October 15, 1994
From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage
This week, we will hear from Arnold Skaaland and find out why he threw in the towel 11 years ago that cost Bob Backlund the WWF World Heavyweight Title.
The hosts are in front of the video wall as we see Lawler show us Queazy, who made his debut on RAW. After that we see Shawn Michaels & Diesel come out and brag about being the best team.
Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Reno Riggins & Gary Scott
Lawler said he got an equalizer in Queazy to keep Dink at bay. We then see an insert of the newest WWF broadcast team member, Charlie Minn. Charlie talks fast then tells us a terrible joke about Lawler’s robe not being washed in six months. Riggins hits a crossbody for two but Shawn sidesteps a charge and shoves him outside. The announcers talk about the third Headshrinker in Sionne and the announcers still talk about how we don’t know which two of The Headshrinkers will wrestle. Shawn catches Riggins with a super kick as Vince reminds us that same move cost Diesel the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam. Diesel tags in and roughs up Scott before hitting the Jackknife then Shawn tags in and makes the cover for the win (2:37).
Thoughts: The WWF was doing a really poor job explaining The Headshrinkers situation as on the syndicated shows they made it seem like it would be a Freebird rules act of sorts but on RAW there was zero mention of Samu being around and they even billed them as the New Headshrinkers. Anyway, Shawn & Diesel vs. The Headshrinkers is the current Tag Title feud. And, we also saw the first appearance of Charlie Minn. If you think he sucked here, and he did, then just wait for the rest of appearances because its only going to get worse.
WWF Live Event News with Charlie Minn. He talks way too fast, at times stumbling over his lines, as he hypes the Hart Attack Tour. His delivery is terrible. Its like Vince saw a Micro Machines commercial and thought the guy who spoke fast would make for a great hype man but had to settle for this spaz instead.
Also in action today are Lex Luger and Yokozuna.
Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. Mike Bell
Vince notes that Holly is a dual-sport superstar. Holly runs over Bell then hits a dropkick as Lawler laughs about Holly driving in the Snowball Derby, basically using the same exact jokes DiBiase did on “Challenge.” Bell lands some shots in the corner but Holly fights back and stays in control until he uses a flying body press for the win (2:19). Vince then says he is leaving to interview Skaaland.
Thoughts: They are now hyping Holly as a dual sport star so it seems like he might actually be getting a push.
The Razor Ramon confessional booth “New Generation” ad airs.
Vince is now in the ring with Skaaland, who is introduced as a Hall of Famer. Vince asks him about managing Bob Backlund. Skaaland puts over Backlund when he was an amateur wrestler. Skaaland then said he trained Backlund and that he held the WWF World Title for six years. Vince now asks about throwing in the towel on Bob Backlund, costing him the title. Skaaland said that he did so because he was thinking about Backlund’s future. When asked, Skaaland then said he was not spoken with Backlund since. Now, Backlund runs out and screams about Skaaland having the audacity to come out and say he was trying to save his career. Backlund is becomingly increasingly agitated as Backlund said he waited over ten years waiting for a call. Skaaland then apologizes and extends his hand but Backlund refuses to shake. Vince yells at Backlund and says Skaaland built his career. Vince and Skaaland walk away but Backlund attacks Skaaland from behind and puts him in the crossface chicken wing. Several refs run out but fail to get him off then Holly runs out and takes Backlund off as Lawler said that Backlund should not apologize and how he does not feel sorry for Skaaland. Backlund then looks in shock at his hands as Holly tells him he cannot believe what he did to Skaaland. Backlund leaves and looks at his hands as he heads up the aisle as Skaaland is being helped backstage. Backlund certainly had a legitimate grip here with Skaaland, who really offered up a half-assed apology. Backlund’s gimmick of trying to destroy everyone with the crossface chicken wing until he gets the title has been the highlight of WWF TV the past month.
We come back from break to see a replay of Backlund attacking Skaaland.
Doink the Clown w/ Dink vs. Corey Student
Dink is now carrying a magic wand that shoots off sparks. Doink takes down Student and follows with a few arm drags. Doink now uses a back drop as Dink is bouncing off of the bottom rope. Student uses a clothesline then stomps away as the announcers talk about Doink vs. Jeff Jarrett for RAW. Student now uses a back elbow smash but whiffs on a clothesline and soon after that Doink uses the Whoopie Cushion for the win (1:56).
Thoughts: More hype for the Doink/Lawler feud and for the Doink vs. Jarrett match this coming Monday night on RAW.
After the match, Doink calls out Lawler. He says that last week Lawler put one past him but now has a surprise for Queazy and that is Wink, who is another midget clown. Wink runs out and dances in the ring as Vince says you will not find stuff like this on the NFL pre game show. Well thank Christ for that then. Wink was portrayed by a midget wrestler based out of Virginia who would later go on to use the name Bad Boy Buck in the Independents. So, Doink counters Lawler’s Queazy with another midget wrestler and with Survivor Series coming up soon its not tough to see where this is going, even if the Survivor Series has not been hyped much at all yet on TV since there have not been any matches announced.
