December 20, 1993
From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels
We get a video package narrated by Vince hyping up tonight’s Ludvig Borga vs. Tatanka match. This is followed by a promo from Tatanka where he talks about coming to hurt and destroy Borga but the most important thing is that he’s coming for revenge.
Shawn gets his own entrance then makes fun of Vince. Also in action tonight are Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett.
Jeff Jarrett vs. PJ Walker
Before the match, Jarrett spells out his name and tells the crowd he is the greatest singer, performer, and wrestler of all-time. Vince asks Shawn what he knows about country music as Shawn says he is from Texas, prompting Vince to say “ZZ Top all the way.” Jarrett struts around as Vince hypes the Royal Rumble as Shawn talks about being in the Royal Rumble match. Walker surprises Jarrett with a hip toss and an arm drag but Jarrett avoids a second attempt then attacks Walker from behind. Jarrett stays in control as the announcers talk about the Luger and Royal Rumble match storyline as Jarrett hits a snap suplex but misses a flying fist drop. Walker tries a comeback but gets kicked after ducking his head then Jarrett uses a jumping DDT for the win (4:09). After the match, Jarrett spells out his name once again.
Thoughts: Most of the focus was on the Luger/Royal Rumble storyline but they also put over the Jarrett character.
We now get a hotline as to whether or not WWF President Jack Tunney should allow Luger into the Royal Rumble match.
Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Barry Hardy & Duane Gill
Vince is all about the “special Santa rap” as MoM are wearing Santa caps to the ring. He’s really selling the shit out of this stuff. Mo works over Gill as Vince tells us that Hardy & Gill have had some success in the WWF. That’s a loose definition of the word. MoM stays in control as Vince puts over Mabel’s size and how he is going to be in the Royal Rumble match. Mabel now overpowers both men as the announcers continue to put over Mabel. Vince now talks about the dissension between Bret and Owen and how its sad to be taking place during the Holiday season. Gill breaks up a pin attempt after a powerslam by Mo but gets knocked outside then MoM uses an inverted DDT/middle rope splash for the win (4:27).
Thoughts: They focused more on Mabel’s size and how he will be in the Royal Rumble match than they did on the MoM act. Which actually makes sense if you’ve been watching them as Mabel is the only one with any potential. He was moving around well at his size. The commentary also included some bizarre story of a man in Argentina dying after eating a whole pig.
Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill airs. Same as what we saw on this past weekend’s syndicated shows.
We now hear from Borga as he promises to permanently hospitalize Tatanka.
Ludvig Borga vs. Tatanka
Tatanka is held back by the ref then chops away after the bell rings as the announcers talk about his strategy. Tatanka fires away in the corner then Borg rolls outside after being chopped. Tatanka heads out to send Borga into the post as Borga is moving at roughly the same speed as Ted Arcidi did when he wrestled. The action heads back inside where Tatanka runs wild. He uses a flying body press for a two count ends up running into a clothesline soon afterwards. Borga punches away as his gut has really grown since the last set of TV tapings. And his cardio went to complete shit. Borga hits a corner splash but Tatanka shakes it off and chops away but Borga catches him with a powerslam for a two count. Tatanka avoids an elbow drop then drops Borga after a few clotheslines but now we see Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji making their way down the aisle. Tatanka uses a powerslam on Borga then heads outside but Fuji hits him with his flag that was barely shown on camera and now the bell rings for the DQ (4:44) 1/4*. Yokozuna heads into the ring but Tatanka chops away until Borga gets up and attacks. Luger then runs out to make the save and hits Yokozuna with the running forearm smash then scoops him up for a slam as the crowd cheers.
Thoughts: Borga was starting to let himself go here and I think he had some nagging injuries too so he was even more limited than usual. Tatanka showed good fire at least but the match itself was bad and the ending was terrible. Luger coming out for the save and slamming Yokozuna easily had the best reaction on the show as Luger gets some more heat on Yokozuna while still hoping to be part of the Royal Rumble match.
We cut to the announcers as Shawn is upset over Luger running out to attack Yokozuna, who he claims was just out to scout his competition. Shawn also wants to know why President Tunney allows Luger to use the forearm smash and how its biased.
Capt. Lou Albano heads down to the ring. Vince says that he has managed more tag team champions than anyone else. He shakes the hand of ring announcer Howard Finkel then takes a bow for the fans.
Adam Bomb w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Mark Thomas
Thomas’s arms seem to be growing with each passing appearance. Bomb & Whippleman yell at Albano then Bomb beats down Thomas. Bomb yells about “total destruction” as Vince says that Thomas is a fan of Barney the Dinosaur because of his purple singlet. Bomb stays in control as the announcers talk about Barney’s popularity with Shawn pissing off Vince by calling him a “crook” then Bomb uses the Atom Smasher for the win (1:42).
Thoughts: The talk about Barney was odd but this was just a quick squash to put over Bomb.
The Thurman “Sparky” Plugg debut vignette airs.
We hear Owen Hart issue his brother Bret a challenge to a match then see Bret declining as to not tear the family apart even further.
Owen Hart vs. Mike Bell
Owen is once again wearing his brother’s sunglasses then gives them to a kid on the front row. The announcers talk about Bret and Owen possibly facing off in the Royal Rumble as Owen escapes from an arm wringer. Shawn says that Bret gets more presents from his family than Owen and how the whole family was more concerned with Bret at the Survivor Series. Owen stays in control until Bell uses a clothesline in the corner. Bell uses an elbow drop for just a one count then Owen fights back then uses the Sharpshooter for the win (3:01).
Thoughts: Owen is now even using Bret’s finisher to go with the fact he also wears his sunglasses to the ring as the story of him living in Bret’s shadow continues.
The Undertaker Workshop vignette airs.
Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Phil Apollo & Jerry Seavey
Samu attacks both men form behind to start. He dumps Apollo then tosses around Seavey for a bit. Vince talks about Afa being a former Tag Team Champion in the past with his brother Sika as The Headshrinkers continue to destroy Seavey. Vince talks about Donald & Marla Trump getting married and how he spent $2 million on a tiara. Vince then calls out Jim Cornette & Fuji for not reading the fine print in Yokozuna’s contract and he was likely too preoccupied with Luger. Vince also calls out Cornette for being arrogant in thinking Yokozuna will automatically leave the Rumble with the title then plugs Johnny Polo vs. Marty Jannetty for next week, prompting Shawn to reply “who,” then Fatu hits a flying splash for the win (3:06).
Thoughts: This match was a backdrop to discuss pretty much everything else going on in the company and elsewhere.
Next week, we will see highlights of the WWF Women’s Championship match between Alundra Blayze and Heidi Lee Morgan (The full-length match was actually shown on the 12/26 “All-American Wrestling” which I will be recapping tomorrow). Also in action are Razor Ramon, Lex Luger, and the featured match of Jannetty vs. Polo as Shawn says that Jannetty is nothing without him in the WWF.
Final Thoughts: To be honest this felt more like an episode of “Superstars” than anything else. We had a lot more squash matches than usual but with Christmas only five days away they weren’t going to do anything major. Shawn on commentary wasn’t much but at least not detrimental to the show. The Royal Rumble build continues.