What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – August 1, 1992
By LScisco on 17th November 2023
Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect are in the booth, wrapping up the tapings in Glen Falls, New York. It’s National Clown Week so clown puns are used by Perfect to recap the interaction between Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior on last week’s program.
Opening Contest: The Nasty Boys (w/Jimmy Hart) (18-0) beat Kerry Davis & Ross Greenberg when Jerry Sags pins Davis after the Trip to Nastyville at 2:50:
Greenberg does a bad job bumping, going down for a clothesline before he is hit by Sags and awkwardly going into the corner. As a result, Brian Knobbs appears to stiff him with a few shots. Knobbs avalanches Davis against the buckles and yells about how nasty the Nasties are before the former tag team champions do their finish.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment replays last week’s face-to-face segment between WWF Champion Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.
Non-Title Match: Bret Hart (Intercontinental Champion) (23-1-1) beats Mike Sharpe via submission to the Sharpshooter at 1:56:
Bret’s mother, Helen, does an insert about how the Hart family is falling apart over the SummerSlam match between Bret and the British Bulldog. Bret escapes a bearhug, atomic drops Sharpe, and submits him relatively quickly with the Sharpshooter.
The Cameo Kneuer WBF push continues as McMahon hypes an article concerning her aerobics routine in WBF Magazine.
Rick Martel (17-5-1) defeats Bill Pierce via submission to the Boston Crab at 2:24:
Perfect announces that the Natural Disasters will defend the WWF Tag Team Championship against the Beverly Brothers as McMahon runs down the existing SummerSlam card. Martel does an insert promo about how Tatanka’s eagle feathers will give him luck at SummerSlam when he faces Shawn Michaels. McMahon speculates that Sensational Sherri could leave with Martel at SummerSlam if he beats Michaels, an interesting direction for the program since Martel said Sherri was a “truck stop beauty” when the bout was announced. Pierce tries a monkey flip but Martel counters with an inverted atomic drop and locks in the Boston Crab. After the bell, Martel drops an elbow on the prone Pierce.
Okerlund does an interview with the Undertaker and Paul Bearer. Bearer says he is looking into the permits that are necessary to ship a body from England to Uganda and that he can see Kamala, Harvey Wippleman, and Kim Chee burning up in a funeral pyre. The Undertaker adds that the only dining after SummerSlam will be done by maggots eating at Kamala’s flesh. Bearer’s excitement in talking about dark subjects is what carries these promos.
Papa Shango (16-0) pins Tony Roy after the reverse shoulderbreaker at 2:03:
Within the span of a few television tapings Shango has gone from a heavily featured, main event-caliber player to someone that does not have a big match for SummerSlam and has seen his primary rival, the Ultimate Warrior, move onto something better. Shango pulls Roy up after a leg drop, opting for the usual reverse shoulderbreaker as McMahon and Perfect talk about the WBF and physiques. After the match, Perfect wonders whether he and Ric Flair could get Shango to put a curse on the Warrior before SummerSlam.
Okerlund does the SummerSlam Report. Shawn Michaels and Sensational Sherri tell Rick Martel has no fashion sense because feathers do not go with a tuxedo. Michaels also tells Martel that he needed his help against Bret Hart for the Intercontinental title. WWF Tag Team Champions the Natural Disasters talk about being ready to face the Beverly Brothers because they work hard. A new match announced is Virgil vs. Nailz. Nailz says that Virgil is a friend of the Big Bossman and he will beat him up to the point that the Bossman will not recognize him. Virgil rebuts that he is going to nail down the former inmate. Another new match added to the card is the Legion of Doom facing Money Incorporated.
The Legion of Doom’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.
Razor Ramon watches older people in Miami play dominoes, which he says is a waste because they are living in the past. Ramon calls out the Undertaker, the Ultimate Warrior, and Randy Savage as people he is going to knock down on his way to the top of the WWF. This would be the final Ramon vignette and it was a good way to end the series. His targets in this segment, along with how many vignettes he received, is a sign that the WWF has big plans for him.
Tune in next week to see Kamala, the British Bulldog, and the Natural Disasters in action! Also, Razor Ramon makes his debut! And the Ultimate Warrior appears for a special interview!
The Last Word: This show did not carry the same punch as last week as fans just got some filler matches and learned of new matches for SummerSlam. Like the WWF title picture, the tag team titles also see a switch in programs as the Natural Disasters are defending against the Beverly Brothers instead of former champions Money Incorporated, who find themselves booked against the Beverlys rivals the Legion of Doom. That seems odd but in a way it makes a bit of sense because the Beverlys have a televised win over the Disasters while Money Incorporated do not.
Up Next: Wrestling Challenge for August 2!