WWF World Tour 1992 Review

WWE Review: WWF World Tour 1992

wwfworldtour1992An awesome video package advertising for WWF SummerSlam 1992 with the lullaby of “London Bridges Falling Down” with wrestling action based to the beats, I really enjoyed that opening commercial!  If you can find it on YouTube, it’s worth the search.

Macho Man Randy Savage screams at us to buy the new wrestling figures that open every Coliseum Video cassette.  Always a flash back to my childhood that I appreciate every time I see this commercial.

First and foremost, I want to thank Scrooge McSuck and his piece from “Da’ Wrestling Site,” because I googled this Coliseum Video title and his piece was one of the top items that popped up.  You can find his blog about this same tape here .

Lord Alfred Hayes is our host for this Coliseum Home Video, telling us, the home viewers, what we should expect to come later in the video.  With Big Ben behind him in the United Kingdom, I feel pretty welcomed to this Coliseum exclusive.

The Texas Tornado versus the Mountie (with Jimmy Hart)

This matched happened on October 3rd, 1991 from the Albert Hall.  Man, what an awesome arena!  I don’t know why the WWE doesn’t do specials at this arena whenever they head over to the UK, or even have Raw and Smackdown tapings there.  It’s different from what we commonly see on WWE television now and it’s a great addition to when they tour over there!

Our color commentators for this match were Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, something that I appreciate and always welcome whenever I watch old WWE classics.

The match opening pace was pretty slow, which is something I always appreciated, since it helps me get to know the characters that are gracing me on my television screen.  The Mountie was someone who I hated as a child and the Texas Tornado was someone I never appreciated his work when he was alive.

The Tornado nailed the Mountie with the spinning punch, which sent him outside the ring and the Mountie teased walking out and giving the Tornado the count-out victory.  Before being counted-out, the Mountie decided to continue the match and got the upper-hand in the match against his opponent, for easily cutting off the Tornado’s F5 furry.

The Canadian Mountie had the sleeper slapped on the Texan Tornado for a few minutes and the crowd sat in their seats, waiting patiently for something important to happen.  Once the Texan countered and clasped on his sleeper, the fans popped loudly for the quick counter.  Sadly for the Tornado, he wasn’t able to keep his advantage going, because the Mountie got him where he wanted, and started to work his shoulder.

I still can’t get over how awesome the Albert Hall looks for a wrestling show!  If anyone in the WWE is reading this, or someone who knows someone in the WWE, whenever you guys head back to the United Kingdom, could you guys head back there, please?  Even if it’s for a Smackdown taping, or an Main Event taping, that’d be great!  This arena makes the show seem special!

The Mountie scored the pinfall victory when he got his feet up on the second rope.  Didn’t catch how he cheated and got the victory.  Sorry for that folks.

Wait just a moment, the referee caught the Mountie pulling his feet off the ropes, so he restarted the match and the Mountie ran off, giving the Tornado the count-out victory!

For the review I’m reviewing, along with writing this, gives the Mountie the victory.  I guess that makes sense, due to the bell rang and the ref did originally give the Mountie the victory and the bell never rang to restart the match.

Winner: the Mountie and Canadian justice!

Anyways, we see a clip with Bobby Heenan and Lord Alfred Hayes in the Queen’s Box at the Albert Hall.  Both men put over how awesome the arena looks.  I couldn’t agree with them more.

We go to a British Bulldog profile piece, where there’s a twenty man battle royal that’s already in progress.

Twenty Man Battle Royal with Typhoon, the Mountie, and the British Bulldog left

Both Typhoon and the Mountie double-team the Bulldog and why would a company fly overseas and not put over their home-country wrestler.  The Mountie held the Bulldog from behind, letting Typhoon run to the opposite ropes to hit a clothesline, which didn’t work out too well.  The Bulldog dropped to the mat and the Mountie got eliminated!

The end of the battle royal saw when Typhoon beating down the Bulldog by the ropes, walk a few steps back, run towards him to clothesline him over the top-tope, but be back-body-dropped and eliminated, giving the battle royal win to the Bulldog!  A pretty cool ending to the battle royal that we saw!

We then go and see the Bulldog walk out a house and get mauled by some fans for an autograph.  Then Lord Alfred sits down with the Bulldog and his parents, asking about his childhood and what he ate when he was younger.

After that clip, we go to the next match.

The British Bulldog versus IRS (with Jimmy Hart)

This match was held on April 19th, 1992, in Sheffield, England, from the UK Rampage pay-per-view.  IRS was already in the ring when we saw the Bulldog come down to the ring with a huge crowd ovation.  The arena was bigger than the arena in the last match, but still pretty alive due to being in the United Kingdom.  They’re always an awesome crowd to watch.

Just like the first match we saw, the wrestlers were milking out the pacing, feeding to the cheers the fans were giving to the Bulldog and booing whenever IRS had any advantage over their home-country hero.  Times like this make me remember why this time frame of professional wrestling made me fall in-love with this industry.

