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October 7, 2007
Matt Peddycord

WWF Survivor Series 1992
November 25, 1992
Richfield, OH
Richfield Coliseum

The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (10/12/1992)
Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels (10/27/1992)
World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (10/13/1992)

Before we get started, Slick preaches a quick little sermon about “light” or “light-ah” as he calls it. “When there is darkness in the WWF, it’s only temporary.” AMEN, BROTHA!

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan.

High Energy vs. The Headshrinkers (w/Afa)

High Energy = Owen Hart and Koko B. Ware in tacky MC Hammer pants. Samu overpowers to start, but whiffs on a crossbody and takes one from Owen for two. Koko and Fatu both tag. Double Noggin Knocker on the Samoans has no effect, so Koko comes of f the ropes but gets nailed with a kendo stick from Afa. Owen gets drawn in for some double teaming on Koko. He elbows out of a nerve hold, but gets decked with a clothesline. Oh geez, more Samoan offense ensues until Samu misses a corner charge and Owen gets the hot tag. He goes DROPKICK CRAZY and delivers a Flying Crossbody to Samu for two. Owen then runs into a powerslam to set up a flying splash from Fatu for 1-2-3. (7:39) Just a glorified squash to put the Headshrinkers over. *½

Nailz actually does a great job on the mic. Although he has this look on his face like he’s sniffed A LOT of glue while he was in prison for those two thousand, four hundred and seventy-eight days.

Big Bossman vs. Nailz – Nightstick Match

Yeah, it’s a “nightstick on a pole” match. Is this to make fun of the “coal miner’s glove” match over in dubya see dubya? Does anybody know? Anyways, both guys go after the night stick a bunch and Bossman finally gets it at around five minutes into it. Then, both guys take turns whacking each other with the stick. Bossman finally ducks a big swing and puts Nailz away with the BOSSMAN SLAM! Cover, 1-2-3. (5:44) Short, sweet and the better man went over. Not too long after this, Nailz would be gone after he tried to choke out Vince over a money dispute. Definitely not a smart idea. ½*

In the back, Gene Okerlund meets up with Flair and Razor. To set things up, Warrior walked out on the WWF because of money AGAIN soon after the last SNME taping, which left the Survivor Series show in kind of a pickle since it was supposed to be Savage/Warrior vs. Flair/Ramon. Anyways, two days after the SNME show aired, Savage announced on Prime Time Wrestling that he would have a new partner who was *perfect* for him. Bobby Heenan was obviously pissed over the situation and slaps Perfect for the decision he has made, so Perfect embarrasses Heenan on TV by grabbing him by the neck tie and pouring a pitcher of water on his head. He then announces to the world that he’s tired of walking in Flair’s shadow and says that Heenan has held him down for the last 18 months because he knows Perfect could beat Flair. You’ve got to hand it to Vince and the creative department on this one. This was brilliant and the random face turn revived Perfect’s career at least for 1993. Back to the interview: Flair plays the devil on Perfect’s shoulder by reminding him of the jet-flying, limousine-riding lifestyle that he enjoyed because of him. And now he’s stepped on the other side, so he better look out. WOO! Razor says some about machismo and that he’s going to carve…Perfect…up. Oh yeah, and Savage is a one-legged punk.

Tatanka vs. Rick Martel

So Martel has stolen Tatanka’s eagle feather and now the Injun wants REVENGE! And he’d also like for Martel, if he wouldn’t mind it too much, to kindly hand him back his eagle feather. Tatanka is still undefeated here too. Martel gets sent out to the floor a lot to start, but then snaps off a hotshot to take over on Tatanka. He grabs a front headlock, but Tatanka stands up and gives Martel a suplex to escape. Martel is right back on him though with that headlock. Meanwhile, the unnamed clown (Doink aka Matt Borne) that had been allowed to come down the aisleway and make balloon animals for kids is out doing just that. Martel hits a reverse neckbreaker in the ring for 1-2-NO! He then reverts to the front headlock, but Tatanka comes out with a clothesline. Martel misses a corner charge and runs shoulder-first into the ringpost, but then tosses Tatanka out on the floor. Back in, Martel works the back. He comes off the middle-rope, but Tatanka catches him in the gut on the way down and follows up with a bunch of chops. PAPOOSE-TO-GO! 1-2-3! (11:04) Some guy in a Hank Williams Jr. shirt on is REALLY happy about that finish. Hey, Martel is awesome. Tatanka, not so much. At least not yet. On his way to the back, Doink pops all the balloons that he just handed out! Yes! *

Sean Mooney (he’s still here?) is in the back with Mr. Perfect and Randy Savage. Perfect calls it like he sees it and explains how he feels that Flair has wanted to be him all along. Savage makes it clear he doesn’t like/trust Perfect, but he knows that nobody knows Flair and Razor in the WWF quite as good as Perfect, which makes him the *perfect* partner. DIG IT!

