August 14, 1993
From the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Vince tells Savage and Lawler that an edict from WWF President Jack Tunney has come down and if either of them get physical on commentary they will be suspended. This is based after Lawler slapped Savage last week to hype their match at Madison Square Garden.
This week, we will see highlights from the Lex Luger/Yokozuna contract signing. Also in action are the Steiner Brothers, Ludvig Borga, Razor Ramon, Heavenly Bodies, and Shawn Michaels.
Razor Ramon vs. Duane Gill
After telling the ring attendant something will happen to him if his gold gets messed up, Razor beats on Gill. He then catches Gill with a fallaway slam then we hear from Ted DiBiase in an insert promo talking about embarrassing Razor at SummerSlam. Back to the match as Razor stretches out Gill then hits a super belly-to-back suplex before the Razor’s Edge gets the win (2:05).
Thoughts: More hype for the Razor/DiBiase match at SummerSlam. And we see Razor sporting the red, white, and blue wristband in support of Luger’s Call to Action campaign which are being worn by all of the babyfaces.
WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. After plugging the “Posters 7” magazine, Gorilla introduces us to a montage of Luger’s “Call to Action” campaign. After that ends Gorilla talks about Jim Cornette being named the official American spokesman of Yokozuna then we see clips of the contract signing where Cornette included a clause saying that if Luger does not beat Yokozuna then he will never get a title shot as their is no rematch. Now they are making it clear that this is Luger’s only shot at the title.
Ludvig Borga vs. Mike Khoury
Borga immediately attacks Khoury before dropping him after a lifting choke. Borga hammers away then Vince tells us that Borga will be facing Marty Jannetty at SummerSlam. Borga pulls up Khoury after a Samoan drop but misses an elbow drop. Borga brushes off a dropkick then catches Khoury with a powerslam but instead of covering says “more pain” as Lawler talks about the average American being lazy then Borga finally puts Khoury away with a flying clothesline (2:06). After the match, Borga hits Khoury with a leg drop then an elbow drop as Vince plugs a fundraiser show in Wilton, CT featuring Jim Duggan and Men on a Mission.
Thoughts: Big news here is that Borga is getting a match at SummerSlam. And its clear with his anti-American agenda he is being groomed for a feud with Luger.
Steiner Brothers vs. Glen Ruth & Mike Bell
Scott tosses Ruth around as the announcers talk about Cornette and the Heavenly Bodies. We now hear from Cornette & Heavenly Bodies in an insert promo as Cornette puts over his team as the greatest in wrestling as Rick is now in the ring beating on Bell. Rick drives Bell into the corner then grounds him on the mat before tagging out. Scott catches Bell with an overhead suplex then hits Ruth with the Steiner Screwdriver as Lawler says that move should be outlawed and after that the Steiners hit the Doomsday bulldog for the win (2:59). After the match, Lawler draws wings on the Steiners to show how the Bodies will beat them I guess.
Thoughts: Hype for the Tag Team Title match at SummerSlam as the company tries to make the Bodies & Cornette seem like credible challengers in a short amount of time.
The Hacksaw Jim Duggan “USA” video is shown once again.
Shawn Michaels w/ Diesel vs. Darren Trujillo
Diesel is now wearing a leather suit. Shawn trips up Trujillo from behind then has to pull up his already high above the waist tights. We hear from Mr. Perfect in an insert promo saying Shawn is unable to beat perfection as Shawn catches Trujillo with a back elbow smash. Shawn then heads up top for a flying clothesline then follows with a super kick for the win (2:04). After the match, Diesel knocks down Trujillo.
Thoughts: Diesel’s new look would end up being his signature look for a while. The hype for the IC Title match at SummerSlam is low as Perfect is not really being presented strong and this feud has cooled off considerably since beginning at WrestleMania IX.
Fred Williams vs. Tatanka
Williams is actually Lloyd Anoa’i, son of Afa. He’s just 23 years old here and was going by the Samoan Warrior prior to a short stint at these tapings and better known as LA Smooth. Funny to see a barefoot Samoan dude in a singlet going by “Fred Williams”. Vince puts over Tatanka’s undefeated streak and how Tatanka & Smoking Gunns have been teaming up a lot. Tatanka catches Williams with a drop toe hold after an Irish whip sequence then runs wild. Williams then rakes the eyes and hammers away but is taken over with a hip toss. We then hear from Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon talking about facing the “cowboys and Indian” at SummerSlam and promise victory as Tatanka runs wild before hitting the Samoan Drop for the win (1:57).
Thoughts: Hype for the six-man tag at SummerSlam here with a focus on the Tatanka/Bigelow feud.
SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund.
Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Bert Centeno & Rich Myers
Cornette does the introductions for his team. Prichard messes with Centeno then trips him up as Del Ray used a clothesline. Del Ray is in now and drills Centeno with a super kick before tossing him to his partner. We hear from The Steiners in an insert promo as they talk about suplexing the Heavenly Bodies and will not give then respect as the Bodies stay in control. Del Ray hits an avalanche powerslam then heads up for a moonsault block and gets the win (2:09).
Thoughts: The Bodies are good in the ring, Del Ray in particular, but their gimmick and look is not what makes a top tag team in the WWF even with Cornette as their manager.
Next week, we will have an interview with Bret Hart. In action are Adam Bomb, The Quebecers, and Men on a Mission with “Rapping Randy.” Lawler then says next week he will prove that he’s the king as the show ends with a scroll of Lex Express tour dates.
Final Thoughts: Bland show this week with lots of generic SummerSlam hype. And with just over two weeks until the PPV expect more of the same leading up to the event.