August 23, 1992
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan, who is dressed as Sherlock Holmes as he vows to solve the case of whose corner Mr. Perfect will be in at SummerSlam.
This show was taped at the 8/11 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Nashville, TN
Matches tonight include Randy Savage & Ultimate Warrior vs. Nasty Boys
Ric Flair w/ Mr. Perfect vs. El Matador
Vince teases Heenan about Flair not being named to compete in the main event at SummerSlam. Heenan thinks WWF President Jack Tunney took money under the table in order to avoid facing Flair again. Flair and Matador end in a stalemate after trading holds then get in each other’s faces. Flair cheap shots Matador in the corner but Matador fights back then shoots Flair into the air with a back drop. Matador clotheslines Flair over the top rope then runs out for another clothesline before backing off Mr. Perfect. Flair rolls back outside for a breather as the announcers talk about the Savage/Warrior match at SummerSlam and how they are both bidding for Mr. Perfect’s services. Flair heads back in and beats on Matador in the corner. Matador gets dumped outside where he gets booted by Perfect as Flair distracted the ref as Vince screams about Perfect being in your corner will guarantee victory. Flair cuts off a comeback with a back elbow smash but Matador comes back with a drop toehold then slaps on a figure four. Flair grabs the ropes with Perfect’s assistance but the ref kicks the ropes and counts a few times but Flair is able to get his shoulders off of the mat. Flair reaches the ropes but Matador drags him back to the middle of the ring and reapplies the hold. Matador now beats on Flair until he begs for mercy but Flair knees Matador in the gut. Both men collide with Flair busting out his patented flop then we go to commercial. The match returns with Flair trying the figure four but Matador turns that into a small package for two. Flair chops away then heads up top but Matador slams him off. Matador runs wild and hits the El Peso de Muerte but Perfect yanks Matador off of Flair before the three count as Heenan proclaims that Matador hit a wet spot and slipped. Matador drags Perfect back up to the apron then almost gets the win after a pair of rollups then sends Flair off of the apron with a clothesline. Matador suplexes Flair back inside from the apron and crawls on top for the cover as Flair barely kicks out as Perfect was ready to interfere. Matador hits a crossbody for two but Perfect trips him up then grabs a chair. Flair distracts the ref allowing Perfect to hit Matador’s knee with the chair then Flair uses a figure four for the win after Matador was unable to reach the ropes (16:30) ***1/4.
Thoughts: Really good match. It was similar to the match they had at the “Battle Royal at Albert Hall” show back in October in that Matador took most of the offense but this match was mostly about Perfect than anyone else. The story was showing how much of a difference having Perfect in your corner will make and that it will guarantee victory.
SummerSlam Report from this week’s syndicated TV shows airs.
Kato w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Tatanka
We see Fuji reunited with Kato, presumably only so he can scout Tatanka for The Berzerker. Tatanka works over Kato then clotheslines him over the top rope as Vince wants Heenan to spill the beans about Mr. Perfect. Kato returns and hits Tatanka low in the corner but misses a charge then Tatanka works the arm. Tatanka does his chant then stops short to avoid a leap frog and hits a slam. Tatanka goes back to the arm as Vine brings up how Tatanka is undefeated in the WWF. Kato cheap shots Tatanka in the corner and hits a few chops but Tatanka fights back. Tatanka hits a pair of clotheslines but Kato uses his momentum to take him outside. Kato works a chinlock on the mat but Tatanka escapes. Kato blocks a sunset flip with a charge then taunts the crowd but Tatanka almost rolls him up for the win. Kato goes back to the chinlock after a clothesline as we see the SummerSlam Hotline number flashes on the screen. Tatanka escapes and fires up before putting Kato away with a Samoan Drop (8:40) *1/2. After the match, Fuji enters the ring and is about to hit Tatanka with his cane but Tatanka chops Fuji down. That was a hard chop too by the way.
Thoughts: They tried to put some heat on the SummerSlam match between Tatanka and Berzerker by having Fuji get attacked but it did not work. Plus, the main storyline of the PPV is regarding another manager who could be in someone’s corner and how it guaranteed victory but Fuji’s stock as a manager has plummeted over the past couple of years.
