October 1, 1994
From the Green Bay Expo Center in Green Bay, WI
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
This week, we get an interview with Lex Luger. In action are Razor Ramon, Jim Neidhart, The Bushwhackers, IRS, and Mabel.
Razor Ramon vs. Red Tyler
Razor instructs the ring attedant to take care of his gold chain. Tyler works the arm but Razor quickly takes over. Tyler then headbutts but gets tossed into the corner where Razor hammers away. Razor hits a fallaway slam then a chokeslam as Vince says Razor can thank Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Title and stirs up the rumors of dissension between Shawn and Diesel. Razor stretches out Tyler then hits a super back suplex before the Razor’s Edge gets the win (3:48).
Thoughts: They continue to focus on the rumors of dissension between Shawn and Diesel and that leaves the door open for another challenger to feud with Razor over the Intercontinental Title. Zero mention of Razor’s match against Tatanka on RAW by the way.
We get a video package hyping the Shawn & Diesel/Headshrinkers feud. Todd Pettengill provides the narration. We then hear from Shawn & Diesel as they deny the rumors of dissension. In case someone had any doubts it was made clear that Shawn & Diesel are definitely going to split up and feud.
Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz vs. Ron Cumberledge
Schwartz sprints down to the ring this time and his theme doesn’t sound as shitty. Vince asks Lawler if Schwartz is a “pitcher or catcher” as Lawler says he is a pitcher. Schwartz keeps teasing Cumberledge then slides underneath his legs and gives the “safe”signal before using a scoop slam. Schwartz does some jumping jacks as Vince wonders which MLB player is under the face paint. Cumberledge works the arm but Schwartz slides outside. Schwartz drags out Cumberledge and slams him onto the floor then takes him out with a baseball slide. Vince wants reassurance from Lawler that Schwartz is a “pitcher” as Schwartz now takes the action back inside. Schwartz hits a suplex then gets in the ref’s face and motions like he is kicking dirt before winding up like a pitcher and connecting with a punch. Schwartz then calls his shot before using a superplex for the win (3:06). Vince says that Schwartz could be sent back to the minors.
Thoughts: Well, Schwartz’s showing here was much better than his debut on last week’s Challenge. However, he was buried something fierce on commentary. According to Steve Lombardi in his shoot interview with RF Video, he came up with the Schwartz gimmick for himself. And even here you saw him have fun with it but it was tough to pull off and even the heel commentators would crap on him during his matches.
WWF Live Event News to hype the Hart Attack tour.
We get a video package on Bob Backlund’s career. After that airs we see Backlund backstage at a recent “tour of Japan” where he tells us that we’ve had a “deleterious” effect on the Japanese people and there is a “vexatious vulcanization” going on and he’s warning those in Japan to stay strong and not crumble like the United States. And, the person he was choking out in that clip from his tour of the WAR Promotion was none other than current NJPW booker Gedo. Back then, Gedo wore bright yellow baggy pants with a half-shirt to match. Not the greatest look.
Mabel vs. George Anderson
Lawler asks about Mo and Oscar and Vince does not have an answer. Mabel was rapping on the way out to the ring. Mabel backs Anderson into the corner and uses a few thrusts as Vince plugs some charity events, including the Joey Marella Scholarship fund. Mabel dances before applying a chin lock. Mabel brushes off a dropkick then finishes Anderson off with a leg drop (1:56). Lawler makes fun of Mabel and calls him “Puke” Doggy Dog before using his Royal Magistrator to draw a skunk out of the white stripe on his head.
Thoughts: It was reported by Dave Meltzer in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter”that Mo & Oscar were taken off of TV in order to give Mabel a singles push. However, Mabel never really got a push. He lost in the first round of King of the Ring and at SummerSlam. Vince hyped up WWF involved charity events for most of the match.
We get a new vignette for King Kong Bundy. He is roaming around New York City like he is King Kong himself. Bundy will be in action next week.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart w/ Owen Hart vs. Ike Andrews
Ike got a new last name here as it was “Anderson” on last week’s Challenge. Vince brings up Neidhart’s appearance on the “King’s Court” this Monday night to challenge British Bulldog to a match, which will take place this coming Monday on RAW. Neidhart attacks Andrews from behind and hammers away. Andrews gets dumped and Owen slaps him across the face before rolling him back into the ring. Neidhart continues to hammer away on Andrews as the announcers talk about the Hart Family feud then Neidhart uses the Camel’s Clutch for the win (2:07). After the match, Owen puts his glasses on Andrews’ face and keeps snapping them off of his face, saying that he looks like Bret.
Thoughts: The post-match stuff from Neidhart & Owen was always great. This was used to hype the Hart Family feud and Neidhart vs. Bulldog for RAW.
Another promo from Paul Bearer & The Undertaker to hype up the Casket Matches on the Hart Attack tour.
We get an ad for the “Undertaker’s Gravest Matches” release from Coliseum Home Video that will be out this coming Tuesday.
Special guest ring announcer is Tyler Mariucci. He’s a young kid that Lawler makes fun of, even questioning if its really a girl.
The Bushwhackers vs. Tom Stone & Rock Werner
The Bushwhackers work over Stone to start as the announcers talk about New Zealand. The Bushwhackers now work over Werner before putting him away with the Battering Ram (2:28).
Thoughts: Not much to say here other than the tag team division was in such a sad state this team needed to be kept around for depth purposes. And I know the Bushwhacker act is an easy pop most of the time but by this point their shtick had run its course.
Another segment hyping the Hart Attack tour.
A video hyping next week’s Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Duke Droese match. I assume that this would have been Bigelow vs. Adam Bomb had the latter not required shoulder surgery.
IRS w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Gary Jackson
Before the match, IRS tells us that September 15th was the deadline for late payments and its time to put the check in the mail. IRS works over Jackson as Vince talks about death and taxes. Vince also puts over IRS’s wrestling ability as Jackson gets a two count with a crossbody. IRS then dumps Jackson outside and brings him back in for the dreaded abdominal stretch. IRS now softens up the leg before the Write Off Clothesline gets the win (2:24). Vince then hypes next week’s Bigelow vs. Droese match.
Thoughts: Speaking of tired acts, IRS’s routine is even more repetitive than The Bushwhackers despite only being with the company half as long. Vince brought up death and taxes here and keep mind of that as we approach the end of the year.
The New Generation confessional booth ad airs.
Vince welcomes Lex Luger to the interview platform. Luger even gets fireworks for his entrance. Vince reminds Luger that 54% of fans believed he did sell out at SummerSlam then asks if he holds resentment against the fans. And Luger does not. The camera shows some fans chanting USA but the piped in noise is evident here. Luger then tells Tatanka when he looks at his money he will see the faces of the children he sold out and says money cannot buy happiness, success, or wins in the WWF. Luger then promises Tatanka when he steps into the ring against him that the “buck stops here.” Even at this point they were still trying with Luger but he looked like a chump at SummerSlam and has come up short since SummerSlam ’93 which resulted in his fans moving on to someone else that can get the job done.
Final Thoughts: They are going full blast with the Shawn/Diesel dissension rumors storyline and with Backlund snapping and turning on the fans. They also hyped up Neidhart/Bulldog for RAW and next week’s Bigelow/Droese match a bit. However, the Luger interview was a dud if you ask me and as you can see by who wrestled the midcard was in need of a drastic overhaul. Too many stale acts and hokey gimmicks.