July 10, 2010
Steve Riddle

Summerslam 1992
August 31st, 1992 (taped August 29th, 1992)
Wembley Stadium
London, England

Fun Fact: According to several sources, this event was to take place in Washington D.C., and plans were for Shawn Michaels to win the IC Title from Bret Hart, but the company wanted to capitalize on their popularity in England and moved the event to London, and switched out Michaels for the British Bulldog.

Fun Fact #2: This is the first PPV event held outside North America.

Dark matches:
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and the Bushwhackers defeat the Nasty Boys and the Mountie (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) at 12:33.
Papa Shango defeats “El Matador” Tito Santana at 6:00
Tatanka defeats the Berzerker (w/ Mr. Fuji) at 5:46.

Actual Show:

We see fans outside the stadium waiting for the event.

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

1. The Legion of Doom (w/ Paul Ellering) defeat Money Inc. (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) when Animal pins Ted Dibiase at 15:20.

Fun Fact: This was supposed to be the long awaited title rematch, but Money Inc. lost the titles prior to this event, which will be mentioned later in the review.

Temp. Farewell: This is the LOD’s last PPV until 1997 and Paul Ellering’s last PPV until 1998. Hawk would leave after several disputes and frustration over the gimmick. Animal would fulfill the remaining dates with Crush as his partner before he left after a back injury.

Analysis: Our first PPV without Hogan is a decent one. Money Inc. are fresh off losing the tag titles, which couldn’t have made the LOD happy, as they would have gotten their title shot here. It was clear Hawk was not happy with the direction the LOD was going, although his health problems weren’t helping their cause. IRS and Dibiase, with his swank white tights, try to carry the LOD, but only can get a ok match out of them. LOD take advantage early, until Money Inc. wear down Hawk with crisp, classic double teaming. Animal finally gets the tag and after some chaos, LOD win. But it would be bittersweet as they would be gone shortly after this event. Money Inc. now have the gold back in their sights. Good way to start the show, even if it wasn’t particularly special. Grade: 2

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Ric Flair, who dances around the question of who’s corner Mr. Perfect will be in.

Sean Mooney interviews Virgil, who says he will get revenge on Nailz for attacking his friend, the Big Bossman.

2. Nailz forces Virgil to submit to a chokehold at 3:55.

Debut: Kevin Wacholz began his career in 1982 in the AWA. He would wrestle under the name Kevin Kelly as a face and a heel until the promotion folded in 1991. He debuted earlier in the year as Nailz, an ex-convict who claims to have been abused by the Big Bossman. He would make his debut in May by taking out the Bossman with his own nightstick in a vicious attack. Bossman would be out of action until September.

Analysis: A quick harmless squash as Nailz prepares for the return of the Bossman. Nailz is a pretty poor wrestler as all he basically did was chokes, though he wasn’t as bad as Zeus from a few years ago. Virgil’s stock has fallen considerably since a year ago, and he is now simply a jobber. Nailz makes quick work of him and continues his reign of terror. Grade: 1

Lord Alfred Hayes tries to get in the Macho Man’s locker room to see if Mr. Perfect is there, but can’t get in.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews “Sensational” Sherri, who says that she hopes both men keep their vow that they would not hit each other in the face.

3. Shawn Michaels (w/ “Sensational” Sherri) and “The Model” Rick Martel wrestle to a double countout at 8:06.

The Buildup: Michaels first cost Martel a chance at the Intercontinental title. Martel would shoot back when he made advances at Sherri, who seemed to accept his advances. Shortly after, this match was made.

Stipulation: Per the request of Sherri, neither man could hit each other in the face.

Analysis: A pretty solid match between two heels, although Martel got some nice face pops from the crowd, who have been hot since the show started. Both men use solid wrestling, although considering they couldn’t punch each other in the face, that added some intrigue. Vince makes a interesting comment stating these three act like they are in 6th grade. Both men give a good match, but it ends in a schmozz. The antics after the match is what makes this real good as both men try to help Sherri after she “fainted”, which included Martel pouring a bucket of water on Sherri, embarrasing her. Sherri would leave with Michaels, but their relationship would hit the rocks after this event. Martel moves on to another feud, while Michaels is about to try to get the gold he was going to get at this event. Grade: 3

Sean Mooney interviews the Nasty Boys, who laugh at Sherri’s humiliation and mention that they should be getting a title shot in the future.

