July 16, 1994
From the Marts Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler
This week’s featured match is Yokozuna vs. Typhoon. Plus, Tatanka as guest on the “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. Typhoon
Yokozuna attacks Typhoon before the bell. Typhoon hammers away after ducking a clothesline then knocks Yokozuna into the ropes. Yokozuna regains control and ends up kicking Typhoon to the outside. Typhoon avoids an avalanche in the corner and hits one of his own before using a clothesline for a nearfall as Yokozuna barely got his shoulder up. Elbow drop gets two. Yokozuna pikes Typhoon in the eye but Typhoon falls on top after Yokozuna tried a slam. Typhoon yells then the camera makes a weird cut towards Fuji as Ross screams that Crush has run out and Crush trips up Typhoon for the DQ (3:49) DUD. After the match, Typhoon fights off both men but eventually gets outnumbered. Yokozuna & Crush double-team Typhoon for a bit.
Thoughts: This was bad and the way the finish was shot it seemed like something was screwed up. Yokozuna was gassed before the bell ring and Tugboat was always a lousy worker. Based off of the attack you would assume this would lead to Tugboat finding a partner for a tag match. And with the way they buried Earthquake on the way out you can cross off a Natural Disasters reunion.
WWF Live Event News segment about the Summer Sizzler Tour in New York City.
Duke Droese shills his article in the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.”
Razor Ramon vs. Barry Hardy
Razor beats down Hardy to start. He then hits a fallaway slam and super back suplex before the Razor’s Edge gets the win as Ross teases a major announcement for SummerSlam then yells at Lawler for trying to make the announcement himself. Ross also talks about Leslie Nielsen being the detective named to the Undertaker case, as first heard on “WWF Mania.” (1:55).
Thoughts: This match was used as a backdrop to hype an important announcement about the PPV and let us know that Nielsen was named the detective.
SummerSlam Report with Todd Pettengill. We learn that Bret Hart will defend the World Heavyweight Title against Owen Hart in a steel cage match. Bret is then shown saying he is sick of what Owen has become and how Jim Neidhart poisoned his mind from the start. Bret also says Owen is wrong for thinking he will win at “The SummerSlam.” And we now have the World Title match set for the PPV and inside of a cage. The last time this title was defended inside of a cage at a PPV was SummerSlam ’90 between Ultimate Warrior and Rick Rude. This time, the stipulation works great with the story of the Hart Family all trying to get involved or more importantly, preventing Neidhart from interfering.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Russ Greenberg
Jarrett stalls to start the match. He then takes control and stomps away as Lawler puts over his singing. Greenberg manages to bust out a sunset flip for a two count but whiffs on a crossbody. Jarrett lands a dropkick as Lawler makes fun of Ross for being a hick then Greenberg catches Jarrett with a slam. Greenberg then tries to pump up the crowd after hitting a dropkick but Jarrett kicks his leg out and works that briefly before using the figure four and picks up the win (2:32).
Thoughts: They talked about the Jarrett character here and the SummerSlam World Title match. Jarrett is still on the midcard treadmill and his feud against Doink was not even mentioned.
We get a video package on Bob Backlund. He then talks about the time is now to come back for the World Title. He then tells Bret Hart, a man he respects, to accept his challenge and at the end the best man will become champion. Backlund’s tone here was slightly sinister as he is now back on TV and gunning for the title, something that was his mission when he returned two years ago.
The Bret Hart WWF New Generation ad airs.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa & Capt. Lou Albano vs. Nick Barberry & Mike Bell
The Headshrinkers clear the ring then beat down Bell. Samu hits Bell with a brainbuster as Ross talks about Bret being a sportsman and likely will accept Backlund’s challenge. The Headshrinkers pound on Bell in the corner and beat him down, with Samu spiking him with a DDT while standing on the middle rope, then Fatu hits a splash for the win (2:32).
Thoughts: They’re teasing a Bret vs. Backlund title match down the line as The Headshrinkers get a win before their title defense against Well Dunn on “Wrestling Challenge.”
