Through the Years: WWF Survivor Series 1992

Survivor Series 1992 is one of those rare WWF shows in the 87-92 period that I haven’t seen too many times. That’s the case for a few Survivor Series cards. This was actually expected to do the worst business of any WWF show to date. In the end, it did a little better than that. I don’t have a lot to say about this card before checking it out, this period is a blind spot for me and that’s why I can’t wait to check out all of those early Raw episodes. Lots of big feuds and issues would be settled here, leading to new things.

 

– November 25th, 1992, from Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio

 

No snazzy opening video for this one. I blame budget cuts. Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan run down the card, and we go straight into the matches! Heenan had nothing nice to say about Mr. Perfect. He was very unhappy about the whole thing.

The Headshrinkers (w/Afa) vs. High Energy

Pre-Match Thoughts: I haven’t seen much of High Energy, in part because it makes me sad to see Owen buried so low on the card when he was so talented. Koko looks weird with this gear on, too. The Headshrinkers were given a jobber entrance, which doesn’t make any sense. As a debuting team that the WWF intended to push, they should have been given a full entrance and as much time on the screen as possible. Haven’t seen these two for a little while.

Match Review: Samu shoves Owen a few times to start the match, getting some decent heat. Owen and Samu do some nice rope running, and Owen dodges a cross body, leading to his own for a 1 count. Owen goes crazy with dropkicks and arm drags, then tags in Koko B. Ware. Samu accidentally hits his partner on a double team, then Koko clears the ring with dropkicks. Koko stomps on Fatu’s feet, then gives them a noggin-knocker, which does nothing. Afa hits Koko with a KENDO STICK, and now it’s time for the Headshrinkers to go to work. Fatu picks Koko up and slams him, then tags in Samu for a double headbutt. They keep double teaming with punches, and Fatu winds up there working on Koko by himself. Fatu clotheslines him, then tags in Samu for a nerve hold. Samu clotheslines Koko after holding him in place for just a little bit, then brings in Fatu, who gets sunset flipped for 2. Fatu fires off a superkick to Koko, then tags Samu. The Headshrinkers double team for a bit, then Samu covers Koko for 2. Samu misses a charge to the corner, and Owen makes the tag in. He dropkicks the Headshrinkers for quite a while, then backdrops Samu. Owen goes up top, and down he comes with a cross body for 2. Fatu gets in there, and Owen hits him with a spinning wheel kick. Owen tries a cross body on Samu, but Samu powerslams him. Fatu goes up top, comes down with a BIG SPLASH, and gets the pin over Owen at 7:40.

My Thoughts: Good start to the show, can’t complain a whole lot about that. They got the Headshrinkers over pretty well, and I suppose that Afa hitting Owen with a kendo stick is the reason people should cheer against them. It’s obscene that someone as talented as Owen Hart was buried in this kind of role, but I suppose that’s how it goes. Koko didn’t do a whole lot, I noticed. **. The Headshrinkers had a good finisher. 300 pound guys jumping off the top rope with a big splash never gets old.

Nailz vs. Big Boss Man in a NIGHTSTICK ON A POLE MATCH

Pre-Match Thoughts: It’s weird to see a WWF show with multiple gimmick matches on it, but that’s the direction the business was headed in. At least this one ends an absolutely terrible feud between a guy who can’t work at all and someone who was highly misused at this point. I can’t figure out why the WWF put Boss Man out of the picture when they needed credible talent. Sean Mooney was in the back, giving people a warning before they watched this. Uh…why? HE’S WARNING US AWAY FROM THE SHITTY MATCH WE’RE ABOUT TO SEE. He interviews Nailz, who knows exactly how long he was in jail and what he was going to do to Boss Man when he got out. Nailz had been doing jobs to the Undertaker on house shows and it was planned for him to work with the Ultimate Warrior before Warrior left the company. Imagine that one. Boss Man was with Mean Gene and ready to talk, and he sees Nailz walking into the arena. So, it’s time for him to get away from the interview station and over to the damn ring.

