April 21, 2010
Steve Riddle

Summerslam 1991
August 26th, 1991
Madison Square Garden
New York City

Dark Match:
1. Koko B. Ware defeats Kato.

Actual Show:

We see the opening montage for Summerslam.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

1. The Dragon, The British Bulldog, and “The Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich defeat the Warlord and Power & Glory (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick) when Dragon pins Paul Roma at 10:43.

One-Time Return/Farewell #1: The Dragon is a returning Ricky Steamboat. After a brief retirement, he returned to WCW and had arguably the greatest matches in wrestling history in 1989 with Ric Flair for the World Title. He would then travel to NJPW before returning here. He was treated as a newcomer and no mention of his previous success was mentioned. This is his last WWF PPV, save for his recent run in 2009. He would return to WCW and win the TV, US, and Tag Team Titles before retiring for good. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by Ric Flair.

Farewell #2: This is Paul Roma’s last PPV. He would jump to WCW in 1993 and become a member of the Four Horsemen before forming a tag team with Paul Orndorff. He would retire in 1998.

Farewell #3: Also making his last appearance is Slick. He would be off TV briefly before returning as the Rev. Slick. His last charge was Kamala who he attempted to humanize. Slick currently works as a minister and made a surprise appearance at Wrestlemania 23 in a backstage segment.

Analysis: A solid match to open the show. Steamboat makes his big return and the fans are happy to see him again, even though he was basically buried for what happened back in 1987. He still had good matches, like this one. Bulldog was slowly moving up the midcard, while Von Erich was continuing his slide, as his demons were taking control of his life. On the other side, P&G are done and the Warlord is floating. The heels dominate Steamboat for most of the match before the faces make the comeback and win. Dragon and Roma are done, Bulldog and Warlord continue their feud, and Herc and Von Erich are on their last legs. Good match to get this night going. Grade: 2.5

Sean Mooney interviews Mr. Perfect and Coach, who say to be champion, you have to be perfect, and only he is Mr. Perfect.

2. Bret “The Hitman” Hart forces Mr. Perfect (w/ Coach) to submit to the Sharpshooter at 18:04 to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

One-Time Debut: Coach is John Tolos. He would spend most of his career in Canada, wrestling in the 50s and 60s. He came to the WWF earlier in the year managing the Beverly Brothers and Mr. Perfect, and makes his only appearance here as Perfect was taking time off and the Beverlys would get a new manager. John Tolos would sadly pass away on May 29, 2009 from renal failure at the age of 78.

Analysis: After years of teasing, Bret Hart finally begins his solo run and his first big match is against a solid competitor. Perfect was in serious pain as his back was killing him, but he does the classy thing and puts Hart over. The first couple of minutes are slow, as both men feel each other out with crisp wrestling. Perfect would take over and pound on Hart, but couldn’t put him away. Hart would also kick out of the Perfect-Plex. After that, Hart would take control and put Perfect away with his new submission hold, the Sharpshooter. Perfect would take time off to get his back fixed, and would be back in a new role, and Bret Hart was off to the races as the IC Champion. Great match that is only hindered by the fact that Perfect isn’t 100%, but is still great to watch. Grade: 4

Lord Alfred Hayes attempts to interview Stu Hart as Bret comes up to celebrate with his family.

We see an ad for Hulk Hogan: A Real American Story on PPV.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Bushwhackers and Andre the Giant, who claim they will chew up the Natural Disasters.

3. The Natural Disasters (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) defeat the Bushwhackers (w/ Andre the Giant) when Earthquake pins Luke at 6:27.

Heel Turn/Repackaging: Tugboat turned on the Bushwhackers in May and joined up with Earthquake and was renamed Typhoon.

The Buildup: After the turn of Typhoon, Jimmy Hart attempted to recruit Andre, who refused. Earthquake would take out Andre’s knee, and Andre would second the Bushwhackers in this match.

Other feud: Prior to this, Quake was involved in a feud of Jake Roberts, where Quake squashed Damien. That feud would never have a big blowoff, as both move on to different feuds.

Farewell: This is the last appearance of Andre the Giant. His last TV appearance was at WCW Clash of Champions in 1992. Andre would sadly pass away on January 23, 1993 from a heart attack at the age of 46. Andre the Giant was the first inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame.

