Induction: Double Dare’s Super-Slop-O-Mania – Still more mature than Punk’d

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Nickelodeon/WWF, 1989

With two former wrestlers like Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan handling announcing duties for years in the WWF, constantly at odds, don’t you find it odd that they never squared off in the ring to settle their differences? Why, Michael Cole was barely a year into his insufferable jerk persona before he and Jerry Lawler had a series of pay-per-view matches. Fortunately, someone at Nickelodeon was on the ball in the late 1980s, pitting the Gorilla and the Weasel against each other in that ultimate test of valor and ingenuity…

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Double Dare!

And not just any Double Dare, but Super Sloppy Double Dare!

And not just any Super Sloppy Double Dare, but Super-Slop-O-Mania!

And not just any Super-Slop-O-Mania, but Super-Slop-O-Mania I!

If you’ve ever wondered where Vince McMahon had heard of being slimed, here’s your answer. Let’s take a look back at the greatest slime-fueled spectacle on the grandest sound stage of them all.

 

During the introductions, our host Marc Summers details Gorilla Monsoon’s education, which includes a degree in English and physical therapy. Suddenly, the constant references to the external occipital protuberance and the solar plexus make so much more sense (although Monsoon’s claims of literally exploding arenas and fans hanging from the rafters are all the more puzzling given his Bachelor’s in English). ssdd01
ssdd02 Right away, this 1989 episode shows its age, with Gorilla impersonating Mikhail Gorbachev. Either that, or some chocolate sauce remains from the show’s first challenge.
Monsoon is paired up with a young lady who happens to be African-American on a team unfortunately named, “The Gorillas.” At least the girl isn’t teamed up with Little Beaver. ssdd03
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After reaching into his travel bags, Bobby learned the hard way the perils of babysitting a young Randy Orton.

Their opponents are “The Brains,” made up of Bobby Heenan and a white boy. Fortunately, Wayne Ferris wasn’t available as the kid’s partner, lest they be dubbed, “The Honkies.”
The show’s prize? A big gold belt. Obviously, not the Big Gold Belt, but don’t be surprised if WWE tries tracing its legacy back to Frank Gotch. ssdd05
ssdd06 The trivia portion of the show begins, and at first, the questions are easy.
Then, things get real obscure in a hurry. ssdd07
ssdd08 Monsoon’s team gets a question about the infundibulum, which Monsoon seems to know pretty well based on his typical anatomical jargon, but a dare and a double-dare later, and it’s apparent he doesn’t know the answer. (Trivia tip: whenever there’s a question about glands, it’s always the pituitary.)
Fortunately, in the mandatory physical challenge, Monsoon’s partner successfully shakes bananas out of a tree, mashes them together with cream, and smashes them in his face while he sits in a gorilla suit. This show doesn’t make nearly as much sense as I thought it did as a kid. ssdd09
ssdd10 The Brains regain the lead because Monsoon’s team doesn’t know their Frank Zappa trivia.
Throughout the show, Harvey the announcer keeps dressing up as a wrestler, only for our host to expose the ruse. Four years later, WWF would use this same schtick with Bobby Heenan trying to sneak into the first Raw. ssdd11
ssdd12 Speaking of the WWF stealing Double Dare’s ideas, in the next round, both teams are dressed in silly costumes and compete to take off their clothes and dump mud on themselves. Stacy Carter would not have even had a career without this show’s writers.
(Actually, it’s not mud, but, and I quote, “some sort of mud-like substance.” No word on whether it’s a smelly mess) ssdd13
ssdd14 And talk about Best Buns!
Bobby scores about a 7 on the Muta scale en route to a 220-50 victory for The Brains, earning them the belt and a whopping $110 apiece. I’m sure Double Dare could afford to fork over some extra cash and give it to a charity of the winners’ choice, but wouldn’t the Weasel we all know and love rather have petty cash than help out a bunch of needy humanoids? Kudos to Nickelodeon for keeping kayfabe. ssdd15
ssdd16 Obviously, $110 is a much better prize in 1989 than it would be now, much like these radical skateboards with built-in radios. I’m sure Bobby Heenan is just itching to ride one of those out of studio, but sadly, the prize is just for his partner, Dave. In fact, there is a whole set of prizes for both partners…
…providing they can complete the wacky obstacle course, a la NXT season one. ssdd17
ssdd18 Things are going swimmingly for the team until Monsoon captures Bobby’s partner and ends up tossing Heenan over his shoulder like it’s the Royal Rumble…
…with The Brain face-planting in another mud-like substance for a memorable Super-Slop-O-Mania moment. ssdd19
ssdd20 Marc Summers calls Gorilla’s interference a “foul,” which somehow awards the two kids on opposing teams matching grand prizes while screwing Heenan out of his share of the prizes (and, no doubt, the winner’s share of the purse money). That’s a miscarriage of justice if I ever saw one!
Summers himself ends up in the brown goop, which, given his real-life Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and fixation on neatness, no doubt eats away at his fragile psyche. He does, however, bring himself to feign excitement for the upcoming Super-Slop-O-Mania II. ssdd21

 

Rumors that the show would be held at three separate venues with Elvira and Susan St. James on commentary proved false. It would, however, feature Mr. Perfect vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, each with their respective partners. Let’s take a look at Super-Slop-O-Mania II: Sloppy Seconds.

 

Perfect shows up not in his usual singlet, but a Speedo, which, along with the towel in his hand, brings back bad memories of the Wrestlerock Rumble video. ssdd22
ssdd23 And the show is rated TV-Y!
Hosting the show again is Marc Summers, whose real name is Marc Berkowitz. Any guesses as to why he changed it?
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The man who gave new meaning to the term, “double-dog-dare.”

ssdd25 Perfect’s team wins the opening physical challenge, which appears to be some sort of Carmen Miranda lookalike contest.
What a pineapple-head! ssdd26
ssdd27 In the trivia portion, The Hacksaws blow it when they answer “Detroit” as the U.S. state where Wrestlemania III was held. Michigan is the state, not Detroit. Did Duggan forget where he was when he saved B. Brian Blair from certain violation by the Iron Sheik?
The Perfects score by successfully naming the WWF Superstars of Wrestling ice cream bars, but the real story is that they are manufactured by a company called Gold Bond. And here I thought they just made foot powder. ssdd28
ssdd29 Mr. Perfect is going to slime the world, because he is none other than “The Slimemaster”! His team loses the physical challenge, though, when he fails to fall on his face while breaking through the studio wall.
On the Hacksaws’ physical challenge, Jim gets a giant bong placed on his head. ssdd30
ssdd31 Later, the maxi-pad-shaped mud pit from last episode’s obstacle course makes another appearance. Funny, in the commercials it’s always filled with a blue liquid.
Hacksaw puts on a blindfold and searches the mud(-like substance) for Hulk Hogan figures. If the doll is of anyone other than the Hulkster, it is to be immediately discarded. Shockingly, the name “Terry Bollea” appears nowhere in the production credits. ssdd32
ssdd33 Mr. Perfect’s team wins, with the kid getting all the money this time.
However, Marc makes up some excuse about Mr. Perfect stalling for time, so he promises Hacksaw’s teammate the same prizes that the Perfects will win in the obstacle course.
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If you ever wanted to know how WWF officials discovered Lex Luger’s steel-plated elbow…

ssdd35 Perfect and the kid fail to complete the obstacle course, but in the end, we’re all losers, as no Super-Slop-O-Mania III is announced.

 

Have no fear, though, because the coming decades would provide many more opportunities for the superstars to make complete asses of themselves on game shows.

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And it doesn’t need to be an October holiday for us to give thanks for that!

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He currently runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws and Hasbro WWF figures. Email at: art@wrestlecrap.com
16 Responses to "Induction: Double Dare’s Super-Slop-O-Mania – Still more mature than Punk’d"
  1. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    How on earth did I not see this when it first aired? Amazing!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This looks cool in a “so bad that it’s good” kind of way.

  3. Ryan says:

    I find it interesting that both episodes ended with the blue team winning with a score of $220.

  4. Raging_Demons says:

    Never saw the second but saw the first. Man I loved that episode with Gorilla & the Brain. Especially after they lost & The Brain was crying. That was fun

  5. Sir Thomas says:

    I find it odd that I don’t remember this. I used to watch the various Double Dares rather religiously at one point: I figured I’d remember something like Mr. Perfect being on the show. Either way, great induction.

    PS: I don’t think I want to eat an ice cream bar made by a company that specializes in foot powder. Go ahead and call me paranoid, but that just sounds like a recipe for disaster

  6. Scrooge McSuck says:

    Gorilla and Heenan blew that back drop spot… still awesome, though. :P Would’ve rather seen that for half-hour than Cena vs. Orton Part MXLVI at the Rumble.

  7. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    “On the Hacksaws’ physical challenge, Jim gets a giant bong placed on his head.”

    Why do I have the feeling that was neither the first nor last time THAT happened?

  8. Jay "The Brain" Mann says:

    I completely disagree with this being inducted.

    (also, those “Hulkster” figures they had to find were actually Jesse Ventura figures. Not sure how THAT happened)

  9. John C says:

    “Booker T, can you name the most inarticulate boob ever to be an announcer?”
    “Thanksgiving”
    “Booker T, what do you get when you add 2+2?”
    “Oui oui”

  10. Ralphus says:

    Jesse Ventura figures!

    Both blue teams win with a score of $220!

    I think there’s a conspiracy here McMahon!

  11. Ryan says:

    If the question was what city was WM 3 held in, Hacksaw would still be wrong. It was Pontiac.

  12. The Doctor of Style says:

    I like the new alternating background with the green! (Coincidentally, the color of Nickelodeon green slime…) You should use it again.

  13. Don says:

    “If the question was what city was WM 3 held in, Hacksaw would still be wrong. It was Pontiac.”
    Actually, Gorilla and Heenan both knew the answer to his – because it was a question Gorilla asked Heenan (and Roddy Piper) in a trivia contest once. (Heenan said “Detroit” and ended up losing when Piper corrected him.)

    As for giving the grand prize to the losing contestants, I’m sure Standards & Practices and the FCC had a field day with that (and remember, Nickelodeon is the network that censored a live song because it included the word “beer”).

  14. BaltoJim says:

    Didn’t Missy Hyatt and Sunny make a video named “Super Sloppy Double Dare”?

  15. Queen Laqueefa says:

    “Monsoon is paired up with a young lady who happens to be African-American on a team unfortunately named, “The Gorillas.””

    I don’t understand what your point is. It’s Gorilla Monsoon so they named the team after him, just as they did with the Brains. Are you suggesting that they should have picked a white kid instead to avoid upsetting the incredibly small number of people who would immediately assume ‘gorilla’ to be a racial slur despite it also being the actual name of one of the contestants?

    This is the problem with political correctness and hypersensitivity, it invariably highlights the prejudices of those who actually practice it. Nobody who isn’t at least in some way racially biased would have ever made this connection.

    What makes it funnier is that you made a paedophile joke in the same paragraph with the ‘little Beaver’ thing. So apparently that’s perfectly acceptable, but ‘The Gorillas’ isn’t.

    Probably the first time I’ve really taken exception with anything Art’s posted.

    • Art0Donnell says:

      “At least the girl isn’t teamed up with Little Beaver.”

      I don’t know where you gleaned an endorsement of pedophilia from this, nor the implication that pedophilia is more acceptable than racism, seeing as how that’s the exact opposite of what the punchline says. And besides, how could I be condemning one but promoting another when I make pretty much the same joke about both?

      Of course the team is named after Gorilla Monsoon and isn’t supposed to be a racial slur. That’s why I joke that their name was “unfortunate.” Just like a team called “The Honkies” would have been named after the Honky Tonk Man and not an anti-white slur. You get it? You know, humor?

      People who are hypersensitive about racial issues probably wouldn’t make jokes about them. Your comment doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

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