January 10, 1994
From the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage, this is billed as the One Year Anniversary of RAW. Savage is back and wears a “Monday Night RAW” suit that actually looks kinda cool.
We get a video package hyping up The Quebecers vs. Marty Jannetty & 1-2-3 Kid Tag Team Title match. The Quebecers & Johnny Polo say their opponents are just a “tune up” for the Hart Brothers.
WWF Tag Team Title Match: The Quebecers (c) w/ Johnny Polo vs. Marty Jannetty & 1-2-3 Kid
Jacques beats on Marty to start but Marty comes back to nearly get the win with a victory roll. Jacques beats on Marty again but gets caught off guard then both men tag out. Kid hits Pierre with a spinning heel kick for two then gets the crowd behind him but The Quebecers jump Kid. The match breaks down but Marty & Kid fight back and clear the ring. Things settle down briefly until they clear the ring again as the champs huddle with their manager. They continue to stall then Jacques finally gets inside but is stomped by Marty then we go to break. We return and see what happened during the break when Marty pinned Jacques with a super kick but it was reversed as Jacques had his foot on the ropes. Marty spills outside after getting low-bridged by Pierre but avoids an attack as Jacques accidentally nails Pierre. Kid tags in and lands a few kicks then heads up to take out Pierre with a somersault plancha. Kid then hits Jacques with a flying clothesline as we see Marty out in the aisle on the floor. The Quebecers now run interference to choke out Kid then hit a few double-team moves as we go to another break. We’re back with The Quebecers still working over Kid as Marty is now back on the apron. Vince tells us that next week we will see Savage vs. IRS with Crush as a guest commentator as The Quebecers are still cutting the ring in half. Pierre gets a nearfall with a falling headbutt as Marty tries to get the crowd into the match. Jacques tags in and hits a piledriver but neglects to cover then sets up for the assisted senton. The Quebecers waste time then try another assisted senton but Marty runs in to break it up. Marty slides back over to the corner then actually gets the crowd behind Kid and Kid makes the tag as Marty runs wild. Marty uses a double noggin-knocker before knocking Polo off of the apron then they hit Pierre with the old Rocker Plex and that gets the win as we have new tag team champions (14:10) ***1/4. After the match, Savage comes out to celebrate and the new champs then celebrate in the crowd.
Thoughts: Good match and it told a great yet simple story of The Quebecers being arrogant and thinking their opponents were nothing more than a warmup act and ended up losing the titles to a hard-working underdog team. And it continues the year-long theme of how anyone can be beaten on any given night, which started off with Kid. Also makes for a nice moment which meant more here than today where the company is focused on creating “moments” rather than telling stories. And, with the news of both Savage and Crush being on the same show it sets up to continue that feud.
We see a RAW Flashback to when Kid defeated Razor Ramon
Royal Rumble Report with Jim Ross.
Clip from 7/19 RAW with Jerry Lawler breaking Tiny Tim’s ukelele.
Ludvig Borga vs. Brad Anderson
The son of Gene Anderson and former Zan Panzer of WCW fame doing some enhancement work here. Anderson tries to fight back after getting beat down but ends up running into a clothesline. Vince talks about Borga vs. Tatanka at the Royal Rumble then how both men are in the Rumble match. We now have Luger on the phone as he puts over Marty & Kid winning the titles before wishing Tatanka the best against Borga. Luger then says its only foes in the Rumble match and once again thanks the fans for their support. Borga stays in control then uses a torture rack for the win (2:30).
Thoughts: They once again hyped up Tatanka/Borga plus they had Luger call in and cut another corny babyface promo.
We see Yokozuna win his squash match this past weekend on “Superstars” but then becomes petrified over seeing Paul Bearer & The Undertaker on the video wall talking about the casket they are going to reveal next week.
Clip of Doink drenching Bobby Heenan with a bucket of water airs.
The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Ray Hudson
Undertaker drops Hudson with a throat thrust before tossing him outside. The announcers now talk about NFL color commentator John Madden being a free agent and how the Undertaker is his favorite wrestler before saying that Tunney is going to offer him a WWF contract. Undertaker then hits Hudson with a chokeslam before the tombstone gets the win (2:34).
Thoughts: More hype for Taker as a threat to win the title at the Rumble while they had some topical discussion about Madden, whose free agency as a commentator was a big sports story at the time.
A clip from last week’s Smoking Gunns vs. Bastion Booger & Bam Bam Bigelow match which saw Booger kiss Luna and Bigelow getting pissed off.
We get a video package hyping up next week’s Randy Savage vs. IRS match.
Bastion Booger vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon
Bigelow attacks Booger from behind to start. Bigelow hammers away until he spills outside after missing a charge in the corner. Booger goes out after Luna but Bigelow attacks from behind. They head inside where Bigelow tries a slam and it seems like Booger was going to fall on top but they fell down then Bigelow just slams Booger and uses a flying headbutt for the win (2:32) DUD. After the match, Luna slaps Booger then Bigelow hammers away before sending him through the ropes with a dropkick.
Thoughts: This sucked, as did the whole storyline, and hopefully its over now that Booger lost in quick fashion and did not even get any heat back afterwards.
We now see a distraught Johnny Polo backstage with The Quebecers. Polo cannot believe those losers beat them but Jacques tells Polo not to worry because he is a genius that signed a contract with a rematch clause and will get a shot to reclaim the titles at Madison Square Garden next week. Good way to hype up a house show and since its mentioned on TV expect it to be newsworthy.
Another classic RAW clip from 2/15/93 with Kamala chasing Kimchee all through the arena at the Manhattan Center.
The show closes as they are about to cut the celebratory cake. However, IRS interrupts to run Savage down in order to hype their match then Savage smashes the cake into IRS’s face. That was predictable.
Final Thoughts: The Tag Titles changing hands made for a memorable moment while the rest of the show was hype for the Rumble PPV. We also get Savage vs. IRS with Crush on commentary so that will likely lead to another confrontation between Crush and Savage.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: WWF San Jose Arena 1/14/94
Sunday: WWF Superstars 1/15/94, WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/16/94
Monday: WWF Monday Night RAW 1/17/94
Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 1/17/94
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 1/22/94
Thursday: WWF 1994 Royal Rumble, WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/23/94
Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 1/24/94