WWF SummerSlam Spectacular 1993

August 22, 1993

From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. This show was actually filmed at the 8/16 RAW taping and the RAW banner is in clear view of the hard cam.

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon.

Tonight, we have Yokozuna vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Money Inc. vs. Steiner Brothers in a Steel Cage Match for the Tag Team Titles, and an interview with Lex Luger.

 

Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Ross congratulates Duggan on his baby daughter as we get an insert of Duggan holding up the child in the hospital. Gorilla then tells us that “literally hundreds of thousands” have joined Lex Luger on his Call to Action campaign. Duggan attacks Yokozuna from behind then hammers away in the corner. Duggan then grabs his 2×4 but the ref takes it away then Yokozuna drops Duggan with a throat thrust. Yokozuna chokes out Duggan on the ropes then Fuji cheap shots Duggan with the Japanese flag. Yokozuna headbutts Duggan before tossing him outside as Ross says that Yokozuna must be just about 600 lbs at the moment. Duggan pumps up then goes back inside but Yokozuna sends him down and follows with a leg drop. Yokozuna taunts the fans before catching Duggan with a bearhug. Duggan fires away to escape but tries a slam and Yokozuna falls on top for a two count. We go to break then return with Yokozuna squeezing Duggan with a bearhug. Duggan tries to escape but fails so resorts to biting Yokozuna’s forehead. Yokozuna shoves Duggan down then chops him hard in the corner. Yokozuna chokes out Duggan again then Duggan fights back but gets kicked into the corner. Yokozuna misses an avalanche as both men are now down with the crowd getting behind Duggan. Duggan pumps up then hammers away then finally knocks Duggan down after three clotheslines. Duggan now sets up for the Three Point Stance but gets tripped up by Fuji then as Duggan yells at him, Yokozuna hits an avalanche from behind then hits the Bonzai Drop for the win (8:28 shown) **1/4. After the match, Yokozuna goes up for another Bonzai Drop at Fuji’s request but several referees run out and drag Duggan to safety.

Thoughts: Solid match but you really noticed here how Yokozuna’s weight has started to take a toll on his work. He’s not moving quick like he did upon his debut and appeared blown up at the end plus the poor guy was sweating buckets. Duggan actually ended his WWF run with this match. According to him, he was told to sit home until they found something for him to do then he did some indy dates until signing with WCW 11 months later. These two had good chemistry together.

 

Vince McMahon is in the locker room waiting for Yokozuna. Jim Cornette is there to greet the champion and says that Yokozuna was never asleep and now a madman ready to eat up Luger and spit him out into bits. Cornette then tells Luger when the first Bonzai Drop lands he will clutch his insides and plead for help but that all the damage Yokozuna causes is on his head. Cornette closes by promising that Yokozuna will retain.

 

Blake Beverly vs. Razor Ramon

The announcers tell us that Aaron Neville will be singing the National Anthem at SummerSlam. Blake jabs his finger in Razor’s chest then Razor flicks his toothpick at him before they lockup. Blake cheap shots Razor in the corner then slaps him across the face. Razor fights back and chops Blake hard then Blake pulls up on an Irish whip and bails. Razor chases him around but gets stomped heading into the ring. Blake grabs a side headlock then they fight over a wrist lock as Razor yanks Blake down by the hair to give Blake a taste of his own medicine. Blake flexes before engaging in a test-of-strength then boots Razor in the gut. Razor fights back and drops Blake with a right hand but charges and gets sent over the top rope with a back drop. Blake then unties one of the top turnbuckle pads then brings Razor back in for a reverse neckbreaker then whips Razor into the exposed steel in the corner. Blake then hits a backbreaker as the crowd chants for Razor but Blake hits a powerslam and uses a cocy cover that Razor reverses for a two count. Blake clotheslines Razor then slaps him around in the corner and tries another Irish whip into the exposed steel but Razor reverses then puts Blake away with the Razor’s Edge (6:11) **.

