WWF Monday Night RAW – February 7th, 1994

February 7, 1994

From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bastion Booger

 

We get a recap of the events from last week’s show that led to tonight’s main event of IRS vs. Marty Jannetty.

 

The hosts run down the show with Booger eating some nachos. Booger makes some fart puns about the competitors which include Thurman Plugg, Owen Hart, and Crush.

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Reno Riggins & Barry Horowitz

Booger jokes that Horowitz is the “Buffalo Bills of wrestling” then Vince teases him about hosting the Oscars. Riggins & Horowitz trap Billy in the corner but Billy fights out then Bart flies off the top with a crossbody onto both men. Riggins & Horowitz bail then Bart works over Riggins as Booger talks about loving to eat. Bart hits Riggins with a vertical suplex as Vince mentions how since The Steiners failed to win on “Superstars this past weekend that the Tag Team Title picture is up for grabs. Vince notes how Freddie Blassie’s birthday is coming up then the Gunns put Riggins away with a flying elbow drop/powerbomb combo for the win (3:35).

Thoughts: The only newsworthy thing here was Vince pretty much saying that the Steiners are out of the Tag Team Title picture, which was a foregone conclusion after they failed to beat The Quebecers in ten minutes on Superstars. And if you were paying attention behind the scenes you knew there was rumblings of the Steiners leaving even though their contract did not expire until December.

 

We get still photos of what happened between Bret and Owen Hart at the Royal Rumble then hear from Owen last week on “All-American Wrestling.” Owen said he kicked Bret in the leg due to a lifetime of frustration and anger and that it felt good. Now, we hear Bret’s comments from this week’s edition of All-American as he hints that someone put this idea in Owen’s head and despite not wanting physical confrontation with his brother he does not see anyway around it and hopes he can knock some sense into him. I wish these episodes of All-American were available somewhere because these sit-down interviews seemed really good.

 

“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. John Paul

Before the match, Owen motions that he is going to give his glasses to a kid in the front row but instead rips them up and says that is what he thinks of Bret. Tremendous stuff, especially Owen’s facial expression. The crowd starts a “we want Bret” chant but Booger says he wants the pizzas Vince promised. Owen beats on Paul as we get more talk on commentary about Booger being a fat slob. Owen then hits Paul with a backbreaker but after that Paul fights back. Owen comes back with a spinning heel kick then pulls up Paul at two and hits a headbutt as Vince wants to know if Owen can beat his brother at WrestleMania. Paul catches a kick but Owen turns that into an enziguiri then Owen avoids a dropkick and puts on the Sharpshooter for the win (3:47). Booger continues to anxiously await his pizzas.

Thoughts: More hype for Bret vs. Owen at WrestleMania as we also get the beginning of the running theme of Booger demanding food on commentary. Owen was pretty damn great here as a heel though. He’s done a tremendous job in this role.

 

Booger now has his pizzas and is choking. We are then shown Paul Bearer in the cemetery as he talks about seeing The Undertaker here every day.

 

An ad for the “WWF Fan Festival” at MSG on 3/18 as Vince says it will be during “WrestleMania weekend.” This event today is now known as “Axxess.” According to Bruce Prichard in his “Something to Wrestle With” podcast, this idea came about from Basil DeVito, who Prichard said came from the NBA, as they went to an event the NBA had in Cleveland and saw how successful it was and gave the chance for fans to see the stars.

 

IRS vs. Marty Jannetty

Before the match, IRS asks why does this area of Pennsylvania have more tax cheats than any other part of the state. IRS attacks Marty from behind then continues to hammer away. Marty fights back then IRS bails and paces around for a bit. Back in the ring, Marty works the arm but IRS shoves him outside. Marty slingshots back inside with a sunset flip but IRS goes back on the attack. We now see The Quebecers at ringside then go to break and return to find out The Quebecers were sent backstage as we see footage of them attacking Marty outside of the ring. Marty catches IRS with a boot as the latter came off of the top then Marty almost gets the win with a small package. IRS rakes the eyes and locks on an abdominal stretch before switching to a chin lock. Marty escapes and catches IRS in a powerslam. Marty hits a super kick then we see Johnny Polo come out with a pool cue. However, Razor Ramon heads down the aisle then The Quebecers are back. The ref is yelling at the Quebecers & Razor but as that happens we see Polo trip up Marty’s slingshot attempt then IRS covers for the win (9:00) *3/4. After the match, Razor & Marty clean house with Razor hitting Jacques with the Razor’s Edge then Booger demands some hot dogs.

Thoughts: Really just a basic house show style match to set up for a tag match that ended up happening but not as advertised. The IRS act is so stale yet he continues to get a strong midcard push.

 

Back to the hosts as Booger has even more food as the desk is littered with everything from pizzas to burgers and hot dogs. Vince says the show is pre-empted next week due to the Westminster Dog Show. We also learn that Razor & Marty want a Tag Title match when RAW returns in two weeks.

 

Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vs. Duane Gill

Booger is choking as Vince says that Booger is too big for the Heimlich maneuver. Booger hacks up his food and is okay while Plugg works over Gill. Plugg slams Gill then hits a leg drop and stays in control as Vince now talks about various NASCAR races. Plugg now tries to rally the crowd but Gill rakes his eyes. Vince says that WWF President Jack Tunney will hopefully have a ruling soon on that proposed tag match as Plugg comes off of the top rope with the Overhead Cam for the win (3:03).

Thoughts: Plugg looks fine in the ring but the fans do not seem to care much. However, the big news is waiting to see if Tunney will approve the Tag Team Title match when RAW returns in two weeks.

 

WrestleMania X Report with Todd Pettengill.

 

Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. James Thornberg

Vince tells us that the news of Crush vs. Savage at WrestleMania was originally reported on “Mania” this past Saturday and this coming Saturday on Mania will be the contract signing. Crush beats on Thornberg as Booger talks about having a date with Tonya Harding tonight and wants Crush to wrap this up quick. Vince now talks about reports of Diane Sawyer being offered $10 million from the Fox Network then Crush press slams Thornberg and follows with a leg drop for the win (2:40). Vince then says that Tunney has made The Quebecers vs. Razor & Marty official in two weeks.

Thoughts: More of Vince making fun of and teasing Booger on commentary while they pushed the Crush/Savage feud and match at WrestleMania.

 

We are now backstage with The Quebecers & Polo. They are irate over having to defend the titles in two weeks as Pierre punches a hole in the wall. Polo calls this a conspiracy brought on by Tunney.

 

In two weeks we will see Bret Hart vs. One of the Heavenly Bodies. It was reported at the time by Dave Meltzer in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” that they were coming back to the company in March and working a house show program with The Bushwhackers. Exciting stuff for sure. Also, the Tag Team Title match is in two weeks. Vince then hands Booger a can of Alpo and box of Milk Bone as Booger eats the dog treats then says they do not taste bad. After that we are shown Men on a Mission, The Bushwhackers, and Doink & Dink as they are all barking in a pre-taped segment. This was odd to say the least.

 

Final Thoughts: Most of the show was setting up for RAW’s return in two weeks with Bret in action and a Tag Team Title match. As far as Booger on commentary, the poor guy did the best he could have with this gimmick and material. Anyway, the Road to WrestleMania continues