August 10, 2009
Alexander Settee

Summerslam 1992, August 29, 1992, Wembley Stadium, London, England
Announcers: Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Back to 1992 now for the first, and so far only, regular PPV to leave the North American continent. It’s also one of the biggest shows they’ve ever done with a legit nearly 80,000 people packing the stadium. The two biggest matches are battles of the babyfaces as Ultimate Warrior challenges Macho Man Randy Savage for the WWF Championship in the match that was pushed as the main event to the North American audience, while in the match that was pushed as the main to the European fans, the British Bulldog will challenge Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Title. Looking at the rest of the card, I’m not expecting a whole lot from anything other then those top two matches, but let’s see what we get with Summerslam 1992.

Opening Match: The Nasty Boys & The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers & Hacksaw Jim Duggan
This match was not on the original PPV, but they’ve been kind enough to include it on the version of the show I have here as a bonus match. They start with an extended sequence of stalling/playing to the crowd, which is very hot right off the bat. Finally the heel team attacks, but ends up getting whipped into each other and cleared from the ring. Butch and Knobbs start once we actually get going, but that only lasts a short time before all six guys end up in and the heels get cleared out again. Back in, Sags takes control of Butch with a clothesline and tags Knobbs. The Nastys double team, but this leads to another pier six where Knobbs, Sags and the Mountie all take Battering Rams in the corner and end up bailing. The faces go after Jimmy Hart, but the heels break that up and get in a triple team on Luke as the ref clears Butch and Duggan back to the corner. Luke remains caught in the corner for a while as the Nastys and Mountie pull out all the bad guy tag team tactics like drawing the partners in and switching, triple teaming in the corner, et cetera. Finally Knobbs goes to the 2nd rope and comes off, but Luke gets the boot up. Knobbs tags the Mountie, but Luke gets the hot tag to Duggan. Duggan cleans house and soon all six are in again. More Battering Rams for everyone and then Duggan hits the Three Point Stance on the Mountie. He covers, but the ref is distracted by the Bushwhackers going after Jimmy Hart. Sags comes off the top rope after Duggan, but Duggan moves and the Mountie gets hit again. Duggan dumps Sags, covers, and gets the 3 count at 12:37. The crowd loved it, but it wasn’t much of a match. ½*

Papa Shango vs. El Matador Tito Santana
This one would also be a bonus match that did not air on the original PPV. Shango attacks and works Tito over. He hits a splash in the corner, but misses a second one which lets Tito take over. Clothesline doesn’t put Shango down, but a dropkick sends him to the floor. Tito sends him to the post then gets him back in and hits a clothesline for 2. He gets sent off the ropes, but comes back with a bodypress for 2. Tito then hooks a sleeper, but Shango backs him to the corner to break. Side slam sets up a 2nd rope elbow, but that misses. Tito gets him with a backdrop, and then nails the Flying Jalapeno, but Shango kicks out at 2. Tito then charges at him, but hits the buckle and the inverted shoulderbreaker finishes for Shango at 6:11. Well, you could always count on Tito Santana to try his best with whatever big stiff he was sent out there to lose to. *

Money Inc. (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. The Legion of Doom (w/Paul Ellering & Rocco)
This is where the actual PPV show starts now. LOD comes out on motorcycles and are also accompanies by their beloved ventriloquist’s dummy Rocco. I think that’s just better off left alone. Dibiase and Hawk start out with Hawk no selling some shots, so Dibiase bails to regroup, but Animal is right there to toss him back in. Then from there, Hawk clotheslines him right back out where Animal gets him with another clothesline and puts him back in again. Both guys tag now. Animal grabs IRS by the tie and gets him with a press slam for 1. Tag Hawk, who nails IRS off the top on the way in, but IRS comes back with a sleeper. The arm drops twice, and then Hawk comes back, but ends up missing a clothesline off the top. Hawk goes out where Dibiase slams him on the floor and rams him to the apron. Back in, IRS drops some elbows for 2. They tag off a few times, and switch off after drawing Animal in while controlling Hawk on their side of the ring. Hawk blocks a shot to the buckle from Dibiase, but IRS gets the tag first and cuts Hawk off. Tag to Dibiase who draws Animal in again which allows IRS to choke Hawk with the tag rope. Hawk then blocks a suplex and makes the tag, but the ref was busy with IRS and didn’t see it. Hawk then takes matters into his own hands and manages to take out both Dibiase and IRS. Now he makes the hot tag and Animal is the house afire, destroying everything in his path. Soon all four are in, with Dibiase set up for the Doomsday Device, but IRS breaks it up. Makes no difference though because about thirty seconds later, Animal sends Dibiase off the ropes and hits a powerslam, and that gets the 3 count at 12:01. Pretty decent match and a good win for LOD, but this was pretty much the end of their run with the company for now. **