Why aren’t shows like this shown in theaters?  I would love to go watch WWE pay-per-views or their documentary pieces in theaters.  I would pay for the ticket, pay for some candy and soda, and sit on my butt for however long and have a great time.  If I ever own a bar, restaurant, or a movie theater, I would be up for showing shows like this for people, since watching wrestling with crowds are always fun.

I always get a kick out of when the Bulldog had the upper hand during the match; the fans were into his comebacks.  When IRS had the upper hand, the crowd was either quite or entertaining themselves by chanting for the Bulldog.  Made me laugh out loud.

The finish of the match saw when the Bulldog hit the running powerslam on IRS, where the fans jumped to their feet for the pinfall.

Winner: the British Bulldog and the United Kingdom!  Yeah!

Next we saw the Bulldog walking with some kids, talking to them about whatever since we couldn’t pick up.  Lord Hayes caught the Bulldog and talked to him about the school he attended when he was a kid.  Something I enjoyed, since it’s something that the WWE DVDs don’t do anymore (only if it’s documentaries).

The British Bulldog (with Winston the bulldog and Andre the Giant) versus Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart)

This match took place on October 5th, 1991, in Barcelona, Spain.  I love seeing how arenas look in different countries, and tapes like this helps me see what they look like.  Thank you World Wrestling Federation for putting tapes like this out.

The match opens when both men pose for the crowd, the fans crapping on Earthquake, who throws a hissy fit, and fans pop for the Bulldog when he poses for them.

Like a normal big man/little man match, it took several big impact move to take Earthquake off his feet and to the mat.  Once he fell off his feet, Earthquake rolled out of the ring, walked over to Jimmy Hart, and got some new advice on how to take on the British one.

Whenever the Bulldog had advantage of the match, the pace was pretty fast, since he had to play the little man in this match-up.  When the Earthquake had the upper hand, there were a lot of rest holds, which slowed the pace down a lot in the match.  The announcers put over Earthquake and the Bulldog when both men had the advantage of the match.

The finish of the match saw when Earthquake was going for his finish, Andre hit him with his cane when he ran towards the ropes by him, and the Bulldog popped up, body slammed him, and scored the pinfall.

Winner: The British Bulldog and Andre the Giant’s intelligence!

We see another clip of the British guards who never smile and have the big furry hats.  We transfer to Lord Alfred Hayes and talked about having coffee with the Queen.  After that comment, we went to a segment with El Mantador Tito Santana, where he “was at home” and told us about his family history.  He told us about Latino tradition and culture, which was nice to see something outside the United States for their culture.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus the Barbarian

This match also took place on October 5th, 1991, in Barcelona, Spain.  The crowd booed the Barbarian and he didn’t seem too happy to be there.  The crowd was on their feet when the Hot Rod came down to the ring, yet I didn’t hear that many cheers for him, which made me sad.  Come on guys, let’s cheer the Hot Rod!

To be honest, it’s hard for me to keep interest in this match since every match we seen before aren’t that good and aren’t anything that memorable.  By the test-of-strength spot, I wanted to start to chant “boring” at my TV screen, but knowing that both men wouldn’t hear me, or could care less over twenty years later, I would keep typing and find something interesting in the match to blog about.

Sean Mooney and Alfred Hayes were our announcers for the match and after the Barbarian nailed Piper with a right hand, Mooney mentioned that this match would be a great match to include in this very tape.  Thanks Mooney for the advice, since I really don’t care much about this match.  I’m happy the fans in attendance cared for the match more than I do.

The match ended when Piper won with the sunset flip.  The fans jumped to their feet and were happy the match ended, so was I.

The winner: Roddy Piper and I, since I wasn’t interested in this match.

Battle Royal :: Munich, Germany :: Joined In Progress

This battle royal happened on April 14th, 1992, and without a break, we’re welcomed midway through a battle royal in Germany and we see the Mountie eliminate Tito Santana in his bright green tights.  I’m surprised I didn’t go blind!

3080-WWFEuropeanRampageTourThe Hitman was trying to eliminate Nasty Boys Jerry Sags and the Mountie came up from behind him and eliminated him!  A great way to sneak in an elimination.

The Road Warrior Hawk tried to eliminate two different men at the same time and did the classic elimination by running to the opposite ropes to run back with more momentum, and the two guys dropped down, pulled the top rope, and eliminated the Road Warrior!

Instead of discussing every elimination, I’ll just discuss some of the higher points of the battle royal from here on out.  One thing I’ve noticed is the only main eventer (at least a former main eventer) in the battle royal was Sgt. Slaughter.  At least we’re having a bunch of mid-carders putting on a show.

The final five men were Nasty Boys Sags, the Mountie, the Repo Man, the British Bulldog, and Sgt. Slaughter.  Sags, the Mountie, and the Repo Man teamed up as the heels of the five and the Sgt. And the Bulldog teamed up as the babyfaces.  It was fun seeing how these five men teamed up with each other.

The final elimination saw the British Bulldog eliminate Sags and the Mountie to win the battle royal!