Okerlund is backstage with Nasty Boys & Jimmy Hart, who are all pumped up for their match against Randy Savage & Ultimtae Warrior. Mr. Perfect then comes in and said he will give us some secrets about Warrior & Savage later on in the show.
Nailz vs. Ken Wayne
We have one of the Nightmares as enhancement talent. Nailz chokes out Wayne in the corner as Heenan claims Nailz was in prison due to parking tickets accrued while getting his mother flowers for Mother’s Day and in prison, Bossman abused him. Nailz continues to beat on Wayne then tosses him across of the ring. Nailz punts Wayne in the ribs and chokes him out again as Vince says there are many who feel Nailz should not be allowed in the WWF and a few others that do not think he belongs in society. Wayne gets his head caught in the ropes where Nailz beats him down then Nailz finally puts Wayne out of his misery with a choke hold (3:48). After the match, Nailz beats down Wayne with his nightstick then shoves him out of the ring.
Thoughts: They are trying to put over Nailz as being too violent for society and hyping him up as much as possible on commentary because its not translating in the ring. He didn’t look too bad here though and had a pro in Wayne helping him out a ton.
Okerlund welcomes The Undertaker & Paul Bearer to the interview platform. Bearer said they’ve made pre-arrangements for Kamala’s funeral and wonder if they need to put a mask on his face or spear in his hand. Undertaker said the only dilemma they face now is what to do with Kamala’s remains. Just a generic promo to hype up that PPV match.
Clips of the Warrior and Savage feud are shown.
Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Ultimate Warrior & Randy Savage
Warrior and Savage get in each other’s faces before the bell as Vince talks about their problems. The ref finally has to step in and orders Warrior to start the match since they were unable to make a decision. Sags attacks Warrior from behind then hammers away on his back. Warrior comes back with a flying shoulder tackle then a pair of clotheslines. Knobbs runs in but Warrior takes them both down with a double DDT then Warrior slaps Savage on the hand to tag out. Savage beats on Knobbs and cleans house himself before tagging Warrior in with a slap on the hand. Warrior hits Sags with a flying double ax handle then Warrior and Savage jaw with each other but Warrior is pushed into Savage as Savage goes flying off of the apron. The ref steps in between Savage and Warrior as Savage believes Warrior took him out on purpose. Warrior is clotheslined outside then Knobbs rolls him back inside. The Nasty Boys cut off the ring and utilize double-team moves to maintain control until Warrior comes back with a double clothesline. Warrior then sends both Nasty Boys over the top rope with a clothesline and after that we go to break. The match returns with Warrior holding the ropes open for Savage as Savage beats on Knobbs. The ref is accidentally knocked down then Sags whacks Savage from behind with Hart’s helmet. Warrior grabs Hart by the neck but from behind are Flair & Perfect as they beat down Warrior. Perfect attacks Warrior with a chair then we see Savage get hit in the head with a chair as the ref is still out on the mat. Savage & Warrior both get beat down then Warrior stumbles up the aisle after Flair & Perfect leaving Savage on the outside by himself where he gets counted out (12:00) **. After the match, Savage attacks Hart then takes out the Nasty Boys with the helmet.
Thoughts: Not much of an actual match but strong from a storyline perspective. Flair & Perfect attacked each man separately so they could not see they were set up and they have tension throughout the entire match too.
Okerlund is waiting backstage for Warrior to head backstage. Warrior storms through the door growling and is convinced that Savage paid the price for Perfect’s services. Warrior then said after buying Perfect, Savage lost all of the Macho Maniacs and how we will have to face the Warrior’s.
Joey Maggs vs. “The Model” Rick Martel
The announcers talk about Warrior’s comments as Vince thinks SummerSlam can be one of the greatest PPV’s of all-time. Martel works over Maggs then taunts the crowd. Martel cartwheels to side-step an attack then the announcers talk about the Martel vs. Shawn Michaels match stipulations where they cannot punch each other in the face as Vince says one of them will break the rules. Sherri comes out to ringside and her and Martel smile at each other. Maggs gets a reverse rollup for two but Martel comes back with a clothesline then uses a Boston Crab for the win (2:43).
Thoughts: An easy win for Martel but Sherri came out and smiled at Martel to add some drama to the Martel/Shawn match as we now see why Sherri wanted this stipulation: she’s smitten with both men.
