October 30, 1993
From the Worcester Memorial Auditorium in Worcester, MA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler, who is dressed as Randy Savage in an attempt not just to rag on Savage but to also plug the Halloween costume you can get.
This week’ featured match is Ludvig Borga vs. Tatanka in a battle of the undefeated. Also in action are the Steiner Brothers, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the Smoking Gunns.
A video package on the Crush/Savage Summit is shown, narrated by Vince.
Smoking Gunns vs. The Executioners
The Gunns hit a few moves in stereo to clear the ring then play up to the crowd. Vince plugs a fundraiser show in New York as Bart hits one of the Executioners with a shoulder breaker. The Gunns stay in control then use the back drop/piledriver combo for the win (2:23).
Thoughts: Not much to this other than Vince plugging a charity show and Lawler making jokes about Helen Hart.
WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. After warning the kids about the perils of trick-or-treating we then hear from Lex Luger & The Steiner Brothers as they hype up their match against the Foreign Fanatics. Tatanka is not present, as Luger says he has a match soon but also mentions that the Steiners have a match coming up on this show as well. Once again they are tipping off that something is going to happen to Tatanka.
Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon head down to the ring then we see Doink on the video wall holding up two buckets as he laughs and teases that there will be even more buckets at the Survivor Series.
Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. Tim McNeany
Bigelow knocks down McNeany then hammers away until hitting an avalanche for the win (0:41). Vince then wonders if Bam Bam can manhandle Doink like he did to McNeany. Lawler then busts out the “Royal Magistrator” to draw a map from Stamford, CT to Boston, MA for the Survivor Series on Luna’s face.
Thoughts: The story here is that Bam Bam is more devastating than ever due to his anger over Doink’s pranks and how will Doink be able to avoid that at the Survivor Series.
Steiner Brothers vs. Bert Centeno & Chris Duffy
Vince tells us that next week we will see Jacques Rougeau vs. Rick Steiner then we hear from The Quebecers & Johnny Polo in an insert promo as Jacques promises to dish out a beating that Rick will never forget. The Steiners beat on Duffy then do the same to Centeno until they use a Doomsday Bulldog for the win (2:21).
Thoughts: An easy win for the Steiners as the key goal was to hype up next week’s match between Rick and Jacques.
We see Razor Ramon playing WWF Royal Rumble for Sega Genesis as Vince plugs a contest sponsored by K-Mart where you can win a trip to see the Royal Rumble.
Heavenly Bodies vs. PJ Walker & Mark Thomas
Vince tells us that the Bodies will face the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express at the Survivor Series for the SMW Tag Team Titles in a non-WWF sanctioned match. The Bodies beat on Thomas as we hear from the RnR in an insert promo talking about coming after the Bodies. Back to the match as the Bodies now beat on Walker until Del Ray puts him away with a moonsault block (1:28).
Thoughts: We now have a new match for the Survivor Series as Vince said that the RnR are the champs but chasing Jim Cornette with the selling point being RnR vs. Cornette as opposed to RnR vs. Heavenly Bodies.
Survivor Series Report with Joe Fowler.
Ludvig Borga comes out to the ring. Before Tatanka comes to the ring, Borga is shown in an insert promo saying he is not going to just beat on Tatanka, he’s going to destroy him, then we head to commercial.
Ludvig Borga vs. Tatanka
Borga punches away as Vince yells about him using a closed fist. Tatanka avoids a corner splash and hits a few chops then it takes him three clotheslines to take Borga down. Borga then challenges Tatanka to do it again as Tatanka hits another clothesline then a dropkick that takes Borga to one knee. Tatanka gets two with a crossbody as the crowd chants “USA.” Borga hammers away then drops Tatanka with a right hand and yells at the crowd. Borga hammers away then catches Tatanka with a side slam as we now see Mr. Fuji head out to the ringside area. Borga hits a delayed vertical suplex as Fuji waves the Japanese flag. We then go to commercial and return with Borga using a chin lock. Tatanka tries to escape but Borga beats him down then reapplies the chin lock. Vince puts over how impressive Borga & Yokozuna will be at the Survivor Series then calls out the ref for letting Borga used a closed fist. Tatanka escapes and fights back but Borga decks him with a right hand. Borga goes after the ribs and kidneys again but Tatanka pumps himself up. Borga cuts off a comeback then tosses Tatanka outside. The ref steps between Fuji and Tatanka but that allows Borga to sneak out and whack Tatanka with a chair that Vince said it was “around the head area.” Tatanka is out cold on the floor then Borga rolls him back inside and pins him by using one finger for the win (10:16 shown) *1/2. After the match, Fuji has Yokozuna come out. Vince then cannot believe this “stupid” ref has not called out medical personnel then the ref is shoved down as Yokozuna hits Tatanka with a Bonzai Drop. We then cut backstage to see Luger toss around The Quebecers then fight them off again in the aisle before saving Tatanka. Luger hovers on top of Tatanka to protect him as Vince is disgusted at the action of Borga, Yokozuna, and Fuji. Luger then calls for the paramedics as Tatanka is screaming in pain.
Thoughts: The match layout was fine and Tatanka did a decent enough job but Borga was useless. All he really did was body punches and chin locks. The match took a big dip in quality after the break. I thought the post-match stuff came off solid as Tatanka did a tremendous job selling pain and Luger was more invested here than usual. It got a good crowd reaction. According to Tatanka in his shoot interview with RF Video, the WWF wanted his undefeated streak to end to give Borga the rub for his huge push but Borga could not cut it in that spot and he ended up fading away. Tatanka said he ended up being out of action for close to two months for storyline purposes only.
We now cut to Joe Fowler for the Face-to-Face as he recaps what just happened without any sort of conviction. He was fired like a week or so after this aired anyway so we do not have to put up with him any longer. I know I repeat myself when talking about him but since doing these recaps starting in January 1984, he’s been the worst on-air personality.
We return after the break to see a clip of Tatanka being wheeled out on a stretcher as Vince said the Steiner Brothers were padlocked inside of a room backstage and just freed. That at least explains why the Steiners were not around and builds heat for Rick vs. Jacques.
Next week in action are 1-2-3 Kid, Crush, and Rick Steiner vs. Jacques. Plus, an update on Tatanka’s condition and more.
Final Thoughts: The big news here was Tatanka’s undefeated streak coming to an end and the fact he got taken out on a stretcher. We also get a featured match for next week and learned that the SMW Tag Team Titles will be defended at Survivor Series as the road to Survivor Series continues.