WWF Monday Night RAW – July 18th, 1994

July 18, 1994

From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA

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

Tonight, Diesel defends the Intercontinental Title against Lex Luger.

 

The show starts off with a clip from this past weekend’s “Heartbreak Hotel” when Tatanka said that Lex Luger has sold out to Ted DiBiase. They are building suspense as to whether or not Luger has sold out.

 

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Diesel (c) w/ Shawn Michaels vs. Lex Luger

Ross is confused as to why DiBiase is not here with Luger since he has heard all week that Luger signing with the Corporation was a done deal. Diesel shoves Luger to break a lockup then soon after that shoves Luger through the ropes. Shawn whispers into Diesel’s ear then Luger fights back from the apron and slingshots in with a sunset flip and gets two after a struggle. Shawn runs over to Diesel again to whisper some advice then Diesel boots Luger in the gut and beats him down in the corner as Ross highlights Luger’s lack of success in title matches. Luger comes back and catches Diesel with a powerslam for a nearfall then starts firing away and knocks Diesel through the ropes. Luger pumps up the crowd as Shawn gives more advice but his double noggin-knocker attempt failed. Luger gets dragged outside but fights back and takes the action back into the ring. Luger ducks his head and Diesel tries for the Jackknife but Luger counters that with a back drop. Luger charges and gets low-bridged and dumps outside. Diesel follows out and slams Luger on the floor. Shawn drops Luger with a running clothesline as the camera shows DiBiase watching just before the break. We return with Diesel using the snake eyes in the corner for a two count. Diesel now targets the back and neck of Luger before applying a rear chin lock. Ross wants to know where DiBiase went as Savage does not have a clue. Luger escapes from the chin lock but runs into a big boot. Diesel hits an elbow drop for a nearfall then catches Luger with a sleeper. The crowd starts a USA chant as Luger tries to run Diesel into the corner but Diesel was one step ahead and shoves Luger then on the rebound he re-applies the sleeper. Shawn yells at the timekeeper to ring the bell as Luger gets up and breaks the sleeper with a back suplex. Luger then fires away and hits a DDT for a nearfall. Flying clothesline gets two as Shawn is jumping around at ringside but Luger eats boot on a charge in the corner. Luger is able to reverse an Irish whip but he sends Diesel into the referee. Luger puts Diesel in the Rebel Rack but Shawn kicks him from behind then tries to wake up the referee. Diesel crawls over to Luger and covers but that only gets two. Diesel pounds away as we now see Razor Ramon run down and chase Shawn around the ring. Shawn then heads into the ring and gets decked by Luger then Razor and Diesel fight as the match is ruled a double DQ (14:04) ***. Razor then taunts Shawn but gets attacked from behind then drilled by a super kick from Shawn. Luger runs in for the save then clears Shawn & Diesel from the ring and checks on Razor. We see an unhappy DiBiase in front of the curtain.

Thoughts: Surprisingly enough this was a good match although the finish was a bit lame. I get protecting both guys here but the main story was whether or not Luger has accepted DiBiase’s offer and we only saw DiBiase peak out from the curtain a few times. Really, if someone had this much money and even a current stable couldn’t of he like have someone help Luger win then use that to convince Luger to sign? The finish also tells you that the Razor/Shawn feud is far from over and it also sets up a tag match between the four guys but the main story of the show still has not been answered.

 

Mabel w/ Oscar vs. Austin Steele

We see Oscar back here with Mabel this week. Ross says that Owen Hart will be in action later and says we will hear from DiBiase about Luger. Mabel overpowers Steele and does his version of the Moonwalk as Oscar loves what he is seeing. Mabel grounds Steele for a bit then hits an avalanche before starting a “whoomp, there it is” chant then uses an uranage for the win (2:15).

Thoughts: The Luger/DiBiase saga continues as we will hear from DiBiase later on in the show.

