July 10, 2010
Steve Riddle

Survivor Series 1992
November 25th, 1992
Richfield Colesium
Richfield, Ohio

Dark Match:
1. Crush defeats the Brooklyn Brawler.

Cancellation: A scheduled match between the British Bulldog and the Mountie for the Intercontinental Championship was cancelled after Bulldog dropped the strap and was fired, and the Mountie quit.

Actual Show:

Rev. Slick welcomes the fans to Survivor Series, and says the darkness will give way to the light.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

1. The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) defeat High Energy when Fatu pins Owen Hart at 7:38.

Debut: The Headshrinkers are Fatu and Samu. Samu is the son of Wild Samoan Afa and Fatu is Afa’s nephew. After being trained, the two competed in Montreal and WCCW as the Samoan Swat Team before becoming the New Wild Samoans in WCW. They debuted in the WWF before this event as the Headshrinkers, a play on their Samoan roots. They were given Afa as a manager to draw them heat.

Return/Farewell: Koko B. Ware returns after being fired in 1991. He was paired up with Owen Hart and the team was named High Energy. They were mainly used as an enhancement team, and aside from an appearance in the 1993 Royal Rumble, this is Koko’s last PPV. He would stick around until 1994. He would wrestle for the AWF and also participated in the Blue Blazer angle with Owen in 1998-1999. He made an appearance on Sunday Night Heat in 2005 wrestling Rob Conway. “The Birdman” Koko B. Ware was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by the Honky Tonk Man.

Analysis: A good match to kick off the Thanksgiving tradition. The Headshrinkers are a fresh team and are quickly pushed on the heel side. Owen and Koko were a fun team, but were not pushed. After getting back to back PPV wins early in the year, Owen is now toiling in the lower ends of the card, but that won’t last long. The Headshrinkers dominate most of the match, with Fatu getting the win on Hart after a big splash. They move on up the ladder, Koko is pretty much done, and Owen won’t get the big push until about one year later. Grade: 2

Sean Mooney interviews Nailz, who says he will make the Big Bossman pay for what he did to him.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Big Bossman, who says that Nailz will serve hard times.

2. The Big Bossman pins Nailz with a Bossman Slam at 5:43.

Stipulation: The nightstick was placed on a pole above the turnbuckle and whoever got it first could use it as a weapon.

Farewell: This is Nailz’s last PPV. He was set to feud with Undertaker, but was fired for reportedly attacking Vince in his office about backpay. Aside from an appearance in WCW as the Prisoner, he would remain on the independent scene until his retirement in 2000.

Analysis: A pretty weak end to a very hot feud. Since Nailz debuted and took Bossman out, the fans have been clamoring for Bossman to get his revenge. So here they have their showdown, with the nightstick on a pole to use. The action is pretty poor, as both men have very limited wrestling ability. Bossman gets the stick, but it is used only four total times before Bossman pins Nailz to end the feud. Bossman’s tenure is winding down, whereas Nailz could have been a big player with the feud against Undertaker, but we all know what happened. Grade: 2

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Ric Flair and Razor Ramon, who say that Mr. Perfect will pay for his betrayal and they will finish Randy Savage off for good.

3. Tatanka pins “The Model” Rick Martel with a Samoan Drop at 11:04.

The Buildup: In October, Martel stole Tatanka’s sacred eagle feathers, so this match was made.

Debut: During the course of this match, a clown comes down the aisle and messes with fans. That clown would soon be known as Doink the Clown. The man behind the makeup is the returning Matt Borne. Since the first WM, Borne had a stint in WCCW before coming to WCW as Big Josh, a wrestling lumberjack. He would return shortly before this event and wrestle dark matches as Doink.

Analysis: This match here is somewhat better than their WM encounter, as Tatanka has gotten better and is still undefeated, while Martel is still very solid, but is starting to float. The match hits a slow pace in the middle as the attention moves to the aisle where we get our first look at Doink. He would have a very interesting career, first as a vicious heel then as a comic face, but more on that later. For now, Tatanka gets another PPV win over Martel and maintains his undefeated streak, while Martel would not get another high profile feud until about a year later. Grade: 2

Sean Mooney interviews Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect, who says that this has to be killing Flair and that he and Ramon will be defeated.

4. “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect defeat “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Razor Ramon by disqualification at 16:29.

Debut: Scott Hall started in Florida and got his first break in the AWA, winning the tag team titles with Curt Hennig. He would also compete in the NWA and WCW as the Diamond Studd. He debuted in August as Razor Ramon, a shady Cuban con man based off Tony Montana from Scarface. He would be instrumental in Ric Flair winning the WWF Championship in September.

