WWF Superstars – May 7th, 1994

May 7, 1994

From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

We see a clip from last week’s show of Diesel becoming the Intercontinental Champion.

This week, we have Scott Steiner vs. IRS in a King of the Ring qualifying match.

 

King of the Ring Qualifying Match: Scott Steiner vs. IRS

Scott once again looks miserable on his way to the ring. Before he comes to the ring, IRS goes to the video wall to show the top 3 tax cheats of the week that include a little kid and the biggest cheat, Tatanka. Scott takes IRS down with a hip toss after a reversal sequence. He then hits a slam and a double underhook slam that sends IRS rolling outside. Scott heads out to run IRS into the steps but IRS returns and is able to pull Scott into the corner. IRS hammers away as Vince talks about how IRS destroyed Tatanka’s headdress. Scott comes back with an overhead suplex that gets two then we go to break. The match returns with Scott working the arm on the mat. Scott now works a side headlock as IRS tries to counter with a rollup. IRS escapes but misses an elbow drop then Scott goes back to working the arm. Scott now tries for an abdominal stretch and even holds the ropes for leverage in a move that is out of IRS’s playbook. IRS rakes the eyes to break the hold but Scott fights back and hammers away in the corner. Scott then tries for a sunset flip but IRS blocks that and grabs the ropes for leverage. The ref doesn’t count the pin then IRS rolls through a sunset flip and rolls Scott up and puts his feet on the ropes for leverage and gets the win (6:48 shown) *1/2. Rick Steiner now runs out as the lights go out briefly then Rick complains to the ref. IRS leaves with his briefcase but Tatanka is out in the aisle while being restrained by officials. IRS is then sandwiched as The Steiners are coming so IRS flees through the crowd to escape.

Thoughts: This match was structured differently from most WWF TV matches in that they did more action to start then mostly holds after the break. The second half was not particularly inspiring. The win gives IRS more heel heat as did the post-match angle with Tatanka coming out and IRS running away from everyone through the crowd. This ended up being the final WWF TV appearance for the Steiners as a team. Scott did return to the company in 2002.

 

King of the Ring Report with Todd Pettengill. We find out that Jerry Lawler vs. Roddy Piper will take place on the PPV then see Piper on the set of the film “Tough and Deadly.” He says there are no kings and there are people who call themselves kings like Elvis Presley. Piper says he has nothing to prove then calls out Lawler for calling sick children in the hospital “brats” and if Lawler wants a fight he will give him one then gets quite intense and says he does not retreat, surrender, or “take dives” before saying Lawler has crossed the bottom line. Pettengill for one cannot wait for Piper to beat Lawler. On RAW, Razor Ramon vs. Kwang will have a qualifying match and on “Superstars” next week there will be a Mabel vs. Pierre match. So, they are already announcing Piper vs. Lawler even before they have a physical confrontation or any confrontation for that matter. Regardless, they were clearly building to this feud so it didn’t really matter I suppose. And Piper’s promo was decent enough.

 

Guest ring announcer is mom Wendy Cress, who is decked out in WWF merchandise. Lawler says that while Cress looks Caucasian, she is in fact Oriental due to her chins. This is a line that would never, ever be allowed on TV today.

 

Jason Storm vs. 1-2-3 Kid

Kid hands Cress a rose because he is a nice, young man and it is Mother’s Day. Or I assume that is what they were going for anyway as 1994 WWF was not the right time for a MILF Hunter gimmick. Anyway, the crowd gets behind Kid as Vince chastises Lawler over constantly making fun of the guest ring announcers. Storm works a side headlock as Lawler says he will pay for Piper’s mother to get a vacation to Singapore and receive a complimentary caning. Vince puts over Piper’s work with the Toronto’s Children Hospital as Lawler says they will not get any money. Kid works over Storm on the mat then follows with a spinning heel kick for the win (2:10).

Thoughts: Another match used as a backdrop for Lawler to talk about his feud against Piper.

