OSR: WWE SummerSlam 1992 Review
The biggest SummerSlam in the history of the WWE didn’t even take place in America, or even Canada but actually took place from the “old” Wembley Stadium in London, England. At the time, Randy Savage was at the top of the WWE as the WWE Champion and Bret Hart was the reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion. The WWE was under increasing pressure at the time to establish new stars with leaner physiques due to increasing pressure from the federal government. This event still has one of the largest attendances for a WWE event in history, so the OSR prepares to bring the WWE SummerSlam 1992 Review…
The show opens with fans outside of Wembley Stadium, before showing various shots of pomp and circumstance around London, which makes it have a very British theme. We then go inside Wembley Stadium with our commentary team for the evening, Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan who welcome us to the show before we then go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
Money Inc: Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Legion of Doom: Hawk and Animal (w/ Paul Ellering)
Money Inc make their way to the ring first, with Schyster cutting a promo about British tax cheats which get them a lot of heat. LOD then make their way to the ring on motorbikes, before the match gets underway with LOD in control. The use a variety of power moves to maintain the control until Schyster uses a sleeper hold to slow down Hawk. In the next few minutes, Money Inc maintain the control using various dirty tactics. Eventually though, Animal is tagged in and takes out both men. Soon enough, LOD are able to pick up the win over DiBiase following a huge power slam from Hawk. This was generally a very good and enjoyable match, nice way to open the show.
Winners: The Legion of Doom
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Virgil vs. Nailz
Nailz is already in the ring without an entrance, and to be honest remind me a lot of an unmasked Kane in an orange jump suit. Virgil makes his way out, and initially attempts to use his speed to bring his opponent down. Ultimately, Nailz is able to use his power and strength to take down Virgil, eventually winning the match after he seemingly chokes him out. This was a complete dull and timid match which didn’t have anything about it but the only saving grace is Nailz didn’t last long.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Shawn Michaels (w/ Sensational Sherri) vs. Rick Martel
There is a small history package shown before the match, which is heavily depicted around Martel attracting Sherri’s attention. Backstage, she is interviewed by Gene Okerlund where she reveals that both men have agreed not to hit one another in the face. They both make their way to the ring, and is soon enough gets underway with both men seemingly toying with one another. But in all honesty, both men do a really great job here of portraying characters that could easily be similar in a completely different light. One note is that it is difficult to know who is suppose to be the face and heel here, because they are both putting across very heelish personas.
As they go to hit one another in the face, Sherri feigns a collapse at ringside which attracts their attention of both men who come to her aid. This leads to them being counted out of the match for brawling. They continue to brawl for a few moments as Sherri monitors what is going on before resuming her state of unconsciousness. HBK and Martel make efforts to carry her out, but continue brawling with one another sending Sherri flying. The end comes when Martel throws a bucket of water over Sherri. That was a really enjoyable match, with a really good ending. I would usually loathe endings like this, but this worked beautifully.
Winner: Double Count-out
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars