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WWF Flashback: September 1993

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WWF SEPTEMBER 1993
 
 
- Last time on the WWF Flashback… Lex Luger’s Call to Action Campaign earned him a WWF Championship opportunity, as he gave us an insight into his personal life and even had a music video dedicated to him called “I’ll Be Your Hero.” Then he won the match at SummerSlam, but not the title, in his one and only shot… Jim Cornette made his WWF Debut, introduced as the American Spokesperson for Yokozuna… Bret Hart defeated Jerry Lawler at SummerSlam, but chose to inflict more pain on him, causing the referee to reverse his decision… Randy Savage isn’t good enough for a featured spot, but he’s good enough to have a midget sidekick… Ludvig Borga doesn’t care for America… The Undertaker and Paul Bearer reclaimed the urn from the clutches of Harvey Wippleman and The Giant Gonzales… The WWF bid farewell to Tito Santana, Ted Dibiase, and Jim Duggan, among others
 
 
- The September 4th episode of Superstars begins with a Japanese narration of the events leading into SummerSlam, with subtitles that suggests it’s a pro-Yokozuna report. They tease the result of the Main Event which segues into Jim Cornette running down Lex Luger for blowing his chance at becoming the WWF Champion. He may have won the match, but he lost the war. There won’t be a return match, no matter how much Jack Tunney wants to sign the contract. Cornette and Fuji aren’t admitting anything, but they maybe have underestimated him, thinking they were facing a mortal man, but Lex Luger had adrenaline rushing through his veins and had no fear of the beast. They almost had a heart attack when Yokozuna was knocked out with the forearm and laid on the floor unconscious for “22 minutes”. Yokozuna will forever be the WWF Champion, and the fantasies have been dashed on the rocks.
 
 
- Vince McMahon is standing by for a taped interview with Lex Luger. They’re on location… somewhere they don’t bother to mention. McMahon paints the picture of SummerSlam and wants Luger to share his thoughts on the event. Luger says it was the experience of a lifetime, and thanks everyone he met crossing the country on the Lex Express. It was an honor to represent his country and a privilege to compete for the WWF Championship. Unfortunately, he didn’t win the WWF Championship, but he won the match, and he has faith that someway, somehow, he’ll be the World Wrestling Federation Champion.
 
 
- The WWF returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday Night, September 25th. There’s going to be a TRIPLE MAIN EVENT! The Steiner Brothers defend the Tag Team Titles against Bam Bam Bigelow and Adam Bomb, Shawn Michaels defends the Intercontinental Title against The 1-2-3 Kid, Razor Ramon goes one-on-one with “The Model” Rick Martel, Mr. Perfect squares off against Diesel, Men on a Mission meet Well Dunn, Tatanka meets I.R.S., and WWF Champion Yokozuna defends his title against The Undertaker.
 
 
- From the September 5th episode of Wrestling Challenge, Jerry Lawler is on a special edition of the King’s Court, selling the knee injury that took place leading up to SummerSlam. He says he couldn’t wait to get his hands on Bret Hart, taking the first flight he could into Detroit and ran to get a rental car. As he drove off the lot, he started realizing something wasn’t right when the radio and windshield wipers didn’t work. Nor did the breaks and airbag. Some blue-haired lady, who should’ve had her license revoked 50 years ago, caused a 10-car pile-up. He had to pull himself out of the wreckage and hobbled his way to the Palace of Auburn Hills. The doctors told him he couldn’t wrestle and wanted to put a cast on his leg, but he had a date with destiny. When he hobbled into the ring with doctor’s orders not to wrestle, he appointed someone to take his place, and who better than his court jester, Doink (the Clown). He calls Doink an imbecilic idiot, and says if he followed through on his promise, he wouldn’t be in the condition he is now. What kind of a man is Bret Hart to take advantage of a handicap person? The DMV has already sent him a big handicap sticker to put on his window. He knows Bret Hart is not a King, because even though he laid flat on his back in excruciating pain, he heard the ring announcer’s voice echo through the Palace that the winner and undisputed King is Jerry “The King” Lawler. Lawler is quite an amazing promo.
 
 
- Monday Night Raw was pre-empted on September 6th because of U.S. Open Tennis.
 
 
- Marty Jannetty & Virgil vs. The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) – From the September 11th episode of Superstars, taped on August 17th from White Plains, NY. The match is so important we hype the Steiner’s vs. Quebecers on the upcoming episode of Monday Night Raw (because the Steiner’s are fighting Champions). Jannetty and Samu start... I suddenly have awful flashbacks (flash forwards?) to Heroes of Wrestling. Samu easily over-powers him. Jannetty with a pair of arm drags and a dropkick. Fatu gives Samu a pair of headbutts to psyche him up. Jannetty ducks under a clothesline from Fatu and comes off the ropes with a body press. The New Miracle Jobber Connection (no, not the New Rockers) take turns working the arm, until Virgil gets to play the former Manservant-in-Peril. We come back from commercial, with Virgil surprising Fatu with a drop toe hold, then applies the suckiest armbar that I don't even feel comfortable calling it such. Jannetty tags back in and takes his turn getting worked over... so VIRGIL will get the hot tag? Are they high?! Jannetty comes out of nowhere with a Super-Kick, but a cheap shot from the apron leads to a hard clothesline, complete with over-sell. Jannetty gets choked out (not COKED out, but that may be true, too) for a good minute via the tag rope. Virgil comes in and falls on his ass doing a back drop. According to Vince, he's a "house of fire." NMJC with a double dropkick. Virgil with a Russian leg sweep, but Samu sneaks in with a headbutt from the top and covers for three at 9:18. I wasn't feeling this one, but there wasn't an obvious lack of effort either way. Virgil just isn't very good and it's never easy for two random guys to work as a team. *1/2
 