We now get a vignette for Abe Knuckleball Schwartz. It has an old-timey announcer asks him what he thinks about today’s ballplayers while he takes swings and scoffs at the idea today’s stars can compare. Schwartz also says he will mow down the competition as the announcer puts him over for being a two-sport star. The vignette wasn’t terrible as in the content but the production was awful. They had a backstop you saw at a batting cage you can rent inside of a warehouse. Also, you could tell it was Steve Lombardi as their is no hiding his voice. His accent is strong.
Heartbreak Hotel with guest Tatanka. Shawn makes fun of Tatanka’s hair and to use conditioner. However, Shawn says that Tatanka has some breaking news. Tatanka says he does not have a problem with Shawn but could have one then promises to deliver shocking news about a man who was once his friend. Tatanka then says the man he is talking about his Lex Luger and how Luger sold out to DiBiase. Shawn addresses these rumors but does not want Tatanka using the Heartbreak Hotel to spread vicious rumors then asks for proof. Tatanka said he came here to give proof then shows us footage from this past Monday’s “King’s Court” where DiBiase said that Luger is his as Shawn is smiling and laughing behind Tatanka. But they did not show what happened afterwards when DiBiase said Luger had not officially signed. Shawn then slaps five with Diesel and said he thought Luger was a moron but now not as dumb as he looks and is thrilled. Shawn lists off The Corporation roster but Tatanka says its great to be given new material possessions. Tatanka then said he knows Luger wants a belt more than gifts and says that isn’t it funny Luger as a title match against Diesel this coming Monday night. Tatanka leaves but Ross is not so sure that Luger signing with DiBiase is a done deal. Tatanka coming out and being obtuse over the King’s Court segment was so out of left field you knew something screwy was going to happen. I do not think Tatanka was good here at all and just made him look like a dumbass instead of trying to convince us Luger actually signed with DiBiase.
We see Shawn Flaherty as the special guest ring announcer. Lawler has a funny line about if this kid’s IQ was any lower he’d trip over it. This kid might have been 14 years old, tops.
Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vs. Black Phantom
Ross expresses some disappointment in Tatanka for using pure speculation as his proof about Luger signing with DiBiase. If that isn’t a tip off of how this will end, I don’t know what else to tell you. Phantom hammers away in the corner but Plugg fights back. Plugg then hits a slam and a leg drop as Lawler tells Ross he saw Luger wear a new Rolex watch and drive new BMW as Plugg works a chin lock. Phantom fights out but eats boot on a charge then Plugg ihts a flying body press for the win (1:22).
Thoughts: More talk about Luger as apparently they are telling us the only way he can afford a BMW and Rolex are because of DiBiase, which might have actually been the case in this era.
We see Pettengill recap everything that has happened to The Undertaker since the Royal Rumble until now and wonders if there are in fact two Undertakers. We then hear from DiBiase as he tells Bearer whatever he has to dig it up and promises his Undertaker will destroy both of them at SummerSlam.
Nikolai Volkoff w/ Ted DiBiase vs. PJ Walker
DiBiase screams for fireworks during the entrance and they go off. See, he has so much money he can make people do whatever they want include setting off a low budget firework display for a completely washed up wrestler. The spotlight is on for the beginning of this match then goes away as Volkoff overpowers Walker. Volkoff hammers away as Ross teases a special announcement but cannot say anything until told by the producer. Lawler continues to make fun of Ross as Volkoff stays in control then uses a Boston Crab for the win (1:36). Ross then screams that Leslie Nielsen will get to the bottom of The Undertaker mystery before SummerSlam.
Thoughts: They used this to talk about other things in the company, mainly the Undertaker vs. Undertaker feud and hyping this special announcement.
Another WWF Live Event News segment for the Summer Sizzler tour.
In action for next week are Jim Neidhart, Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the main event of 1-2-3 Kid vs. Jeff Jarrett. That was apparently the big announcement. Takes balls to do that, actually.
Final Thoughts: A lot of stuff happened on this show. Unfortunately, most of it was not very good. The Bret vs. Owen cage match announcement for SummerSlam was awesome but the Tatanka segment on Heartbreak Hotel was really dumb. And hyping some major announcement that was top secret only for it to be Jarrett vs. Kid for next week’s show is a great way to not have fans believe anything the announcers hype.