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WWF Flashback: December 1993

Scrooge McSuck
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September 7th, 2018, 7:08 pm #1

WWF DECEMBER 1993
 
 
- Last time on the WWF Flashback… The Survivor Series has come and gone, and the biggest news coming out of the PPV (besides a lack of Jerry Lawler) is the tension brewing between Bret and Owen Hart… Speaking of Bret Hart, he won the prestigious “Superstar of the Year” Award, with Lex Luger coming in 2nd place… Shawn Michaels returned from his suspension, still claiming to be the Intercontinental Champion… Doink (the Clown) was given a sidekick named Dink in lieu of having multiple Doinks ever appearing again… The Women’s Championship is scheduled to make a return to the WWF, but nobody cares… Double J is still on his way to the WWF, and more people care about that than the Women’s Title returning.
 
 
- From the December 4th episode of Superstars, Reo Rogers (oh my God, they put the character out in front of the audience, too?!) is standing by for an interview with Shawn Michaels. He drops the phrase “funky like a monkey, if you weeeeell” just in case we didn’t get it that he’s doing a Dusty Rhodes parody. Michaels is claiming to be the UNDISPUTED Intercontinental Champion. Michaels says he doesn’t follow anyone’s rules and can do whatever he wants. If he wants to spend time on a boat on a lake in Texas instead of defending the title, he’s going to do it. SHOOT, BROTHER, SHOOT! Shawn says we’ve got someone who combs his hair with a pork chop walking around with a gold belt that he has the nerve to call the Intercontinental Championship. Razor Ramon comes out to show off his Intercontinental Championship and says he would’ve won it the easy way by pinning Shawn 1-2-3, but he had to do it the hard way, beating 19 other Superstars. Thankfully the last appearance of the Reo Rogers gimmick.
 
 
- The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Shawn Michaels – From the December 6th episode of Monday Night Raw, taped on November 29th from White Plains, NY. Michaels comes out with HIS Intercontinental Title, and he looks like he’s in much better shape than when we last saw him at SummerSlam. Lockup into the corner and we get a slugfest. Crisscross sequence leads to a hot series of counters. The Kid eventually connects with a spinning heel kick, knocking Michaels out of the ring. Michaels moves out of the way of a teased plancha, but the Kid fakes him out and somersaults off the top rope, instead. The Kid gets the better of a waist-lock battle and hits a German Suplex for two. Michaels counters a side headlock with a back suplex and sends the Kid out of the ring with a head-scissors. Michaels follows, only to be introduced to the post. Kid goes high risk and gets caught coming off the apron with a power-slam. We come back from commercial with Shawn connecting with two back breakers for a two-count. Whip to the corner, WITH IMPACT. The Kid fights off a super-plex attempt but gets caught with a dropkick to the midsection attempting a body press. Shawn holds the Kid across the knee with a back breaker. The Kid fights free and connects with a jumping heel kick that only gets a two-count. Whip and a collision put both men down. Kid with rights and kicks. He goes to the top rope and connects with a twisting body press for two. He goes to the top again and misses a senton. We come back from a second break with Shawn planting the Kid with the Razor’s Edge. He covers and pulls Kid up at two. He goes for it again, but Ramon comes out to save the Kid. Shawn with a bitch slap to lure Razor down the aisle where he’s ambushed behind the curtain by Diesel. Michaels adds insult to injury, hitting Razor with his own finisher in the entrance aisle. No bell, so call it a No Contest at the 11:00 mark (shown). This was HELLA-GOOD until the non-finish. You can see the week-to-week changing to the in-ring product when we’re getting more of the quality wrestlers in featured spots. ***3/4
 
 
- From the December 6th episode of Monday Night Raw… After weeks (and months… and years) of Bobby Heenan making smart-ass remarks at the expense of Gorilla Monsoon, Gorilla follows through on something he’s promised to do for years: throw Bobby Heenan out. Quite literally, as he dragged Heenan from the broadcast position, grabbed his luggage, and threw him out the back door. Heenan’s bag empties, containing a bunch of toilet paper and towels he no doubt ripped off from a local motel. Heenan gathers his belongings and tearfully salutes as he walks away from the camera. Heenan’s final appearance for the WWF until making a one-time return to the play-by-play table at WrestleMania X-Seven for the Gimmick Battle Royal. Heenan’s duties until this point included color commentary on Monday Night Raw, Wrestling Challenge, and Pay-Per-View, as well as hosting duties on All-American Wrestling and Spotlight. Quite the work load to replace.
 