Nailz vs. Virgil
Nailz was coming off his very graphic (by 1992 WWF standards anyways) assault of the Big Boss Man, who was still out of action, so Boss Man’s buddy Virgil steps up to the plate. Nailz starts right away with the choking, but Virgil comes back with a clothesline and dropkick. That doesn’t phase Nailz though who goes right back to choking. And that’s about how the match goes with Nailz doing nothing more then choking and Virgil trying the occasional move to no avail. Nailz finally finishes with (what else?) a chokehold for the submission at 3:17. DUD

Rick “The Model” Martel vs. Shawn Michaels (w/Sensational Sherri)
This was an interesting matchup as it features two heels going at it, which is usually a bad idea, but they managed to give it a nice little backstory. Sherri was managing Shawn at the time, but they planted some seeds saying that she may also have an interest in Martel and a lot of the buildup here was based around who she was more in love with. That also led to the match’s interesting stipulation, which was insisted upon by Sherri: No hitting in the face. You see, she didn’t want either guy to get busted up. By the way, and not that this isn’t common knowledge, but Sherri and Rick Martel are not related in any way, they just both happened to use the stage name “Martel” in their wrestling careers. So to the match now, which sees a bit of trading holds until Martel hits a dropkick to take control. He misses a bodypress though which leads to a wristlock reversal sequence where both guys tease a punch, much to Sherri’s horror. Martel tosses Shawn and hits on Sherri, who appears to be liking it. He gets Shawn back in and hits a backdrop. Shawn then gets a rollup holding the tights, which Martel reverses and holds on to the tights himself. The ref keeps stopping the count as he busts them both cheating. They break it and Shawn hits a crescent kick to the gut for 2. Another cradle by Shawn with his feet on the ropes gets 2, and then Martel rolls him up, grabbing the tights again and gets his own 2. Now they’ve finally had it with each other and the shots start flying which leads to Sherri pretending to faint in order to break it up. It works briefly as they stop to check on her, but now they fight over who gets to revive her, and that leads to a double count out at 8:09. But they still continue fighting over who will carry Sherri out and that ends up with her bumping all over the aisle as they try and get to her, and finally she takes a bucket of water in the face from Martel. This whole thing turned out to be kinda fun, but ended up not going anywhere after this. **1/2

WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Natural Disasters vs. The Beverly Brothers (w/The Genius)
This is probably the highest profile match the Beverlys ever got in the WWF. I think they were a bit of an underrated team, but even so they weren’t really they type that Vince would push to the top. The Disasters meanwhile, were not really cut out to be babyfaces, and while they did okay in the role, it just never seemed right. The Beverlys attack, but are quickly squashed. Typhoon and Blake get it going now with Typhoon hitting a slam, but missing a legdrop. Blake tries a slam of his own, which fails and Typhoon falls on top for 2. Typhoon then gets him with a splash in the corner. Earthquake is in for a double team, but ends up splashing his own partner and the Beverlys take over on him. Blake drops Beau onto Typhoon and he gets a 2 count. At this point now, we have a very important announcement from Bobby Heenan: Shawn Michaels has left Wembley Stadium. Tag to Blake who hits a 2nd rope splash for 2. They Beverlys get more quick tags and double teams on Typhoon. Earthquake gets the tag at one point, but the ref is distracted and puts him back out. Typhoon makes a comeback with a double clothesline, but he still gets cut off from tagging. Blake gets caught on a bodypress, but Beau dropkicks them over from the top rope and they get a 2 count. Beau goes over to the corner and drags Earthquake off the apron to prevent the tag yet again. This action distracts the ref long enough for Blake to nail Typhoon with the Genius’ scroll, but Earthquake breaks up the cover on that one. Then, after what was a pretty good heat segment from the Beverlys, Typhoon just kinda anti climactically makes the tag to Earthquake. He gets a belly to belly suplex on Beau as well as some shoulders in the corner. Blake tries to get involved, but Quake quickly disposes of him. He then gets Beau with a splash in the corner, a powerslam, and then the Quake Splash to get the 3 count to retain at 10:27. This was alright for what was there to work with. *1/2

Repo Man vs. Crush
It’s the battle of Demolition 2.0, although they have of course both moved on to new gimmicks. Repo attacks, but Crush just no sells it and hits him with a press slam. Repo bails, but Crush chases and clotheslines him on the floor. Back in, Repo tries a bodypress, but gets caught. Crush works him over and then hits a backbreaker. Repo rakes the eyes to take over and gets a back suplex, but Crush comes right back with a belly to belly and another backbreaker. Crush goes up, but misses a kneedrop allowing Repo to briefly take over again. So now he goes off the top rope, but gets caught by Crush and powerslammed. Kona Kompactor then gets the submission at 4:03. Just a basic semi-competitive squash to put Crush over, although he would never quite break through to the top. ½*

WWF Championship Match: Macho Man Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior
The big storyline in this one is that Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair have been claiming that one of them has purchased the services of Mr. Perfect, but won’t reveal who it is. This of course means that both guys think that it has to be the other one, leading to increased tension between the two. Perfect is nowhere to be seen as they make their entrances though, so we’ll wait and see who he’s with. Both guys get a big reaction coming out, but once we get going, Warrior becomes the clear crowd favourite. They shake hands, but, from there it quickly escalates into a shoving match. Warrior knocks him down, but Savage comes back with a knee and a couple of clotheslines for 1. Savage goes up, but Warrior nails him coming down. He then gets an inverted atomic drop and a clothesline for 2. Two shoulderblocks put Savage down, but he misses an elbow. Savage drops a knee for 2 and hooks a rear chinlock. Warrior jawjacks out and gets a faceplant for 2. Short clothesline gets another 2, and the Savage pulls the tights to send Warrior to the buckle, and then clotheslines him to the floor. Back in, he covers for2 and then hits a double ax off the top, but Warrior stays up. Second one puts him down for 2. Savage goes up again, but this time gets caught and hit with a backbreaker for 2. He holds a bearhug for a bit then releases it and covers for 2. Side slam gets 2, and then Savage comes back with a small package for his own 2. Neckbreaker gets another 2 for Savage. He does the leap over the top and drop the opponent on the ropes spot, but then can’t get a suplex because his back is in too much pain. Warrior does get a suplex though, but then charges at Savage and gets dumped. Savage drops the double ax to the floor and then rams Warrior to the post. Back in he covers for 2 as we see that Flair and Perfect are now making their way to ringside. Warrior backdrops out of a piledriver, but Savage cradles him for 2. Warrior is back with a clothesline for 2, followed by a slam, but a splash hits knees. Savage covers for 2, and then when they get up, they clothesline each other. They trade 2 counts and then Savage comes off the ropes, but Perfect trips him up. Warrior takes advantage of the distraction and attacks, but the ref gets bumped on a corner whip. Vince is now convinced that Warrior has sold out. Warrior takes a page from Savage’s book and drops a double ax from the top, but there’s no ref. Now he’s there, but Savage kicks out at 2. Warrior argues this, which allows Savage to come from behind, but that puts the ref out again. Savage hits a piledriver, but has to go get the ref up instead of covering. Meanwhile, Perfect gets in the ring to help Warrior up, only to hold him for a brass knux shot from Flair. Now it must be Savage that sold out according to Vince. Savage slams him, goes up, and drops the elbow. The dazed ref counts slowly, but Warrior kicks out at 2. Warrior starts Warrioring Up as we see that Flair has now grabbed a chair. Warrior gets the 3 clotheslines, the flying shoulderblock, and the press slam. He goes for the splash, but Perfect swipes at the leg, which distracts the ref so that Flair can nail Warrior with the chair. Warrior is down, so Savage goes up and looks to finish, but turns his attention to Flair instead. He leaps at Flair, who nails Savage in the leg with the chair on the way down. Savage can’t beat the count, so Warrior wins the match but not the title at 26:18. Immediately after the bell, Flair and Perfect attack Savage’s knee some more, but Warrior makes the save and chases them to the back. Warrior and Savage then make up as they realize neither of them sold out and it was all mind games on the part of Flair and Perfect. This was a very good match, although not quite as epic as their one at Wrestlemania VII. It also plays right into the story of Flair taking the Title from an injured Savage a few days later. ***1/2

The Berzerker (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Tatanka
Berzerker takes him right down on a test of strength, but then Tatanka shoves him out to the floor. They have a couple of shoulderblock showdowns before Tatanka runs into a big boot for 1. Dropkick misses and Berzerker gets sent to the corner, but he gets the boot up on the charge and then connects with a powerslam for 2. He tosses Tatanka and slams him on the floor. He takes some shots after tying Tatanka in the ropes, but charges and gets backdropped out. Tatanka gets his own slam on the floor and then gets him back in for the tomahawk chops. He then finishes with the End of the Trail Samoan drop at 5:04. Not much to see here. DUD

