WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event
November 14, 1992
Taped on October 27, 1992 in Terre Haute, Indiana
Report by Octavio Fierros, Retro Specialist
Since this episode of WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event was on FOX, Al Bundy from “Married with Children” made a special guest. He was the first to appear on the show. At the time, “Married with Children” was a big hit on FOX. Bundy was considered one of the greatest comedians at the time. It was a perfect fit for Bundy, since he had King Kong Bundy in his show at one point as well.
(1) “Macho Man” Randy Savage & The Ultimate Warrior defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster, w/Jimmy Hart) via count out. Warrior and Savage were teaming up after facing each other at SummerSlam ’92 for the WWE Title. Savage had lost the WWE Title to Ric Flair in September. Flair found a new tag team partner named Razor Ramon. Warrior and Savage teamed to feud with those two men. Warrior and Savage were known as the “Ultimate Maniacs” during this match against Money Inc. The finish came when Money Inc. did their traditional count out just to save their titles. Warrior and Savage attacked them on the way to the back. Flair, Razor, and Mr. Perfect (who was Flair’s consultant) came for the save. This would be the last time we see The Ultimate Warrior on TV in four years. Warrior left the WWE due to contract problems, basically the same reason he left in 1991. With just two weeks for Survivor Series ’92, Savage doesn’t have a tag partner against Flair and Ramon. Mr. Perfect had to shoot a storyline on Prime Time Wrestling in which he turns on Bobby Heenan and unites with Savage. Mr. Perfect returns to the ring after injuries to team with Savage.
(2) “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels pinned “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith to capture the IC Title. Michaels worked on Bulldog’s back during most of the match. The finish came when Bulldog went for his famous superplex, but due to his injured back, Michaels fell on top of him for the pin. Michaels won his first singles title here in this event. Also, this was the Bulldog’s last WWE match before heading to WCW. Bulldog would return to the WWE in August 1994 to help his brother-in-law Bret Hart in his feud with Owen Hart. Vince McMahon, who was on commentary, stated that Michaels was going to get a WWE Title shot as well.
A special segment of The Funeral Parlor took place with Paul Bearer interviewing his own protégé, The Undertaker. Taker plugged his Survivor Series match against Kamala. Taker is going to be wrestling in the first ever coffin match.
(3) WWE Champion Bret “Hitman” Hart pinned Papa Shango. Bret Hart was in his second month as WWE Champion after defeating Ric Flair in Saskatoon. Papa Shango had a memorable year, cursing jobbers and of course, The Ultimate Warrior. Bret also started defending the WWE Title against everyone, including babyface mid-carders such as Virgil. After the match, Bret was interviewed by Gene Okerlund. Michaels interrupted the interview and promised that he was going to win the WWE Title at Survivor Series. Michaels vowed to become the first ever IC and WWE Champion (Ultimate Warrior was actually the first one). Michaels has everything to gain and nothing to lose, since his IC Title is not on the line. Even though these two worked a brief program in November, both men respected each other’s ability at the time. Well, Bret gave Michaels all the credit, but Michaels was too cocky to give credit to the champion.
Final Review: Bobby Heenan was hilarious on commentary as usual. This would be his last months in the WWE after getting “kicked out” by Gorilla Monsoon… Michaels and Bret were tied for MVP during the last six months of the year, in my opinion. Bret finally got what he deserved by winning the WWE Title. Hulk Hogan was no longer around to steal the spotlight and that was good news for the “Hitman”. As for Michaels, his new attitude was getting over. WWE management did a great job putting the IC Title on Michaels. For the first time ever, two up-and-coming wrestlers headlined a pay-per-view without having the likes of Hogan, Savage, and Flair in the main event… If you were watching the WWE in 1992, it was just strange to see Ultimate Warrior wrestle on SNME, then not appearing on TV for the next four years. We didn’t have Internet access, but few people subscribed to wrestling newsletters and those people knew about Warrior’s status in the WWE. Believe it or not, some fans were truly behind the Warrior at the time. Fans gave up on him because of his departures. Those fans started realizing that the Warrior was hungry for money and fame, not for the health of the business… Give credit for the WWE for making a quick change in the tag team match at Survivor Series. Mr. Perfect had to step up and turn face to team with Savage to take on Flair and Razor. Heenan also did a great job taking part of this improvised angle. I wouldn’t know what would’ve happened if Warrior was to hold out the night of Survivor Series… The Saturday Night’s Main Event logo shown above is the old one. I couldn’t find the new one when SNME jumped to FOX… Your comments on anything related to RETRO SPECIALIST would always be appreciated. Send your feedback here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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