- I'm skipping over the SummerSlam Spectacular '93. That show has been recapped already on Da' Site by Samoa Rowe, and it wouldn't make much sense for me to do it again, since his opinions basically echoed mine. It's a show worth checking out for sure, especially the Cage Match. Funny tidbit... I have recapped it before, and it was, in fact, the first show I ever did a review for. Let's just say, it was awful and leave it at that.
- Matches are taped from Bushkill, PA and Dehli, NY over the course of a few days earlier in the month. Commentary duties are being split up by the tandoms of Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan, and Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon. It's a shame that Bobby Heenan left, he could've had some wonderful time calling action with all these guys. Yes, even Vince McMahon seemed good when doing PBP with Heenan.
- Flashback, to yesterdays episode of WWF Superstars. Bret Hart was in action against Irwin R. Schyster, when interference from Mr. Fuji brought the match to an end. Before things could get out of hand, though, Bret's brother, Owen, made his way to the ring to prevent any shenanigans from taking place. Why is this worthy of a flashback? Because Fuji is manager of WWF Champion Yokozuna, and he's defending the title against Bret Hart later in the broadcast.
- Flashback to Superstars, a few weeks ago. Tatanka was taking on Ludvig Borga in a battle of the undefeated. Borga dominated most of it, but Tatanka kept fighting back, until timely interference from Mr. Fuji, and a steel chair in the hands of Borga, finally netted Tatanka his first loss after nearly 2-years in the WWF. Afterwards, Yokozuna made his way to ringside to banzai drop Tatanka, injuring him (kayfabe), and taking him out of the Survivor Series. His replacement on the team of the All-Americans? Mr. Patriotic himself, the Undertaker.
- Raymond Rougeau is standing by for a special Interview with the All-Americans, the Steiner Brothers, the Undertaker, and their team Captain, "Made in the USA" Lex Luger. 1993 was a weak year, but I always held a soft spot for this main event. A lot of "mediocre" workers, but it just had a good feel for the time, and everyone had a purpose to the match. Luger had issues with Yokozuna and Borga, the Steiners were on-and-off with the Quebecers, and the Undertaker is the Wild Card. Cookie cutter interview, served to promote the upcoming PPV.
- Flashback, again, to last month on Monday Night Raw... Bobby Heenan did a special interview in the ring with Crush, returning from an injury at the hands of Yokozuna and sporting some evil facial hair, and his "new" manager, Mr. Fuji. I'd like to note Fuji did manage Crush before, but his participation in Demolition was always ignored, so whatever. They call out Randy Savage for being selfish and not showing true friendship towards Crush, but Savage does his best to talk his way out of it. The end result is a major league beat-down on Savage. Two weeks later, Savage physically assaults Vince McMahon and violates the rules of being a color commentator by attacking a wrestler. Just one guess who that was...
- Flashback to a recent episode of Superstars... Razor Ramon was defending the Intercontinental Title against the Model, Rick Martel. Things are going fine for Martel, until some heel miscommunication among his upcoming Survivor Series partners and their managers caused him to be Counted-Out. After the match, all the heels argued, but peace is eventually made. You honestly think a team of a Model, a tax accountant, an atomic explosion survivor, and a leather-clad bodyguard isn't going to get along like a team consisting of four guys with alcohol and drug addictions?
- We go the tasteless route, as it's time for an edition of Reo's Round-Up, with Special Guest Co-Host, Shawn Michaels, with his fake Intercontinental Belt. Reo is Bruce Prichard doing a pretty shameful imitation of Dusty Rhodes, for no other reason that to do a shameful imitation of Dusty Rhodes. They're going to visit the Hart House, and of course, it's all a set up, as "Stu and Helen Hart" are just two people with hair chests wearing masks bought on discount at the local Big Lots. The point is that Shawn is trying to say Owen is in the shadow of his brother, and uses the evidence of a giant poster of Bret Hart tacked against a wall, next to a microscopic picture of Owen. the defense RESTS! We end things with "Stu" playing with a Super Nintendo. Even Vince McMahon calls this shameful, so really, he must've loved it.
