August 1, 1994
From the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, OH
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage
We get a hype video for tonight’s Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon match.
Shawn Michaels w/ Diesel vs. Razor Ramon
Savage welcomes Vince back to RAW then says we are looking at a “ring full of the New Generation.” We get a reversal sequence that ends with Shawn tripping Razor up then walk on his back. Razor then decks Shawn, who was too busy showing off, and knocks him outside as Shawn rolls into the guardrail. Razor decks Shawn off of the apron twice but gets poked in the eye on the third attempt. Razor catches Shawn with a punch in the gut but Shawn catches Razor with a corkscrew neckbreaker. Shawn works over Razor briefly until he gets caught in a fallaway slam. Razor now works the arm while staring at Diesel. Shawn regains control after floating over in the corner as he then chokes Razor against the ropes. Shawn hits a dropkick for a two count then lands several jabs before dropping Razor with a right hook. Shawn once again chokes out Razor against the ropes then Diesel does the same when Shawn distracts the referee. Razor escapes from a chin lock and uses a backslide for a two count but after that walks into a clothesline. Shawn applies another chin lock then Razor escapes and blocks a dropkick before sling-shotting Shawn over the top rope and onto Diesel. We go to break and return with Razor slamming Shawn off of the top rope. Razor puts on an abdominal stretch then uses a mat slam and a back drop, prompting Vince how you will not find this type of action at the Goodwill Games. Razor catches Shawn in a bearhug and Shawn fights out but his back is too hurt to slam Razor and Razor puts the bearhug back on as Vince wonders if Shawn’s back is still bothering him from the ladder match at WrestleMania X. We get a pinfall reversal sequence then Razors gets a nearfall off of a clothesline. Shawn sidesteps a charge and sends Razor outside where Diesel uses a clothesline. We return from another commercial to see Shawn choke out Razor with his foot. Shawn drapes Razor’s head over the apron and hits a double ax handle. Shawn now fires away in the corner then gets two with a jumping back elbow smash. They now slug it out and that ends with Shawn jumping onto Razor’s back and applying a sleeper. Shawn takes Razor down to the mat where Razor is able to keep his arm up after the third raise then he powers up and hits a back suplex as both men are down. Razor drapes his arm across of Shawn’s chest for a two count then boots Shawn in the face to block a back drop as both men are down again. They get up and collide to end back down on the mat then get up where Razor wins a slugfest. Razor gets a two count with a clothesline then sets up for the super back suplex but Shawn blocks that and uses a flying body press but Razor rolls through and gets a nearfall. Shawn then super kicks Razor and falls on top for the cover for a nearfall as the announcers put over the match. Shawn staggers around and calls for the Razor’s Edge but that gets countered with a backdrop as both men are down again. Razor now signals for the Razor’s Edge but sees Diesel on the apron then attacks him. Shawn gets shoved away but comes back with the Intercontinental Title belt. Razor avoids getting hit with the belt then skies Shawn with a back drop but Shawn then reverses an Irish whip as the ref went to grab the belt and Diesel drills Razor with a big boot from the apron and Shawn grabs the tights on a rollup and gets the win (18:00 shown) ****. Diesel gets in the ring after the match to help Shawn attack Razor. Diesel backs off the referees that ran out then Shawn teases hitting a Razor’s Edge but instead opts to shove Razor down.
Thoughts: Excellent match that keeps heat on both the Shawn/Razor feud and for the Razor/Diesel match at SummerSlam. Shawn, wrestling in his first televised match since WrestleMania X, did not miss a beat here. And Razor was able to hang with him every step of the way. My one nitpick about the match though was down the stretch when they kept repeating the “both men down on the mat” spots. Anyway, this match made it onto the “Shawn Michaels: Hits From the Heartbreak Kid” and “Best of RAW : Seasons 1 & 2” releases.
SummerSlam Report with Todd Pettengill.
Bull Nakano w/ Luna Vachon vs. Alundra Blayze
Nakano comes out to the Orient Express theme music. Or at least she does on the WWE Network version. This is a non-title match. Vince asks Savage about Nakano and Savage instead puts over the Razor/Shawn match. Nakano kicks Blayze instead of shaking her hand then roughs her up a bit. Blayze fights back with a kick but gets punched in the gut. Nakano swings Blayze down by the hair then lands a few kicks. Blayze comes back with a huricarana for a two count and follows that up with a spin kick. Nakano continues to rough up Blayze then applies a chin lock as Vince wonders if Nakano was in the film “Mask” due to her face paint. Nakano hits a piledriver and pulls up Blayze after a two count then hits a powerbomb that only gets two. Blayze comes back with a sunset flip for two but misses a dropkick from the middle rope. Nakano heads up top after a slam but misses a leg drop. Blayze gets a nearfall with a bridging German suplex then again with a victory roll. Blayze dropkicks Nakano to the floor then flies out with a plancha. Nakano sends Blayze into the post but charges and gets backdropped and after all of that both women get counted out (5:26) **3/4. After the match, Luna attacks Blayze from behind. Blayze fights back and sends Luna into Nakano, knocking them both outside.
Thoughts: Good stuff but too short to tell a story. An abbreviated version what would have probably been a really good match. The finish made sense in you wanted to protect both women and lets you come back with a rematch down the line.
A hype video for next week’s Bam Bam Bigelow & IRS vs. Tatanka & Doink match.
Jerry Lawler is now in the crowd to see a very special couple in the crowd then makes fun of the announcers for having dates that are inflatable and zoo animals. We see the couple then the man proposes to the woman but Lawler wants her to wait to give her answer until after they return from commercial. We then return from break as the woman is in the ring with Lawler. He asks her questions and pokes fun at the guy before saying if they ever become parents, they have to let him have one of the puppies. Lawler continues to make fun of them then gives the woman a kiss before she leaves. Similar to what Bobby Heenan did on RAW over a year ago although not as funny.
King’s Court with guest Bob Backlund. Lawler introduces Backlund as someone who was never pinned or submitted while champion. Backlund then tells us how he always tried to improve our lives physically, mentally, nutritionally, and even financially but people have changed over the last ten years and became very weak. Backlund also tells us how he is still the champ as the camera zooms in on his face while he screams. Lawler asks Backlund about the New Generation and Bret Hart as Backlund says this is a society he has no part of and when you’re wrong then you have to pay the price as we see a clip of Backlund attacking Bret after their match this past weekend. And this is more of crazy Bob Backlund. It featured a lot of anger and the production of this was weird too with the announcers talking over each other and the camera zoomed in much more than usual and from a different angle in what I guess was an attempt to try and make it odd to capture the Backlund character.
Smoking Gunns vs. George Anderson & Tom Bennett
This match is joined in progress after the break. The Gunns work over Anderson to start then we go to another break and see Billy hitting Anderson with a dropkick then the Gunns hit a Sidewinder for the win a second before the show goes off air (1:46 shown).
Thoughts: This was just like a standby match from back in the territory days. The Gunns are just an act used to kill time despite working hard.
Final Thoughts: We had an excellent match and another very good match in what was a wrestling heavy edition of RAW. The Backlund interview at least told us why he had snapped as well. There was much less SummerSlam hype than usual as the show is just four weeks away.