WWF Monday Night RAW – July 11th, 1994

July 11, 1994

From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA

Your hosts are Jim Ross and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

The show starts off with a video package hyping up tonight’s World Title match between Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid. Savage is predicting an upset tonight.

 

WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: 1-2-3 Kid vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart

We see Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart come out and yell at Bret from the apron. Savage said it would be horrible if they ruined the match but they get kicked out as Owen talks trash while heading up the aisle. Kid uses an arm drag to start then works the arm for a bit. Bret drops Kid with a back elbow smash then applies a chin lock but Kid escapes then uses his speed to take control and sends Bret over the top rope with a spin kick right before the break. The action returns with Kid working the arm as Ross tells us that during the break, Kid allowed Bret to return to the ring. The announcers speculate as to whether or not Owen & Neidhart will return as Kid continues to work the arm. Bret catches Kid with a knee smash and regains control of the match. He drills Kid with several European uppercuts in the corner then hits a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Bret puts on another chin lock then once again roughs up Kid in the corner. Bret is really working aggressive here. Kid comes back with a crossbody for a two count but after that Bret blocks a sunset flip in the corner and nearly gets the win. Bret counters a crucifix with a Samoan Drop and gest the win but we saw Kid’s foot on the ropes then Bret tells the referee and the match continues. We come back from break and saw that Kid nearly rolled up Bret for the win during commercial. Bret has Kid in a sleeper that Kid eventually escapes from and uses a backslide for a two count. Bret drops an elbow to the back of Kid’s head then hammers away. Bret uses a few pin attempts and Kid keeps kicking out as Bret is starting to get a little bit frustrated but still maintains good sportsmanship. Bret slams Kid then heads to the middle rope but gets caught with a boot as both men are down. Bret is up first and boots Kid in the ribs but Kid comes back with a spinning heel kick as both men are down. Kid lands several kicks in the corner then hits a running dropkick. Kid now heads up top and gets a nearfall with a crossbody. Kid then uses a powerbomb and goes back up top and hits a flying leg drop for another nearfall as Ross was screaming about Kid almost becoming champion. Kid clotheslines Bret over the top rope then flies out with a somersault plancha. Back inside, Kid whiffs on a somersault senton then Bret gets up and turns Kid over for the Sharpshooter but Kid was able to grab the ropes. Bret places Kid up top for a superplex but Kid counters in midair and lands on top for a nearfall. Bret dodges a flying attack in the corner then hits a running bulldog before going back up top. Kid is up and tosses Bret off of the top rope and goes up himself but Bret sidesteps Kid and catches his legs then turns Kid over for the Sharpshooter and gets the win (16:17 shown) ****1/4. We see the announcers give both men a standing ovation as Ross calls it one of the best matches he has seen in his entire career. Bret holds up Kid and hugs him to end the segment.

Thoughts: Awesome match and the best match ever on RAW to date. It told a great story as the whole build had Kid as the underdog and Bret the fighting champ who respected his abilities. During the match, Bret did not act like a heel but was more aggressive than usual while staying within the rules and showing good sportsmanship while Kid showed resiliency until the very end. Watching Bret nail Kid with European uppercuts in the corner was awesome as was Kid’s high-flying near the end. I will say the crowd seemed conflicted as to who to cheer but give both men a standing ovation when it was over. And given what we saw at the beginning its clear that Owen is going to end up with a title shot sooner than later.  This is definitely a match to seek out and it was also on the “RAW Hits,” The Best of RAW 15th Anniversary,” and “The Best of RAW: Seasons 1 & 2” releases.

 

SummerSlam Report with Todd Pettengill. We hear from Paul Bearer scream about how its time for his Undertaker to return.

 

Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Matt Hardy

Hardy does a weird flex during his introduction that makes him look like Bob Backlund. Hardy floats over in the corner then does a backflip off of the top rope before walking into a super kick as the crowd starts up a USA chant. Savage keeps saying “goal!” in a reference to the World Cup of Soccer as Crush uses a press slam then a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for the win (1:48). The announcers reference the talk on “All-American Wrestling” where host Pettengill talked with co-host Ted DiBiase about getting a detective to figure out the mystery of The Undertaker.

Thoughts: We get Savage’s soccer announcer impression, which was certainly something, along with more talk about what we saw on All-American with the new hosts of that show talking about a detective figuring out the mystery of the Undertaker vs. Undertaker match.

 

We get a video package hyping up next week’s Intercontinental Title match between Lex Luger and Diesel.

 

Razor Ramon vs. Barry Horowitz

Razor works the arm as Ross confirms that the WWF will in fact hire an investigator to figure out the mystery behind the Undertaker vs. Undertaker match and we will find out his identity this weekend on “Mania.” Savage suggests Leon Spinks but admits it was just to get his name out to wish him a happy birthday. Razor grounds Horowitz and slaps him around as Savage says the King’s Court is next. Razor stays in control as the announcers get in a dig at the MLB players strike then uses a small package for the win (2:53).

Thoughts: The announcers plugged how we will find out the identity of the investigator for the Undertaker vs. Undertaker match this weekend on “Mania.” They also took a dig at the MLB players strike and that is something the company would continue to exploit. Regarding Razor, they mentioned how he wants a rematch against Diesel.

 

King’s Court with guest Ted DiBiase. This was recorded earlier today in DiBiase’s office. What a crappy makeshift office this looks like, nothing like a man with money. Looks like something one of those air vent cleaning scam companies use for a few months before fleeing town. Lawler asks DiBiase about Luger then DiBiase yells that Luger is his and “bought and paid for” as Lawler wants to know is there no end to his power. DiBiase then adds that Luger still has to sign the contract but is certain the deal is done. Ross is skeptical Luger has signed as Savage said he has only heard rumors so far but not to underestimate DiBiase’s greed. We are supposed to believe that DiBiase’s offer is so lucrative there is no way for Luger to turn it down and that he is practically signed to the Corporation.

 

IRS vs. Ray Hudson

IRS tells us that its just a matter of time before we get caught cheating on our taxes. Ross also says he was handed a note saying we will hear from an exhausted Bret Hart before the show ends. IRS beats on Hudson as the crowd is bored. Hudson gets a one count with a crossbody but IRS comes back with an abdominal stretch. IRS stays in control then finally puts Hudson away with The Penalty (3:48).

Thoughts: Another coma inducing IRS segment as he is pretty much a detriment to the product at this point and time.

 

Ross plugs next week’s show with the Intercontinental Title match. Also in action are Mabel and Owen Hart.

 

We now hear from Bret Hart. Ross congratulates Bret and calls his match against Kid the greatest championship match he has seen in his career. Bret puts over Kid a lot then Savage asks him about Owen wanting Bret to keep the title so he can win the belt. Bret calls Owen a “fluke” and having Neidhart in his corner does nothing because he will have a family member in his corner. Bret then said Owen will find out the hard way just who is the champion and best in the Hart Family.

 

Final Thoughts: The title match was awesome and a must-see. However, the cliffhanger for next week as to whether or not DiBiase has signed Luger was clumsy in execution. Even still, Luger vs. Diesel is a big match for next week and they teased the reveal of the Undertaker investigator this Saturday on “Mania” as the company builds towards SummerSlam.