4. The Natural Disasters defeat the Beverly Brothers (w/ The Genius) when Earthquake pins Beau at 10:30 to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Title Change: The Disasters defeated Money Inc. at a house show on July 20th to win the WWF Tag Team Titles.

Analysis: A pretty solid tag affair here. After the surprise title change a month ago, the Beverlys get the shot as Money Inc. was temporarly tied up with the LOD. They carry the Disasters to a good affair as they have been a solid team for many years. The Disasters dominate early, until the Beverlys use some classic crisp double teams to work over Typhoon. At times, it looked like the Beverlys would win the straps, but the Disasters come back and get the win. The Beverlys get their one title shot and are back to jobber status, while the Disasters have unfinished business with Money Inc. Grade: 3

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Bushwhackers, who say that they can’t wait to see what will happen tonight, and address rumors that the Whackers were invited to the Royal Palace.

Lord Alfred Hayes tries to get in the Ultimate Warrior’s dressing room, but cannot get in.

5. Crush forces Repo Man to submit at 5:41.

Return: After leaving in 1991, Crush returned to PNW and won the tag team and world titles before returning to the WWF early in the year. When he returned, his Demolition character was wiped away and he was given a Hawaiian surfer gimmick and became a face.

Farewell: Aside from an appearance in the 1993 Royal Rumble, this is Repo Man’s last PPV. Barry Darsow would leave in mid-1993 and jump to WCW and compete under a variety of gimmicks before semi-retiring. Darsow reprised Repo Man at Wrestlemania X-7”s gimmick battle royal and for RAW’s 15th Anniversary battle royal.

Analysis: A simple squash to eastablish a new face. Repo Man has been a solid mid-carder in this comedic role, but he is now on JTTS status. Crush makes his big return and his pushed in the mid card. Crush dominates Repo for the whole match, before putting him away with his new submission head vice. Crush wins easily and both men move on as we move on to our first main event. Grade: 2

We see the buildup to our next match.

6. The Ultimate Warrior defeats “Macho Man” Randy Savage by countout at 28:00. Savage retains WWF Championship.

The Buildup: After this match was announced, Ric Flair cried foul as he felt he should have gotten the shot. He would then mess with Savage and Warrior by offering Mr. Perfect’s services as a manager. Flair would then claim that Perfect’s services were accepted, but wouldn’t say who’s corner he will be in. This caused friction between Warrior and Savage, who before this didn’t trust each other to begin with. According to several sources, Warrior was to turn heel and take the strap, but he decided at the last minute that he didn’t want to turn heel. Flair would take advantage of the injury to Savage and win the WWF Championship on September 1st.

Temp. Farewell: This is Warrior’s last PPV until 1996. He was set to team with Savage at Survivor Series, but was let go before the show for having a “violation” in a drug test, though he disputes this saying he has never taken steroids and that he was a scapegoat during this time period.

Analysis: Almost a year and a half after their last PPV meeting, Warrior and Savage face off again. Last time it was for their careers, this time it’s for the World Title. The story was rocking as Flair and Perfect were stirring the pot perfectly, no pun intended, and Warrior and Savage didn’t know who to trust. Both men came out, but both came without Perfect, which made the situation more confusing. Warrior and Savage put a pounding on each other as they work well together. Say what you will about Warrior, he could always bring it in the big match and we know what Savage can do. They are super stiff with each other, and then Flair and Perfect come out. They both try to stir the pot again, until Savage figured it out and went after Flair, who clocked him in the leg with a chair, getting Savage counted out. It’s a shame Warrior didn’t turn heel, as he could have been a pretty good heel. Savage keeps the belt, but his days as champ are numbered too as mentioned above. A nice match, just a couple notches below their WM VII encounter, and the ending is a little iffy, but it is still a solid affair. Grade: 3.5

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair, who says that even though Plan A fell through, Plan B is in full swing.

