Triple H, October 2011:
“When I grew up, I hated Hogan. I thought he was terrible and didn’t like to watch him. I was like Punk in a way. I liked the Steamboats and Flairs and the ones that could go. Would I be right in saying that Hogan was the wrong guy to go with, and they should’ve changed directions and gone with Steamboat because he was the better wrestler? Ludicrous.” - Triple H. October, 2011.
Survivor Series 1993
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Summer Slam is here.
Survivor Series – 1993 Boston
JR and Cornette on the announce.
(Dark – Mr. Backlund d. Mike Rotundo)
Promo by the Undertaker.
Yeah, it’s his first promo. “Three years ago, the most dominant force in professional wrestling history began his destructive rampage across the WWF. Many have asked, ‘Undertaker, what do you want…Undertaker…why are you here’…
Tonight…all will be revealed.”
Lights off. He disappears.
1. Heavenly Bodies d. Headshrinkers
-The Gigolo! The Doctor of Style! After the match. Lights. Bong. Bong. Lights on…Undertaker in the ring. Chokeslams all around. Big pop.
2. Diesel (w/Razor) d. Keith Hart/Bruce Hart
-Destruction. Utter destruction. Owen attempts to save – but Savage attacks him in the aisle – yelling “stay focused!” as he pounds Owen in the aisle. The fans chant for Bret…he doesn’t appear. Keith and Bruce are stretchered out. Nash yells “that’s one”…Razor, “no, Chico – two.” Nash..”yeah, but between ‘em they only add up to one. Hey, Bret – thanks for the meat!”
3. Bam Bam Bigelow d. Jacques Rougeau
-Bigelow gets another face win. Lights. Bong. Bong. Lights on. Undertaker in the ring. Chokeslams all around. Big pop. What is this message the Undertaker is trying to send?
4. Razor Ramon (w/Diesel) d. Marty Jannetty
-More destruction. Another stretcher job. The Clique just be burying motherfuckers. Razor, “now, that’s two.” Nash, “one more to go – we got a stretcher all picked out for you Lightning.” Much smirking.
5. Owen Hart d. Randy Savage (DQ)
Savage with the closed fists, the low blows, pulling the tights – everything from the playbook – eventually Owen goes closed fists too, Owen takes the fight outside – hey, Owen’s learning…maybe Randy’s not crazy…
Then Randy pulls out the fork. Fork. Fork. Fork. Randy carves up Owen’s forehead – the crowd turns on him, the announce turns on him – Randy has that Randy look, he ignores the officials and Fork, Fork, Fork into Owen’s head. DQ. Blood spurting everywhere – Randy eventually backs away, crazed look in his eye – “You gotta learn, Rocket…You gotta learn! I love you, Owen! Yeah! I love you so hard, Dig it! You gotta learn! Oooooh, Yeah!”
Bret…nowhere to be seen.
6. Tags: Steiners d. Rock n Roll Express (w/Ted)
Ricky and Robert were shot by now, but they would take the suplexes long enough for it to be a good match. Same gimmick, Ted has the briefcase – Cornette salivates over it at the announce, talking finder's fee– Ted’s ready to pay off – but the Steiners keep again and have held the straps for a full year. Lights. Bong. Bong. Lights on. Chokeslams to the Express and DiBiase - The Steiners start woofing, the unbeaten tag team champions….Chokeslam! Chokeslam! The Undertaker has left ‘em laying here at Survivor Series ’93 – the three year anniversary of his entrance – what is it that is driving the Dead Man? Why is the Dead Man doing this? What does the Undertaker want??????
7. IC: Shawn Michaels (w/Razor and Diesel) d. The Lightning Kid Sean Waltman
Michaels keeps A terrific match, Waltman bringing the high flying, Michaels matching him the best he can. Diesel gets involved once or twice on the outside with a couple of shots in at Waltman – how can the kid compete…how can any of us compete against the mighty Clique?
Superkick, elbowdrop. Pinfall. Michaels’s dominance continues.
After the match – beatdown time – Diesel jackknife. Razor holds Waltman up for the Edge….
Then he puts him down.
Michaels and Diesel do the “do it, do it – what’s going on with you - do it..” Razor holds him up again….again, puts the beaten Waltman down. That’s it for the Clique – Diesel grabs Waltman, looking to powerbomb him out of the ring – Razor stops him – Razor fights off Diesel – Razor fights off Michaels – the Clique gains command with the double team – but then Waltman fights back with Razor – the two of them knock Diesel/Michaels over the top rope to the outside.
