March 12, 1994
From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo
The show starts off with a clip from “Monday Night RAW” with Tatanka being presented the sacred feathers from the Lumbee Tribe Chief
Tatanka vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Polo calls Tatanka a “dingbat of wompum.” Tatanka works a hammerlock as Vince talks about Tatanka promising to carry on the tradition set by Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel. Brawler hammers away but Tatanka fights back as Vince wants to know if we will now see a more aggressive Tatanka. We then hear Polo’s sound effect machine that makes a crying baby sound to mock Tatanka then hear from IRS in an insert promo saying that Tatanka owes a gift tax and will pay every cent he owes. Brawler now works a chin lock as Polo uses more of his sound effect machine. Tatanka fires up and hammers away before using the Samoan drop for the win (2:41). Vince then puts over Tatanka vs. Yokozuna on the “March to WrestleMania X” special as the camera zooms in on the headdress. Tatanka then puts on his headdress and leaves.
Thoughts: They are now going into the Tatanka/IRS feud with the story being IRS is demanding Tatanka pay his gift tax. Polo used his sound effect machine throughout the show. It was also reported at this time in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” that Polo, along with Stan Lane and Shane McMahon, were working as assistant television producers, so I assume this machine was Polo’s idea. It did fit the character at least.
We cut to the announcers but now see IRS confront Tatanka in the aisle. IRS hands Tatanka a tax form and demands he fill it out and pays what he owes while Vince screams over what IRS did but we then see Tatanka tear up the forms after IRS left. They’re really trying to heat up this feud.
This week, we have an interview with Lex Luger & Bret Hart. Also in action are Earthquake vs. Bastion Booger, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, and Men on a Mission.
An ad for the March to WrestleMania X special airs.
Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Todd Mata & Jim Massenger
Polo now uses a sound effect machine to describe his conversation with MoM as Vince is not impressed. Massenger & Mata work over Mo in the corner but Mo fights back after a messy sequence. Mabel tags in as the announcers put over his size. We then hear from The Quebecers in an insert promo with Polo giving them the drumroll from his machine. The Quebecers say there is no way they lose the titles then Mo bulldogs Mabel on top of Mata for the win as Vince calls that the “Hip Hop Drop” (2:56). Vince now puts over the closed-circuit WrestleMania X broadcast at the Paramount Theater.
Thoughts: Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen a push on commentary to give finishing moves names. They also hyped up the Tag Team Title match at WrestleMania.
An ad for WrestleMania X airs.
Guest ring announcer Amy Falkenbach introduces the next match. She appears to be a young teenager and decked out on all sorts of WrestleMania X gear.
Shawn Michaels w/ Diesel vs. Mike Maraldo
Shawn’s entrance here included a seizure-inducing flashing light and Diesel carrying a ladder to the ring. Shawn works over Maralod to start as the ladder is set up and the camera showing the view from between. Shawn hits a backbreaker as Vince talks about the ladder match at the WrestleMania. We now hear from Razor in an insert promo as he tells Shawn since Diesel carried the ladder for him today then maybe he can carry Shawn out after WrestleMania. Shawn stays in control then uses the super kick for the win (2:04). After the match, Shawn sets up the ladder over Maraldo then grabs the mic and sits on top. Shawn wants to all to take note of how fast he climbed up the ladder and how its nothing compared to what he will do to Razor and vows to become the first three-time Intercontinental Champion.
Thoughts: They are trying really hard to present Shawn as a star and to his credit he is also elevating his work. Since returning late in the Fall he has gotten in better shape and has an aura about him he did not have prior.
Bastion Booger is shown in the locker room making a mess while eating food and drinking soda. We then hear Polo use a toilet flushing sound effect while Booger yells at the camera man to leave.
Randy Savage plugs the WrestleMania special preview and poster featured in the “NY Daily News.”
Little Richard cuts a promo hyping up WrestleMania X that features a brief music video set to wrestling clips.
WrestleMania X Report with Todd Pettengill.
Bastion Booger vs. Earthquake
We get a stare down then they bounce off of each other. Earthquake takes Booger down with a drop toe hold then connects with a dropkick as Booger rolls out for a breather. Booger returns and lands some clubbing forearms that Vince says “might not crack an egg” then Polo says Booger is not with the program as its clear they are burying him. We hear from Harvey Whippleman & Adam Bomb in an insert promo as they talk about destroying Earthquake at WrestleMania. Booger dances after hitting a corner splash but Earthquakes surprises him with a powerslam and soon after that uses the sit-down splash for the win (2:34) 1/4*. Vince then says he has to leave an interview Lex Luger & Bret Hart.
Thoughts: One of the last TV matches for Booger as he was basically done with the company following the European Tour that took place after WrestleMania. And boy did the announcers bury him on commentary. Mike Shaw did all he could with this gimmick but it was a lost cause.
Vince welcomes Luger and Bret to the ring. Luger says not as a slight on Bret but he waited too long and hard to focus on anything other than becoming champion. Bret is then asked about how he would handle the power and confidence of Yokozuna & Luger. Bret puts over Luger’s athletic prowess and ability and that should make him feel confident. However, Bret said he was robbed of the title one year ago then puts over how he is the “best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be” as he gets some cheers. Luger says he “partially” concurs with Bret and puts over his technical ability but does not concur about him being the best there is and ever will be and said we will find that out at WrestleMania as Vince hypes up the title matches at WrestleMania. Vince leaves as Luger and Bret stare each other down before shaking hands then they go over to the corner to pose and block each other before going to opposite sides. Good segment to build heat for a potential Luger/Bret match at WrestleMania. Prior to this it was mostly both guys putting each other but now they have much more of an edge.
Sy Sperling shows us what Bam Bam Bigelow might look like after becoming a client of the Hair Club for Men.
“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Ben Jordan
Polo says that Jordan is the cousin of baseball player Michael Jordan as we see Owen rip up his glasses in front of a fan. We get chants for Bret as Owen works over Jordan. We then see Jordan fight back until he whiffs on a dropkick as Vince says if by some miracle Owen defeats Bret at WrestleMania then he will go over to the Paramount Theater to gloat. Owen kips up after hitting a missile dropkick then follows with a belly-to-belly suplex before using the Sharpshooter for the win (2:09).
Thoughts: They hyped up Owen/Bret at WrestleMania with Vince telling us how much Owen would gloat if he won.
Next week’s show will be from New York City. Polo then ends by playing applause and saying its been a “Johnny Polo production” as Vince tells him to stop. This was a highlight show that focused on the main feuds.
Final Thoughts: All WrestleMania hype here on this show. The Luger & Bret interview was good and needed if they were indeed going to face off at WrestleMania and I liked Shawn’s appearance this week as he felt like a huge star. With next week’s show being a WrestleMania preview and not a regular show, the next traditional episode will take place after the PPV and deal with the fallout.