- WWF Unbelievable Commercial. The joke is that some kid is trying to impress a PYT by acting like his favorite WWF Superstars, such as Randy Savage, Razor Ramon, Bret Hart, and Tatanka, but the woman only notices the REAL Randy Savage, and tells us not to fall for cheap imitations. This, coming from the same company that no only lampooned Randy Savage as "The Nacho Man", but then made an entire angle based on another guy playing Razor Ramon!!! Yes, Diesel too, but the commercial clearly has some kid imitating Ramon.
- Raymond Rougeau is standing by for another interview, but this time he's with the Foreign Fantatics, along with their managers. It's like a game of Where's Waldo with all of the heels. You have the evil foreigners: Japanese Samoan Yokozuna, French-Canadian Jacques of the Quebecers, Finnish Envrionmentalist Ludvig Borga, and Hawaiian Crush, along with various managers, consultants, and talkers. Boring interview, mainly because everyone has a terrible accent and cuts pretty weak promos.
- The Survivor Series Report, brought to us by Todd Pettengill. Now THERE'S a name I will always have trouble spelling. The Survivor Series will be held on Thanksgiving Eve, starting at 8 o'clock, from the Boston Garden in Wichita, KS Todd tells us that he wouldn't be surprised if there were to be some more changes for the card by the time the PPV hits the air. We run down the complete card, as well as footage from Superstars, where Doink used the video wall to torment Bam Bam Bigelow with multiple images of himself. Anyway, the card, as promised...
We return from a commercial, and Hart is mounting a comeback. Yokozuna goes down to one knee, but nails Bret in the throat to break the momentum. Yokozuna with a snapmare, and now it's time for the VULCAN nerve lock, a traditional rest hold used by the Samoan Family. Hart fights back to his feet, but Yokozuna simply throws him over the top rope. Yokozuna heads outside, but gets rammed into the steps for his trouble. Fuji intervenes, distracting the referee long enough for Yokozuna to bash Bret across the back of the head with a steel chair. We take ANOTHER commercial break, and Yokozuna is beating the maple syrup out of Hart. Bret fights back, winning a slugfest, but he misses a dropkick, and Yokozuna follows up dropping a massive leg across the head of the Hitman. Yokozuna stalls, taunting fans at ringside. Yokozuna with choking in the corner, and he's really sucking some wind, now. Yokozuna misses a splash into the corner, opening the door for Hart to mount another comeback. Hart with clotheslines, and a Hart Attack version takes Yokozuna down for a two count. Bret knocks Fuji off the apron, then jumps into the arms of Yokozuna. Bret escapes the grip with some biting, then comes off the ropes with a bulldog for another two count. Bret comes off the second rope with an elbow drop for a two count. Hart ducks a clothesline, but gets slammed down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Yokozuna bounces off the ropes, and misses a splash. Hart gets back to his feet, and quickly takes advantage of the situation, applying the sharpshooter! For no other than to cause problems, Owen Hart comes to ringside, slapping hands of fans. Fuji sneaks in the ring and bops Bret with the salt bucket, so now Owen runs in, and blatantly cheats in full view of the referee, drawing a Disqualification and awarding the match to Yokozuna at 15:42. Despite the lame-ass finish, a very good encounter that would've been the great start and middle to a PPV main event. This would've been a much better option for a layout than what we got at WrestleMania IX.
- We finish things off, getting final words from both broadcast teams. Monsoon makes threats towards Heenan, and Heenan responds by telling Monsoon to eat some bananas. I seem to recall the banter between Monsoon and Heenan becoming quite intense around this time, which of course lead to Monsoon literally throwing Heenan out of the WWF. The show finally ends, with a special Thanksgiving Rap from Men on a Mission. Yuck.
Final Thoughts: Only a few matches featured, but two of them were permited a generous amount of time for the era, and all four matches did their jobs, in their own way, I guess. All the in-between recapping stuff, once again, is a nice way to catch fans up with all the happenings leading up to the Survivor Series, and that's never a problem when it's balanced out with the matches. Throwing "flashback" after flashback on their, sandwiched by a butt-load of boring squashes is when it becomes tiring, because you just want to see SOMETHING meaningful. Good show, one of the better of these specials, and the last of the "Survivor Series Showdown" specials.