Retro Review: WWE SummerSlam 1992

With rumours abound that WWE are set to present SummerSlam 2022 from the United Kingdom thirty years on from when they did it all the way back in 1992, I thought I’d take a look and review that original UK SummerSlam, which had a main event of England’s own Davey Boy Smith, known as The British Bulldog, challenging Bret Hart for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

SummerSlam 1992 was presented taped from the Wembley Stadium in London, England. The show was taped two days prior to airing. The opening contest of SummerSlam 1992 saw “Million Dollor Man” Ted DiBiase and Irwin R Schyster, collectively known as Money Incorporated, accompanied to the ring by Jimmy Hart, take on The Legion of Doom, accompanied by Paul Ellering.

Money Incorporated (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R Schyster) (with Jimmy Hart) vs. The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) (with Paul Ellering)

The match had a classic face/heel dynamic between the two teams with DiBiase and IRS using nefarious means to take control of the match, with Legion of Doom getting back into it using their skills, using the crowd’s enthusiasm to their advantage. After a failed Doomsday Device, Animal dropped DiBiase with a huge powerslam to get the pinfall victory in an incredible opener to kick off SummerSlam.

The Legion of Doom (Animal and Hawk) (with Paul Ellering) defeat Money Incorporated (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) (with Jimmy Hart) in 15:10 via pinfall in the opening match of SummerSlam 1992.

An interview aired following the match with Ric Flair, with Gene Okerlund trying his absolute best to find out whose corner Mr. Perfect will be in during the WWF World Title match between defending champion Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior.

Virgil vs. Nailz

The next match saw Virgil go one-on-one with Nailz. This match didn’t last very long and, as much as Virgil tried to keep Nailz from doing too much damage, Nailz kept him grounded until he made Virgil pass out with a Sleeper Hold to pick up the victory.

Nailz defeats Virgil in 3:55 via submission

Nailz didn’t stop the attack following the match, as he continued the attack, only this time he used a baton as a weapon to beat down the fallen Virgil.

Singles match where neither wrestler can punch each other in the face
“The Model” Rick Martel vs. Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri)

The next match on the SummerSlam 1992 card saw Shawn Michaels, accompanied by Sensational Sherri, taking on “The Model” Rick Martel with an added stipulation that neither man could hit each other in the face. Both men attempted to hit the other in the face throughout the match but had to stop themselves to avoid getting disqualified.

Martel and Michaels didn’t stick to the stipulation and slapped each other in the face and, right before they were about to punch each other in the face, Sherri fainted. When Michaels and Martel went to check on her, they began brawling and continued the fight up the ramp, causing the referee to count them both out.

Rick Martel vs. Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri) ends in a double count-out in 8:06

As Michaels was carrying Sherri up the ramp, Martel ran down and punched Michaels, sending both Shawn and Sherri to the ground. Martel picked up Sherri but Michaels took Martel out, sending Sherri to the ground again. Michaels picked Sherri up again, with Martel coming back from the backstage area with a bucket of water, dousing Sherri with it, sending her to the floor, with Michaels chasing Martel to the back.

The next match saw The Natural Disasters defend the WWF Tag Team Championships against The Beverly Brothers.

Tag Team match for the WWF Tag Team Championships
The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) (c) vs. The Beverly Brothers (Beau and Blake) (with The Genius)

The Beverly Brothers got a lot more offense in this match than I assume most people expected but that didn’t stop The Natural Disasters from walking away still the tag team champions. Even using a weapon couldn’t get The Beverly Brothers the victory as Earthquake dropped a big splash on a Beverly Brother to get the pinfall win to walk out of Wembley still the WWF Tag Team Champions.

The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) (c) defeat The Beverly Brothers (Beau and Blake) (with The Genius) in 10:30 via pinfall to retain the WWF Tag Team Championships

Repo Man vs. Crush

Another short match happened next as the Repo Man took on Crush. Repo Man tried his best to take control of the match but was soon taken down to the ground by Crush, with Crush forcing Repo Man to submit to a Vice Grip.

Crush defeats Repo Man in 5:41 via submission

Singles match for the WWF Championship
Randy Savage (c) vs. The Ultimate Warrior

The next match saw Randy Savage defend the WWF Championship against The Ultimate Warrior with the biggest looming question being whose corner Mr. Perfect would be in for the match. Both Warrior and Savage went back and forth for a good ten to fifteen minutes with both superstars looking like they would pick up the victory. That was until Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair came to ringside to possibly answer the question of whose side Perfect would be on.

While Savage was shoved to the outside, the question seemed to be answered as Flair and Perfect took out Warrior, with Savage soon after going to the top turnbuckle and hitting the Diving Elbow drop, shockingly only getting a two-count on the pinfall. As Warrior looked to have the match won, Ric Flair struck him in the back with a vicious steel chair shot.

Savage looked in pole position to drop another Diving Elbow Drop on Warrior, only to attack Flair on the outside, who hit him with a chair on the way down. This resulted in a count-out loss for Savage. Although he lost the match, due to champion’s advantage, he retained the WWF Championship.

The Ultimate Warrior defeats Randy Savage (c) via count-out in 28:00 a match for the WWF Championship (Due to Champion’s advantage, Savage retains)

Flair and Perfect beat down Savage after the match until Ultimate Warrior made the save, sending Perfect and Flair to the back. After ring announcer Howard Finkel announced that Warrior had won the match by count-out, he grabbed the WWF Title and gave it to Savage, who fell to the ground, selling a knee injury from the chair shot he received from Flair.

The Undertaker vs. Kamala

The next match saw Kamala go one-on-one with The Undertaker. It was another match that didn’t go that long as it lasted just over three minutes, with The Undertaker picking up the win by disqualification due to Kim Chee attacking Undertaker as he was setting up for the Tombstone Piledriver.

The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeats Kamala (with Harvey Wippleman and Kim Chee) in 3:27 via disqualification

The attack did not stop following the match as Kamala kept the assault going, splashing Taker from the top rope multiple times. As Kamala left the ring and began walking up the ramp, The Undertaker, even after the assault, sat up and began stalking him up the ramp.

Following the match, interviews were conducted with both The British Bulldog and the WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart in preparation for their main event title match next.

Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. The British Bulldog

This was a very rare match-up in the WWF at the time. The main event saw two crowd favourites battle for the Intercontinental Championship, which is normally known as a midcard title, rather than a main event title. There was a question of loyalty from Diana Hart, due to her being Bret’s sister and Bulldog’s wife. The enthusiasm for the crowd lifts the atmosphere hugely, due to Bulldog being in his home country.

Although Bulldog was in his home country, the crowd seemed to be conflicted on who to cheer for. They liked both competitors, which made the match even more exciting due to the crowd loving both superstars and not knowing who to root for. Close to the conclusion, Bret seemed like he had the match won as he had Bulldog in a sleeper hold, with Bulldog only just escaping it before passing out completely.

Bulldog attempted to end the match by hitting the Powerslam, which was his finishing move, but, somehow, the champion kicked out at two. Later in the match, Hart locked Bulldog in the Sharpshooter, with Bulldog reaching the ropes, forcing Bret to break it up. When both superstars got back to their feet, Bret attempted a sunset flip, only for Bulldog to avoid it and sit down for a pinfall, getting the three count, the victory and the WWF Intercontinental Championship, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

The British Bulldog defeats Bret Hart (c) to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship in the main event of SummerSlam 1992.

An incredible way to end the first ever SummerSlam to take place in Britain. The British Bulldog leaves as the new Intercontinental Champion. Can another moment like this happen should SummerSlam happen in the UK again, this time in 2022, thirty years on from the original UK SummerSlam?

Written by Craig Simons

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