–Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett cuts an in-ring promo against the Undertaker for their King of the Ring qualifying match later tonight, saying that he will be a “shoo in” for the tournament. Jarrett’s promo is interrupted by the lights flickering.
–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Binghamton, New York.
–Opening Contest: Sid (w/Ted DiBiase & Tatanka) (2-1) pins Mike Khoury after a powerbomb at 1:19:
As McMahon recounts Diesel’s elbow injury, Sid uses about two moves to destroy Khoury, flattening him with a powerbomb and getting an easy win. After the bout he screams into the camera about wanting to face Diesel again.
–WWF Champion Diesel is shown sitting in a hospital bed, saying that he injured his elbow when Sid chokeslammed and powerbombed him at In Your House. Dr. James Andrews recounts how he had to repair the tendon in the elbow and blood clot. Kevin Nash recounted in his 1995 Timeline interview with Kayfabe Commentaries how he was advised by Andrews to take six to nine months off but went back on the road after several weeks. As a result, he claims to still experience significant pain in his elbow because he never gave it proper time to heal.
–Jeff Jarrett appears to be nervous about facing the Undertaker later tonight, with the Roadie trying to calm him down.
–Adam Bomb (12-3-1) beats Bob Cook after the Neutron Bomb at 2:04:
McMahon teases Lawler that Bret Hart is coming out as Lawler has difficulty reading the USA Network plug for The Twilight Zone: The Movie. Bomb quickly goes over Cook in the midst of all of this, allowing him to keep throwing his footballs into the crowd.
–Todd Pettengill does the King of the Ring Report. Lawler says that it is none of Pettengill’s business whether he is going to accept Bret Hart’s challenge for the pay-per-view. Lawler hilariously claims that Bret wants nothing to do with him anyway.
–Hakushi (w/Shinja) (15-1) pins John Snakowski after a somersault senton at 2:33:
Before the match, Shinja opens a bag and Hakushi pulls out a severed head that looks like Bret Hart. Lawler jumps for joy before expressing disappointment that the head is not real. Hakushi is just playing a secondary role in the Bret-Lawler feud and is not currently booked for the King of the Ring, being curiously absent from the tournament despite his win/loss record and feuding with one of the company’s top stars. Hakushi slowly pounds away on Snakowski before finishing him off with a somersault senton.
–Pettengill announces that Ivan Puttski will be the third inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame.
–McMahon conducts a special interview with WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze, who shows up without the title belt and sporting some cosmetic changes. Blayze says that she is ready for Bertha Faye and is stronger than ever.
–Call 1-900-737-4WWF to hear daily updates on Diesel’s condition!
–Men on a Mission (12-2) defeat Gary Scott & Aaron Ferguson after Mabel pins Scott after a belly-to-belly suplex at 3:46:
The announcers cannot stop talking about how the British Bulldog hoisted Mabel up on his shoulders on The Action Zone two weeks ago. Men on a Mission’s work has been good recently, but this squash ruins that streak as they slowly beat on Scott and Ferguson before Mabel tags in to finish things off.
–Pettengill recaps who has qualified for the King of the Ring Tournament thus far. There are three spots left to fill, with the winner of tonight’s Jeff Jarrett-Undertaker match facing Mabel in the first round on pay-per-view.
–Barry Didinski shills an Undertaker t-shirt for $16 (plus shipping & handling)!
–King of the Ring Qualifying Match: The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (5-0) pins Jeff Jarrett (Intercontinental Champion w/The Roadie) (11-5-1) after the Tombstone at 8:52 shown:
No reason is given as to why the Undertaker suddenly wishes to be the King of the Ring, having not participated in the last two tournaments, but his appearance is welcomed to add more star power to the brackets. However, this qualifying match seems rather unfair and Jarrett would have every right to complain, especially because the Roadie has a qualifying match later in the week on Superstars against Doink. And it was difficult to see how Jarrett stood much of a chance here after he has struggled to beat the Aldo Montoya’s and Bob Holly’s of the world over the past month. Jarrett manages to get the figure-four applied after the commercial break as Bearer hilariously takes his jacket off and threatens to fight the Roadie when he tries to help Jarrett add leverage to the hold. The referee eventually sees Jarrett use the ropes so he has to break. However, Jarrett struts too much rather than stay on offense and the Undertaker rallies to qualify for the tournament, receiving a big pop from the crowd. This was the Undertaker’s best match of the year so far because Jarrett bumped well and kept things moving when he was on offense. Rating: **¼
–Lawler says that he will accept Bret Hart’s challenge when Helen Hart accepts the challenge issued by his “mother” from In Your House.
