April 2, 1994
From the Stabler Arena in Bethelem, PA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo
Vince & Polo are in the aisle running down the show when Razor Ramon comes down the ring for his match and messes with Polo. We then hear Polo bitch and complain about that. New touch of having the announcers in the middle of the aisle here. And this made for a good spontaneous moment which I will happily take over the formulaic syndicated format.
In action this week are Sparky Plugg vs. Jeff Jarrett. Also in action are Crush, Doink, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Earthquake.
Razor Ramon vs. Steve Smyth
Polo is backstage according to Vince seeking attention as Polo claimed Razor flicked his toothpick in his eye. Smyth tries and fails by messing with Razor then Jerry Lawler joins on commentary. Razor works the arm as Lawler says that Polo told him to come out here and even claims that Polo’s eye is seriously damaged. Smyth fights back and chops away in the corner but Razor returns the favor then tosses Smyth across the ring. Razor grounds Smyth as the announcers talk about a Razor vs. Diesel match. Razor then hits Smyth with a super back suplex then puts Smyth away with the Razor’s Edge (3:19).
Thoughts: All signs pointing towards a Razor vs. Diesel feud for the Intercontinental Title match yet there has been very little mention about Shawn Michaels.
We now see footage from the finish of Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna at WrestleMania X. We also learn that the Coliseum Home Video release of the show comes out on May 4th. After that we hear from the announcers with Vince saying that its no more Mr. Nice Guy from Luger and that Mr. Perfect will be on RAW this coming Monday Night. The Luger/Perfect feud is sure getting a lot of hype post-Mania.
An ad hyping the 10-man tag for RAW.
Chris Williams, who looks about ten years old, his the guest ring announcer.
Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Tom Alton
The announcers hype up the “WrestleMania Revenge” tour as Alton lands some shots but gets caught with a chokeslam. Crush chops Alton down then drops him with a press slam for the win (1:51).
Thoughts: This match was used as a backdrop to mention the WrestleMania Revenge tour.
The WWF Live Event News segment airs to hype up the WrestleMania Revenge tour that will run shows in New York. The main event is Bret Hart against his brother Owen for the title. And Doink vs. Jeff Jarrett will also take place. Odd to mention Doink/Jarrett as a selling point but we will find out why this happened before the show ends.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Sparky Plugg
Jarrett stalls to start as the announcers talk about his music ability. Jarrett has Plugg in a side headlock as Lawler promises to bring in Jarrett’s demo tapes then mistakenly referred to record producers as “movie” producers in a funny bit with Vince correcting him. Plugg fights back and gets a few nearfalls before working the arm. Jarrett cheap shots Plugg to regain control of the match. He chokes out Plugg against the middle rope then warns the others that this could be them. Jarrett yells at the referee then whips Plugg into the corner. Jarrett misses an attack in the corner then Plugg uses a pair of slams. Jarrett comes back with a clothesline then connects with a dropkick that gets three. However, Plugg’s foot was underneath the rope and draped over the apron so the match will continue. Jarrett is irate then Plugg sneaks up from behind and gets a rollup for a two count. Plugg then suplexes Jarrett as both men are down. Jarrett is up first but misses a flying fist drop then Plugg runs wild. Plugg gets a two count with a knee lift then with a sunset flip. Backslide gets two. Plugg then comes back with a clothesline and covers but despite Jarrett’s foot being on the ropes the ref counts to three anyway as Plugg gets the win (8:53) *3/4.
Thoughts: Really just a house show match with Jarrett using his stalling tactics
Back from break and we see Jarrett sitting in the ring protesting his loss. After that, Polo comes out to call this the crime of the century. Jarrett wants Plugg to get his “grease monkey butt” out here and that its a WWF conspiracy. However, Doink comes out for his match accompanied by Dink. Jarrett then swings his chair near Doink then even at Dink. Doink comes in now then Plugg comes back in to attack Jarrett from behind. Plugg then uses a reverse rollup as Doink counts to three as Jarrett is pissed off on the outside while Plugg celebrates with Doink & Dink. And this is how they are setting up Jarrett vs. Doink for the WrestleMania Revenge tour. They also had Jarrett look like a goof in defeat and here so logically we should expect him to get some sort of revenge.
Doink w/ Dink vs. Mike Bell
Dink squirts Bell in the face with a squirting flower then gets chased around until Doink clotheslines Bell. Polo is back on commentary now and talks about suing Razor Ramon as Bell now clotheslines Doink for a one count. Bell hits a slam then a leg drop for another two count before challenging for a test-of-strength. Doink doesnt fall for that and hits a suplex then a knee drop as the announcers talk about the IRS/Tatanka feud. Doink gets a few nearfalls before applying a chin lock as the announcers talk about taxes. Doink stays in control then puts Bell away with the Whoopie Cushion (3:39). After the match we see Doink celebrate with Dink.
Thoughts: Oddly enough after the Doink/Jarrett segment the announcers talked about other feuds going on in the company.
We now get new reasons from IRS as to why we should pay our taxes. Just as useless as last week’s reasons. This act is just atrocious now and these segments are witless.
Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. John Paul
Vince says he has been handed a note that Jarrett is irate backstage and has challenged Plugg for a rematch next week. Paul avoids Bigelow in the corner then slides underneath and lands a few punches. Bigelow catches a crossbody attempt and turns that into a slam. Bigelow now yells at Volkoff to leave then drops Paul with a back elbow smash then uses a powerslam for the win (1:33).
Thoughts: The big news here was setting up a potential rematch between Jarrett and Plugg.
We now cut to the announcers and learn that Plugg has accepted Jarrett’s challenge for a rematch.
Earthquake comes out to the ring for his match and walks into Bigelow. They stare each other down then Bigelow leaves with Luna. So this now appears to be a feud for these men. And at the time, it was reported Bigelow & Luna might be leaving the company but with this angle that does not appear to be the case.
Earthquake vs. Reno Riggins
Riggins rakes the eyes then hammers away then shows off after a dropkick. However, Earthquake brushed it off then dropkicks Riggins from behind. Earthquake avoids a crossbody as Polo talks about how he comes from royalty then says he is a renaissance man. Earthquake hits a leg drop then follows up with a corner splash as Polo says Bigelow was the first agile big man in the WWF. Vince now hypes the WrestleMania X rematch between Earthquake and Adam Bomb this coming Monday Night on RAW as Earthquake continues to overpower Riggins until finally putting him away with the sit-down splash (3:42). After the match we get a slow-motion replay of the Earthquake/Bigelow confrontation.
Thoughts: They built up Earthquake a lot on commentary but the crowd was just dead for this match. They also hinted of a Earthquake/Bigelow feud being based around who is the most agile big man as Earthquake did more athletic spots than usual here.
Another WWF Live Event News segment airs to hype the WrestleMania Revenge tour with matches such as Lex Luger vs. Mr. Perfect (which never happened) and Razor Ramon vs. Diesel for the Intercontinental Title.
Jarrett comes out to the announcers area and yells about how he already pinned Plugg but is getting screwed over and will not put up with it anymore. Jarrett promises to get his way and we can take it to the bank as he calls Plugg a “grease monkey” several times in a promo where he kept repeating himself in what seemed like an attempt to fill time until the show ended.
Final Thoughts: We set up for a rematch next week between Jarrett and Plugg while starting an angle between Earthquake and Bigelow so there was a lot going on this week. The new production wrinkles make it a fresher show at least and Polo is entertaining on commentary all making this a fun show to watch.