January 8, 1994
From the Lowell Auditorium in Lowell, MA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane
We start off with a video package on last week’s Lex Luger vs. Pierre match that saw Luger victorious. We then see WWF President Jack Tunney as he is now allowing Luger to enter the Royal Rumble match but that the remaining two spots in the match will be going to Tenryu & Great Kabuki, who are both represented by Mr. Fuji. Tunney then says the winner of the match will face whoever is the champion at WrestleMania X.
This week in action are Yokozuna in a Handicap match, Bret Hart, Jeff Jarrett, and Razor Ramon.
Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. Scott Taylor & Bert Centeno
We see an RIP Yokozuna sign that reads “1957-1993” then hear from Mr. Fuji in an insert promo talking about hiring Tenryu & Kabuki as mercenaries in the Rumble match that will prevent Luger from winning. In reality, Yokozuna was born in 1966. The enhancement talent bounce off of Yokozuna, who looks to be at his heaviest at this point. Taylor fires away but gets decked and hit with a belly-to-belly suplex. The announcers talk about the fear in Yokozuna’s eyes at the Survivor Series after the Undertaker sat up after a Bonzai Drop then a “rest in peace” chant breaks out. Yokozuna stays in control then stacks both men on top of each other and hits a Bonzai Drop for the win (3:01). Vince wonders if anyone can beat Yokozuna. However, the lights go out then we see Undertaker & Paul Bearer on the video wall inside of the Undertaker’s Workshop. Bearer reminds Yokozuna about the casket match and how they made a terrible mistake in signing up for the match. Undertaker then tells Yokozuna he does not make mistakes but rather buries them as they are gone and we see a petrified Yokozuna in the ring as Cornette tries to calm him down.
Thoughts: The announcers talked a lot about Luger now being in the Rumble match and how Fuji has mercenaries to come after him and I’ll talk more about that at the end but the real big news was the Undertaker & Bearer promo as he once again see just how petrified Yokozuna is of the casket. At the time in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” Dave Meltzer wrote that there was talk of turning Yokozuna babyface after the Rumble in the same manner as they did with Kamala after the casket match at SummerSlam ’92 where being stuffed inside would cause him psychological damage then he would snap and blame his managers for it happening. But, as we will see at the Rumble, they did not go that route although they did plant seeds of it possibly happening.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Rich Myers
Jarrett runs away then cheap shots Myerrs. Jarrett hits a back drop as Vince wants to know how Jarrett will do in the Rumble and if he could win the match. Jarrett struts around after hitting a dropkick and calls out Randy Savage then we hear him in an insert promo talking about everyone finding out he is the best there is at the Rumble. Jarrett hits a slingshot suplex and decks Myers after getting rolled up for a two count. Myers avoids a splash in the corner and takes Jarrett over with a hip toss but whiffs on a dropkick then Jarrett covers for the win (2:15). After the match, Jarrett takes Myers out with a jumping DDT.
Thoughts: An easy win for Jarrett, who continues to call out the top babyface stars in the WWF. The announcers also talked about his chances of winning the Rumble match.
Shawn Michaels is shown on the cover of the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” that also features an article on Jarrett.
Chris McKenna is the honorary ring announcer. He appears to be an older teenager. He did a fine job.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart w/ Owen Hart vs. Mike Bell
Both Bret & Owen give their glasses to kids in the crowd. Bret works a side headlock as Lane jokes that he heard Bret received more presents at Christmas than his brother Owen. Bell clotheslines Bret but Bret fights back as Vince notes the Hart Brothers have yet to comment about both being part of the Royal Rumble match. We see the Harts in an insert promo as they both talk about being the next Tag Team champions as Bret stays in control then uses the Sharpshooter for the win (2:06). Owen comes in to hug his brother after the match.
Thoughts: We’ve now seen both Hart brothers accompany each other during their TV singles matches as so far Owen appears to be on the same page as his older brother.
Raymond Rougeau welcomes The Quebecers & Johnny Polo to the interview platform as Vince hypes the “Monday Night RAW” one-year anniversary show this Monday. Polo talks about hating Luger and hopes he gets beaten down in the Rumble. They are now asked about facing the Hart Brothers at the Rumble as Pierre speaks French then Jacques says he does not care about Americans and how no one is closer to him than Pierre. Jacques also says that brothers are not always close and do not always get along before Polo says to prove they are fighting champions they are facing Marty Jannetty & 1-2-3 Kid on RAW as Jacques says they will show the Harts what brotherly love is all about at the Rumble. It was funny to hear Jacques discuss brotherly love with his real-life brother conducting the interview. Anyway, the story is that Marty & Kid are being treated as nothing more than practice before the title defense at the PPV.
Tatanka tells us that he is proud to know that drinking and driving do not mix and if you do then you’ll not see his next match. That’s either a promise or a threat considering your views of him as a fan.
Razor Ramon vs. Chris Duffy
Razor works the arm to start. Duffy cheap shot Razor in the corner but ends up getting chopped hard then tossed across of the ring. Duffy then gets clotheslined over the top rope and after that slingshots him back to the outside. Razor tosses Duffy back inside and stretches him out as we hear from IRS in an insert prom warning Razor to be worried about the gold around his waist. Razor then hits an uranage then sets up for the Razor’s Edge and the win (2:39).
Thoughts: More hype for the IRS vs. Razor match at the Rumble match with Razor vowing to recapture his stolen gold chain.
We get another video on Kwang. It’s really cheesy and dated.
Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill.
Vince now plugs a feature on Doink the Clown inside of “WWF Magazine.”
Brian Walsh vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon
Vince hypes up Bigelow’s match against Bastion Booger this Monday night on RAW. Bigelow tosses Walsh high up in the air after a hip toss but Walsh fights back. Bigelow then clotheslines Walsh and beats him down as the crowd is into Bigelow. We now get a chin lock from Bigelow as Vince talks about Bigelow not wanting anyone near his main squeeze then hear from Bigelow & Luna in an insert promo talking about winning the Rumble match. Walsh tries a flying headscissors but Bigelow turns that into an electric chair drop then Bigelow uses a flying headbutt for the win (2:17). However, after the match we see Doink come down the aisle. The ref steps between Bigelow & Luna then we see Doink threaten to toss a bucket at Bigelow but Dink snuck up from behind to trip Bigelow up then marbles come out of the bucket with Bigelow & Luna slipping.
Thoughts: They tried to get people to care about Bigelow vs. Booger for RAW but the real story is how Doink once again made Bigelow look like an idiot as they continue to drag out this feud.
Next week in action are The Undertaker, Tatanka, and featured match of Lex Luger vs. Bastion Booger. Plus, Undertaker reveals his special double-wide, double-deep casket for Yokozuna.
Final Thoughts: Obviously, the big news was finally learning that Luger is included in the Rumble match but as a “Compromise” Fuji was allowed to put in two of his men. Really, its a stupid thing. I mean, it was obvious after SummerSlam that Luger was going to somehow get a rematch but you could have gone about it in less contrived ways. I mean, just have Luger run through people then challenge Yokozuna to the point where he agrees to give Luger a shot if he wins the Rumble and have Fuji try to pay off everyone so they could eliminate Luger as you now have Yokozuna, your huge monster heel champion, afraid of caskets and Luger. Also, with the Rumble numbers drawn at random (in storyline anyway) how exactly would that guarantee Tenryu & Kabuki be in the ring at the same time as Luger? Then we have the whole issue too of Luger not being over enough as a top guy.
The rest of the show did a fine job at hyping up both the PPV and one-year anniversary of RAW as we are now just two weeks away from the PPV.