Randy Savage & Mr. Perfect vs. Ric Flair & Razor Ramon

This would be Perfect’s first match since he wrestled Bret back at SummerSlam ’91 in MSG. Man, Razor is so lucky to be in this kind of company right now. Razor tosses the toothpick at Perfect’s face, so Perfect embarrasses Ramon by owning him on the mat. Razor goes low and puts Perfect in his corner, but Perfect fights out. Flair tags in and takes a backdrop, then he Flair Flips onto the apron and walks right into Savage. Savage tags in and fires away on both guys. Finally, Razor slows Savage down by hitting in the back from the apron. Razor tags in and works the back. Ab stretch is applied and Flair helps out with some leverage. Savage hiptosses out, but then gets sent to the floor and then eats the steel steps. Flair hits a rolling knee drop and draws Perfect in for the illegal tag switch. While Perfect had no real trouble dealing with Flair and Razor, and when Savage does, he takes a walk and ponders leaving, but he thinks better of it and returns to the ring. Immediately, Razor draws Perfect in for a double-team. Heenan says he taught Perfect better than that, and that he’s lost without his old gang. The face-in-peril segment continues as Ramon gets a chokeslam for 1-2-NO! Flair tags in and heads up top, but gets slammed off for the 1,908,902nd time. HOT TAG TO PERFECT! He hits all his usual on Ramon as Flair and Savage brawl on the floor. Flair grabs a chair and nails Savage in the head with it to bust him open! Meanwhile, the ref gets bumped in the ring. Razor goes for the RAZOR’S EDGE, but Perfect backdrops out as Joey Marella comes down to replace Hebner. PERFECTPLEX! 1-2-NO! Flair saves, but then takes a PERFECTPLEX! 1-2-NO! Razor makes the save! They continue to double-team Perfect until Hebner wakes up and calls for the bell. (16:26) Flair hooks on the FIGURE-FOUR and Razor grabs a chair, but Savage stops that and hands the chair to Perfect so he can knock Flair in the teeth! Perfect clears the ring thanks to the chair and then Finkel announces Savage and Perfect as the winners by DQ. They share a moment together in the ring while in the back, Flair and Razor go nuts. Match had TONS of heat, but Razor seemed to have the butterflies and couldn’t seem to fly right. ***¼

Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Virgil

Why Yoko, you look so thin! Only 505 pounds? Not too bad. Not too bad at all. As you might expect, Virgil can’t get anything going with this guy. Yoko gets the easy win with the BANZAI DROP. (3:32) Yokozuna continues to eat his way to the Royal Rumble! ¼*

Sean Mooney meets up with Perfect and Savage. They gloat about their win and says they have Thanksgiving presents for the losers. He’s giving them both turkeys! As for Bobby Heenan, he gets a chicken instead. Yeah, Savage doesn’t really say much.

Money Inc. (w/Jimmy Hart) & The Beverly Brothers (w/Genius) vs. The Nasty Boys & The Natural Disasters – 2-on-2 Tag Team Elimination Match

Meaning, if you get eliminated, your partner is gone too. The Disasters control Blake to start by using their fat to their advantage. The Nasties pass Blake around like a cheap whore while they keep taunting Money Inc to get in the ring. Blake finally cheapshots Sags and tags in Beau for a butterfly suplex. Now DiBiase tags in, but Sags reverses a suplex into one of his own. IRS tags in for a legdrop for two. Blake gets a tag and the Beverlys take over on Sags. Double-KO spot leads to a tag to Earthquake, which causes an eight-man brawl! Beau goes for a crucifix on Typhoon, which is STUPID. Typhoon falls back on him to set up the EARTHQUAKE SPLASH to send the Beverlys to the showers. (9:27) Earthquake gets double-teamed by Money Inc with a double-back suplex for two, as he becomes our fattie-in-peril. I can’t tell if the crowd is chanting “Irwin” or “boring” or both. Finally, we get a real quiet tag to Typhoon. He splashes IRS for 1-2-NO! DiBiase saves his partner and then trips Typhoon as IRS rolls him up for 1-2-3. (15:57) Thankfully, Sags quickly runs in and school boys IRS during his celebration for the 1-2-3. (16:05) Honestly, what can you do with the Natural Disasters? Not much of anything good. The heels literally carried the whole match. *½

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Kamala (w/Kim Chee & Harvey Wippleman) – Coffin Match

