September 3, 1994
From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Todd Pettengill narrates what happened during the Tatanka vs. Lex Luger match at SummerSlam, set to still photos. It highlights Tatanka turning on Luger and revealing that he was the one who sold out to DiBiase.
This week, we will find out more about what happened at SummerSlam. Also in action are Owen Hart, 1-2-3 Kid, and Bob Backlund.
Lex Luger vs. Tim McNeany
Luger was smiling and slapping hands with the fans on the way to the ring as Vince says no one will ever doubt his word, name, or integrity ever again after what happened at SummerSlam. McNeany attacks Luger from behind and even knocks him down in the corner. Luger gets up and takes McNeany down with a hip toss then uses a back drop. Luger then uses a powerslam before the Rebel Rack gets the win (0:57). After the match, Luger poses with the spotlight on as Lawler calls Tatanka one rich “Native American.” Lawler then takes his Royal Magistrator and draws boots on his knees when he was in the corner to portray him as being short due to being an idiot. as he also gives him a ten-cent brain.
Thoughts: Luger gets a quick win after getting embarrassed at SummerSlam. They are now pushing how we can never doubt Luger’s word again over what happened after getting screwed over by Tatanka & DiBiase. This all sets up for Luger to get revenge but after what happened at SummerSlam and now coming out like a smiling geek this week its tough to get behind him all that much.
WWF Live Event News with Todd Pettengill. He hypes the Hart Attack shows in the New York area.
We now see a clip of Bob Backlund losing the WWF World Heavyweight Title on 9/26/83 when Arnold Skaaland tossed in the towel while Backlund was in the Camel’s Clutch.
Chris Watters is the guest ring announcer. Lawler makes fun of him for mispronouncing almost everything.
Bob Backlund vs. Bert Centeno
Centeno does not shake Backlund’s hand as Vince says at one time you would want to do that when he was considered a sportsman and everything right in sports. Backlund uses a hip toss then dances around as Lawler talks about Backlund being pissed for years since he never gave up or got pinned to lose the title. Vince yells about Backlund being bitter as Backlund now grounds Centeno on the mat. Centeno surprises Centeno with a rollup for a two count then Backlund puts on the crossfaced chicken wing and goes nuts then gets the win (2:48). Backlund keeps the hold on after the match as Vince says once that hold is put on you cannot escape and screams how its “bitter” Bob Backlund.
Thoughts: Vince went into overdrive here in establishing the “Bitter” Bob Backlund name. And when he wants to get something over he does a damn fine job. Given this and the video package beforehand they are seriously trying to make him a threat as a heel.
SummerSlam Report with Todd Pettengill. We see still photos of the cage match and learned that Bret Hart won and retained the WWF World Title. He also put over Owen’s effort and proved he deserved the title shot. They are billing that as the best steel cage match in history. And learned about Davey Boy Smith being in attendance. Plus, saw that Razor Ramon defeated Diesel to become the Intercontinental Champion due to Shawn Michaels accidentally kicking Diesel and that Alundra Blayze retained over Bull Nakano. They talked about Undertaker vs. Undertaker but did not go over the match. The encore airing will take place Tuesday at 8pm EST on PPV. Not much about The Undertaker match other than Pettengill saying there is one Undertaker as the company is clearly moving on from that dud.
The Bret Hart New Generation ad airs.
“King of Harts” Owen Hart w/ Jim Neidhart vs. Scott Taylor
Owen moves ring announcer Howard Finkel out of the ring as to not block the King of Harts logo spotlighted on the mat. Lawler says that Bret is ripe for the picking and considers facing him for the title. Owen beats on Taylor as the crowd chants for Bret. Owen slaps Taylor across the face before ramming him into the corner. Taylor fights back and applies a side headlock. Taylor brings Owen to the mat as Lawler said if you scored on points then Owen won at SummerSlam. We get a reversal sequence ending with Owen hitting a spinning heel kick as Vince talks about the Hart Family dynamic at SummerSlam, specifically Davey Boy Smith. Owen stays in control until he ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Taylor fires away but gets caught in an overhead suplex for two as Owen pulled Taylor up so he could apply a Sharpshooter and that gets the win (4:04). After the match, Owen snaps his glasses off of Taylor a few times as Vince talks about Neidhart poisoning Owen all along and that Neidhart could in fact be the next World Champion.