Okerlund is now in the locker room with Savage, who is livid. Savage is asked about Perfect being in his corner but Savage accuses Warrior of acquiring Perfect’s services then says he is not buying Warrior’s plan. Okerlund asks Savage if what happened tonight was all part of Warrior’s plan, even down to having Flair & Perfect attack him, as Savage says its 100% correct. Savage then vows to retain at SummerSlam. The mind games from Flair & Perfect have driven Savage mental to the point that he believes Warrior has paid off Flair & Perfect to make this attack look real because Warrior has in fact acquired Perfect’s services. And they have left just enough doubt that this could be the case.
Vince calls Heenan out for not having any answers and says he looks ridiculous in his costume.
Burt Stiles vs. Kamala w/ Harvey Whippleman & Kimchee
Kamala destroys Stiles in the corner as the announcers talk about Kamala/Undertaker at SummerSlam. Stiles runs into a thrust kick as Heenan asks Vince how many homes will order PPV in Uganda. Kamala stays in control then puts Stiles away with a splash after being prompted to roll Stiles over on his back after he rolled him all over the ring (2:31).
Thoughts: A quick win for Kamala to put him over heading into SummerSlam.
Money Inc. w/ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers
Before the match, DiBiase said he never had to steal in his life because he’s rich then IRS tells us the one thing worst than a thief is a tax cheat. The Bushwhackers clear the ring then work over IRS as the announcers talk about Savage/Warrior. Money Inc. takes control now and neutralize Luke as Heenan believes that Warrior will get Perfect’s services because Savage has already been champion twice and Warrior needs an edge. DiBiase and Luke clothesline each other as Heenan said its easier to retain the title and to win one as Butch tags in and runs wild on IRS. The match breaks down with Hart skipping around the ring. Butch grabs Hart but that allows IRS to hit a running knee smash from behind and that gets the win (5:50) *.
Thoughts: Not much to this match but the interesting thing here was on commentary as Heenan kept telling us reasons as to why Warrior would get Perfect’s services. They were legitimate. Since they are not on the PPV, The Bushwhackers have been featured on TV a lot the past few weeks to put people over. They are really dropping down the card.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Skinner
Skinner dumps Bret outside and Bret is now clutching his elbow. Skinner uses his alligator claw on Bret’s throat then brings him back inside and chokes him out some more. Heenan once again rags on the Hart Family then says family is not as important as a championship. Skinner dumps Bret outside once again then snaps his neck off of the top rope. Skinner heads up top as Heenan is passed a note that Vince wants to read but Bret catches him with a punch to the gut. Bret now fights back as Heenan says at the end of this match he’ll tell us which corner Perfect will be in at SummerSlam. Bret gets a few nearfalls but Skinner regains control. However, Bret was apparently playing possum then rolls Skinner over for the Sharpshooter and gets the win (6:16) *1/4.
Thoughts: Dull match with a clunky finish. The announcers talked about the Savage/Warrior feud as much as they did about the Bret/Bulldog match.
Back to Vince and Heenan as Vince says Heenan reminds him of Inspector Clouseau, to which Heenan takes offense. We then see Okerlund with Flair & Perfect as he demands to know where Perfect will be at SummerSlam. Perfect and Flair tease saying something then just chant “wooo!” Flair & Perfect with some great heel work tonight in attacking Savage and Warrior and acting like pricks for this segment.
Final Thoughts: They had some great storyline stuff for Savage/Warrior and we saw a strong match between Flair and Matador so overall this was as good of a hype show as you could hope for in this era. Back to Savage/Warrior, they cast enough doubt to make you think Savage and Warrior could have set up the Flair & Perfect attack. The build up for this match has been superb. They are hyping the rest of the card too but its not that strong on paper.
And behind the scenes at this taping was also interesting as it began a working relationship between the WWF and USWA as well as Vince asking the talent if they had any objections to Pat Patterson being brought back as Patterson returned to the company a few weeks later.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 8/29, WWF Challenge 8/30
Wednesday: WWF SummerSlam ’92
Thursday: WWF Superstars 9/5/92, WWF Challenge 9/6/92
Friday: WWF Superstars 9/12/92, WWF Challenge 9/13/92
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/23/84
Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 9/14/92