WWF House Show 4/13/1992
Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: London, England
Opening Contest: Tito Santana vs. Repo Man: Early on, Repo has early contra over Tito delivering right hands but Tito drops Repo with a quick clothesline sending him to the floor. Repo regains control striking Tito in the corner with works over the left arm. Tito hip tosses and dropkicks Repo to get the upper hand. Santana jabs Repo several times and gets a near fall after a leaping forearm strike. Santana nearly wins with a rollup but is sent into the corner chest first and Repo gets a near fall after a back suplex. Repo sends Tito to the floor and taunts the fans. Repo goes to the floor as well and works over Tito delivering a blow to the back. Repo tries a couple of pin attempts but Santana kicks out at two before being rammed in the corner a few times. Tito ducks a clothesline and strikes Repo several times and knocking him downs ith a knee lift and a couple of dropkicks. Tito hits the leaping forearm smash but Repo gets his boot on the bottom rope to break the cover. Repo trips Tito in the corner and puts his feet on the ropes to get the win. After the match, Tito gets some revenge dropping Repo with clotheslines and a dropkick. Tito hits another leaping forearm smash but Repo rolls to the floor. (*. A surprising victory for Repo who would have a mini-summer feud with the Bulldog and Tito didn’t have much going on for the remainder of his WWF career. A boring start to the show.)
Second Contest: Nasty Boys vs. Legion of Doom: Knobs and Animal start the match with Animal knocking Knobs to the floor following a big boot. Knobs returns and hammers away on Animal but misses a clothesline and Animal decks both Knobs and Sags down with clotheslines sending them both to the floor. Sags and Hawk enter the match with Sags trying to work over Hawk in th scorner but doesn’t get much down. Hawk kicks Sags to the floor and chases on the floor. Sags rolls back in and stops Hawk only to get met with a neck breaker. Hawk takes care of the Nasty Boys by driving them face first into the canvas. Hawk delivers a jumping fist drop and tags in Animal. The referee is distracted as Knobs whacks Hawk over the back with a chair from the floor. Sags goes for the cover but Hawk powers out and dumps Sags to the floor. Sags returns to the ring to keep control and jumps on Hawk’s back as he is across the middle rope. Hawk is choked in the corner and Knobs works over Hawk with elbow drops. Hawk drops Knobs to get out of a sleeper hold but Sags tags in to work over Hawk and chokes him over the bottom rope.
Nasty Boys think the match is over as Knobs leaps off the middle rope and Hawk gets his boot up to avoid a splash. Animal gets the tag but the referee didn’t see it. Hawk hits a double clothesline and Animal finally gets the tag and he cleans house. Animal shoulder blocks Sags and power slams Knobs for a near fall. Animal is sent to the floor and they get the mega phone from Jimmy Hart but they doesn’t work. Hawk leaps off the top and clotheslines Knobs for the win. (**. An energetic match that had some decent action throughout. I was expecting a lot more stalling a slow match but was rather entertained by their pace and what they put together for the fans in England. LOD was crazy over, too.)
Third Contest: Col. Mustafa vs. Sgt. Slaughter: I’m sorry but Iron Sheik wrestling in 1992 doesn’t intrigue me. The match was really slow and didn’t contain much of anything in terms of wrestling action. Slaughter won with one of the slowest rollups in wrestling history.
Fourth Contest: Davey Boy Smith vs. Ric Flair: I don’t recall these two ever wrestling on television or pay per view, so this is a rare matchup. Flair taunts Smith to start the match as he does his trademark strut. Smith does the strut as well to get under Flair’s skin. Smith shoves Flair down from out of the corner and Flair freaks out about it. They do a test of strength with Smith getting the advantage but Flair bails to the floor after breaking the hold. Flair kicks Smith on the knee and gets the advantage with a series of strikes. Smith sends Flair into the ropes and hits a military press slam! Flair comes off the ropes and is met with a bear hug. Flair rakes Smith’s eyes but crashes to the canvas face first. Smith is sent into the corner but knocks Ric off his feet with a clothesline. Davey pummels Flair in the corner but is stopped with a low blow thanks to the referee being out of position. Flair kicks Smith in the ribs and a drops a knee to maintain control of the bout.
Flair low blows Smith again as the referee was checking the time per Flair’s request. Ric keeps a simple offense as he continues to work over Smith. Flair tosses Smith over the top to the floor. Smith comes back into the ring but is sent to the floor again. Flair grabs a chair but the referee comes off the apron to yank the chair away. Flair works over Smith briefly on the outside. Flair chops Smith in the corner and Smith crumbles to the mat after being sent into the corner back first. Flair puts his feet on the ropes as he works over Smith’s arm. Flair begins to work over Smith with chops but Smith no sells them. Smith misses a splash in the corner and hits hard chest first. Flair stops Davey with a low blow and a back suplex. Flair goes for the figure four and uses the ropes for leverage but Smith won’t give up. Davey rolls over and Ric has to let go of the hold quickly. Flair attempts a suplex from the apron to the floor but Smith counters with a delayed vertical suplex into the ring for a near fall.
Smith counters a hip toss with a backslide but only gets a near fall. Flair again pokes Smith in the eyes and works over Davey with chops that don’t work on Davey. Ric with several more shots to the midsection but Smith decks him. Flair heads to the top but is press slammed off by Davey. Smith runs over Flair with several clotheslines with the last one sending Flair over the top to the floor. Flair delivers a shoulder ram from the apron and uses the ropes for leverage on the pin for a near fall. Smith nearly wins with a rollup. Seconds later, Smith puts Flair on his shoulder and hits a running power slam to get a clean victory right in the middle of the ring. (***. I enjoyed the match despite Flair’s lack of compelling offense. Flair worked a smart match as he did cheap shots to cut off Smith, but in the end Smith wasn’t going to be denied a victory. It’s a huge victory for Smith and easily the biggest win of his singles career up to this point.)
Fifth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels: Shawn has the early offense taking Bret over with an arm drag. Michaels yanks Bret down by his hair to work over the left arm. Hart counters and sends Shawn to the floor through the middle rope. Hart pulls Michaels over the top rope back into the ring to work over Shawn’s arm on the canvas. Bret clotheslines Shawn and keeps control with an arm bar. Michaels gets the upper hand with a sleeper hold after yanking Hart to the canvas. Hart catches Shawn and catapults Michaels face first into the corner for a near fall. Michaels cuts Bret off with a knee lift to the midsection. Shawn works over Bret in the corner but Hart comes back with strikes of his own but Shawn sends Hart chest first into the corner to maintain control of the match. Shawn chokes Bret over the middle rope and Sensational Sherri chokes Bret while the referee was distracted by Michaels.
Shawn jabs Bret several times to drop the champion and get a near fall. Hart elbows his way out of a sleeper hold but is met with a super kick as he ran the ropes and Michaels nearly wins the match. Hart surprises Shawn with a rollup but only manages to get a near fall. Shawn keeps control with a sleeper hold but Bret gets to his feet. Bret comes off the ropes but is met with another sleeper hold. Hart rams Michaels back first into the corner to break the hold but can’t followup. Hart boots a charging Shawn in the corner and hits a middle rope clothesline. Hart atomic drops Michaels and sends Michaels into the corner with Shawn laying over the top turnbuckle and is kicked several times. Hart clotheslines Shawn from behind and gets a two count. Hart gets a near fall with a rollup. Michaels accidentally knocks Sherri off the apron and is nearly rolled up again. Hart drops Shawn with a back breaker and hits a forearm drop. Hart locks in the Sharpshooter but Sherri gets on the apron to slap Hart to break the hold. Bret goes to the floor to go after Sherri but is attacked from behind. They brawl on the floor and both men are counted out. After the match, Hart clotheslines Michaels over the top to the floor to get a pop from the crowd. (**1/2. A decent match between these guys but the finish was lame. It protects Michaels as he was in line for a singles push. It was a fine, well worked match.)
Sixth Contest: Jim Duggan vs. Dino Bravo: Much like the Slaugher/Sheik match, I don’t have any interest in watching this match. Late in the match, Duggan blocks being hit with a 2×4 and hits Bravo with it over the back to get the victory.
Main Event: WWF World Champion Randy Savage vs. The Mountie: Savage gets distracted by Jimmy Hart on the outside and Mountie gets a few shots in. Savage blocks a monkey flip with a fist drop. Savage heads to the top and delivers a double axe handle. Jimmy gets on the apron and Mountie hits a running knee strike to get the advantage. Mountie tosses Savage over the top to the floor. Mountie drives Savage face first down to the floor while the referee was distracted. Back in the ring, Mountie hits a leaping back elbow strike for a near fall. Mountie traps Savage’s arm behind his back and rams the champ face first into the top turnbuckle. Mountie puts Randy in the tree of woe. Mountie stomps away on Savage and chokes Randy while he is upside down. Mountie scoop slams Savage and gets a microphone to tell the fans that he is the Mountie. Savage recovers and hammers away on Mountie. Savage clotheslines Mountie and comes off the top but is met with a strike to the midsection. Mountie taunts the fans but Savage counters a backdrop attempt with a piledriver! Savage heads to the top rope and hits the flying elbow drop for the win. It looked like Mountie was too far away and Savage didn’t hit the move well. (*1/4. Not a great main event as they picked one of the worst challengers for the title on the tour. Mountie was basically a comedy act at this point. I’d imagine it would have been Flair/Savage had they not want Smith to get a big victory in his home country.)
A couple of entertaining matches makes this a worthwhile viewing. Smith/Flair was fun and it was great to see Smith get a big victory over Flair. LOD/Nasty Boys wasn’t all that bad, either. It wasn’t an awful two hour experience.
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