Analysis: A pretty slow match to build up the new heel team on the block. Quake was starting to float so he was paired with the former Tugboat and the two became the Natural Disasters. The Bushwhackers are quickly fading on the face side, but are still getting good pops. The Disasters control most of the match and make quick work of the Whackers. They then try to assult Andre, who is on crutches, but the LOD make the save, teasing the upcoming feud between those teams. For now, the Disasters win and the Whackers continue marching on. Sadly, this would be the last time we would see the legendary Andre the Giant on TV. Grade: 1.5

Bobby Heenan attempts to issue a challenge to Hulk Hogan on behalf of “The Real World’s Champion” Ric Flair, but gets the door slammed in his face.

Sean Mooney interviews Ted Dibiase, who says he will beat Virgil and throw him into the gutters of NYC.

4. Virgil pins “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase (w/ “Sensational” Sherri) after ramming his head into an exposed turnbuckle at 13:11 to win the Million Dollar Championship.

Analysis: After a schmozz of a match at WM, the former master and bodyguard tangle again, this time for the strap. Virgil had gained quite a following, while Dibiase was as red hot as ever. The commentary is spot on as Piper is literally begging for his protégé to win. Virgil gets a jump, but Dibiase takes over until Virgil slaps the Dream on Ted. This prompts Sherri in the ring for the DQ, which pisses off the crowd, until the ref throws Sherri out and restarts the match. We get a ref bump and Dibiase takes over, dominating Virgil and taunting Piper. But after exposing the turnbuckle, Dibiase is rammed into it and Virgil gets a pin and wins the Million Dollar Belt. The crowd goes crazy and Virgil wins the biggest match of his life. Really good match with great pyschology and the right man went over. Grade: 3.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Mountie, who tells NYPD’s finest that he wants them to do justice to the Bossman the “Mountie-style”.

Sean Mooney interviews the Big Bossman, who says it’s the Mountie who will spend a long night in jail.

5. The Big Bossman pins the Mountie (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) with a spinebuster at 9:38.

Stipulation: The loser has to spend a night in an NYC jail.

Analysis: Our next match is the battle of the law enforcement officers. Mountie was slowly gaining great heel heat, and the Bossman was at his peak in terms of workrate and was one of the hottest faces at the time. Bossman dominates early before Hart gets involved. Mountie takes over and wears down Bossman, but can’t put him away. After avoiding the shock stick, Bossman comes back and hits an Alabama-Slam like spinebuster that even Bob Holly would envy. Bossman wins and Mountie is on his way to the slammer. Good match that had great crowd reaction. Grade: 2.5

We see Mountie put in the paddywagon and driven out of Madison Square Garden.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Ted Dibiase, who is irate and claims he was ripped off by Virgil.

Sean Mooney interviews Bret Hart, who says that there is no such thing as perfect and he is the new Intercontinental Champion.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Natural Disasters, who say the LOD got in their business and they will pay.

Sean Mooney interviews Big Bossman, who says he is the true law and order in the WWF.

Mean Gene Okerlund attempts to interview Randy Savage, who is busy talking on the phone.

We see the opening video for Summerslam.

Gorilla, Roddy, and Bobby recap the first part of Summerslam and hype the Matches made in Heaven and Hell.

We see the Mountie arrive at the jailhouse and attempt to talk his way out.

Sean Mooney inteviews the Nasty Boys, who say the LOD are going to Nastyville and they will not survive.

We see the Mountie get his picture taken against his will.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the LOD, who promise to win the Tag Team Titles and send a message to the Natural Disasters that their next.

We see the Mountie gets his fingerprints taken. Best line of the night: “You want the finger? Here’s the finger!”.

Sean Mooney interviews the Triangle of Terror, who say Hogan and Warrior are outnumbered and promise a surprise.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Sid Justice, who promises that justice will be served.

6. The Legion of Doom defeat the Nasty Boys in a No-Disqualification, No-Countouts match when Animal pins Jerry Sags at 7:45 to win the WWF Tag Team Championships.

Fun Fact: The LOD become the first and only team to win the AWA, NWA, and WWF Tag Team Titles.

Analysis: We now come to our third title match. The Nasties had a nice run as heel champs, but their time has come to pay. The LOD and Nasties beat the hell out of each other, but don’t utilize the No DQ/No Countout rule to its fullest extent. What’s more puzzling is the ref is still doing 5-counts. Either way, Hawk takes a pounding before making the hot tag. After a few shots from the helmet and one Doomsday Device later, the LOD have reached tag team immortality. This win has solidified the Road Warriors as one of, if not the, greatest tag team of all time. They take the straps and move on to their next feud, and the Nasties would never sniff those titles again. Decent match with HUGE pops for the LOD. Grade: 3

We see the Mountie getting thrown into his cell for the night.

