November 28, 1992
From the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, IN
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan, who rants about Mr. Perfect & Randy Savage as he promises they will taken out.
This week, we have a special interview with Marty Jannetty. Also in action are Bob Backlund, The Headshrinkers, Razor, and the “debut” of Bam Bam Bigelow.
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Jerry Fox
The last time Bigelow appeared on “Superstars” was on 6/18/88 when he defeated Tom Stone. Heenan promises to make sure that Perfect is begging in the gutter. Bigelow beats on Fox in the corner to start. He hits a vertical suplex then an enziguiri as Vince calls Bigelow one of the “potential greats” then we hear from Bigelow himself playing he is back and not playing games. Bigelow then hits a standing dropkick and soon after that heads up top for a flying headbutt and the win (1:59).
Thoughts: Its odd as they are treating this as if Bigelow never existed in the WWF before. Anyway, he still looks good in the ring and a welcome addition to the roster.
WWF Update with Vince McMahon. We see an interview after Razor Ramon & Ric Flair’s match as they exit the building. They are both pissed and vow revenge before speeding off in Flair’s limo. This was brief but the intensity was there and both men did a fine job as their feud with Perfect continues.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. George Anderson & Kevin Kruger
The Headshrinkers beat down Kruger then shove Anderson off of the apron. They stay in control as we hear from the Natural Disasters calling out The Headshrinkers. Anderson tags in and takes a shit-kicking just like his partner then Fatu puts him away with a top rope splash (4:08).
Thoughts: The Headshrinkers looked great here. They folded Anderson in half with an assisted powerbomb but this was spectacular tag team wrestling squash match stuff. Anderson & Kruger deserve credit for taking everything The Headshrinkers dished out.
We now hear from Rev. Slick as he gives thanks to those giving him a warm reception at the Survivor Series then he reminds us of seeing the light and is a new person as he is thankful for everything, including the opportunity to be back in the WWF. And just like that Slick is back in the WWF again but now as a babyface reverend.
Bob Backlund vs. Tom Stone
Backlund works over Stone to start with a mix of holds. We then hear from Backlund in an insert promo telling us he will climb to the top of the WWF after a nine-year hiatus. Backlund stays in control as Vince puts Backlund over as a family man then Backlund uses a bridging reverse rollup for the win (2:11). After the match we see Backlund shake Stone’s hand.
Thoughts: Backlund’s story does not seem to be inspiring the live crowds and his dated style in the ring is not helping matters.
We get an ad telling us that WrestleMania IX will be coming to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV with a number available to get tickets. It will also take place on Sunday April 4th.
Harvey Whippleman & Kimchee are telling us that Kamala would have won the Coffin Match if he listened to them and for now on he will only do what they say. They are clearly planting the seeds for a Kamala face turn now. Might as well since the mentally challenged heel role was ineffective.
Damien Demento vs. Joey Maggs
Demento is now billed from the “Outer Limits of Your Mind.” We see the clown in the audience as Vince wants to know his identity. Demento beats on Maggs then tells us in an insert promo that we are about to witness “catastrophic annihilation.” Demento now responds to internal stimuli then puts Maggs away with a knee drop after a reverse neckbreaker (2:33).
Thoughts: More cringeworthy stuff from Demento. The guy just did not have any feel for wrestling. He looked like a guy that should play a pro wrestler in a furniture commercial. Anyway, they now add internal stimuli as part of his gimmick to go along with the other goofiness the company was pumping out.
We see a clip from this past January on “Wrestling Challenge” when Shawn Michaels put Marty Jannetty through the Barber Shop window then from this past month on “Superstars” when Marty returned to surprise Shawn and accidentally hit Sensational Sherri with a mirror after Shawn used her as a shield.
Gene Okerlund welcomes Marty to the interview platform and asks him about the Barber Shop incident. Marty said he has been sitting at home for the past eight months (or in reality it was house arrest) then realized what his father told him as a child over not respecting those who disrespect you. Marty then says he is not back for any glory or titles, only to kick Shawn’s butt. Okerlund asks Marty about Shawn blaming him for intentionally hitting Sherri as Marty says its false and no matter what Shawn does to get into shape he cannot build any heart and will beat him for the title because he is back and ready to rock. I’ll give to Marty as he was bringing the goods. He had the fire and got himself over although as we will see it did not last for long.
Razor Ramon vs. Gary Jackson
Vince says that this week on “Prime Time Wrestling,” Virgil will face Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Title. Razor destroys Jackson then tells Perfect in an insert promo that he will slap the smile off of his face. Razor stretches out Jackson now then slaps him around before hitting a super back suplex then the Razor’s Edge for the win (3:11).
Thoughts: Another really fun squash match with Razor acting like a complete dick. They also plugged an Intercontinental Title match this week on Prime Time.
Another ad for WrestleMania taking place at Caesars Palace. They would push this strong on this week’s TV.
Crush vs. Red Tyler
Vince calls out Heenan for being obsessed over Perfect as Heenan said he went out of his way to make Perfect a star. Tyler lands a few shots as Vince plugs ICOPRO. Crush catches Tyler with a belly-to-belly suplex and follows with a press slam as Heenan mocks Crush for being a dumb Hawaiian. Crush then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before the head vice gets the win (1:56). Vince tells us that Crush is picking up fans by the thousands.
Thoughts: On commentary Vince was trying to push Crush as a future star so expect a feud for him coming soon.
Next week in action are Kamala, Yokozuna, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Shawn Michaels. Plus, an interview with Nailz and more.
Final Thoughts: We had some of the Survivor Series fallout and the return of Bigelow. They also set up for a Kamala face turn and what seems like a push for Crush. Shawn vs. Marty is the new IC Title program and WrestleMania IX will take place at Caesars Palace so we have some new things set up heading into 1993.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Thursday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 12/14/92
Friday: WWF Superstars 12/19/92, WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/20/92