Well, after a long week I am back with these reviews. I’m okay and these will be posted regularly going forward.
March 1, 1993
From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett who is dressed up as Elvis Presley as we are treated to a bad impression of that.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Fatu w/ Afa
Bartlett continues with the Elvis impression. And its horrible. Fatu shoves Bret off of a lockup then catches him with a slam but misses an elbow drop. Bret works the arm then rolls up Fatu after tripping over Fatu as Vince tries to tell us that Afa tripped him up when that was not the case at all. Bret goes back to the arm as this Elvis bit is still going on for some reason. Fatu drills Bret with a thrust kick for a two count. Clothesline gets two. Fatu now uses a nerve hold then we see Samu come out to ringside. Bret uses a crossbody for two but gets tossed outside on the kickout then Afa distracts the ref so Samu can beat down Bret. We head to break then return as Bret continues to get beat down. Bret’s nose is busted open then Fatu hits a piledriver that gets two. Fatu stays in control then heads up top but Bret cuts him off and hits a superplex for a nearfall. Running bulldog gets two as the announcers are now focusing on the match. Afa distracts the ref as Bret goes for the Sharpshooter then Samu runs in and uses a clothesline. The Headshrinkers keep switching in and out until they collide then Bret dropkicks Afa off of the apron and puts Fatu away with the Sharpshooter (15:06) ***.
Thoughts: Good match and something that reminded me of a “Saturday Night’s Main Event” title match where the challenger was not a top star but the face was outnumbered yet overcame the odds. The Elvis bit was atrocious and continue throughout the show.
WrestleMania IX Report with Gene Okerlund. Here we learn that Money Inc. have challenged the Mega Maniacs for a match at WrestleMania and that next week, the Mega Maniacs will respond.
We see Crush on the beach in Hawaii via satellite. Vince asks him about facing Doink the Clown at WrestleMania then crushes a coconut to show what he will do to Doink. Lame.
Doink the Clown vs. Koko B. Ware
Doink holds a present on his way to the ring. Koko looks much less enthusiastic than usual during his entrance so we know how this will play out. Doink attacks Koko from behind as “Elvis” makes a crack about Koko being Gary Coleman. Doink locks on a STF as we get more bad comedy from Bartlett then Doink puts Koko away with a stump puller (1:47). After the match, Doink shoves a pie in Bartlett’s face after the latter attempted to get an interview and asked for some food from inside Doink’s box.
Thoughts: Doink completely squashed Koko then took part in some more bad Vince McMahon approved comedy. It was also Koko’s last TV match as he was gone before the end of the month and went to the indies, returning to the WWF a year later for a few months.
Vince welcomes Money Inc. to the ring. DiBiase tells a story about his friend’s severance pay that adds up to about $10 million dollars as DiBiase calls it an insult. Vince then asks Money Inc. about the Mega Maniacs as DiBiase says its about “assets and liability” then talks about Hogan coming out of retirement to try and limit their assets. DiBiase says taking Jimmy Hart away was cutting their losses then IRS talks about giving Beefcake a wake-up call then turns over his “Beefcase” to reveal a picture of Hogan and this finally ends with Money Inc’s challenge. This promo was a complete waste of time. They were better off not doing it or even just a quick pre-tape explaining why they want the match as part of the WrestleMania Report instead of this bullshit.
“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. PJ Walker
This is Walker’s (The future Justin Credible) debut as an enhancement talent. Luger beats on Walker in the corner and overpowers him with ease. We now hear from Bobby Heenan as he is on the phone basically plugging “All-American Wrestling” then Luger hits Walker with a running forearm smash and covers with one finger for the win as Vince has questions as to why this forearm smash is so powerful (3:16). Luger then drags Walker outside and makes fun of his appearances before shoving him down then Luger calls himself the envy of man kind as he flexes in front of the mirror.
Thoughts: They continue to build up the Narcissist gimmick and for the first time it is questioned as to why this forearm smash is knocking people out cold.
Steiner Brothers vs. Duane Gill & Barry Hardy
Scott grounds Hardy as the announcers talk about the Steiners vs. Headshrinkers match at WrestleMania. The Steiners continue to beat the crap out of Hardy then do the same to Gill before Scott uses the Frankensteiner to pin Hardy as Vince wonders how long Beefcake & Hogan will remain a team (4:06).
Thoughts: Good showcase for the Steiners as their match at WrestleMania against the Headshrinkers continues to get hyped.
We get an ad for WWF Mania.
Next week we will see Money Inc. vs. El Matador & Virgil and Mr. Perfect vs. Rick Martel.
Final Thoughts: The big news was the challenge issued by Money Inc. as next week we will get the response from the Mega Maniacs but this feud is not catching on with the fans. Also, the title match was good but the show long Elvis impersonation by Bartlett really sucked. Anyway, we seem to have two good matches for next week at least as the WrestleMania hype continues.