What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 20, 1992
By LScisco on 6th October 2023
Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect are in the booth for the final episode of the taping cycle in Lexington, Kentucky. Perfect makes bug puns because it is National Pest Control Month.
Opening Contest: The Legion of Doom (9-1) defeat Tom Bennett & Barry Hardy when Hawk pins Hardy after the Doomsday Device at 1:41:
As the Legion demolish Bennett, the Beverly Brothers and the Genius accuse the Legion of stealing their mothers’ makeup to paint their faces and celebrating Mother’s Day on Father’s Day. Hardy later succumbs to the same beating, with Perfect insisting that it is just a matter of time before someone breaks their neck on the Doomsday Device. After the match, Hawk pulls a young fan out of the audience and puts him on his shoulder.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment replays WWF Champion Randy Savage’s promo from last week. Ric Flair and Perfect respond with a taped promo about how Savage is living on borrowed time.
Papa Shango is booked to face Chris Hahn in the next bout. Hahn comes down the aisle after Shango and is hesitant to get in the ring. When Hahn hands his gear to a ringside attendant, flames burst from his right hand. Terrified, Hahn runs to the locker room.
Sergeant Slaughter (5-1) beats Red Tyler via submission to the Cobra Clutch at 1:36:
Tyler is wearing red, white, and blue tights but Slaughter gives him no quarter. The Mountie and Jimmy Hart do an insert promo about how it will be the “mother of all battles” when the Mountie faces Slaughter. McMahon says that quote comes from Saddam Hussein but does not connect any of that to Slaughter’s past alliance with Hussein’s Iraq. Slaughter opts not to pin Tyler after a clothesline, standing him up so he can apply the Cobra Clutch.
Pick up WBF Magazine and read a piece called “Life After Steroids.”
Repo Man (16-3) beats Brian Costello via submission to a single leg Boston Crab at 1:44:
The British Bulldog calls out Repo Man in the split screen, telling him that he will enjoy biting the hand of the man who tried to end his career. Of all the dog phrases this feud has used so far that is probably the best one. Repo Man lays out Costello with some strikes and chokes before scoring a submission win. After the bell, Repo Man ties his tow rope around Costello’s ankles and drags him for a bit.
Crush (4-0) defeats the Brooklyn Brawler (1-10) via submission to a head vice at 1:55:
McMahon teases Perfect that Cameo on Body Stars was interested in Crush after he made an appearance on the latest episode. Crush uses an Argentine backbreaker drop to set up a head vice submission.
Okerlund interviews Shawn Michaels and Sensational Sherri. When Okerlund asks Sherri if the mirror act is vain, she replies that it shows the sexiest superstar in the WWF. Michaels claims that everyone in the WWF is talking about him and that he is the sexiest man in the company. While looking in the mirror he tells Okerlund that he sees the next Intercontinental champion and he will soon be able to see his reflection in the championship belt. Michaels tells Okerlund he has to leave lest female fans become overwhelmed and start hoping the barricades, endangering his safety. One could tell that Okerlund was a fan of Michaels’ character as it was tough for him to disguise a smile several times during the segment. Michaels also did a good job acting vain while also seeming like a serious threat to Bret Hart’s title.
A new Razor Ramon vignette sees him pull up in a car, saying that people in Cuba are having to live like pigs and people telling them what to do. He says no one tells him to do and no one in the WWF is going to be able to stop him.
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (15-0) pins Duane Gill after the Tombstone at 2:21:
The Undertaker gets the biggest pop of the taping so far for his entrance. Gill gets nice hang time when taking the Undertaker’s chokeslam and gives his flying clothesline more of an impact by jumping up to meet the Undertaker for the move. After the match, the Undertaker and Bearer put Gill in a body bag.
Howard Finkel tells the crowd that Shawn Michaels has left the building.
Non-Title Match: Money Incorporated (WWF Tag Team Champions w/Jimmy Hart) (11-1) defeat Rock Werner & Butler Stevens when Irwin R. Schyter pins Werner after the Write Off at 1:41:
Werner has recovered from the trauma of facing Papa Shango to get back in the ring. Before the match, IRS tells people that they need to pay higher taxes to help the country escape economic recession. Stevens has nice snap on his bumps, taking a nice bump off of IRS’ boot in the corner. In the split screen, Money Incorporated talk about how they think of several Founding Fathers on Father’s Day, but mostly just Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin Franklin. IRS is especially fond of Franklin because of his famous quotation about the certainty of death and taxes. The crowd works up a vocal “Irwin!” chant as IRS finishes Werner with the Write Off and drops an elbow after the referee counts the pinfall. Money Incorporated wrestled with an edge in this squash and it worked well.
Tune in next week to see Tatanka, Kamala, the British Bulldog, Nailz, and Virgil in action! Also, there will be another Razor Ramon vignette!
The Last Word: This was a decent episode of squashes. The live crowd in Lexington reacted best to Bret Hart, the Legion of Doom, and the Undertaker over the last three episodes. Since SummerSlam will reportedly feature different feuds than what the WWF was running stateside there will probably be at least one more taping before there is a pivot to those programs.
Up Next: Wrestling Challenge for June 21!