 

Ted DiBiase is now shown on the interview platform. A graphic says its from Albany, NY and it was from the 4/27 Superstars tapings. He talks about proving once again how everyone has a price. DiBiase then brings out his latest purchase and says he is a former superstar who works for him because he has no choice and that is Nikolai Volkoff. We jump ahead as Volkoff is still in his same suit while DiBiase taunts him for being desperate and poor while Volkoff swallows his pride. DiBiase says that Volkoff has no choice but to succumb to the power of the almighty dollar. DiBiase then eggs on Volkoff but tells Volkoff he will not retaliate because you do not bite the hand that feeds you. After weeks of Volkoff showing up randomly in the front row wearing the same suit, we find out he is poor and now because of that had to swallow his pride and take a job from DiBiase. Really a half-baked storyline here. I mean why no explanation as to why Volkoff never asked the WWF for a job? Hell, even have him lose a match were the stipulation stated he had to win to get a job then have the DiBiase stuff come afterwards. This way doesn’t get much sympathy. DiBiase, as usual, was pretty great on the mic but babyface Volkoff was never a strong enough face where fans could just automatically get behind him in this type of scenario.

 

We are now shown clips from last week’s “Wrestling Challenge” where Owen Hart injured Mo’s knee after their match.

 

“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. John Paul

Vince informs us that Mo will be out of action for a while. The crowd chants for Bret as Owen backs Paul into the corner and yells in his face. Vince plugs Bret vs. Owen for the WrestleMania Revenge tour as Owen takes Paul down with a fireman’s carry. Paul fights back and hits a dropkick but whiffs on a second attempt then Owen stomps away. Owen now catches Paul with a belly-to-belly suplex then puts on the Sharpshooter for the win (1:45). After the match, Owen yells into the camera and tell Bret about being the best there ever will be. Owen then attacks Paul and puts his glasses around Paul’s face. Owen then laughs after asking Bret if he wished mom a happy Mother’s Day.

Thoughts: Another easy win to put Owen over and make him appear as a credible challenger to Bret’s title. Owen did some good heel work after the match and came across as a complete prick too.

 

WWF Live Event News is still hyping up the WrestleMania Revenge tour. They are now officially advertising Lex Luger vs. Crush and The Headshrinkers & Afa vs. The Quebecers & Johnny Polo.

 

We see The Headshrinkers defeat The Quebecers for the Tag Team Titles this past Monday night on RAW.

 

An ad hyping up next week’s Pierre vs. Mabel King of the Ring Qualifying match next week on “Superstars.”

 

Barry Hardy vs. Lex Luger

Vince talks about Luger wanting to become the King of the Ring. Lex breaks cleanly against the ropes as Vince hypes up all the news from this show. Luger runs over Hardy Lawler talks more trash about Piper and how Piper has no chance in their match at the PPV meaning the Children’s Hospital will not get any money. Vince once again reminds us how Mr. Perfect is suspended for fulfilling the contractual obligation then Luger uses the Rebel Rack for the win (2:30). Luger poses after the match and even gets a spotlight while Vince hypes him up as a major superstar.

Thoughts: Based on the commentary you’d figure that Luger was the favorite to win the KotR. However, they went a different route as we would see in the coming weeks. But even at this point they were still presenting Luger as one of the top guys in the company.

 

Vince plugs the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” that features Bret Hart on the cover.

 

Now we get a clip from the King’s Court this past Monday where Diesel called out Bret Hart and said he wants his World Heavyweight Title.

 

A replay from last week’s “Superstars” when Jeff Jarrett, dressed as Doink, sprayed all sorts of stuff on Dink.

 

Jeff Jarrett vs. Derek Domino

Vince wishes his mother a happy Mother’s Day as Jarrett cheap shots Domino. Lawler wants to know if Doink & Dink’s mother also looked like a clown as Jarrett stays in control. Vince talks about a benefit in Harlem that will feature Men on a Mission among stars such as Quincy Jones. Jarrett works the ankle as Vince tells us there has been another Undertaker sighting. Jarrett now locks on the figure four and gets the win (1:50).

Thoughts: This is the first time Jarrett used the figure four on TV as a finishing move as prior to this he used a jumping DDT as his finisher. They pushed the Jarrett/Doink feud on commentary here.

 

Another Live Event News segment hyping the WrestleMania Revenge tour.

 

Next week in action are Tatanka, Doink the Clown, Nikolai Volkoff, and the KotR Qualifier of Mabel vs. Pierre.

 

The show ends with kids in a kindergarten class talk about seeing The Undertaker.

 

Final Thoughts: Lots of stuff on this show with the biggest news of Lawler vs. Piper being added to King of the Ring PPV. Also, IRS is the first to make it into the KotR, and we of course saw DiBiase make Volkoff his newest acquisition. We got another KotR qualifier for next week as the push towards that PPV and hyping the WrestleMania Revenge tour is the goal of the TV shows at this point.