Match Review: Boss Man needed no entrance, and attacked Nailz before he could climb the pole. Nailz throws Boss Man hard into the corner, then starts choking him. Haha. Nailz goes for the stick, but Boss Man pulls him down again. Nailz then beats him up, and misses a charge to the corner. Boss Man comes back with his own punches, knocking Nailz down and nearly out. Boss Man goes for the stick, but Nailz slams him down. The crowd thought that was a big spot. Nailz picks Boss Man up for a backbreaker, then goes to a chinlock. Boss Man fights out and shoulders Nailz down, but misses a diving headbutt. Nailz climbs up the pole, and this time Boss Man crotches him on the top rope. Nailz comes back with a knee, then they clothesline each other. Boss Man gets up and climbs the pole, and this time he has the stick. He hits Nailz with it and the crowd goes nuts. Nailz kicks Boss Man in the nuts, and now he has the nightstick. He pops Boss Man in the throat with it, then the back. Nailz misses one shot with it, drops it, and Boss Man gives him a BOSSMAN SLAM for the win at 5:44!

My Thoughts: Nailz being in a program with Warrior leaving probably changed the result of this match. I know Nailz freaked out, but I can’t possibly see him doing anything else in the WWF in any case. This match was better than expected, and I can’t see Nailz ever having had a better one. At *1/2, that is a sad comment. Boss Man going over would seem weird if not for the issue with Warrior and all the TV they taped being garbage.Mean Gene is with Ric Flair and Razor Ramon, who seem to be wearing a matching purple. This seems like a big time team even though Razor just got to the WWF. Razor’s mugging before he gets a chance to talk is amazing. They showed a video of Mr. Perfect joining up with Savage, this never gets old. That video made Flair really angry. He doesn’t understand what Perfect’s problem is. AMAZING PROMO. PERFECT WALKED IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS. YOU LIVED THE SAME LIFE, BROTHER. YOU ANSWER TO ME AND RAZOR RAMON. I don’t know how Hall could follow that one. He did well. Heenan’s rant during Rick Martel’s entrance was unbelievable.

Rick Martel vs. Tatanka

Pre-Match Thoughts: Same match as WrestleMania, which highlights the lack of depth on the WWF roster at this particular time. The storyline this time was that Martel had stolen Tatanka’s eagle feathers. Imagine the TV for that one. He put the feathers on his captain’s hat. I do not understand this at all. Tatanka was still undefeated in the WWF, but he hadn’t faced anyone of value. Tatanka was actually in the first wrestling match I can remember completely, you know. On the Rumble ’94 tape against Bam Bam Bigelow. I don’t really have a soft spot for him even with that being the case.

Match Review: Martel slaps Tatanka, which is a bad idea. Tatanka chops him a lot, then backdrops him. Tatanka follows with a few dropkicks, then Martel rolls out of the ring. Martel is angry about all that, so he tries to kick Tatanka, who catches his boot for an atomic drop. Tatanka then clotheslines Martel out of the ring, as Heenan starts talking about the CLEVELAND INDIANS. The commentary on this show has been pretty good. Martel gets in there and starts beating Tatanka up, giving him a hot shot. Martel goes to a front face-lock, as Vince talks about Sgt. Slaughter being in charge of rules. I never mentioned that because it was irrelevant. Now we have DOINK THE CLOWN walking to ringside, right at the moment Tatanka suplexes Martel. The crowd was distracted by that, so they missed Martel’s knee drop. Martel goes to the front face-lock again, as Doink makes a balloon animal in the aisle. I love this gimmick, at least the evil version of it. It’s so good. Tatanka drops Martel on the top rope, then brings Martel in the hard way. Martel comes back with a neckbreaker, and covers for 2. To the front face-lock again, as Doink is occupying all the crowd attention. Tatanka gets out and clotheslines Martel, then dodges the Model’s charge to the corner. Tatanka works on Martel’s arm for some reason, and takes him down with a backslide that gets 2. After that, Tatanka arm drags Martel and bars the arm, then Martel gets up and throws him over the top. Martel follows, rams Tatanka’s back into the apron, and pulls him back into the ring for an elbow drop on Tatanka’s back. A knee follows that, then Martel goes up to the second rope and gets hit on the way down. Tatanka hits him with some chops, starts dancing around the ring, and slams him. Tatanka goes up top now, and down he comes with a predictable flying chop to the head. To finish things off, Tatanka picks Martel up, gives him a Samoan drop, and gets the clean pinfall at 11:07. He got his feathers back too. DOINK POPPED ALL THE BALLOONS!

My Thoughts: This was a bad match because Doink was there, as the workers saw no need to wrestle a hard match. Even if they had, I’m not sure Tatanka could have wrestled all that much better. He had some talent, a good gimmick, but wasn’t capable of putting on a consistently good match in the WWF. I may feel differently after I watch more of him, but I’m not so sure. *1/4. At least Doink’s appearance was cool.

Ric Flair and Razor Ramon vs. Mr. Perfect and Randy Savage

Pre-Match Thoughts: This is the big one, and it’s shocking to see the WWF doing a match like this with only 45 minutes down on the card. It’s a bit shocking. Perfect looked a bit pudgy, which is to be expected given how long it had been since the last time he wrestled. Perfect’s promo was really good. He was the focal point. I read they had actually contacted Jerry Lawler for this spot at one point, who knows if that’s true. Savage’s comments about not liking Perfect and not trusting him made a lot of sense. He put Perfect over so strong that it seems like they wanted Perfect to headline on the babyface side of the coin at some point. Razor looked a bit awed by the moment if I’m being honest. Savage decided to walk up on a podium and introduce Perfect himself. That’s great. He got a big babyface reaction. Heenan’s rant was so good.

Match Review: Perfect and Razor will start the match, and Perfect decides to slap Razor. Razor drops the toothpick in his eye, but Perfect comes back with a chop. Razor shoulders him down, then Perfect comes back with a drop toe-hold. Vince is in 1995 more commentary wise. Razor grabs some hair, then Perfect fights out of their corner. Flair makes a tag in, and he’s PISSED. Flair runs into some right hand slaps, and Perfect backdrops him. Perfect dropkicks Flair next, then hits him with some clotheslines. Perfect then throws Flair upside down into the corner, and Flair runs into Savage as he runs down the apron. Savage tags in and flies off the top with a double axehandle, then he shoulders Flair down himself. Savage starts beating Flair up, then Razor runs in and gets beaten up too. Macho clotheslines Flair and Razor, then Flair tags out. Ramon beats Savage up for a little bit, then trips him, only to get kicked in the face. Razor picks Savage up with a choke and throws him down, then tags in Flair for some chops in the corner. Razor tags back in, and it’s time to work on Savage’s back. He puts an abdominal stretch on Savage, and it’s CHEATING TIME. They stay in the hold for longer than you’d think, until Savage hip tosses Razor. Savage misses an elbow, so Razor keeps control. Flair throws Savage over the top, then Razor rams Savage into the steps. Back inside, Flair drops a knee on Savage. He brings Perfect into the ring, and Razor makes an illegal switch. Razor applies a half crab, the laziest I’ve seen. Perfect teases the idea that he’s going to leave, making it about halfway down the aisle. Savage has been busted open somehow, I wonder if he bladed from the knee drop. Perfect walks back to the ring, then Razor gets to paintbrushing. He slaps Perfect to draw him in again, and that leads to more double teaming. Flair covers for 2 after those punches, but Savage comes back with a backslide for 2. Razor makes the switch in, drops an elbow, and covers for 2. Razor CHOKESLAMS Savage, which also gets 2. Savage does a small package for 2, but Flair makes a tag in and stops any further momentum. The camera angle hasn’t shown Savage’s face in a while. Flair clotheslines Savage in the corner, then goes up top, only for Savage to climb up and slam him down awkwardly.

Savage finally makes the tag out, and Perfect throws Razor by his hair. A neck snap follows that, and it’s time for the trademarks I guess. Perfect takes Razor and atomic drops him, then hits him with a knee lift. Flair gets hit with one too, and he brawls with Savage on the floor. Flair hits Savage in the head with a chair, then attacks Perfect. Perfect backdrops Flair, then clotheslines him over the top. Razor whiffs on a clothesline, then Perfect knocks the referee out of the ring. Razor goes for the RAZOR’S EDGE, but Perfect flips out of it and backdrops him. Perfect takes Razor over with the PERFECT-PLEX, but there’s no referee. Flair breaks the cover when one gets there, so Perfect gives him a PERFECT-PLEX too. Razor breaks that cover, and eventually the referee throws the match out due to too much double teaming. Time of that was 16:38. Flair puts a FIGURE-FOUR on Perfect, then Razor goes and grabs the chair. Savage gets up and stops the attack, then clotheslines Razor with the top rope. Perfect gets a chair, clocks Flair in the face with it, then hits Razor across the back. Flair gets another chair shot, and everyone’s cleared from the ring. After the match, Perfect still has the chair, but he drops it and high fives Savage. Great moment.

My Thoughts: This was a formula tag match, no surprise given that the four hadn’t worked together. There were things about the match that didn’t make any sense to me, but overall it was a good bout. Perfect looked very rusty, and Razor kind of looked like a goof in this heel role. I don’t really know what changed between this and his later work. Anyway, this wasn’t really a test run, because Savage went off the road to take a break after this, and his push was never sustained like this by the WWF again. Perfect was supposed to fill his spot afterward, which was difficult because the crowd didn’t react to him massively here until the end. I guess they weren’t too sure of Perfect’s intentions. **3/4 for the match, with nothing really gigantic planned to change anything. We’ll see what happens going forward.

Razor and Flair are in the back, and they’re angry. Flair cuts one of his old school promos, then Razor says that Perfect needs to ask around to find out what happened to the other person who double crossed him.

Virgil vs. Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji)

Pre-Match Thoughts: Obviously, this match was made with the intention of getting some heat on Yokozuna. Virgil had no hope at all of being made to look good. I grew up on watching Yokozuna matches. They did the routine with the geishas before the match, which makes Yoko look like a star.

Match Review: Yoko starts things by running Virgil over, then Virgil tries some dropkicks that don’t knock him down. Yoko blocks a cradle attempt, then kicks Virgil in the face. He takes Virgil down with a uranage, but Virgil gets up with some punches. Yoko fires off a side slam, then drops a huge leg on him. Yoko misses a charge to the corner, then Virgil tries to roll him up only for Yoko to sit on him. Yokozuna then splashes Virgil in the corner, hits him in the throat, and gives him the worst BANZAI DROP I’ve seen for the victory at 3:34. HE JUMPED ON HIS HEAD.

My Thoughts: If the intention was to establish Yokozuna, and of course it was, they did a fantastic job. The crowd reacted loudly to everything he did, and he made someone who’d been in the WWF for years look like a bum. *, great idea and all that.

Perfect and Savage are in the back, and they have a microphone. Funny that Perfect had two turkeys that he then threw on the ground. Heenan is represented by a gross looking cornish hen, I guess.

The Beverly Brothers and Money Inc. (WWF Tag Team Champions, w/the Genius and Jimmy Hart) vs. The Natural Disasters and the Nasty Boys in a SURVIVOR SERIES TAG TEAM MATCH

Pre-Match Thoughts: I couldn’t care less about this match. It shows how far the WWF tag division had fallen, though. The wrestlers in the tag division were at some point stars, at least some of them. However, not very intriguing nor were they stars at this particular point. It boggles the mind how long DiBiase stuck around while taking less and less important roles during those time periods. If one member of their tag team is eliminated, the whole team is. That’s the rules.

Match Review: Typhoon and Blake Beverly will start this, and Blake tries to make Typhoon look silly and chase him around. Typhoon shoves Blake around, then smashes him in the corner when he tries a sleeper. He then hip tosses Blake, and follows up with a backbreaker. Typhoon tags out, and Earthquake comes in with a bear hug. Beau runs in to attack Quake, so Quake and Typhoon crush them in the corner. Quake picks Blake up and powerslams him, then tags in Knobbs for the first time. He wants DiBiase and IRS. Instead, Blake slaps him. Knobbs grabs Blake by the hair and pulls him to the canvas, then hits Blake with a big clothesline. Sags tags in, as does Beau. Sags boots Beau in the gut, and follows up with a PUMPHANDLE SLAM. Beau comes back with a butterfly suplex, then tags in DiBiase. DiBiase clotheslines Sags, then he goes for a suplex only for Sags to give him one of his own. IRS tags in for a double clothesline, then a back elbow. IRS drops a leg on Sags for 2,but Sags comes back with a hip toss. DiBiase runs in and gets clotheslined, then Sags slugs the Beverlys. IRS attacks Sags from behind, then Beau tags in for his own leg drop. Blake tags in for a neckbreaker, which gets 2. To the chinlock, and Sags gets out to apply a sleeper. Blake gets out of that, then he and Sags collide with each other. Earthquake and Beau tag in, and Quake nails him with a back elbow. Clotheslines for everyone, and now everyone’s in there. Beau goes for a crucifix on Typhoon, but he hits him with a SAMOAN DROP. BUTT SPLASH from Earthquake, and that’s it for the Beverlys after 9:25.