Kamala (w/Dr. Harvey Wippleman & Kimchee) vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)
This was the usual Undertaker vs. Big Monster Heel deal here, but it was before that formula got too repetitive. Taker comes out on a hearse, which would seem to signal bad things for Kamala, who tries to attack, but gets nailed. Taker chokes him, but his corner whip is reversed. Kamala misses a splash and Taker hits the ropewalk. He tries it a second time right away and Kamala pulls him down which means that either he was supposed to do that the first time and screwed up, or they just plain had no ideas on what to do together. They go to the floor where Taker goes to the stairs. Back in, Taker survives some chops and comes back with a chokeslam. He then hits a flying clothesline and sets up the Tombstone, but Kimchee attacks with his hat (Yes, his hat) and that draws the DQ at 3:40. Kamala then gets him with four splashes, including one off the top rope, but Taker sits up and stalks them out of there. Just a pathetic outing here. -*

Main Event, Intercontinental Championship Match: Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. The British Bulldog
So even though it’s the IC Title match, it gets the main event slot because you have the local hero in the challenger’s role. Diana Hart Smith, who is the sister of the champion and wife of the challenger is at ringside as a lot was made during the buildup of them being brothers-in-law and how the match was dividing the family. Much like Savage/Warrior, both guys get good reactions coming out, but once we get going the crowd has a clear favourite, and in this case it’s the Bulldog. They start with a shoving match, which Bulldog wins with his power advantage. He then shoulderblocks Bret to the floor. Back in, Bret gets a side headlock takedown and Bulldog goes to a headscissors to escape. Bret gets it a second time, and this time blocks the escape. He still gets sent off the ropes though and Bulldog goes for a press slam, but Bret gets out of it and gets a rollup for 2. Small package also gets 2 and then he goes back to the headlock. They trade a few holds and counters now until Bulldog gets sent off the ropes and gets a crucifix for 2. Bret tries to slam his way out of an armbar, but Bulldog holds on. He then sends Bulldog off and gets a kneelift. Now Bret controls with some elbows and an inverted atomic drop. Bulldog comes off and tries a crucifix again, but this time Bret drops him and covers for 2. Bulldog sends him off and gets a shoulderblock. He then hits a monkeyflip and sends Bret to the buckle. Bret gets the boots up on the charge and hits Bulldog with a bulldog. Bret goes up, but Bulldog slams him off. Now Bulldog goes up, but he misses whatever he was going for. Bulldog escapes a slam and tries a rollup, but Bret sends him out of the ring. Bret then dives on him, but it appears that Bulldog is out of position and Bret ends up kind of clotheslining him down awkwardly. He also runs Bulldog to the post. Back in, Bret keeps working him over. Russian legsweep gets 2, as does a backdrop. Suplex gets Bret another 2, and then Bulldog comes back with a backslide for his own 2. Bret still controls though and gets a backbreaker and the 2nd rope elbow for 2. He hooks a sleeper, but Bulldog makes the ropes, so Bret breaks and then goes right back to it. The arm drops twice before Bulldog breaks it, but again Bret reapplies it. This time Bulldog backs him to the corner to break. Bret’s whip is reversed and Bulldog looks for a press slam, but ends up dropping Bret crotch first on the ropes. Three clotheslines get Bulldog a 2 count. Press slam gets another 2 count, and then he hits the delayed suplex for yet another 2. He sends Bret to the corner chest first for another 2 and then connects with the running powerslam, but Bret kicks out of that at 2 as well. Bret slips out of another suplex and gets a German for 2. Another suplex is blocked and Bulldog drops him on the top rope where he hits a standing superplex for 2. He sends Bret off and they clothesline each other. From the mat, Bret hooks the legs and rolls Bulldog over into the Sharpshooter. Bulldog struggles for a bit, but finally makes the ropes. Bret comes off again and tries a sunset flip, but Bulldog blocks it, hooks the legs, and holds Bret down for 3 at 25:14. Bret shows disappointment at first, but eventually gives in and shakes Bulldog’s hand. Great match, easily the best of Davey Boy Smith’s career, and a really great one for Bret too. ****3/4

Well, our two main events both deliver pretty big, and while there’s certainly some crap here, with the exception of the short Taker/Kamala match, it’s not really offensive or anything. I’ll call it an overall thumbs up in any case, but Savage/Warrior and Bret/Bulldog are by far the only things you really need to see here.

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