The only tape of this event is on Supertape í92, which also consists of other matches, so I figured Iíd give a quick rundown of those as well, despite the fact that they were never held on PPV or even shown on television.
Legion Of Doom, Big Boss Man & Jim "The Anvil" Niedhart vs. The Nasty Boys, The Mountie & Earthquake
This is the "Tag Team Match Of The Month" from July í91 and it looks to be a Superstars dark match. The Nastys are reigning Tag Champs. During a wild melee, Hawk hits the top rope clothesline on Knobbs for the pin. 10:12, **
Tax tips segment with IRS, and here comes the C, nay, D-level acting. There is one highlight for me, however, as at one point Irwin mentions, "I suppose that as I speak, youíre making an illegal copy of this tape." My young impressionable 1992 mind perked up, and the proverbial light bulb brightened. I was just like, "You can do that?" And thus my meager (until recently, that is) WWF tape collection was born.
Intercontinental Title: Bret "Hitman" Hart (Champion) vs. IRS
This is from the fall of 1991, and looks like itís a Prime Time dark match. They put on a basic scientific match with everything well executed and well sold. IRS must have gotten hot wrestling in that suit because after five minutes of basic mat stuff heís sweating profusely. IRS controls but eats boot off the top rope. Bret comes back with his usual slew of moves including the reverse atomic drop, clothesline, suplex, backbreaker, elbow off the second rope, russian leg sweep, and finally the Sharpshooter. IRS makes the ropes, forcing Bret to let go of the Shooter, then in desperation, reaches for his briefcase and nails him with it, causing the DQ at 8:28. ***, the minimum for Bret in this time period.
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine vs. The Undertaker
This oneís a Wrestling Challenge dark match from some time in í91. Valentine as a face? That one never really got over, did it? Not bad music though. Gorilla pretends itís 1985 and mentions which camera weíre on. Valentine with a great sell of a big boot. Monsoon questions, as long as Hammerís been around, why doesnít he go to a single or double leg takedown and bring the big man down to size? Well, Gorilla, because this match is here to make the Undertaker look good, and Valentine is old and phoning it in. Taker hits the huge flying clothesline, but misses an elbow and Valentine hooks the Figure Four, but forgets heís a face and uses the ropes for assistance. Taker no sells it, escapes, and puts him away with the Tombstone at 5:27. *1/4.
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka vs. The Undertaker
This is the Wrestlemania VII squash which Iíve previously reviewed. The commentary seems out of place here for obvious reasons.
Finally, weíre ready for Tuesday In Texas, which occurred just six days after the Survivor Series.
Tuesday In Texas
December 4, 1991
San Antonio, Texas
Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
A quick tip for you kids out there: Don't use its initials to write about this show, much like you'd refer to the Royal Rumble as "RR". It could get you in trouble. If you donít know what was going on around this time, I suggest you read the Survivor Series í91 Flashback first because of its extremely close proximity with this show.
Intercontinental Title: Bret "Hitman" Hart (Champion) vs. Skinner
Skinner is undefeated going in, and I should mention now that this match has always been a personal favorite of mine for some reason. They do a great sequence with the arm before Skinner takes over. Skinner does the smartest move in the history of wrestling by going to the corner, grabbing his can oí spit, and attempting to use it on Bret. The ref of course wonít allow it, and takes the can back into the corner... while Skinner goes to the adjacent corner, grabs his claw and nails Bret with that instead. See, with tactics like that, he didnít even need a manager to distract the ref. Brilliant! The Gatorbreaker only gets two, and Bret comes back with the usual, but Skinner catches him with a boot and heads up top. Bret hops up, having played possum, and slams him off the top, then hooks the Sharpshooter for the submission victory at 13:45 to retain. Best match Iíve ever seen Keirn wrestle, but then I never saw him as anything but Skinner. ***1/2. Didnít break new ground or anything, but the wrestling was crisp, and the psychology, execution, and selling were all there. Solid stuff.
Sean Mooney is with Jake the Snake who cuts a GREAT promo on Liz and Savage. Jake blames Tunney for everything and says that Tunney will be at fault for anything Jake does. "Snake in the corner? Trust me. Just trust me."
Gene is with Savage who responds with an equally great promo. Jakeís music starts in the arena and Savage bolts.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage
This is Savageís comeback match and he wastes no time, jumping Jake in the aisle before heís even scheduled to enter. Awesomeness. Savage totally dominates a brawl on the floor, but inside Jake clips him. He tosses him right back to the floor, slithers out after him, and posts the same arm that was bitten by the snake just ten days earlier. Jake ruthlessly attacks the arm, ripping away the bandage, and stifles any comeback Macho might try to muster. Savage ducks a short clothesline and hits a vertical elbow, but eats knee on a charge. Now Jake hits the short clothesline for real and signals for the DDT, but Savage catches him with a short knee to the ribs, knocking the wind out of him. Macho heads up top and drops the Flying Elbow for the win at 6:26 in his first match since Wrestlemania VII. ***1/4 for the intensity alone.
But that is not the end. Not by a long shot. Randy has more damage in mind and grabs the ring bell and a chair. The ref stands in his way, and as he goes to take them away, Jake recovers and manages a quick DDT to an unsuspecting Savage. Jake, still selling the ribs, takes a few moments to gather himself. Both men reach their feet and Jake hits a second DDT. Now Savage is out cold. Hebner tries to tell Jake itís over and demands that he leaves. After much yelling, he finally gets an unusually calm Jake to exit the ring. He starts the slow walk down the aisle, then stops, smiles, turns around, and walks to the corner of the ring.
