Episode 32 - September 19, 1993: O Canada, Part Deux

Doubling down on last week’s successful Steiner Brothers/Quebecers match, today we start off with a singles match between Scott Steiner and Pierre. At first, this almost seems like a typical squash match for Scott Steiner. That is until Pierre tucks his tail between his legs and runs back to the locker room to grab Jacques. Things are looking grim for Scott Steiner as the Quebecers circle around him like a pair of sharks until Rick Steiner runs out to level the playing field. While Rick keeps Jacques in check, we can continue the match. I have to say, the Quebecers are excellent heels and it makes this match so stressful as they are constantly using the rope for leverage or distracting the ref so that he misses would-be pinfalls. They might be a little too good though, as the crowd starts up a raucous and exceedingly long chant directed at the Quebecers’ manager, Johnny Polo, that is simply “Johnny Homo! *clap* *clap* *clapclapclap*” Woof. Casual homophobia is going STRONG in 1993. In any case, Scott Steiner hits Pierre with the patented Frankensteiner for the win, but apparently doesn’t win back the Tag Team title. Apparently this was a preliminary rematch and the REAL rematch is next week. Whatever, I’m not even mad because this could be a fantastic feud if Vince lets it happen.

 I look forward to seeing a lot more of these in the coming weeks.

I look forward to seeing a lot more of these in the coming weeks.

Our next matchup is between Bam Bam Bigelow and Laverne McGill, but who cares let’s get Crush on the phone! Vince asks about how Crush is doing and when he expects to return to action. Things seem pretty jovial until Randy Savage hops on the call. For some strange reason, Crush doesn’t want to talk to the Macho Man and actually gets really heated, telling Randy that he never wants to talk to him ever again. I don’t know why there’s bad blood between these two, and neither does the Macho Man. Very curious.

As a palate cleanser, we move on to an interview with Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Naturally the discussion revolves around his feud with Jerry “The King” Lawler. Bret tells us that the “most important thing to me is my family honor” and that he doesn’t care about belts or titles. When asked whether he regretted keeping the sharpshooter on Jerry Lawler well after the bell had rung during SummerSlam, he tells us that the only regret he has is not keeping it held longer. Dang, dude. Don’t mess with the Hart family.

 Is this a Police song? Because Lawler is the "King of Pain"

Is this a Police song? Because Lawler is the "King of Pain"

Later on we get a little pre-taped vignette of Ludvig Borga out at a park or a river somewhere and he points out how people have dumped trash everywhere. He really hammers home the point that America is basically a giant garbage pile full of garbage people. Is he supposed to be a heel? Are we supposed to hate him for pointing that stuff out? Because he’s not wrong. Maybe he’ll team up with Tatanka and they’ll make anti-littering commercials together.

 This outfit is known as a "Finnish Tuxedo"

This outfit is known as a "Finnish Tuxedo"

The last match of the night features IRS clobbering PJ Walker. Interestingly though Razor Ramon shows up unannounced to mess with IRS. This is the type of thing that happens regularly on Raw in the modern era, but so far hasn’t really happened yet back here in 1993. It really helps spice things up so it’s a welcome distraction from a lackluster match. Speaking of distractions, while IRS has his attention set on Razor Ramon, PJ Walker comes up from behind and rolls him up for the win. It’s the 1-2-3 Kid all over again!

Other Observations

  • Mr. Perfect has a match against Mike Bell. Can’t they give this guy a real challenge? It really feels like they’re wasting his talents.
  • Another couple gets engaged on air, because nothing says romance like pro wrestling.