October 23, 2010
Survivor Series 1993
November 24th, 1993
Celebrity appearance: Ray Combs
1. Billy Gunn defeats the Brooklyn Brawler at 7:46.
We see Lex Luger with his family and they wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
We see a performance of The National Anthem.
We see the opening video for the Survivor Series.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
Farewell: This is Bobby Heenan’s last PPV. He would make his last on-air appearance on the 12/6 RAW, with Gorilla Monsoon throwing him out of the arena, ending his WWF tenure. He would move to WCW and be their main color commentator on Monday Nitro and the PPVs before being released in 2000. He made an appearance at WM X-7, doing the commentary for the Gimmick Battle Royal with Gene Okerlund. He also had a brief run in the XWF before retiring. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 by Jack Lanza.
1. Razor Ramon’s team defeats Irwin R. Schyster’s team (w/ Harvey Wippleman).
Sole Survivors: The 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty
Diesel pinned by “Macho Man” Randy Savage at 10:20.
Savage pinned by IRS at 16:47.
IRS pinned by Ramon at 20:32.
Ramon counted out at 20:42.
“The Model” Rick Martel pinned by Kid at 25:49.
Adam Bomb pinned by Jannetty at 26:58.
Debut: Bryan Clark began as the Nightstalker in the AWA and WCW. He also competed in Smoky Mountain and the UWF. He debuted in the WWF in May as Adam Bomb, a survivor of the Three Mile Island incident. He makes his PPV debut here.
Farewell: Aside from appearances in the 1994 and 1995 Royal Rumbles and a backstage appearance at Wrestlemania X, this is Rick Martel’s last PPV. He would retire briefly to start a career in real estate before jumping to WCW in 1997, competing there and working as a trainer until 1998. He made an appearance at Night of Champions in 2007 with former partner Tony Garea.
Substitution: Randy Savage is replacing Mr. Perfect, who left the WWF prior to this event. Savage wasn’t announced until Razor introduced him as Perfect’s replacement.
Title Change: Razor won the vacant Intercontinental Championship on the 10/11 edition of RAW, defeating Rick Martel after the two co-won a battle royal a week ago. We will delve into why the title was vacant later in the show.
Analysis: A pretty solid affair to kick off the Survivor Series. Ramon is fresh off winning the IC Title and was the new king of the midcard, and he was looking at several contenders, IRS being at the top. Bomb makes his debut and looks good, Martel gets one last push and is out the door, and Diesel, who was going solo, is on the verge of a push. Aside from Ramon, Randy Savage returns to a big pop, and Kid and Jannetty fill out the faces. The first 10 minutes get things started, with Bomb and Martel almost getting into a skirmish. Savage looks impressive, eliminating Diesel. He then gets pinned after being distracted by Crush, as those two were in the midst of a feud, which will be described later. Ramon pins Schyster, but IRS gets the last word getting Razor counted out, which sets up their match at the next PPV. Kid and Jannetty take a pounding, but get the surprise win and survive. A good way to kick off the event. Grade: 3
Todd Pettengill interviews Shawn Michaels, who says that he and his Knights will defeat the Harts.
During the previous interview, Ray Combs interviews the Harts, who say that Shawn Michaels will pay for his actions.
Ray Combs does the introductions for the next match and joins Vince and Bobby at the commentary booth.
2. The Harts (w/ Stu Hart) defeat Shawn Michaels and the Knights.
Sole Survivors: Bret “The Hitman”, Bruce, and Keith Hart
The Black Knight pinned by Owen Hart at 10:49.
The Red Knight submits at 18:06.
The Blue Knight submits at 23:55.
Owen pinned by Michaels at 27:26.
Michaels counted out at 30:57.
The Buildup/Substitution: This was supposed to be a continuation of the Harts/Jerry Lawler feud, but Lawler was pulled after he was accused of raping a young girl. Shawn Michaels is replacing Lawler, who is also making his return. Michaels has been off TV due, in storyline, to a suspension for not defending the IC Title, and he was also stripped of that title. In reality, it was reported he failed a drug test. He was brought back to replace Lawler, as they tried to rehash Michaels’ match with Bret a year ago. When he came back, he brought back his version of the IC Title, claiming that since he was never beaten for the belt, he was still champion.
Fun Fact: The Red Knight is Barry Horowitz, the Blue Knight is Greg Valentine, and the Black Knight is Jeff Gaylord.