 

SummerSlam Report with Todd Pettengill. We hear Pettengill make a joke about tickets for this show going faster than “free smokes” at an A.A. meeting. He laughs at that one, too. He then asks the announcers if the steel cage will be enough to keep the Hart Family outside and they disagree.

 

Pettengill lists off dates and locations for the Summer Sizzler tour. I’ll be recapping the 8/27 show at MSG.

 

“King of Harts” Owen Hart w/ Jim Neidhart vs. Reno Riggins

The hosts talk about the Bret vs. Owen at SummerSlam as the crowd chants for Bret. Owen and Riggins trade hammerlocks as the announcers tell us that Leslie Nielsen is on the case as we speak regarding The Undertaker. Owen slaps Riggins across the face then hammers away as the crowd continues to chant for Bret. Owen yells about how he is going to become the next champion as Savage tells us that Bruce Hart is siding with Bret. Riggins fights back but gets caught with a belly-to-belly suplex then Owen uses the Sharpshooter for the win (2:54). Owen keeps the hold on as he claims to not hear the bell then flexes while standing on Riggins.

Thoughts: More hype for the SummerSlam title match and with Savage naming Bruce expect him to be in attendance at the PPV.

 

We get a hype video for next week’s Adam Bomb vs. Yokozuna and Tatanka vs. Nikolai Volkoff matches.

 

Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vs. George South

Savage talks about NASCAR as South lands a few punches. Plugg takes control with a hip toss then a slam and slows it down with a side headlock. The announcers now talk about the rumors of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley being married as Plugg uses a flying headscissors before going back to the side headlock. Savage does the read for the USA World Premiere Movie of “Coming to America” as Plugg drills South with a back elbow smash then uses a flying crossbody for the win (2:39).

Thoughts: This match was a backdrop for the announcers to discuss current events and do the USA World Premiere Movie read.

 

We get another video package hyping The Undertaker vs. Undertaker feud.

 

An ad for SummerSlam airs.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Gary Sabaugh

Ross puts over DiBiase’s Corporation and promises to talk with him before we go off the air as Savage said he heard a nasty rumor of Luger speaking with DiBiase after the match. Sabaugh, who Ross calls the world spaghetti eating champion, lands a few shots before getting overpowered by Bigelow. Ross hypes up the unveiling of the new “All-American Wrestling” set as Bigelow gets a two count with a back elbow smash. Sabaugh tries to fight back but Bigelow beats him down and uses a chin lock. Sabaugh avoids a corner splash and uses a few clohtheslines but gets caught with a powerslam then Bigelow uses the Million Dollar Nightmare for the win (2:55).

Thoughts: More teasing of what DiBiase will have to say and hype for the new set of “All-American Wrestling.”

 

The announcers are now seen talking to DiBiase after the break. Ross point blank asks DiBiase if he has a deal with Luger and DiBiase says he has been talking with Luger. Savage then asks what the deal is as DiBiase laughs and hypes a big announcement this weekend that will rock the foundation of the WWF. Tatanka now comes out and wants DiBiase to tell the world and says he’s seen the money and heard the promises given to Luger. Tatanka said he knows Luger has sold out as DiBiase tells the “Indian” to calm down and not get his “feathers ruffled.” DiBiase then says Tatanka is jealous he cannot beat Luger and even offers Tatanka $10,000 if he beats Nikolai Volkoff next week. Tatanka said he will take the money and deliver the news that will shock the world. What a convoluted mess. DiBiase still cant confirm the Luger signing while Tatanka is trying to tell us its already happened. Its so dumb. DiBiase’s whole story has been that Luger could not refuse his deal and when Tatanka said it already happened, DiBiase silences Tatanka then offers him $10,000 to beat Volkoff.

 

Final Thoughts: The Intercontinental Title match was good but this Luger/DiBiase/Tatanka story has been a mess to the point its tough to care about. Razor and Shawn also reignited their feud and next week we get two featured matches as the road to SummerSlam continues.