Thoughts: The action was fine but it was a bit surprising to see Razor sell a majority of the match for a guy who is now a TV enhancement talent.

 

We now have a special “King’s Court” as Lawler is outside and sitting in some Elvis impersonator’s Pink Cadillac. Lawler makes fun of Bret Hart’s mother for being old then asks Elvis what it feels like to be impersonated as Elvis talked about this the other day with his good friend JFK and does not like it one bit. Lawler says Bret impersonating him as the king of wrestling boils his blood then says he will break Bret in half at SummerSlam and will never attempt to impersonate him again.

 

Bret is now standing by via satellite as Ross asks him how he feels. Bret says Lawler crossed the line by making it about his family then promises Lawler at “The SummerSlam” their match will be a mutilation and his whole family will be all over “The SummerSlam” to see Lawler get destroyed. Bret then says Lawler will always be a bogus, phony king. They’ve really done a great job with this feud by making it personal. It also comes across a lot better than when they tried it three years prior by having Rude insult the Big Bossman’s mother.

 

Smoking Gunns & Tatanka vs. Reno Riggins & Barry Horowitz & Brooklyn Brawler

Billy and Horowitz start off trading hammerlocks. Billy then floats over on a slam and kicks Horowitz down after a reversal sequence. The Gunns now work over Riggins then Brawler. Tatanka tags in and works the arm of Brawler before catching him with a powerslam. The announcers talk about the rest of the show as Billy gets trapped in the opposing corner. Horowitz uses a Northern Lights Suplex for two as the heel side gets a few more nearfalls and keep using quick tags to maintain control. Gorilla keeps telling us how the Gunns & Tatanka do not look sharp tonight then Billy collides with Riggins and finally makes the tag. Tatanka runs wild on everyone then the match breaks down. Tatanka hits Riggins with several chops then puts him away with a flying body press (7:05) *1/2. Ross then tells us they won in convincing fashion.

Thoughts: Man, Billy sold forever for the TV enhancement talent trio. The match itself was fine but this was not exactly a showcase for the guys involved in a match at the PPV.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes The Undertaker to the ring. Okerlund wants to know the rules for the Rest in Peace match at SummerSlam. Undertaker tells us there comes a day when people are held accountable for their actions and that day will be SummerSlam for Giant Gonzalez. Undertaker says despite not having Paul Bearer or the urn he does have the creatures of the night then says the match ends with him taking his hands into Gonzalez’s carcass and take away his organs. Undertaker then says he will possess Gonzalez’s soul before the night ends. We now see Gonzalez & Harvey Whippleman come out as Gonzalez tells Undertaker he will not get up and will be the one resting in peace. Undertaker takes off his jacket looking for a fight but Gonzalez & Whippleman leave. Undertaker then tries to follow them but a few referees stand in his way. They have not done a whole lot to hype this one up but these two had a stinker at SummerSlam and with a gimmick match that no one knows the rules of hopes are not high it will be any different this time around.

 

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Shawn Michaels (c) w/ Diesel vs. Bob Backlund

Backlund admires the title belt but Shawn yanks it away. Gorilla then guarantees that Shawn vs. Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam will be the greatest IC Title match ever. Shawn slams Backlund then pretends that he is sweeping him away. Shawn hits another slam then lays across the top rope in the corner. Backlund then surprises Shawn with a flurry of offense and almost puts him away with a backslide then chases Shawn outside. Shawn spits at Backlund then gets chased around into the ring as we go to break with Backlund almost ready to attack Shawn in the corner. The match returns with Shawn hammering away. Shawn comes off the top with a double axe handle then applies a front facelock. Ross tells us that Diesel was a former bouncer at a bar that beat up a lot of people. Backlund places Shawn up top then slaps him across the face. Backlund then dropkicks Shawn and hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. Backlund hits a delayed atomic drop and covers but Diesel distracts the referee. Backlund goes over to run Diesel away then Shawn appears to have gone for the low blow but Backlund doesnt sell that so Shawn grabs Backlund’s tights and rolls him up for the win (6:20) *1/2.