Vince McMahon announces the attendance at 80,355.

7. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeats Kamala (w/ Kimchee and Dr. Harvey Wippleman) by disqualification at 3:27.

Debut: James Harris began his career in 1974, under a variety of nicknames such as “Sugar Bear”. He became Kamala when Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett did him up and portrayed him as a Ugandan savage. He would compete in Mid-South and WCCW, and have a few shorts stints in the WWF in 1984 feuding with Andre the Giant, and again in 1986 feuding with Hulk Hogan and Jake Roberts. He returned shortly before this event with his regular trainer Kimchee. Kimchee is played by Steve Lombardi.

Analysis: One last filler match before the main event, and it’s pretty bad. Kamala is way past his prime, but was brought in anyway and put against Taker, who begins the worst stretch of matches in his career. He would constantly remain over, but would get many more horrible opponents over this time period. The only bright spot is Taker’s entrance on the hearse, and he gets a huge pop after sitting up after three splashes. Other than that, the match is terrible, but sadly this is not their last encounter. Grade: 1.5

Sean Mooney interviews the British Bulldog, who says that despite the pressures from the family, he will win the Intercontinental Title.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Bret Hart, who says the Bulldog is responsible for wanting this match in the first place and says he will retain the IC Title.

We see a performance from the Balmoral Highlanders, which includes a special appearance from “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Temp. Farewell: This is Roddy Piper’s last PPV until 1994.

Sean Mooney interviews Diana Hart-Smith, who says that she hopes that the family can come together after this match and can’t choose a winner between her husband and brother.

8. The British Bulldog pins Bret “The Hitman” Hart by reversing a sunset flip at 25:40 to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

Fun Fact: This marks the first time that Diana Hart is shown during a Bulldog match, and it won’t be the last.

Fun Fact #2: This was named PWI’s 1992 Match of the Year and considered by fans and critics as one of, if not the greatest match in Summerslam history.

Temp. Farewell: This is the Bulldog’s last PPV until 1994. According to sources, he was receiving illegal substances and was released along with the Ultimate Warrior. He would drop the strap at a later date which will be mentioned in the next review.

Analysis: What a fantastic match. One year ago, both these men were in the first two matches, Bulldog in a 6-man tag, and Bret won his first IC Title. One short year later and they are in the main event. Bulldog receives a great ovation in his home and Bret is just as popular. Both men are real stiff with each other, although they are always stiff with each other. Bret plays the heel, although the crowd I think is more pro-Bulldog than anti-Bret. Bret dictates the tempo and puts a hurting on the Bulldog, until the Bulldog makes his comeback, but he can’t put Bret away, even with his finisher. Bret also can’t get the Bulldog to submit to the Sharpshooter. Bulldog then surprises Bret by reversing a sunset flip and Bulldog’s your new Intercontinental champ. Then, the true sport, Bret shakes Bulldog’s hand and celebrates with him and Diana. It is a bittersweet win for Davey Boy, as he wins the biggest match of his life, but would be gone in two months. As for Bret, the loss doesn’t hurt as he gets ready to step up to the next level. For now, a great match to end a great Summerslam as we end our first PPV without Hulk Hogan’s posing, and it is pretty refreshing. Grade: 4.5

Bret, Bulldog, and Diana celebrate in the ring as we go off the air.

Final Analysis: What a great Summerslam, one of the best in history. There was a buzz in the atmosphere as the country of England was rocking, hosting their first ever PPV. The matches were solid for the most part, with only two squashes to establishes new faces, and two great title matches. Many new stars are coming out into the spotlight while much of the old guard continue to quietly phase out. Vince saw that he had the right cache of talent, with a few more new stars coming in over the next few months, but time will see if he will stick with them or panic. For now, probably the best Summerslam until the Attitude Era. Final Grade: A-

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