We have a face turn. Me, Me, Me, Me, Me.
8. WWF Title: Bret Hart d. Lex Luger
Not really in doubt, obviously. Sharpshooter. Submission. Bret’s tied Hennig’s mark, and raises the belt high in the air.
Lights. You gotsta be feeling this one. Bong. Bong.
Lights on. Undertaker in the ring.
Recall, the Undertaker aided Bret – Bret shook his hand – that’s how the Dead Guy turned face in the Yoko program.
Now, they stand face to face, Bret, obviously, doesn’t back down…
And the Undertaker makes the motion that he wants the belt.
Three unbeaten years later – and the Undertaker wants the belt…
The crowd’s been kept hot all night with all the angles, and it’s been an angle heavy night – and now they freak out as the lights go back off. Back on. Undertaker gone.
Bret holds the belt high in the air as the show ends.
The year ends with Starrcade. Terry Taylor returns to the NWA and gets a win over the Boss Man, who also returned. Rude, now a face, gets a win. Vader beats Orndorff. Regal beats Dustin again. Sting and Foley keep. Austin, recall, now a member of the Horsemen, takes the US from 2 Cold. And Flair keeps over Steamboat.
Starrcade – 1993 Charlotte
NWA Title: Ric Flair d. Ricky Steamboat
US Title: Steve Austin d. 2 Cold Scorpio
Tags: Sting/Jack d. Nasty Boys
Steve Regal d. Dustin Rhodes
Vader d. Paul Orndorff
Rick Rude d. Mark Bagwell
Terry Taylor d. Bubba Rogers
Paul Roma/Maxx Payne d. Godwinns
On the road to the Rumble, we meet Jeff Jarrett, who gets a couple of wins as a southern heel. No guitar. No singing. They do Jarrett/Luger at the PPV
Mr. Backlund does his Mr. Backlund thing, turning his crazy “I hate America today” rants into a “I hate Japan today too.” It’s a “Back in the Great War, under Tojo, under Emperor Hir-o-hi-to, the Japanese man was a courageous man! The Japanese man understood sacrifice and marksmanship and the proper place of a woman in society! I used to wish that Japan had won the war! I used to think that if Japan had won the war, then we wouldn’t be such a sissified, Oprah loving people today! But now I see that the Japanese man is no better than the White man. Today, in Japan, the average man spends 11 hours a day playing video games and watching cartoons, and looking at pornographic magazines, and flagellating his Japanese organ in a very degrading way! Would Tojo flagellate himself while watching cartoons! Is that what the great Japanese comical-kaze pilots died for?”
Backlund will go over Yoko, hitting him with the Japanese flag – serving to turn Yoko face. We’ll do Backlund and a returning, face turning Tenryu at the Rumble. We love the Japanese man!
Savage tells the people he carved Owen up for his own good. Randy gets a mostly heel reaction, but not entirely. Savage promos on Owen, showing clips of Owen’s debut when he was called the next great wrestler, the best Hart of all – then shows Owen getting taken out by Hennig – shows Owen losing at V to Martel. Savage shows the clips of Owen/Shawn, when they were seen as equals – then shows Shawn now becoming the top heel in the company – now holding the IC title for a year – and shows Owen getting wiped out by Razor, by Yoko, by Savage.
Savage’s point clear – Owen’s just too soft. And if Savage has to take a fork to him again and again and again to prove it – he’s gonna prove it.
Owen attacks – Owen and Savage brawl – they’ll meet at the Rumble in a No DQ match.
Ted, still eager to take out the Steiners, is hounded by a young man named Scott Levy, who some feel would look good in a flannel shirt, Scott says he’s the man with the plan – that he’s put together a tag team and a plan to win the titles at the Rumble. The team is Still Fabulous Rougeau Brothers – the former tag team champion, Jacques Rougeau with Pierre Rougeau, no one really thinks Pierre is a Rougeau, but Scotty says of course they are, if they weren't brothers, why would they do this, and then they hug and hug. Good stuff – they go over the Smoking Gunns and get their title shot.
