December 26, 1992
From the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, OH
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Heenan goes off on a rant about how in 1993 he is going to stop being Mr. Nice Guy.
This week in action are Tatanka, Razor Ramon, and The Headshrinkers.
Razor Ramon vs. Gus Kantarakis
Razor beats down Kantarakis as the announcers talk about his match against Bret Hart at the Royal Rumble. Heenan & Lawler make fun of Vince for being a dork then Razor puts Kantarakis away with the Razor’s Edge (1:53).
Thoughts: This was to showcase Razor for his title match against Bret at the Rumble. And Heenan continued to rant about his New Year’s resolutions.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We learn of “WWF Slam,” a song that debuted at #4 in the U.K. Superstars then we see the music video. The British Bulldog is featured heavily despite being fired two months prior (and there was zero footage of Ultimate Warrior). The video was fine but the song certainly does not hold up well today.
Barry Horowitz vs. Bob Backlund
Vince tells us that Backlund is ready to grapple. Heenan & Lawler make fun of Backlund then we hear from Backlund himself in an insert promo wishing us a great new year. We now see the clown in the aisle mopping the floor as the announcers recall how on last week’s “Wrestling Challenge” Backlund slipped on a banana peel placed on the ground by the clown. Backlund takes control of the match and ends up using a bridging reverse rollup for the win (2:47). After the match, Horowitz refuses a handshake then leaves.
Thoughts: Vince was trying to put over Backlund as a threat to win at the Rumble. They also focused a lot on the clown.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Chris Allen & Bill Vaper
Fatu beats down Vaper as Heenan goes on about his New Year’s resolutions. Allen tags in and Samu beats the crap out of him as The Headshrinkers stay in control. Vince says there are teams in the WWF that The Headshrinkers will have great difficulty with and lists of High Energy, Natural Disasters, Nasty Boys, and the Steiner Brothers who will be coming in soon as Fatu hits a top rope splash for the win (3:07).
Thoughts: Seems like they are trying to hype up the Tag Team Division with the Headshrinkers as a top team and they name dropped the Steiner Brothers coming in as they also seem primed for a top spot on the face side on the simple fact that the other teams are less than stellar.
We now get a vignette of Mr. Perfect with Wade Boggs as Perfect is shown hitting a few home runs to prove how he is a perfect hitter.!
Reverend Slick tells us about his vision for 1993. That vision includes helping us set realistic goals such as to be all we can be and vows to reach someone in the WWF and show them the light.
Bret Tyler vs. Tatanka
Tatanka works over Tyler as we see the clown back in the aisle. Tatanka is then shown in an insert promo talking about the Royal Rumble match and wishes us a happy new year. Tatanka dances around as the clown mocks him in the aisle then Tatanka hits a Samoan drop for the win (2:39). After the match, the clown continues to mock Tatanka then sticks the mop in his face and twirls around and hits him in the eye before laughing and marching off.
Thoughts: Again, most of the focus is on the clown but Tatanka did talk about the Royal Rumble match too as his undefeated streak is still being mentioned.
Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund. We learn of more competitors announced for the Rumble match including: Ric Flair, Randy Savage, IRS, Virgil, and Mr. Perfect. Also, Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Bossman will take place on the card. So that is 11 official competitors with Lawler as the possible 12th. And we get a new match added that sounds solid on paper.
John Rechner vs. Virgil
The announcers talk about the Rumble match with Heenan saying Flair is the best while Lawler says he is waiting for his name to be announced but until then agrees that Flair is the best of the field. The announcers also talked about both of Money Inc. being the Rumble match as Virgil works a hammerlock. Virgil hammers away in the corner and follows with a dropkick. Virgil then hits a suplex and leg drop before getting the win with a Russian leg sweep (1:55).
Thoughts: I guess they wanted to give Virgil a win after being named as a Rumble competitor but no one buys him as a threat.
We see a video package hyping the Bret/Razor match at Royal Rumble that has both guys cutting promos shown on a television then it turns into an ad for the PPV. It was a new style of promo and I thought it was produced quite well to be honest. Between this and the music video it appears the company is trying to change things up to appear more modern.
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Brian Costello
Bigelow takes control early but misses a splash as Costello fires away. Bigelow then headbutts Costello twice then we hear from Bossman in an insert promo as he tells Bigelow to get ready to serve hard time at the Royal Rumble. Bigelow then hits Costello with a double underhook backbreaker before using a flying headbutt for the win (1:46).
Thoughts: Some basic hype for the Bigelow/Bossman match at the Rumble.
Next week in action are Crush, Marty Jannetty, Yokozuna, and the featured match of Mr. Perfect vs. The Berzerker. Plus, more names announced for the Royal Rumble match.
Final Thoughts: We found out about new competitors named for the Rumble match and saw that Bigelow/Bossman will happen too. Plus, Mr. Perfect returns to the ring on TV in next week’s featured match as we kick of 1993.