May 14, 1994
From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
The show opens up with Vince McMahon bringing out Bret Hart to the interview platform. Vince asks about Owen as Bret said his own mother put it in focus by saying Owen was born “bad” with a desire to be “good.” However, she said Bret was born “good” with a desire to be bad. Bret then says he looks forward to step into the ring with Owen to find out the best wrestler in the world, period. Vince now asks about Diesel and if he accepts his challenge for a match at the King of the Ring. Bret smiles then accepts but Vince wants to know how he will overcome Diesel’s size. Bret says he knows what Diesel is thinking because he was once the Intercontinental Champion. However, just because Diesel is one of the biggest wrestlers he faced doesnt mean he won’t be able to take Diesel down for the sharpshooter and will find out who is the best in the WWF. They almost made it seem like Diesel specifically challenged Bret for a title match at the King of the ring. But the story is that they are really going full speed ahead in giving Diesel title shots and with how they’ve talked him up on commentary its clear he is being groomed for a top spot in the immediate future. And with Bret facing Owen on the WrestleMania Revenge tour you can expect him to retain.
Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Tony Outter
Vince says that Bret interview was conducted during the WrestleMania Revenge tour. Lawler makes fun of Bret’s hair while Kwang kicks the crap out of Outter. Kwang cuts off Outter’s comeback attempt with a clothesline but Outter breaks up a back drop with an elbow drop. Kwang then catches Outter with a spinning heel kick, as Outter was in midair, during an Irish whip sequence for the win (1:32).
Thoughts: Quick match to put over Kwang and hype up the Bret/Diesel match.
WWF Live Event News with more hype for the WrestleMania Revenge tour.
King of the Ring Qualifying Match: Pierre vs. Mabel
Johnny Polo is not here tonight but Lawler said Polo is not here because he agreed to stay backstage as long as Oscar did not accompany Mabel. However, Oscar is shown rapping backstage on the video wall. Pierre attacks Mabel before the bell. He continues to hammer away in the corner then avoids an avalanche. Pierre hits a few clotheslines then heads up top for a missile dropkick that gets two. Pierre goes back up top but this time Mabel tosses him off. Mabel then tosses off his coat before slamming Pierre then heads to the middle rope where he whiffs on a splash. Pierre heads back up top and hits a leg drop but that only gets two. Pierre then tries a slam but Mabel falls on top and almost gets the win. Vince wonders why Polo picked Pierre for this match instead of Jacques then Mabel uses a sideslam for the win (2:58) *. Oscar comes out rapping to celebrate with Mabel.
Thoughts: Fine for what it was and I do not think the outcome was ever in doubt. Mabel’s single push continues.
King of the Ring Report with Todd Pettengill. He clarifies that only the World Heavyweight Title is on the line for the Bret vs. Diesel match. We see the bracket with IRS vs. Mabel as one match then Razor will face the winner of Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Sparky Plugg. Apparently, the RAW qualifiers face each other in the first round and the same goes for the qualifiers on Superstars. We see a clip of Piper from the set of “Tough and Deadly” as he addresses Lawler calling him a dinosaur then calls himself a tyrannosaurus rex then issues Lawler a final warning to stop ragging on his family and the kids then says he wears a kilt, not a dress. Basically, they are having Lawler hype the match on TV while Piper does it through recycled “Bottom Line” segments.
We get an ad hyping up next week’s Lex Luger vs. Jeff Jarrett King of the Ring qualifying match. And they’ve been pushing Luger on TV the past couple of weeks as a KotR favorite and someone looking to redeem himself over what happened at WrestleMania by winning the tournament.
Guest ring announcer Mike Potts does the introductions here. Lawler laughs at him and says he is an idiot.
Doink the Clown w/ Dink vs. Major Yates
Dink kicks Yates then runs around but that allows Yates to cheap shot Doink. Yates stays on the attack until Doink knees him in the face. Doink hits a butterfly suplex and stays in control as Lawler makes fun of Doink then Vince makes fun of Lawler. Doink now heads up top and hits the Whoopie Cushion for the win as Vince plugs Doink vs. Jarrett for the WrestleMania Revenge tour (1:54).
Thoughts: More hype for this Doink/Jarrett feud which is still not getting over.
We now see footage of Ted DiBiase yelling in his limo at Nikolai Volkoff and makes him open the door. Volkoff looks pissed and does it while DiBiase yells at Volkoff to get ready for his match, ordering him to stay three feet behind him at all times. So, DiBiase is now going to make Volkoff wrestle for him which begs the question why didn’t Volkoff just ask the WWF for a job to begin with instead of subjecting himself to getting embarrassed.