 
- From the pages of the WWF Magazine, here’s Update with Gorilla Monsoon. The Royal Rumble is coming Saturday Night, January 22nd, and the Main Event is announced: Yokozuna defends the WWF Championship against The Undertaker. Like Luger at SummerSlam, this is Undertaker’s only shot at the title, but Paul Bearer slipped into the contract that it’ll be a CASKET MATCH.
 
 
- The WWF returns to the Meadowlands Arena on December 12th with a TRIPLE MAIN EVENT. Featured on the card… The 1-2-3 Kid and Razor Ramon take on Adam Bomb and former manager Johnny Polo, Doink the Clown faces Bam Bam Bigelow, “Macho Man” Randy Savage meets Crush, and Lex Luger battles Ludvig Borga.
 
 
- From the December 11th episode of Superstars, Vince McMahon is standing by for a pre-taped interview with Owen Hart. Short and to the point: Owen believes that the fans are over-looking him because of Bret and accuses his brother of keeping him in the shadow so that he wouldn’t outshine him. The final message: Owen throwing down the challenge for his brother, a one-on-one match to show that he can beat Bret.
 
 
- "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs. Headshrinker Fatu (w/ Afa) – From the December 13th episode of Monday Night Raw presented live from Poughkeepsie, NY. Jim Cornette is filling in the void left by Heenan. Lockup and Savage with an arm drag. Fatu wins a slugfest and lands a headbutt. Whip to the ropes, and Fatu connects with a clothesline. Fatu no-sells shots to the head and knocks Savage to the floor with a crescent kick. He tries ramming Fatu to the steps, with the same outcome. Savage needs to bone up on how to wrestle Samoans. Savage teases a comeback, only to take a back drop to the floor. Afa distracts the referee, allowing Fatu to whack Savage with a shrunken head. Fatu with a back breaker, but a trip to the top rope ends with him being crotched along the turnbuckle. Savage comes down from the top with a double axe-handle! Back inside, Savage turns Fatu inside out with a clothesline and finishes with the signature elbow drop at 5:52. Standard babyface formula match from Savage. It was watchable, but not very interesting. *1/4
 
 
- Should Randy Savage be reinstated to be the co-host of WWF Mania? Call the 900 Hotline NOW for the WWF’s latest scam! Todd Pettengill follows that announcement with a “paid endorsement” for our votes to bring Savage back.
 
 
- Captain Lou Albano returns from his latest disappearance to wander around ringside during a match featuring the Smoking Gunns.
 
 
- From the December 18th episode of Superstars, Vince McMahon is standing by for another pre-tape interview, this time with the Hitman, Bret Hart. McMahon asks him for a response to Owen’s challenge from last week. Bret thinks Owen’s a little mixed up and it could potentially tear the family apart. He doesn’t understand where Owen is coming up with how he (Bret) was favored as a child. Vince asks if Owen was the better athlete, but Bret blows it off that it doesn’t matter who was the best, and never felt they never needed to be compared to each other. There’s no truth to Owen’s comments that he was left out of the family’s celebration at Survivor Series. Will Bret step in the ring with Owen? “I’ve never ducked any kind of challenge… under no circumstances would I ever, absolutely positively not ever step in the ring with my own brother.”
 
 
- The WWF returns to Madison Square Garden on Monday Night, January 17th with a TRIPLE MAN EVENT. Rick Steiner meets Ludvig Borga, Razor Ramon defends the Intercontinental Title against Double J, Yokozuna defends the WWF Championship against Tatanka, and there’s going to be a 30-Man New York City Rumble! Those title matches aren’t too exciting, but a ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH held at Madison Square Garden?!
 
