Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary for the third episode of the taping cycle in Niagara Falls, New York.
Opening Contest: The Legion of Doom (w/Paul Ellering) (6-1) defeat Brian Brieger & Vito Krus when Hawk pins Krus after the Doomsday Device at 2:00:
In the split screen the Legion likened the Beverly Brothers to Boy George and talk about how the Beverlys are the real sissies. Monsoon and Heenan talk about the WBF and Lex Luger as the Legion destroy Krus. An Animal clothesline against the buckles sets up the Doomsday Device. When Krus takes the finisher he comes close to landing on his head. After the bell, the Legion pick up a young kid in the audience who has their shoulder pads on and Animal lifts him up on his shoulders in the ring.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps Papa Shango’s curse on the Ultimate Warrior.
Repo Man (13-2) beats Sonny Blaze via submission to a leg grapevine at 2:04:
Blaze was Repo Man’s first opponent of the year, losing to him on the January 5 edition of Wrestling Challenge. The British Bulldog pops up in the split screen and says that he has not forgotten what Repo Man did to him and he will be the last dog that Repo hangs. Repo Man works Blaze’s legs to silence before locking in a leg grapevine for the submission win. After the bell, Repo Man hog ties Blaze and chokes him with his tow rope.
A replay of Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect, and a young woman having a picnic on Superstars is shown.
The Big Bossman (11-1-1) beats Bob Bradley after the Bossman Slam at 1:47:
Before the match, the unknown convict is heard over the arena’s sound system and warns the Bossman that he has gotten out. When Monsoon asks Heenan who the convict is, Heenan says it is hard to tell because everyone in the arena looks like a criminal. Bradley tries to cartwheel around the Bossman off an Irish whip but he just ends up eating an uppercut for his efforts. The Bossman runs through some moves so Monsoon and Heenan can provide some theories as to who the convict could be, winning after the Bossman Slam.
Shawn Michaels (w/Sensational Sherri) (15-1) pins Glen Ruth after the Teardrop Suplex at 2:18:
Heenan whistles Michaels’ theme song, explaining to Monsoon that it gets his blood pumping due to Sherri singing it. Michaels does an insert promo about Sherri, saying that people are conflating his want for the Intercontinental Championship with being spoiled. Michaels goes with his tried and true formula of a double axe handle to the back off the apron-superkick-Teardrop Suplex to win a tenth straight match.
Gene Okerlund interviews Sergeant Slaughter. Slaughter talks about how the Mountie almost killed him with the big shock stick before pledging to annihilate his Canadian adversary. He then leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance because it is Memorial Day.
Rick Martel (11-3-1) beats Scott Taylor via submission to the Boston Crab at 1:28:
Tatanka does an insert promo repeating his desire for revenge for Martel stealing his tribal feathers. Taylor does a 360 sell for a clothesline, with Martel going to the backbreaker and Boston Crab right after for an easy win.
High Energy (4-0) beat Rich Mitchell & Dave Roulette when Owen Hart pins Roulette after a missile dropkick at 2:20:
Heenan spends most of the match joking about Ware’s parachute pants. High Energy’s opponents are larger than them but they do not struggle to defeat them. Near the end of the squash they whip both jobbers into each other and then come off the top rope to blast their opponents with missile dropkicks. Mentions are made of a High Energy-Nasty Boys feud but that has not gotten much play on television.
The Berzerker (w/Mr. Fuji) (8-2) defeats Jay Sledge via count out at 2:14:
The smaller Sledge tries to get around the Berzerker early but a blast from a big boot puts a stop to that. While the Berzerker is an imposing force it is tough to see him taking out the Undertaker because the Undertaker recently ran Jake Roberts out of the company while the Berzerker has won a feud of his own.
Tune in next week to see Virgil, the Mountie, WWF Tag Team Champions Money Incorporated, and Crush in action! Also, Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart will appear for a special interview!
The Last Word: This was a middle of the road show with some decent action but nothing that anyone would remember or need to go out of their way to see. The WWF is putting in the hype for every feud it can think of but fans are not biting to see the matches they have booked.
Here is a snapshot of the WWF’s house show action near the end of May, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Beaumont, Texas – Beaumont Civic Center – May 21, 1992: High Energy beat the Nasty Boys…Hacksaw Jim Duggan (substituting for the British Bulldog) beat Repo Man…Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart defeated Shawn Michaels…El Matador beat Nailz via disqualification…Hawk beat the Beverly Brothers in a handicap match…Crush defeated Kato…The Ultimate Warrior beat Papa Shango.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Northlands Coliseum – May 25, 1992: Nailz beat Jim Brunzell…Jacques Rougeau defeated Sergeant Slaughter…Virgil beat the Brooklyn Brawler…Tatanka defeated Bob Bradley…The Texas Tornado pinned Skinner…Earthquake beat Ted DiBiase…The Undertaker defeated the Berzerker…WWF Champion Randy Savage beat Ric Flair via disqualification.
Backstage News*: The original location for SummerSlam was going to be Landover, Maryland but the WWF had decided to relocate it to Wembley Stadium in London, England. The move was made because of the company’s good business on its recent tour of Europe and declining house show business in the United States. The current plan is to do the pay-per-view on August 29 and then broadcast it in the United States on a two-day tape delay. The WWF is hoping that it can sell out the 85,000-seat arena, which would be the second-largest documented show in history. Some rumors for matches on the show include Randy Savage defending the WWF title against the Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart defending the Intercontinental title against Ric Flair, and the Undertaker facing the Berzerker. If Hulk Hogan appears it is likely that his opponent would be Papa Shango.
-The location for the WBF Championship was moved from the 12,300-seat Long Beach Convention Center to the 2,700-seat Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California after only 600 advance tickets had been sold.
-In talent relations news, Scott Hall appeared at recent television tapings under the name Razor Ramon and was doing a biker gimmick. He was supposed to appear in some televised bouts but the gimmick was poorly received and the WWF wants to retool it. As a result, Kamala filled in for the matches Hall was supposed to do. Konnan is supposed to debut at the next set of television tapings.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for June 1.
Up Next: Prime Time Wrestling for May 25!