June 13, 1992
From the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. Vince plugs the WBF Championship, which aired this night.
This week, we have an interview with Randy Savage. In action are Nailz, Shawn Michaels, and Kamala. Plus, an update on the Ultimate Warrior and more!
Tatanka vs. Barry Horowitz
Tatanka uses a hip toss after an Irish whip sequence as the announcers talk about his feud with Rick Martel. Horowitz uses a jawbreaker then follows with an uppercut. Tatanka reverses an Irish whip and catches Horowitz with a press slam. We hear from Martel in an insert promo as he jokes it will be “another feather in his cap” after he beats Tatanka then Tatanka puts Horowitz away with a Samoan Drop (2:24).
Thoughts: A solid enhancement talent match as Tatanka’s feud with Martel continues. Tatanka has looked pretty good so far as they also slowly build up his undefeated streak.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We get a look at the new Ultimate Warrior t-shirts before Okerlund talks about Papa Shango’s curse over Warrior and everyone else he comes in contact with. Now, we hear from Warrior as he tells Shango the voices of the Warriors surround him and will make the curse weaker. Warrior then talks about sacrificing his flesh to walk as a skeleton as this promo is as dumb as this storyline.
Craig Brown vs. Shawn Michaels w/ Sensational Sherri
Vince tells us that the WBF Championship is sold out and we can only watch on PPV. In reality, it was nowhere close to sold out. Shawn checks himself out in the mirror Sherri is holding up. Shawn toys with Brown then we hear him in an insert promo making fun of Bret’s looks as he promises to take away the Intercontinental Title. Shawn looks into the mirror again then jabs away. Shawn now hits a dropkick and a super kick before a teardrop suplex gets the win (1:41).
Thoughts: Shawn now stops mid-match to look into the mirror to add to his vain character. It was different in a good way.
Now, we get a vignette for Razor Ramon, who is portrayed by Scott Hall. We see Ramon, telling us he comes from the gutter, has no education but who needs it as we see him in a white suit and gold chains. Razor says he is a success and comes to the WWF and wants the world and everything in it before tossing his toothpick into the camera. This was a really cool vignette and a much better character than what has debuted in 1992. According to Hall, Pat Patterson called him up after seeing him on TV in WCW as the Diamond Studd to say that Vince loved the new look and wanted to sign him but at that time, Hall just signed a one-year deal with WCW. Patterson told Hall to tell WCW he has a new offer when his contract ended. When Hall got to WWF, he started to do his Tony Montana impression for Vince and Vince loved it and had zero clue about the character and thought it was something Hall made up but Hall said he did this impression in the AWA while driving around with Curt Hennig. The Razor Ramon name came about as Hall picked the Razor name but Vince wanted him to have a last name also beginning with “R” to be similar to Razor Ruddick. Hall went to the bathroom and saw Tito Santana and asked for a name that began with “R.” Tito said “Ramon” and then Razor Ramon was presented to Vince as the name and he thought it was great. Also, the vignettes were filmed on location in South Beach.
Natural Disasters vs. The Executioners
The Executioners are Duane Gill & Barry Hardy under masks. They try a sneak attack but that fails. The Disasters beat down their opponents as Perfect says they do not have the brains to succeed. The Disasters stay in control then use a double splash for the win (2:34).
Thoughts: The premise of the Money Inc./Disasters feud is that Money Inc. is too smart to get beat by anyone, including a team of monsters like the Disasters. Anyway, this feud is still ice cold.
The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Bill Koby
The Mountie sings his theme all the way into the ring. Mountie puts Koby in the tree-of-woe and stomps away. We now hear from Sgt. Slaughter in an insert promo talking about Flag Day not meaning much to Mountie but after he gets a hold of him nothing will mean much to the Mountie. Great stuff from Sarge. Mountie then hits a dropkick for the win and takes the super shock stick out as Vince goes on about President Jack Tunney taking punitive measures if its used (1:26). Mountie kicks Koby around and demand his music stops. He then makes Koby say he is a better man than Slaughter. Mountie then tosses the mic but that allows Koby to bail as Mountie now wants his music to play.
Thoughts: The gimmick is that Mountie is about to use his super shock stick but gets distracted just enough for his victim to escape. He’s a fun character but in a feud with Slaughter that is going nowhere.
We now see Okerlund interviewing Savage inside of an empty arena. Okerlund says the arena will be full soon when Savage defends his title. Okerlund asks Savage about Flair accusing Savage of cheating as Savage says he has bent the rules a few times and can wrestle any style but promises to walk out of any match as the champion. Savage tells Flair he does not forget anything and reminds Flair who is the champion. Savage says Flair does not understand reading between the lines as Savage calls himself “bad to the bone” and is unapologetic about everything. Okerlund wants clarification as to whether or not Savage will do anything in order to retain the title as Savage confirms. No mention of Elizabeth here as this promo made it seem like the feud was now strictly about the title. I thought Wade Keller of the “Torch Newsletter” made a strong point about this promo when he said the words used by Savage sounded more related to a broken relationship (Savage and Elizabeth were separated at the time and divorced a couple of months later) than a guy wanting to retain his title. There was definitely something about this that did not click and it felt like Savage was unable to get to the point at times. And this angle was past its expiration date anyway plus the focus was always on Elizabeth and now its just about the belt. I did like how it took place at an arena instead of the typical platform interviews we got on TV though.
Kamala w/ Harvey Whippleman & Kimchee vs. Dale Wolfe
Kamala beats on Wolfe as Vince asks Mr. Perfect when he will conduct his phone interview with the Big Bossman. Kamala chokes out Wolfe as Vince calls him a savage then Kamala uses a splash for the win (1:26).
Thoughts: Another win for Kamala as we learn about a phone interview with Bossman coming up later in the show.
El Matador vs. Mike Samples
Samples tries to stall then we hear from Matador in an insert promo saying Danny Padilla will become the WBF Champion. Matador uses a snapmare and a dropkick but Samples rakes the eyes. Vince plugs a phone number were you can vote who should win the WBF Championship as Matador uses the El Paso de Muerte for the win (1:27).
Thoughts: This match was nothing more than a backdrop to talk about the WBF.
We now get a phone interview with Bossman. We get a split screen of Nailz holding up Bossman’s nightstick and various photos of Bossman’s “injuries.” Perfect acts like Bossman’s career is over but Bossman said he will be back. Perfect tells Bossman he is dumber than he thought then hangs up as Vince talks about how awful Bossman looked in those photographs. We now learn that the Bossman will be out of action for a while. Keller mentioned in the Torch how he felt the Bossman photos were in bad taste due to how similar it looked to Rodney King’s photos after he was beaten by the Los Angeles Police Department. I can see having that viewpoint. The highlight of this brief interview was Perfect.
Ron Cumberledge vs. Nailz
Nailz does not get any reaction. He backs Cumberledge into the corner and hits one of his patented shitty knee lifts. Nailz uses some kicks and gauging and wins with a chokehold (1:07). After the match, Nailz grabs the nightstick and beats Cumberledge. Nailz now chokes out Cumberledge and stops to chase away the ref.
Thoughts: Nailz looks menacing when using the nightstick as a weapon but as far as a match, just in this brief squash win it was bad. Anyway, we should expect more of him on TV until Bossman returns.
Next week in action are Crush, The Undertaker, Money Inc., Legion of Doom, and Papa Shango. Perfect ends the show by telling us that Shawn Michaels has left the building.
Final Thoughts: The first Razor Ramon vignette was awesome and they also pushed a few character aspects besides voodoo like Shawn as his mirror and Nailz with Bossman’s nightstic delivering the post match beatdowns so it was more fun to watch than the past several weeks at least. And more important, the last of the WBF PPV hype.