WWF Monday Night RAW – June 27th, 1994

June 27, 1994

From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

 

We are shown clips from last week where Jerry Lawler ran down Duke Droese on the “King’s Court then it stops before his attack with the trash can. Droese is now heard saying he does not know what WWF officials plan to do about what happened but he knows what he is planning. Lawler is now said Droese started all of this by dumping garbage all over his head and royal robe then is stopped by someone off camera before he could say he used the garbage can to beat Droese then says he is forced to apologize. After some hesitation, saying he would rather be fined or suspended, he offers an apology. With the company catching heat from USA over that spot they are using it as something too brutal to show and to ensure anything like this will never happen again.

 

Mabel w/ Oscar vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon

Savage asked Gorilla about big men that can move, implying this is what Gorilla was in his day, but Gorilla already appears to be bothered about calling another edition of RAW and brushes him off. Bigelow beats on Mabel to start. Mabel catches Bigelow with a big boot then hits a leg drop as Luna now jumps up onto the apron for the distraction. Mabel heads over then tries another leg drop but Bigelow rolls away. Luna is now on the apron yelling at the fans and gets knocked off after an Irish whip. Oscar checks on Luna and asks for help but Savage believes Oscar is asking for a date. Bigelow knocks down Mabel then heads out and shoves Oscar. Mabel hits a double axe handle from the apron that sends Bigelow into Luna once again. Mabel rolls inside but Bigelow checks on Luna and gets counted out (3:35) 1/2*. After the match, Bigelow yells at the ref as Luna gets into the ring to join in on the screaming. Bigelow is still pissed about losing then we see Ted DiBiase come out to the ring. Bigelow now yells at Luna then DiBiase calms them both down and speaks.

Thoughts: The match was short but not very good at all. However, the main focus was on DiBiase coming out to speak with Bigelow & Luna. The day prior on “Wrestling Challenge” while commentating on Bigelow’s match, DiBiase mentioned both Bigelow & Luna as a package deal as part of this corporation he was trying to form. It should be noted, however, that Bigelow was blaming Luna over this loss as he kept pacing around upset and not really acknowledging her until he stopped to yell about the loss.

 

Clips from Superstars two weeks ago when DiBiase revealed his Undertaker.

 

Lord Alfred Hayes voices over a still photo package to hype the King of the Ring PPV encore airing.

 

IRS vs. Rich Myers

IRS tells the crowd to pay their taxes because the wealthy are sick of paying for their healthcare. IRS yanks Myers down by the hair then hits a Saito suplex while the announcers talk about his past history with DiBiase. IRS roughs up Myers and cheats at times while the announcers plug IRS vs. Doink this weekend on “Superstars.” IRS grabs a chin lock as the announcers talk about Ross Perot’s birthday and how he likes to raise taxes like IRS. Savage is staunchly against tax raises. IRS stays in control then puts Myers away with The Penalty (2:45).

Thoughts: A quick win to put over IRS for his match this coming weekend against Doink. Also, we heard Savage reveal his political beliefs when it comes to taxes.

 

King’s Court is up next. Lawler asks the crowd if they remember the Hart Foundation and says the leader was Jim Neidhart, unlike the loser Bret Hart. Neidhart comes out and gets booed, with Lawler apologizing due to the “idiot” fans. The fans chant for Bret as Lawler asks Neidhart how hard it was to carry Bret. Neidhart said he pulled Bret out of many awful situations and that Bret did not show any gratitude. Neidhart said Bret has called him while champion and he gave Bret advice but was never thanked once. Lawler gloats over Neidhart tricking Bret at the King of the Ring as Gorilla yells about Neidhart lying about Bret asking him to be his family member at ringside. Neidhart then introduces “King of Harts” Owen Hart and how Owen is the best Hart of all. Owen comes out in the king gear and says he loves getting the royal respect he has deserved. Owen brags about his golden scepter and crown then puts over his friend Lawler and only family member he can trust, which is Neidhart. Owen says everything has gone according to plan and beat every man in his way as Gorilla screamed that he cheated. Owen then said he is no longer the “rocket” and his first proclamation is being known as the “King of Harts.” Owen then yells at Bret for bullying him and keeping him in the shadows and now he will beat Bret for the title. Savage calls Owen is the king of psychos as Gorilla says “gimme a break.” Owen closes this out by promising Lawler he will return to the King’s Court as champion. Well, now that Owen won King of the Ring his focuses is on beating Bret for the World Heavyweight Title. Both Owen & Neidhart were good here. Gorilla whining on commentary was not good, however. I did not remember anything specfically burying Owen or Neidhart but he came across as irritable in general rather than upset over the actual actions of Owen & Neidhart.