Todd Pettengill tells us about the Action Zone. They promise action and no lame ex-coaches talk about “scouting reports.” Todd even takes shots at Joe Gibbs and Jimmy Johnson before hyping Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart in a World Title match with the stipulation being this is Owen’s last chance at the title. The Action Zone will debut next week at noon and along with Vince McMahon, Pettengill will be part of the live broadcast. So, unlike the studio show its replacing, “All-American Wrestling,” this is billed as being live. Vince continues to take more petty shots at the NFL pre-game shows, which will be going up against Action Zone in the same time slot.
We now hear from Owen Hart with Jim Neidhart. Owen says he does not need more chances because next week will be his night as Neidhart confirms. Owen then says he will be in action next.
Owen Hart w/ Jim Neidhart vs. Mike Park
Park has the look and build similar to Booker T around this time just not in as good shape and about .000000001% of the talent. Lawler says that Skaaland got what he deserved as Owen backs Park into the corner. Owen now works the arm as Vince said what Backlund did was cowardly and puts over how he had his shot against Bret and lost. Park avoids a high knee in the corner then uses some terrible stomps as Vince buries him by saying “Park doesn’t seem to know what to do.” Park runs outside in slow motion and rolls Owen back inside then gets cutoff. Owen dropkicks Park then heads up top with a missile dropkick and then uses the Sharpshooter for the win (2:54). Vince also mentions that Bret’s schedule has made it difficult for him to be here to accept Backlund’s challenge.
Thoughts: They built up Owen for his title shot next week and mentioned that Bret has not been around to confornt Backlund, which is a safe bet to assume a confrontation will take place on the Action Zone.
Another ad for the Action Zone.
Lex Luger vs. Tony DeVito
Luger brings a kid out of the crowd who acts as his guest flag bearer, something Vince tells us has been happening on the Hart Attack tour. Luger runs over DeVito as Lawler takes umbrage with Vince saying Tatanka sold out. Luger works a side headlock then takes over DeVito with a hip toss. DeVito catches Luger with an inverted atomic drop as Vince alerts us that Skaaland has “collected” himself backstage and now angry at Backlund. Luger then hits a powerslam as Vince also tells us that Holly has challenged Backlund to a match then Luger uses the Rebel Rack for the win (2:10).
Thoughts: We now see Luger’s new gimmick of having a flag bearer accompany him to the ring. They also hyped his feud with Tatanka. We also learned of Holly challenging Backlund to a match.
Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. Jason Storm
Vince now tells us that Charlie Minn gave him a note saying Backlund has accepted Holly’s challenge. Yokozuna beats on Storm as we see Fuji wave the Japanese flag. Yokozuna then hits a clothesline and after that an uranage for the win (0:54). After the match, we hear The Undertaker’s theme music. Paul Bearer now wheels out a casket as Yokozuna freaks out and bails once he sees the casket. Yokozuna then runs up the aisle and falls before getting up and fleeing through the curtains.
Thoughts: Once again, the Yokozuna/Undertaker feud is the same exact thing as we saw last year. I guess the appeal is seeing Undertaker getting revenge by stuffing Yokozuna in the casket but its certainly not as fun the second time around.
Charlie Minn once again rambles off the dates for the Hart Attack tour so fast that you cannot even make it out. I will give him a credit for a decent Paul Bearer impression. You know, it takes balls (or really a stunning lack of self-awareness) to make fun of NFL pre-show talking heads when you put out this hyperactive goof to try and to sell your product. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to have someone speak so you could actually understand the dates of this tour?
The announcers interview Holly, who is seen on the video wall. Holly calls out Backlund for being a bully and how he has dealt with bullies in his life, especially on the race track. Holly promises to teach Backlund the same lesson he teaches to the bullies on the race car circuit. He had to incorporate the goofy race car jargon into this but the delivery wasn’t bad as we get a featured match for next week.
Also in action are British Bulldog, King Kong Bundy, 1-2-3 Kid, and Tatanka. Plus, Doink, Dink, and Wink as guests on the “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Final Thoughts: They continued with Backlund snapping this time on the guy that threw in the towel which cost him the title 11 years ago. And in the process set up a featured match next week against Holly. Also, they spent a lot of time hyping the Action Zone debut and even putting a World Title match on the show as a selling point. Besides that we saw the debut of Charlie Minn, who was awful, and they pushed the rest of the midcard feuds that were really not too good at all. The lack of talent is glaring and the creative direction is another major issue but sadly it will be a while until that is addressed.