Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect handle commentary, still taped from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Opening Contest: Ric Flair (w/Mr. Perfect) (1-1) beats Ron Cumberledge via submission to the figure-four leglock at 2:13:
Some fans like to “Woo!” when Flair lays in some chops in the corner. Flair answers them with one back before locking in the figure-four after a backdrop suplex.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment recaps events of the WrestleMania VIII weekend that can be found on the Coliseum Video release of the show.
The British Bulldog (11-0) beats Kevin Kruger after the running powerslam at 1:30:
Kruger was trained by Tom Stone and entered the business in 1990. On the independent circuit he later adopted the nickname “God’s Gift to Women.” He was on his third year of doing enhancement work for the WWF.
Even though the company is supposedly doing a rigorous steroid testing program, the Bulldog still looks jacked to the gills. He uses an impressive vertical suplex before clothesline Kruger against the buckles and doing the running powerslam to notch his twelfth win of the year.
The Beverly Brothers (w/the Genius) (8-1) defeat Mike Collins & Eric Freedom when Beau pins Collins after the Shaker Heights Spike at 1:43:
Freedom was another Tom Stone trainee. He worked his first match in 1990 and did some enhancement work with the WWF a year prior to this.
The WWF gets the first name of the jobbers switched as the on-screen graphic says that the Beverlys are facing Eric Collins and Mike Freedom. The Beverlys and Genius do an insert promo, continuing to call the Legion of Doom and Paul Ellering sissies. They destroy their lankier opponents and after the match the Beverlys put yellow finger paint on Collins’ face and write “LOS” on his chest for “Legion of Sissies.” The whole premise of this feud is terrible.
A new Crush vignette sees him discuss how his mom wanted him to mind his manners. A flashback sees a smaller Crush sit in front of a plate of cookies as his mother tells him to put on a napkin and pour himself a glass of milk, which the young man spills. Crush calls out Repo Man, Sid Justice, and Skinner and wonders who will make him mind his manners now. Why the WWF thought vignettes like this were the best way to introduce a power wrestler is known only to them. Fans now know that Crush will be a babyface when he arrives.
Shawn Michaels (w/Sensational Sherri) (11-1) pins George Anderson after the Teardrop Suplex at 1:47:
Anderson had been doing enhancement matches for the WWF when they would come to the Midwest since 1990.
Perfect puts over Michaels’ athleticism. Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart does an insert promo about how he would never allow Michaels to tarnish the title he holds. Michaels does his usual squash formula, rolling to a sixth straight win.
Sergeant Slaughter (1-0) beats the Brooklyn Brawler via submission to the Camel Clutch at 1:40:
In the split screen, Slaughter tells the Mountie that he will turn him into an international disgrace and an international maggot. Slaughter spams clotheslines, runs his knee into the Brawler’s mid-section, does a stomachbreaker, and locks in the Camel Clutch. As the match concludes, McMahon says that the Convict will be in the WWF in a matter of weeks.
Okerlund interviews Sid Justice and Harvey Wippleman. Sid says that unlike the Ultimate Warrior he does not need friends because everyone fears him in the WWF. He claims to have ended Hulkamania at WrestleMania VIII and promises to also be the Warrior’s last match. Little did Sid know his prediction was the other way around, at least as far as 1992 was concerned.
Howard Finkel tells fans that Shawn Michaels have left the building. Fans respond negatively, including a grown man in a Hogan bandana.
The Natural Disasters (10-0) beat Kent Carlson & Tom Stone when Typhoon pins Carlson after the Tidal Wave at 2:31:
The Disasters now have Hasbro toys, which a young fan shows off. Earthquake’s power is impressive as he appears to deadlift Carlson with a belly-to-belly suplex. WWF Tag Team Champions Money Incorporated and Jimmy Hart do an insert promo about how they left WrestleMania VIII with the tag team titles and that is all that matters. The Disasters need to play to the crowd more as babyfaces. Instead, they just use their size to demolish their opponents in this squash.
The final match of the program is the scheduled encounter between the Undertaker and the Berzerker. Mr. Fuji grabs the urn from Paul Bearer and the Berzerker uses his shield to waffle Bearer and then the Undertaker. He grabs his sword and tries to stab the Undertaker but the Undertaker rolls out of the way. With the sword stuck in the canvas, the Berzerker knocks the Undertaker out of the ring, throws the Undertaker into the ring post a few times, and gives him a piledriver on the concrete. When a wounded Bearer summons the Undertaker with the urn, he sits up and he stalks the Berzerker and Fuji to the dressing room.
Skinner says that everyone is scared of the Ultimate Warrior except him. He tells the Warrior he will beat his brains out next week. The Warrior rebuts that he is going to remind people of his power.
Tune in next week to see the Ultimate Warrior face Skinner! Also, there will be a special interview with WWF Champion Randy Savage!
The Last Word: The Undertaker-Berzerker angle was wild. It is the second time that the WWF has had an attempted murder angle in as many years. What would make a prospective match between them better is if the Berzerker had not been beaten several times on television before their feud as he does not have the same mystique that most big men should have. Sid also gave a good promo against the Ultimate Warrior on this show but it would be for naught as he would leave the company a day later.
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