February 6, 1993
From the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Jerry Lawler
This week in action are the Nasty Boys, Doink, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the Beverly Brothers. Plus, Yokozuna vs. Jim Duggan and more!
Nasty Boys vs. Dave Silguero & Robert Taylor
The Nasty Boys beat on Taylor as Vince mentions them being the #1 contenders to the Tag Team Titles. Taylor tags out after suffering the Pit Stop as the Nasty Boys beat down Silguero before using the running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo for the win (2:13). After the match, Lawler uses his Royal Magistrator to draw a can of Raid for the Nasty Boys to use on their armpits.
Thoughts: They reminded us that the Nasty Boys are still the #1 contenders as the Tag Team Division is in the midst of a revamp.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We see the Giant Gonzalez/Undertaker confrontation from the Royal Rumble as Gene wants to know if The Undertaker will ever be the same again. We then hear from Harvey Whippleman with Gonzalez as Whippleman tells Undertaker its fitting that he gets ruined after what he did to Kamala. Gonzalez then grunts about how its time for Undertaker’s funeral. Man, they are really trying to get Gonzalez over. The body suit with hair look is awful and Gonzalez is a lot more tall than he is menacing.
Rudi Flores vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Bigelow tosses Flores into the corner and hits an avalanche then hits a slam before the flying headbutt gets the win as Vince calls him a top contender for the World Heavyweight Title (0:48).
Thoughts: A quick win for Bigelow to put him over for his house show matches against Bret for the World Heavyweight Championship.
An ad for WrestleMania airs.
We are shown clips of Lex Luger being revealed as The Narcissist at the Royal Rumble.
Reno Riggins vs. Doink the Clown
Vince wants to know if Doink is as good a wrestler as Lawler said on last week’s show. Doink cheap shots Riggins after the break then hits a pumphandle slam. We are shown an insert of a Doink article in “WWF Magazine” then Doink puts Riggins away with a stump puller (0:46). After the match, Doink gives Riggins a balloon as Savage wants to know what Doink will do next week when Crush makes his return.
Thoughts: I thought it was a bit weird since Doink did a lot more in the ring last week on “Wrestling Challenge” than he did here after being hyped up by Lawler the week prior. The big takeaway though is learning that Crush will make his return to action after being attacked by Doink a couple of weeks prior to the Royal Rumble.
Mr. Perfect is shown backstage talking about Lex Luger at the Rumble with Heenan calling him “beyond perfection.” Perfect then pulls back the curtain to show some random thin guy as an example of what Luger will look like in the ring next to him and proceeds to chop the guy, saying its for Luger. I found this corny but they are going with Perfect/Luger as one of the top feuds going forward. Unfortunately, Perfect hurt his knee the day this show aired at a Boston Garden show match against Razor Ramon and missed a couple of weeks of action.
Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji head out to the ring. We then see Duggan next to Raymond Rougeau backstage with Rougeau asking Duggan if he feels confident. Duggan says he challenged Yokozuna like our troops challenged Kuwait, Desert Storm, and Somalia then heads out to the ring. The announcers continue this incredibly dated and contrived Japan vs. America rhetoric.
Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Vince says this is not a sanctioned match. We don’t even know the rules of this match other than Duggan has to knock Yokozuna off of his feet to win. Like, does he have to do this before getting pinned? Duggan gets in a three point stance and charges but Yokozuna sends him flying as Lawler laughs while Vince & Savage are shocked. We get more USA chants then Duggan bounces off of Yokozuna once again. Lawler claims the Emperor of Japan is smiling over Duggan failing and the USA trade deficit but Duggan staggers Yokozuna. Vince screams about this being USA vs. Japan as Yokozuna falls down (3:16). Duggan then waves his flag and gets a strong fan reaction but Fuji hands Yokozuna a salt bucket as Duggan gets salt thrown in his eyes. Yokozuna then hits a belly-to-belly suplex as Lawler says this resembles 1941. Yokozuna now sets up for the Bonzai Splash and hits that as we cut to the crowd for concerned fan reactions. Yokozuna hits another Bonzai Drop as Vince is irate then Yokozuna hits a third then drapes the American Flag over Duggan and hits a 4th Bonzai Drop as we get more concerned fan reactions. Duggan is then checked on by several officials as Yokozuna & Fuji leave. Duggan is now coughing up blood as the camera zooms in on blood pouring out of Duggan’s mouth. Duggan is then taken out on a stretcher as the camera zooms in on the American flag that is left in the ring.
Thoughts: The premise of this feud is ridiculous to say the least and the match did not have that much heat because no one knew the exact rules but the beat down afterwards came off great. Duggan sold the attack like a pro and Yokozuna looked like a killer heading into his title match at WrestleMania. And this got bad press as KTTV in Los Angeles refused to air this match after protests from a few Asian-American organizations upset over the stererotypical nature of the feud.
Pete Christie & Bob East vs. Beverly Brothers
The Beverly Brothers beat on East as Vince says no matter what you cannot take that victory away from Duggan while Lawler said Duggan failed three times to knock him down. Vince plugs a Steiner Brothers article in “WWF Magazine” and how the Beverly Brothers want another shot at the Steiners then Christie gets killed by the Shaker Heights Spike (1:26).
Thoughts: The Beverly Brothers were brought out to cool down the crowd after the previous angle. And it appears we are getting a rematch between the Beverlys and the Steiners.
Tatanka wants us to get a hold on the Headlock on Hunger.
We even get a breaking Event Center segment to tell us that Brutus Beefcake will return to the ring as first heard on “Monday Night RAW.” That interview will be shown next week.
In action next week are Crush, Lex Luger, Giant Gonzalez in a handicap match, Steiner Brothers, and Money Inc. Plus, an update on the condition of Jim Duggan.
Final Thoughts: The main angle got heat on Yokozuna and they are going full blast with Undertaker/Gonzalez as a major feud. Crush is returning after getting attacked by Doink and Brutus Beefcake is returning to action for the first time in over two years as the company starts to get a direction heading into WrestleMania.