Hosted by "Mean" Gene Okerlund, along with co-host Lord Alfred Hayes. Tonight's guests include "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, Cowboy Bob Orton, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and George "The Animal" Steele. You know what I won't miss about recapping TNT when the show wraps in September?
Back in the studio, Okerlund says Steele has come a long way "personally" thanks to Albano. Alfred says Albano has dedicated a lot of his time to helping Steele along with his therapy. What about Elizabeth? "NICE! MACHO MAN BAD!" Alfred thinks Elizabeth has been using George. Thanks to Lou Albano, he's arranged to take Steele to a special set in the studio. We walk LITERALLY FOUR FEET to a couch positioned to the side of the stage. We come back from commercial as this segment limps along. We've got a SPECIAL THERAPIST to look at George named "Suzette Lace." Somehow, I doubt that's her real name. She's going to try and bring George out of his depression over Elizabeth. Who booked George Steele, ON HIS OWN, to be on TNT for 15-minutes? Ms. Lace rubs George's knee as Okerlund tries to spin this as some sexually provocative behavior. She removes her jacket, revealing a strapless dress. "NICE!" Where's Cancel Culture now? Not because I dislike her body (meh), but because this segment sucks. Steele immediately storms off the set, screaming for Elizabeth. Okerlund continues to be a creeper as we wrap up this dumpster fire.
We return to the studio, with Heenan laughing his butt off at the footage, making fun of the Superstars for being a bunch of dumb tourists. He says Steele might've had a good time with a Koala Bear on the couch. As for Roma, he's walking around with a camera, maybe next time he'll remember to put film in it. Heenan says he's wearing black to mourn Albano's loss... Heenan's gain of Albano's therapist. Okerlund calls Heenan the shortest manager besides Jimmy Hart, and for some reason, I don't think he's talking about height. To recap, the first half of the show has been objectifying what I guess was a good-time girl.
Back in the studio, Okerlund calls it a difficult task to get one over on Tiger Chung Lee. Poffo has a new poem, calling TNT the highest rated show on the USA Network and the best entertainment on a Wednesday night. Remember when the show was TUESDAY Night Titans? Then moved to Friday. Pepperidge Farm remembers. Pepperidge Farm also remembers what the ratings were really like and why there was a change in hosting duties.
Back in the studio, Orton calls himself one of the best wrestlers in the world and mocks the audience for not appreciating that. Okerlund grabs a microphone and takes Orton for a short walk where they have a pool table. Orton says it's not regulation size, and sure enough, it does look small. Orton calls it a barroom table "why, do you have to put the quarters in?!" We come back from commercial, and I guess we're so out of ideas, we're playing billiards. Okerlund asks for a volunteer from the audience to play. $20 says he's a ringer. Larry chalks up as Orton complains he wouldn't have done such a good break had he known he'd be playing someone else. Okerlund hurries Larry along and sure enough, he's sinking balls with ease. Orton accuses Okerlund of hornswoggling him (my words, not his). Orton has nothing but excuses, complaining Gene set him up like a geek. Orton says he's a good sport and surprisingly doesn't whack Larry with something, with one fan on Orton's side as Okerlund eggs him on. BOO!
We return from one last commercial break and little time left, so we bring Suzette Lace back out for Okerlund to be a complete pervert. There's ZERO effort to hide the innuendo when it comes to getting George Steele to come out of his shell.
Final Thoughts: Gene Okerlund brings the perverted side of the wrestling business to the center stage in the dying days of TNT. Most of the episode was dedicated to the innuendo that Captain Lou hired a good time girl for George Steele. Lanny Poffo was his usual self as a filler guest, and Bob Orton definitely should've beat the crap out of someone, but he played it straight to my disappointment.
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