Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: Indianapolis, IN
Opening Contest: Repo Man vs. Crush: Demolition collides in a rematch from SummerSlam in August. There are quite a few empty seats in the arena as the camera pans around a little bit. Crush takes Repo down with a choke slam and runs over Repo with a clothesline. Repo avoids a knee drop and begins to take control of the match. Crush blocks a scoop slam attempt and delivers a back breaker. Repo bails to the floor but is met with a big boot from Crush. Repo avoids a splash in the corner and plants Crush with a piledriver! Crush makes a comeback with an atomic drop and clothesline. Repo is sent into the ropes and driven down with a back breaker. Crush locks in the Kona Vice to win the match. (*. Crush dominated most of the match and there wasn’t really a believable shot for Repo to beat Crush, nor should there be. A basic match for the most part but the crowd was into what Crush was doing.)
Second Contest: Tatanka vs. Papa Shango: Early on, Shango has Tatanka in the corner to deliver one strike and back away. Tatanka avoids a strike and begins to hammer away on Shango with a clothesline in the corner. Shango misses a splash in the corner and Tatanka works over the left arm. Shango works over Tatanka in the corner and bites his forehead. Shango drops Tatanka with an elbow strike after sending him into the ropes. Tatanka gets ran over with a clothesline as Papa is keeping the pace to the match at a snails pace. Shango had control of Tatanka’s arm on a submission attempt but has to back Tatanka into a corner to maintain control. Tatanka boots Shango in the corner and knocks Papa off his feet with a leaping clothesline. Tatanka follows up with a dropkick and chop. He goes on the War Path and heads to the top after a few overhand chops but Shango punches him in midair! Tatanka counters a scoop slam attempt with an inside cradle to win the match. (*. A boring match as Shango’s offense left a lot to be desired. As interesting as a character I thought Shango was promo wise, he is just bad in the ring and it seems like he can’t put together entertaining offense.)
Third Contest: The Natural Disasters vs. The Headshrinkers: Samu and Typhoon kick off the match. Samu puts a full nelson on Typhoon but that doesn’t work. Samu tries to scoop slam Typhoon but he can’t do it. Typhoon scoop slams both Fatu and Samu to get control of the match. Earthquake enters and works over Samu’s arm with a few elbow strikes. Fatu enters the match and taunts the fans. Quake comes off the ropes to shoulder block Fatu. Quake sends Fatu into the corner with a few strikes but Fatu tries to scoop slam Quake but that gets reversed. Quake sends both Samu and Fatu to the floor. Fatu gets splashed in the corner a couple of times. Quake big boots Fatu but misses an elbow drop. Typhoon enters the ring but the Headshrinkers double team Quake for a couple of moments. Fatu delivers a falling head butt to Quake for a near fall. Fatu runs into a big boot from Quake in the corner. Quake avoids a splash from Fatu in the corner. Samu and Typhoon get tagged into the match with Typhoon running over the Headshrinkers. Quake enters and all four men brawl briefly. Typhoon sends the Headshrinkers into each other but that doesn’t impact them. Fatu and Samu head butt Typhoon and that’s good enough for the win. (*1/2. A formula tag match that didn’t exactly offer much entertainment wise. No surprise with the Headshrinkers going over as they are the team the company is going to push going forward while it’s near the end for the Natural Disasters as a tag team.)
Fourth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty: Marty yanks down Michaels by the hair and follows up with a clothesline. The crowd is heavily into this one. Michaels avoids Jannetty sending the challenger to the floor. Jannetty is sent into the ring post and Shawn is in control. Shawn drops Marty throat first across the top rope. Marty sends Michaels to the apron where Shawn tries to slide in but is met with an elbow drop. Michaels puts a stop to Marty’s offense with a swinging neck breaker. Marty sends Michaels into the turnbuckle but misses a quick elbow drop. Michaels puts a front face lock on Jannetty to maintain control of the match. Jannetty breaks the hold ramming Michaels into the corner and elbows Shawn before leaping off the middle rope to deliver a bulldog! Shawn scoop slams Marty and comes off the middle rope but Jannetty gets a boot up. Marty drives Michaels face first into the canvas. Jannetty flips Michaels over the top to the floor. Jannetty hits a scoop power slam and goes to the top rope! Michaels rolls out of the way but Marty lands on his feet. Shawn atomic drops Jannetty but misses a super kick. Marty hits one of his own and nearly pins Michaels! Shawn rolls through a cross body and pins Jannetty! (***. A good match with plenty of energy and the fans were completely interested into the match.) After the match, Jannetty clotheslines Michaels over the top to the floor to get some measure of revenge.