The winner: the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith!

We go to back to another tour of the Royal Albert Hall with Heenen and Hayes.  Bobby “the Brain” tries to look up the skirt of a gal in one of the paints.  Yup, vintage Bobby Heenen!

WWF Intercontinental Championship :: Rick “the Model” Martel versus Bret “the Hitman” Hart (WWF Intercontinental Champion)

Something of note here in this match, both men are wearing bright pink tights and both are from Canada!  A great addition to this 1992 World Tape, put on by the World Wrestling Federation!   This match also came from the WWF Rampage pay-per-view.  I wonder if that event ever made it on VHS tape.

One thing I noticed was every time the Hitman got the upper hand; the crowd ate it up and loved seeing Bret Hart gain the advantage on his challenger.  Whenever Rick Martel got the upper hand, the crowd started to entertain themselves and start chants to encourage Bret to gain the advantage back.  Made me smile.

More this match went on; more I appreciate these two wrestlers that made it on this tape.  Both are technical, submission athletes and know how to work the crowd and have them eat out of their hands.  The match was very much back-and-forth, mixed in with some technical grappling, topped off with some submission holds!  Thank you Bret Hart and thank you Rick Martel!

The end of the match saw Rick Martel taunting to the fans a little too much, because the last taunt he did, Hart rolled him up with a small package and scored the victory!

The winner: Bret “the Hitman” Hart, remaining as our Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion!

After Hart won his match and started to celebrate his victory, we go right away into our main event on the World Wrestling Federation tape, for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship!

WWF Championship :: Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri) versus Randy “Macho Man” Savage (WWF Champion)

This title match took place at Munich, Germany!  Lord Alfred Hayes is our color commentator and Sean Mooney is our play-by-play man!  While Lord Alfred and Sean were talking, the announcer told us that the Macho Champion just won the WWE Championship, so I assume that Savage just defeated the former champion, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, at WrestleMania in the Hoosier Dome, homed in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Macho Champion got the crowd cheering for him rather quickly once he entered the ring, and if I were in the crowd, I would cheer the Macho Man too, simply for his awesome neon-colored trunks and white and pink boots.  Simply awesome, Randy Savage, you and your attire is simply awesome!

Like similar matches on the tape, the crowd seemed to be rather quick to remain quiet when Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Heel, had the upper-hand, and jumped to their feet with excitement when their WWF Champion gained the advantage.

The German crowd seemed to jump to their feet when the champion grabbed a chair to take out the challenger.  The referee stopped the champion on using the chair, for the international crowd could see this title match.

After the chair was grabbed from the champion, both him and the challenger took their match to the outside of the ring and brawled for a while, giving the fans a close encounter on what they do day-in-and-day-out.

One thing that I miss is having a manager on the outside of the ring, because Sensational Sherri made her presence known during the match when she screeched to her man to gain the upper hand against the champion.  Another thing that I don’t miss is hearing that screech.

Macho Man, explained by Alfred Hayes when he entered the arena, sold his injured knee off-and-on during the match, and Michaels and Sherri both worked on the bad leg, trying to weaken the Macho leg, giving the Heartbreak Kid a better chance of walking out with the WWF Championship.  With this, Michaels taunted the crowd while giving the champion a breather, causing loud boos to be rained into the challenger and his beautiful manager.

I popped when Shawn Michaels pulled out Ric Flair’s Figure Four Leg Lock on Randy Savage, and the champion sold it like Michaels was a legit main-eventer.  The crowd hated Michaels more when Sherri grabbed his hands when the ref wasn’t looking to give her man more of an advantage.

Michaels broke up the figure four when the ref ordered him to do so, and when the challenger tried to go for it again, Savage countered with a small package.  The Heartbreak Kid was able to escape the pin attempt and slap on the figure four leg lock on the Macho Man, weakening him more.

The end of the match came quick when Macho Man kicked Michaels into the post when he tried for another figure four, nailed Michaels with a punch to the face, and went to the top rope and nailed the famous Macho Flying Elbow and got the three-count!

Winner: “the Macho Man” Randy Savage, retaining the WWF Champion

Sherri pissed that her man didn’t win the championship, ran in with a chair, and helped her man to attack the fallen champion, and show him that he was a sore loser in Germany.  It’s okay Shawn, you’ll win that strap one day.  It might take you four or so years, but you’ll get there soon.

We go back to Lord Alfred Hayes hosting the tape, thanking us for joining him on the tape and watching this exclusive, brought to us by Coliseum Home Video.  The last match was a fun match, for sure, and a definite watch if you never seen it before.  I believe it’s on the Macho Man 3-disc set the WWE put out a few years back.

To concluded this review of the WWF World Tour 1992 tape, I feel like the only match that’s worthwhile was the main event match for the WWF Championship, since it was great to see the Macho Man in action again the Heartbreak Kid.  The other matches were fun to watch, simply to see what the WWE was like in 1992.  If they occurred today, I would say they are passable.  So, it’s up to you if you feel like they’re worthy for watch.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day.

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