The Buildup/Face Turn/Substitution: This was originally to be Flair/Ramon versus Savage and the Ultimate Warrior, dubbed the Ultimate Maniacs, before Warrior was let go. Now without a partner, Savage decided to play mind games with Flair. On Prime Time Wrestling 10 days before the event, Savage asked Perfect to be his partner, who actually accepted. Bobby Heenan would scorn and slap Perfect, who responded by pouring water on Heenan, thus turning face.

Analysis: A solid tag team match. Perfect is the fresh face and was welcomed quite warmly by the fans, and Ramon is the fresh heel. Add Flair and Savage and you got the formula for a good match. Perfect hardly shows any ring rust, and he and Savage start hot, until Flair and Ramon take over and put a beating on Savage. At one point, Perfect contemplates walking out on Savage, which pisses off the fans until Perfect decides to come back. He gets the tag and cleans house, until the heels get DQ’ed. Kind of a bad ending, considering Flair is on borrowed time and Ramon moves on to a different feud. Savage is also on his last legs, but is still very over with the fans. For now, he and Perfect win and Perfect and Flair continue their feud, while Savage and Ramon move on to new feuds. Grade: 3

Mean Gene Okerlund attempts to interview Ric Flair and Razor Ramon, who are furious and they will get revenge on Perfect and Savage.

5. Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) pins Virgil with the Banzai Drop at 3:34.

Debut: Rodney Anoa’i is the nephew of the Wild Samoans. He was trained and first competed in Japan and Mexico before getting his first break in the AWA as Kokina Maximus, weighing at the most 400lbs. He came to the WWF earlier in the year, originally to be the third Headshrinker before becoming Yokozuna, a Japanese sumo wrestler. He was given Mr. Fuji as his manager, who traded in his hat and tuxedo for a traditional Japanese kimona.

Farewell: Aside from appearances in the 1993 and 1994 Royal Rumbles, this is Virgil’s last PPV. He would leave the WWF in August of 1994. He would jump to WCW as Vincent, the head of security for the NWO. He would be primarly a jobber before leaving in 2000 and retiring. He would reprise Virgil earlier this year to manage Ted Dibiase Jr. briefly before being fired and replaced by Maryse.

Analysis: A quick squash to establish a new heel. Yoko came in and was quickly pushed as the next main event heel and is at his slimmest that he will be in his WWF tenure. Virgil’s window of usefulness has closed and he is still a mere jobber, and would be gone within the next two years. Yoko dominates him for these three and a half minutes, and finishes him with the Banzai Drop. Yoko would take a big step at the next event. Grade: 1.5

Sean Mooney interviews Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect, who present Flair and Ramon with turkeys, and Heenan with a chicken.

6. The Nasty Boys’s team defeat Money Inc.’s team (w/ The Genius and “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart).

Sole Survivors: The Nasty Boys

Eliminations:
Beau Beverly (Beverly Brothers) pinned by Earthquake at 9:25.
Typhoon (Natural Disasters) pinned by Irwin R. Schyster at 15:45.
IRS (Money Inc.) pinned by Jerry Sags at 15:50.

Face Turn/Farewell #1: The Nasties turned face after being constantly ignored by Jimmy Hart for a title shot. Aside from their appearance in the ’93 Royal Rumble, this is their last WWF PPV. They were in line for a title run, but we will touch on that later. They would hop back to WCW and win the tag titles there before Sags was fired in 1996. Knobbs would stick around a little longer, feuding for the WCW Hardcore Title. The team reunited in 2001 at XWF and wrestled their first dark match for the WWE in 14 years in 2007. After competing with Hulk Hogan’s Hulkamania tour in Australia, they debuted for TNA and feuded with Team 3D. Their status in TNA is currently unknown.

Farewell #2: Aside from the ’93 Royal Rumble, this is the Natural Disasters last PPV. There were rumors they were to split and feud, but Quake left before anything materialized. He would return briefly in 1994 to feud with Yokozuna and appeared at WM X, but wouldn’t be seen again until 1998. Typhoon stuck around until the spring of 1993, and would appear in WCW as the infamous Shockmaster in one of the most embarrassing moments in wrestling. He is currently retired, but made one last appearance at WM X-7’s Gimmick Battle Royal as Tugboat.

Farewell #3: This is also the Genius’s last WWF PPV. He would jump to WCW in 1995, but claims he was rarely used, despite being promised that he would be used considerably. He is currently semi-retired and recently appeared on WWE.com reading a poem he wrote for the “Battle of the Billionaires” for WM 23.