 
- Tatanka vs. Damian Demento - From the September 11th episode of Superstars. Demento gets introduced during Tatanka’s entrance, so we know where he sits on the depth chart. Whip to the ropes and Tatanka takes him over with a hip toss. He plants Demento with a slam and knocks him to the floor with a dropkick as the commentary team discus Crush’s whereabouts. Back inside, Tatanka misses an elbow drop. Tatanka regains control with chops in the corner. Whip across the ring and Demento pops out with a clothesline. Vince is really hammering home Tatanka’s undefeated streak. Demento with a snap mare and elbow drop for two. Tatanka escapes a chin-lock with elbows to the midsection and comes off the ropes with a sunset flip for two. Diving body press for two. Demento with a boot and DDT. To the corner and Tatanka starts his comeback. He comes off the ropes with chops, takes Demento over with a power-slam, and finishes with a chop from the top rope at 4:57. Mostly one-sided. ¾*
 
 
- From the pages of WWF Magazine, here’s Update with Gorilla Monsoon. The bittersweet victory for Lex Luger made every red-blooded American proud to be one. He made true every promise except walking out of SummerSlam as the WWF Champion. He was surrounded by his peers and Joe Fowler in the locker room, as well as an uninvited guest. Ludvig Borga barged into the dressing room, to tell him he’s not impressed with Luger or any of his friends, and certainly not the country he stands for. If Luger ever steps into the ring with him, he’ll crush him like America is crumbling, piece by piece. Luger fails at winning the title and is instantly inserted into an angle with a foreign menace that has only debuted on TV about a month ago. Interesting choice of direction.
 
 
- The September 11th episode of Superstars features the premiere of Macho Man Randy Savage’s “Speaking from the Heart” Music Video. We’ve covered this on the website in the Randy Savage Unreleased DVD set. It’s not a good song by any stretch of the imagination, but the chorus is catchy enough to haunt you for a solid day or two.
 
 
- The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Bastion Booger – From the September 12th episode of Wrestling Challenge, taped on August 18th from Lowell, MA. Lockup, and Booger shoves him down. Kid nips up, hits the ropes, and gets pressed into the air. Booger with a leg drop across the back of the head, complete with flatulence... OK, so I made that last one up. Booger with a double under-hook suplex, followed by a celebratory dance/jiggle/wiggle. Booger continues with what's basically been a total squash. Whip to the corner, Booger misses a charge, and the Kid rolls him up for two. Whip, Kid ducks a clothesline and knocks Booger to the floor with a front enziguri. Kid to the top with a somersault, followed by a plancha. Whip is reversed, and the Kid meets post. Booger tries to crush him against the post, but the Kid moves, splashes him in the face with a pitcher of water, and rolls back in for the Count-Out victory at 3:56. The Kid is back to his winning ways! Standard formula Kid match, minus much offense. ¾*
 
 
- The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Marty Jannetty – From the September 12th episode of All-American Wrestling, taped on September 1st from Saginaw, MI. Mike McGuirk is still doing ring introductions. Must be very soon where we see her for the final time. They do the fist-bump of mutual respect. They do a nice chain-wrestling and counters sequence, ending with a double nip up into a neutral stance. This was before the spot was beaten to death. They take turns sweeping the leg and going for covers, but not much luck either way. Jannetty with a head-scissors, Kid floats over into a cover, Jannetty bridges up, but the Kid fights out of a backslide attempt. Jannetty with a pair of shoulder blocks for two. Kid surprises him with a victory roll for another near fall. Criss-cross sequence ends with Jannetty countering a head-scissors with a Powerbomb for two. Back from commercial, and Jannetty is hanging onto an armbar. Whip to the corner, Jannetty crotches himself along the buckle and Kid covers for two. They take turns getting near falls. Kid goes for a Boston Crab, but Jannetty dumps him to the floor. Jannetty with a baseball slide, followed by a plancha. Jannetty goes to the top, but the Kid dropkicks him to the floor! Kid to the top, and he follows with the somersault, landing onto the security rail in the process! Back inside, and the crisscross ends with a Jannetty spinning head scissors for two. Jannetty goes for the fist-drop but takes a boot to the face. Kid goes for another high risk move, but he crash and burns. Jannetty slips back in to pick up the Count-Out Victory at 7:21. Post-match, Jannetty checks up on him, helps him back in the ring, and raises his arm in a sign of mutual respect. Kid must have been holding that night. This would be the early 90's version of a sweet match on a second-tier program like Velocity that only hardcore fans would give a crap about. Not a whole lot of time, but they worked with what they had, and it delivered satisfying results. ***
 
