July 3, 1994
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Johnny Polo
The announcers run down the show which features a replay of the “Heartbreak Hotel” segment this week with guest Paul Bearer. Plus, Roddy Piper’s “Bottom Line.” Polo then tells Gorilla he has a surprise for him later on and that it helps his own bottom line as Gorilla doesn’t like where this is going.
Tatanka defeats Black Phantom from the 7/3 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
Back in the studio, Gorilla talks about Tatanka’s condition and perserverence while teasing Polo he could have become like Tatanka. And, the announcers talk about the “Memory Lane” feature that shows matches from the past as this week we will see Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd in the $15,000 Bodyslam Challenge match. In his shoot interview with RF Video, Polo said that this was his idea and Vince said he could do it as long as it didn’t feature wrestlers feuding with the company or currently in WCW.
Bottom Line now with Roddy Piper. We see Piper rambling again this time about the New Generation ads and how the older guys never want to give credit to the newer talent but that he is proud of the newer generation, thinking they are faster, smarter, and better wrestlers. Piper also puts them over for making less mistakes. He now talks about the DiBiase and how he needed a special helmet to fit his odd shaped head when he played football. Piper then mocks Shawn Michaels and calls him the WWF’s version of Madonna. Nothing special at all but far from the worst edition of “Bottom Line.”
The hosts now talk about the Hart Attack as Polo mentions how the British Bulldog appearing is a surprise but not as big as his surprise as Polo proceeds to bring out DiBiase. Gorilla is not happy as DiBiase tells Polo the limo is outside, champagne on ice, and his private jet fueled up and ready to go as Polo leaves while DiBiase informs Gorilla he is his new co-host. DiBiase talks about buying the services of Nikolai Volkoff, Undertaker, and Bam Bam Bigelow and how they need a platform. And this is how they wrote off Polo from TV. I don’t think he was seen again on WWF TV and would leave the company a few months later but did do some house show matches. Polo said he became unhappy off camera even though everyone thought he was crazy when he walked away from a $100,000 a year job with benefits.
Replay of Jim Neidhart & Owen Hart on the “King’s Court” from the 6/27 edition of “Monday Night RAW.”
We see the hosts now as DiBiase talks about Neidhart & Owen having a great plan and how they have “psychologically deflated” Bret Hart. DiBiase then keeps laughing while telling us how Lex Luger will be his next purchase and that Gorilla is stuck with him forever.
We now see Jason Peretken, the winner of the “WWF Mania” co-host contest. At least I think that is how is last named was spelled.
Lex Luger defeats Mike Bell from the 6/27 edition of “Monday Night RAW.”
Paul Bearer as guest on the “Heartbreak Hotel” from the 7/2 edition of “Superstars.”
Once again we are back to the studio as DiBiase says Undertaker is back at home and “seeing green.”
The WWF New Generation ad airs.
Memory Lane match is shown in clip form featuring commentary from DiBiase & Gorilla.
Next week’s memory lane match will be the Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel Blindfold Match from WrestleMania VII.
IRS defeats Doink (with Gorilla & DiBiase on commentary) from the 7/2 edition of “Superstars.
In the studio, Gorilla plugs the Hart Attack tour this September in Europe while DiBiase is taking notes in the background as he will be refurbishing the studio and says it has a lot of potential just like Luger and both need his resources. DiBiase’s music then plays as a pissed off Monsoon leaves.
Final Thoughts: This show marked the end of the Polo & Gorilla pairing on All-American as next week, Pettengill would fill-in for Gorilla and take over. Gorilla was absent as his son, referee Joey Marella, was killed in a car accident on July 4th. He was driving to the Newark, NJ airport from the “Superstars” tapings in Maryland and fell asleep behind the wheel late at approximately 2:55am and became ejected from the car after hitting a guardrail. He was not wearing his seatbelt. Harvey Whippleman was in the passenger seat and wore a seatbelt, only suffering minor cuts and bruises. It was also reported by Dave Meltzer in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” that Brian Lee (DiBiase’s Undertaker) and Adam Bomb were originally going to be in that car but ended up getting other forms of transportation. Marella also apparently had a substance abuse issue and went to rehab in the past. He was also reportedly quite popular among the wrestlers too. And just six years prior, Adrian Adonis was killed in a car accident also on the 4th of July.