 
- “Double J” Jeff Jarett vs. Chris Duffy – From the December 18th episode of Superstars, taped on December 1st from Utica, NY. Jeff Jarrett’s in-ring debut, and he comes out wearing what looks like an outfit made of streamers, doing the Fargo strut the entire time it takes him to get to the ring. Jarrett cuts an inset promo that suspiciously looks like it came from the batch as the one we just saw on the Face-to-Face segment. He starts by planting a boot to the chest and hitting Duffy with a dropkick. Whip and an elbow. Duffy surprises Double J with a hip toss and slam. Jarrett avoids the elbow drop and hits him with a fist drop. He rubs Duffy’s face into the canvas while talking smack to the babyfaces of the WWF. Crisscross in slow motion ends with Jarrett finishing Duffy with the DDT at 1:53. Not the most impressive debut, but we’ll see where things go with Double J.
 
 
- We’re on location from your neighborhood race-track to meet Thurman Plugg. His friends call him “Sparky”, and we can call him “Sparky” too. He’s excited to compete in as race, but even more excited to step into the ring of the World Wrestling Federation. When the bell rings, it’s pedal to the metal. Plugg has last been seen in SMW as “Hollywood” Bob Holly, playing up on his real-life interest of car racing.
 
 
- Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill. We get a detailed look at Undertaker custom-building Yokozuna’s casket. NEW MATCH SIGNED! Razor Ramon defends the Intercontinental Title against Irwin R. Schyster. NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR THE ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH: Bret Hart, Crush, Kamala (WHAT?!), Doink (the Clown), Owen Hart, Mabel, Scott Steiner, Shawn Michaels, and Diesel. Lex Luger has been denied entry, but you can voice your opinion via special 900 number. The argument in favor of Luger’s participation is that there’s a chance Yokozuna won’t be Champion any more by the time WrestleMania X comes around, thus robbing Luger of a potential opportunity.
 
 
- The Smoking Gunns & 1-2-3 Kid vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) & The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) – From the December 19th episode of All-American Wrestling, taped on December 1st from Utica, NY. Nice to see Bigelow and the Headshrinkers continue to have each other’s backs. Introductions are cut for reasons unknown. Bigelow and the Kid start. Lockup into the corner and Bigelow tosses him completely across the ring. Whip to the ropes and the Kid comes back with a push-off dropkick and spinning heel kick, knocking Bigelow to the floor. The Headshrinkers attempt to work him over, but the Gunns clear them out with dropkicks as he hits Bigelow with a tope con hilo. Back inside, Kid with more leg strikes. Bigelow reverses a whip to the corner and plants him with a press slam. Fatu with a trio of back breakers, followed by a wish-bone. Whip and the Headshrinkers with a double-team back-drop. Samu with a one-armed slam as we take a break. We come back with Bart Gunn on the receiving end of a Bigelow headbutt. We get a triple-team in the corner as the referee has his back turned. Bart surprises Bigelow with a DDT. He comes off the ropes for a body press and Billy adds a dropkick. The Kid comes in with a missile dropkick for two. The Gunns and Headshrinkers brawl again, taking it to the floor. Meanwhile, The Kid takes Bigelow down with a reverse crucifix. Bigelow counters a dive from the top rope with a power-slam and that’s enough for three at 6:21 (shown). Non-stop action. ***
 
