July 2, 1994
From the Marts Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Your hosts are the returning Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler. We are even treated to a mini fireworks display as Lawler says that was to mark the return of Jim Neidhart. Funny, since Ross himself has just returned.
Doink the Clown w/ Dink vs. IRS
Before the IRS, tells the “clowns” what happens to tax cheats. Doink takes control early then IRS bails. IRS returns and knees Doink in the gut before hammering away. IRS now holds the ropes for leverage while applying the dreaded abdominal stretch. IRS now uses a chin lock as Lawler tells us that tonight, Paul Bearer will come out whining and probably give the urn to Ted DiBiase. Doink escapes and fights back. Suplex gets two then IRS crawls to his corner for his briefacse but Dink takes it away. IRS chases Dink around on the outside but Doink hits him with a double axe handle from the apron. Doink almost gets the win with a belly-to-belly suplex but IRS sneaks in a small package and gets the win (4:49) 1/2*. After the match, Dink slides the briefcase back inside then IRS opens it up and a mini explosion goes off. Doink taunts IRS as Ross says he is having a good time.
Thoughts: The action was not good at all with a cheap finish and dumb post-match antics to boot. Doink & Dink are not over and the IRS gimmick is so played out. Having Doink lose fair and square then celebrate after some corny prank with Jim Ross telling us how much fun Doink is having is more of something you would expect from today’s incohesive product.
WWF Live Event News to hype the Marathon tour.
1-2-3 Kid vs. Reno Riggins
Ross hypes Kid’s title match against Bret Hart in eight days on “Monday Night RAW.” Riggins avoids a kick by quickly retreating to the corner. They end in a stalemate after a mat sequence then Riggins hits a Northern Lights suplex for a nearfall. Riggins rakes Kid across the face and roughs him up but Kid comes back with a spinning heel kick. Kid then fires away and hits a running leg drop and follows that with a vertical suplex that gets two. Kid whiffs on a dropkick then Riggins taunts the crowd before heading up top but Kid cuts him off with a dropkick then hits a superplex for the win (3:39).
Thoughts: Fun little match here as Riggins was an underrated worker who was the wrong height for this era. Anyway, the point here was to paint Kid as the underdog for his title match against Bret.
Replay from two weeks ago where Lawler attacked Duke Droese.
Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Rich Myers & Derec Domino
Ross laughs at Lawler for having to apologize while Lawler makes fun of Ross for being a hick from Oklahoma. Domino works the arm of del Ray but ends up getting clotheslined. Lawler makes fun of “Jethro” Ross and says no one can understand him as Prichard takes Domino down with an enziguiri. The Bodies stay in control then Prichard puts Myers away with a flying elbow drop.
Thoughts: First off, I had no idea Del Ray wrestled the day after cracking his pelvis on RAW (This taping was the day after the 6/20 episode of RAW where Del Ray was injured) and he could barely move. He did not even do his dance in the aisle and was visibly in pain.
Video package of Ted DiBiase acquiring Nikolai Volkoff, The Undertaker, and this past Monday we saw him get Bam Bam Bigelow. DiBiase also says that Luger will be his soon enough.
Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Mike Maraldo
The announcers ask about Luna Vachon’s whereabouts as Ross says she will be facing Alundra Blayze for the title next week. Bigelow shoves Maraldo into the corner then hits an avalanche. Ross puts over Bigelow’s size and agility as Bigelow puts on the Million Dollar Dream then from that hits a bulldog for the win (1:26).
Thoughts: They’ve basically transitioned Bigelow from Luna to DiBiase without any breakup angle as this seemed to be a way to write Luna into the Women’s Division on a permanent basis.
We get a video package hyping Tatanka vs. The Undertaker for next week.
Heartbreak Hotel is on with guest Paul Bearer. Shawn jokes that Bearer could not get a woman or a friend with a fistful of $50 bills. Shawn tells Bearer that DiBiase was the only man with the resources to bring Undertaker back to the WWF. Shawn then says last time we saw Undertaker he was getting dropped into a box but Bearer interrupts to say he wants everyone to understand that he has regained contact with “his” Undertaker. Shawn wants him to clarify that he has spoken to the Undertaker. Bearer then said he has never “spoken” to his Undertaker but has had “contact.” Shawn then said on RAW, Undertaker will be in action, as Bearer said he will also be there to get a grave side view of both Undertaker and DiBiase because he does not think DiBiase knows what he has before reminds us that Undertaker’s last words were to rest in peace. Shawn tells Bearer he does not buy what he is saying then the lights go out and Heartbreak Hotel sign flickers as we hear the Undertaker’s music. Ross tells us the whole place is shaking then we see Bearer on the video wall yelling how we are feeling the Undertaker’s presence. My key takeaway watching this in retrospect is the verbiage used throughout this angle. Both DiBiase and Bearer always mentioned “their’ Undertaker and with the fact we’ve seen DiBiase’s Undertaker on TV and glimpses of his face make it clear its not the original you could connect the dots to see where this was going. Or at least if you were paying close attention. The angle itself was hokey but I thought all involved did the best they could with the material given.
An ad hyping SummerSlam airs.
Guest ring announcer Holly Kromas announces the next match.
The Executioners vs. Smoking Gunns
Billy works the arm of one of the Executioners as Ross says that next week the SummerSlam main event will be announced. The Gunns stay in control as Lawler hypes his match next week at the Nassau Coliseum against Randy Savage then the Gunns hit the Sidewinder for the win (2:16).
Thoughts: Main thing here was letting us know the SummerSlam main event would be announced next week. They also hyped Lawler vs. Savage at the Nassau Coliseum for the local New York markets. Tickets were not selling well for that show.
Jim Neidhart w/ “King of Harts” Owen Hart vs. Todd Mata
Neidhart comes out to Bret’s music as Lawler said Neidhart was the one who carried the Hart Foundation team. He is also wearing Hart Foundation tights. Neidhart beats on Mata as Ross disagrees with Lawler’s statements about what Neidhart said on the King’s Court. Owen nods in approval as Neidhart uses a clubbing forearm then Owen tells us that Neidhart carried his inconsiderate brother. Neidhart then hits a powerslam and then uses a modified Camel’s Clutch for the win (2:19).
Thoughts: More hype for the Owen & Neidhart/Bret feud.
WWF Live Event News about the Marathon Tour.
Next week in action are Razor Ramon, Owen Hart, Duke Droese, Alundra Blayze vs. Luna Vachon for the Womens’ Title, and the “main event” of Undertaker vs. Tatanka. We hear DiBiase laugh about Tatanka’s upcoming demise then Ross wishes us a Happy 4th of July.
Final Thoughts: We had a crappy featured match here to go along with the big angle on Heartbreak Hotel. Next week we will have Undertaker vs. Tatanka but more importantly will find out the SummerSlam main event then start building towards that PPV.