Analysis: Obviously, the story here is very strong, but the action in the match is very poor. Part of that is contributed to the fact that Jerry Lawler is not here, and HBK, who has been out of it for a few months, is not looking all that good. Add to the fact that he got thrown into this story, with his only interaction with any Hart was his match with Bret a year ago, and you got a recipe for disaster. One thing that helps the match is Ray Combs on commentary, as he and Heenan take shots at each other, which is comedy gold. The Harts look good, with Bret and Owen doing most of the work, while HBK is not in sync with the Knights, and the Knights fall one by one by one. The big story that is seen is Owen gets eliminated after a miscue with Bret. Michaels then gets counted out as he has new issues with the current IC Champion. The Harts celebrate, but Owen comes out and gets in Bret’s face, claiming that no one cares about him. This leads to 1994’s greatest storyline. For now, the right team won, but considering the curcumstances surronding the match, it could have been so much better. Grade: 1
Todd Pettengill attempts to interview Owen, but Owen doesn’t want to talk.
Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross take over commentating for the next match.
We see an ad for Wrestlemania X on March 20th, 1994.
We see the buildup to the main event.
3. The Heavenly Bodies (w/ James E. Cornette) defeat the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express when Dr. Tom Prichard pins Robert Gibson at 13:41 to win the SMW Tag Team Titles.
Debuts: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express are Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton. Morton was trained by his father Paul in 1979 and started in Mid-South. Gibson started in 1977 with his brother Ricky. Gibson and Morton first teamed in Mid-South in 1983 and started a feud with the Midnight Express. That feud would continue into the NWA. The RnR Express won the NWA Tag Team Titles four times, feuding with the likes of Ivan and Nikita Koloff, the Midnight Express, and the Four Horsemen. In 1991, Morton turned on Gibson and the two feuded until Gibson was released. Morton would team the York Foundation until he was released. The team reunited in SMW and would feud with the Heavenly Bodies. The Express would hold the SMW Tag Titles 10 times. This is their last WWF PPV until 1998.
Fun Fact: This is the first time another promotion’s championship is defended on a WWF PPV.
Analysis: A very solid title match from SMW. The Express were perhaps one of the best tag teams of the 80s and they haven’t missed a step, while the Bodies continue to have good chemistry. The crowd is a little dead for this match, not because it was bad, but because they had no knowledge of SMW. The action is pretty fast paced, as the Express use their aerial tactics, not usually seen much in this era. The Bodies dominate Morton, until he makes the hot tag to Gibson. Then the confusion, Morton is thrown over the top rope, which would constitute a DQ in SMW, but not here in the WWF. Admist the confusion, Del Ray uses the racket, and Prichard gets the pin and the Bodies are SMW Tag Champs. A very good match and a hidden gem on this show. Grade: 3.5
We see highlights from Superstars where Doink revealed his partners to Bam Bam Bigelow for their match at Survivor Series.
Todd Pettengill interviews Bam Bam Bigelow’s team, who says that his team will destroy the Doinks.
Vince and Bobby take back over on commentary.
4. The Four Doinks (w/ Oscar) defeat Bam Bam Bigelow’s team (w/ Luna Vachon and Afa).
Sole Survivors: “Luke” Doink, “Butch” Doink, “Mo” Doink, and “Mabel” Doink
Samu pinned by Luke at 3:02.
Bastion Booger pinned by Mabel at 6:02.
Fatu pinned by Butch at 8:33.
Bigelow pinned by all four at 10:58.
The Buildup/Face Turn: Doink turned face after poking fun at Jerry Lawler and pouring a bucket of water on Bobby Heenan. Matt Borne had been released and Ray Apollo was now Doink. He then began a feud with Bam Bam after throwing a pie in his face. After that, this match was made.
One Time Debut: Mike Shaw began his career in Canada in the early 80s. He first gained success in 1989-1990 in WCW as Norman the Lunatic, feuding with Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan. After stints in Mexico and the GWF, he came to the WWF in April of ’93. His first character was Friar Ferguson, a mad monk, but the character was dropped and he became Bastion Booger, a slovenly, gluttonous man. He makes his only PPV appearance here, and after a brief face turn, he was released in 1994. His last TV appearance was at RAW’s 15th Anniversary as Bastion Booger. Mike Shaw would sadly pass away from a heart attack on September 11th, 2010 at the age of 53.
Debuts: Men on a Mission are Nelson Frazier (Mabel) and Robert Horne (Mo). The two were first teamed together in the USWA as the Harlem Knights. They debuted in the WWF earlier in the year as MOM, a team of faces who wanted to have a positive influence on people. They were given Oscar as a manager and make their PPV debut here.
Farewell: Aside from the 1995 Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania X-7’s Gimmick Battle Royal, this is the Bushwhackers’ last PPV. They would stick around until 1996, used to put over new teams. Both men are currently retired, though Luke is attempting a comeback in wrestling.
Analysis: After the good title match, we get a comedy match before our main event. Doink had just turned face, and all good wrestling skills he had were gone after Matt Borne left. Doink was now strictly a comedy act, and is feuding with Bam Bam. Bigelow thinks he getting 4 Doinks, but instead gets the Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission in Doink makeup. The action is pretty substandard with simple comedy spots, as the Doinks run through Bam Bam’s team like a knife through butter. The Whackers are done, while MOM get a push in the tag division. On the other side, Booger makes his only appearance, the Headshrinkers are unfazed in the tag division, while Bigelow and Doink have unfinished business. Grade: 2.5
Todd Pettengill interviews the Foreign Fanatics, who says they will take out the mind, soul, and heart of the All-Americans.
5. The All-Americans (w/ Paul Bearer) defeat the Foreign Fanatics (w/ Mr. Fuji, James E. Cornette, and Johnny Polo).
Sole Survivor: Lex Luger
Rick Steiner pinned by Ludvig Borga at 5:05.
Crush counted out at 11:36.
Jacques pinned by Luger at 14:04.
Scott Steiner pinned by Yokozuna at 16:57.
Yokozuna and Undertaker counted out at 22:26.
Borga pinned by Luger at 28:02.
Substitutions: Undertaker is replacing Tatanka, who was taken out by Yokozuna and Borga, and Crush is replacing Pierre, who was taken out by Luger.
Debut: Scott Levy began his career in the CWA, and also competed in Vancouver and the GWF. He went to WCW in 1992 and competed in the Light-Heavyweight Division as Scotty Flamingo. He came to the WWF earlier in the year as Johnny Polo, and was the first manager of Adam Bomb and also manages the Quebecers.
Return/Title Change: Jacques Rougeau makes his return here, and formed the Quebecers with Carl Oulette, known as Pierre. The Quebecers defeated the Steiner Brothers on RAW in September to win the WWF Tag Team Championships.
Farewell: This is Ludvig Borga’s last PPV. He was set for a main event push in 1994, but was injured in January and was not seen on TV again. He would compete with Catch Wrestling Association and delve into MMA before starting a career in politics. Tony Halme would sadly pass away on January 8th, 2010 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 47.
Heel Turn: Crush turned heel before the event. He was taken out by Yokozuna for a few months, and when he returned, he attacked his friend Randy Savage. Crush thought Randy had abandoned him, but Randy didn’t get involved for fear of losing his commentating gig. Crush assulted Savage during a summit between the two, and dropped him throat first on the guardrail.
Analysis: We come to our main event, and the heat is off the charts. The All-Americans get good pops, while the Fanatics are at their peaks in heat. Luger still has his sights set on Yokozuna, although he has had his title shot. The Steiners are quickly fading off the charts, and they are the first two eliminated from the Americans. Crush, fresh off his heel turn, looks good, but gets counted out thanks to Randy Savage. Jacques, representing the Quebecers, also looks good, but falls to Luger. Yoko and Borga double on Luger, until Undertaker, who is rewarded for having to put up with the garbage Giant Gonzales feud, comes in and takes out Yoko, along with himself, setting up their feud. Borga tries to put Luger away, but can’t and Luger gets the win. Borga was obviously being prepped for a main event push, but his injury kills that. Luger gets the win, but still does not get a rematch with Yoko, but we’ll see what happens. For now, the match is about as basic a Survivor-style match as there is, but it’s OK. Grade: 2.5
Lex Luger celebrates with Santa Claus as we go off the air.
Final Analysis: The last PPV of 1993 is simply average, pretty much like several of the last couple of Survivor Series events. The title match is hands down the best match of the night, with the opener close behind. The Family Feud match is not great from a wrestling perspective, but part of that was because of the substitution. Of course from that, we get the start of 1994’s greatest feud, Bret vs. Owen. The last two matches are OK, but are good to end feuds and start new ones. Overall, 1993 on a whole was pretty bad, but the only way to go is up, and we do go up in 1994, but things will unravel in 1995 when we get there. For now, we end 1993 on a whimper, but as I said, things will get better in 1994. Final Grade: C