August 21, 1994
From the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, OH. This show was taped on 8/1 as part of the “Monday Night RAW” tapings.
Your hosts are Jim Ross and “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Matches tonight include: Lex Luger vs. Crush and Diesel vs. Typhoon. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart and a live call-in segment the last half-hour of the show with Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Lex Luger vs. Crush
No Mr. Fuji tonight for reasons unexplained. These two were feuding post-WrestleMania X but that was a flop then Luger went into this current storyline with DiBiase. Both men fight over a lockup as the announcers talk about whether or not Luger has signed with Ted DiBiase. Luger gets a nearfall with a crossbody then grabs a side headlock. Crush backs Luger into the corner then cheap shots him and starts to target the ribs. Crush blocks a back drop with a punch to the back of the head but Luger is able to counter a piledriver. Luger hammers away then knocks Crush through the ropes with a shoulder tackle. Luger heads out to roll Crush back into the ring but Crush comes back with an incerted atomic drop then whips Luger into the corner twice before getting a nearfall with a side slam. Savage alerts us that he did see DiBiase in the building today as Crush methodically targets the neck. Crush now uses a Camel’s Clutch then breaks to inflict more damage to Luger’s back. Crush covers for a two count then uses a bear hug. We now see DiBiase come down the aisle holding a wad of cash as Luger tries to escape. Luger finally breaks free and hammers away until Crush rakes his face then uses a press slam. Crush gets a nearfall with a leg drop as we go to break then return with Luger countering a suplex with a small package for a two count. Crush hammers away in the corner as the announcers tell us that Luger seems unaware of DiBiase being at ringside. Luger ducks a clothesline then both men collide in a weak-looking spot and are out on the mat. We get a slugfest then Luger comes back with a pair of running clotheslines and hits a powerslam for a two count. Luger then hits a jumping DDT for a nearfall as Savage calls out Luger for acting like DiBiase is not there and wants to know the deal. Crush fights back and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker then we see DiBiase standing on the apron, offering Crush some cash. Crush smacks the money out of DiBiase’s hand then challenges him to come into the ring but as that happens, Luger hits Crush with a running forearm smash to get the win (12:26 shown) *3/4. After the match, DiBiase ducks down to avoid Luger as Luger slaps hands with the fans en route to the dressing room with the announcers now questioning Luger’s claims about not signing with DiBiase.
Thoughts: This was Crush’s last TV match until he came back for the 1995 Royal Rumble. And his performance here was weak. Either the Observer or Torch reported he was out with injury I believe but I think rumors said he quit the company. The story of whether or not DiBiase has signed with Luger remains although this particular installment was really dumb. Having DiBiase stand out there for a few minutes and Luger not acknowledging him, with the announcers saying Luger had to have seen him and thought it was fishy, then having DiBiase cost Crush the match and duck below the ring for Luger to avoid him was just too convoluted to work.
The announcers tell us that Bam Bam Bigelow & IRS vs. 1-2-3 Kid & Sparky Plugg will happen tonight then we cut to McMahon & Lawler in the WWF News Center as they hype up the live call-in segment.
We now see footage of The Undertaker ascending inside of the casket at the Royal Rumble then all the sightings and everything else leading up to the Undertaker vs. Undertaker match at SummerSlam.
Bam Bam Bigelow & IRS w/ Ted DiBiase vs. 1-2-3 Kid & Sparky Plugg
Savage calls Bigelow & IRS the best team money can buy. The crowd gets behind Kid as the announcers put over Kid’s recent performances in matches against Bret and Owen Hart. Bigelow tosses Kid around until Kid comes back with a dropkick. Kid follows with a missile dropkick for a two count then avoids an avalanche and sends Bigelow through the ropes after several kicks. He takes Bigelow down with a baseball slide then wipes him out with a somersault plancha. IRS charges and Plugg low-bridges him then heads out and hammers away. The match settles down with Plugg tagging in and taking Bigelow down with a flying back elbow smash. Plugg now works the arm but misses an elbow drop then IRS tags in and hammers away. Plugg fights back and lands a dropkick for a two count then a sunset flip out from the corner gets another two count. Kid tags back into the match and IRS sidesteps a charge and sends Kid out to the floor. Bigelow rams Kid into the steps as IRS distracts the referee and after that rolls him back inside. IRS slows things down with a chin lock then yanks Kid down by the hair and tags out. Bigelow tosses Kid halfway across the ring and follows that with a leg drop for a two count as Kid got his foot on the botrom rope. Bigelow grabs a front face lock then uses a DDT for a near fall. IRS tags in and uses an airplane spin then after that covers for a two count. Kid is able to tag out but the ref was distracted and orders Plugg back onto the apron. Bigelow & IRS cut the ring in half until Bigelow misses a moonsault. Kid is able to tag out as Plugg runs wild briefly until he tries a flying body press and Bigelow turns that into a powerslam and gets the win (10:14) ***1/2.
Thoughts: Just one hell of a performance by Kid in this match. He reportedly hurt his neck here too but it did not cause him to miss much time if any at all. He was on such a role with his ring work at this point. They did need to give IRS & Bigelow more credibility because their match against The Headshrinkers at SummerSlam has been practically non-existent in terms of hype.
SummerSlam Report with Todd Pettengill.
Razor Ramon vs. Todd Becker
Razor chops Becker hard in the corner to start. The announcers talk about Walter Payton being in Razor’s corner at SummerSlam and how it will be dangerous for him in a new environment as Razor uses a fallaway slam. Razor stretches out Becker now as the announcers continue to talk about the IC Title match at the PPV, stressing how Payton said he will not interfere unless Shawn does as Razor hits a super back suplex then follows with the Razor’s Edge for the win (3:45).
Thoughts: Lots of hype for Razor/Diesel at SummerSlam while playing up Payton’s appearance as Razor’s second to keep an eye out on Shawn.
We get a repeat of the Leslie Nielsen segment where he misses The Undertaker dropping off a Domino’s pizza at his office.
Abe Knuckleball Schwartz is shown holding up a sign saying he is on strike in the front row.
Bull Nakano w/ Luna Vachon vs. Heidi Lee Morgan
Ross reminds us how Morgan wrestled in the finals of the WWF Women’s Title Tournament where she lost to Alundra Blayze. Morgan surprises Nakano with a rollup for two then uses an arm scissors. Luna screams for Nakano to escape the hold and Nakano sends Morgan into the corner. Nakano then tosses Morgan by the hair and applies a chin lock as Ross says Nakano strated training for wrestling at age 12 and a major superstar in Japan. Nakano uses a choke bomb then drops the leg for a two count. Nakano now puts Morgan in a modified Boston Crab and continues to stretch her out in various ways. Morgan comes back with a sunset flip then a dropkick before heading up top where she uses a crossbody for a two count. Nakano drops Morgan then hits a suplex as Savage says Morgan is outweighed by “753 lbs” as Ross corrects him with the announced weight amount. Nakano then heads up top and uses a flying leg drop for the win (7:32) **.
Thoughts: This was a styles clash for sure but Morgan at least tried to keep up the pace and it was what it should have been, a showcase for Nakano. Ross did put over Nakano a lot on commentary but the Women’s Division has not been pushed strong at all since its return over nine months ago thus is not over with the fans.
Raymond Rougeau welcomes Bret Hart to the ring and asks him about how he feels heading into SummerSlam. Bret smiles after the crowd cheers and calls Owen a “lost and confused soul” that won just one match. And even though that match had a lot of pride at stake, the WWF World Title was not on the line and adding the steel cage stipulation now everything is on the line. Bret addresses Owen’s “King of Harts” name then talks about his entire family being in attendance at The SummerSlam because no matter what happens this whole feud will end inside of the cage. Bret puts over the dangers of the cage and thinks its a shame they could not have worked it out but Owen pushed it to the limit. Bret then says he might have overlooked Owen at WrestleMania then says in addition to being fat, Jim Neidhart is “really stupid” and cannot do a thing in this match being on the outside. Bret talks about Owen being a kid in the crib with wet diapers and that Owen will cry a “river” of tears at SummerSlam after losing to “the best there is, best there was, and best their ever will be.” Certainly not the best promo and a lot of the lines were corny. Plus, Bret came off more like a jerk than a babyface at times but the hype for this has been quite good as a whole.
The Bret Hart New Generation ad airs.
Typhoon vs. Diesel w/ Shawn Michaels
Shawn taunts Typhoon before the match begins. Typhoon and Diesel fight over a lockup and end up in the corner. Diesel then hammers away as Savage puts over Diesel’s strength. Typhoon comes back with a shoulder tackle then scoops up Diesel for a slam that gets two. Diesel rolls out for a breather then comes back and uses a shoulder block then drops an elbow for a two count. Diesel cranks the neck as the announcers talk about Jim Neidhart costing Diesel the WWF World Title at King of the Ring. Typhoon fights back and hammers away but misses a leg drop. Typhoon sends Diesel into the corner and follows with an avalanche but eats boot on a second attempt then Diesel hits a flying clothesline for the win (4:20) DUD.
Thoughts: Terrible match with a dumb finish. They hyped up Diesel to an incredible amount on commentary. This ended up being Typhoon’s final televised match of this run. He tore his tricep in a match against the Barbarian on 8/18 in Tacoma, WA then while recuperating, his brother in-law was killed in an accident so he quit wrestling full-time to run his two bars in Key West.
The vignette of Nielsen going around the world to solve the mystery of The Undertaker airs.
We now go to the studio with Vince and Lawler as Vince says the segment will begin after the next match. Lawler warns callers to not give him problems as he will dump them.
The Undertaker w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Sonny Rogers
Undertaker beats on Rogers in the corner as the announcers talk about what Paul Bearer will introduce at the PPV. Undertaker stays in control then uses a tombstone for the win (1:22).
Thoughts: A quick win to put over The Undertaker feud heading into SummerSlam.
The Nielsen poolside segment airs.
Back in the studio with Vince & Lawler as they are about to field calls. But first, they talk about the MLB players strike. The first question is some guy tripping all over himself before asking Lawler to take Bret’s place at SummerSlam to face Owen so two kings face off. Lawler even makes fun of him for being unintelligent. We then get another caller asking if The other Undertaker was the real Undertaker’s partner in the Twin Towers. Lawler then “flushes” the call with his Royal Flusher. We get another caller asking if DiBiase’s Undertaker is an imposter and after that we get more of the same type of moronic calls with Lawler insulting the callers. Only thing of note was Vince saying how there will be only one Undertaker after SummerSlam, which of course was Vince’s way of saying this storyline was a flop and will be done after the PPV. Mancow even calls in and is recognized by Vince. Mancow then takes a few jabs at Lawler before issuing a softball challenge to Lawler, when the latter was proposing an idea of putting together a team of WWF wrestlers to play baseball around the country to take place of the MLB. I appreciate the company trying new ideas to mix up the stale PPV hype show special but this was a major flop.
Final Thoughts: The tag match was awesome and besides the call-in segment the rest was the usual generic PPV hype. They spent a lot of time on the key matches leading up to the show but not all of it is clicking with the audience. And speaking of the audience, the piped-in crowd noise was quite evident here. This crowd looked to be sitting on their hands for an overwhelming majority of the show and its understandable since it took place at the end of a RAW taping cycle and the fatigue does start to play a factor. Really, just seek out the tag match as everything else is skippable and this is part of the Hidden Gems section on the WWE Network.