October 23, 1993
From the Worcester Centrum in Worcester, MA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Randy Savage is unable to announce due to his lacerated tongue suffered on “Monday Night RAW.” Lawler then laughs about what happened to Savage and does an impression.
This week in action are Razor Ramon, Diesel, Doink the Clown, Rock ‘N’ Roll Express, and IRS.
Doink the Clown vs. Barry Horowitz
Horowitz pulls Doink’s jacket over his head but Doink was able to avoid punches then fights back. Doink now works the arm as the announcers talk about the Doink/Bigelow feud before Vince sells disgust over Crush turning on Savage. Lawler gloats about it being great that Savage is not here as Vince says we will see footage of the attack and hope that he returns to the booth next week. Doink now chops Horowitz a few times then catches him with a clothesline as Vince wonders how many more Doinks we will see at the Survivor Series. Doink stays in control as the announcers hype up the Survivor Series then puts Horowitz away with a flying sit-down splash (3:27). Doink then rides backstage on his scooter then plays with the video wall as Vince again wonders how many Doinks are out there.
Thoughts: The main focus was on the Crush/Savage angle from RAW. We also heard Vince tip us off that multiple Doinks will be appearing at the Survivor Series. And, we never saw footage of Savage getting attacked on this week’s show.
WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. He talks about the Survivor Series matches already announced and we hear from some of the competitors then Gorilla tells us up next is Bastion Booger, calling him a “big, fat pig” and a “nasty slob.”
An ad for the WWF Royal Rumble video game.
Bastion Booger vs. Ray Roy
Lawler says he cannot wait for the Survivor Series so he can get all of the coward Hart family members in the ring. Booger beats on Roy before dumping him outside. Booger then avalanches Roy against the ring post as Lawler tells another joke about Helen Hart being the second ugliest person with Booger being the first. Booger then powerslams Roy and puts him away with a sit-down splash as Lawler once again calls the Hart Family the original draft dodgers (1:58). After the match, Booger stuffs food in his face that he grabbed out of a paper bag.
Thoughts: Lawler spent the whole match making fun of the Hart Family to sell their Survivor Series match which ended up not taking place for reasons we will learn about later. They also continue to show close-ups of Booger’s face as he chews food with his mouth open, which at least amuses Vince because I cannot imagine it appealing to anyone else.
We get a video package to hype up next week’s Ludvig Borga vs. Tatanka match with both men’s undefeated streaks on the line. I think its obvious who will be winning that one.
IRS vs. Ken Garrison
IRS cuts off ring announcer Bill Dunn for writing off his suit and pour toupee because he is a run-of-the-mill tax cheat. A mild “Irwin” chant breaks out as IRS works the leg while Vince tells Lawler he should respect the Hart Family. Lawler once again says the whole Hart family are cowards as IRS works an abdominal stretch. IRS now uses a chinlock as Lawler says the whole Hart family hates Bruce and that the family even hired someone to play him in their home movies. Okay, that’s a good line. IRS stays in control as Lawler predicts IRS will send Razor Ramon back to the gutter. IRS grabs another chin lock then puts Garrison away with a Write Off clothesline as Vince reminds us that PJ Walker once beat IRS (2:29). Vince then tells us that the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express will be up next.
Thoughts: Once again the main focus was on Lawler making fun of the Hart family. The joke about Bruce Hart was pretty damn funny at least. They also talked about the IRS/Razor feud and we learn that the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express are up next.
Rock ‘N’ Roll Express vs. Flex Armstrong & Richie Rich
Vince puts over the RnR from being the Smoky Mountain Wrestling Tag champions as Lawler makes fun of them for being the world’s oldest teenagers. Ricky takes Armstrong down with a few arm drags then works over the arm. The announcers talk about the RnR having a vendetta against Jim Cornette with Lawler saying the RnR are upset that Cornette will not manage them as Gibson works over Rich. The match now breaks down with the RnR in control as we see Cornette & Heavenly Bodies in an insert promo saying they run SMW and accuse the RnR of being jealous. The RnR stay in control then put Armstrong away with a double dropkick (2:54).
Thoughts: More hype for the RnR/Cornette feud as the Smoky Mountain Tag Team Titles seem likely to be defended on WWF programming.
We are back to Nashville with another Jeff Jarrett vignette. This time his name is spelled out on the screen just like he says as Jarrett is in front of Buddy Lee’s talent agency but unable to get a break because he is from Tennessee. Jarrett then puts down Willie Nelson for not having talent and puts himself over for being the greatest singer and wrestler that he will prove to the Undertaker and Steiner Brothers. Jarrett then vows to return to this agency so Buddy can beg him to sign a contract so he can brag to the whole world then Jarrett spells his name out to close out the segment. Jarrett is doing a great job coming off as an obnoxious in these vignettes.
Diesel vs. Ralph Mosca
Lawler laughs at the mention of Savage as Vince is hopeful Randy returns next week. Vince wonders who will choose Diesel as a partner for the Survivor Series then asks Lawler if he’s one of his knights as Lawler laughs and refuses to divulge. Lawler then makes a tea party joke about Helen Hart, saying she was one of the bags thrown into the ocean, as Vince puts over Diesel for eliminating Mabel during the Intercontinental Battle Royal. Diesel continues to beat on Mosca as Lawler wants to know where Mr. Perfect is as Vince promises we will see a great deal of Perfect. Diesel stretches Mosca out over his knee then puts him out of his misery with a punch to the face (2:40).
Thoughts: Vince tipped off that Diesel will be part of the Survivor Series here as Lawler continues to make fun of Helen Hart. The line about seeing a great deal of Perfect is funny due to the fact his last match occurred less than a week after this aired and we will get into that as this timeline develops. Also, Diesel is still really rough in the ring.
Survivor Series Report with Joe Fowler. We have two more matches announced on the card. They are: Bam Bam Bigelow & Bastion Booger & Headshrinkers vs. Four Doinks and Razor Ramon & Mr. Perfect & Marty Jannetty & 1-2-3 Kid vs. IRS & Diesel & Rick Martel & Adam Bomb.
The “WWF Unbelievable” ad telling us not to fall for cheap imitations airs yet again. They got a lot of mileage out of this ad.
Razor Ramon vs. Tony DeVito
Razor gets a great reaction as being announced as the new Intercontinental champion and this was filmed on 9/28, a couple of weeks before Razor winning the title aired on RAW so that’s why they played it up he was the new champion during the ring introductions. Razor tosses DeVito across the ring then gets cheap-shotted in the corner. Razor drops DeVito a few times then hits a chokeslam before using a STF. Lawler rags on Razor and despite being asked by Vince refuses to reveal the identity of his knights. Razor then hits a super belly-to-back suplex then finishes off DeVito with the Razor’s Edge (3:21). After the match, Razor celebrates with the belt but we then see IRS, Diesel, Martel, and Bomb surround the ring. However, Perfect, Jannetty, and Kid come out to even things up as several officials run out to break things up.
Thoughts: Vince started the bit where Lawler refuses to reveal the identity of his knights. After the match was the typical Survivor Series match build we would come to see for many years.
Next week in action are the Smoking Gunns, Bam Bam Bigelow, Steiner Brothers, and the featured match of Ludvig Borga vs. Tatanka. We then hear from Borga as he tells Tatanka next week he will not just beat him but also end his career. Also, we will see footage from Crush attacking Randy Savage on RAW.
Final Thoughts: We had two more matches announced for the PPV and built up next week’s match between Borga and Tatanka. Lawler heavily pushed his feud against the Hart Family on commentary but that would stop in a few weeks due to other reasons as the off-screen drama in the company will reach a boiling point.