August 28, 1993
From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
1-2-3 Kid vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Kid catches Brawler with a spinning heel kick but after that ends up getting clotheslined. Brawler hammers away even takes off his shirt then we hear from IRS in an insert promo promising victory at SummerSlam. Kid kips up and slams Brawler off of the top rope then heads up with a guillotine leg drop and the win (1:59).
Thoughts:Kid showed off his great offense here as they hyped his match against IRS at SummerSlam.
An ad for SummerSlam airs.
Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Tony Roy & Jason Headings
Del Ray grounds Roy then slaps him around. Cornette laughs over his team beating down Roy then yells at the camera to back off. Roy gets tossed out with Del Ray holding him as Cornette yells then we hear from The Steiners hyping their match against The Bodies by calling them “fresh meat”. The Bodies then use a double flapjack before Del Ray puts Headings away with a moonsault block (2:02). After the match, Cornette & The Bodies celebrate their footage on the video wall before calling out The Steiners.
Thoughts: They’re still trying to establish the Bodies act on every show before SummerSlam to make them appear as somewhat credible challengers anyway.
SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund.
Now, we get a Lex Luger music video set to “I’ll Be Your Hero” by Jim Johnston. This first premiered on the “SummerSlam Spectacular.” And you can watch this below:
Ludvig Borga vs. Virgil
This took place at the 8/17 Superstars taping in White Plains, NY. Vince tells us that Luger will be guest on “Live with Regis & Kathy Lee” this Monday morning before SummerSlam. Borga overpowers Virgil to start. He then hammers away in the corner but eats boot on a charge. Virgil fights back and hits a pair of dropkicks but Borga catches his crossbody attempt and hits a front falling slam then Borga puts Virgil away with a flying clothesline (2:58). After the match, Borga takes off Virgil’s wristbands in support of Luger then yells at the fans as part of a crappy promo and stuffs the wristbands in Virgil’s mouth.
Thoughts: Borga ripping off the wristbands to support Luger then shoving them in Virgil’s mouth was a nice touch and clear sign Borga will be Luger’s next feud.
We get a taped interview with The Undertaker in a graveyard telling Gonzalez he is going on a journey into the darkside. It ends with him shoveling dirt on top of the casket. This feud is really cold heading into SummerSlam.
Mr. Perfect vs. Duane Gill
Vince plugs Radio WWF this weekend. Perfect chops Gill in the corner. Gill uses a hip toss and brags but Perfect chops away in the corner. We hear from Shawn Michaels & Diesel saying he is better than perfect then Perfect puts Gill away with a Perfect Plex (1:21). After the match, Lawler draws a mack truck behind Perfect to show how Diesel will run him over.
Thoughts: Speaking of cold feuds heading into SummerSlam, Shawn/Perfect is on life support after a hot start and the match is now casually being billed as potentially becoming the greatest Intercontinental Title match of all-time.
Smoking Gunns vs. Reno Riggins & Barry Hardy
The Gunns work over Hardy to start. They do the same to Riggins as Lawler says he wants to knock out the entire Hart family then the Gunns use the back drop into a Piledriver for the win (2:18).
Thoughts: Dull squash match with the commentary focused on the Lawler/Bret feud.
Gene Okerlund welcomes Yokozuna, Mr. Fuji, and Jim Cornette to the ring. Cornette shows off the Luger wristband on his arm and says it will be a collectors item after SummerSlam after he is destroyed by Yokozuna. Cornette then brings up everyone Yokozuna has beaten as we see highlights of that then Randy Savage runs out to the ring. Savage tells Yokozuna at SummerSlam he is entering the ring with the belt and with Fuji & Cornette. However, Luger will be entering with all the fans that have enlisted in the Call to Action campaign and those who have dared to reach out for the “brass ring” but more importantly, Luger is leaving with the title. Savage then leads the crowd into a USA chant and we see wrestles march through the crowd while holding American flags to show their support for Luger. Strong segment to end the show with a top notch promo from Cornette. I distinctly remember watching this as a kid too and it still came off well as the final hype segment before the PPV.
Final Thoughts: The final segment did a good job of hyping up the SummerSlam main event but the rest of the show was generic PPV hype with the show just two days away.