February 26, 1994
From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo
The show started off with the “WWF Unbelievable” ad that has Yokozuna depicted as Godzilla. After that we see the announcers with Vince predicting that Lex Luger will be victorious against Yokozuna at SummerSlam.
In action this week are Razor Ramon and The Quebecers. Plus, an interview with Shawn Michaels and more!
Razor Ramon vs. Black Phantom
The Phantom is David Heath (Gangrel) under a mask. Razor hammers away to start. Phantom fights back in the corner then hits a DDT while standing on the middle rope that gets two as the announcers talk about the sloppiness of the move and the pin attempt. Razor blocks a hip toss and hits an uranage then after that uses a super belly-to-back suplex and then the Razor’s Edge for the win (2:10). Polo then leaves the booth to “change outfits” and get ready for The Quebecers match.
Thoughts: Surprisingly little talk about the Razor vs. Shawn ladder match at WrestleMania during the match.
WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. We see clips from last week’s “Funeral Parlor” when Lex Luger confronted Yokozuna. After that we hear from Bret Hart as he appreciates what Luger said in the Funeral Parlor and is a more worthy opponent then wishes him luck but if they face each other, Luger is going down. We now hear from Owen as he points out Bret’s confidence but says that at WrestleMania X he is stepping out of Bret’s shadow to prove he is better as he calls out Bret for looking past him and towards his championship match. Again, the material for Bret and Owen and how they come across as believable characters overshadow the fact they were not strong on the mic. This feud has been really damn good and its still just getting started.
Tony Bueti is the guest ring announcer.
John Paul & Miguel Rosado vs. The Quebecers w/ Johnny Polo
Polo comes out wearing a bathrobe, flippers, and a snorkel. The Quebecers yell at Nikolai Volkoff, who is once again in the front row. Vince talks about The Quebecers vs. Men on a Mission title match at WrestleMania then after that we see MoM in an insert promo which features Oscar rapping about being victorious. Paul fights back against Jacques and hits a pair of dropkicks. Rosado tags in but ducks his head and gets hit with a piledriver then gets slapped across the face. Pierre then tags in and The Quebecers use an assisted senton for the win (1:43).
Thoughts: More solid double-team work featured here by The Quebecers. The rapping promo by Oscar was quite lame to say the least.
An ad for the WWF Fan Fest airs.
Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vs. Derec Domino
Vince asks Polo about his ridiculous outfit then that leads into Polo saying Domino resembles Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and asking “Vic” if he likes them. Plugg works over Domino then quickly puts him away with the Overhead Cam but Polo promises to have a name for the move next week, despite the fact its been said numerous times Plugg himself calls the move the Overhead Cam (1:20).
Thoughts: Most of this was Polo teasing Vince over his lack of pop culture knowledge. Very little focus about Plugg here other than his finishing move.
Shawn Michaels heads out to the ring for an interview conducted by Raymond Rougeau. There is a ladder in the aisle that Shawn brings into the ring. Shawn talks about the ladder match rules then climbs the ladder to show how he’s climbed the ladder of success in the WWF then stands up to show how he’ll be standing tall at WrestleMania as the Intercontinental Champion and be known as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time. A brief but effective interview. Shawn’s charisma shined through and he has the arrogant heel act down pat at the moment.
IRS vs. Phil Apollo
Polo talks about all of the foundations he donates to in joking fashion as IRS tells us to stop cheating on our taxes. IRS drops a few elbows then taunts the crowd but that allows Apollo to use a rollup for two. IRS hammers away in the corner before applying the abdominal stretch as Vince calls out Polo for having an absurd point of view. Vince then plugs Yokozuna vs. Randy Savage on RAW for the World Heavyweight Title as IRS hits the Write Off clothesline for the win (1:33).
Thoughts: The big focus was on Yokozuna vs. Savage for the title on RAW. IRS’s act
We get a hype video for the Yokozuna vs. Savage match. It was narrated by Todd Pettengill.
WrestleMania X Report with Todd Pettengill. We learn that a 10 man tag match has been added as its Tatanka & 1-2-3 Kid & Thurman Plugg & Smoking Gunns vs. IRS & Jeff Jarrett & Rick Martel & The Headshrinkers. And, Earthquake vs. Borga is still being advertised.
Adam Bomb w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Bomb rakes the eyes then hammers away. Bret ducks an elbow but gets caught in a slam. Bomb misses an elbow drop and Bret sends Bomb over the top rope after a third clothesline. Bomb pulls out Bret but misses a chop and hits the post. Back inside, Bret hammers away until he runs into a big boot. Bomb then uses three straight elbow drops then we see Owen standing in front of the video wall. Whippleman chokes out Bret behind the ref’s back as Polo said he gave Bomb to Whippleman because a good manager is hard to find. Bomb hammers away in the corner as the camera pans to Owen. Bomb stays in control until he misses a corner charge then Bret fires away. Bret uses a side Russian leg sweep but misses an elbow drop. Bomb is up and sets up for the Atom Smasher but Bret counters that with a back drop. Bret then knocks Whippleman off of the apron and turns Bomb over for the Sharpshooter as we see this from the video wall while Owen looks on in anger as Bret gets the win (4:59) *1/2. Vince then hypes up the Bret/Owen match at WrestleMania and how he can also become the next World Heavyweight Champion.
Thoughts: Basic match but a nice added touch of Owen angrily looking on from the video wall. The shot of the finish was great too as we saw Owen’s look of disgust when he saw his brother get the win. This is the best feud in the company by a substantial margin.
Next week in action are Jeff Jarrett, The Bushwhackers, Diesel, and Lex Luger. Plus, Owen Hart as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and more!
Final Thoughts: They really pushed the Bret/Owen feud a lot and hyped up the ladder match. I thought the interview segments were strong and the top matches have some momentum heading into WrestleMania but the midcard is directionless as we are just over three weeks until the PPV.