February 19, 1994
From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane
“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Marty Jannetty
The announcers talk about Owen being heartless as Owen rips up a pair of glasses in front of some kids. Owen cheap shots Marty then the ref steps in between. The announcers put over Owen as being heartless and jealous as in the ring we get some mat work that ends in a stalemate before turning into a shoving match. Owen then slaps Marty across of the face but bails after Marty came back with a flurry of offense. Marty backs Owen into the corner but Owen comes back with an eye rake then stomps away. Owen hits a backbreaker as the announcers talk about Owen refusing to answer any questions about his family. Owen hits a spinning heel kick for a two count as Vince plugs the Marty & Razor vs. The Quebecers match on RAW this coming Monday for the Tag Team Titles. Marty catches Owen with a super kick for a two count then hits a powerslam but that only gets two. Owen comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex for two but Marty fights back and they continue to go back-and-forth trading nearfalls. Owen then catches Marty with a neckbreaker and locks on the Sharpshooter for the win (4:19) **1/2.
Thoughts: Man, they sure did pack a lot of action into the time they were allowed. I would have loved to seen a longer match between the two from this time as Marty was still one of the top workers in the company but sadly, this was his last TV match of this run as he was fired overseas and replaced in the scheduled tag match on RAW by the 1-2-3 Kid.
We hear pre-recorded comments from Bret Hart. He wishes Lex Luger luck in his match against Yokozuna at WrestleMania but can get past both men for the title. Bret then addresses Owen and how he is wrong and has made a big mistake that he will pay for at WrestleMania.
Vince plugs the Alundra Blayze vs. Heidi Lee Morgan match for the Women’s Title. We now see Johnny Polo take the place of Stan Lane, who went to the Face-to-Face set. Polo gives McMahon some shit. And this is how they replaced Lane on Superstars with Polo as Lane was the one who replaced the departed Jim Ross on “Wrestling Challenge.”
Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Scott Taylor
Polo keeps asking “Vic” why Kwang wears a mask. Taylor fires away as Polo says he is here to provide insightful commentary. Taylor lands on his feet after a backflip from the top rope then dropkicks Kwang into the corner. Kwang fights back and sprays his mist into the air as Polo brings up how Rick Steiner got the mist in his face at the Royal Rumble. Kwang stays in control then puts Taylor away with a thrust kick (1:26).
Thoughts: Polo was amusing but Vince really didnt seem to want to play off of him much. Anyway, no one seems to care about Kwang and really its coming off more and more like a knockoff Great Muta gimmick each week.
Face-to-Face with Stan Lane. We hear from Shawn Michaels as he explains the ladder match rules and how you have to bring the ladder into the ring and climb up to grab both title belts. Shawn then calls out Razor for not being able to outwrestle him and that he tricked Razor into the most dangerous match of all-time.
We get a video from Little Richard to hype his WrestleMania X appearance.
WWF Women’s Championship Match: Heidi Lee Morgan vs. Alundra Blayze (c)
Vince talks about Little Richard but Polo says he has nothing on Alice in Chains. Morgan attacks Blayze from behind then hits a flying forearm for a two count. Blayze uses a snapmare to take control then hits a pair of slams but heads up top and gets slammed off. Morgan fires away but Blayze cuts her off then uses a Northern Lights suplex for the win (1:49) *.
Thoughts: They were not given any time to have an actual match but did what they could here. It was a shame as I liked the match they had for the title on “All-American Wrestling” back in December.
WrestleMania X Report with Todd Pettengill. Earthquake vs. Ludvig Borga and Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon vs. Doink the Clown & Dink are announced for the show. And celebrities Bucky & Vinny from Showtime and Jennie Garth. Apparently, Bucky & Vinny were cab drivers turned critics. They never ended up appearing at WrestleMania.
We now get a piece from WrestleMania X guests “Bucky & Vinny” from Showtime as they talk about the wrestlers. They talk about Yokozuna and of course mispronounce his name on purpose which makes you an automatic babyface in the WWF. This was terrible.
We are introduced to guest ring announcer Nina Francis. Also, Vince breaks the news of Burt Reynolds being the WrestleMania X guest ring announcer. Certainly a bigger star than Bucky & Vinny combined.
Earthquake vs. Jim Massenger
Massenger attacks Earthquake from behind but after that gets caught with a clothesline. Earthquake then drops an elbow and catches Massenger with a boot to the face. We hear from Earthquake in an insert promo smiling about how happy he is to be back then calls out Borga for their match at WrestleMania before the sit-down splash gets the win (1:49).
Thoughts: Smiling babyface Earthquake is just not any good. I mean he wasn’t terrible in the ring but there is no potential with this gimmick but with the amount of monster heels they had at the time someone was needed to go up against them that wasn’t smaller.
We now get a video package hyping up next week’s Bret Hart vs. Adam Bomb match.
Funeral Parlor with guests Yokozuna, Mr. Fuji, and Jim Cornette. We see the “spirit” of the Undertaker high up in the air as the lights are out then we see Bearer and the Parlor set rise up. The guests come out as Cornette yells about this being spooky and feels queazy when he believes the Undertaker is around. Bearer notes that he sees fear in their eyes again and asks Cornette if he is afraid of what will happen to Yokozuna at WrestleMania X and that the odds are not in their favor. Cornette then calls out Tunney for being crooked and then Lex Luger for claiming to be a man of honor yet is just a sham. However, we now see Luger come out as he slaps hands with the fans before getting face-to-face with Yokozuna. Luger tells Cornette it takes a lot of nerve for him to call someone else crooked as part of an incredibly lame promo. Luger then says he always said he’d get another opportunity and that he has never been more confident he will emerge as champion than he is now and will go on to face Bret Hart. Cornette then says Luger cannot beat Yokozuna and will in fact go down. Luger then gets in Yokozuna’s face to say he will slam his big, fat carcass before emerging as champion. Luger leaves as the heels are pissed. They are trying to hype up the Luger/Yokozuna match but this segment did not make it very excited plus having it on the Funeral Parlor and all of the Undertaker talk before Luger appeared made the title match the secondary focus, IMO. There just does not appear to be much interest in these two going at it again plus Luger was lousy again on the mic and continues to come across as anything but genuine in this role.
Mike Maraldo vs. Diesel w/ Shawn Michaels
We now see Nikolai Volkoff at ringside wearing a red suit and now with a full head of hair as he yells at Diesel. Vince talks up Volkoff as one of the greats then speculates he could be part of the Fan Fest. Diesel hammers away but Maraldo fights back. Maraldo then gets caught in a backbreaker as the announcers talk about the ladder match at WrestleMania. We then hear from Razor Ramon in an insert promo telling Shawn that at WrestleMania, his “big man” will not be present. Diesel then drops Maraldo after a lifting choke and puts him away with a torpedo into the turnbuckle (2:25).
Thoughts: Seeing how he was in the crowd it appears that Volkoff is back with the company. They also hyped up the ladder match at WrestleMania plus the fact that Diesel was not going to be involved. Diesel did some impressive power moves in this match.
Vince plugs the “Posters #9” magazine with Randy Savage on the cover.
Next week in action are Razor Ramon, The Quebecers, and the featured match of Bret Hart vs. Adam Bomb. The show closes with comments from Bomb & Whippleman as they talk about Bret’s problems with Owen and championship match at WrestleMania and how he might not even make it to the PPV after their match.
Final Thoughts: Lots of stuff happening this week. We had a short but good featured match. Also, two matches at WrestleMania were announced, although one of them never ended up happening, and the Funeral Parlor made its return. We have another featured match for next week as WrestleMania is just about one month away.