March 13, 1994
This was filmed at the 2/23 “Wrestling Challenge “tapings in Loch Sheldrake, NY and from the 2/21 “Monday Night RAW” tapings in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo and Gorilla Monsoon & Stan Lane calling the matches from Poughkeepsie.
Tonight, we have Bret Hart vs. Crush, Lex Luger vs. Jimmy Del Ray, and Tatanka vs. Yokozuna. Also, an exclusive interview with Owen Hart and a taped interview with Randy Savage, who has been banned from the building per WWF President Jack Tunney.
“Jiggalo” Jimmy Del Ray w/ Jim Cornette & Tom Prichard vs. Lex Luger
Del Ray dances and taunts Luger until Luger flexes. Del Ray now stalls briefly before locking up and ends up getting run over by Luger. Del Ray bounces off of Luger again then retreats to the corner as Polo uses his sound machine to show his displeasure with Del Ray’s strategy. Luger blocks a hip toss then clotheslines Del Ray and soon after that uses a press slam. Del Ray retreats to the corner only for Luger to slingshot him out then Del Ray low-bridges Luger to avoid a crossbody. Prichard slams Luger on the floor then stomps away while Del Ray distracted the referee. Luger is rolled inside as Del Ray now targets the back. Polo rants about how Luger never should have been allowed in the Royal Rumble match as Del Ray continues to distract the ref to allow his partner to attack Luger. Del Ray now uses a surfboard as the crowd chants USA. Del Ray continues to target the back as Polo says Cornette wants his man to make sure Luger is hurt heading into WrestleMania. Del Ray now heads up top for a moonsault but Luger moves out of the way as both men are down. Luger attacks first then drops Del Ray with an elbow smash. Luger then knocks Prichard off of the apron and runs wild on Del Ray then uses the Torture Rack for the win (8:37) **1/4. After the match, Cornette tries to sneak in from behind and Luger with his racket but that fails. Luger then grabs the racket and sends Cornette out of the ring with a whack on the ass. Cornette sells this in hilarious fashion on the outside but then brings out Yokozuna, accompanied by Mr. Fuji. Luger stares down Yokozuna from the ring as Fuji waves the Japanese flag, with the crowd chanting USA. Yokozuna then leaves as Vince screams about Luger wanting to be champion and how next Sunday at WrestleMania will be one Luger remembers for a long time and how the American flag will be waving.
Thoughts: Although the outcome was never in doubt the match was entertaining enough. It also told a simple story of Luger having to overcome a 3 on 1 disadvantage. They really tried to put over Luger strong here and the confrontation between Yokozuna came off well. Luger was over with this crowd but its a little too late in that department.
We now get a plug for the WrestleMania Hotline. You can hear from wrestlers, legends, and even get backstage scoops from Stan Lane.
Sy Sperling is back and this time to tell us how he can help Luna Vachon. 25 years later and we still get bad jokes with pictures on WWF TV.
Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. Ben Jordan
This match is from the tapings in Poughkeepsie, NY with Gorilla Monsoon & Stan Lane on commentary. Bigelow shoves Jordan down then kicks him out of the ring as the announcers talk about the rules of the mixed tag match at WrestleMania. Jordan returns but Bigelow beats him down then works the neck. Bigelow then hits a vertical suplex but ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Jordan lands a few shots until he is planted with an uranage then applies a side headlock while yelling at the crowd to shut up. Bigelow misses an avalanche and Jordan fights back again until Bigelow catches him with a hotshot for the win (3:37).
Thoughts: A bit long for a squash match and the crowd was dead. That was the theme for these matches from Poughkeepsie. The mixed tag match at WrestleMania does not have much heat at all.
We get the music video for Alundra Blayze that shows her working out, riding her motorcycle, and in the ring.
An ad for WrestleMania airs.
Vince & Polo are now interviewing Tatanka, who is in the locker room. Tatanka puts over Yokozuna’s size and strength but has never forgot the time Yokozuna tried to end his career. Tatanka then says despite Cornette & Fuji by Yokozuna’s side he will be out for revenge. Solid promo by Tatanka who really did a fine job with this character.
