October 22, 1994
From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
This week, our featured match is Bob Backlund vs. Bob Holly.
A video package from last week’s show where Backlund attacked Arnold Skaaland, leading Holly into challenging Backlund to a match.
Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. Mr. Bob Backlund
Lawler tells us that Backlund keeps the white towel around his neck to remind him of the worst night of his life when Skaaland threw in the towel to cost him the title. Holly refuses a handshake then the two trade go-behinds. Backlund dances after using a single leg takedown and we get some more holds from both men. Backlund slams Holly as the announcers talk about Backlund’s past as a role model. Holly fights back and hits a dropkick then works the arm. Backlund regains control right before break then we return with Backlund using a chin lock. Holly tries to escape but Backlund reapplies the hold. Holly tries to get the crowd behind him and uses a jawbreaker to escape. Backlund then hits Holly with a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Holly then hits a gutwrench of his own and uses a few takedowns then a monkey flip from the corner. Holly gets two with a dropkick. Powerslam gets two. Holly then uses an Irish whip but Backlund ducks an attack then puts Holly in the crossface chicken wing and gets the win (8:34 shown) **1/2. Backlund finally breaks the hold as Vince talks about Backlund snapping. Backlund smiles then says “Thank you” as he heads up the ramp.
Thoughts: Solid match that really picked up after the break. Holly got in a good amount of offense and this was the most credible he has looked since joining the company. And Backlund puts out another wrestler with the crossface chicken wing to make hold one of the most dangerous in the company. And Backlund’s antics while walking backstage were great. He has been a revelation in this role.
WWF Live Event News with Charlie Minn. We are still hyping the Hart Attack Tour and once again Minn talks way too fast and delivers everything in a clumsy fashion. A complete embarrassment of a segment.
Mario Marianni is our special guest ring announcer. He looks anywhere from 30-45 and a bit of a creeper if I might say.
Chris Kanyon vs. 1-2-3 Kid
Kid backs Kanyon into the corner. Kanyon then works a side headlock and flexes after running Kid over. Vince says that Kid is outmuscled by most competitors as Kanyon is takes Kid down again. Lawler says that Kanyon reminds him from Razor and follows with a bad toothpick joke but Kid fights back. Kid hits a spinning heel kick that we see on the “Double Feature” then Kid lands more kicks in the corner. Kanyon catches Kid with an elbow smash but Kid ducks a moonsault block then heads up top with a missile dropkick for the win (2:19). Vince tells us that King Kong Bundy, Tatanka, and the British Bulldog will be in action today plus we will get the Heartbreak Hotel.
Thoughts: Kid is still billed as a part of the “New Generation” but is without any direction at the moment.
Another ad to hype the debut of the “Action Zone.”
King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase vs. John Crystal
Bundy beats on Crystal in the corner then tosses him across the ring. Vince says that Bundy could cause jealously among the rest of The Corporation. Bundy then hits an avalanche and follows with an elbow drop for the win after a five count (1:39).
Thoughts: Bundy still looks awful in the ring and just comes off as a relic from the past, no matter how hard he is getting pushed. And it seemed like Gorilla was trying to tease a lot of dissension within The Corporation by saying Bundy is making the other members jealous, which of course goes along with the Tatanka/Bigelow confrontation from a few weeks ago.
We get a hype video for the Bret vs. Owen Hart title match that will take place on the debut episode of “Action Zone.”
British Bulldog vs. Duane Gill
Vince says he cannot wait for Bulldog to get his hands on Owen then talks about the Hart Family feud. Bulldog overpowers as the announcers talk about the casket match between Undertaker vs. Yokozuna on the Hart Attack Tour and how one lucky winner can ride in a hearse to the show. Bulldog uses a back suplex and a press slam as Vince says the rest of the Hart Family are still upset. Bulldog now uses a delayed vertical suplex then finishes Gill off with a running powerslam (2:33).
Thoughts: Lots of hype for Bulldog/Owen house show matches plus the casket matches on the Hart Attack Tour.
The WWF never going on strike ad airs.
Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Aaron Ferguson
Tatanka offers a handshake and like a moron Ferguson accepts and gets booted in the gut. Tatanka hits several chops in the corner then a slam as Vince says Doink & Dink & Wink will be guests on the “Heartbreak Hotel.” Vince now talks to Lawler about Queazy & Sleazy as Ferguson surprises Tatanka with a sunset flip for a two count. Tatanka immediately attacks Ferguson then uses a Samoan Drop, now called the “End of the Trail” and gets the win (2:19). Tatanka then stomps Ferguson after the match and hits him with another End of the Trail.
Thoughts: Tatanka’s finisher gets a new name but the rest of his act is the exact same with the exception of a few snarls thrown in his matches.
A hype video for Razor Ramon vs. Yokozuna on RAW. The match is for the Intercontinental Title.
Heartbreak Hotel with guests Doink & Dink & Wink. Shawn talks about how this is getting too much even for the New Generation. We then get a recap of Queazy & Sleazy being introduced as Dink & Wink keep circling around the set. Doink then taunts Lawler and says he has a surprise and that its Pink. We then get another midget clown this time with a pink wig. Vince sells this as being fun but no one seems to care.
We see IRS in front of a chapel. Well, a green screen anyway. He says that this pour soul inside of the hearse might be in line for an audit. He then says even after you’re brought into the funeral home you have to pay your taxes. And here is that death and taxes feud no one asked for but Vince.
Smoking Gunns vs. Tony DeVito & Kerry Davis
The announcers rag on Davis here as the poor guy gets drilled with a dropkick from Billy. The Gunns work the arm of Davis then Bart hits a delayed vertical suplex. The announcers talk about Roy Rogers for a long time then the Gunns hit the Sidewinder on DeVito for the win (2:08). Vince then said the Gunns want a shot at the titles. Lawler then takes out his Royal Magistrator before drawing an upside down horse on the Gunns to signal what will happen to them after the Heavenly Bodies beat them down.
Thoughts: Some hype for the Gunns/Bodies feud. The Gunns did look good here.
Another WWF Live Event news segment. Minn is even embarrassing for someone doing a Public Access show, never mind syndicated TV.
Next week in action are Jeff Jarrett, The Headshrinkers (graphic showed Fatu & Samu), Jim Neidhart, and Razor Ramon. Plus, the entire Million Dollar Corporation as guests on the “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Final Thoughts: Backlund vs. Holly was a good TV match but besides that this show focused on washed up performers (Bundy) and gimmicks that were not over (Tatanka & Doink). And Charlie Minn remains ungodly terrible at his job. There are a few good things going on but the rest is quite dismal.