 
- WWF Tag Team Championship; Quebec Province Rules: The Steiner Brothers (c) vs. The Quebecers – From the September 13th episode of Monday Night Raw, presented live from the Manhattan Center. Fairly quick for the Quebecers to get a big title match, only having debuted about six weeks earlier, and having zero big wins under their belts. The oh-so-special stipulations (otherwise known as the Bill Watts rulebook): No top rope moves, no piledrivers, no throwing someone over the top rope. Oh, and titles can change hands via Count-Out and Disqualification. No idea if this was an inside joke or just a coincidence so that the Steiner’s could drop the belts and not lose face. Jacques and Rick start. Jacques with knees to the midsection. Criss-cross, and Jacques gets caught with a powerslam. Rick follows with a clothesline, knocking him to the floor. Pierre comes in illegally, and gets taken over with a powerslam, as well. Scott with a double under-hook slam for two. Whip to the ropes and a dropkick gets two. Scott meets boot in the corner, and Pierre comes off the second rope with a clothesline for two. Pierre with a snap mare and fist drop for two. Scott turns the tide and makes the tag. Rick sets up for a piledriver, but that's a no-no. Back from commercial, with Jacques being thrown to the floor. Scott controls with a headlock. Pierre blocks a hip toss and knocks Scott out of his boots with a short clothesline. Whip is reversed, and Scott takes him down with an overhead belly-to-belly for two. Scott with a single-leg crab. Rick drops an elbow for two, then goes back to the leg. Jacques knocks him from behind, but for the love of God, the Steiner’s remain in control.
 
Suddenly, Johnny Polo shows up at ringside with a hockey stick in hand, wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey, with "We're the Quebecers, Jacques and Pierre, and I'm Johnny" on the back. Rick goes to the top but thinks twice about it and comes off the second rope, instead. Back from another commercial, and Pierre sucker punches Scott from the apron. Too bad he didn't have a handful of quarters. Quebecers with a double team sequence including several body-drops across the chest. Modified double goozle gets a two count. Pierre with a slam and Vader-Bomb for another two-count. Jacques with a diving elbow for two. Scott keeps fighting and plants Jacques with a DDT. Pierre teases Rick into the ring, preventing the hot tag. Jacques with the Alabama Slam. He turns over into a Boston Crab, and Pierre comes off the second rope with a leg drop. Rick prevents a second attempt, slamming Pierre off the turnbuckle and bopping Jacques with a clothesline. Scott with a double clothesline, and Rick FINALLY gets the hot tag. Slams and clotheslines for everyone! Scott with the Franken-Steiner on Pierre! The hockey stick gets brought in the ring. Scott blocks a shot from Jacques, snatches it himself, and whacks Jacques with it in clear view of the referee, drawing a Disqualification at 17:37. The winners, and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions: The Quebecers (they're NOT the Mounties). Solid action that had plenty of time to get things going. Had a classic NWA feel, with the Steiner’s dominating the first 10-minutes or so before a super-hot series of near-falls and double teams on Scott, and then the hot finish (complete with the obvious and predictable weak sauce ending). ***1/2
 
 
- From the September 13th episode of Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon is standing by for an interview with THE NEW Tag Team Champions, The Quebecers, and their NEW manager, Johnny Polo. Jacques compares themselves to the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Canadiens. Vince tries to spoil the celebration by asking about a rematch for the Steiner Brothers. Polo says if one of the Steiner’s can beat one of the Quebecers, they can have that title shot. The Steiner’s come out (Scott is wearing a different singlet from earlier), restrained by a handful of referees. Polo says that Pierre will be the one who competes.
 
 
- Doink (the Clown) vs. Rich Myers – More from the September 13th episode of Monday Night Raw. Doink tosses a bucket of confetti into the crowd. Heenan says it would be funnier with water. Myers attacks Doink from behind, but Doink quickly levels him with forearms and takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Crowd chants “Let’s Go Doink” as he connects with a pump-handle slam. Doink with a German Suplex that folds Myers over like an accordion. Whip to the ropes and Doink with a back drop. Crush joins us via telephone (oh God, DON’T CONTINUE THIS FEUD!) to let us know he’s bigger and stronger than before (ICO-PRO is amazing). Crush ignores Savage’s comments and hangs up. Whip and a power-slam, and Doink finishes with the Whoopee Cushion at 2:11. Post-match, Heenan tries to get Doink to throw the bucket of water on Vince and Savage, but Doink dumps it on Heenan instead. Oh God, no. They’re turning Doink baby-face.
 
 
- Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. Blake Beverly – From the September 18th episode of Superstars, taped on August 17th from White Plains, NY. Blake Beverly was still around?! Bret gives his sunglasses to a young fan in the arms of Vlad The Superfan. FAVORITISM! Bret grabs a headlock, comes off the ropes with a shoulder tackle, and takes Blake down with a hip toss. The Bret/Lawler angle is far from over, considering commentary by Vince and Savage. Beverly with a back breaker, but he misses a series of elbows. Bret goes for a crucifix, but Beverly counters with a Samoan Drop. Beverly with a neck breaker for two. Whip to the corner and a suplex gets two. Bret slips out of a slam but finds himself on the floor via his own momentum. Blake tries to do the slingshot push, but Bret blocks and takes him to the floor. Back inside, Bret lays him out with the clothesline and comes off the second rope with an elbow drop. The Sharpshooter finishes shortly after at 4:20. Surprisingly competitive. Did I mention this was held under "Loser Leaves the WWF" rules? *1/2
 
 
- From the September 18th episode of Superstars. Joe Fowler is standing by with breaking news: The Quebecers are the NEW Tag Team Champions, and the Steiner Brothers are already demanding a rematch. The Quebecers and Johnny Polo have decided that if one Steiner can beat one of the Quebecers this week on Raw, they can have their match. Jacques says it doesn’t matter who is wrestling one-on-one, whoever isn’t wrestling should stay home because they don’t cheat, and they don’t like cheaters.
 
