WWF Monday Night RAW – May 23rd, 1994

May 23, 1994

From the Struthers Fieldhouse in Youngstown, OH

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

We start off the show with a clip of Earthquake defeating Yokozuna last week on RAW in a sumo match. However, we then see a clip from a “WrestleMania Revenge” tour show in San Jose, CA where Yokozune beat Earthquake with the Bonzai Drop and is now out of action. So, tonight there is a mystery opponent who will be facing Owen Hart tonight in a King of the Ring qualifier.

 

The announcers talk about Earthquake and Savage says word is Earthquake got dropped to the bottom of the San Andreas fault.

 

Owen Hart comes out for his match. We then await his opponent as Owen talks trash to Bret. Now, we hear Doink the Clown’s music as he is the mystery opponent. Goes to show how shallow depth was at the time when Doink is billed as a special surprise.

 

King of the Ring Qualifying Match: “The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Doink the Clown w/ Dink

Owen attacks Doink before the bell but Doink fights back. Owen then beats down Doink and rakes his eyes in the corner. Owen continues to rough up Doink then breaks up a head lock with a back suplex. Owen then drops an elbow from the middle rope that gets two but taunts the crowd after blocking a reverse rollup and that allows Doink to run wild. Vince says that Lex Luger will be guest on the “King’s Court” as Owen bails as Dink is now in the ring. The crowd chants for Bret then Owen rolls inside and rakes Doink’s face once again. Owen then chases Dink outside of the ring and ends up getting clotheslined by Doink as part of a trap. The ref counts after Doink heads back inside. Doink knees Owen off of the apron then Owen pulls Doink down from the outside and rams his knee against the post as we go to break. The match returns as Owen covers for two. Owen now grabs a chin lock then after that catches Owen with a belly-to-belly suplex for a nearfall. Owen now applies a reverse chin lock that Vince refers to as a “Boston Crab.” Doink escapes and hits a clothesline as both men are down. Doink wins a slugfest then drops Owen with a back elbow smash. Doink now catches Owen with a belly-to-belly suplex that gets two before using mounted punches in the corner. We then see Jeff Jarrett come down the aisle and put Dink over his shoulder. Doink gets distracted and that allows Owen to roll him up for the win (8:33 shown) *3/4. Doink then tells Jarrett that he will pay.

Thoughts: Below average match mostly designed to add heat to the Doink/Jarrett feud. Crowd did not seem to care, however.

 

King of the Ring Report with Todd Pettengill. We once again see Yokozuna hit Earthquake with a Bonzai Drop as they really wanted to bury Earthquake on the way out. Also, we learn that the winner of 1-2-3 Kid vs. Adam Bomb will face Jeff Jarrett in the first round. And, Tatanka vs. Jimmy Del Ray will take place on RAW next week with the winner facing Owen Hart in the first round.

 

The WWF Unbelievable ad with the guy who thinks he is tougher than the wrestlers airs.

 

Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Barry Horowitz

Droese comes out with a trashcan and bangs that en route to the ring. Droese tosses Horowitz against the ropes then takes him over with a hip toss. Droese stays in control as Vince talks about Savage appearing at Yankee Stadium yesterday and how that was brought up on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight.” Horowitz takes control and hits a double axe handle then rams Droese into the corner. Horowitz works the arm as we learn that IRS will be in action later on in the show. Horowitz stays on the arm but whiffs on a dropkick then Droese hits a spinebuster before a corkscrew elbow drop gets the win (3:00).

Thoughts: For a guy in his first week of TV matches they sure had Droese sell a lot in the match. Crowd sat on their hands for this as the match was a bore and the Droese gimmick itself is terrible.

 

We get a video package on the WrestleMania Revenge tour from Anaheim, CA. We even see Jonathan Taylor Thomas say the WWF is unbelievable.

 

IRS vs. Gary Sabaugh

On his way to the ring, IRS tells the crowd to move into a different country and says that goes the same for Tatanka. Vince talks about IRS vs. Mabel taking place in the 1st Rd. in the King of the Ring while the announcers poke fun at Hillary Clinton. IRS tosses Sabaugh outside then brings him back into the ring for a chin lock. IRS stays in control and once again goes to the chin lock. The announcers now talk about the NBA as IRS works a hammerlock on the mat. IRS pulls up Sabaugh after a one count but Sabaugh fights back. Sabaugh drops IRS with an elbow drop but ducks his head and gets elbowed then IRS uses a sad attempt at a hotshot before the Write Off Clothesline gets the win (4:17).

Thoughts: A snoozefest in which the announcers talked more about non-wrestling items than anything else. They are trying to hype up IRS vs. Mabel in the KotR it seems.

 

Replay from “Superstars: when Luger was counted out in his KotR qualifying match against Jeff Jarrett due to interference from Crush.

 

King’s Court with guest Lex Luger. Before Lawler brings out Luger, he challenges Piper to appear on the show. Lawler wants Luger to say why he was eliminated but Luger tells Lawler to carefully choose his words then says the only reason he is not in the King of the Ring is Crush. Lawler then wants to “expose” Luger and said Luger rammed Crush’s arm into the ring post and now its in a sling as Vince explains this happened as part of the WrestleMania Revenge tour. Luger tells Lawler he would say it to Crush’s face then Crush comes out with his arm in fact in a sling. Crush then tells the “self made man” to explain to the fans why he jumped him from behind then Crush says its because he’s tougher and stronger than Luger. Crush then says if his shoulder was in shape he’d finish the job now as Luger gets in Crush’s face. Luger then wants to think over things then clotheslines Crush over the top rope but we see Crush take his sling off as it is not hurt. Luger then picks up a bench and threatens to hit Crush, who is being held back. After Luger got himself counted out thus not advancing to the King of the Ring because he was outsmarted by Crush, we now see Crush come up with a dumbass plan that failed. These two are now 1-1 as these two are basically morons who are now trying to outsmart each other. What a story they are telling.

 

Nikolai Volkoff w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Matt Hardy

This is Matt’s WWF TV enhancement talent debut. He has “H V” on his tights as he was going by the name “High Voltage” on the Independent scene. Vince asks DiBiase why he was in a cemetery as Volkoff grounds Hardy. DiBiase says dead or alive everyone has their price as Vince brings up DiBiase bringing Undertaker into the WWF. Hardy whiffs on a crossbody then Volkoff hits a butterfly suplex as Vince points out Volkoff’s increased aggressiveness. Vince now says there has been an Undertaker sighting in New Orleans as Hardy fires away until Volkoff cuts him off with a knee smash then Volkoff uses a Boston Crab for the win (2:32).

Thoughts: No focus on DiBiase messing with Volkoff as now Volkoff apparently listens to him at all times. Volkoff was very slightly more aggressive than usual as they overcompensated by not having him do spots were he broke legally in the corner. Anyway, the main focus was on DiBiase trying to find The Undertaker.

 

Lawler now reveals that his guest next week will be Bret Hart.

 

Final Thoughts: The news coming out of this show was Owen Hart advancing into the King of the Ring tournament, learning that Earthquake is gone, and they added more heat to Luger/Crush. However, none of this was any good and the show itself was a total bore. The midcard is a mess and lack of depth too much to ignore as we are heading towards bleak times while limping into the PPV.