Wasn’t enough botches this week for a proper Botchamania so here’s one I made earlier covering Raw 1994.
Enjoy mildly. Here’s the last real Botchamania.
This was released on July 13th, 2015
The interview was conducted by Sean Oliver
It runs at two hours and twenty-eight minutes long
I’ve been going through the Raw shows of 1994 and my question – did they ever consider having Luger turn heel & join the Million Dollar Man? It was obvious from the beginning he wasn’t, but wouldn’t it have been so much better for Luger, who was stuck in the mud as a face? He was like the #5 face by the end of the year, but could’ve been a main event heel & helped the DiBiase’s corporation feel more like a threat. Heel Tatanka was sad.
Take a drink.
And no, Luger was never planned to be a heel. Probably would have helped immensely, but it just wasn’t where they wanted to go with him.
I noticed that you skipped the October 31 RAW show. I recently did a review of it, and thought I'd pass it along, in case some of your readers are interested.
Hope you have a great weekend!
The SmarK Rant for WWF Survivor Series 1994 Live from San Antonio, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Gorilla Monsoon The Teamsters (Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart & Jeff Jarrett) v. The Bad Guys (Razor Ramon, 1-2-3 Kid, British Bulldog, Fatu & Sionne) Well, the Teamsters ARE known for their laziness and greed, so it would fit that Nash would be captaining this team. Interesting that only the team captains get entrance music this year. The storyline was more that Shawn and Diesel were having a domestic squabble as tag champions than any real issue between Ramon and Diesel. Kind of weird what a non-issue Ramon was even though he was IC champion for another three months after this. Owen starts with the Kid while Fatu is forced into wearing boots by THE MAN, and this is apparently an issue for him. Kid fights off both Harts but runs into an Anvil elbow in a weird spot, allowing the heels to take over. Kid spinkicks JJ out of the ring (giving us our first “right in the mush” of the evening) and Barbarian comes in with a press slam. Jarrett comes back with a flying clothesline for two. Next up, it’s Owen v. Bulldog and they do the cool wristlock sequence, leading to Owen getting pummelled in the face corner and slammed. Bulldog with a sunset flip for two, but Owen lays him out with the enzuigiri and the New Foundation tries some double-teaming. That backfires because Neidhart is useless, and Fatu comes in but has trouble with his footwear. What a stupid storyline that was. And really, wasn’t there ANY other Samoans available to replace Samu? They just had to give Barbarian another payday? Just use Fatu’s brother! Jarrett grabs a headlock on Ramon and quickly gets tossed for his troubles, and back in he gets double-teamed by Ramon & Kid. Razor tosses the Kid at him for a bodypress that gets two, but Jarrett comes back with an abdominal stretch to slow things down. Kid reverses, so Jarrett hiptosses him over the top rope in a cool spot missed by the camera. Back in with Fatu, who still can’t get his shit together, and Owen gets a leg lariat for two. Fatu comes back, finally acting like a human being months into his babyface run, but Diesel comes in and finishes him with the powerbomb at 13:30. Kid tries next and flies in with a sunset flip off the top, but Diesel casually shrugs him off and another Poochiebomb ends the night at 14:14. Sionne in next and he slugs away, but he walks into ANOTHER powerbomb at 14:45. Bulldog comes in and gets booted to the floor and apparently gets counted out at 16:00. Razor tries a cradle on Diesel for two and the flying bulldog for two, but Diesel puts him down with a clothesline and now Shawn finally wants into the match. He had a legit broken hand at the time, which explains his not factoring into the match thus far. Razor keeps fighting against Diesel and manages to slam him, but can’t get the Razor’s Edge. Diesel finally gets the powerbomb and Shawn tags himself in for the big finish, but then demands that Diesel hold Ramon steady for the fateful superkick. And of course Ramon moves and Diesel eats it. And now he’s had ENOUGH and turns babyface, fighting off his own team members and chasing Shawn back to the dressing room, giving Ramon the countout win over all five heels at 21:26. Survivor: Razor Ramon. Good action before the rapid-fire eliminations and storyline kicked in and killed the match dead, but man what a stupid finish. And