WWF SuperStars – February 6, 1993
Freeman Coliseum – San Antonio, TX
Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler & “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Vince, King and Macho come on the air hyping the “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan/Yokozuna match-up that’s on the card. Macho believes in Duggan and that he will knock Yokozuna off his feet. King gives Duggan no chance and he has Yokozuna becoming the next WWF Champion after WrestleMania. Vince tells us that this week on SuperStars in action are The Nasty Boys, Doink, Bam Bam Bigelow and The Beverly Brothers.
The Nasty Boys [Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags] vs. Dave Silguero & Robert Taylor
Result/Analysis: The Nasty Boys via pinfall (2:18) when Sags pins Silguero following a flying elbow drop which comes after a running powerslam by Knobbs. The broadcast team discusses The Nasties the No. 1 contenders for the tag-team titles held by Money Inc. Vince calls The Nasty Boys a popular tag-team and role models to the youth despite being “nasty boys.” Yeah, The Nasties were so popular and so in-demand that Vince had to beg Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, and soon after, Hulk Hogan, to return to oppose Money Inc. instead. There’s zero mention of Beefcake, at least, and him opposing “The Million-Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase on Monday Night Raw in the near future so let’s roll with the idea of The Nasty Boys being still on a collision course with Money Inc. for the belts. Lawler says the only thing that’s “nasty” about The Nasty Boys is their inability to take a bath. Ha! With his royal magistrator, Lawler draws a can of RAID to depict what Knobbs and Sags are in need of as we see a still photo of Taylor getting the pit stop during the match. The Nasty Boys should have at least squared off with Money Inc. in a televised title match to tie a bow on them being named No. 1 contenders but that never happens before Beefcake and Hogan assume their spot.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund has a WWF Update that’s brought to us this week from the pages of WWF Magazine. Who didn’t collect every issue of that back in the day? Oh, and the update is also sponsored by the 1993 spring merchandise catalog that can be found within any magazine or program. I’m sure that catalog generated a slew of orders, no? Okerlund takes us back to the Royal Rumble a couple of weeks ago to witness the shocking debut of Giant Gonzales courtesy of Coliseum Home Video and his brutal attack of The Undertaker. After seeing Gonzales’ onslaught, Okerlund wonders if The Undertaker will ever be the same? We next hear from Harvey Wippleman, who’s standing next to the 8-foot Giant Gonzales, completely dwarfed by him. Wippleman says now everyone knows what the “big bomb” is he had spoke about in the past. Wippleman speaks directly to The Undertaker and says Taker ruined the once mighty Kamala, but now, it’s only fitting it’s you Undertaker, that’s ruined after what Giant Gonzales has done. Gonzales says, “Undertaker! Now it’s your funeral!!!” I’ll never get over the ape suit Gonzales wore. Was that aspect of him supposed to look menacing? When will we hear/see from The Undertaker and/or Paul Bearer next?
Rudi Flores vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Result/Analysis: Bigelow via pinfall (:50) following a diving headbutt. Bam Bam made quick work of the enhancement talent he was paired with on these televised shows. He quickly ran through his move set and it was curtains. Bigelow was actively challenging Bret “Hitman” Hart for the WWF Championship on the house show circuit, including their European tour, but he had no active feuds on “The Road To WrestleMania.” Odd. In reviewing the active roster at the time, though, the babyface count was at a deficit and each of the top “good guys” had feuds. That left Bigelow the odd man out which was a waste considering he was a top-end talent in the WWF at this stage in early 1993. Bret later on, years after his career would end and Bigelow sadly had passed away, said Bam Bam was “the best big man in the business.” Coming from Bret, that’s lofty praise. As the weeks continue on toward WrestleMania IX, I’ll retrospectively try to find an opponent Bigelow could have had for the event. Even Vince says here, we’re likely to see Bam Bam compete at WrestleMania.
Bigelow’s match segues into a WrestleMania IX promo. Sunday, April 4, LIVE from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in the “entertainment capital of the world” is the site. For the first time in its history, WrestleMania was to be held outdoors. WrestleMania VII in 1991 was initially planned for the outdoors, to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but either poor ticket sales or security concerns (over The Persian Gulf War) were the reported reasons for why that venue was scrapped and WM VII was moved inside to the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Still, Caesars Palace gave off special vibes in early 1993 as WrestleMania IX drew closer.
Sean Mooney has his weekly SuperStars segment from the Live Event Center. Mooney discusses the unpredictable nature of the WWF as we head toward WrestleMania IX. One SuperStar that’s looking to make an impact, he says, is The Big Boss Man. The former prison guard out of Cobb County, GA gets promo time. Boss Man discusses achieving his lifelong dream of being a law enforcement officer and that HE’S the “law and order” for the WWF, someone that doesn’t play silly games and someone that believes in law, order and justice. This promo was so meaingful to Boss Man’s future that he would wrestle his last WWF match at a house show in the province of Quebec, Canada in March 1993. Next, we hear from Damian Demento, who says the voice he hears tells him about the future, that so he’s aware of the events that are about to take place. He says everyone will suffer devastation while he is victorius forever, for as long as forever lasts. “So it has been said to me, Demento says, so it shall be done.” Was Boss Man paired against Demento on the house show circuit? I loved that ALL of the SuperStars got promo time but one guy was out the door while the other talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk. I’ll take Boss Man in a head-to-head match-up. You?
Vince takes the TV audience back to the Royal Rumble courtesy of Coliseum Home Video for the unveiling of “The Narcissist” Lex Luger by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. It was quite over-the-top!
Reno Riggins vs. Doink The Clown
Result/Analysis: Doink via pinfall (:48) as the stump puller submission hold is applied. Doink’s music was just great, crying kids and those creepy ominous tones. Lawler talks up Doink as being an accomplished wrestler who knows a variety of holds. The match begins and ends in a blink of an eye but you see that EVIL Doink is a fantastic gimmick. Clowns have always scared me so why not play up the fear that so many people have? Doink gifts Riggins with a balloon after the match only to immediately pop it. Ha! Doink laughs and leaves the ring in jubilation. Savage wonders if Doink will be laughing next week when Crush returns to action. Vince doesn’t believe Doink will stick around for Crush. Lawler disagrees. Vince says Doink is the only one laughing at his antics. Not true!
In his latest vignette, Mr. Perfect mocks Bobby Heenan’s Royal Rumble unveiling of “The Narcissist” Lex Luger. He uses Heenan’s line that Luger is “beyond perfection” and parodies what Luger will actually look like after their match takes place by giving us a new unveiling of Luger. We see a young kid who’s skinny as a rail flexing in his tighty whiteies. Comical. Perfect delivers his trademark knife-edged chop to the unwilling youngster who had a little something going on inside of his tighty whities if you know what I mean? Gross. Perfect confidently laughs after the single chop takes “Luger” down. Perfect was quite impressed with himself in those days.
Yokozuna, with Mr. Fuji, makes his ring entrance for the accepted challenge match versus “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Vince says on commentary that if Duggan can knock Yokozuna off his feet then he’ll be successful. That admission therein is the stipulation and this isn’t a normal match per se. The broadcast team also continues to build the narrative that this is a USA versus Japan thing. Why couldn’t it be less of that and more of Duggan, aka “the tough guy” wanting to step up to the plate against Yokozuna that no one had yet to stop in any capacity?
Meanwhile, Duggan, at the curtain to himself come out, is with Raymond Rougeau. He mentions how the American military troops conquered Kuwait and Desert Storm, and now they’re helping out in Somalia, so he’s using that as motivation to fight Yokozuna. Duggan says Yokozuna is next to go down. “Hoooooooo!!!”