We see an ad for the Survivor Series.

7. Irwin R. Schyster pins Greg “The Hammer” Valentine with an inside cradle at 7:07.

Return/Repackaging: IRS is Mike Rotunda. After leaving the first time, Rotunda moved back to Florida and had a nice run in the NWA. He would win the TV Title and Tag Team Titles with Dr. Death Steve Williams. He was a member of the Varsity Club and a founding member of the York Foundation before returning in this gimmick of an IRS tax collector.

Farewell: This is Greg Valentine’s last PPV. He would be in the 1992 and 1994 Royal Rumbles and the 1993 Survivor Series, but this is it for him full time. Valentine had a brief run in WCW in 1992 before semi-retiring. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 by Jimmy Hart.

Analysis: One final undercard match before the main event. It features two men going different directions. Schyster was back and quickly given a nice mid card push. Here he has a good match with the Hammer. Valentine has had a nice 6-year run, but his time has come. He makes a few appearances over the next few years, but is done for good. He and IRS pound each other for 7 minutes, but Valentine does the right thing by putting the new heel over. Valentine is done and IRS continues his rise. Grade: 2.5

We see an ad for Hulk Hogan: A Real American Story on PPV.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, who say they will not let wrestling history be altered and will win tonight.

8. Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior defeat the Triangle of Terror when Hogan pins Sgt. Slaughter at 12:40.
Special Referee: Sid Justice

Debut: Sid Eudy began his career as Lord Humongous before adopting the name Sid Vicious, taken from the bass player of the Sex Pistols. He would move to WCW and form a tag team with Dan Spivey called the Skyscrapers before joining the Four Horsemen. He debuted in July as Sid Justice and was named the guest referee.

Return/Repackaging: Col. Mustafa is a returing Iron Shiek. After being turfed in 1987, he competed mostly in WCCW, WWC, and the NWA. He also had a very brief return to the WWF in 1988. When he returned earlier, he returned as the Iron Shiek before being repackaged.

Other feud: Prior to this, Warrior was feuding with the Undertaker. Warrior was approached by Jake Roberts to be his trainer, which led to classic skits where was Warrior was put in a casket, buried alive, and put in a room with snakes, including a cobra which bit Warrior. It was revealed that Taker and Jake were in cahoots. In fact, this match was taking place at house shows with Taker in Mustafa’s place. Warrior was to continue his feud with Taker and Jake, but it wouldn’t happen.

Temp. Farewell: This is Warrior’s last PPV until 1992. Vince and the WWF have stated that Warrior held Vince up for money or he wouldn’t compete in the match. Warrior claims he was owed money from Wrestlemania, but either way he was fired as soon as he came back through the curtain. Vince made it clear to mention that he did pay Warrior what he demanded, but took pleasure in firing him.

Analysis: Our Main Event is a pretty dated affair. Any heat Slaughter had as an Iraqi sympathizer is long gone and Adnan and Mustafa do nothing to help. The feud with Hogan was also extremely stale and Warrior fit nowhere into the equation. The lone bright spot was the debut of Sid, who does his job and calls the match down the middle. That coupled with the commentary makes this match at least somewhat decent. The heels dictate with two heat segments before the hot tag to Hogan. Warrior chases Adnan and Mustafa to the back, and as mentioned is quickly turfed for his actions before the event. Hogan then uses powder and hits the leg and gets the win. Hulk and Sid then pose for the crowd. OK match, but one of the perfect examples of why there had to be another PPV between WM and this, as many feuds going in had no blowoffs. For now, Hulk wins, but his kingdom is about to shaken to its core by a big arrival. Grade: 1.5

We get our last look at the Mountie in jail as he meets his cellmates.

We see highlights of Randy Savage proposing to Elizabeth.

We see the wedding of Randy Savage and Elizabeth.

The wedding reception starts smoothly, but takes a drastic turn. While opening gifts, Elizabeth opens a gift to reveal a cobra. Savage is then cold-clocked by the Undertaker as Jake Roberts taunts Liz with the snake until Sid Justice intervenes and chases off the heels.

Final Analysis: Overall, after a few bland Summerslams, this one is very good as the red hot year of 1991 continues. Some solid action, great matches, and compelling stories. Bret Hart finally breaks the glas ceiling and rules the midcard, the LOD rule the tag ranks, and Virgil wins the biggest match of his career. New heels are put over, and many feuds end. Even though the main event wasn’t that great and some big names are still missing, this was still a very solid show. Our next event sees a HUGE debut and more twists and turns. Final Grade: A-

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