WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 24th, 1993

April 24, 1993

From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler

In action this week are the Steiner Brothers, Shawn Michaels, Jim Duggan, and Tatanka

 

Shawn Michaels vs. Dale Wolfe

Vince says Shawn calls himself the “Heartbreak Kid.” Lawler then makes fun of Mr. Perfect, saying he should call himself “Mr. Pretty Good.” Vince wonders if Mr. Perfect can capture the Intercontinental Title for the third time as Shawn decks Wolfe with a forearm smash to stop an Irish whip sequence. Shawn then hits a flying clothesline off of the apron as Vince does not believe he can match Perfect’s technical skills. Shawn scoops up Wolfe for a slam as the announcers continue to talk about the Shawn/Perfect feud then Shawn hits a super kick and picks up Wolfe just to shove him back to the mat and gets the win (3:17).

Thoughts: Lots of talk about the Shawn/Perfect feud with the story being can Shawn match Perfect’s skills or win without Sherri by his side. Shawn then talks trash to the fans

 

Steiner Brothers vs. Reno Riggins & Billy Jones

Vince says the Steiners have more potential to go to the top than any other team in WWF history. Scott works over Riggins as Vince puts over the Steiners in-ring work. Scott then tosses Jones with an overhead suplex before tagging out as Rick grounds Jones with an armbar. Lawler makes fun of the Steiners as Riggins gets off of the apron to avoid tagging back in then Jones gets tossed around some more but Jones manages to tag out without Riggins paying attention. Scott then uses a pumphandle drop and after that uses the Frankensteiner for the win (3:54).

Thoughts: They are going all the way with Steiners/Money Inc. for the Tag Team titles.

 

Vince plugs the “Smack’em, Whack’em” Coliseum Home Video release hosted by the Bushwhackers.

 

Raymond Rougeau welcomes Bam Bam Bigelow to the interview platform. However, Sensational Sherri comes out first to rant about Luna Vachon for the sneak attack at WrestleMania. Bigelow then yells at Sherri to get out of her and grabs her arms as Rougeau tells him to show respect. Bigelow then brings Sherri to her knees and grabs her hair until Tatanka makes the save and dropkicks Bigelow off of the platform. Vince says that Bigelow got what he deserved as Tatanka flies off of the platform at Bigelow then fires away. Tatanka hits a few flying chops off of the platform as several referees are holding Bigelow back from retaliating. Good segment here as both guys were in need of a feud. And Sherri still got to mention her feud against Luna on TV to keep that fresh.

 

Tito Santana vs. Louie Spicolli

The announcers talk about what just happened and how Bigelow is really angry. Vince then lets us know that Owen Hart blew out his knee in his match against Bigelow last week but no other details are known at this time. Matador works over Spicolli as Vince promises we will hear the results of Lex Luger’s medical evaluation. The announcers now talk about Luger’s forearm and what is causing these knockouts as Matador takes Spicolli down with a knee lift then uses the El Paso de Muerte for the win (2:07).

Thoughts: This match served as a backdrop for the announcers to talk about Luger and alert us about Owen’s injury.

 

KC Cleric vs. Damien Demento

Vince jokes that Cleric is part of the Sunshine Band. That’s a topical reference for him. The announcers talk about everybody clawing their way to the top as Savage plugs Crush vs. Luger on RAW this week. Demento gouges Cleric then talks to the voices in his head and soon after that hits a neckbreaker then adjusts the knee pad and drops the knee for the win (2:33). Savage then wonders about an investigation into Demento’s knee.

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about Luger since Demento is strictly a lower card worker.

 

We now get a vignette of the Smoking Gunns. They are cowboys named Bart & Billy. This vignette is set to hokey music as we see them ride horses and talk about arriving to the WWF. At the time, both guys were tagging in the IWF when Blackjack Mulligan put in a word for them with Dave Hebner and they got hired after a tryout.

 

We get an ad for the King of the Ring PPV. And the news that its a tournament.

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Tim Patterson

Lawler is pissed over the show being called “King of the Ring” since he is the only king in the WWF. Duggan leads the crowd in a USA chant then beats on Patterson. The announcers talk about the Duggan/Yokozuna feud as Duggan sends Patterson outside. Back in the ring we see Duggan use a vertical suplex then a knee drop that gets two as he elects to break the pin and walk over to the camera and yell for Yokozuna. Duggan stays in control then hits the Three Point Stance for the win (2:55).

Thoughts: A showcase for Duggan to push his feud against Yokozuna. With Hogan not working house shows at this time, Yokozuna needed an opponent to go around the circuit.

 

WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. We see the clip of Bret Hart getting knocked out by Luger at the WrestleMania brunch then learn how x-rays show Luger had a steel plate as part of his forearm due to a motor cycle accident. However, since its part of his anatomy, President Jack Tunney is powerless to do anything even if it gives Luger an unfair advantage. Luger is then shown gloating about how action cannot be taken against him as he mocks everyone who thinks its unfair he has a steel plate. Now we know why Luger has been knocking people out and it will continue.

 

Steve Vega is in the ring awaiting his opponent, Tatanka. However, Tatanka does not come out then we see on the video wall that Bigelow has knocked out Tatanka backstage. We then see Bigelow with a pair of scissors as he starts cutting the red streak in Tatanka’s hair. We then hear from the announcers as Vince & Savage are irate because that hair represented the blood of all Native Americans while Lawler thinks the whole thing is hilarious. Good segment for Bigelow to get some heat back and go full throttle with this feud.

 

Mr. Hughes vs. Raven Clark

Hughes beats down Clark as Vince says there are a lot of managers that want him as a client. We then hear from Harvey Whippleman in an insert promo saying that Hughes is tough like himself and says he can do more for Hughes than any other manager in the WWF. Vince puts over all of the chaos from today and the King of the Ring PPV news as Hughes stays in control until hitting a sidewalk slam for the win (2:35).

Thoughts: They’re now doing the gimmick with Hughes where every manager tries to obtain his services.

 

Next week in action are Lex Luger and Doink the Clown vs. Mr. Perfect in a King of the Ring tournament qualifying match as we hear from both men to close out the show.

 

Final Thoughts: An angle-heavy show this week. We also learned the results of Luger’s x-rays and found out that the King of the Ring PPV will be a tournament with qualifying matches starting next week. I found this to be a good show that did not waste much time.