Razor Ramon vs. Tony DeVito
Another match from the 2/21 RAW tapings. Gorilla believes Tatanka was missing something since returning but now its back due to the headdress. The announcers now talk about the ladder match at WrestleMania as Razor shoves DeVito into the corner a few times. Razor now works the arm as the announcers put over Shawn Michaels as DeVito is able to land a few shots. Razor fights back then tosses DeVito out from the corner. Razor now stretches out DeVito before hitting a super belly-to-back suplex then uses the Razor’s Edge for the win (4:12).
Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to hype up the ladder match at WrestleMania.
Polo is now in the ring where he brings out Owen Hart. Owen says he doesn’t blame Bret for holding him down because he is better. Owen then talks about Bret pretending to be nice by wanting to avoid this match but deep down Bret is scared. Owen said that Crush can beat Bret but doesn’t want him to take too much out of Bret so Bret cannot use that as an excuse. Really just a combination of everything we’ve heard from all of Owen’s promos since this feud began.
Little Richard hypes up his appearance at WrestleMania.
Earthquake vs. The Executioner
Also from the 2/21 RAW tapings. Earthquake drops The Executioner as Gorilla talks about how much the fans love Earthquake. The Executioner climbs up top but gets tossed off the Earthquake uses a belly-to-belly suplex. Earthquake continues to overpower The Executioner until he hits the sit-down splash for the win (1:58).
Thoughts: A quick match to put over Earthquake and mention that he will be facing Adam Bomb at WrestleMania, which is one of the least anticipated matches on the card.
WrestleMania X Report with Todd Pettengill.
Polo is now backstage with Bret. He asks him about facing his brother at WrestleMania and tells him what Owen said earlier. Bret says he is the “ring general” then lists off his other nicknames before saying that Owen is just another opponent and that Crush is all talk. Bret then says Crush will find out what its like to lose to him and no matter what happens at WrestleMania he will get the job done.
Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Vince questions Bret for taking a match against Crush this close to WrestleMania. Crush powers out of a waist lock as Vince plugs the interview from Savage that took place this morning and to wait for what Savage had to say about getting banned from the arena tonight. Polo uses his sound machine to make a crying baby sound to mock Savage as Crush challenges Bret to a test-of-strength. Crush brings Bret to his knees as Fuji waves the Japanese flag. The crowd chants for Bret, who eventually reverses the hold as Crush gets in the ropes. Vince puts over Bret being able to counter any move as Crush is outside with Fuji. Crush returns and misses a charge as Bret fires away. Bret gets just a one count with a clothesline then jumps on top of Crush’s back with a sleeper. Bret then knocks Crush outside as we go to break. The action returns with Crush drilling Bret with a thrust kick after blocking a reverse rollup. Crush gets a nearfall then works an arm bar on the mat. Crush whips Bret into the corner as the announcers talk about Owen vs. Bret at WrestleMania. Crush now puts Bret in a bear hug but Bret escapes. Crush knocks Bret down before tossing him through the ropes as Fuji tries to jab Bret with his flag post but the ref steps in between. However, Crush slides out and tosses Bret into the steps then rolls him back inside for a two count. Bret fights back briefly until he is caught in a backbreaker as Crush covers for a two count. Crush then uses a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two but thinks he won the match. Crush now argues with the ref and that allows Bret to sneak up with a school boy for a two count. Bret fires away until Crush hits a headbutt but is able to block a charge then comes off the top with a bulldog on Crush that gets two. Bret uses a reverse rollup for two then gets the same with a Russian leg sweep. Polo points out how it was not wise for Crush to take this match as he has to face Savage next week as we now see both men on the mat. Bret is up first and uses mounted punches in the corner until Crush breaks it up with an inverted atomic drop. Crush hits another backbreaker then heads up top but misses a knee drop. Bret then gets up and turns Crush over with the Sharpshooter but Fuji is up on the apron. Bret goes over to Fuji then avoids an attack by Crush. The ref is still yelling at Fuji while Bret has Crush in a small package then Owen runs out to reverse the move and now the ref counts to three as Crush gets the win (13:41 shown) ***.
Thoughts: I thought this was a good match but did not care for the finish. I do not have a problem with Owen costing Bret the match but to do it by having him reverse a small package is terribly lame. I mean the guy getting a title shot at WrestleMania lost because of a reversed small package? Just have a standard run-in DQ to protect both guys. This match was also featured on the “Bloopers, Bleeps, and Bodyslams” release from Coliseum Home Video.
Rhonda Shear talks about how she will be a guest timekeeper at WrestleMania X. She talked about Luger being hot.
