Announcers: Vince McMahon & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
This was billed as "The Summerslam You Thought You'd Never See", a fitting title since Wembley Stadium was filled to capacity with some 80,000 people. Yep, this is one of those massive outdorr arena shows, which makes it special before the first match even gets underway. It's a superb environment for a wrestling show.
The Legion Of Doom vs. Money Inc.
DiBiase wears his awesome white suit here, as a change of pace from the usual black. LOD rides motorcycles down the huge aisleway to the ring. This match was originally scheduled to be for the Tag Team Titles, but the Natural Disasters beat Money Inc. for the Titles a month earlier. The result sees the best two teams in the company in a non-title match, while the Disasters and Beverly Brothers wrestled in a Tag Title match later on. Lots of stalling to start in this one. Hawk misses a top rope clothesline, and DiBiase works him over on the floor. A chinlock kills time. A hot tag fails twice due to some classic Money Inc. cheating. Animal finally gets the hot tag and goes nuts on the heels. They go for the Doomsday Device, but Hawk gets taken out, so Animal decides to just drop DiBiase flat on his back. That was a nice bump. DiBiase gets up and charges right into an Animal powerslam, and the LOD takes the win at an even 12:00. This one got pretty good in between the resting, but there was a lot of resting. *3/4 Two months later, LOD would be out of the WWF, and Money Inc. would be the Tag Team Champions again. Yet the LOD goes over here. Go figure.
Gene Okerlund interviews Ric Flair backstage. Gene grills him about Mr. Perfect, who will be in either Randy Savage's or the Ultimate Warrior's corner in the WWF Title match later in the evening. Mean Gene wants to know whose dressing room Perfect is currently in, so Flair tells him that he's in the dressing room of the winner.
Sean Mooney talks to Virgil.
Virgil vs. Nailz
Nailz is a newcomer, a supposed ex-convict, who was tailor made for a feud with the Big Boss Man. Virgil, as a friend of Boss Man, is here strictly to be squashed. After a few minutes of choking and brawling, Nailz takes the submission win with a type of chinlock that strongly resembles a chokeout. 3:18. DUD After the match, Nailz picks up Boss Man's nightstick (which he had previously stolen from Boss Man) and chokes out Virgil with it for fun.
Lord Alfred Hayes knocks on the Macho Man's door. Savage won't answer.
Gene is with Sensational Sherri, Shawn Michaels' valet, but the object of Rick Martel's affection. Michaels and Martel are fighting over her, but Sherri has feelings for both men, so she has requested a special stipulation that neither man be allowed to hit each other in the face.
"The Model" Rick Martel vs. Shawn Michaels
Both men are heels. Martel is decked out in his tennis outfit before the match, so Vince cracks, "Eat your heart out, Andre Aggasi." Moments later, Martel says the same exact thing into the camera. Whoa. Ah, I bet they planned it. Heenan whistles Shawn's sexy boy music as Mr. Michaels makes his entrance with Sherri. The stipulation actually makes them resort to some nice wrestling, and we get two nice sequences out of it. Martel ends up on the floor and hugs Sherri just to piss Michaels off. Inside, a pin reversal sequence follows with each man using the tights to their advantage. An unnecessary closeup of Sherri's outfit reveals that a large portion of the backside seems to be missing. Geez, that camera shot has more crack than Harlem. Shawn botches a Flair pin. A Martel rollup gets two. A shoving match leads to slaps, but before anyone can throw a punch, Sherri gets on the apron and collapses. Apparently she's fainted. Each man tries to help her, and they actually end up brawling in the aisle over who gets to carry her to the back. While they're pounding on each other, Sherri sits up for a moment, and we see that she's faking it. She lays back down again as the ref calls for a double countout at 8:08. Pretty good match while it lasted. **3/4 Shawn wins the brawl with Martel and tries to take Sherri back, but Martel breaks away from several officials and nails Shawn in the face. Now he takes her to the back, but Shawn recovers and now he carries her with Vince and Heenan making butt jokes about Sherri's outfit the whole time. Martel finds a pail of water and revives Sherri to finally end the battle.
Sean Mooney is with the Nasty Boys. They make fun of Sherri. Wow, first a heel vs. heel match, now a heel making fun of the heels fighting over a heel. This was ahead of its time. The Nastys, though not on this card, want a Title shot, and ask their manager, Jimmy Hart to get them one. Only problem is, Jimmy was more concerned with getting Money Inc. a shot. Nevertheless, he promises Knobs and Sags a shot.