 
- The WWF debuts it’s lame commercial where some geek dresses up as various WWF Superstars, trying to hit on a woman reading on a park bench, only to be shown up by Randy Savage. She turns to the camera and quips “Don’t fall for cheap imitations.” I don’t get it… was this a knock at WCW?
 
 
- Shawn Michaels and Diesel cut off the 1-2-3 Kid coming to the ring for his scheduled match and beat him down until Mr. Perfect makes the save. The referees conveniently hold Perfect back, giving Diesel a chance to get in one more cheap-shot. I wonder what the planned direction was for all four men involved had things not gone down with Shawn Michaels. Perfect/Diesel was a common match-up on houses, but were they possibly thinking of running a feud with Michaels and The Kid?
 
 
- The Smoking Gunns vs. The Heavenly Bodies (w/ Jim Cornette) – From the September 19th episode of All-American Wrestling, taped on August 31st from Grand Rapids, MI. Cornette over-sells the Gunns shooting blanks. Billy Gunn starts with Prichard. A long crisscross sequence ends with Billy taking him over with a back drop and nailing both Bodies with dropkicks. The Gunns with synchronized atomic drops and clotheslines to clear the ring. The Gunns take turn working the left arm of Dr. Tom. They whip Delray into Prichard, take him over with a monkey flip, and then the spot backfires for the Heavenly Bodies when they try the same thing. We come back from commercial, with the Gunns still in control. Billy with a slam and knee drop to Delray. Double Russian leg sweep gets two. Prichard with a blind tag and they blow a bulldog spot. Bart gets tossed to the floor, and del Ray comes off the apron with a somersault drop! Double team clothesline and DDT from the Bodies. Delray misses a headbutt from the top rope, and Billy gets the hot tag. He cleans house of both opponents. The action gets out of hand for the referee as the Gunns go for their finisher, but Cornette whacks Bart with the racket and Billy drops Delray across him for the three-count at 6:08. Interesting finish. Good match, just too short, and only one ugly spot to speak of. **1/4
 
 
- “Mean” Gene Okerlund made his last television appearances on the Superstars and Challenge episodes featured on September 18th and 19th, hosting the Face-to-Face Segments. He would debut for WCW on the November 6th episode of Saturday Night, and remained with the company until they were shut down in 2001. Okerlund would make his first WWF appearance in nearly 8-years, doing commentary for the WrestleMania X-Seven Gimmick Battle Royal, and would host WWE Confidential in 2002-03. Years later, he would return to host the “Vintage Collection” program that may or may not have been exclusive to international audiences.
 
 
- From the September 19th episode of Wrestling Challenge, it’s time for another edition of The King’s Court, with special guest, WWF President Jack Tunney. Lawler makes sure to note a King outranks a President. He says that Doink (the Clown) embarrassed himself and instructs Tunney to keep him as far away as possible before he slaps the grease-paint off his face. Tunney accuses Lawler of fraud at SummerSlam, having to force him to get in the ring with Bret Hart. Lawler says if Hart ever has the guts to get in the ring with him again, he won’t be held responsible for his actions. Tunney accepts that, noting he also accepts the same on behalf of the Hitman.
 
 
- Scott Steiner vs. Quebecer Pierre (w/ Johnny Polo) – From the September 20th episode of Monday Night Raw, taped on September 13th from the Manhattan Center (the last episode of Raw featured from the Manhattan Center until February ’97). If Scott can defeat Pierre, then the Steiner Brothers will earn a shot at the Tag Titles. So, did the Steiner’s sign a contract that DOESN'T offer a rematch clause? This was taped the same night as the live episode of September 13th, which just seems so odd. Good thing Scott has a different pair of tights to wear to give the illusion otherwise. Unfortunately, Johnny Polo is wearing the same Canadiens shirt. Scott wins a slugfest and comes off the top with a sledge. Then he tosses Pierre over the top rope. Back inside, Scott connects with a piledriver for two. Steiner with a modified STF, then a single-leg crab. Scott with a second-rope belly-to-belly suplex, sending Pierre to the floor. We come back from commercial, now with Jacques at ringside. Surprise, surprise, Rick Steiner shows up to even the sides. Pierre attacks from behind and plants Scott with a DDT. Scott with a sunset flip, but the referee is distracted. Pierre slows things down with a chin-lock. Pierre with a slam and Vader-Bomb for two. The crowd chants for Johnny Polo, so "douchey smart crowds" isn't something new. Pierre with a slam and second rope leg drop for two. Scott from out of nowhere with a back slide for two. Shitty small package gets two. Pierre misses the splash, and its comeback time. He lays Pierre out with a short clothesline, plants him with a double under-hook slam, and finishes with the Franken-Steiner at 12:39. Started hot, but Pierre was still green, at least in a singles role, and things dragged when he took control. Otherwise fine. The Steiner’s rematch would never come, finding their way into the WWF Dog House and never really getting back out of it. **
 
 
- From the September 20th episode of Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon is standing by for an interview with the Hitman, Bret Hart. McMahon brings up the humiliation the Hart family experienced at the hands of Jerry Lawler, which takes us to SummerSlam, where Lawler tried to weasel out of their match by claiming a horrific injury. Hart says how can Lawler consider himself a King when he’s never beat anyone. He didn’t win the King of the Ring and he didn’t beat him at SummerSlam, so he has a problem with anyone calling Lawler the undisputed King. He doesn’t care about wearing a crown or belt, because this is a personal issue, and regrets not keeping the Sharpshooter on Lawler for longer. Somewhere, somehow, down the line, he will step in the ring once again with Lawler. When he’s through with him, he won’t have a head to wear the crown on.
 