really none of the match went anywhere. **1/4 Meanwhile, Shawn leaves the arena, dumps Diesel, and tosses the tag team titles on the ground on the way out. Hopefully he’ll have better luck with his next bodyguard! MIDGET MADNESS: The Royal Family (Jerry Lawler, Cheezy, Queezy & Sleazy) v. Clowns R Us (Doink, Dink, Wink, Pink) No midgets mixing with normals allowed in this match, which is how it should be. Doink quickly gets a clownzuigiri on Lawler, but Lawler’s attempt fails. And we get some midget comedy with everyone running over him on the mat. Doink with some slams and the clown midgets all try to pin Lawler with no luck. Lawler actually sells getting a Burger King crown put on his head and we get an attempt at a chicken fight that goes badly. Finally Lawler uses his old standby, the phantom object, to take over. Really, that’s a heel tactic that no one does anymore and it’s ridiculously easy heat. Pantomime a foreign object in your hand, get a cheapshot with it, hide the “object” in your tights. Doink makes a quick comeback, but a bodypress is rolled through by Lawler for the pin at 10:45. So basically Lawler is eliminated as well. The clown midgets double-team Cheezy in the corner, but Wink gets caught in the heel side and Lawler holds him down for a pin at 13:32. Pink comes in and Lawler drops Cheezy onto him for the pin at 14:33. So Dink is alone and he holds his own and gets a flying bodypress for two on Sleazy, but they roll him over for the pin at 16:00 to finish this off. Survivors: Jerry Lawler and his pet midgets. Jerry Lawler is so proud of himself that he fires his own midgets, resulting in a 6-on-1 midget revolt against him. Never trust a midget! This was as horrible as you could imagine. WWF title, submission match: Bret Hart v. Mr. Bob Backlund Bob runs away a few times to start, but Bret grabs a headlock and goes to work on the neck. Going back and reading the Observers from this time and it’s hilarious how much Meltzer hated Backlund at the time. I mean, he just buried the guy every chance he got. He summed up Backlund even getting to his point as “a cute idea gone haywire” and noted that they were trying to appeal to completely the wrong audience with it. So Bret works on a headlock while we get a shot of Bret’s she-devil wife Julie, and Bret reverses a crossface attempt into a suplex. Back to the headlock, but Bret misses the middle rope elbow and Bob takes over. Bret goes after Owen and nearly gets crossfaced, but fights it off and Bob goes to work on the arm. This gives me the chance to think about the changes in wrestling over the years and how long people stick around. Bob’s original reign ended in 1983 and this was 1994, 11 years after that. Those were like two different worlds and Backlund was some sort of bizarre time-traveller from the past when he did this comeback run. But think about today’s business, and how many guys from 11 years ago are still around and still in the same position. Rock was already winding his career down in 2003 and he just came back and won the WWE title again last year! Hell, the last time I did a review of this show was 15 years ago! No wonder the business is so stale. Anyway, Bret goes to a figure-four now, but Owen walks away from his towel just in case he’s tempted to use it. Backlund reverses the hold and then gets to the ropes to force a break, so Bret goes back to the leg again. They slug it out and Bob gets a piledriver, but can’t get the crossface. Bret comes back with his own piledriver and a bulldog and it’s the FIVE MOVES OF DOOM, but Bulldog chases Owen around during the Sharpshooter, allowing Owen to sneak in and break the hold. Bulldog stupidly charges on the floor and hits the stairs, knocking himself unconscious and thus removing the possibility of throwing in the towel. Bob finally gets his crossface and the crowd is freaking out, although Davey Boy may be legally dead at this point and no one seems to care. So Bret is in the hold for NINE MINUTES, which gives me time to go make popcorn and feed my cat, while Owen has a babyface turn at ringside and tearfully talks Stu and Helen into throwing in the towel on Davey’s behalf. Meanwhile, Davey still hasn’t moved and probably has a fractured skull or something. Finally, Helen caves into Owen’s tears and throws in the towel, giving Backlund the WWF title again at 35:20. Backlund of course wouldn’t even make it to the next episode of Monday Night RAW with the belt. The final 10 minutes were some cool mindgames on Owen’s part, but there