinned Flair at 15:05.
Landover, Maryland – Capital Centre – February 23, 1992 (6,039): Tatanka pinned Bob Bradley…Shawn Michaels beat Jim Powers…Irwin R. Schyster pinned Virgil after hitting him with a briefcase…Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware (substituting for Jim Neidhart) beat the Beverly Brothers after Owen pinned Beau…El Matador pinned Ted DiBiase…Bret Hart beat the Mountie via submission to the Sharpshooter…The Natural Disasters defeated Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Sergeant Slaughter via disqualification…Randy Savage beat Jake Roberts in a steel cage match.
Backstage News*: The WWF has sent a letter to some of its talent asking them to sign a release that would allow the company to randomly drug test them. The new eight-page drug testing policy applies to all under contract with the WWF, including non-wrestlers. The policy calls for rehabilitation, with half of the cost shouldered by the company and half by the talent. A first offense will see a wrestler suspended for six weeks and a second offense leading to a firing. Previously, a second offense included mandatory rehabilitation.
*The WWF has tried to deflect the drug raid on their locker room last week in St. Louis as something that was not concerned with them but an employee for St. Louis Arena. Road agent Jack Lanza is reportedly the one who informed WWF talent of the presence of police officers and a DEA official, helping wrestlers avoid the bust. The St. Louis Police Department initially denied that they had anyone at St. Louis Arena, but that could be a case of them trying to cover for a failed operation.
*The WWF was happy with its recent house show gates but there are concerns that bad publicity over steroids or sex scandals could tank attendance before or after WrestleMania.
*In talent relations news, Jim Neidhart has been released due to unprofessional conduct. Hercules has also been released from his contract.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for February 24 and March 2.
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