He pulls a small black bag from under the ring, and tosses it inside. It wasnít at ringside, Tunney, it was under the ring. Jake taunts Savage with the snake, and Elizabeth runs down to cover him. Jake verbally berates Elizabeth while Hebner screams at him to stop. Liz is shrieking. Jake grabs Savage by the hair and delivers a third DDT with ease. That one was for Liz. Jake grabs the bag and continues his verbal assualt on Liz, who's in tears by now. He opens the bag and puts on the black glove. "Do you love him, Elizabeth?" asks Jake, as he stomps Savage in the head just for fun. "You wanna save his ass, you better start begging now. Heís nothing, you hear me? Heís nothing! I canít stand this, you know that? He makes me sick." Then, he grabs Elizabeth by the hair, points his finger in her face... and SLAPS HER. Now THATíS heel heat; he didnít come out and rip on the Spurs, he SLAPPED A WOMAN. This whole segment was a major happening in 1991, and Jake just crossed the line big time. Jake goes for the bag again, and only now does another ref come down. Tunney, in attendance for the upcoming World Title Match, finally makes his way out and takes Jake back down the aisle to the dressing room. Several officials tend to Savage, while a helpless Elizabeth looks on, still selling the slap. This feud ruled.
Gene is with Jake, who is thrilled with himself. "Come on, Gene, congratulate me." Yes, he slapped Elizabeth, but heíll slap himself and heíll slap Gene too. Jake says it was the best feeling in the world to slap her; so good that he should have to pay money for it. He begs Savage to bring Liz when they cross paths again. "Please let me touch her again. I could cultivate her into something even I could want." Trust me, trust me. Gene can take no more and tells him to get the hell out of here. Sicko.
Back to Gorilla and the Brain.
The British Bulldog vs. The Warlord
Jake is so EVIL! This is the 136th one on one match between Bulldog and Warlord in 1991. Theyíre used to each other by now, though Warlord still manages to work in the bearhug. After a running powerslam attempt fails, Bulldog gets the three with a crucifix. 12:48, **, which is all you can really ask for when you let those two go more than ten minutes.
Mooney is with Savage, who cuts the usual awesome promo. A VERY distraught Macho Man seems to blame himself for what went down. The intensity and emotion from both Savage and Roberts make this feud awesome, and I canít say that enough.
Speculation on my part: Had Hogan faced Flair at Wrestlemania VIII, which was the original plan, and the real big money match that everyone was hoping for since the second the WWF signed Flair, and had the WWF chose to let Jake go out in high-profile fashion, then this could have very easily built to a Career Match at Wrestlemania VIII with Savage winning out this time (after losing a match of the same stipulation a year earlier), and eliminating his hated heel rival from the WWF for good. Hey, if ever there was a feud that was heated enough to garner a Career Match, it was this one. As result, the pairings would have been shifted to accommodate this, and weíd have seen Sid wrestle the Undertaker in what would be the World Title match five years later at Wrestlemania. But as it turns out, Jake was transferred into a feud with The Undertaker, Hogan cost Sid the Royal Rumble, and Savage got a well deserved shot at Flairís WWF Title. I canít complain because Savage/Flair remains a top favorite of mine to this day, but itís still fun to think about what could have been.
Virgil & "El Matador" Tito Santana vs. "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase & Repo Man
Lots of action at the end, and DiBiase pins Virgil at 11:17. **1/4, and I still donít care because Iím still worn out from Jake/Savage.
Gene interviews Hogan, who says "brother" eight times by my count. Wasnít even talking for two minutes either.
WWF Title: Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker (Champion)
The Undertaker, WWF Champion, of course enters first because we have to wait for Hogan. President Tunney, who made this match based on the sole premis that he'd be at ringside to witness it, finally makes it down the aisle two minutes in. Hogan canít get Taker off his feet, so he slams him. Yep, thatíll do it. Taker dominates with chokes and punches, often taking it to the floor. Why is there an empty chair next to the one Tunney is seated in? Both men go off the ropes and Taker just collapses. Oof, that was bad. After they recover from the mishap (no small task when Hogan has to ad-lib something), Taker hits the flying clothesline for two. Taker does the rope walk a second time, but Hogan armdrags him off the top. He hulks up and here comes Ric Flair again. Hogan clotheslines Taker to the floor and hits Flair with a chair on the outside, sending him spilling into Tunney. Back in, Hogan trades fists with Taker. Flair gets on the apron and holds up a chair for Taker to ram Hoganís head into, but Hulk reverses and Taker gets the chairshot. Big boot, but Taker sits up. Paul Bearer gets on the apron to hit Hogan with the urn, but he ducks it, and Hogan nails him and grabs the urn. He opens it to reveal a bunch of ashes. All the months of questioning the contents of the urn, and it turns out to be ashes. Well, duh! Itís an urn! What else is going to be in there?! Hogan, role model that he is, illegally throws the ashes in the Undertakerís eyes, and scores the quick rollup pinfall on the previously undefeated Undertaker to regain the Title at 13:11. * At least it was better than Survivor Series, and the crowd was into it more too. Taker saw the belt for six days, and wouldnít see it again for almost six years.
It should be noted that Flair helped Tunney onto the apron to witness the cheating by Hogan. This would become important later, as Tunney would deem Hoganís Title win under "suspicious circumstances" and strip him of the Title. A new Champion would be declared at the Royal Rumble in January 1992, where the winner of the Rumble match would be awarded the Belt.
As for Tuesday In Texas, again, it existed for two purposes other than to make a few extra bucks, and those were to push forth the Savage/Jake feud and give Hogan the Title back to set up the Royal Rumble. Other than that, nothing notable happened, but there was some pretty decent wrestling, and the Savage/Jake stuff made the show worth watching.
Tuesday In Texas Key Stats
Total Wrestling: 57:27
Average Match: 11:29
Average Match Rating: **1/2
Top Moments: Bret, Savage/Snake awesomeness, Hogan's Title win
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