Coffin match, casket match. Same thing only the guy has to be pinned, which makes the whole stipulation unnecessary. Kamala is TERRIFIED of coffins, by the way. He tries chopping at Taker to start, but that’s not going to work. Taker goes OLD SKOOL (new skool?) and then chokes Kamala a lot. Kamala comes back and clotheslines Taker out to his entourage and then sends Taker in the steps a bunch. Not to mention a chair shot to the back! Meanwhile, Bearer lifts the urn into the air and Taker keeps on sitting up! Kamala decides to give Taker not one, not two, but THREE splashes off the ropes. Bearer stands up on the apron, but Chee trips him up and the urn falls in the ring. Kamala doesn’t want to touch that thing! Taker sits up again, nails Kamala with the urn, and pins him for the 1-2-3. (5:29) Afterwards, Taker rolls Kamala into the casket and nails it shut before rolling him to the back! Why didn’t Kim Chee and Harvey Wippleman do anything to stop that from happening? I can only think of one good casket match and it doesn’t happen for another five years. CRAP

Sean Mooney interviews Shawn Michaels. Shawn brings up the fact that he beat Davey Boy Smith pretty easily, which is the same man who Bret couldn’t beat at SummerSlam. It was the curse, Shawn! The curse from Papa Shango! Have you forgotten?

WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels

Even though Shawn is the IC champ, only the WWF title is on the line. Strong tie-up to start. Bret tries to embarrass Shawn on the mat, but Shawn goes to the ropes to stop all that nonsense. Shawn counters a hammerlock, but then Bret sends him flying out to the floor. Back in, Shawn avoids a rollup, but turns around into a crossbody block for two. Sunset flip gets two, then Bret goes back to the arm. Shawn flips out of a hiptoss, but gets nailed with a clothesline for two. Bret reverts to the armbar and then they run the ropes a bit until Shawn catches Bret for a hotshot. Bret reverses a cross corner-whip, but misses the charge and runs shoulder-first into the ringpost. Armbreaker is followed by the chest-first corner bump for 1-2-NO! Shawn grabs a chinlock and as Bret tries to come out of it, Shawn pulls the hair and brings him back down. Bret finally elbows out, but runs right into a dropkick. Slam gets two. Bret hammers his way out of another chinlock and delivers a swinging neckbreaker. Shawn’s still the first guy up and maintains the control of the match with a front headlock. Bret almost fades away, but then he fights up and backs Shawn into the corner. Shawn eats a boot, but avoids an elbow drop for 1-2-NO! Jumping back elbow gets two. Back to the front headlock. Bret fights up into an inside cradle for 1-2-NO! Shawn whips Bret across, but he flips out of the corner on the way in and gives Shawn a back suplex. Both men are down. Back up, they run the ropes and Bret catches Shawn off a leapfrog and delivers a catapult into the corner. Shawn begs away into the opposite corner and Bret kicks him around. BAAAAACK BODY DROP gets two! Russian legsweep gets 1-2-NO! Backbreaker/flying vertical elbow drop gets 1-2-NO! Will the superplex put Shawn away? Cover, 1-2-NO! Shawn takes a wild swing, but Bret ducks and hooks on the sleeper! Shawn quickly backs Bret into the corner and the ref gets caught in the middle of it. Shawn flips out of a suplex and they do a couple standing switches, but its Bret who gets dumped out to the floor this time. Shawn backs Bret into the ringpost and then gives him a slam for good measure. Back in, he whips Bret hard into the corner and covers for 1-2-NO! Backdrop gets 1-2-NO! Shawn argues with Hebner, so Bret sneaks in a rollup for 1-2-NO! SUPERKICK! Bret’s got to be done after that, but he’s just got to hit that TEARDROP SUPLEX. Bret blocks the first try, but not the second one! Cover, 1-2-NO! Shawn whips Bret into the ropes and he fires back with a SICK forearm that puts Shawn back into the ropes and gets him all tied up. Bret charges, but Shawn moves and he winds up crotching himself in the ropes. Shawn comes off the middle-rope but falls right into the SHARPSHOOTER!! It’s over. (26:41) Oh boy, do I love that finish. Shawn controlled 60-70% of that match and then fell prey to the Sharpshooter just like that. I can’t help but think of WrestleMania 12 here when they did the same spot. When I first saw that match and after everything Shawn had done to Bret for those 50-something minutes and for him to get stuck in the Sharpshooter at the last minute or so, now that’s good stuff. Anyways, an awesome match and definitely a career highlight for both men. ****½

Final Thoughts: Well, Bret vs. Shawn is must-see. That’s for sure. Under the circumstances with people like Warrior, Bulldog and Mountie who left the company prior to the show, it’s still pretty decent overall considering how much of the direction of the show had to change. The two main events were really fun. Thank God they didn’t try a whole card of elimination matches. That would been BRUTAL with the talent pool back then. Anyways, thumbs in the middle for Survivor Series ’92. Recommended, but not required.

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