 
- Irwin R. Schyster vs. P.J. Walker – From the September 20th episode of Monday Night Raw. I.R.S. cuts a pre-match promo insulting Razor Ramon. Walker tries a sneak attack, but I.R.S. catches him coming and dumps him over the top rope. I.R.S. follows, sending him into the steps. Back inside the ring, I.R.S. puts the boots to him. Razor Ramon makes his way to ringside as we get the world’s quickest abdominal stretch. HE DIDN’T EVEN GET TO USE THE ROPES! Walker recovers and school boys I.R.S. for three at 1:20. This was a slip on a banana peel finish rather than a true upset like with the 1-2-3 Kid.
 
 
- From the September 25th episode of Superstars, Boni Blackstone is standing by with WWF Champion Yokozuna, his manager Mr. Fuji, and “American spokesperson” Jim Cornette. Cornette boasts about Yokozuna still being the WWF Champion (and accuses Boni of having a crush on Mr. Fuji). Despite what Luger wants, there will be no rematch. They’ve looked at all the competition in the WWF and nobody has a chance of taking the belt off Yokozuna. There’s no soul that can contend with 600-pounds of humanity. The lights go out, and here comes THE UNDERTAKER, showing up behind Cornette and scaring the bejesus out of him. Paul Bearer says all that Yokozuna must do is look in the eyes of the Undertaker and he won’t see fear, he will see darkness. They go face-to-face and Undertaker challenges Yokozuna to bring his belt and soul to meet him in the dark side. This is Undertaker’s first direct conflict involving the WWF Championship since being the center of the story for Survivor Series ’91. If this isn’t the last, it’s one of the last appearances for Boni Blackstone in the WWF.
 
 
- The WWF returns to the Nassau Coliseum on Friday Night. October 29th. Lex Luger battles Ludvig Borga in a “Special Attraction”… Bret Hart faces Jerry “The King” Lawler in a Grudge Match… Razor Ramon and Mr. Perfect meet I.R.S. and Diesel. Joe Fowler is horrible in this role, by the way.
 
 
- From the September 26th episode of Wrestling Challenge, it’s The King’s Court. Lawler asks if we’re in the mood for some humor and fun. He’s always in the mood for a good laugh, but there’s a difference between being funny and being a joke. He found out his next guest is a joke, and he’s been wanting to confront him about SummerSlam. Doink (the Clown) comes out with two buckets. I think we know where this one goes. Doink (the Clown) tosses a bucket of confetti and annoys Lawler with a yo-yo. He calls Lawler the “Burger King” to really hammer the point home. Lawler accuses Doink (the Clown) of begging him to get in the ring with Hart at SummerSlam. Lawler says he made an idiot of himself by letting Hart beat him like a dog. Doink ignores Lawler’s promo and tries to order a Quarter-Pounder with cheese (“Wait, that’s the wrong place!”) before switching to a Whooper (no cheese, it stops him up). He grabs the second bucket and dumps it on Lawler to end the segment. Matt Borne as babyface Doink… I don’t know. Doink got over organically, and now it feels like it’s being forced.
 
 
- “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. The Giant Gonzales – I’m cheating… this is from the WWF on TSN, broadcast on September 26th and taped on September 1st from Saginaw, MI. The “Coliseum Video” banners makes me believe this was intended for the American audience but went unused. Jim Ross notes Gonzales’ only blemish on his record is at the hands of The Undertaker. Savage immediately rakes the eyes and takes a few shots at the midsection. Savage comes off the top with a pair of double axe-handles. Harvey Wippleman makes his way to ringside as Gonzales grabs Savage and tosses him from a choke lift. Gonzales yells at Wippleman, allowing Savage to grab a steel chair. He blasts Gonzales with it (somehow Bill Alfonso didn’t see it) and finishes with the Flying Elbow at 1:37. Yup, the Giant Gonzales experiment is not only dead, but buried 8-feet deep getting squashed like a bug. Post-match, Gonzales has words with Wippleman and tosses him around for the babyface run that nobody asked for.
 
 
- Tatanka vs. "The Model" Rick Martel – From the September 27th episode of Monday Night Raw, presented live from New Haven, CT. First time we’re seeing Rick Martel since the weeks leading into WrestleMania IX. Tatanka grabs a headlock, and Martel counters with a head-scissors. Martel with a takedown and standing toe hold. They take turns working them arm, with Martel in control. Tatanka sends him to the floor, where we get some stalling (even Savage acknowledges the stalling... awesome). Back inside, Tatanka blows a spot in the corner, then misses the body press as he repeats it. Martel with a takedown and stomps, sending Tatanka to the floor. We come back from commercial with Tatanka coming off the ropes with a sunset flip for two. Martel with a lengthy abdominal stretch. Tatanka ends up with his own version applied, but Martel escapes with a rake of the eyes. Martel avoids a charge and takes him down with a back suplex for two. Martel goes for a slingshot splash for reasons unknown and meets knees. Martel remains in control, working the back. Tatanka starts his no-selling dance and lays into Martel with chops. They end up taking it to the floor, and it's a Cheap Double Count-Out at 10:47. Odd how they had Martel control almost the entire match, and then did a finish to protect him from doing the job. It’s as if they have him pegged for an important spot. *1/2
 
