OSR: WWE SummerSlam 1991 Review
The year of 1991 was a very unusual time for the WWE because there was a lot of uncertainty over its direction both internally and externally. This event saw an end to the WWE most controversial characters at the time, the Iraqi sympathizer Sgt Slaughter. But it also marked the end of The Ultimate Warriors original run with the company, as he was infamously fired after the event. With the tagline for the event being A Match Made in Heaven, A Match Made in Hell. This, after WrestleMania VII is the defining event of 1991. And to think it is nearly 25 years ago is scary. But in the OSR, we go back to a transitional time in the WWE in the SummerSlam 1991 Review…
The opening montage is narrated by Vince McMahon. It looks at the pairing of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, marketed as a Match Made in Heaven. It then turns to the handicap main event, which pits Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior against Sgt Slaughter, General Adnan and Colonel Mustafa, marketed as a Match Made in Hell. We then go inside the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden for this evenings event. Our commentary team for the evening are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan and Roddy Piper. We quickly go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
1. The Warlord and Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules) (w/ Slick) vs. The Dragon, The Texas Tornado and The British Bulldog
Power and Glory, along with The Warlord and Slick are already in the ring as their opponents make their way to the ring. The match gets underway with The Dragon and Roma going at it. The combinations in the match provide a series of power contests, with some in-ring expertise from The Dragon and Roma. It is The Dragon who assumes the beating in the match, which prompts the hot tags to The Texas Tornado and The British Bulldog. Ultimately though, The Dragon picks up the win following an impressive flying crossbody onto Roma. This was an average match, with what can be seemed a very mismatch of opponents and teammates (for at least one side).
Winners: The Dragon, The Texas Tornado and The British Bulldog
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Mr. Perfect (c) (w/ Coach) vs. Bret Hart
Following an interview with Mr. Perfect backstage, both men make their way to the ring with Bret receiving an incredible reaction. The duo have a superbly contested wrestling match, which is befitting to both men’s style inside the ring. There are a couple of spots which look slightly awkward, but there is a great level of intensity and chemistry between the pair. The end of the match comes when Bret counters an attack from Perfect into a Sharpshooter. Perfect promptly taps out, to allow Bret to define himself as a singles competitor in an absolutely incredible match. After the match, he celebrates briefly with his parents in a heart warming moment.
Winner: Bret Hart, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
3. The Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch) (w/ Andre the Giant) vs. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) (w/ Jimmy Hart)
The Bushwhackers and Andre are interviewed backstage, before they both teams make their way to the ring. The match gets underway with The Natural Disasters being poked in the eyes. Surprisingly, in the outset The Bushwhackers look quite competitive. Their usage of tag team combinations is very good and allows them to build some momentum. Ultimately though, it doesn’t last. The Disasters regain the momentum, with one of The Bushwhackers taking the pounding (I think its Butch). The win comes when Earthquake nails his finisher for the victory in a tedious outing. After the match, The Disasters for Andre but are stopped by The Legion of Doom. What is a shame, you can see the clear discomfort and pain Andre is in throughout.
Winners: The Natural Disasters
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars