What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – June 29, 1992
By LScisco on 18th October 2023
Vince McMahon is in charge of the panel, which has three guests tonight: Hillbilly Jim, Bobby Heenan, and Mr. Perfect. The panel has a debate over Heenan’s comments about the Undertaker last week. Heenan denies that he said that the Undertaker was a fool while Jim insists that he did. When footage proves that Heenan did call the Undertaker foolish, he says that the tapes have been edited to make the Undertaker come into the studio and choke him. The Undertaker’s music is heard and Paul Bearer walks out, prompting Heenan to beg and plead. The Undertaker sneaks up behind Heenan, who runs into him when he tries to leave the studio. Heenan begs Perfect for help, but Perfect does nothing and Heenan circles the studio before running out.
Opening Non-Title Contest: Bret Hart (Intercontinental Champion) (18-1-1) defeats Bob Bradley via submission to the Sharpshooter at 3:12:
Gorilla Monsoon tells Lord Alfred Hayes that Sensational Sherri cannot be trusted because she has a tattoo of Shawn Michaels on her breast. Hayes says he has no idea but Monsoon insists that it is real and he has seen it a few times. When Hayes teases him about that comment, Monsoon begs off by saying that it is just what he has observed from Michaels’ matches. As per usual, Bradley gets to do his slow backflip elbow before Bret uses some moves of doom to put him down for his tenth-straight singles win.
Kamala’s squash from Superstars airs.
Promo time with Sean Mooney! Shawn Michaels, with Sensational Sherri, tells the audience that he is better than them which is why he is in the WWF. Sergeant Slaughter is happy to have his country back and warns the Mountie to look out for him.
Repo Man’s squash from Wrestling Challenge is shown.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment replays footage of Tatanka on his local reservation from Superstars.
Paul Bearer and the Undertaker join the panelist table with the Undertaker staring holes through Heenan, who is uncomfortable and has a tough time expressing his opinion. For example, he praises Tatanka against Rick Martel, contradicting Perfect’s take on the feud.
Sergeant Slaughter’s squash from Wrestling Challenge airs.
Okerlund interviews Nailz. Nailz says that he has reversed the roles with the Bossman. Okerlund gets some gumption in saying that the Bossman will never accept that and will return to the WWF for revenge. Nailz argues that if that happens he will give the Bossman hard time and no one will stop him. Nailz did a good job looking menacing but his natural voice was not deep enough to match so the WWF modulated the voice down several octaves.
The Nasty Boys’ squash from Superstars is shown.
More promos with Mooney! El Matador says there are a lot of wrestlers that he does not like in the WWF like Shawn Michaels and Rick Martel and challenges them. Repo Man talks about how he hates the summer because there is less darkness for him to do his job. He tells the British Bulldog that there is enough time to go after him, though.
There is a funny bit where Vince McMahon brings up WBF Body Stars and Bearer’s interest perks up because there is a discussion of bodies.
The British Bulldog (17-0) pins Barry Horowitz after the running powerslam at 4:05:
The Bulldog works Horowitz’s arm to kill time. Horowitz does manage to slam the Bulldog but takes too long going to the top rope, gets crotched, and the Bulldog finishes him after that.
WWF Championship Match: Randy Savage (Champion) (4-0) pins Skinner (7-6-1) after the flying elbow drop at 8:22:
This match took place at Cornwall, Ontario, Canada on June 3 and Monsoon says Skinner got a title shot because Savage needed to defend the title within 30 days. And in keeping with how the booking has gone in 1992 Hayes admits that Skinner is not someone that a lot of people see as a title contender. Skinner spits his tobacco juice on Savage to take control. Referee Earl Hebner also does not mind when Skinner takes off his belt and starts whipping Savage with it. Savage eventually gets the belt and chokes Skinner but then gets blasted with Skinner’s alligator claw and nearly loses the title. Skinner then goes on to score near-falls from a piledriver and shoulderbreaker. He also hits his finishing inverted DDT but Savage kicks out at two. Skinner crotches himself in the ropes during a blind charge and Savage capitalizes with the flying elbow to retain. If this featured back and forth it would have been a good match but instead it lapsed into the awful “Savage gets beaten up for most of the match and hits his one big move to win” formula. At least Skinner made his offense interesting. Rating: *½
When asked about the Savage-Ric Flair feud, Heenan begs off of providing an opinion and defers to Perfect. Perfect cannot believe when Heenan says that Savage and Flair have equal capabilities.
The Razor Ramon vignette from Superstars is replayed.
Rick Martel’s squash from Wrestling Challenge is shown.
The Berzerker’s squash from Superstars airs.
There is a replay of the Superstars segment where the Legion of Doom and Paul Ellering find Rocco.
When asked about the Berzerker, Bearer says he does not understand why the Berzerker tried to kill the Undertaker because it means that the Undertaker will not stop pursuing him. The Undertaker warns the Berzerker that one does not call on the reaper. Heenan watches with his mouth agape.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (13-4) beats Virgil (15-3) after using the shock stick at 8:58:
This bout took place in Sheffield, England on April 19 even though a television graphic says that it took place on May 7. Virgil is wearing his face guard since the European tour followed WrestleMania VIII. Hart had done a pre-match promo about how Virgil would shine the Mountie’s shoes so there is a spot in the middle of the match where Virgil strips the Mountie’s shirt off and demands he shine his boots with it. In keeping with the theme of stripping gear, the Mountie goes to the eyes and takes Virgil’s face guard off and blasts him with it a few times, which referee Joey Marella allows. That lets the Mountie put his shirt back on, earning some sarcastic whistles from the audience. The Mountie just kicks away until Virgil comes back and hits a side Russian leg sweep for two. Hart trips Virgil when he runs the ropes and when Virgil is distracted, the Mountie grabs the shock stick and uses it to steal a win. Fans facing the hard camera applaud the finish to a poor match that did not feature a lot of action. The Mountie also notches his tenth-straight singles win as he is rebuilding himself from a poor winter record. Rating: ½*
Bearer continues to get excited when McMahon references WBF Body Stars and the other panelists look at him like he is a creep.
El Matador’s squash from Wrestling Challenge several weeks ago is shown.
Shawn Michaels (w/Sensational Sherri) (18-1) pins Jason Speed after the Teardrop Suplex at 1:51:
Michaels clowns the enhancement talent with some basic wrestling moves as he does an insert promo about how the Intercontinental title will look better around his waist than Bret Hart’s. After a superkick, Michaels kicks the jobber a few times before finishing with the Teardrop Suplex.
Heenan explains that going forward he is going to be positive, not cheat, and not lie. McMahon shows footage during a commercial break Heenan whispering in Perfect’s ear that the Undertaker and Bearer are freaks. That causes the Undertaker and Bearer to stalk Heenan and Perfect around the table and they run out of the studio to end the show.
Tune in next week to see WWF Tag Team Champions Money Incorporated face Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Sergeant Slaughter! Also, El Matador squares off with Papa Shango and there will be a 40-man battle royal! And WWF Champion Randy Savage will appear as a panelist!
The Last Word: Even though the matches were clunkers, the appearance of the Undertaker and Paul Bearer as panelists freshened up that aspect of the show. Next week’s lineup of matches is the best in a while as the WWF tries to get Prime Time’s ratings back up after a dismal spring season.
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