November 14, 2009
Alexander Settee

Survivor Series 1992, November 25, 1992, Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
Announcers: Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan

It didn’t take long for the novelty of Survivor Series to wear off, and after just a couple of years, the show was struggling to remain relevant as the fans just weren’t that interested in a series of meaningless tag team matches. In 1990, they added a grand finale match to generate interest, but it didn’t really help. The next year they decided to give the fans a real main event in the form of a Hulk Hogan vs. Undertaker singles match and that did do something, so for 1992, they decided that save for one match, they would abandon the tag team elimination format entirely. The result is that we have a card that doesn’t really resemble a Survivor Series at all. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your own preferences I guess, but personally I think it’s for the better.

Opening Match: High Energy vs. The Headshrinkers (w/Afa)
We kick things off with a matchup between two new teams as Samu and Fatu had been brought in to fill a void on the heel side of the division, while Owen and Koko had been paired up for basically a lack of anything better to do with them. Owen and Samu start off with Samu establishing a power advantage. Owen uses speed and hits a crossbody for 1, followed by a dropkick, armdrag and another dropkick. Tag to Koko, who also gets a dropkick before Samu tags Fatu. Koko tries the double noggin knocker, which of course results in failure. He comes off the ropes, but gets clobbered by Afa with a kendo stick and stomped by both Headshrinkers. They work him over while also drawing Owen into the ring to setup some double teaming. Koko elbows out of a nervehold, but runs into a clothesline. Fatu gets the tag and Koko tries a sunset flip on him for 2, but gets up and takes a crescent kick. Samu gets the tag and drops a headbutt for 2, but then misses a charge in the corner. Hot tag Owen who’s in with dropkicks for both. Crossbody off the top gets 2 on Samu with Fatu making the save. Fatu takes a spin kick for his troubles. Owen’s whip on Samu is reversed and he ducks, but takes a powerslam on the rebound. Tag to Fatu, who connects with the top rope splash and that finishes Owen off at 7:40. Decent little establishing match for the Headshrinkers. **

Nightstick On A Pole Match: Nailz vs. The Big Boss Man
So, back over the spring of 92, a series of vignettes began airing about an inmate who had served time in prison while the Big Boss Man was a guard. This guy claimed that even though he was an innocent man, Boss Man had been abusive towards him during this time. But now his sentence was up, and he was coming for revenge. On the May 30 episode of Superstars, Boss Man won a squash match as usual, when suddenly this man came out of the crowd and brutally assaulted him with his own nightstick, putting him on the shelf for several months. Finally now, Boss Man gets his shot at revenge with the nightstick hanging on a pole above the ring and available for use by anyone who gets it. Nailz comes out first and climbs for the stick right away, but Boss Man is right behind him and drags him back down to get us underway. Nailz quickly takes over, and as you may recall, he offence consisted mostly of choking. They both make a couple of attempts for the stick, but can’t get to it yet. There’s really nothing exciting happening here. They both put each other down with a double clothesline, and now Boss Man recovers first and successfully recovers the nightstick. He gets in a few shots with the crowd going nuts for it. As bad as Nailz was, they at least booked him right as he had been kept untouchable up to this point so the crowd was excited to see him get what was coming to him. Nailz gets the stick away and uses it himself. Boss Man then ducks a shot, sends Nailz off the ropes, and hits the Boss Man Slam for the 3 count at 5:44. This was pretty much a nothing match, which is disappointing given the extended buildup, although the crowd was really into it. ½*

Rick Martel vs. Tatanka
So Tatanka already beat him at Wrestlemania VIII, but this time they have an actual issue as Martel has stolen Tatanka’s sacred eagle feathers, which he is wearing as part of his ensemble here tonight. Martel slaps him off of a break, which just enrages Tatanka who fires away wit some chops. He follows with a backdrop and a couple of dropkicks until Martel bails. He returns only to take an atomic drop and be clotheslined to the floor again. Back in, Martel finally takes control, hitting a stungun, and then hooking a front facelock. The crowd seems to be distracted by something as they’re all looking away for some reason. Tatanka suplexes out, but Martel faceplants him and reapplies the hold. Now we see what the distraction is. It’s Doink the Clown (not yet named I believe) making balloon animals for the kids. In the ring, Tatanka drops Martel on the apron and then slings him back in, but Martel comes right back with a neckbreaker for 2. Back to the front facelock with the arm dropping twice before Tatanka Tatankas Up hitting a clothesline and some tomahawk chops. He gets a backslide for 2, but Martel is then able to toss him to the floor and ram him to the apron. Back in, he stomps him and drops an elbow. Martel goes to the 2nd rope, but Tatanka nails him coming down. War dance leads to more tomahawk chops, including a big one off the top rope and then the Papoose To Go finishes at 11:06. Tatanka reclaims the sacred feathers and moves on with his life while this was pretty much it for Martel on this run. *

Ric Flair & Razor Ramon vs. Macho Man Randy Savage & Mr. Perfect
Alright, so this was originally slated to be Flair and Razor against Savage and Ultimate Warrior, but Warrior screwed things up as usual by getting himself fired only two weeks before the show. Scrambling for a suitable replacement, Savage went on Prime Time Wrestling and declared that he was asking Flair’s Executive Consultant, Mr. Perfect to be his new partner. Bobby Heenan declared there was no way that was happening, but Perfect was so enraged that Heenan would dare make the decision for him, that he decided to accept, turning face and setting up his return to the ring for the first time since Summerslam 1991 in the process. Heenan is also great on commentary here as he’s worked himself into a frenzy about Perfect leaving him and spends most of the match going off out of control. Perfect and Razor are in first trading taunts. A feeling out sequence ends with Perfect hitting a drop toehold and then slapping Razor. He catches Flair with a chop as well, so of course Flair wants in now. Razor gives him the tag and Perfect immediately nails him, causing him to beg off. He follows up with a backdrop, dropkick and clothesline. Corner whip leads to a Flair Flip, but Flair runs right into Savage on the apron and gets knocked to the floor. Tag to Savage, who nails a double ax handle off the top. He then slaps Flair a couple of times, and gets a shot in at Razor too. Flair takes advantage and gets him to the corner where he and Razor take over now. Razor hooks an abdominal stretch, grabbing onto Flair for extra leverage. Savage hiptosses out, but misses an elbow and Razor tags Flair. Flair sends Savage to the floor where Razor sends him to the steps. They go to work on the knee with Razor applying a half crab. There’s a bit of drama going on as we see Perfect has gone halfway up the aisle, seemingly considering walking out, but in the end he decides to come back and wait for the tag. Razor slaps Perfect, drawing him in, but that just allows a double team behind the ref’s back. Flair gets a couple of covers for 2, and then Savage gets him with a backslide for his own 2 with Razor having to save. Razor takes over, dropping an elbow for 2 and hitting a chokeslam for another 2. Savage gets a small package for 2 and then Razor tags Flair. He hits a couple of clothesline and goes up, which rarely ends well for him. Sure enough, Savage recovers and slams him off the top. Tag to Razor, and then the hot tag to Perfect follows. Perfect explodes with a hiptoss and necksnap. Flair comes back, but Savage takes him to the floor while Razor and Perfect keep going in the ring. On the outside, Flair puts savage down with a chairshot and then gets back in the ring. Perfect gets him with a backdrop and then clotheslines him back to the floor. Razor sends Perfect off the ropes, but the ref ends up getting bumped to the floor in the process. Razor sets up the Razor’s Edge, but Perfect backdrops out and hits the Perfect Plex. No ref for the cover though until a new one runs in, but Flair makes the save at 2. Now Flair takes the Perfect Plex, but Razor has the ref tied up. The original one has recovered though and he counts 2 before Razor saves. The double team on Perfect is on, with the refs getting shoved out of the way and they deem it far enough out of control to call for the DQ at 16:26, so Perfect and Savage are the winners. Flair gets Perfect in the figure four, but Savage has recovered enough to make the save and then he and Perfect clear the ring. Wow, that was a great intense match, and it’s a real shame we don’t get a real finish out of it. Really good work, and really good storytelling. ***1/2

Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Virgil
Yokozuna has just recently debuted and was getting the buildup as a big monster heel, so this should pretty much be a massacre. Virgil charges into a shoulderblock and goes down right away. Back up he tries three dropkicks, but can’t put Yoko off his feet. Yoko connects with a crescent kick and then an uranage. Virgil keeps firing back, but his shots are having zero effect. He then runs into a side slam, which Yoko follows with the legdrop. Yoko misses a charge in the corner and Virgil tries a rollup, but Yoko just sits on him to end that. Corner elbow sets up the Banzai Drop which of course gets the 3 count at 3:45. This was just a glorified squash, and did a good job showcasing Yoko. DUD

The Beverly Brothers & Money Inc. (w/The Genius & Jimmy Hart) vs. The Natural Disasters & The Nasty Boys
This would be the one and only match where they’ve retained the tag team elimination format, but it’s under the rules of when someone is eliminated, the partner is gone too, which effectively makes this nothing more then a two out of three falls match. The Nasty Boys had just recently turned face, having left Jimmy Hart after he made it clear that Money Inc. was his number one tag team, so they team up here with another of Jimmy’s former teams, The Natural Disasters against Money Inc. and The Beverlys. Blake and Typhoon are in first with Blake avoiding a shot and strutting. Typhoon then knocks him back and does some strutting of his own. Typhoon pretty much tosses him around for a bit before tagging Quake who hooks a bearhug. He puts Blake in the corner, but Beau attacks from behind. Typhoon helps out and the Disasters squash both Beverlys in the corner. Tag Knobbs, who makes clear he wants Dibiase or IRS, but he ends up getting attacked form behind by Blake. He recovers though and tags Sags while Blake tags Beau. Sags works him over while constantly yelling at Dibiase, but because of that he ends up taking a double underhook suplex. Now Dibiase gets tagged in, and nails a clothesline. Sags gets a suplex, but Dibiase is right in his own corner and tags IRS. The Champs hit a double clothesline and IRS follows with a legdrop for 2. Sags just fires himself up and becomes his own house afire, taking out everyone on the heel team. Tags are made to Beau and Quake, and that quickly turns into a pier eight brawl. The heels are cleared out except for Beau, who’s left to take a Samoan drop from Typhoon and the Quake Splash from Earthquake for the 3 count at 9:26 to eliminate the Beverly Brothers. Dibiase is n now and he gets overpowered by Quake. Dibiase gets brought to the corner and traded off by every member of the face team as they all get tagged in and take their shot before things rotate back to Quake again. He misses a splash though and IRS gets the tag. They hit a double back suplex on Quake and IRS drops an elbow for 2. Quake gets worked over in the corner for a bit. Dibiase hits a double ax off the 2nd rope, but when he comes off there again, Quake gets the boot up. Tags to IRS and Typhoon with Typhoon taking out both of Money Inc. with clotheslines. He hits the splash on IRS, but Dibiase saves at 2. The Nastys take Dibiase out to the floor. Typhoon comes off the ropes, but Dibiase is there to trip him up and then IRS drops an elbow for the 3 count to eliminate the Disasters at 13:56. Then, immediately afterwards, Sags comes in and rolls up IRS for the 3 count to win it at 14:04. Survivors: The Nasty Boys. I can only guess they got a go home signal earlier then expected or something to explain the abrupt ending, because this really did nothing to advance the idea of the Nasty Boys challenging for the Titles. Not a bad match actually though. **1/2

Casket Match: Kamala (w/Kimchee & Dr. Harvey Wippleman) vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)
After Kamala got disqualified at Summerslam, they built up to the return gimmick match, which in this case is the first ever Casket Match. This was slightly different then Casket matches to come as in this case you have to pin your opponent first, and then place him in the casket to make the win official. Kamala is, of course, afraid of the casket, but he summons up enough courage to attack Taker, most of which is no sold anyways. Take hits the ropewalk and a short clothesline. He puts his head down on a whip though and gets kicked. Kamala clotheslines him to the floor, but there he just grabs Kimchee by the throat. Kamala is after him though and rams him to the steps a couple of times, and then nails him with a chair. Taker is not selling any of that to any significant degree. In the ring, Kamala slams him and he sits up. He does it again with the same result, but on the third try, Taker stays down. He follows up with three big splashes while Kimchee takes out Paul Bearer and gets the urn away. He throws the urn in the ring and demands that Kamala use it, but wouldn’t you know that he’s afraid of that too. Meanwhile, Taker has recovered, gets the urn himself, and nails Kamala with it. He gets the 3 count from that at 5:28, and then rolls Kamala into the casket and nails the lid shut to thankfully end this feud. -*

Main Event, WWF Championship Match: Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
This would be the slightly less famous Survivor Series match between the two of them. Bret had only been the WWF Champion for about six weeks at this point and this was his first Title defense on PPV. They were playing him up as a fighting champion as he had already had several televised Title matches, which were a rarity in those days, in order to play up what was his main strength and what really set him apart from certain former champions, which was his in ring ability. Shawn had just won the IC Title from the British Bulldog on SNME a few weeks ago, and while that Title is not on the line here, Shawn uses the logic that if he beat the guy who beat Bret for it, then Shawn should have no trouble with Bret here tonight and easily walk out with both belts. They start with a lockup and neither guy gives an inch until the ref has to break them up. Shawn gets a waistlock takedown, which Bret reverses and they make the ropes for a break. Shawn goes to a wristlock, which Bret reverses and so Bret starts working the arm. Shawn keeps going for the hair, but the ref keeps catching him in the act. Finally he sends Bret off the ropes and gets a drop toehold. They trade counters until Bret runs him through the ropes to the floor. He then slings Shawn in and goes back to the arm. Bret gets sent off and comes back with a crossbody for 2. He then gets a sunset flip from the apron for another 2. Shawn punches out of an armbar, but his whip is reversed and Bret hits a clothesline for 2. Off the ropes once more, this time Shawn catches him with a stungun. Shawn’s corner whip is then reversed, but Bret misses the charge and hits the post shoulder first. After a single arm DDT, he sends Bret to the corner again for the chest first bump, which gets 2. Bret fight out of a rear chinlock, but runs into a dropkick for another 2. Shawn gets a backbreaker for one more 2 count. Bret comes back with a neckbreaker, but Shawn is right back on him with a front facelock. The arm drops twice before Bret gets up and shoulders Shawn in the corner. His corner whip is reversed, but he gets the boots up and then connects with a bulldog. Bret then goes for the 2nd rope elbow, but Shawn moves. He gets 2 from a cover there and then gets another 2 after a back elbow off an Irish whip. Back to the front facelock, but this time Bret gets a small package out of it for 2. Corner whip by Shawn sees Bret go over the top and get him with a back suplex. He then slingshots Shawn to the buckle and beats him up for a bit. Bret follows with a backdrop for 2. Russian legsweep gets another 2 and then he goes to the backbreaker and 2nd rope elbow for another 2. Next, he sets Shawn on top and connects with a superplex, but Shawn kicks out at 2 again. He hooks a sleeper, with Shawn backing them to the corner to break it and Bret ends up getting sent to the floor. Shawn sends him to the post and slams him on the mats. Back in, he gets 2 off a corner whip and another 2 off a backdrop. He stops to argue the close counts with the referee, but that lets Bret sneak in with a rollup for 2. They get up and Shawn nails the Superkick, but unfortunately for him it hadn’t developed its deadly powers quite yet. So he goes for his finisher of the time, the Teardrop suplex, which Bret rakes the eyes to avoid. Shawn does connect with a back suplex, but in only gets 2. Bret elbows him off a whip and he ends up tied in the ropes, so Bret charges, but Shawn gets out and Bret crashes and burns. Shawn then goes to the 2nd rope, but Bret catches the legs coming off and hooks the Sharpshooter, to which Shawn gives up at 26:41. Great match as Bret was pretty much at or at least nearing his peak by this point while it was also a sign of great things to come from Shawn in the future as well. ****

Alright, so that’s Survivor Series 1992. Obviously we have two standout matches in the form of Bret vs. Shawn, and Flair/Razor vs. Savage/Perfect. The rest of the card is pretty decent with the exception of the terrible Undertaker/Kamala match. Speaking of things to some in the future, this gave us a good preview of the crap Taker would have to go though over the next few years as he faced fat monster heel after fat monster heel. Overall, I think I can call it a pretty mild thumbs up as what’s good is definitely good enough and major enough to overrule what’s bad. But at the same time, if you never saw it again, you probably wouldn’t miss it.

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