Thoughts: A competitive enhancement talent match with Taylor getting a lot of offense. Taylor was impressive as an enhancement talent too. Anyway, most of this match was focusing on what happened after the cage match at SummerSlam and how Davey returned. Vince’s line at the end also set up Neidhart as a challenger to Bret and those two would soon begin a house show program.
The Smoking Gunns come out to the ring then we go to break and return with Jim Cornette in the ring. Cornette makes fun of the Gunns for a minute until the Heavenly Bodies run in and attack the Gunns from behind. The Bodies take the Gunns’ hats and wear them while mocking their moves then start stomping them. The Gunns then run in and beat down the Bodies and clear the ring then start ripping the wings off of the Bodies’ jackets. The Bodies run back in to attack the Gunns and we get an all out brawl with several officials running down to break up the melee. They got a lot of time here considering its a brawl between two lower card tag teams.
Back from break as Lawler thinks the Gunns should be suspended while Vince makes jokes about the Bodies having their wings clipped.
1-2-3 Kid vs. Raymond Roy
Vince plugs the “WWF All-American” Memory Lane match as Ivan Putski vs. Crusher Blackwell. Roy runs over Kid as Lawler cracks jokes about Kid being skinny. Vince puts over Kid’s great match against Bret Hart as Kid now works a side headlock. Kid hits a flying shoulder tackle but Roy blocks a slam and hits one of his own. We see Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz in the crowd showing us he is still on strike as Roy misses a corner splash. Kid lands several kicks in the corner then a spinning heel kick before using a running leg drop. Roy punches Kid down and hits a slam as the announcers talk about Schwartz. Roy misses a splash from the top then Kid lands a few more kicks then finally gets the slam and heads up top for a leg drop and gets the win (3:14).
Thoughts: Vince put over Kid’s recent performances here but besides that there is no feud for him at the moment. He is over with the fans though and received a good reaction here.
We see a video package on The Undertaker and how he returned at SummerSlam. He will also face Kwang when “Monday Night RAW” returns on September 12th.
A hype video on SummerSlam to sell the PPV encore airing.
IRS w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Phil Apollo
Before the match, IRS tells the crowd they should pay their taxes to help the economy. IRS beats on Apollo as the announcers talk about the recent Tag Team Title change. Lawler then talks about DiBiase’s Corporation as Apollo gets a two count with a crossbody. IRS then tosses Apollo outside as DiBiase tells him he cannot pay the price. IRS rolls Apollo back inside as Lawler once again gloats over Tatanka joining the Corporation. IRS now works the leg for a bit then uses The Penalty for the win (2:51). After the match, IRS puts the hold back on as Vince yells at the ref to reverse the decision.
Thoughts: Big news here is that IRS & Bigelow are already done as a team. They had IRS act aggressively at the end here to make him a singles threat again but he is also without a feud as Tatanka is now part of The Corporation and that feud was severely downplayed on TV due to the Luger storyline even though IRS vs. Tatanka strap matches were occurring at house shows up until SummerSlam.
Another Live Event News segment to hype the Hart Attack tour. And we even have Luger plugging how to use the WWF Fundraiser.
We get a “WWF New Generation” ad with an old woman at a Police Station describing how she fought off the muggers who are all bruised up all by watching RAW.
Next week in action are Shawn Michaels & Diesel, Headshrinkers, Yokozuna, and Bam Bam Bigelow.
And once again we get a reminder for the SummerSlam Encore PPV airing before we close out with a replay of the Gunns/Bodies brawl.
Final Thoughts: We got the SummerSlam results here and some direction of what will happen at the PPV. They also started a lower card tag feud and gave Backlund a huge push as a heel as we will soon begin hype towards the next PPV, Survivor Series.