WWF House Show 12/27/1992
Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: Worcester, MA
Opening Contest: Tito Santana vs. Damien Demento: I enjoy Tito, but Demento just tends to drive me nuts. This match goes apparently thirteen minutes so I don’t think I’ll cover every last detail. Demento punches Tito at the start, but Santana blocks a boot to atomic drop Demento followed by two dropkicks to send him to the floor. Santana hip tosses Demento upon his return to the ring and keeps control of his arm. Demento backs Tito into the corner and hammers away on him. Demento misses a splash in the corner. Santana hits a cross body coming off the ropes for a near fall. Santana keeps control with several strikes and a basic wrist lock. Santana ducks a clothesline and nearly pins Demento after a clothesline of his own. Demento sends Santana chest first into the corner to get momentum in his favor and chokes Tito on the mat. Demento slams Santana to the canvas and delivers an elbow drop for a two count. Demento comes off the ropes to hit a leaping shoulder block for a near fall. Demento slows the match down significantly by controlling Santana with a sleeper hold on the mat. Santana tried to get to his feet but Demento yanked him down and delivered a knee drop for a two count. Santana gets out of a headlock and almost wins with a sunset flip. Demento rams Santana into the corner followed by a kick to the midsection. Demento runs into a big boot in the corner. Santana hammers away on Demento to fight out of the corner and knocks Demento down. Santana scoop slams Demento followed by a backdrop. Tito knocks Damien out of the ring with a leaping forearm smash. Santana tries to bring Demento into the ring from the apron but Demento holds onto the ropes and has a handful of tights to steal the match. (1/2*. The guy recording the show called the finish before it took place, so he must have heard about the match on other shows. Yes, I watched the entire match and it was just a really slow match. Demento in control of the offense should never be allowed.)
Second Contest: Brooklyn Brawler vs. Jim Duggan: For whatever reason this match wasn’t included on the tape. As you might expect, Duggan would win the match following a clothesline. I’m not all that upset about the match being skipped.
Third Contest: Beverly Brothers & Little Mickey Moses vs. Bushwhackers & Tiger Jackson: The ring announcer considers this to be a mixed tag team match. All the people involved are male, so that’s basically saying that dwarfs are different. Anyway, I can’t possibly sit through this nonsense of a match. You know it’s just going to be comedy stuff and the Beverly’s made out to look stupid. Jackson comes off the top rope to hit a cross body on Moses for the win.
Fourth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Savage: They stall early on as Michaels avoids Savage in the corner. Michaels takes Savage down with an arm drag and taunts him. Savage gets Michaels in the corner but has to back away, again. They trade hammerlocks until Savage delivers an elbow strike to stagger Michaels. Michaels goes to the floor and Savage stands on the middle rope wanting the champ to get back into the ring. Michaels drops Savage with a right hand and stomps away on him to get the cheap advantage. Shawn keeps Savage on the canvas with a headlock for a few moments. Michaels shoulders blocks Savage a few times but gets clotheslined over the top to the floor by Savage. Savage atomic drops Michaels on the floor before returning to the ring. Michaels misses a spear in the corner hitting the post. Savage keeps Michaels on the mat with an arm lock. Savage avoids a leapfrog and a boot from the champ. Savage jabs Michaels a few times and kicks Michaels to avoid a backdrop attempt. Savage knee lifts Michaels from behind to send him through the middle rope to the floor. Savage rolls back into the ring with Michaels and heads to the top rope but misses a double axe handle attempt as Shawn hits him in the midsection. Savage rolls to the floor to regroup. Michaels rams Savage into the apron and chokes Savage back in the ring. Michaels controls Savage with a sleeper hold but he’s not going to get submission.
Savage comes off the ropes and nearly wins with a rollup. Michaels cuts Savage off with a quick super kick but Savage gets his foot on the ropes. Michaels tries for a teardrop suplex but Savage punches out of the hold and they trade some strikes. Michaels misses another super kick and is clotheslined by Savage. Randy heads to the top rope but Michaels rolls to the floor to avoid an elbow drop. Michaels heads backstage but Savage comes down to the floor because it appears Marty Jannetty appeared to stop him. Savage rams Michaels into the ring post but they’ve been counted out. Savage goes to the top rope and hits an elbow drop on Michaels. Jannetty slides into the ring and counts the pin fall despite the match being over with. (*1/2. They didn’t really do much here it felt like and the finish was a lame ending. It felt like they never intended to do much and remained in first gear throughout the match. I had high expectations for this thinking they wanted to steal the show.)