 
- Tatanka vs. Ludvig Borga – From the December 20th episode of Monday Night Raw, taped on November 29th from White Plains, NY. Yes, they taped an extra episode of Raw from White Plains and didn’t air it until the week after ANOTHER taping date. McMahon and Shawn Michaels are calling the action this week. If you will recall, it was Ludvig Borga who ended Tatanka’s undefeated streak. Tatanka unloads with chops and mounts him in the corner with right hands. Tatanka follows Borga to the outside, dishing out more chops and sending him to the post. Back inside, Tatanka does his War Dance™ and plants Borga with a slam. He comes off the ropes with a jumping elbow drop and comes off the top rope with a body press for two. Borga turns things around, laying Tatanka out with a diving clothesline. Tatanka does his best to hang in there with a slugfest and shrugs off an avalanche. Whip to the ropes and Borga with a powerslam for two. Borga with a slam, but he misses the elbow drop. Tatanka with clotheslines and his own power-slam as Yokozuna makes his way to ringside. He goes to the top rope but gets knocked down by Mr. Fuji. Yokozuna enters the ring for the Disqualification at 4:44, but here’s Lex Luger to help clear the ring. Another surprisingly decent match out of Borga and kept reasonably short. **
 
 
- From the December 25th episode of Superstars (MERRY CHRISTMAS!), Owen and Bret Hart are “standing by” to let everyone know there was friction between the two of them, but they sat down to resolve their issues. They’ll channel their energy to take on the Quebecers at the Royal Rumble for the Tag Team Titles. Owen says the Rocket is taking off in 1994 and he’ll lead the way with Bret hitched behind him. WWF and subtlety never go hand in hand, and this was no exception, with Owen’s back-handed comments and trying to make everything about himself.
 
 
- Royal Rumble Report! NEW MATCHES SIGNED! The Quebecers defend the Tag Team Titles against Bret and Owen Hart! Tatanka takes on Ludvig Borga! NEW PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED: Adam Bomb, Bam Bam Bigelow, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The 1-2-3 Kid, Fatu, Samu, Rick Steiner, Bob Backlund, and Greg Valentine.
 
 
- WWF Women’s Championship Match: Alundra Blayze vs. Heidi Lee Morgan – From the December 26th episode of All-American Wrestling, taped on December 13th from Poughkeepsie, NY. Yes, for the first time in nearly 5 years, a Women’s Champion will be recognized on WWF television! No idea if this tournament was legitimate or not. Neither woman has entrance music. Blayze has spent the last two years in WCW as “Madusa.” Lockup into the ropes and Morgan with slaps to the chest. Blayze comes off the ropes with a boot and knocks Morgan into the corner with a jumping back kick. Blayze with a body blow in the corner. She poses on the apron and gets sent to the floor with a dropkick. Morgan to the top rope, crashing down on Blayze with a body press. Blayze comes back in with a flying arm drag and goes to work with a wrist-lock. Blayze counters a clothesline with a Fujiwara arm-bar but releases the hold to land another kick to the chest. Snap suplex into a cover for two. Northern Lights Suplex for two. Morgan with hair mares for two. We come back from commercial with Blayze in control with a Camel Clutch, transitioned into a body-scissors. Morgan turns things around and sends Blayze across the ring with a catapult. Blayze counters a second attempt, connecting with a dropkick. Morgan avoids a missile dropkick and misses a flying body press. Blayze with a la magistral cradle for two. Morgan rakes the eyes and connects with a Samoan drop for two. Whip to the ropes, Blayze ducks a clothesline and finishes with the German Suplex at 6:43 (shown). Much better than I remembered it being, but the crowd was mostly dead (Stan Lane tried to cover on commentary they were “in awe”). **3/4
 
 
- KWANG is coming to the WWF and is here to show off his faux-Karate. This looked so second-rate I thought I time-traveled back to 1986.
 
 
- From the December 26th episode of Wrestling Challenge. Stan Lane is standing by for an interview with I.R.S. He takes the opportunity to tell everyone to sit down and shut up while he talks. Razor’s lost the “Fools” gold around his neck and denies having them locked in his briefcase. Lane asks for him to open the case, but he refuses, saying what’s in there is his personal business. After Royal Rumble, he’ll have “All of the gold” in his briefcase, obviously alluding to the fact he did, indeed, steal his gold after all.
 
 
- Marty Jannetty vs. Johnny Polo – From the December 27th episode of Monday Night Raw, taped on December 13th from Poughkeepsie, NY. Vince McMahon is with the Quebecers on commentary. Jacques speaks English, Pierre insists on only speaking French. WHAT. A. HEEL. There’s no chance in hell they aren’t involved in the finish. After weeks of trash talk, Jannetty challenged Polo to put his money where his mouth is. As a kid, I never watched WCW when Polo worked there as Johnny Flamingo, so I just looked at him here as a manager and nothing more. Quick chain wrestling sequence ends with Polo taking Jannetty over with a hip toss. Polo tries getting cute but Jannetty brings him in from the apron with a slingshot. Marty with a pair of atomic drops and a back suplex for two. Polo ducks a diving body press, causing Jannetty to go flying over the top rope. Polo with a plancha that looks less impressive than it might sound. Back inside, Polo controls. Crisscross ends with a body press collision. Jannetty with a diving elbow. He goes to the top but Polo knocks him silly. Jannetty fights off a Super-Plex and comes off the top with a flying body press for two. He sends Polo to the floor with a dropkick. Pierre gets in the way of the action and gets taken out with a baseball slide. Jannetty with a Super-Kick, but Pierre pulls Polo out of the way of a fist drop. Jannetty hits Pierre with a dive and comes back in with a sunset flip, but Polo blocks and Pierre gives him a little help in stealing the three-count at 8:22. Yes, Jannetty just jobbed to a manager. No surprise, did it back at the 1989 Survivor Series, too. Match was fine, but hard to accept a manager beating the full-time wrestler. It’s not even just beating him, but it was a competitive match, too. **
 
 
Final Thoughts: Not much when it comes to new angles being developed. The Royal Rumble is approaching, and the entire card is already out there, with most of the names in the Rumble Match announced, too. We’ve got the marriages of Undertaker/Yokozuna, Razor/I.R.S. (with Shawn Michaels waiting in the wings) and Savage/Crush eating air-time without doing much when it comes to build legitimate excitement. The slow burn on Owen’s heel turn is in motion, and he’s already having more attitude in his promos. We’ve got Thurman “Sparky” Plugg and KWANG on the way in to add some depth to the mid-card, and we’ve crowned a NEW Women’s Champion (and nobody cares).
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Scrooge McSuck
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WWF @ Anaheim, CA – December 4th, 1993 – Taped from the Arrowhead Pond, future site of WrestleMania XII, with a reported 6,400 in attendance. According to TheHistoryofWWE.com (my go-to site for all information when it comes to dates used in these Flashbacks), this is the complete card. We don’t see many shows recorded from Anaheim, which means recording quality isn’t guaranteed to be a certain quality. From the looks of things, this was recorded from a balcony and gives a perfect view of the entire ring.
 
 
- “The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Johnny Polo – Interesting choice for an opener, especially since Owen is teasing a heel turn on TV. Polo taunts Owen and hides in the ropes immediately afterwards. They fight over a waist-lock, with Owen eventually getting the better of the exchange with a head-scissors. Polo grabs the arm, but Owen does his signature spot to counter, taking Polo to the canvas. Polo with shoving and Owen gives him a slap. Owen ducks a clothesline and connects with an atomic drop, followed by a back suplex for two. Owen with a dropkick and arm drag into the arm-bar. Polo uses Owen’s momentum to send him out of the ring. Back inside, Polo with a snap mare into a rear chin-lock. Owen blocks a suplex and counters with a small package for two. Polo with another headlock. Whip to the ropes and Polo with a shoulder tackle. Crisscross ends with them bopping heads in the center of the ring. Owen avoids a charge to the corner, takes Polo over with a back drop, and comes off the ropes with a spinning heel kick for two. Owen with an enzuigiri for two. He counters a missile dropkick attempt from Polo and finishes with the Sharpshooter at 7:50. Started fine but turned into a bunch of chin-locks before going right to the finish. *1/2
 