The Quebecers w/ Johnny Polo vs. PJ Walker & Mike Bell
The Quebecers came to the ring wearing hockey gloves, pads, and carrying sticks. This also from the 2/21 RAW tapings. The Quebecers jump their opponents but they fight back. The Quebecers bail then return and beat down Walker. The announcers put over Mabel’s size and then plug the WrestleMania X rap as we now see Capt. Lou Albano watching from the aisle. Lane believes Albano is scouting then we hear Albano say he does not like the tactics used by The Quebecers. Walker continues to get his ass kicked as The Quebecers use several double-team moves until the Boston Crab/flying leg drop combo gets the win (4:10). Gorilla said he’d be very surprised if The Quebecers could do that to Men on a Mission.
Thoughts: The big news here was the appearance of Albano, who was most likely scouting the Quebecers, as it appears he will have a team to manage in the WWF. Also, they talked about the WrestleMania Tag Team Title match and how The Quebecers had to overcome the size of Mabel in order to retain.
Back to Pettengill as he talks about the Fan Festival. He also said you would not believe what Diesel said about the ladder match on the hotline to hopefully get more calls.
We now see the interview with Savage from earlier today. It is conducted by Vince. Savage tells Vince he only has five minutes and will get his dignity back at WrestleMania and when asked to clarify said he had Yokozuna beat for the title and worked hard for that until Crush screwed him over. Savage says Crush prevented him from winning the World Heavyweight Title for the third time. Savage said at the risk of sounding egotistical he would have beaten Luger and Bret at WrestleMania. Savage now says Crush knew how to hurt him and is successful in that way but at the same time “pulled the plug” on himself. Savage now talks about his personal life and how he got stabbed in the back by a friend while dealing with a divorce then said it was a good idea by Tunney to ban him from the building tonight. Savage says he does not know if he’ll ever get another title shot and cannot go down the aisle at WrestleMania as champion but does have the opportunity to beat Crush decisively and humiliate him and will leave Madison Square Garden with his dignity then slams a chair before declaring the interview over. Great interview. Savage was awesome here in talking about how hard he worked to get back into the title picture only for his former best friend to stab him in the back and is vowing to now not only beat but too embarrass crush.
Tatanka vs. Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette
Back to the 2/23 Challenge tapings for this match. Fuji distracts Tatanka as Yokozuna uses a sneak attack. Yokozuna hammers away as Polo uses his sound machine to mock Tatanka. Yokozuna cuts off a comeback attempt with a back elbow smash then both men miss moves until Tatanka gets a nearfall with a flying body press. Yokozuna catches Tatanka with a knee smash to the gut then takes a breather near the ropes. The announcers talk about the history between Luger and Yokozuna as the latter now has Tatanka in a nerve hold. Yokozuna yanks Tatanka down to the mat then tosses him outside. We go to break with Yokozuna untying a turnbuckle pad and return with Yokozuna slamming Tatanka. Polo cracks jokes about Tatanka being dumb as Yokozuna uses another nerve hold. Tatanka finally escapes but runs into a clothesline. Tatanka then uses a turnbuckle smash as both men are now down. The crowd chants USA while Tatanka gets up and fires away. Tatanka gets a nearfall after a flying chop then tries for the Samoan Drop, called the “Wigwam Bomb” by Polo, but that fails. Yokozuna then uses a belly-to-belly suplex and drags Tatanka to the corner and hits the Bonzai Drop for the win (9:18) **. Vince tells us to give Tatanka credit but maybe no one is able to beat Yokozuna.
Thoughts: Not bad and Vince tried did his trademark sell job of the match but the truth of the matter is that Yokozuna’s cardio was shit and everything between his moves was slow then they had the desginated nerve hold spots that ground everything to a screeching halt. Tatanka worked hard though and this was the better than the house matches they were having at the time.
Vince asks Gorilla & Lane for their predictions. Gorilla believes that Yokozuna will leave WrestleMania as champion while Lane believes Luger will leave as the champ.Polo thinks that Bret will become champion then the show closes out with the WrestleMania rap.
Final Thoughts: As a hype show it did a fine job. They key matches here involved those in the World Title picture and the other matches on the card all got some mention besides the 10-man tag. This is also in the “Hidden Gems” section on the WWE Network and worth a look if you are in need of something different to watch.