WWE Vintage Collection Report: November 14th 2010
By Shaun Best-Rajah.com Reporter
Hosted by: Mean Gene Okerlund
This week’s Survivor Series throwback focuses on the years 1991, 92, 93 and includes a bout for the Smokey Mountain Wrestling Tag Titles, as well as a forgotten classic between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. But first, let’s start off with a traditional elimination matchup.
November 27th 1991
Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sgt Slaughter, Texas Tornado & El Matador vs
Colonel Mustafa, The Berzerker, Skinner & Hercules
Talk about an odd mixture. Okerlund dubs it as an “All Star Team vs Eclectic characters.” You decide. These lineups were tweaked quite considerably in the runup to the PPV. Sgt Slaughter, who had been in the Main Event at SummerSlam as a top heel , was now an American hero. He replaced the “injured” Jim Neidhart, (who was being repackaged as the New Foundation with Owen Hart), while El Matador (Tito Santana doing a bullfighter gimmick) filled the void left by Ricky Steamboat, who was sick of portraying a firebreathing Dragon and hotfooted it back to WCW. Meanwhile, on the heel side, Big Bully Busick was expelled in favour of the mighty Hercules. Mustafa has the better of Hacksaw until the latter reverses a suplex. The “big” confrontation between Slaughter and Mustafa lasts a matter of seconds as Slaughter says “screw you” and pins the Colonel after an atomic drop and clothesline. Berzerker works over Slaughter, sending him hard into the corner and hitting a big boot. Slaughter crotches Berzerker on the top rope then kicks him into a splits position. Hacksaw sends Berzerker to the floor courtesy of a clothesline and backbodydrop. Tornado hits him with a discus punch. Tornado leaps over Hercules and El Matador puts him away with a forearm to the back of the head. Skinner is next to go. As he lifts Matador for an atomic drop, Slaughter blind tags in and rolls up the Alligator man for the pin. Berzerker tries to take on everyone, but Slaughter whips him into Hacksaw’s three point stance clothesline to end the match. Team Hacksaw do what the Visionaries did a year earlier and stay intact. Call me crazy, but I liked this match in a Wrestlecrap kind of way. Must be the eclectic characters. Survivors: TEAM HACKSAW.
November 24th 1993
SMW Tag Team Titles:
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express vs The Heavenly Bodies w/Jim Cornette
SMW invades the WWF as a sort of cross promotional favour for owner and Bodies’ manager Jim Cornette. Multi time champions, and tag team pioneers the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express comprised of Richard Morton and Robert Gibson, while “Dr of Desire” Tom Prichard and “Gigolo” Jimmy Del Ray made up the Bodies tandem. The challengers jump the champions before the bell and clear the ring. Gibson is catapulted in, but Morton turns the tables, sending the Bodies to the floor. Gibson holds the ropes open as Morton lands a suicide dive. Back inside, Rock ‘n’ Roll stay in control, as Gibson goes up and over Del Ray, steps off the corner and gives him a hiptoss and flying headscissors. Del Ray eats a double backelbow. Morton hiptosses both Bodies a couple of times, before Del Ray wipes out his partner with a superkick that was meant for Morton. The Bodies get whipped together and monkey flipped out of the corner. A double atomic drop leads to a noggin knocker. Rock ‘n’ Roll row the boat using all four of the Bodies’ legs, before briefly working over Prichard’s leg.
After a commercial break, Prichard turns the tide catching Morton with a powerslam out of the corner. The Bodies hit a modified Hart Attack and guillotine legdrop. Morton counters a Del Ray powerbomb into a Frankensteiner. Prichard holds Morton, as Del Ray connects with a top rope moonsault. Morton plants both Bodies with a double DDT to make the hot tag. Gibson backbodydrops Del Ray, then catches Prichard with an enziguiri before the action breaks down. Prichard launches Morton over the top rope which is an automatic DQ in SMW, but not here in the WWF. Gibson thinks he’s won and gets dumped outside. Morton comes off the top rope with a cross body to Del Ray. Prichard breaks up a pin, but gets caught with a double dropkick – Rock ‘n’ Roll’s signature maneuver. Gibson covers as Morton knocks Cornette off the apron. Cornette tosses Del Ray his tennis racket, as Del Ray goes airborne, bringing it down across Gibson’s back. Prichard covers and Morton is too late to break it up. The Bodies win the SMW titles for the first time. This was all out action, with some innovative moves. Strangely the crowd didn’t care much for the southern style, but I loved this matchup. The Bodies soon became regulars in the WWF, but wouldn’t have many more matches as good as this. Winners: THE HEAVENLY BODIES.
Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart weigh in with promos before our Main Event. Michaels reminds us British Bulldog beat Bret, and he defeated Bulldog quite easily (for the Intercontinental Title). Michaels tells all the mathematical geniuses that one plus one equals two belts. Michaels knew when he signed for the match he had nothing to lose and everything to gain. After reminding us that his title isn’t on the line, Michaels says the last thing people will hear is that Shawn Michaels, the Intercontinental champion and new WWF champion has left the building.
Bret gives thanks for being champion, warns Michaels it’s not about surviving one night and notes his eight and a half year journey to the top. Starting at the bottom of the WWF, he took on everybody, clawing, fighting his way to the top, through injuries, pain and all kinds of opponents. It didn’t matter. After admitting he’s won and lost a few, Bret reminds us he’s now at his highest as WWF champion and is proud of it. Bret puts Michaels over as a great wrestler that he respects and predicts he’ll be a great Intercontinental champion, but warns that the Excellence of Execution is feeling pretty excellent tonight.
November 25th 1992
WWF Title: Bret “Hitman” Hart vs Shawn Michaels
This is the first PPV meeting between the two. Earl Hebner’s the referee and only Bret’s title is on the line. We pick this up with Michaels out on the floor. Bret catapults him in from the apron and works over the arm with an armbar, managing to find a counter to all of Michaels’ offensive ideas. The tide turns when Michaels manages to catch Bret and hotshot him across the top rope. Bret reverses an irish whip, but misses a charge and posts his shoulder.
After a break, Bret escapes a front facelock by pushing Michaels into the corner for a series of battering rams to the gut. Michaels reverses to the corner, charges into a boot and Bret nails a running bulldog. Michaels manages to avoid a flying elbow, hits one of his own and goes back to the facelock. Bret stays alive, and nearly wins after countering a suplex into a small package. Bret floats over a corner charge to deliver a back suplex. Bret catches Michaels in mid-air, slingshots him into the ringpost and Michaels begs off to the corner. Bret sends Michaels onto the top rope, and HBK gets straddled. Bret gives Michaels a backbodydrop, side Russian legsweep, backbreaker, patented elbow drop, and superplex, but Michaels refuses to be beat. Bret sinks in a sleeper, so Michaels backs him into the corner, where Hebner gets sandwiched. After standing Hebner back up, Bret tries an atomic drop, Michaels slips down and sends Bret to the floor.
During a break, Michaels breaks Hebner’s counts to send Bret into the ringpost and slam on the (padded) floor. Back inside, Michaels is back in control with a backbodydrop, but gets mad with Hebner and Bret nearly wins it with a rollup. Bret gets socked with a superkick. Michaels takes his time in readying for a suplex, allowing Bret to go to the eyes. Michaels recovers to give Bret a back suplex. A surprise forearm catches Michaels by surprise as he gets tied up in the ropes. Hebner unties him just before Bret misses a running dive and bounces awkwardly off the ropes. Michaels leaps from the second rope, but Bret grabs him by the legs, and quickly turns Michaels over into the Sharpshooter. Michaels gives it up and Bret retains to end a dandy little bout, which is a MUST SEE! No screwjob here, just two athletes in their prime, putting on one heck of a match. On a personal note I’m glad that Bret and Shawn were able to bury the hatchet and finally put Montreal to rest. After the bell, Santa Claus makes his way down, and places a Santa hat on Bret as snow falls from the ceiling. Winner: BRET “HITMAN” HART.
This was a really enjoyable episode from top to bottom. Hopefully WWE add some elimination matchups for this year’s show. Come on Vince. It’s tradition!
See you next week for some more classic Survivor Series scraps from I assume 1994 onwards.
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