Thoughts: Shawn was terrible here on offense. He moved around like a past his prime TV job guy. Backlund was decent enough when on offense but Shawn’s weight gain is really getting more noticeable.

 

Vince is standing backstage with Ludvig Borga. Ludvig first yells in Finnish then says Americans are stupid and can only speak one language before saying he’s not just fighting Marty Jannetty at SummerSlam but all of America as well. Ludvig then says he is not here for titles, just dishing out pain.

 

Duane Gill vs. Marty Jannetty

Marty works the arm after using a flying headscissors. Ross keeps putting over Marty’s agility then they mess up a sunset flip spot as Gill apparently thought it was a back drop and Marty cradles Gill for two. Marty then hits a super kick as Ross plugs Radio WWF premiering this Saturday as Marty now uses a chinlock. Marty then uses a blockbuster on Gill and heads up top with a flying fist drop for the win (3:20).

Thoughts: A win for Marty before he is fed to Borga at SummerSlam. It’s crystal clear who is going to win that match.

 

WWF Tag Team Title Steel Cage Match: Money Inc. vs. Steiner Brothers (c)

Rules are the match ends with both team members climbing the cage and having both feet land on the floor. The Steiners beat on DiBiase as IRS tries to escape. The Steiners spot him then run over to prevent DiBiase from escaping. The Steiners beat on Money Inc. then try to climb out but are stopped then Money Inc. try to adopt that strategy and are also stopped with DiBiase’s ass getting exposed in the process. Scott is halfway over the top with Gorilla yelling at Rick for not climbing with his partner then DiBiase suplexes Scott back into the ring. After some brawling, the Steiners both try to climb out but IRS superplexes Scott back inside then we go to break. The match returns with Money Inc. now trying to climb out. The Steiners stop them then try to climb out as Scott climbs over the cage and is halfway down but gets choked out with his head through the cage then is brought back inside. Rick climbs over the cage but DiBiase brings him back in and almost set him up for a piledriver from the top rope. Scott then tries to climb back out while grabbing IRS’s tie but he is ultimately dragged back inside. Scott tries to climb up with IRS on his shoulders then IRS breaks that with an eye rake as they are both back on the mat. Money Inc. beats on The Steiners then Rick and DiBiase collide as Scott and IRS climb out of the cage. The crowd gets into this as Rick is up first and climbs. IRS climbs back in and stops Rick then Scott comes off the top of the cage with a double axe handle on IRS. Scott uses a double noggin knocker as the Steiners try to climb out. DiBiase pulls Rick back in by the headgear then chokes him out as we go to break. We return as Scott has climbed out of the cage, leaving his partner 2 vs. 1. Scott then heads back inside then tries to stop IRS but IRS was able to escape and land on the floor. DiBiase tries to climb out then IRS grabs his arm to help him out but The Steiners make the save and put DiBiase in the tree of woe. The Steiners then go over to the opposite side of the cage and try to climb out. IRS goes back in for the save but Rick fights off Money Inc. and climbs out. IRS chokes out but Scott comes back with a double clothesline as the crowd is behind Scott. DiBiase cuts off Scott as IRS is about to climb out but Rick climbs up and puts him on his shoulders. DiBiase gets out and tries to make the save but Scott climbs out first and the Steiners win (18:01) ***1/2. After the match we see a clearly pissed off DiBiase as he looks almost on the verge of turning on his partner.

Thoughts: Really good match with a creative finish. The climbing in and out of the cage became repetitive near the end but there was no interference or other screwy stuff happening unlike most cage matches and it was a good end to this feud.

 

Final Thoughts: The show itself was pretty good but weird to not see Luger at least appear (this was the WWE 24/7 version of the show that omitted the “I’ll be Your Hero” music video for Luger, which we will see the following week on syndication) since he is now the focal point of the promotion. However, it did not do a whole lot to make you want to see the PPV. A fun watch for when this makes it into the WWE Network Hidden Gems section.