WWF House Show 8/12/1993
Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: Providence, RI
There is one match not recorded from the show. Bastion Booger earned a pin fall victory over Tito Santana.
Opening Contest: the Brooklyn Brawler vs. The 1-2-3 Kid: Brawler gets the upper hand to start the bout with several strikes in the corner and taunts the fans. Kid fights back with several kicks to send Brawler to the floor. Brawler catches Kid on a leapfrog attempt by hitting a slam. Brawler drops Kid throat first across the top rope. Kid is sent into the corner hard but Brawler doesn’t follow up on the advantage. Kid goes for a sunset flip but only gets a two count and gets stopped with a clothesline by Brawler. Brawler drops Kid throat first across the top rope while he was standing on the apron. Kid misses a springboard cross body from the middle rope and Brawler follows up with a back breaker. Kid slams Brawler off the top rope and delivers several strikes. Kid hits a top rope cross body for a near fall. Brawler tries to steal a pin in the corner with his feet on the ropes but only gets a near fall. Kid gets the win after a somersault dive off the top. (*. An uninteresting opener with the Brawler of all people. Kid bumped around for Brawler but it wasn’t a good start.)
Second Contest: Men on a Mission vs. The Headshrinkers: Mo and Fatu kick off the tag match. Fatu delivers a back breaker on Mo but Mo quickly tags out to Mabel. Samu tags in after Fatu gets shoulder blocked. Mabel scoop slams Samu and delivers a clothesline. Mo and Mabel are beginning to work over Samu with Mabel leg dropping Samu’s arm. Samu head butts Mo to get the advantage and sends Mo head first into Fatu, who tags into the match. Fatu comes off the middle rope with a diving head butt on Mo. Samu sends Mo to the floor where Fatu delivers a side kick to knock Mo down. Mo is getting double teamed by the Headshrinkers for a few moments. Fatu hits a surprising German suplex but can’t get a three count. Fatu misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post shoulder first. Mabel gets tagged in and backdrops Fatu followed by a clothesline and dropkick on Samu. Mabel connects with a spinning wheel kick on Samu as well. Mo gets tripped by Fatu on the floor and Samu gets the pin after a super kick. (*1/2. A rather quick match but the action was better paced and more enjoyable than the first bout on the show. Fatu and Samu were the guys carrying this match for the most part.)
Third Contest: Mr. Hughes vs. The Undertaker: The fans are cheering Taker pretty loudly as Taker no sells a punch from Hughes as they stare at each other in the middle of the ring. Taker throat thrusts Hughes and doesn’t budge on a few shoulder block attempts. Taker drop toe holds Hughes and grabs his face before Hughes bails to the outside. Back in the ring, Hughes messes up a spot and Taker covers it with a punch. They redo the spot where Hughes dropkicks Taker and follows up with a backdrop. Hughes heads to the top but Taker cuts him off and tosses Hughes off the top rope! Taker backdrops Hughes and catches Hughes with a big boot as he comes off the ropes. Taker leaps off the top to deliver a strike across Hughes shoulder. Hughes stops Taker by dropping him throat first across the top rope. Hughes continues to work over Taker on the floor sending him into the ring post. Taker is also sent into the ring steps. Hughes drops Taker with a clothesline and taunts the fans. Taker begins to no sell some offense and sends Hughes into the corner and goes for a tombstone but Harvey Wippleman gets on the apron to distract him. Hughes gets a bear hug locked in but that doesn’t last long. Hughes dumps Taker to the floor but Taker lands on his feet. Taker knocks Hughes down with a leaping clotheslines and puts Hughes away with the tombstone. (*. I have no idea how this match extended past three minutes. It came across as if it was going to be a quick win for Taker but it was then dragged out to ten minutes. A boring match with Hughes not being able to produce entertaining offense.)
Fourth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon: The fans aren’t all that behind Ramon with a fan being heard saying “you don’t think they’ll put a belt on him anytime soon, do you?” Ramon tosses his toothpick at Michaels after being taunted by Michaels. Michaels tries to attack from behind but Razor drops him with a right hand. Ramon kicks Michaels several times in the corner and knocks the champ to the floor. Shawn stalls on the outside for quite a few moments. Michaels avoids a strike in the corner and works over Ramon with strikes. Ramon choke slams Michaels by countering a hip toss attempt. Ramon has an abdominal stretch on Michaels briefly. Ramon catches the champ and hits a fall away slam for a two count. Razor sends Michaels into the corner but misses an attack and Shawn hits a top rope clothesline which causes Ramon to fall to the floor. Michaels chokes Ramon on the apron and delivers an elbow strike on the apron. Shawn chokes Ramon in the middle of the ring to maintain control of the contest. It sounds like some fans are chanting “boring” as the choke hold is being held on for a long time. Razor finally gets to his feet and tosses Michaels away. They collide heads in the middle of the ring. Ramon nails Michaels with a series of strikes and places the champ on the top rope. Diesel gets on the apron and Razor knocks him off with a right hand. Michaels gets off the top but Ramon counters a backdrop and hits the Razors Edge! Ramon goes for the cover but Diesel breaks up the cover to cause the DQ. (*1/4. Well, that felt like the choke hold ate up a lot of time for the match. These two went on to put together some classic matches, but this one lacked any kind of effort.) After the match, Ramon is sent to the floor but Ramon enters again and knocks Diesel floor. Ramon goes to strike Michaels but Diesel pulls Shawn to the floor. Razor poses with the championship.
Fifth Contest: Randy Savage vs. Doink the Clown: Doink quickly goes to work over Savage as Macho entered the ring after saying he was going to kick Doink’s ass. Doink drives his elbow into Randy’s throat on the apron. Doink loses his footing on the top and falls to the apron in a bad botch. Savage is on the floor when Doink leaps off the top to hit a double axe handle, but almost fell of a second time. Savage is sent hard back first into the corner as the evil clown continues to manhandle Macho. Doink misses a splash as Macho was across the middle rope. Savage jabs Doink but is quickly sent to the floor. Doink locks in a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Doink scoop slams Savage and heads to the top for the Whoopee Cushion but Macho avoids it. Savage clotheslines Doink over the top to the floor. The Macho midget is at ringside and distracts Doink to allow Macho to win by count-out. Doink chases the midget around ringside and is met with a clothesline by Savage. Savages goes for the elbow but Doink bails to the floor. (*. Jeesh, a weak finish right there. Savage got very little offense and it seemed like the crowd really wanted to go nuts for Macho but wasn’t given the chance. A disappointing match as these two had an entertaining match on RAW previously.)
Main Event: WWF World Champion Yokozuna & Bam-Bam Bigelow vs. WWF World Tag Team Champions the Steiner Brothers: The tag team titles are on the line. Scott and Bigelow start the main event contest. Scott takes Bigelow down with a leg trip. Bigelow nails Scott with a kick to the side of his head and gains control of the bout. Scott ducks a clothesline to dropkick Bigelow and comes off the ropes to clothesline Bigelow for a near fall. Rick tags in and circles around Bam-Bam. Rick hammers away on Bigelow and gets his boots up to hit a charging Bam-Bam. Yoko gets tagged in as Rick is being held by Bigelow. Yoko delivers a few strikes to knock Rick down to the canvas. Yoko slams Rick and misses an elbow drop. Rick hammers away on Yoko and sends the champ to the floor with a clothesline! Scott tags back into the contest. Yoko works over Scott with an overhand strike but misses several clothesline attempts and Scott tries to knock the champ off his feet, but Bam-Bam knee lifts Scott from the apron to put an end to that momentum shift. Yoko leg drops Scott and taunts Rick instead of going for a cover. Bigelow enters to help Yoko with a double clothesline on Scott. Bigelow enters and works over Scott with several strikes. On the floor, Luna gets a cheap shot in on Scott while Rick was distracting the referee. Yoko keeps control of Scott with a nerve hold. Yoko delivers several strikes to the upper back of Scott. Bigelow tags in but Scott counters a suplex attempt and attempts a scoop slam but Bigelow lands on top for a near fall. Bigelow dropkicks Scott and delivers a head butt to the midsection in the corner. Yoko enters but misses a back splash as Scott moves out of the way. Bigelow and Rick get tagged in. Rick cleans house on the heels. Rick hits a belly to belly suplex on Bigelow for a near fall. All four men are in the ring now until Yoko and Scott go to the floor. Rick clotheslines Bam-Bam a few times. Bigelow holds Rick for Mr. Fuji, who accidentally hits Bigelow with the flag and Rick pins Bam-Bam for the win! (**1/2. A fine main event to end the show. I was glad to see an actual finish as Bigelow was the obvious guy to eat the pin. Nonetheless, an entertaining match that the fans were interested in from the start.)
I was expecting some better action than what was given with this one. The hope was for a good Ramon/Michaels match but instead they went through the motions and killed the crowd. The fans weren’t behind Ramon and the match didn’t help his cause. The main event was the only match to provide anything entertaining on the show. These house shows have been quite disappointing as of late.
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