 

The Headshrinkers w/ Afa & Capt. Lou Albano vs. The Executioners

The Headshrinkers destroy the Executioners to start as the announcers talk about the World Cup. The announcers now talk up the Tag Team Title match at King of the Ring as some great match while Gorilla alerts us that there is something going on backstage between Lex Luger and Ted DiBiase. Samu hits a DDT from the corner while he was sitting on the top rope then soon after that Fatu hits a splash for the win (4:55).

Thoughts: The focus here was on the Luger/Crush feud. And its clear that was the whole purpose of the Tag Team Title match at King of the Ring was just for Luger/Crush as the Yokozuna & Crush team are not being advertised any longer. The tag division remains weak.

 

The cameras cut backstage where we see DiBiase talk to Bigelow & Luna. DiBiase yells at the camera man then Volkoff runs him off.

 

Hype video for next week’s Jeff Jarrett vs. Tatanka match plus the appearance of The Undertaker.

 

Kwang vs. Mike Maraldo

Savage believes that DiBiase was trying to sign Bigelow & Luna into his “conglomerate.” Kwang beats on Maraldo to start. Maraldo comes back with a crossbody that gets two but ends up walking into a thrust kick. Kwang then turns Maraldo inside-out with a clothesline and stays in control as Savage does the read for the USA movie. Kwang hits a spinning heel kick in the corner then hits a thrust kick and pulls Maraldo up at one. Kwang now works a chin lock as Savage finally finished explaining the plot to “Pump up the Volume” then Kwang blocks a monkey flip and follows with another spinning heel kick for the win (3:21).

Thoughts: Not much to speak of here other than the announcers believing that Bigelow & Luna have been signed with DiBiase.

 

The WWF New Generation ad airs.

 

Lex Luger vs. Mike Bell

Luger works over Bell as the announcers talk about the Luger/Crush feud. We now see DiBiase peek through the curtain before leaving with a smile as Bell now hammers away in the corner. The announcers speculate as to whether or not Luger has already signed with DiBiase as Luger catches Bell with a backbreaker then uses the Rebel Rack for the win (2:59).

Thoughts: The story here was whether or not Luger has already signed with DiBiase. I liked the segment with DiBiase peeking through the curtain to add to the suspense. It was a nice touch.

 

Another ad hyping the King of the Ring encore PPV airing.

 

Back from break as the announcers once again hype the encore airing of King of the Ring. We then see DiBiase backstge standing with Volkoff and his new acquisition, Bam Bam Bigelow. DiBiase then says Luger will be next because everyone has a price. Luna was not presence and one has to wonder since Bigelow was upset with her that he ditched his “main squeeze” in order for more money.

 

Final Thoughts: The action was not good at all but they pushed some storylines such as Owen & Jim vs. Bret and Luger/Crush along with the new corporation DiBiase is trying to form. Next week we get a featured match that looks decent on paper at least and the following week we get Bret vs. Kid for the title so the in-ring on RAW should be improved. Speaking of improving, Gorilla was once again atrocious on commentary. He made it clear that he does not care about the product and had little desire to be here in the first place. The company was even unhappy with his performances and he would be replaced.