 
- Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar) vs. The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) – As good as the matches are, I’m always glad to get a break from the Gunns vs. Headshrinkers series on these Fan-Cam shows. The ring announcer is the same guy used on the American Wrestling Federation tapings from 1994-95, for those wondering. MOM could’ve been an opening match gimmick for years with how hyped the crowd gets for their entrance (in an era of mediocre crowd responses), but that always seems to be a disaster in the WWF. A shoving match easily goes in favor of Mabel, then MOM mock the Headshrinkers’ pre-match ritual. Mo with a side headlock and shoulder tackle to Fatu to kick things off. Mo with a series of right hands and a second shoulder tackle. Fatu no-sells being slammed face-first to the canvas and lays Mo out with a Super-Kick. Mabel in (to a big pop) and Fatu unwisely attempts to slam him. Mabel scoops Fatu up with ease, sends Sam into the corner, and knocks him to the floor with a big boot. He CRUSHES Fatu with an avalanche, then Mo adds a little extra momentum to give Fatu a second helping. Samu tries to save and he gets squashed in the corner with him. Mo quickly falls into the face-in-peril role thanks to a cheap-shot from Samu on the apron. Mo again targets the head and pays for it with a Super-Kick. Mo with a small package on Samu for two. Fatu cuts off a tag attempt and the Headshrinkers give Mo the wish-bone treatment. Whip to the ropes and a double clothesline. Fatu hurts his back attempting a slam, allowing Mabel to get the hot tag. He runs over both ‘Shrinkers with clotheslines. Whip and a rolling heel kick on Samu. MOM with a double-team elbow. Fatu lays Mo out with a Super-Kick but Mabel breaks the cover. Mabel takes a big bump to the floor and Fatu finishes Mo with the flying splash at 13:28. Post-match, Mabel lays them out with a double clotheslines and hits Samu with a massive leg drop. Match was going good before the heat segment on Mo dragged without much going on. **
 
 
- Doink (the Clown) (w/ Dink) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) – Hopefully the comedy is kept to a minimum. Bigelow attacks Doink while he goofs around holding the ropes for Dink. Doink quickly turns the tide, sending Bigelow into the ring steps. Whip to the ropes and Bam Bam with a shoulder tackle. He goes to the well once too many and Doink takes him over with a belly-to-belly suplex. OK, this is clearly NOT Steve Lombardi. Back inside, Doink hooks a modified STF. Luna reaches in to rake the eyes to break the hold. Whip and Doink counters a back drop with a DDT. He telegraphs a splash by a few years and meets nothing but canvas. Dink comes in to get a cheap shot with the referee distracted but Doink can’t capitalize on it, taking a big bump over the top rope. Back inside, Doink comes off the ropes, hitting Bigelow with a clothesline. Doink with headbutts to the midsection, but a slam backfires and Bigelow falls on top for a two-count. Doink with a jaw breaker to escape a chin-lock but Bigelow quickly rebounds with a dropkick for two. Doink escapes a second chin-lock, taking Bigelow down with a back suplex. He comes off the ropes with clotheslines, plants Bigelow with a slam, and connects with a splash for two. Whip to the corner and Doink’s attempt at a monkey flip fails. Bigelow sweeps the legs and rolls him up, with feet on the ropes, for three at 9:33. Dink protests the finish, but the referee won’t have any of it. Post-match, Dink fends off an attack from Luna and we get a contrived spot where Bigelow accidentally (and blindly) gives Luna the diving headbutt. OK, this was surprisingly good, considering the Doink reputation. ***
 
 
- Lex Luger vs. Ludvig Borga – How did they milk this program on house shows for THREE MONTHS? I know they didn’t hit Anaheim often, but we’ve seen these two together since early October. As per match stipulations, Luger is forced to wear a protective sleeve on his arm. Luger avoids an attack from behind, hits Borga with a clothesline and plants him with a slam. Lockup and Borga pounds away with clubbering across the back. I’m already falling asleep. Borga with choking. Luger comes back with right hands, but a slam attempt is countered with a body blow. Whip to the corner and Borga misses an avalanche. Luger with more rights and clotheslines. He plants Borga with another slam and comes off the ropes with the jumping elbow drop for two. Whip to the ropes and Borga with another punch to the midsection. He controls with more of the same. Whip and Borga with a diving clothesline for two. He comes off the top with a flying clothesline for another two-count. Whip to the corner and ANOTHER FUCKING CLOTHESLINE. Luger has enough and hits Borga with the loaded forearm for three at 8:36. The audio guy must’ve dozed off too, accidentally playing Borga’s music. Put this program out of its misery. -**
 
 
- Marty Jannetty vs. Bastion Booger – It’s been less than half-a-year and the Bastion Booger gimmick feels like it’s been around for years. Another heel starts a match by missing a sneak attack. Crisscross and Jannetty with a body press for two. He goes after the arm, but Booger grabs the ropes to force a break. Booger wants a test-of-strength and prances around making chicken gestures. Jannetty goes back to the arm, hanging it across the top rope and working a wrist-lock. Jannetty with a pair of dropkicks, knocking Booger into the ropes for the Andre Special™. Booger reverses a whip to the corner and crushes Jannetty with the avalanche. Things slow down with a bear-hug. It goes so long, Booger drops to a knee to catch his breath. Jannetty escapes, and they take turns missing moves. Jannetty with a dropkick for two. He connects with a Super-Kick and climbs the ropes but misses a body press. Booger with a splash for three at 8:00. Bad match. DUD
 
 
- WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Quebecers (c) (w/ Johnny Polo) vs. The Steiner Brothers – This should wash the taste of the last two matches from our palette. Scott starts with Pierre, taking him over with an arm drag. Lockup to the corner and Scott with a hip toss. Pierre with a boot to the chest and clubbering blows. Whip and Scott counters a back drop with the double under-hook suplex for two. Rick and Jacques come in, with Jacques doing his best to avoid contact. He uses a distraction from Pierre to get a cheap-shot but is quickly taken down with a power-slam for a near-fall. Jacques with a thumb to the eye and a slam. Pierre goes to the top and gets slammed down for another near-fall. Rick gets on the house microphone and may or may not have used a derogatory term for homosexuals to taunt the Champions. Pierre with a knee to the back of Scott, but the Quebecers quickly suffer a sequence of miscommunications. Scott sends Pierre out of the ring with a clothesline and rolls Jacques up, but Pierre is back in with a clothesline. Whip and they dump Scott across the top rope for two. Jacques slams Pierre across the chest for another two-count. Pierre with the back-drop assisted senton for two. Jacques cuts off a tag attempt and comes off the ropes with a diving elbow for two. Clothesline and leg sweep combo for two. Jacques with a piledriver and Pierre drops an elbow. Scott rolls away from the Tower of Quebec and hot tags Rick. He runs wild with clotheslines (Steiner-Line!) and press slams Jacques onto Pierre. Polo hops into the ring to take a beating, too. Rick with an overhead belly-to-belly on Pierre. Scott with the Franken-Steiner, but Jacques attacks the referee to draw the DQ at 11:28. They celebrate with the belts like morons, too. They over-used that finish with Money Inc. and the Quebecers in 1993. Good match with a predictably lame finish. **3/4
 
 
- Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. “Double J” Jeff Jarrett – Jarrett is subbing for Jerry “The King” Lawler for obvious reasons. BIG BOSS MAN is special referee, despite being off TV since the middle of February. In fact, he’d show up on WCW television literally a week later as “The Boss” (man, is he big) doing a gimmick that could easily be considered trademark infringing. Boss Man with a thorough explanation of the rules… and then the disc refuses to play on either my lap top, X-Box One, OR Play-Station 4. Oh well. Bret goes over, for those who care, and at least I got to talk about the Boss Man’s departure for WCW before we closed out 1993.
 
 
Final Thoughts: Standard quality show this time around, minus the unknown of the Main Event. We got a couple of solid tag team matches and a surprisingly good match from babyface Doink, but we did get a few stinkers like Borga/Luger and Booger/Jannetty. I’m disappointed in missing the Main Event, but based on other examples, we didn’t miss much. The quality of the video is above average and it’s an eagle-eye view of the ring, making it easy to watch.
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September 14th, 2018, 4:30 am #3

Monthly News and Notes:
 
 
- The Vince McMahon indictment now has Hulk Hogan’s name attached to it as the unidentified performer known to the grand jury that was supplied anabolic steroids by Titan Sports and Vince McMahon between the months of March 1988 and October 1989. Hulk Hogan infamously went on the Arsenio Hall Show in the Summer of 1991 and refused to acknowledge steroid abuse other than to heal injuries from an era where the alleged injury clearly didn’t exist, drawing the ire of the media and forcing the WWF and Hogan to send him on a sabbatical that eventually lasted nearly a full-year to let heat die down on the situation. According to sources, Hogan received multiple shipments that were accepted and signed by a variety of names that included but limited his real name, gimmick name, wife’s name, and mixes of both (T. Hogan, for example).
 
 
- Though not WWE related, Larry Cameron passed away at the age of 41 on December 13th during a match in Bremen, Germany working for Otto Wanz’s Catch Wrestling Association. Like a lot of the “powerhouse” looking wrestlers of the era, Cameron’s athletic background included professional football, including several All-Star seasons in the CFL in 1975 and 1976. It wouldn’t be until the mid-80’s (already in his 30’s) where he began training as a wrestler, under the guidance of Stu Hart, and had his first exposure in one of the many incarnations of Stampede Wrestling. Cameron mostly worked exclusively overseas for the last couple of years of his life, featured heavily on CWA, holding the Tag Team Championships on two occasions, including one reign that lasted a full calendar year. I honestly have seen very little from Cameron’s career, just a handful of matches from Stampede and AWA in the late 80’s.
 
 
- As we’ve noted in the December Flashback, Bobby Heenan finished up on the December 6th episode of Monday Night Raw and was immediately in line for a spot in WCW to take over as the lead color commentator, a spot previously (and technically currently as of December ’93) occupied by Jesse Ventura. Heenan’s absence left a huge hole on WWF television, with constant shuffling to find color commentators on all their programming and left an even bigger hole when it came to a heel with credibility that the WWF audience could feed off. Jerry Lawler was a fine replacement when he was available (he was still doing hid thing in Memphis through the mid 90’s) but wasn’t used nearly as much as Heenan.
 
 
- I’m really stretching for material, so I’m probably going to limit these to bi-monthly or maybe to fill from PPV to PPV (or bi-monthly, sometimes I don’t think these things through when I type, so I leave them in to so pobody’s nerfect). Starting in January 1990 and already finishing up 1993, we’ve covered four full years of WWF, and my goodness, how much has changed in that span, not just from the ends of each marker on the calendar, but almost year-to-year, too. The modern landscape of WWE never seems to change, with a roster that almost always adds but never subtracts. You look at the roster for WrestleMania 6, then 7, then 8, and then 9, and you see massive amounts of turnover, and even from Mania 9 to December ’93, there’s significant change, if not who’s employed but how those still around are featured.
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Erick Von Erich
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September 14th, 2018, 3:31 pm #4

Scrooge McSuck wrote:  
- As we’ve noted in the December Flashback, Bobby Heenan finished up on the December 6th episode of Monday Night Raw and was immediately in line for a spot in WCW to take over as the lead color commentator, a spot previously (and technically currently as of December ’93) occupied by Jesse Ventura. Heenan’s absence left a huge hole on WWF television, with constant shuffling to find color commentators on all their programming and left an even bigger hole when it came to a heel with credibility that the WWF audience could feed off. Jerry Lawler was a fine replacement when he was available (he was still doing hid thing in Memphis through the mid 90’s) but wasn’t used nearly as much as Heenan.
This would be the perfect time to mention BINGO BREAK! You're welcome.
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September 14th, 2018, 3:51 pm #5

I'm still in awe that a local TV game show had Sean Mooney host with Gorilla Monsoon and the random appearance of Bobby Heenan, already minted in WCW's recycling bin.
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