May 30, 1994
From the Struthers Fieldhouse in Youngstown, OH
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage
We get a video package hyping up the King of the Ring bracket then tonight we will have Tatanka vs. Crush for the final spot. Apparently, Crush has replaced Jimmy Del Ray.
The hosts run mention Crush replacing Del Ray as Tatanka’s opponent as Savage tells us that Jim Cornette struck a deal for this to happen.
King of the Ring Qualifying Match: Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Tatanka w/ Chief Jay Strongbow
We start off at a decently paced segment that ends in a stalemate. Tatanka hits a clothesline that was supposed to send Crush outside but the latter messed that up so Tatanka clotheslines him over the top rope after a bit. Crush returns and beats on Tatanka but misses a corner splash as Tatanka comes back with a flying clothesline that gets two. Tatanka uses some turnbukcle smashes in the corner as Strongbow backs Fuji away from Tatanka. Crush heads outside as does Tatanka then Crush hits a thrust kick. We go to break and return with Crush working a bear hug then turns that into a belly-to-belly suplex. Tatanka manages a small package then fires up after getting hit with a few turnbuckle smashes but Crush cuts that off with a forearm to the back. Tatanka then uses a mat slam to avoid a back drop and hits a few chops including a flying chop that gets a two count. Fuji attempts to come into the ring by hanging on the ropes from teh floor but Strongbow chops him down as we see Fuji on the ground. Crush hits an inverted atomic drop, which Vince calls a “reverse piledrive” then Crush and Tatanka start brawling on the floor where both men get counted out (7:06 shown) *1/4. They now fight in the ring as the announcers want to know what happens now with the KotR tournament since neither man will advance and there is still one spot open. Several referees try to break these men up then we cut to the KotR report.
Thoughts: The match was not good at all plus the Strongbow and Fuji stuff was horrendous. However, we now have to see what happens with the tournament since there is still an open spot.
King of the Ring Report with Todd Pettengill. We hear from Owen Hart as he says WWF President Jack Tunney should not have to make a decision as to who faces him in the first round because Tatanka and Crush getting counted out means he should get a bye. Owen tells Tunney not to screw this up.
The hosts talk about what should happen with the final KotR slot as Savage proposes Tatanka and Crush wrestle again. He might be on to something.
Replay of Ted DiBiase in a funeral parlor from “Superstars.”
1-2-3 Kid vs. George South
South hammers away after a cheap shot as the announcers talk about Kid advancing into the KotR Tournament and the dissension between Harvey Whippleman and Adam Bomb. Kid fights back and uses several kicks then hits a running leg drop. Slam gets two for Kid then he grabs a side headlock. South hits a back suplex and taunts the crowd as Vince says we are awaiting Tunney’s decision regarding the KotR. Kid then fights back and uses the La Magistral for the win (2:33).
Thoughts: Match was a backdrop for the announcers to add suspense over Tunney’s ruling regarding the KotR and for some discussion about the problems between Bomb and Whippleman.
King’s Court with guest Bret Hart but before bringing him out makes fun of Stu & Helen Hart. Lawler reminds Bret what he did to him at last year’s King of the Ring as Bret is getting pissed. Lawler then informs Bret he has other guests tonight as Bret accuses Lawler of needing backup. Lawler tells Bret to calm down and brings out his “real guests” Diesel & Shawn Michaels. Lawler then asks Bret if he lost his mind in agreeing to face Diesel. Bret admits having respect for Diesel but at the King of the Ring, Diesel will find out why he is the best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be. Diesel says Bret will get the “VIP” treatment and that means “very intense pain.” Bret responds but Shawn cuts him off then Shawn cheap shots Bret. Diesel hits the Jackknife then Shawn & Lawler start stomping Bret until several officials run out to stop the beatdown. Solid segment to add heat to the title match at KoTR. We also saw Lawler reignite his feud against Bret & his parents.
Smoking Gunns vs. Austin Steele & Reno Riggins
Vince tells us Bret is okay after getting attacked and should be at 100% for the King of the Ring. Vince also tells us that Pettengill is trying to reach Tunney for an answer regarding who will face Owen in the 1st rd. The Gunns work over Riggins to start. Steele tags in and gets slammed by Bart while Vince hypes up the D-Day Challenge aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid. Riggins tries to fun interference but it fails as the Gunns stay in control then Vince says Tunney has made a decision. The announcers say we will hear about the decision soon then the Gunns put Steele away with the Sidewinder (3:39).
Thoughts: Another Gunns match served as a backdrop to talk about more important happenings in the company.
Pettengill breaks the news that Tunney has ordered another match between Crush and Tatanka for next week and that it will be a lumberjack match in order to have a definite winner. And this ruling also gives Owen more fuel to say he is being held back but not by his brother or rest of his family but rather by the company.
We get a plug for the WrestleMania Revenge tour.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Chris Hamrick
Jarrett calls out Savage then claims he will be the next King of the Ring. Hamrick works the arm then Jarrett breaks free. Jarrett then works over Hamrick and hits a dropkick as the announcers take another jab at the Clinton family. Jarrett struts around as the announcers talk about the Lawler/Piper feud then Jarrett skies Hamrick with a back drop. Vince says that Lawler has an announcement to make soon as Jarrett drops Hamrick with an elbow drop. Hamrick dropkicks Jarrett but misses a high knee in the corner and nearly spills outside as Jarrett works the knee briefly before using the figure-four for the win (3:55). There was a chant for Doink right before the finish. Jarrett then talks more trash at Savage
Thoughts: They touched upon a few things here like the Jarrett/Doink feud but the main focus was on Lawler and Piper with the news that Lawler has an important announcement to make before the show ends.
The announcers hype up next week’s show.
We then cut backstage to Lawler as he says his guest on the King’s Court for next week is from Scotland, wears a dress, and has “Hot Rod” written across his shirt as the announcers are shocked over this news with Savage saying he likes that Piper will be here next week. It should be noted that Lawler never mentioned Piper by name.
Final Thoughts: This show was used to hype up next week’s show with the KotR Qualifying rematch between Tatanka and Crush now decided in a Lumberjack Match. Plus, Lawler apparently will have Roddy Piper as a guest on his “King’s Court” as we are getting closer to the PPV.