Fifth Contest: Big Bossman vs. Razor Ramon: As per usual, Ramon tosses his toothpick at Bossman. Razor decides to stall a little bit before anything happens. Bossman slaps Ramon and taunts him afterward. Bossman doesn’t budge on a shoulder block attempt so Razor tries a few more times. Bossman gets the advantage on a test of strength until Razor uses a knee to drop Bossman to his knees. Bossman fights out of the hold and punches Ramon. Bossman nearly wins with a rollup and inside cradle. In the corner, Bossman hammers away on Ramon. The referee gets pushed out of position so that Razor can hit Bossman with the nightstick and pins Bossman. (DUD. That was just awful. For a short match they seemed to stumble over anything and everything. Poorly executed match on all accounts.)
Sixth Contest: Nailz vs. The Undertaker: Weeks prior to this event, this match had been replacing Flair vs. Warrior matches and gone less than a minute. I believe this was properly promoted. Nailz runs into a big boot in the corner and Taker heads to the top rope to drop down across the left arm of Nailz. Nailz fights back sending Taker to the floor and pulls Taker to the apron. Taker drops him throat first across the top rope. Nailz avoids a splash in the corner and hits a face buster. Taker is sent to the floor again and Nailz gets a few shots in. Nailz sends Taker into the ring steps knee first. Nailz weakens Taker by sending him into the ring post as well. Back in the ring, Nailz scoop slams Taker a few times. The referee is distracted as Nailz hits Taker with his nightstick and locks in a sleeper hold. Nailz bails to the floor and Taker follows him towards the backstage area. Nailz returns to the ring with Taker still stalking him and sends him back into the ring. That was more than ten seconds so it should have been a count out. Nailz low blows Taker with the referee distracted. Taker ducks a clothesline to hit a choke slam and gets the win right in the middle of the ring. (*. Again, an extremely boring match. These two were supposed to feud leading into the Rumble, I believe. Thankfully, Nailz was fired a week later.)
Main Event: WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair: I’m kind of treading this match, for some reason. I suppose I’ve never really enjoyed a match between these two. Early on, Hart has a hammerlock on Flair as it’s a slow start with some taunting from Flair. Hart is standing on the middle rope while having an arm lock on Flair but lets go shortly afterward. Flair shoulder blocks Bret on the shoulder but can’t maintain control for long. Flair gets control by sending Hart face first into the turnbuckle, but Hart regains the advantage on the mat with a hammerlock. Flair backs Bret into the corner and goes to work with some strikes and chops. Hart trips Flair and has the figure four locked in but can’t get a submission or pin. Flair manages to reach the bottom rope after a few moments. Hart brings him back to the middle of the ring and focuses his attack on the right knee. Flair avoids an elbow drop and both men are on the canvas. Hart rams Flair into the corner and delivers a few more shots. Flair pokes Bret in the eyes and sends the champ hard into the corner. Flair nearly wins with his feet on the ropes but Hart manages to pop his shoulder up each time. The fans are giving Flair some good heat so he taunts them to eat it all up.
Flair continues to work over Hart with some knee shots to the back as the fans try and rally behind their hero. Flair is obsessed with pinning Bret although it’s just not happening at the moment. Flair goes back to yelling at the fans. Hart blocks a right hand and gets a few shots in but Flair cuts him off with a sleeper hold only to be sent face first into the top turnbuckle! Flair tosses Bret to the floor and kicks Bret from the apron. Bret fights back from the apron with a sunset flip and a near win while yanking down Flair’s tights. Bret goes for a backslide and gets a two count. Hart has a sleeper hold locked in until Flair hits a back suplex. Flair heads to the top rope but Hart stops Ric and hits a slam. Hart gets fed up with the chops and Flair backs off. Hart with a flurry of right hands in the corner and follows up with a backdrop. Hart hits a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Hart drives Flair down with a back breaker to hit a middle rope forearm drop. Hart drags Flair to the middle of the ring but gets an eye poke for his efforts. Flair stops Hart with a knee breaker and goes for the figure four but Hart counters with an inside cradle to get a three count and retain the title! (**1/2. A competitive main event but their styles don’t seem to mesh very well, at least not for me. Flair’s offense kept the match at a slow pace, though he did a fine job of keeping the fans into the match.) After the match, Flair punches Hart to the floor while he celebrated on the middle rope.
Aside from Michaels/Jannetty, the show is bad. The quality of wrestling is just subpar and it’s not exactly a strong lineup to begin with. The crowd seemed to be into the matches, though watching them some 22 years later, it just wasn’t a good enough show.
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