January 1, 1994
From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane, who cut over to Jim Ross & Gorilla Monsoon on “Wrestling Challenge” for the call of Lex Luger vs. Jacques. This match actually took place at the 12/15 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Augusta, ME.
Jacques, or as the graphic reads “Jacques the Quebecer,” comes out with Johnny Polo. He talks about Luger knocking out Pierre with his loaded forearm then has some news and that is they’ve made a formal complaint to WWF President Jack Tunney then said he is not wrestling Luger into he sees a doctor’s paper that says the metal has been removed from his forearm. Jacques then leaves with Polo as Gorilla goes on about him being gutless but the refs stop them from heading back.
We return from commercial as they are now in the ring then Luger comes out. Didn’t really get the whole point of the prior segment to be honest. Came off like an overthought idea.
Jacques w/ Johnny Polo vs. Lex Luger
Luger gets attacked while attempting to enter the ring. Jacques hammers away then drops Luger with a clothesline and follows that with several stomps. They slug it out as the announcers talk about the Luger/Ludvig Borga feud then Jacques ducks an attack as Luger dumps outside. Polo now repeatedly kicks Luger then Jacques heads out to do the same. Jacques rolls Luger inside for a two count then uses a reverse chin lock. Luger fights back then rams Jacques into the turnbuckle ten times before hitting a backbreaker. Jacques begs for mercy in the corner then fires away until Jacques counters with an inverted atomic drop. Luger accidentally sends Jacques into the ref after reversing an Irish whip and after that gets tripped up by Polo. Jacques and Luger then collide as Ross says the Quebecers have been avoiding the Steiners like the plague as Pierre runs out to the ring. Pierre hits a leg drop then covers his own head while pinning Luger but that only gets two. Pierre hammers away as the ref is back down then Luger comes back with a clothesline then the running forearm smash for the three count then hits Jacques and pins him as the bell rings again (6:57) *1/2. After the match, Luger lays out Polo with a forearm smash.
Thoughts: The match itself was basic with Luger getting to look strong by foiling the Tag Champs and their manager. Although, having your top babyfaces take people out with a loaded forearm that was supposed to be covered by a protective padding is not exactly a babyface attribute.
The Razor Ramon ad telling us that “smokers are losers” airs.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Mike Khoury & Tim McNeany
We see the Headshrinkers & Afa in an insert promo talking about the Royal Rumble match in their native tongue. Samu chops down McNeany then drops him with a thrust kick after no-selling a pair of clotheslines. Khoury tags in as Lane says he boxed for two years at Sugar Ray Leonard’s gym but that does not help him against The Headshrinkers as Fatu puts him away with a flying splash (2:54).
Thoughts: They talked about the possibility of the Headshrinkers and other teams/brothers facing off in the Royal Rumble match.
Raymond Rougeau welcomes Razor Ramon to the interview platform. Razor asks Rougeau what’s wrong with “this picture” as Rougeau points out the gold chains are missing. Razor then says if happens to his gold then something happens to you then talks about how hard he worked to get his gold. Razor then asks the “tax mang” if he knows what a guy like himself can do to him. We now see the clip of Shawn hitting Razor twice with the Razor’s Edge as Rougeau asks how much that has taken out of him but Razor says he always gets back up then tells IRS he will have to fight for the Intercontinental Title and that he cannot be defeated one-on-one. Solid promo from Razor, who got more cheers than Luger did on this show.
Trevor Jones, a young kid, is the ring announcer. Vince cackles like a moron when he announces the wrestlers.
Tony Roy vs. Bastion Booger
Vince plugs a WWF show in Elizabeth, NJ as Booger beats on Roy. Booger clothesline Roy as the announcer shit on his physical condition then Booger uses a powerslam for the win (0:55).
Thoughts: A quick win for Booger while Vince plugged local house shows.
We get a new Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vignette. It has really dated music as we see clips of Plugg racing. It ends with Plugg saying he is on his way to the WWF. This character looks really dumb.
“The Rocket” Owen Hart w/ Bret Hart vs. Barry Hardy
Owen works the arm to start then we hear from the Hart Brothers in an insert promo talking about coming for the Tag Titles at the Royal Rumble. Lane says neither Hart brother made mention they are both in the Rumble match then Owen hits a missile dropkick before applying the Sharpshooter for the win (1:46).
Thoughts: I do like while how the Harts are talking about winning the titles the announcers are pointing out that the Harts are not addressing the fact that they are both in the Royal Rumble match.
Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill. We learn of nine more names included in the Rumble match and they are: Billy Gunn, Bart Gunn, Rick Martel, Bastion Booger, Marty Jannetty, Mo, Jeff Jarrett, Ludvig Borga, and Tatanka. This leaves just three more spots in the Rumble match. We also see another appearance of the Undertaker’s Workshop and Pettengill plugs the hotline to show support for Luger being involved in the Rumble match and says that Tunney is feeling the pressure to include Luger into the match.
Ludvig Borga vs. John Crystal
Borga beats down Crystal then we hear from Tatanka in an insert promo saying the “great spirit” granted him opportunities to “put pain” on Borga and to enter the Rumble match. That was lame promo. Borga jaws at the crowd before catching Crystal in a Samoan drop as Vince says next week will have the announcement of the last three entrants in the Rumble match as Borga puts Crystal away with a torture rack (2:03).
Thoughts: They hyped the Borga/Tatanka feud but the big news was learning next week will feature the announcement of the last three Royal Rumble participants.
Next week in action are Razor Ramon, Jeff Jarrett, Bret Hart, and Yokozuna in a handicap match.
Final Thoughts: They pushed Luger here as possibly being allowed (in reality they made it quite obvious he was going to be allowed) into the Rumble while the rest of the show was more or less generic PPV hype with the PPV just three weeks away.