–Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase are in the booth and they are taped from Liberty, New York in late 1994.
–Opening Contest: Adam Bomb beats Dwayne Gill with the Atom Smasher at 2:49:
Bomb was someone that should have gotten a stronger push in 1995. He was very athletic for a big man, but the problem is that he was swamped by the face-dominated side of the roster that had more notable acts such as Diesel, Bret Hart, the British Bulldog, and Lex Luger. Bomb’s ring attire is pretty hideous, though, as it’s yellow and green attire that reminds someone of an overactive mucus membrane. Squashes are tailor made for someone like Bomb and he runs through some power moves before finishing the future Gillberg without breaking much of a sweat.
–Monsoon and DiBiase recap the WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament. DiBiase puts over the fact that his team is the favorite.
–Replays of lots of Action Zone squashes follow over the next thirty minutes. These include Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka’s win over Chris Kanyon and Nick Barberry and squashes featuring Kwang, Aldo Montoya, Henry Godwinn, and Razor Ramon.
–Tamara Murphy, the future Sunny, continues the hype for the Holiday Wish Tour series of shows at the Meadowlands and Madison Square Garden. We will discuss those shows in the near future when we get through the next week’s worth of shows.
–Todd Pettengill provides the Royal Rumble Report. No new information is provided and I am fast forwarding so I do not have to watch the cringe-worthy Diesel “name association” promo again.
–We get more Live Event News to kill time on this show.
–Tune in next week to see Irwin R. Schyster, Mabel, Bob Backlund, Jim Neidhart, and Mantaur in action! They sell Mantaur as debuting but he already made his debut on Superstars a week ago.
Last Words: Wresting Challenge was not always a copy of the Action Zone, although both shows did share a few squashes. It looks like this episode got caught between television tapings with the new year as many of the matches airing on the syndicated shows during this period were from late 1994. If there is a lot of copying of content going forward, I will keep the Challenge reviews very brief.
Up Next (on Tuesday): Monday Night Raw from January 9, 1995