 
- Jack Tunney with one of the biggest announcements in the history of Monday Night Raw. Shawn Michaels has been suspended from the WWF and STRIPPED of the Intercontinental Championship (that's one) for violating the terms of his contract and not defending the title in 30 days (umm... he defended it at SummerSlam, 28 days ago). To determine a NEW Intercontinental Champion, there's going to be a 20-Man Battle Royal next week on Raw. The last two men in the ring will come back the following week and compete in a one-on-one match for the belt. Joe Fowler runs down the participants: I.R.S., Randy Savage, Adam Bomb, Giant Gonzalez, Mr. Perfect, Owen Hart, Rick Martel, Superfly Jimmy Snuka (making his return to the WWF), Bob Backlund, Pierre, Jacques, Razor Ramon, Mabel (but not Mo), Diesel, MVP (who!?), The 1-2-3 Kid, Bam Bam Bigelow, Marty Jannetty, Tatanka, and Bastion Booger. What, no Crush?
 
 
- “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. John Van Dale – From the September 27th episode of Monday Night Raw. This is Snuka’s 1st television appearance since losing to Shawn Michaels on the January 31st, 1992 card held at Madison Square Garden. Van Dale’s only claim to wrestling fame is being the father of WWE Superstar Carmella. Snuka avoids a sneak attack. Crisscross, Snuka with a hip toss and slam. Whip to the ropes and Van Dale with an elbow across the back of the head. They get Crush on the telephone again, with Heenan trying to stir the pot between him and Savage over Savage being in the Battle Royal and Crush kept out. Snuka with a diving headbutt and a piledriver. Good thing this isn’t held under Quebec Province Rules. They do another crisscross sequence since Snuka’s spent his entire offensive arsenal. He plants Van Dale with a slingshot suplex and finishes with the Superfly Splash at 4:34. Snuka’s comeback consisted of exactly three matches. It’s 1993, there’s nothing left in the tank. I’m more interested in this Savage/Crush stuff than anything Snuka did in the ring.
 
 
- WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Quebecers (c) (w/ Johnny Polo) vs. Barry Horowitz & The 1-2-3 Kid – From the September 27th episode of Monday Night Raw. The Quebecers are dodging the Steiner’s and offer the title match against such hot contenders Barry Horowitz and Reno Riggins. Unfortunately, Riggins is hurt, so the Quebecers allow Horowitz to pick a new partner... and he picks the king of the upset, the 1-2-3 Kid. Smart move, storyline wise. Vince cries they should’ve picked from the “Top 10 Teams” in the WWF. THE WWF DOESN’T HAVE 10! Jacques and the Kid start. Kid with heel kicks, and the challengers clear the ring with a series of dropkicks. The Quebecers take control and lay the Kid out with the Double Goozle. Jacques slams Pierre across the chest, then vice versa for a near fall. They drop him throat-first across the top rope. Jacques misses a blind body press, and the Kid knocks him to the floor with a heel kick. Jacques sells it like death, leaving Pierre to have to go it alone (complete with over-acting from Johnny Polo). We come back from commercial, with Pierre planting Horowitz with a slam, followed by a second rope leg drop. Pierre with a suplex and second rope headbutt. He slams Horowitz into his corner, allowing the Kid to tag in. Talk about over-confidence. Pierre presses him into the air, then lays him out with a clothesline. The Kid offers a comeback with kicks and chops. Pierre ducks a spinning heel kick, causing the Kid to land on the floor. Polo rolls him back in the ring, allowing Pierre to cover him for the three-count at 9:56. Pretty much a squash match, even when it was Pierre by himself. I was expecting a little more than that, honestly. *
 
 
Final Thoughts: There’s a lot of lineup shuffling going on. Lex Luger blew his one shot at the WWF Title, so now he’s stuck feuding with Foreign Menace™ Ludvig Borga. Shawn Michaels’ suspension leaves the Intercontinental Title in Abeyance/Vacated, and kills any storylines he was involved in. The Steiner Brothers and Quebecers seems to be the long-term solution to a tag team title rivalry, putting the Quebecers over immediately (likely due to the Steiner Brothers being suspended for six weeks). The Undertaker is marking Yokozuna as his next victim, putting him in the unusual position of challenging for the WWF Title. They’re pushing forward with Bret/Lawler, have planted the seeds for programs between Razor/IRS and Savage/Crush, and unfortunately, are turning Doink (the Clown) babyface.
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3:19 PM - Aug 03, 2018 #2

Never knew about Snuka's quick return to the WWF. I'm guessing he popped up on their radar due to his ECW (Eastern) work and they thought there might be something left in the tank. It was in the midst of his ECW run, so I'm also guessing he was on a "per-appearance" deal.
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1:06 AM - Aug 05, 2018 #3

Snuka's "prime" was way before my era, so as a kid, I only knew the Snuka from 89-91 that wasn't at the top of the cards and rarely won a meaningful match. Hearing him introduced with the pomp and circumstance of a Hulk Hogan for these random appearances always seemed a bit too much for me, ESPECIALLY when they used him as a mystery partner in the 1996 Survivor Series. 
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4:51 PM - Aug 05, 2018 #4

WWF @ Madison Square Garden – September 25th, 1993 – This card went under quite a bit of reconstruction for various reasons (firings and suspensions, etc.). The original lineup included The Steiner Brothers defending the Tag Team Titles against Adam Bomb and Bam Bam Bigelow, Shawn Michaels defending the Intercontinental Title against the 1-2-3 Kid, and Razor Ramon versus Mr. Hughes. This is an incomplete card, missing: Tatanka and I.R.S. going to a 20-Minute Time Limit, Razor Ramon def. Rick Martel, and Mr. Perfect def. Diesel by DQ.
 
