So, I haven’t posted these in about two weeks but they should be regularly posted going forward. I had some medical issues that are now cleared. I managed to get two different strands of flu in the same month and was in and out of the hospital but fine now. So, lets get back on the road to SummerSlam ’93
August 29, 1993
From the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh, NY
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan
The show starts off with the Lex Luger “I’ll be Your Hero” video. And you can see it again below:
An ad for SummerSlam airs. It shows how Yokozuna is out of control and the clips saw him beating on Hulk Hogan.
Marty Jannetty vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
Marty bumped into ring announcer Mike McGuirk while dancing around during his entrance. He sure does like to party. Ross tells us that Luger will be on “Live with Regis & Kathy Lee” as the announcers talk about Marty wearing five of the Luger wristbands around his arms. Marty gets a two count after a reverse rollup then we hear from him in an insert promo looking like he just got out of the shower and says it took a week to pronounce Ludvig Borga’s name yet still couldn’t get it right then talks about studying for their match at SummerSlam. Sharpe stalls then yells at the fans while trying for a test of strength but fails to cheap shot Marty and gets hit with an atomic drop. Marty then uses a mat slam before finishing off Sharpe with a flying fist drop (3:53).
Thoughts: Not much to this other than giving Marty a win before he is fed to Borga at SummerSlam. And plug Luger appearing on TV.
The Undertaker interview we saw from “Superstars” is shown.
Mr. Hughes w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Dan Dubiel
Hughes slams Dubiel as we another black wreath at ringside. Hughes then busts out a dropkick and shortly afterwards puts Dubiel away with a sidewalk slam (2:00). After the match, Hughes tosses Dubiel outside before destroying the wreath.
Thoughts: This was the final appearance for Mr. Hughes of this run. Hughes wound up getting suspended then quit afterwards. He explained that in his shoot interview with Highspots that I recapped and here is what he said:
“Hughes tells a story of how he was traveling to a hotel and asked a few guys to borrow some money until he got his advance but someone ratted him out to the office that he was knocking on doors early in the morning looking to get money for drugs. The next day there was drug testing and Hughes said he had to pee in a room with Blackjack Lanza and one of the referees. He then said that Bret & Owen Hart told him not to take the test unless everyone else has to do so but Hughes said he was clean and pissed in the cup. The next day he was told to go home after his match and that Vince would call him back. Vince called and said he heard some stuff and the company had a lot of headaches with the steroid trials and couldn’t deal with it anymore. Hughes asked if the test came back but Vince did not know then Vince told Hughes that he would have Adam Bomb, who lived close by, come to his house and get the urn back for the Undertaker. When asked, Hughes said he knows who ratted him out but would not say and said he hasn’t seen him since but if he did, he’d knock his teeth out.”
King’s Court with guest Elvis is shown again.
Bobby Who vs. Tatanka
The announcers talk about the six-man tag match at SummerSlam then Tatanka clotheslines Who over the top rope. We then hear from the Smoking Gunns telling Tatanka they will take care of the Headshrinkers at SummerSlam so he can get Bam Bam Bigelow by himself as Tatanka fires up and hits a few chops before putting Who away with a Samoan Drop (2:08).
Thoughts: Some more hype for the PPV six-man tag match.
SummerSlam Report airs. The Jim Cornette, Yokozuna, and Mr. Fuji promo from the SummerSlam Spectacular airs as does the Bret Hart interview.
Shawn Michaels w/ Diesel vs. Rich Myers
Ross plugs radio WWF after Heenan ranted about Yokozuna being screwed over by the WWF. Shawn works over Myers then we hear from Mr. Perfect in an insert promo telling Shawn no one beats him. Shawn then hits vertical suplex and soon after that a flying clothesline. Shawn follows with a super kick then puts Myers away with a piledriver and uses an arrogant cover (2:52).
Thoughts: Shawn’s continues to bloat up as his feud against Mr. Perfect is running on fumes.
The show ends with the announcers hyping up SummerSlam as being the greatest of all-time.
Final Thoughts: Last minute PPV hype here as we saw several recycled interviews and segments. And that was typical for the syndicated shows that aired the same weekend as the PPV.
Tomorrow, I’ll recap the 8/29/93 All-American Wrestling then Monday will be the SummerSlam recap.