Fifth Contest: Lance Cassidy vs. Repo Man: Repo attacks Cassidy before the bell delivering a right hand to knock him down. Repo chokes Cassidy on the canvas followed by strikes on the canvas. Repo chokes Cassidy over the top rope and yanks him backward. Cassidy fights back with a dropkick and nearly wins with a cross body. Repo rolls to the floor to regroup. Repo returns to the ring and knee lifts Cassidy followed by an eye rake. Cassidy takes Repo down to the mat with a top wrist lock and a drop toe hold. Cassidy controls Repo on the mat with a hammerlock. Repo drops Cassidy throat first across the top rope. Repo works over Cassidy with strikes over the back. Repo drives Cassidy down to the canvas with a back suplex for a near fall. Cassidy comes off the ropes to clothesline Repo. Cassidy hammers away on Repo in the corner with ten punches. Repo boots a charging Cassidy in the corner. Cassidy runs the ropes but stops and rolls Repo up for the win. (1/2*. They just made Repo Man look like a complete fool there, really. At least this was a rather short match, I guess.)
Sixth Contest: WWF Tag Team Champions Money Inc. vs. Nasty Boys: Sags and Knobbs brawl with DiBiase and IRS on the floor to start the match. Sags sends DiBiase head first into the corner to legally start the match. Sags misses a splash in the corner and DiBiase tags in IRS. IRS controls Sags with a wrist lock and DiBiase comes back in. DiBiase shoulder blocks Sags followed by a hip toss but misses an elbow drop. Knobbs gets tagged in and they yank down on Ted’s arm. Knobbs drops DiBiase with an elbow strike. Sags tags back in to kick DiBiase in the chest and wrenches on his arm over the top rope. Knobbs comes off the ropes to deliver an arm breaker on DiBiase. Knobbs has a hammerlock on DiBiase but IRS enters to distract Knobbs and DiBiase gets control of the match with a knee lift. IRS comes off the ropes but misses an elbow drop and Knobbs controls his left arm. Knobbs comes off the ropes with a shoulder block but gets stopped by a drop toe hold and IRS slaps the back of his head. Knobbs counters IRS and slaps the back of his head several times. Sags tags in and rubs his butt on the face of IRS! IRS takes Sags down and they trade right hands. Sags controls the left arm of IRS with another wrist lock. Sags yanks IRS down by his hair but a right hand to the face stops him. IRS hits Sags from the apron and DiBiase knocks Sags to the floor. IRS rams Sags back first into the apron several times to keep momentum in their favor. DiBiase sends Sags hard back first into the corner and Sags is holding his back in some pain.
IRS comes back in and along with DiBiase rams him back first into the corner. DiBiase controls Sags with a bear hug before driving him into the corner only to put the hold back on. Sags breaks free from the hold and tries to tag out but IRS is tagged in and prevents the tag from happening. IRS puts a bear hug back on Sags. Sags breaks free with an atomic drop but is stopped by the champs from making a tag out to Knobbs. Sags clotheslines the champs out of the corner and finally tags in Knobbs. Knobbs enters and hammers away on DiBiase with right hands and a backdrop. IRS is sent down with a hip toss and decks DiBiase. Knobbs clotheslines DiBiase over the top to the floor and IRS is also on the floor. They are deciding to leave the match. Sags and Knobbs decide to bring them back into the ring. DiBiase is begging off as IRS decked Knobbs on the floor. Sags elbow drops DiBiase for a two count. Knobbs tags in and power slams DiBiase for a near fall. Knobbs signals for the Pity City for Knobbs. DiBiase gets his face rubbed into the armpit of Sags. Sags enters and bulldogs DiBiase for a near fall. IRS trips Sags from the floor and DiBiase puts the Million Dollar Dream on him! Knobbs enters and breaks the hold to save his partner. Sags comes off the ropes and drives DiBiase face first into the canvas. IRS and Knobbs get the tags with Knobbs cleaning house on the champs. IRS is sent into the corner and is splashed by Knobbs. Sags heads to the top rope and elbow drops IRS but DiBiase makes the save on the cover. Knobbs clotheslines DiBiase over the top to teh floor. Jimmy Hart is distracting the referee and that allows DiBiase to hit Sags with the metal briefcase. IRS rolls over and covers Sags to win the match. (**1/4. I enjoyed this far more than I was expecting to. The crowd was hot for the action and I thought they worked rather well together. Sags did well in his role to get heat for the hot tag. The finish made sense and I was glad there was a pin fall instead of a count out or DQ.)
Main Event: WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair: Early on, Flair taunts Hart and does a strut. Flair gets right in Hart’s face to try and intimidate him but that’s not working very well it looks like. They lockup and Flair backs Hart into a corner but they cleanly break away. Flair takes Hart down with a headlock but Hart puts a head scissors on only for Flair to pop back up. Hart backs Flair into a corner after pulling his hair but Flair avoids him. Hart puts a hammerlock on Flair for a few moments. Flair backs Hart into a corner and reaches the ropes but Hart holds onto the move a little longer. They trade a few wrist locks but Hart appears to get the control until Flair backs him into a corner again. Flair knee lifts Hart when the referee is out of position to get the cheap advantage. Flair works over Hart with a right hand. Flair sends Hart hard back first into the corner and continues with his simple offense. Flair works over Hart with more right hands to the midsection and sends the champ across the ring back first into the corner. Flair attempts a suplex but Hart counters with a suplex of his own. Hart starts working on the right leg of Flair trying to hyperextend the knee. Hart puts the figure four on Flair in the middle of the ring! Flair is screaming in agony but isn’t going to give in. Flair manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Flair decides to beg off but Hart ignores the request and continues to work over the right leg. Hart puts a figure four on Flair again but Flair is able to quickly reach the bottom rope. Flair continues to work on Hart sending him to the floor. Flair drops Hart throat first across the top rope and sends Hart hard back first into the corner a couple of times. Flair tries to get a cheap pin fall using his feet on the ropes for leverage but Hart kicks out.
Flair continues to try to get a cheap pin but he can’t keep Hart down. Flair chops Hart coming out of the corner for another near fall. Flair atomic drops Hart before going for another cheap cover but Hart kicks out at two again. Flair continues to stomp away on the champ and again attempts a cheap cover but Hart refuses to stay down. Flair chokes Hart with his knee. Flair sends Hart back first into the corner and follows up with chops. Hart starts to fight out of the corner with right hands. Hart pummels Flair in the corner with ten punches. Hart backdrops Flair coming out of the corner. Flair stops Hart with a low blow it looks like. Hart counters a hip toss with a backslide for a near fall. Flair goes to the ropes and boots Hart in the midsection. Hart stops Flair with a sleeper hold coming off the ropes. Flair drops Hart with a knee breaker and attempts the figure four which he has locked in! Flair is using the ropes for an illegal leverage but the referee is busy checking ion Hart and doesn’t notice it. Hart refuses to allow his shoulders to stay on the mat for the pin attempt. The referee finally sees Flair cheating and forces him to let go. Flair backs Hart into a corner and delivers a kick to his left knee. Flair continues to kick the knee and Hart crashes to the mat where Flair gets a two count. Flair dumps Hart to the floor and casually walks away. Flair drops Hart from the apron and returns to the ring. Hart shoulder rams Flair from the apron and attempts a sunset flip and pulls his trunks down for a near fall. Hart gets a second wind and stalks towards Flair delivering a series of right hands in the corner. Flair manages to boot a charging Hart in the corner and heads to the top rope. Hart pops up and slams Flair off the top to the canvas. Hart punches Flair in the midsection and connects with a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Hart gets a two count with an inside cradle. Flair gets met with a headbutt and falls flat on his face. Hart drives Flair down with a backbreaker and heads to the middle rope. Hart comes off and hits a forearm drop for a two count. Hart drags Flair to the middle of the ring but is kicked away by Flair. Flair tries for a figure four but Hart counters with an inside cradle and wins the match. (*1/2. I just don’t know why these two don’t do much for me in the ring. Flair’s offense is really boring to me and dragged the match along. The finish certainly allows them to bring a rematch to the area since it was kind of a fluke win. I don’t think I’d watch these two again after this effort.)
Well, the best match was the Money Inc./Nasty Boys tag match and that was really an average match that exceeded my expectations. Savage/Michaels was a huge disappointment and the main event didn’t deliver a good result. At least their match where Hart won the title was solid. I wonder if Flair was even 100% during this time, which would explain the poor matches. Anyway, this gets a thumbs down from me.
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