Quake and DiBiase lock up, and Quake throws him to the canvas. DiBiase comes back with chops, but Quake runs him over. Quick tags ensue after that, with DiBiase getting worked over by everyone. Quake misses a charge to the corner, so Money Inc. dishes out a double back suplex for 2. IRS rams Quake into the buckle, then misses a charge to the other side. DiBiase cuts Quake off from a tag, and it’s wishbone time. IRS comes in for another chinlock, then tags out so that DiBiase can clothesline Earthquake. DiBiase goes up to the second rope, and hits Quake with a double axehandle for 2. This is putting me to sleep. DiBiase goes up again, hits Quake with another, and goes up again, eating a boot on the way down. Typhoon finally makes the tag in, and he hits his two opponents with some clotheslines. Typhoon SPLASHES IRS, but DiBiase breaks the cover at 2. The Nasties get in there and clothesline DiBiase over the top, but DiBiase trips Typhoon. IRS elbow drops him, covers, and gets the fall at 15:45.

IRS celebrates that, then Sags gets in the ring and rolls him up for the victory at 15:50. After the match, IRS takes a double clothesline from the victors.

My Thoughts: This was so bad that I nearly fell asleep. The crowd just didn’t react to any of this stuff. Having a hard time coming up with words for this, so 1/2*. Never again.

Kamala (w/Harvey Wippleman and Kimchee) vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) in a COFFIN MATCH

Pre-Match Thoughts: Unlike other casket matches, this match requires a pin before placing the wrestler in the casket. I don’t care for this match, but it’s good that they have a video to recap the feud. Bearer’s facial expressions in that video were awesome. Kamala’s were too. TAKER IS BUILDING THAT CASKET, BROTHER. Kamala’s reaction to seeing the casket was amazing.

Match Review: Kamala leaves the ring when Taker walks towards him, then runs in fear. Kamala hits Taker with some chops, but Taker comes back with punches. Taker goes up for OLD SCHOOL, then rams Kamala into the buckle and clotheslines him. Taker goes for a backdrop, but Kamala punches him instead. Kamala clotheslines Taker over the top, but he grabs Wippleman and Kimchee to choke them. Kamala breaks it and rams Taker into the steps, then hits him with Kimchee’s hat. Into the steps again, and Kamala hits Taker across the back with a chair. Into the ring now, and Kamala slams Taker, who sits up immediately. Kamala slams Taker again, and Taker sits up once more. After a third bodyslam, Taker can’t sit up. Kamala SPLASHES him thrice, and Kimchee trips Bearer, leading to the urn being in the ring. Kamala kicks it over to Kimchee, then gets it back. He’s too stupid to use it, but Taker sure will. Taker covers Kamala, and that’s going to be it at 5:27. Taker rolls Kamala into the coffin, and nails that thing shut to end their feud.

My Thoughts: That was a really lame finish, but this was a corny comedy match. Not entirely bothersome to have a weak finish. I thought it was funny how easy the nails went into the coffin lid. Not the only funny thing in the match either. Also, as I’ve said in my other articles, Taker had shoulder surgery. It’s not like he was going to do much in this match. He didn’t do his flying clothesline, the tombstone piledriver, or any of that stuff. 3/4*, better than the last match at least.

Shawn Michaels (WWF Intercontinental Champion) vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship

Pre-Match Thoughts: These two had a lot of time to iron out this match and a ton of practice runs, so it stands to reason they would have a great one. That’s usually what equates to great matches, I think. Maybe I’m wrong. Sherri was out from the Marty Jannetty incident, so she couldn’t help HBK tonight. Michaels was interviewed before the match, and he was sure to bring up his version of wrestling math. I BEAT THE MAN WHO BEAT BRET. Smart of them to not do a title for title match here. Bret’s interview before the match was merely okay, not as good as the ones he had done at TV tapings.

Match Review: These two lock up, and tumble into the corner with nothing really coming of it. Michaels takes Bret down with a waistlock, then Bret reverses and they go into the ropes. They fight over a wristlock, with Bret kipping up to get out of one and taking Michaels down. Michaels comes back with a drop toe-hold, but Bret reverses to a hammerlock. Michaels reverses that, and Bret runs him out of the ring to break it. Bret brings Michaels in the hard way, and it’s back to work on the arm. Bret blocks a slam attempt, then takes Michaels down with a cross body for 2. He follows up with a sunset flip for 2, then arm drags Michaels. After holding onto the armbar for a while, Michaels hits Bret with some rights to stop that. Bret goes for a hip toss, but Michaels counters, only to be given a clothesline for 2. Bret goes back to the arm, but when Michaels gets out this time, he drops Bret with a hot shot. That’s such a good spot. Michaels then dodges a charge to the corner, causing Bret’s arm to hit the post. Michaels uses a single-arm DDT, then stomps on his arm. Bret takes his super speed bump in the corner, and Michaels gets 2 on the cover. Michaels goes to a headlock, using Bret’s hair to keep things that way. I am obligated to point out that the match started so slowly that there are now many empty seats in the crowd. Bret FINALLY breaks the headlock, but gets dropkicked in the face for 2. Michaels gives Bret a backbreaker for 2, and it’s back to the chinlock. Bret breaks it, then takes Michaels down with a swinging neckbreaker. Michaels comes back with a front face-lock, but Bret takes him to the corner for some shoulder charges. Michaels tries to come back, but runs into a boot and Bret BULLDOGS him. Bret follows with an elbow drop from the second rope, but it misses. Michaels gets a count of 2, then hits Bret with a flying back elbow for another 2 count. Back to the front face-lock, but Bret gets out with a small package which gets 2. Bret dodges a charge to the corner, then drops Michaels with a back suplex. He then catapults Michaels into the post, then clobbers Michaels in the corner, leading to Michaels getting crotched on the top rope. Bret backdrops Michaels for 2, then it’s the Russian leg sweep for 2. Hart follows with a backbreaker, then goes to the second rope for an elbow smash which gets 2. Bret decides to go for a SUPERPLEX, always a great move. Bret’s cover gets 2, then he applies a sleeper. Michaels crushes the referee in the corner, but he’s okay. Bret goes for a back suplex, which Michaels flips out of and then runs Michaels to the outside. HBK rams Bret’s back into the post, then slams him on the floor. Michaels brings Bret in and throws him hard into the corner, covering for 2 afterward. Michaels backdrops Bret this time, which also gets 2. Bret cradles Michaels up for 2, and Michaels comes back with the SUPERKICK. Michaels signals for his finish, but I haven’t seen him use that much. Bret gouges the eyes to stop the TEARDROP SUPLEX, but Michaels is able to dish it out anyway. Bret kicks out at 2, then he forearms Michaels in the face and ties him in the ropes. Michaels gets untied quickly, and Bret does his ol’ Dynamite Kid bump, jumping into the ropes. That spot rules. Michaels heads up to the second rope, but Bret catches him, puts THE SHARPSHOOTER on him, and gets the submission victory at 26:40.

Now, for some dumbassed reason, we have a Santa Claus walk to the ring and celebrate with Bret Hart. as fake snowflakes come down from the rafters. Can’t figure out why.

My Thoughts: This match didn’t quite hold up to the reputation it previously had, and the headlocks are a major reason why. I can’t in good conscience give a match a super rating when people were leaving the building. You know, besides the headlocks, I thought the match was good. It’s just that the portion of the match with headlocks was too long. I liked seeing Bret bust out some of his old spots, like running and jumping into the ropes, or running the heel out of the ring. I liked seeing that. It was strange to see a WWF main event that was so long, and very much out of the ordinary. It would have been nice if Razor Ramon had been out there as Santa Claus and beaten Bret up, but I think the WWF needed their new top babyface to go over strong. Credit for Shawn putting over Bret really well, but he wasn’t ready for this spot. Shawn didn’t have enough offense yet, and as a heel, his selling ability wasn’t put to great use. ***1/2.

Survivor Series 1992 was a bit disappointing, and it was strange that they abandoned the regular Survivor Series format to do a show like this. I suppose there were enough feuds going and new acts that they didn’t want to shove them all into matches with each other. I feel like people leaving before the main event was a harbinger of what was ahead. Even though Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were great wrestlers, they weren’t super over to the degree that the WWF was accustomed to. Drawing houses of 18,000 was going to be a hell of a lot more difficult. I think the show was entertaining, but no more than that. They did a good job getting over new people like Yokozuna and the Headshrinkers, finishing out the Kamala/Undertaker feud, and getting Bret Hart over as a strong champion. Next up, it’s going to be Starrcade for me.

Wrestling Time: 1:32:40. There were absolutely no angles of consequence, merely wrestling, entrances, exits, and interviews.

Best: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels. Frankly, by default it had to be.

Worst: The Survivor Series tag was unbearable.

Card Rating: 5/10. It’s middle of the road, no more and no less. You wouldn’t miss anything by missing the show.

Written by Sage Cortez

Sage is a boisterous Los Angeles sports fan. Unsurprisingly, like many other loudmouth LA fans, he also likes the Raiders and a range of combat sports.

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