The announcers show an Earthquake article from “WWF Magazine” as Vince plugs the Earthquake vs. Yokozuna sumo match this coming Monday night on RAW.
Earthquake vs. A.C. Corner
It was spelled and pronounced as “Corner” instead of Conner for the future D’Lo Brown. In his shoot interview with RF Video, Brown mentioned how Pat Patterson referred to him as “Corner” because he was booked to stand in the corner as part of a squash tag match. Corner tries some clotheslines but they have zero effect. Earthquake charges and drops Corner with a clothesline as the announcers hype up the sumo match and how the first one shoved out of the ring is the loser and how there will not be any ropes on the ring. We now hear from Jim Cornette as the insert zooms in on Yokozuna’s face with him talking trash about how Yokozuna will destroy Earthquake. Lawler makes fun of Earthquake for being fat then Earthquake hits a sit-down splash for the win (2:10). Earthquake then stomps in the aisle as we see his video wall graphic shake. Earthquake then yells into the camera about Yokozuna and says he cannot survive the “big one.”
Thoughts: Lots of hype for the Earthquake/Yokozuna sumo match on RAW this coming Monday night.
We see some maintenance workers talk about how they pulled off the pool cover and saw The Undertaker get up and walk out. A truly riveting segment.
Nikolai Volkoff w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Duane Gill
Lawler jokes that Volkoff is so poor he can’t even afford to pay attention. Volkoff grounds Gill then bridges him for a two count. Vince says that Volkoff got swindled out of his money while Lawler says its easy to trick someone with a simple mind. DiBiase yells at Volkoff and that allows Gill to attack from behind. Gill hammers away but Volkoff reverses an Irish whip and uses a back drop. Volkoff now works a side headlock on the mat as the announcers talk about a guest ring announcer contest for the WrestleMania Revenge tour. DiBisae yells at Volkoff again while Gill attacks from behind. Volkoff regains control then uses the russian Sicle for the win (2:47). After the match, DiBiase yells at Volkoff to attack Gill. Volkoff does not want to do this but has no choice and stomps on Gill while DiBiase distracts the referee. Vince also breaks the news that DiBiase & Volkoff will be on the “King’s Court” this Monday night.
Thoughts: Good lord this was terrible. The story was DiBiase would yell at Volkoff, who would become distracted and that allowed Gill to attack from behind. The action was awful and Volkoff for the most part refused to bump in this run. DiBiase also apparently hired Volkoff to wrestle for his own amusement because no one else wanted to see him in 1994. And, DiBiase & Volkoff will be on RAW as part of the King’s Court.
Duke “The Dumpster” Droese then shows us his trick shot with a trash can as a spoof of the Michael Jordan commercials where he would call his shots in the gym. It was dumb but still probably better than all his other vignettes.
Replay of last week where IRS escaped through the crowd to avoid Tatanka & Steiner Brothers after he cheated to advance to the King of the Ring tournament.
Tatanka vs. Gus Kantarakis
Kantarakis fails in his sneak attack attempt while Vince wants to know why Lawler hasn’t said anything about Piper then asks if he is scared. Lawler says he is angry but will let his actions speak louder than his words at the PPV. Vince says that Piper will be back in action and rowdier than ever while Lawler calls him out for making movies in Hollywood. Tatanka suplexes Kantarakis as Vince plugs Tatanka vs. IRS for the WrestleMania Revenge tour then Kantarakis surprises Tatanka with a DDT for a two count. Kantarakis hammers away but Tatanka fights up then hits the Renegade Drop for the win (2:34).
Thoughts: Vince tried to goad Lawler into saying he is scared of Piper on commentary. The rest of the focus was on Tatanka vs. IRS for the WrestleMania Revenge tour.
Another Live Event News segment about the WrestleMania Revenge tour.
The hosts are in front of the video wall looking at a replay of Mabel defeating Pierre then they run down next week’s show. We now see Jarrett strut out as he predicts his advancement into the King of the Ring tournament.
Final Thoughts: The big news here was learning that Bret vs. Diesel will take place at the King of the Ring with the World Heavyweight Title. Also, Mabel advanced into the King of the Ring tournament while the rest of the show hyped up the Sumo match on RAW and the WrestleMania Revenge tour. Next week we have another KotR Qualifier along with more news about the PPV.