was just too much nothing leading up to it. AND WHAT ABOUT BULLDOG?! **1/2 The Million Dollar Team (Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy & The Heavenly Bodies) v. Guts & Glory (Lex Luger, Adam Bomb, Mabel & The Smoking Gunns) Tatanka throws chops on Luger to start and gets a suplex, but Lex no-sells all of it and comes back with clotheslines. Mabel tosses Dr. Tom around and flattens him with a bodypress at 4:08. Del Ray comes in and walks into the Bossman slam, so we get the Bundy v. Mabel showdown. That goes nowhere and it’ Mabel v. Bam Bam, and Mabel “hits” a leg lariat that misses by 2 feet and goes up. Bigelow slams him off in an impressive spot and goes up with a sunset flip, but Mabel sits on him and they both go tumbling to the floor for countout of Mabel at 7:30. Del Ray superkicks Billy Gunn for two, but a backslide gets two. Adam Bomb comes in and hits the slingshot clothesline on Bigelow, but Bundy gets a cheapshot and the Lunasault finishes at 9:19. Del Ray works Luger over, but walks into the STAINLESS STEEL FOREARM OF DOOM and gets pinned at 11:10. The Gunns double-team Tatanka, but he knocks off Bart with the Papoose To Go at 15:00. Luger and Billy work Tatanka over, but Bundy comes in and drops an elbow on Billy to finish him at 17:40. So Luger is alone 3-on-1, the world’s greatest choke artist against the most useless heel stable ever. The heels work Luger over forever, but Luger cradles Tatanka for the pin at 23:32 before Bundy splashes and pins him at 23:40. Survivors: Bam Bam Bigelow & King Kong Bundy. Pretty dull stuff. **1/2 Meanwhile, Mr. Bob Backlund FEELS LIKE GOD. Casket Match: Undertaker v. Yokozuna Your special referee is Chuck Norris, long before he became an internet meme. Taker chases Yoko around the ring and goes old school, but walks into the samoan drop. Yoko tries for the casket, but Taker necksnaps him to escape. Yoko comes back with a legdrop and they fight into the casket, but that goes nowhere. Yoko tosses him and takes over with some choking, but Taker goes up with the flying clothesline and that seems to be it for Yoko. The heels start coming out to re-enact Royal Rumble 94, but they didn’t count on CHUCK NORRIS being there this time. This still gives IRS time to run in and put Taker in a sleeper and into the casket, but Undertaker arises and he’s pissed. Clothesline and big boot puts Yoko in the casket, and Taker slams the lid shut at 15:24 to avenge himself. It was what it was. * The Pulse I know this tends to be a polarizing show to say the least. I just found it really, really dull tonight and had no real connection to any of the elimination tag matches. Your overall enjoyment will probably depend on what you get out of the Bret v. Backlund title match, so for me it’s a thumbs in the middle show.
– Arguably the worst pin in the history of the sport of kings- How hard it was to find this particular show in video stores – Roddy Piper’s prejudice against people without a neck- Who Bret Hart claimed was the WWE’s most “stunning figure” at the time – Two words…Art Donovan
To anyone trying to get into puro in the late 90’s this match along with the 1994 Super J-Cup were prerequisite viewing. In 1998 I paid 20 dollars (American!) for a tape that featured this match. Today, it’s a simple click of a mouse away. So let’s celebrate the life of MitsuharuMisawa and the 20th anniversary of what many still consider the greatest match of all time, Toshiaki Kawada vs Mitsuharu Misawa from the famous Nippon Budokan Arena.
Scott, did you ever review this?
Nope, although obviously it’s a ***** match. You can also get DVDs full of this stuff from Rudoreels.com and IVPvideos.com.
This interview was conducted this year and released four months ago. It is hosted by Sean Oliver and last two hours and fifteen minutes long
On April 30th,
Diesel defeated Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Title. Waltman is asked if
the Kliq were all friends at this point. Waltman said that they were and there
was no resentment from anyone about Diesel winning the belt.
Waltman is asked about Bruce Hart. He said that he was crazy and was definitely
going into business for himself. He said that Bret was pissed about Lawler’s
insults about his dad and that it was never discussed beforehand. Waltman said
that when Bret applied the sharpshooter to him, he really tried to break him in
Wait a minute, you mean to tell me that every other match I’ve ever seen was being held in an ordinary ring?! Then I gotta see this show!
