Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are in the booth, broadcasting the last show from Macon, Georgia.
Jake Roberts’ squash from Prime Time Wrestling kicks off the broadcast.
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.
WWF SURVIVOR SERIES SHOWDOWN 1991:
-Hey look! I finally found another one of these shows! Though… this got uploaded in 2018, so I should have been able to find it then! Oh well. We’ve got a big batch of Dream Matches here, with Boss Man vs. Earthquake (same as last year), Roddy Piper vs. Hercules, and even the Million Dollar Title rematch between Ted DiBiase & Virgil- the actual end of their feud that nobody remembers or talks about! And somehow this company was insane enough to give away BLAKE BEVERLY vs. BUSHWHACKER LUKE on free TV! No wonder business bit the dust in 1992!
So this is the go-home show for the Hogan/Taker Survivor Series: “The Gravest Challenge”, which is also the first one with Ric Flair in it, but turned out to be an advertisement for “This Tuesday in Texas”, a failed experiment to put a PPV on a different date.
Your hosts: Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan
Gorilla Monsoon and Roddy Piper are in charge of commentary, broadcasting live from Miami, Florida. According to profightdb.com, the show drew a crowd of 16,000. On pay-per-view the show drew a buyrate of 2.4, the equivalent of 440,000 buys. This was an increase over the previous year’s show, which drew a 2.0 buyrate (260,000 buys).
Since the Gulf War had commenced days earlier, the WWF plays the national anthem for the crowd. Piper is also amped up, wearing a yellow ribbon around his arm for the troops watching the show from the Middle East.
Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and the Honky Tonk Man are in the booth, wrapping up a long taping in Tampa, Florida. This show aired the day of The Royal Rumble and would be Honky Tonk Man’s last appearance on WWF television until 1997.
Jake Roberts’ squash from Prime Time Wrestling starts the show.
In 1990 the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) decided to pivot from the formula that made it a global brand. Hulk Hogan, the company’s longtime champion, wanted to get into Hollywood and spent much of the year offscreen. At WrestleMania VI, Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior defeated Hogan for the WWF Championship. The match was supposed to make the Warrior the new face of the company, and the WWF hoped that the Warrior could continue Hogan’s profitable run into the new decade. However, the Warrior quickly proved to be a flop, drawing poorly on house shows against Rick Rude, having an awful television title defense on Haku on Saturday Night’s Main Event a month after WrestleMania, and ending up as the third wheel in the Legion of Doom’s feud with Demolition. His run was also hurt by the WWF not fully committing to his run, giving Hogan the prime feud of the summer against Earthquake.
Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and the Honky Tonk Man are doing commentary, beginning a new television taping cycle in Tampa, Florida. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on December 11 and drew a crowd of 11,500.
The opening match is Mr. Perfect’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling.