November 22, 1992
From the Springfield Convention Center in Springfield, IL. This was from the 10/26 “Prime Time Wrestling” tapings.
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
We hear from Ric Flair & Razor Ramon as they run down Randy Savage & Mr. Perfect. Flair kept flipping out over Perfect saying Flair was in his shadow.
Repo Man vs. Tatanka
Repo Man slugs away but Tatanka fights back. Repo Man bails after getting hit with a pair of dropkicks then we hear from Rick Martel taunting Tatanka by saying he will have a painful and featherless Thanksgiving. Tatanka works the arm as the announcers run down the top matches on the PPV. Tatanka uses a rollup for a nearfall then goes back to work on the arm. Tatanka chops away in the corner but whiffs on a crossbody attempt as Repo Man now takes control. Repo works the arm as Heenan calls out Perfect and promises his career will come to a screeching halt at the PPV. Tatanka fires up and escapes the arm bar then hits a chop as both men are down. Repo Man is up first and heads to the middle rope where he gets caught with a punch. Tatanka chops down Repo and runs wild as Heenan jokes how it was the first time he has seen Tonto defeat the Lone Ranger. Repo blocks a reverse rollup then stalks Tatanka but whiffs on a clothesline and is caught with a Samoan Drop as Tatanka gets the win (7:42) 3/4*. After the match we go to the “Brain Scan” telestrator where Heenan draws an arrow to show what Repo Man should have done to Tatanka.
Thoughts: Repo Man really dragged this down with a terrible performance in the ring but it was a really dull formula to begin with and since Tatanka actually had a match at the PPV it was obvious he would be victorious.
A replay of the events that led to Mr. Perfect becoming Savage’s partner.
Brooklyn Brawler vs. Marty Jannetty
Heenan continues to rant about how Perfect will get his ass kicked at the Survivor Series as we see the clown once again in the stands. Marty works over Brawler’s arm as Heenan bets that the clown will be present at the Survivor Series. Gorilla talks about Marty defying all odds in returning to action after being put through the Barber Shop window as Brawler hammers away. Marty takes Brawler over with a hip toss after a reversal sequence then dumps Brawler outside. Heenan claims that Marty is terrified of Shawn Michaels as Marty goes back to the arm. Marty cuts off Brawler with a neck snap off the top rope then uses a sunset flip for two before going back to the arm yet again. Marty then catches Brawler with a powerslam and hits a super kick after that before setting up Brawler for a flying fist drop and the win (4:58).
Thoughts: They really pushed a Shawn/Marty feud strong here and that alone tells us that Bret is going to retain the World Heavyweight Title since Marty is not going to feud with Shawn over that belt.
A replay of the Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” with commentary from Gorilla, Heenan, and Shawn himself.
The Bret Hart music video airs.
The announcers plug the Survivor Series Hotline.
Kamala w/ Harvey Whippleman & Kimchee vs. Red Tyler
Kamala beats down Tyler as the announcers talk about the coffin match at the Survivor Series. Kamala stays in control then tries to pin Tyler by covering his back after a thrust kick but is too dumb to turn him over. Kamala then hits Tyler with a chop to the throat and hits a splash then finally turns him over for the pin (3:27).
Thoughts: They actually made Kamala seem more retarded than usual right before his coffin match at the PPV. Shit like this isn’t getting anyone over.
The Undertaker & Paul Bearer reveal Kamala’s casket.
Clips from the 11/2 Prime Time where Paul Bearer wheeled out a casket to freak out Kamala as he was facing Kamala.
IRS w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Earthquake
IRS tells the fans if they really loved their country then they would not cheat on their taxes. We then see when the Nasty Boys turned on Jimmy Hart and Money Inc from the 10/31 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” Earthquake overpowers IRS to start. Hart distracts Earthquake from the outside allowing IRS to hit a high knee but Earthquake comes back with a few clotheslines. IRS bails and regroups with Hart then returns only for Earthquake to beat him down. Earthquake eats boot on a charge then IRS tries to lock on a sleeper. Earthquake catches IRS with a bearhug then sends him over the top rope with an atomic drop. We see Ted DiBiase come down the aisle as he distracts Earthquake while we head to break. The match returns with Typhoon at ringside chasing around DiBiase. Earthquake catches IRS with a back elbow smash but misses an elbow drop as IRS finally takes control of the match. IRS uses another sleeper and has his feet on the ropes for leverage. IRS maintains the sleeper for a long time as the fans get behind Earthquake a bit. IRS tries a running clothesline but spills outside after Earthquake ducked down. Earthquake stands on IRS’s tie and pulls him up but misses a corner splash. IRS heads up top but Earthquake catches him with a boot. IRS is outside Earthquake gets up and drops IRS with an elbow but DiBiase trips him up as he tried the Earthquake Splash and that’s good enough for a DQ (11:01) 1/4*. After the match, DiBiase injures Earthquake’s eye.
Thoughts: 11 minutes of garbage to set up for an angle where Earthquake’s eye becomes damaged. The fans were into Earthquake some at least so that is good but there PPV match is still not all that exciting despite getting a fair amount of hype.
Okerlund is with Money Inc. & Beverly Brothers in the locker room saying they planned the attack on Earthquake’s eye then make jokes about that for a while. This promo was as inspired as the match.
We get a video package on the Nailz/Big Bossman feud.
Big Bossman vs. Barry Horowitz
Bossman knocks Horowitz down then sends him outside. We hear from Bossman in an insert promo telling Nailz that he will bring back all of the memories when he served hard times. Bossman now works a side headlock as the announcers talk about the Nightstick Match at the Survivor Series. Bossman misses a charge in the corner then Horowitz works the arm but Bossman catches him with a sidewalk slam for the win (3:27).
Thoughts: Hype for the Bossman/Nailz nighstick match at the PPV.
We hear from Nailz as he is in an empty arena showing us how he’ll grab the nightstick and finish off Bossman once and for all.
Survivor Series Report with Sean Mooney.
Okerlund is now with Flair & Razor as they talk about Mr. Perfect. Razor calls Perfect “Arnold Benedict” and that Perfect is ungrateful while Flair rants about Perfect not being able to survive. I loved Razor reversing peoples names with “Gene Mean” being my favorite.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Jerry Fox & Royce Royal
Heenan alerts us that Shawn Michaels has left the building. The Headshrinkers beat the crap out of their opponents as we see the clown strutting around in the aisle. Gorilla promises that we will see the clown at the Survivor Series as The Headshrinkers toss Fox around the ring. Royal slingshots in after the tag and barely clears the top rope before getting drilled with a kick. The Headshrinkers stay in control then Fatu hits a top rope splash for the win (2:42).
Thoughts: They put over the Headshrinkers heading into Survivor Series and focused on the clown, who will also be part of the PPV in some aspect.
Vince McMahon is now on location in Calgary to interview Bret Hart. He asks Bret about the Survivor Series and how only the World Heavyweight Title is on the line. Vince then asks Bret about his match against his “brother in-law” at SummerSlam and how his IC Title reign ended. Bret talks about the match going back-and-forth to a good man then on the way backstage asked if this was the highest point he would reach but soon thought he wanted another match. Vince then asks Bret about his opportunity in Saskatoon where he beat Flair in the ring with the Sharpshooter and how he has faced so many challengers and why is he doing this at a record pace. Bret said it was a dream for him to become champion and if it came true he’d not hide behind the belt and give everyone a shot. Bret says the belt means you are the best in the world and have to prove that every time out. Bret says he is a different breed of WWF Champions as he is not the biggest or baddest but rather the best technical wrestler as fundamental wrestling is the most important thing. Vince talks about Bret bringing humility as champion but also his own brand of aggressiveness as Bret says he wants to prove he is the best and that he’s not a flash in the pan. Bret is now asked about Shawn and Bret puts him over and that they are similar in ways but can anticipate a lot of Shawn’s moves and believes he is the better wrestler. It was rare to see an interview like this in the WWF at the time. And this was just over ten minutes long too. They are trying to push Bret as a champion who always fights and is relatable which is what they did here. Bret did fine here I thought in that regard but this was quite long and not the most exciting thing I’ve watched. At least it stood out for being different which is more that I can say for anything else on this show.
The announcers run down the PPV card then we see the segment from TV with Undertaker and Bearer revealing the special coffin.
Final Thoughts: Man, this was a lousy show. The matches sucked and the hype mostly consisted of recycled clips from TV. They at least made an effort to hype just about every match but there was little to get you excited about Survivor Series from this show. Besides the main event and title match there is not much to care about anyway as the lack of depth is glaring but with new arrivals on the roster things will hopefully improve.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Thursday: 1992 Survivor Series
Friday: WWF Superstars 11/28/92, WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/29/92
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/16/84
Monday: WWF Superstars 12/5/92, WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/6/92
Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 12/7/92
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 12/12/92, WWF Challenge 12/13/92