Tag Team Titles: The Natural Disasters (Champions) vs. The Beverly Brothers
In my book, the Beverlys were always pretty underrated. This was their first and only major shot at the Title. Bobby Heenan announces that "Shawn Michaels has left the building". A few minutes into the match, Earthquake accidentally sandwiches Typhoon in the corner, allowing the Beverlys to work him over. After preventing a hot tag, the Bevs nail him with the Genius's scroll, but Quake breaks up a pin attempt with a big elbow. Hot tag to Quake, who comes in with a belly to belly suplex. Typhoon whips Quake into Beau. Quake follows it up with a powerslam and the Earthquake to retain at 10:25. Only the Beverlys could carry the Disasters to **. Well, maybe that's an overstatement, but it was still surprisingly good. After the match, the Disasters mandhandle the Genius for good measure. I still say it would have been cool if the Beverlys went over here, even if it would have made no sense whatsoever.
Gene does a comedy interview with the Bushwackers.
Lord Alfred Hayes now tries to get into the Ultimate Warrior's dressing room unsuccessfully.
Crush vs. Repo Man
It's a lot more darker outside now than it was during the previous match. Did they edit out some interviews or intermission or something? This match is of course where Demolition explodes!… kind of. After Demolition split, Smash was repackaged as Repo Man, and Crush was repackaged as Crush... the Hawaiian, that is. These are two totally different gimmicks, and neither man was billed as a former Demolition member. Crush dominates this one with his power stuff. He comes off the top rope with a kneedrop and Coliseum does an excellent clipjob. Shortly thereafter, Crush takes it in convincing fashion with the Cranium Crunch at a clipped 4:04. 1/2*
Gene recaps the Warrior/Savage storyline. First it was announced that Warrior would get the shot at Savage's WWF Title at Summerslam, much to the chagrin of Ric Flair, who had hoped to get the Title shot himself. Savage gave a great interview to set up the match and delievered a great line in, "... and I'm the Macho Man Randy Savage. And I'm the World Wrestlin' Federation Champion... and YOU'RE NOT!" Way to show him, Mach. Warrior got his own interview a week later, but Flair interrupts Warrior and states that Mr. Perfect will be in the corner of the highest bidder for his services come Summerslam. Later, Mr. Perfect interrupts another Savage interview and says the same thing. By this point, each beloved babyface was worried that the other man would have the two heels in his corner at Summerslam. During the Summerslam Spectacular, days prior to the PPV, Warrior and Savage were forced to team up against the Nasty Boys. The ref was knocked out in the middle of the match, and Perfect and Flair ran out to take apart the Warrior. Meanwhile, the Nastys destroyed Savage and ended up picking the countout win (which convinced them that they deserved a Tag Team Title shot). This storyline was absolutely brilliant from start to finish.
WWF Title: "Macho Man" Randy Savage (Champion) vs. The Ultimate Warrior
Warrior is introduced first, and Savage second. Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair are nowhere to be seen, as each man comes out alone. The ovations for each man are huge, prompting Vince to say, "That's 80,000 plus...". Sounded like he was bragging. Savage and Warrior are both surprised by the non-appearance of Perfect and Flair, and get the action on. A strange, somewhat unorthodox back and forth match ensues, with each getting several two counts at various points. The crowd is really into it, and for awhile everyone forgets about Mr. Perfect. Then, about ten to fifteen minutes in, Perfect and Flair start to make their way down the aisle. Once at ringside, they stand on opposite sides of the ring, watching the action. Savage runs off the ropes, and Flair trips him up. Warrior has sold out! Warrior, unaware that Flair just tripped his opponent, gets up and nails Savage to take advantage. The ref is bumped. Warrior slams Savage and hits an axehandle off the top rope. He covers, but there's no ref. He finally comes to and counts a slow two for the Warrior. Savage gets up and knees the Warrior in the back, causing Warrior to slam into Hebner and propel him to the floor. Now that's a real ref bump. Savage hits a piledriver on Warrior, and covers, but again, there's no ref. He goes to the floor to check on the official. Perfect comes into revive the Warrior, but he ends up holding him while Flair knocks him out with something he grabbed from his tights. So it was Savage that sold out! All they did to Savage was trip him, but they knocked out the Warrior. Savage pulls the ref into the ring, unaware of what Perfect and Flair did to his opponent. Savage goes to the top and hits the Flying Elbow, but a slow count only gets two. At this point, Perfect and Flair confer to talk strategy. Flair has a chair in his hand, and he and Perfect return to opposite sides of the ring. Warrior starts to make the big comeback with three clotheslines, a shouldertackle, and the gorilla press slam. He goes off the ropes for the splash, but Perfect grabs his foot, prompting Hebner to have a word with him. Meanwhile, Warrior runs off the ropes on the other side of the ring and gets plastered with a Ric Flair chairshot. Hebner turns around to see both men down, and becomes confused. Savage gets up and climbs to the top again. While up there, he realizes that he couldn't have been the one to put Warrior down like that. Savage looks to the sky, makes his decision... turns towards Flair on the outside, and jumps down towards the Nature Boy. Flair, however, manages to sidestep him and take his knee out with the chair. Savage is counted out of the ring at 26:15. Flair pounces on him and hooks the Figure Four while Perfect smacks his knee with the chair. Warrior manages to take the chair away, and chase the heels to the back. He walks back to check on Savage, and the two of them embrace to end a hell of a match. Savage retains the Title, but neither man sold out, and the fans still love both of them. This is one of my favorite angles of all time; it was geniusly booked. A grueling match with a perfect storyline. ****1/4 They just don't write stories like this anymore. Three days later in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Savage, still selling the knee injuries from this show, dropped the Title to Ric Flair. Turns out Flair's plan did work after all.
