What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – March 16, 1992
By LScisco on 3rd July 2023
Vince McMahon moderates the panel of Gorilla Monsoon, Slick, Bobby Heenan, and Mr. Perfect. Heenan says that it is natural for Randy Savage to deny that Elizabeth had a relationship with Ric Flair and they have definitive proof that it occurred.
The Natural Disasters’ squash from WWF Superstars kicks off the show.
The Big Bossman (5-0-1) pins Lee Armstrong after the Bossman Slam at 1:49:
Going nowhere on the card, the Bossman’s body language communicates that he is not motivated. He goes through the motions in a slowly developing squash and handcuffs Armstrong to the bottom rope afterward, threatening him with his nightstick.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment replays McMahon’s interview with WWF Champion Ric Flair from WWF Superstars. Afterward, Heenan calls attention to the pool photograph that has two towels, one with an “R” and one with an “L.” Slick rebuts that the images so far look innocent to him but Heenan says that Flair’s team have more pictures.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (4-4) defeats Jim Powers after using the shock stick at 4:49:
The Mountie debuts a new “I’m the Mountie!” theme song for this match. It is a small upgrade over his previous entrance song because this one describes the character. Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes spend the match talking about the WrestleMania VIII card. Powers’ does not get a lot of time on offense, biting the Mountie and taking his opponent to the turnbuckle ten times. Powers goes 50/50 with the Canadian law enforcement officer in a match where each man has basic offense. After getting dropkicked to the floor, the Mountie pulls out the shock stick and uses it on Powers, escaping with a win. Rating: *
Okerlund is at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis that is not far away from the Hoosier Dome. He comes across the WrestleMania VIII bus that is being driven by Heenan. Instead of picking Okerlund up, Heenan keeps driving, going up on the curb as he makes a turn.
Repo Man (5-0) beats Jimmy Snuka (0-1) after Snuka misses a somersault senton off the top rope at 6:47:
Most of the match, which took place in Amarillo, Texas on January 28, features an exchange of strikes. Snuka gets a near-fall from a reverse flying body press off the second rope and folds Repo Man up with a back suplex. He takes his time going to the top rope which backfires when Repo Man avoids a somersault senton and pins him. This would be Snuka’s last appearance for more than a year. He was fired for “unprofessional conduct” and made his way to a Philadelphia-based upstart called Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW). Rating: ½*
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (5-0) pins Colonel Mustafa (0-2) after the Tombstone in 18 seconds:
This was filmed in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 18. Mustafa attacks the Undertaker before the bell and it does not good as the Undertaker no sells it and scoops up his opponent for the Tombstone. This was the best way to book this because airing a long Mustafa match for the audience would have been akin to a war crime.
A replay of the Roddy Piper-Bret Hart segment from Wrestling Challenge airs.
The British Bulldog (6-0) beats Shawn Michaels (w/Sensational Sherri) (6-0) via disqualification when Sherri interferes at 7:58:
This is the first of a long series of televised matches between these two that would run through 1997. It took place in Tampa, Florida on February 17. The magic of these matches is that Michaels’ bumping meshed will with the Bulldog’s power moves. The Bulldog mows Michaels down with a few clotheslines until Sherri provides a timely distraction and allows Michaels to hit a superkick to gain control. A flying elbow drop off the second rope gets a two-count but the Bulldog nails Michaels in the gut when Michaels tries a double axe handle off the second rope and that starts a comeback. Michaels flies out of the ring after getting whipped into the turnbuckle and gets crotched on the top rope out of a gorilla press. Sherri grabs the Bulldog when he runs the ropes and that leads to a disqualification. A fun match while it lasted. Rating: **½
After the bell, the Bulldog drags Sherri into the ring and goes to give her a running powerslam but Michaels trips the Bulldog to put a stop to that. The Bulldog then chases he and Sherri out of the ring.
A replay of Randy Savage’s brief talk with Okerlund on Superstars is shown. Afterward, Heenan says that Savage is worried about who is going to get what when he and Elizabeth get divorced.
Sid Justice’s squash from Superstars and his breaking of Virgil’s nose afterward is shown.
Monsoon and Heenan play Super WrestleMania but they struggle to do any grapple moves, just throwing strikes at each other.
Tatanka (7-0) defeats the Warlord (5-0-1) with a small package at 8:04:
This bout also took place in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 18. The Warlord swallows up the newcomer and Tatanka only manages to reverse a body slam attempt into a small package, which gives him the win. This was a terrible match layout that did nothing for Tatanka, who is getting a bigger push right now. Rating: ¼*
Papa Shango’s squash on Superstars is shown.
Rick Martel (6-1-1) defeats Robbie Sampson via submission to the Boston Crab at 1:12:
Martel does an insert promo hyping his chances of winning his WrestleMania VIII encounter with Tatanka because he will be dressed for success. Martel uses a stun gun to set up the Boston Crab for a quick submission win.
The Last Word: The British Bulldog-Shawn Michaels match was fun but the other feature matches were not. WrestleMania has some good storylines but the panel over the last few weeks is focusing almost all of its attention on Ric Flair-Randy Savage and some of that material is getting repetitive.
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