The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 07.11.94
Live from Bushkill, PA
Your hosts are Jim Ross & Randy Savage.
WWF World title: Bret Hart v. 1-2-3 Kid
The New Foundation has words for Bret before the match, but get chased back by the referees. Man, why can’t the family just all get along and maybe torment Steve Austin? This show is supposedly live but the canned heat is all over the place. Like, really bad. Kid takes Bret down with an armdrag and controls the arm, holding onto a hammerlock through Bret’s attempts to reverse it. Bret finally elbows him down and goes to a chinlock as JR is already busting out the sports metaphors. Kid monkey-flips him and follows with a mule kick to put Bret on the floor and we take a break. Back with Kid working the armbar, but Bret puts him down with a knee and pounds him with forearms in the corner. Neckbreaker gets two. Bret stomps him down very heelishly in the corner and poor Kid bumps around and builds sympathy. Crossbody gets two for Kid, but Bret beats him down again. Kid with a crucifix, but Bret blocks it and falls on top for the pin…but Kid’s foot was on the ropes, so Bret doesn’t want the win. So we take a break and the match MUST CONTINUE. Back with Bret cranking on a chinlock, but Kid gets a backslide for two. Bret puts him down again and gets a DDT for two, but he goes up and lands on the foot. Kid comes back with a spinkick and fires away with the kicks in the corner and a dropkick. Kid with a moonsault press for two. Powerbomb and he goes up with the Lightning Legdrop for two. Old school Kid! He dumps Bret and follows with a dive, but Bret catches him coming down and they both crash and burn. Back in, Kid misses a senton off the top and Bret gets the Sharpshooter, but Kid is immediately in the ropes. To the top and Bret gets a superplex, but Kid reverses in mid-air for two. Blind charge misses and Kid wipes out again, allowing Bret to bulldog him and go up. Kid slams him off and goes up himself, but lands in the Sharpshooter at 25:36. Well, you can’t say the Kid didn’t give it his best. ****1/2 This was probably the best match in RAW history up until that point, and certainly until 97.
Summerslam Report with Todd, and apparently the main event is Undertaker v. Undertaker. Even Todd is like “WTF?”
Crush v. Matt Hardy
Matt gets some gymnastics in before Crush superkicks him and adds a press slam. Backbreaker finishes at 1:23 as Savage takes great delight in Crush destroying Hardy for some reason.
Razor Ramon v. Barry Horowitz
Razor works the arm as JR is forced to push a storyline where Jack Tunney is hiring a detective to figure out why there are two Undertakers and why they’re wrestling each other in the main event of their second biggest show of the year. Horowitz gets some shit in and Razor puts him away with the blockbuster and a small package at 2:55. That’s a different way to finish.
The King’s Court with Ted Dibiase, although it’s pre-taped from what looks like a doctor’s office somewhere. Dibiase claims that Lex Luger is bought and paid for. Lex Luger would never take dirty money and join the other side without notice like that! Wait a sec…
IRS v. Ray Hudson
Hudson gets a crossbody, but IRS puts him down and gets his abdominal stretch, then works the leg while dripping sweat on the poor geek. STF finishes at 3:45. Do I have to sit through a boring IRS squash every week?
Next week: Diesel v. Lex Luger for the IC title!