And the two big angles. We open RAW after SSeries with promos from Shawn/Diesel and Razor/Waltman. Shawn/Diesel do a “you broke up the family, Razor, the three of us were brothers – all the hours we’d sit in the back, watching Ric Flair or Bret Hart – talking about when our time would come – when we’d be headlining wrestlemanias – when we’d be wearing world title gold around our waist – when we’d be picking up fat chicks at the hotel bar, two and three at a time –
“well, we’ve already done that”
“but you gave all that up, Razor, you gave all that up because of some punk kid – because of Sean Waltman – you gave all that up because you had a soft spot for some cruiserweight..”
“or maybe that’s a hard spot – huh, Razor? The fat chicks weren’t enough, you had to go out and get yourself a bitch?”
That kinda thing.
Waltman and Razor would enter – Razor doing a “Hey, yo. You think it about the Kid? It ain’t a-bout the Kid, Chico. It…about….me. Maybe you missed the memo, Se-xy Boy – but I am Ra-zor Ra-mon. I ain’t your flunky, H-B-K – and I sure…as hell….ain’t yours, Big Mang. I did not come to the W..W..F to be friends, I did not come to the W…W…F…to hang out at the bar af-ter the show (that’s more of a joke for the boys, even when they’re on opposite sides, you know, the jokes) I came..to the W…W…F, for on-ly one rea-son….be-cause the Bad Guy, Ra-zor Ra-mon…he – like – gold, Chico.
And Se-xy Boy…at the Roy-al Rum-ble…the Bad Guy is gonna take…your gold.”
Then Bret comes out to the top of the aisle and smirks at all of them – in the way that the Clique did to he and Hennig. Bret takes credit for the breakup – Bret shows clips of how happy the Clique used to be – lots of man on man hugging shots – some sad music as they show the breakup from Survivor Series. Bret laughs – saying it’s tough to see boyfriends fight, particularly when none of them will ever get what they all really want – the WWF Championship that for a year and a half has been around the waist of the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be – so they can bicker, they can squabble, they can kill each other or kiss each other, he doesn’t really care – all he knows is at the Royal Rumble, he’s going to defend the WWF Title and break Mr. Perfect’s record – and he’s going to WM X as WWF Champion for two full years. Lights. Bong. Bong.
That kinda thing.
They do a Razor/Diesel single at some point, non finish. They build to a tag before the Rumble – give Razor a pin over Michaels – but the Clique does the beatdown. Razor/Michaels for the IC at the Rumble. Diesel’s gonna work a single against Bigelow.
And the main…lot of Undertaker stuff – over 3 years unbeaten, lots of highlight packages of all the guys he’s destroyed – it’s a lot of guys – he’s never been pinned, never been hurt – he’s unbeatable…all that stuff. Undertaker will do another promo, he’s the reaper of wayward souls, he’s the avenger of those who have gone before, where was Andre the Giant’s title shot? Where was Hulk Hogan’s rematch? For every big man who has toiled in the darkness of the WWF for the past ten years, it’s time for vengeance – the belt belongs to all of them – and the Undertaker, the phenom, is going to make sure they inherit the gold at the Royal Rumble (see what I did there? It’s the big man as marginalized minority. It’s a counterfactual!) – the Undertaker will be the man to go to Madison Square Garden, at Wrestlemania X, as the WWF Heavyweight Champion of the World. It’s total face/face stuff with he and Bret – no turn, but probably, at this point – the fans lean Undertaker strong over Bret, for all the reasons earlier discussed – and that would piss Bret off to no end. We’ll do one physical confrontation on the RAW before the Rumble – Undertaker will go over, say Luger, Bret will come out – they’ll do the nose to nose – Bret will be the one who attacks – Bret punching – and the dead guy lays him out – chokeslam…tombstone…Bret left laying in the ring – Undertaker stands over, making the motion for the belt – what’s gonna happen at the Royal Rumble? What’s gonna happen at Wrestlemania X??
I’m feelin’ me all of these angles. With the Clique thing, the Bret/UT thing, and Owen/Savage – I’m saving the company during its worst period financially. They love me – I’m gonna get to marry the Princess. Hot little Stephanie, I wouldn’t make her get all that plastic surgery, hell no, just back that thang up and let me do my drrrty bidness.
It's Royal Rumble '94. Bret/Undertaker for the strap. Michaels/Razor for the IC. Steiners/Rougeaus for the tags. Another Owen/Savage. Tenryu/Backlund. Diesel/Bigelow. Luger/Jarrett. Good god you gotsta call your cable company!