–Bob Backlund’s new campaign ad calls for harsher punishments for criminals.
–Tune in next week to see the British Bulldog face Owen Hart in a King of the Ring qualifying match! Also, Savio Vega and Man Mountain Rock will be in action!
The Last Word: It was very interesting to have the Undertaker in the King of the Ring Tournament because during this period of time he very rarely lost, which made him a prohibitive favorite. It also setup a possible “dream match” of sorts if he and Shawn Michaels reached the semi-finals. However, eliminating Jarrett from the tournament in the qualifiers made very little sense, especially because he likely will not be defending the Intercontinental title at the pay-per-view and will be off the card completely. It would have made better sense for them to switch spots between he and the Roadie, although an Undertaker-Roadie match would be television ratings death and that is probably why they opted not to do it. They also could have tossed Backlund into the qualifying rounds to job to a babyface since he is only doing an off-screen gimmick at this point.
At the end of May, here is where the talent stands on win/loss records and appearances:
Top Twenty-Five Overall Records (Minimum of Six Matches):
2—Man Mountain Rock (9-0)
T3—Jean-Pierre LaFitte (6-0)
T3—The Undertaker (6-0)
5—Lex Luger (19-1-1)
8—Shawn Michaels (7-1)
9—Duke Droese (12-2)
10—Razor Ramon (14-2-1)
12—The British Bulldog (20-4)
13—King Kong Bundy (15-3)
14—Bart Gunn (12-2-1)
16—Billy Gunn (11-2-1)
T17—Henry Godwinn (13-3)
T20—Bob Backlund (8-2)
22—Adam Bomb (13-3-1)
23—Bret Hart (8-2-1)
24—Eli Blu (8-2-2)
25—Owen Hart (14-5)
Top Twenty Singles Records (Minimum of Six Matches):
2—Man Mountain Rock (9-0)
T3—The Undertaker (6-0)
T3—Jean-Pierre LaFitte (6-0)
5—Lex Luger (8-0-1)
8—Bob Backlund (8-1)
9—Shawn Michaels (7-1)
10—Duke Droese (12-2)
11—Razor Ramon (13-2-1)
T13—King Kong Bundy (13-3)
T13—Henry Godwinn (13-3)
T15—Bam Bam Bigelow (8-2)
17—Adam Bomb (13-3-1)
18—Bret Hart (6-2-1)
20—Aldo Montoya (9-4)
Notables That Did Not Qualify: Hunter-Hearst Helmsley (5-0), Mabel (4-1), the 1-2-3 Kid (4-1), Sid (3-1)
Top Tag Teams (Minimum of Five Matches)
1—The Allied Powers (11-0)
2—Owen Hart & Yokozuna (8-0)
3—Men on a Mission (13-2)
4—The Smoking Gunns (11-2-1)
5—The Blu Brothers (7-1-2)
6—Bob Holly & the 1-2-3 Kid (5-3)
7—The New Headshrinkers (4-2-3)
8—The Heavenly Bodies (5-4)
Notables That Did Not Qualify: The Bushwhackers (4-0)
Inactives No Longer Listed: Well Dunn (1-4)
Top Ten in Televised Match Appearances (Iron Worker Award):
1—The British Bulldog (26)
T2—Bob Holly (23)
4—Lex Luger (22)
T5—King Kong Bundy (20)
T5—Owen Hart (20)
T7—Jeff Jarrett (19)
T7—Adam Bomb (19)
Most Appearances by Show: RAW-Bob Holly (8); Superstars-Mabel, Mantaur, and Henry Godwinn (7); The Action Zone-The British Bulldog (8); Wrestling Challenge (for matches not shown on The Action Zone)-The British Bulldog, Duke Droese, and Hakushi (4).
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