 
- The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Bastion Booger – I’m already sick of recapping matches with Booger. The Kid offers a handshake, thinking he’s Bob Backlund. Loud chants of “1-2-3”. Lockup and Booger shoves him to the canvas with ease. The Kid grabs a side headlock but gets bowled over with a shoulder block. Whip and Booger presses the Kid into the air for a crash landing. The Kid comes back with a series of kicks and comes off the top with a missile dropkick. He comes off the ropes for whatever the f*ck he was thinking of doing and goes crashing to the arena floor. Booger follows and rams himself into the post. The Kid recovers and comes flying through the ropes with a tope suicida. He goes to the top again and comes off with a flying body press. Back inside, the Kid traps Booger in the ropes and throws a series of kicks. Whip is reversed, Kid goes for a sunset flip, and Booger crushes him with the kneeling splash for three at 5:05. Kid is over, Booger isn’t, so let’s job him out. This match wasn’t listed on the description, likely due to the poor VQ (tracking issues). *1/2
 
 
- The Quebecers and Johnny Polo come out ahead of their scheduled title defense (the scheduled defense that originally belonged to the Steiner Brothers). Jacques calls the crowd a bunch of “New York Hillbillies.” Jacques complains about being forced to defend the titles tonight against Adam Bomb and Bam Bam Bigelow. They’ll defend the titles under protest, and for everyone in Quebec. Pierre cuts a promo in French.
 
 
- Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar) vs. Well Dunn – Why on earth are Well Dunn heels, considering they are the smallest tag team on the roster (and worked predominantly as babyfaces elsewhere)? When the gimmick is a play-on-words, you shouldn’t expect much of a push (get it… Well DONE?). Mo and Dunn start. Lockup to the ropes and Dunn complains about hair-pulling. Mo avoids a cheap shot and takes Dunn over with an arm drag. Crisscross and Mo takes him over again and into another arm-bar. Dunn counters a hammer-lock with a drop toe hold but Mo quickly slips out of the side-headlock to work the arm. Mabel comes in, sending Dunn looking for cover in the corner. Well comes in talking trash and immediately tags out. The way they’re pacing this one, I expect it to chew time. Mabel teases tagging out but sneaks back in to give the cowardly duo a double noggin knocker. Mabel with the Hart Attack Clothesline on Dunn, sending him to the floor to reconsider his choice of profession. Whip to the ropes and Mabel with a dropkick. Mo in for a double back elbow and elbow drop combo for two. Well trips Mo up from the outside, allowing Dunn to come from behind with a knee. They double team Mo on the floor with the referee distracted by Mabel. Mo quickly teases his own comeback until missing a dropkick. Mo takes out Well with a clothesline, but Dunn remains in control. They trade sleeper holds until Dunn connects with a jaw breaker. Dunn meets a boot coming off the top and it’s time for the hot tag to Mabel. He runs wild on both men. Mo comes in to break up the 2-on-1. Mabel no-sells a clothesline from Dunn and levels him with the spinning heel kick for three at 12:44. This might be the longest Well Dunn match I’ve ever seen. This was OK, but it’s hard for a small team to believably get heat on Mo, let alone Mabel. *1/2
 
 
- WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Quebecers vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) & Adam Bomb – These are the matches that make me love sitting through Fan-Cams. No Johnny Polo at ringside, despite managing three of the four men. Wait… that seems unlike the WWF to get themselves crossed up like that (we’ll cover it in detail in my monthly news and notes). Jacques offers a handshake and Bigelow responds with a rude gesture. Bigelow takes Pierre to the outside while Bomb hammers on Jacques and tosses him with a press slam. Bigelow with a power-slam on Pierre for two. Bigelow and Pierre hit each other with shoulder tackles. Whip and Pierre with a back drop. He celebrates prematurely and gets taken off the top rope with a back suplex for a near fall. Bomb and Bigelow clear the ring with clotheslines. Back inside, Bigelow hits Pierre with a diving shoulder tackle. Jacques with a knee from the apron and Pierre comes off the ropes with a clothesline. Bigelow shifts his weight to counter a back suplex attempt. Bomb in, knocking Pierre out of the ring with a dropkick. Bomb connects with his slingshot clothesline for two. Jacques with another assist from the apron, causing Bomb to take spill out of the ring. Jacques whacks him with a chair while the referee is distracted. Pierre with a slam and a back-drop senton for two. Whip to the corner and Jacques meets an elbow. The referee misses the tag, allowing the Quebecers to double-team Bomb in their corner. Jacques slams Pierre across the chest of Bomb, and Pierre does the same with Jacques for two. Whip and Jacques with a diving elbow for two. Bomb fights out of a chin-lock with elbows to the midsection. Crisscross and a double clothesline puts Bomb and Pierre down. Jacques with a cradle piledriver. Bomb rolls away from the Tower of Quebec and hot tags Bigelow. He runs wild with clotheslines and slams. DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER! Johnny Polo makes his way to ringside and goes after Luna, only to get shoved on his ass. Bomb takes exception to this, bringing Bigelow out of the ring for a confrontation, leading to them being Counted-Out at 11:56. Post-match, Bomb lays into Bigelow for attacking Polo. Bigelow gets the last shot in, knocking Bomb over the top rope with a clothesline. Good, if unspectacular. Bigelow and Bomb were 100% babyface for the match, and I forgot how good of a babyface Bigelow can be. **1/2
 