Special Challenge Match:
Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan
Result/Analysis: Duggan via knock down on his fourth attempt (3:07). Hacksaw winning was a foregone conclusion. It’s the aftermath that gets remembered. Depending on how you view this, it’s one of the great, actually classic, moments in WWF history. An angry Yokozuna is handed salt by Mr. Fuji after the match. Duggan is celebrating his triumph with his back turned up on the second rope. As Duggan comes down off the ropes, Yokozuna throws the salt in his eyes. Duggan is immediately blinded. Yokozuna follows up by executing a belly-to-belly suplex and a leg drop. Duggan is out. Fuji helps Yokozuna drag Hacksaw into the corner. Yokozuna delivers not one, not two but THREE banzai drops in succession with a louder “BANZAI” prior to each. AWESOME. Fuji then grabs the American flag from Duggan’s corner of the ring and removes it from the flag pole. Uh oh. Fuji drapes the flag over Duggan. Yokozuna then adds a FOURTH banzai drop!!! The fans in attendance at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX look on in utter horror with several people seen crying. Duggan is frothing at the mouth/bleeding from it as Vince, Macho and King speculate that he has obvious internal injuries. Vince is particularly over the top in his commentary during this segment but he’s so perfect for the moment given that. He continually screams “get him down from there” before each banzai drop from Yokozuna. He says Duggan is getting pulverized. He asks, “Is there no dignity whatsoever”? Lawler compares Yokozuna’s attack to that of 1941, obviously referencing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. More from Vince: “We have witnessed a desecration of the red, white and blue.” Finally, as Duggan is stretchered away from ringside, with fans still looking on in disbelief, “No one can believe what they’ve seen. A hush has fallen over this capacity crowd.” The cameras pan to the empty ring and the crumpled up American flag is all that remains as the cameras fade out and into a commercial break. Yokozuna and Fuji are spit at by ringside fans when they walk away following the fourth banzai drop. Man, this 15 minutes of television was pure gold! Yokozuna had immense HEAT following this burial of Duggan and he as its symbol of Americana. Sure, Yokozuna had won the Royal Rumble weeks earlier, and he dominated anyone and everyone that he had faced in the four months prior, but this was the signature moment in the beginning of his career. Kudos to Duggan for stepping forth and for the creative geniuses that wrote this storyline. Going into it, Duggan challenging Yokozuna out of his mere belief he could be the first man to take the 505 pound behemoth off his feet sure seemed silly, and he does do it, but the pay-off of seeing Mr. U.S.A. left for the dead is where you get ***** of effectiveness. So good. I actually think that Duggan sacrificing himself to put over Yokozuna and generate the heat which came from this is his signature contribution to the wrestling business in a career that spanned decades.
Pete Christie & Bob East vs. The Beverly Brothers [Beau & Blake]
Result/Analysis: The Beverly Brothers via pinfall (1:27) when Beau pins Christie following the Shaker Heights spike. “Oh no!!!”” That is the reaction Vince has to the viscious spike double team finishing move The Beverly’s do in this match which is named after where they’re billed from: Shaker Heights, OH. The talk during the match is about The Beverly’s wanting a re-match versus The Steiner Brothers from the Royal Rumble where they look the loss. Lawler is as impressed by the Shaker Heights spike as he is by the frankensteiner (done by Scott Steiner). I liked The Beverly Brothers and their ring entrance theme was the sh**! The tag-team division wasn’t too shabby in early 1993.
“Native American” Tatanka, as supported by his Lumbee Nation, asks the great people everywhere to get a “Headlock on Hunger.” The WWF was still pushing hard on this charity endeavor.
Mooney is back from the Events Center. He says the focus of the WWF Superstars is now squarely on WrestleMania IX. Two of those Superstars are “The Birdman” Koko B. Ware and “The Rocket” Owen Hart, the tag-team of High Energy. Koko says he’s sick and tired of everyone thinking that High Energy isn’t tough enough. Owen echos those sentiments and adds that 1993 is going to be the year of High Energy as they take on all comers, including The Headshrinkers. As for a SuperStar who takes whatever he desires, Repo Man, well, he says he is targeting the WWF Championship as his next reposession and aims his comments at the reigning titleholder Bret “Hitman” Hart. That match wouldn’t last too long despite the confidence of Repo Man, who says he’s the best wrestler in the WWF. The Nasty Boys, meanwhile, are focused only on Money Inc. and taking away the tag-team titles from “The Million-Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and I.R.S. as Knobbs and Sags walk the streets of “Nastyville.” Finally, Mooney recaps the WWF return of Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake as seen on Monday Night Raw.
Vince tells the TV audience that next week we will see in its entirety the entire Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake interview. In action will be Crush, who returns to the ring following the injuries he sustained from Doink a few weeks back, “The Narcissist” Lex Luger, in his SuperStars debut, Giant Gonzales, who will face off against three men in a handicap match, The Steiner Brothers, the tag-team champions Money Inc., plus an update on the condition of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
The Verdict: Yokozuna finally generated the HEAT he was lacking as the WWF’s newest top heel with his desecration of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and the American Flag. That was a master class on how you can accomplish that in a classic segment. Elsewhere, Crush will return next week to deal first hand with Doink and his antics. Get ready for Giant Gonzales versus The Undertaker as the WWF thinks that’s a match people are dying to see. Mr. Perfect and “The Narcissist” Lex Luger take turns mocking the other as weeks pass by to build their feud and animosity. The tag-team division has juice but it’s still an under-utilized portion of the overall product. Lastly, don’t forget that Repo Man is coming after Bret Hart and the WWF Championship. Now that’s funny!