Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart are in the booth to conclude the tapings in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A corny voiceover puts over Stamford, Connecticut as a big media center relative to other places like Los Angeles and New York City. Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan argue backstage about getting ready and are introduced as the night’s hosts by Lord Alfred Hayes. There is a live audience, a mix of parents and young children. Heenan said years later that most of the audience were WWF employees.
After McMahon tells Heenan his fly is open, a replay of the tag team battle royal on Superstars airs.
The Battle Royal: in an era of jobber vs. jobber matches making up almost all TV wrestling, this iwas the only way to get to see a TON of big stars in one place!
It’s another Dream Matches column! This time I find a Battle Royal from 1992 with a very unexpected victor! A 40-man battle royal with an incredible SEVENTEEN jobbers getting paydays, and extended runs by guys like Kato and a beyond-done Texas Tornado! Read on!
I also find some disparate stuff- Crush vs. Damian Demento from a 1992 WWF Mania, as I find an incredible smorgasbord of horrible low-grade matches on that program! Essa Rios vs. Jeff Hardy from 2000, as the Hardyz push REALLY starts to get in gear and “Team Extreme” is ready to form! WCW midcard glory as Glacier faces Lash Leroux! Then it’s a request, as we see a very young MIKE AWESOME in late ’80s WCW, as he faces the “Z-Man” Tom Zenk! And finally, some throwaway lucha stuff as Juventud Guerrera & Super Calo face Silver King & El Dandy in a match that ends in a REAL mess of miscommunication!
(Bret Hart, The British Bulldog, Sgt. Slaughter, Rick “The Model” Martel, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, I.R.S., The Nasty Boys, “El Matador” Tito Santana, “Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich, Virgil, High Energy, Skinner, The Beverly Brothers, The Berzerker, Kato, Jim Powers, Barry Horowitz, Jumping Jim Brunzell, Duane Gill, Joe Milano, Rick Johnson, John/Tom Star, J.K. Goodman, Chico Martinez, Bob Bradley, Bruce Mitchell, Bob Knight, Terry Davis, Joe McMullen, Al Tucker, Barry Hardy, Nick Danger, Scott Palontonio?)
(WWF Prime Time, July 6th 1992)
* Okay, so while Scott Keith HATES Battle Royals, I LOVE them. I mean, in an era where your weekly main event was like Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Koko B. Ware, seeing THIRTY GUYS in one match? That was incredible! Plus it was fun to see guys go out almost in the exact order of importance. This one’s a real mish-mash of the most “1992” acts possible, including Kato as a singles act, the Beverlies, High Energy & Skinner. I don’t recognize most of the seventeen (!) jobbers, but there’s a pudgy short guy in a red singlet who is AMAZINGLY bad-looking, and Johnson is some huge, ripped dude. Bruce & Bob look like a tag team in matching black tights & white boots. LOL some asshole fan on the right is grabbing all the babyfaces by the arm and not letting go, resulting in a bunch of dudes (Virgil, Kerry) spinning around, probably giving him an earful.
Gorilla Monsoon and Roddy Piper are in the booth and they are live from Hartford, Connecticut. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 16,000 fans, 13,000 of whom paid to attend. The show drew a buyrate of 3.0, with an estimated 400,000 households purchasing the event. The buyrate was 0.3 less than the previous year, but 15,000 more homes bought the show, once again illustrating the expansion of pay-per-view into American households.
Gene Okerlund interviews the Warriors. Animal lets the “little warriors” out there know that the team will not let them down.
On All-American Wrestling there was an exclusive squash match where Tugboat (23-0) defeated Tom Stone after a splash at 1:31
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Heenan is still trying to win over the Big Bossman by wearing his hat. He runs away when Monsoon tells him that the Bossman will be in the opener.
Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper handle commentary, calling the action from Springfield, Illinois. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on October 9. Piper comes out with a white sheet over his head and carrying a pumpkin, lest his intentions be misconstrued from his actions at WrestleMania VI.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host this evening’s show. Heenan says he can solve the problems in the Middle East by sending the Big Bossman’s mother because it will cause Iraqi forces to flee Kuwait. Monsoon threatens Heenan with more fines for unsavory jokes, causing Heenan to beg Monsoon not to do it because he needs the money to sponsor needy families for Christmas.
Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper do commentary for the show, which was taped from the Superstars cycle in Toledo, Ohio. The show has an “Oktoberfest” theme. Its television rating could not be found.
Demolition talk about all of the destruction they are going to unleash on the Ultimate Warrior and the Legion of Doom.
Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are in the booth and they are taped from Toledo, Ohio.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s squash of Paul Diamond from Prime Time Wrestling starts the broadcast.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for this evening’s show. Heenan takes down a poster of Dusty Rhodes and replaces it with Ted DiBiase’s wrestling buddy because DiBiase paid him $1,000. Monsoon threatens to fine Heenan $5,000 for what he just did until Heenan argues he can whatever he wants to his side of the studio.