 
- “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Brian Christopher – What in the hell is this doing on a WWF card in 1993? Howard Finkel introduces Christopher from Pittsburgh, PA (HA!) and that he’s (self-proclaimed) “Too Sexy.” He cuts a pre-match promo that exposes his thick southern accent. Fink gives a grand introduction to Snuka as if he were the second-coming of Jesus. Christopher tries a sneak attack but Snuka lights him up with chops, sending him to the floor for a breather. Christopher sends Snuka into the turnbuckle, but Snuka no-sells. Christopher hurts himself trying a headbutt. Christopher with right hands in the corner. Snuka with the most spectacularly blown blind body press out of the corner you’ll ever see from a 50-year old. Christopher gives it a try and meets nothing but canvas. Christopher regains control by doing the bare minimum. He takes Snuka down with a bulldog and chokes him across the top rope. Snuka sends Christopher into the corner trying the bulldog again. Crisscross and Snuka with a big chop. He connects with a slingshot suplex and finishes with the Superfly Splash at 7:26. Bad match. DUD
 
 
- WWF Championship Match: Yokozuna (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) – I’m disappointed to see this match is Joined in Progress. Undertaker gives up a pin attempt when he sees that Fuji is in possession of the urn. Yokozuna recovers as Paul Bearer chases Fuji from ringside. Whip to the corner and the referee gets laid out by Yokozuna. Yokozuna plants him with a slam but Taker sits up. Yoko with a clothesline, same result. He connects with a belly-to-belly suplex, and you know the routine. Yoko with the salt bucket, bopping Undertaker over the head FOUR TIMES with the thing. Taker struggles to sit up, so Yokozuna crushes him with a massive leg drop FOR THREE at 1:58 (shown). The Undertaker doing a rare pin-fall job, no matter how much bullsh*t surrounded it, is something to see in an era where it rarely happened. Post-match, Undertaker avoids the Banzai Drop and connects with a Choke-Slam to send the fans home happy.
 
 
Final Thoughts: Except for Undertaker taking a pin-fall loss, a mostly forgettable show (based on what is available). Quebecers vs. Bam Bam and Bomb is fine as both a match and a rarity, but the rest of the show is some random under-card filler, capped off by a spectacularly bland match between the aging Jimmy Snuka and Jerry Lawler’s 21-year old son. I cannot recommend a partial show unless something blows me away, and nothing came close.
 
 
 



 
 
Monthly News and Notes:
 
- The biggest news coming out of September ’93 is the suspension/resignation of Shawn Michaels, vacating the Intercontinental Title. The real-life reasoning is that he failed a drug test, with some stories pointing towards steroid use. Michaels has denied the steroid allegations, pointing out the change in his physique was from drinking too much beer and not eating well on the road. Others say it was other kinds of substance abuse. Michaels refused to accept the suspension and quit, also refusing to return the Intercontinental Title. I guess we should get used to stories of Shawn Michaels having an attitude problem as we move deeper into the mid 90’s.
 
 
- Shawn Michaels isn’t the only Superstar facing a suspension: The Steiner Brothers and Matt Borne were all taken off the road for eight-weeks for various violations, although nothing in detail is available. In later shoot interviews, Borne suggests he was stooged out by Bam Bam Bigelow for getting high in the hallways of a hotel. The Steiner’s suspension is just another chapter in their ongoing unhappiness in the WWF, mostly having to do with being paid far less than what they were expecting. All dates scheduled for the Doink character will be filled in by Steve Lombardi.
 
 
- Lex Luger injured his back the day after SummerSlam during a match taped for Coliseum Video with Shawn Michaels (man, he’s getting his name featured a lot this month). Luger would return to action at the Monday Night Raw tapings on September 27th and resumed a regular house show schedule starting September 30th in Fresno, CA.
 
 
- Adam Bomb switching from Johnny Polo to Harvey Wippleman (what a kiss of death) coming out of nowhere seems to be for two reasons: The obvious one is the booking, where the Quebecers filled in for the Steiner Brothers after winning the Tag Titles to face the thrown together team of Bigelow and Adam Bomb. Johnny Polo aligned with the Quebecers on September 13th, and was still the active manager of Bomb, and they had to choose a side for him. The other is that Bomb wasn’t going anywhere at the time, and Wippleman lost both Mr. Hughes and Giant Gonzales, so it makes sense to put him with another giant to give the impression of immense size.
 
 
- No new faces getting tryouts at the TV tapings, but one Superstar has been trying out a new gimmick: Steve Lombardi worked dark matches at all post-SummerSlam tapings as the mysterious “MVP”, basically the wrestling version of Mr. Red. You’re probably thinking “Scrooge, you idiot, that’s not his name!” To which, I reply “It was briefly when the gimmick was introduced in 1993.” The character would disappear and return with a new name the following Summer, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
 
 
- The Monday Night Raw taping on September 27th begins a regular pattern of doing a live episode followed by two taped episodes. Things will get stretched even thinner, making the taping cycles for Raw almost as bad as they were for syndication.
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