Gene is with Perfect and Flair. Flair explains that he should've had the Title shot to begin with, and says that the Title is coming back to him. He was right.
The official attendance is announced as 80,355. Wow.
The Undertaker vs. Kamala
It's now completely dark, a perfect time for a famous Undertaker entrance, as he comes to the ring standing in the back of a creepy looking hearse. Kamala seems frightened, as it's clear that the intimidation factor is advantageous to the Undertaker. Taker dominates with the usual, before taking a nice bump off the top rope when Kamala counters the ropewalk. They brawl on the floor, before Taker hits a chokeslam back in the ring. He hits the flying clothesline next and goes for the Tombstone, but Kamala's handler, Kimchee, nails the Undertaker with his helmet to cause the DQ at 3:40. 1/4* After the match Kamala delivers three splashes off the top, but Taker manages to sit up and methodically stalk a petrified Kamala all the way back to the locker room.
Sean Mooney interviews the British Bulldog. Davey Boy says that he doesn't feel any pressure going out there in front of 80,000 of his fellow countrymen. Instead, he feels nothing but pride. Bulldog says that when he steps in the ring with Bret, all their family history means nothing, and once that bell rings, he doesn't even know Bret.
Gene talks with the reigning Intercontinental Champion, Bret Hart, who retorts. He asks Davey Boy how he can possibly say he doesn't know him after all they've been through. He brings up the fact that it was him who introduced Davey to Diana (Bret's sister and Davey Boy's wife) in the first place, and tells him to look him in the eyes. Great interview. Bret was looknig his coolest here, with the sunglasses and the jacket and the whole Hitman persona at its best.
Rowdy Roddy Piper makes a surprise appearance to play the bagpipes.
Sean Mooney is in the crowd with Diana Hart-Smith. She talks about how this match has torn up the whole family, and she doesn't care who wins as long as neither man is hurt. She loves both of them.
Intercontinental Title: British Bulldog vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (Champion)
Bulldog enters first, with Lennox Lewis accompanying him to the ring carrying England's flag. The crowd reaction is amazing, with 80,000 cheering on their fellow Brit. Bret's music rips through the Stadium, and the cheers turn to scattered boos even though Bret is a face too. Bret makes the long walk down the aisle with the Intercontinental Title around his waist.
