July 3, 1993
From The Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, WV.
We get brand new graphics and a theme song for the opening montage. It even features Hulk Hogan.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
In action this week are the Steiner Brothers, Bam Bam Bigelow, 1-2-3 Kid, and Lex Luger.
Marty Jannetty vs. Tom Stone
Vince yells at Lawler for attacking Bret Hart from behind at the King of the Ring as Lawler calls Bret an imposter. Marty works a headscissors on the mat as Lawler rants about Bret. Marty gets two with a sunset flip from the middle rope as Vince talks about the “Stars & Stripes Challenge.” Marty catches Stone with a super kick then applies a chinlock then uses the Rocker Dropper before a flying fist drop gets the win (2:58).
Thoughts: The main focus here was on the Stars & Stripes Challenge and the Bret/Lawler feud.
WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. We hear from Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna talk about how no one will be able to slam Yokozuna then after that will go to Japan and celebrate with the emperor. Back to Gorilla as he talks about all of the athletes that have accepted the challenge. We then hear from Karl Nelson, who says one of his NFL friends will slam Yokozuna. We then hear from NFL’ers James Campen and Joe Morris cut promos on how they will slam Yokozuna.
An ad for SummerSlam appears. It takes place on August 30th.
“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. Rich Myers
Luger knees Myers in the gut as Lawler laughs at the notion of an NFL punter slamming Yokozuna. Myers uses a few rollups for nearfalls but ducks his head and gets kicked. Luger turns Myers inside-out with a clothesline soon after that uses the running forearm smash for the win (1:49). Vince notes that Luger has knocked out every opponent he has ever faced.
Thoughts: Its funny how Luger was not once ever mentioned as someone who could slam Yokozuna despite being billed with someone who has the best physique. And even funnier when you consider he was still using this gimmick considering what would happen the following day.
Steiner Brothers vs. Barry Horowitz & Brian Costello
Horowitz beats on Scott for a bit but gets caught in a tilt-a-whirl slam. Rick tags in and beats on Costello as we hear from the Steiners in an insert promo as they promise to slam Yokozuna. Lawler shits on the Steiners for being dumb as the Steiners stay in control then put Costello away with a Doomsday Bulldog (2:27).
Thoughts: This was all about establishing the Steiners as possible threats to slam Yokozuna.
We are shown the Money Inc. interview from RAW. Well, the part where they crap all over Razor Ramon airs anyway.
1-2-3 Kid vs. Reno Riggins
This is from RAW with Jim Ross announcing solo. Kid lands a few kicks in the corner then does some martial arts posing. Kid now busts out a snap suplex for a two count but ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Riggins hammers away before dropping Kid with a back elbow smash. Riggins now uses a chinlock as the crowd gets behind Kid. Riggins blocks a kick but is taken down with an enziguiri then Kid heads up top. Riggins cuts him off by shaking the ropes then heads up and tells us we are going to see a “Reno Plex” but that gets blocked then Kid uses a tornado DDT for the win (2:52).
Thoughts: Fun match that was faster paced than usual WWF matches, even if it was a little off at times. Kid’s offense sets him apart from the rest of the roster.
Lord Alfred Hayes does a voiceover of the Crush vs. Doink the Clown feud to hype their blowoff match on next week’s show. A cool way to hype up a big match for next week.
Rudy Gonzalez vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon
Bigelow shoves down Gonzalez then cuts off a comeback and hits a vertical suplex. The announcers hype up next week’s Doink vs. Crush match then talks about the Bigelow/Tatanka feud. Bigelow stays in control, as Lawler leaves and says he has to polish is crown, then uses a flying headbutt for the win (2:46). We then get some weird dialogue with Savage asking Vince if it has been established if Luna is a female as Vince wants no part of the conversation.
Thoughts: They hyped the Bigelow/Tatanka feud and we saw Lawler give an excuse so he can leave before Bret got out for his interview. And we had some uncomfortable dialogue between Savage and Vince as to whether or not Luna was a biological female.
An ad for SummerSlam airs.
Boni Blackstone welcomes Bret Hart to the interview platform. Bret talks about not setting his sights on slamming Yokozuna but rather taking the World Heavyweight Title that he was robbed of at WrestleMania IX. Bret is then asked about getting attacked by Lawler at the King of the Ring as he goes off on him and promises to destroy Lawler before saying he is the King of the Ring. Typical babyface seeking revenge after getting attacked promo from Bret. He showed more intensity than usual too.
We get another Men on a Mission vignette. Vince says they will be here next week.
Adam Bomb w/ Johnny Polo vs. Jay Sledge
Lawler is back then asks if Bret had a crown, robe, scepter, or throne and went told he did not says Bret is not a king. Bomb slams Sledge then beats him down as Polo mentions “total destruction.” Vince then tells us this Monday on RAW we will see what happened at the Stars & Stripes Challenge. Bomb hits a flying clothesline then uses the Atom Smasher for the win (2:54).
Thoughts: A backdrop for the announcers to talk about Bret/Lawler and the Stars & Stripes Challenge.
Next week, we will see footage from the Stars & Stripes Challenge. Also in action are Shawn Michaels, Men on a Mission, and the featured match of Crush vs. Doink the Clown.
Final Thoughts: The main goal here was to hype up the Stars & Stripes Challenge as its clear with how much attention this has been given something big is going to happen. We also heated up the Bret/Lawler feud and will see a key featured match between Doink and Crush to go along with the Stars & Stripes Challenge fallout and the direction of SummerSlam.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Stars & Stripes Challenge 7/4/93
Tuesday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Fred Rosser (AKA Darren Young)
Wednesday: WWF RAW 7/5/93
Thursday: WWF Superstars 7/10/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/11/93
Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 7/12/93
Saturday or Sunday: WWF Superstars 7/17/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/18/93
Monday: WWF Monday Night RAW 7/19/93