Title Change: Money Inc. won the tag team titles back from the Natural Disasters in October.

Analysis: A pretty solid filler match with elimination rules. It was clear that the survivor style matches were getting stale, as this was the only one at this event. This is evident as they tweaked the rules that when a person was eliminated, he and his partner had to leave, but that would only last here. The traditional rules would once again be the forefront by next year. The main issue was between Money Inc. and the Nasties, who had just turned face and were getting good pops. The Beverlys and Disasters fill out the teams. The tag division was pretty bad at this point, although the intro of the Headshrinkers helps, and a few new teams would pop up over the next few months. The Beverlys go out early, and down 4-2, Money Inc. eliminate the Disasters, only to be beaten quick by the Nasties. I’m surprised they didn’t try to build it, although the Nasties got a nice pop for the win. They were on the fast track to the belts again, but would be derailed by the big show. For now, a good match to keep the show rolling. Grade: 3

We see Randy Savage, Mr. Perfect, and Tatanka on the Survivor Series hotline.

We see the buildup to the coffin match.

7. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeats Kamala (w/ Kimchee and Harvey Wippleman) in a coffin match at 5:27.

Debut: This is the first coffin match in WWF history. The rules were that you had to pin your opponent first, then put him in the coffin and nail the lid shut. The rules would be changed to the only way to win was to put your opponent in the casket and close the lid.

Farewell: Aside from a few sporadic appearances, this is Kamala’s last PPV. He would turn face in 1993 and be managed by Rev. Slick before leaving. He would make a few appearances in WCW with the Dungeon of Doom. His recent PPV appearances include Wrestlemania X-7’s Gimmick Battle Royal, 2005 Taboo Tuesday, and 2006 Vengeance.

Analysis: As if the Summerslam match wasn’t bad enough, we had to get a rematch. This time it was a gimmick match, a match that would become an Undertaker staple throughout his career. He has to carry Kamala to another poor showing, but he finally puts this feud to rest. Kamala is pretty much done, while Undertaker would move on to another feud with a wrestler even worse than Kamala. We get over this hump and head to our main event. Grade: 1.5

Sean Mooney interviews Shawn Michaels, who says he has nothing to lose and he will walk out of Survivor Series with both belts.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Bret Hart, who says he is proud to be WWF Champion, taking on all challengers and will defeat Shawn Michaels tonight.

8. Bret “The Hitman” Hart forces WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels to submit to the Sharpshooter at 26:40 to retain the WWF Championship.

Fun Fact: This was booked as a straight up one-on-one match, until the two title changes listed below happened.

Title Change #1: On October 12th at a house show in Saskatoon, Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair to become the WWF Champion. The title change was decided at the last minute as Vince decided to push Hart.

Title Change #2: On the November 14th edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event (taped on October 27th, and the last SNME until 2006), Michaels defeated the British Bulldog to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The title change was also a last minute switch, as the Bulldog was fired and had to drop the strap. After the two title changes, the match between Hart and Michaels was made a World Title match.

Analysis: Our main event sees two guys who would be part of one of the most controversial and influential moments in wrestling history 5 years later, but for now hook up for the first time on PPV. Both Hart and Michaels are fresh off title wins and they square off here for the World Title. Michaels has gotten better and better and is rewarded with the IC Title, and Bret has taken the next step and is now the man to lead the company. The match is very well-wrestled and solid as both men use crisp wrestling to feel each other out. Michaels then takes advantage, until Bret starts his usual comeback. Both men throw everything at each other, with Michaels working on Bret’s back, until Bret gets the win out of nowhere with the Sharpshooter. Bret wins, but he and Shawn will see each other down the road in more high profile matches. For now, Michaels has an old teammate after him, and Bret continues to take on all comers. Grade: 4

Bret celebrates with Santa Claus as we go off the air.

Final Analysis: A solid Survivor Series for the second year. The Survivor matches return to the forefront next year, but with them out this year, several stars emerged into the spotlight. Bret Hart is now on top of the mountain, Shawn Michaels rules the midcard, nd Money Inc. are once again kings of the tag division. Several new stars (Headshrinkers, Ramon, Yoko, Doink) debut, and several more would come around throughout the next few months. The undercard was solid and the main event was one of the best as Michaels and Hart showcased their talent to the world. 1992 is over, and as 1993 rolls in, it looked liked these young guys would get the ball and run with it. We will see what happens, but for now a great show to close out the year. Final Grade: B+

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