The match finally begins, but the crowd heat doesn't die. They go through the initial feeling out process, and the crowd becomes increasingly louder instead of dying down. The excitement is unbelieveable; you can't help being on the edge of your seat. A quick sequence sees Bret shoulderblocked to the floor. Inside, Bret goes to a sideheadlock takedown, but Bulldog counters with a headscissors. Bret gets out and reapplies the side headlock, but Bulldog shoots him off the ropes and tries to press slam him. Bret wiggles out, however, and scores two quick near falls then goes back to the side headlock to wear Bulldog down. Bulldog counters to a hammerlock, but Bret elbows him to break, then continues with an arm ringer. Bulldog rolls out to counter, though it's not quite on an Owen level. A whip in leads to a double leg take down for Davey Boy, followed by a slingshot. He goes back to the arm, but Bret rolls out. Bulldog scores a crucifix for two. He goes back to the arm. Hart slams him, but Bulldog holds on, then switches it up with a wristlock. Bret goes off the ropes and catches Bulldog with a knee. He starts to get some heel heat for that. Bret hits a leg drop and goes to a chinlock. Not surprisingly, Hart gets the better of Bulldog on a speed exchange. Vince calls an inverted atomic drop a reverse piledriver. Seriously. Bulldog goes for a crucifix again, but Bret counters with a fallaway slam and goes straight to another chinlock. It doesn't last long though, and a hot sequence leads to a Bulldog monkeyflip. Bulldog connects on a headbutt, but then eats boot on a corner charge. Bret grabs him by the head and the Bulldog gets bulldogged. Heh. Bret goes to the top but gets slammed off by the Bulldog. Bulldog then goes up top but Bret was playing possum and Bulldog misses. Bret set that whole sequence up so he could take control. Smart, huh? A go behind sends Bulldog to the floor. Major heat on Bret for that, and from this point on he takes over as the definitive heel in the match.
Bret hits a top rope dive onto Bulldog, then takes his back to the steel post. Inside, he whips Bulldog into the corner. He's softening up the back in preparation for the sharpshooter. A side russian legsweep gets two for Bret. He dishes out some forearms and a nice standing dropkick. Hart with a big backdrop for two. He goes to the chinlock, then hits a short suplex for two. Back to the chinlock, but Bulldog pulls a back slide out of nowhere to get two. Bret recovers with a backbreaker and a second rope elbow for another two count. He snap mares Bulldog back into the chinlock to wear him down and further control the tempo. Bret goes to a sleeper to try to put Bulldog out, but Davey Boy crawls to the ropes. Bret goes back to the sleeper and brings Bulldog down to his knees, but he counters by backing Bret into the corner to break the hold. Bret fights back and applies it again, but Bulldog breaks it in the corner again. A slugfest develops, which is a mistake for Bret because he can't go toe to toe with Bulldog in a fight. Bulldog picks Bret up and drops him on the top rope. Three clotheslines get two for Davey Boy. A military press slam gets another two count. His pattened delayed suplex gets two, as does Bret's sternum first corner bump. Bulldog goes for the running powerslam, his finisher, and hits it. The crowd is going crazy by this point. Bulldog covers... for two. Bret rolls out for a breather. Bulldog is shocked that his finisher couldn't put Bret away. Bulldog tries to suplex Bret back in, but Hart floats over and counters with a bridge suplex for two. Bulldog blocks a suplex, then takes Bret up top for a superplex. It gets two. They run the ropes and clothesline each other, putting both men down and out. Then, in one of the smartes moves ever seen, Bret grapevines Bulldogs' legs while they're both still down, and turns him over into the Sharpshooter. Bulldog struggles to the ropes to break the hold. Bret comes off the ropes with a sunset flip, but Bulldog sits down and hooks both of Bret's legs to trap him in a pinning combination. There's no escape for Bret, and Bulldog gets three to end a classic match at 25:12. The crowd loses it for their new Intercontinental Champion, the British Bulldog. An easy *****.
After the match, Bulldog offers a handshake to his brother in law, but Bret teases leaving. The crowd boos him, so he reconsiders and they hug. Diana comes into the ring, and the three embrace. Diana raises the arms of both men, though Bulldog now has the Intercontinental Title. The crowd goes home ecstatic, the family reunites, and one of the best Summerslams of all time comes to an end.
This was the best match of Bulldog's career, pretty much solely responsible for his legacy in the WWF, and the one that ultimately carried Bret to the WWF Title a mere two months later. In recent years, Bret has called this match not only his best ever, but has stated that he considers it to be the best match in the history of professional wrestling... ever. I don't know if I agree with that, but I can understand why Bret feels the way he does. This was the first time he got to finish off a PPV, and this was the start of his five year run at the top of the WWF. The crowd heat was amazing, and Bret has said that Davey Boy blew up in the first three minutes of the match and forgot all the spots they'd planned, so Bret literally had to walk him through the rest of the entire match. Unbelievable performance. Whether you agree with Bret or not about how good the match actually was, it does remain a classic, and is definitely one of the top non-gimmicked matches I've ever seen. You just don't see matches like this anymore.
Summerslam 1992 Key Stats
Total Wrestling: 99:00
Average Match: 12:23
Average Match Rating: **
Top Moments: The Sherri hijinx, Flair & Perfect's plot against Savage and the Warrior, The Undertaker's entrance, and the Bret/Bulldog classic
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