One of the last shows before the Hogan Era started. Slamboree would follow this, which would be followed by Clash of the Champions where Flair unified the WCW World Heavyweight Title and the WCW International Championship, so that Hogan could have THEE title, and not just one of the big ones. If you guys would like me to follow up this PPV with the rest of the lineage that leads to Bash at the Beach, let me know and it shall be.
Dustin Rhodes vs. Bunkhouse Buck w/ Col. Parker –
Well, Dustin is pretty stupid to enter in a Bunkhouse
Match with a guy named Bunkhouse Buck. You wouldn’t catch me in a steel cage
match against Steel Cage Steve, as clearly it’s his specialty. The match starts
off with a bang as Dustin literally runs down the ramp and leaps over the top
rope, clotheslining Buck down before stomping the hell out of him. Bunkhouse
turns it to his favor, eventually breaking a stick over Dustin’s back, then
splitting him open with it. In a great moment by Heenan, Dustin throws powder
in Bunk’s eyes, and even Heenan sells it! Man, it gets no better than The
Brain. Dustin has Bunkhouse at one point, but stops to assault The Colonel, who
I feel is vastly underrated in the manager game. Soon, Parker slips Buck some
knux, and he knocks out Dustin for the pin. It went a little longer than it
needed to, but it was a hell of a brawl. I expected a lot less, and was
entertained the whole time. It’s a bloody mess, great stuff.
Bunckhouse Buck knocks out Dustin for the pin
at 14:11 | ***3/4 Good stuff that’s worth searching out
The Boss vs. Vader
Anyone care to tell me how on Earth WCW was
allowed to use the Bossman like this? I mean, it’s the exact gimmick, and I’ve
seen WWE get after people for less. Bossman owns Vader at first, beating the
hell out of him with clotheslines, splashes and drops on the guardrail. Vader’s
left eye has been busted open, and he takes this out on Bossman with a flurry
of punches and other favored Vader offense. He tries to put Bossman away with a
Vader Bomb, but that’s a no go, however, a Moonsault sure as shit does. I’m
surprised Boss wasn’t turned into a major babyface after this, because they
made him look like a million bucks out there against Vader, looking like the
only person other than Sting and Cactus that could stand toe-to-toe with
Vader hits a moonsault & pins the Bossman
at 9:02 | ***1/4 Probably not a match you’d want to seek out, but within the
context of the show it’s another great under-card bout.
Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair [C] – WCW World
The match starts off with some great mat
wrestling, with some typical fantastic stuff that you’re used to from Flair and
Steamboat. Rick soon gets the momentum on his side and controls Flair with a
series of headlocks, and here, here is the brilliance of these two. Because
Randy Orton does this and it’s death, but these two make it as exciting as a
War Games. They battle to the outside where Ricky misses a splash on the guard
rail, and just ends up hanging there, reminding me of when Homer falls backwards
on the fire hydrant and said “This is even more painful than it looks.”
Back in, Steamboat beats the hell out of Flair with punches and chops, earning
us our first Flair Flop of the evening. Soon Steamboat puts Flair in the
Figure-4, and we get my all-time favorite segment for that submission, as Flair
looks like he’s never been in more pain, and Steamboat is trying his damnedest
to make him submit, incredible stuff. They do the same finish from The Clash,
where Steamboat does the Double Chicken-Wing, and it’s turned into bridge-pin,
however both their shoulders stayed down. Since it’s a draw, Flair is the
winner. An incredible match, really. It is perfect Flair and Steamboat, with no
wasted movement, and never once does your attention waver. Great stuff.
Double-Pin happens, with the win going to Flair at
32:19 | ****1/2 A classic. Definitely hunt it down if you haven’t seen it. I know it’s
available on Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection
Spring Stampede 1994 is one of the best PPVs I’ve
ever seen. You get two classics, two great mid-card matches, one hilariously
bad-match, and only one disappointment. It’s definitely a show you can watch
top to bottom no problem. It’s definitely as high a note as WCW could go out on
before they entered the Hogan era, which is something they never got out from