October 29, 1994
From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
The show starts off with a clip from Bret Hart on “Action Zone” telling Bob Backlund that he will give him another title shot. And we learn that will take place at the Survivor Series. In his book “My Real in the Cartoon World of Wrestling,” Bret talked about how it was at this TV taping where he was told of the future plans for the World Title and Vince laid it all out to him.
In action this week are Razor Ramon, Jim Neidhart, The Headshrinkers (graphics shows all three Headshrinkers with Vince asking which two will we see in action), and Mabel. Plus the Million $ Team as guests on the “King’s Court.”
Adam Bomb vs. Mike Bell
Both men trade hammerlocks to start. Bomb hits a snap suplex then Bell hits him low and hammers away. Bomb takes Bell over with a hip toss then drops an elbow after a scoop slam. Vince brings up Backlund putting Bomb in the crossface chicken wing this past Monday night on RAW with Vince stressing that Backlund did this from behind. Bell lands some strikes in the corner but Bomb fights back. Lawler says Backlund vs. Bret will be the crossface vs. sharpshooter then Bomb puts Bell away with the DDT (2:23).
Thoughts: They put over Bomb being part of the Survivor Series and how Backlund had to attack him from behind to put on the crossface chicken wing.
Survivor Series Report with Todd Pettengill. We hear from Backlund as he proposes that his match against Bret be a submission match. We also get an announcement of another Survivor Series match. The Bad Guys (Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid & British Bulldog & The Headshrinkers, graphic has Fatu & Sionne) vs. The Teamsters (Shawn Michaels & Diesel & Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart). And, we will also get Undertaker vs. Yokozuna in a casket match and there will be a second referee on the outside…………Chuck Norris. This traditional Survivor Series tag match seems a lot more fun that the Guts & Glory vs. Million $ Team match. And they are setting up the end of the Yokozona/Undertaker feud with a casket match on PPV that even features a celebrity enforcer on the outside.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Rich Myers
The announcers talk about the Survivor Series match that was just announced. Before the match, Jarrett spells out his name then once again calls himself the world’s greatest singer, entertainer, and wrestler before saying “Ain’t I Great,” which is the name of his album. Myers uses a wrist lock to start. Jarrett then sneak attacks Myers but Myers comes back and nearly puts Jarrett away. Jarrett clotheslines Myers then connects with a dropkick as the announcers talk about Jarrett’s album with Vince questioning if it even exists as no one has seen it in stores. Myers punches Jarrett then hits a slam but Jarrett slides underneath for a chop block. Jarrett now softens up the leg then applies a figure four and gets the win (2:37).
Thoughts: Lots of talk about Jarrett’s album here as it once again appears they will address this in some sort of angle. They also talked about the Bad Guys vs. Teamsters Survivor Series match.
IRS is shown talking to a gravestone, telling them just because they are six-feet under doesn’t mean they do not have to pay taxes. IRS then repossesses the flowers to settle the debt. Vince screams at the audacity of IRS taking flowers from a gravestone while Lawler laughs about death and taxes. These vignettes are terrible and the IRS character is beyond tiresome at this stage.
Razor Ramon vs. Gary Scott
Vince talks about Yokozuna being petrified of caskets. Razor tosses down Scott as Vince talks about the Razor/Yokozuna match from RAW. Razor hammers away in the corner but Scott fights back. Razor then catches Scott and places him in the corner for a super fallaway slam. Vince now plugs Razor & 1-2-3 Kid vs. Shawn Michaels & Diesel for the Tag Team Titles this Sunday on the “Action Zone” Razor toys with Scott then hits a super back suplex before the Razor’s Edge gets the win (2:40). Vince once again plugs the Tag Title match on Action Zone as Lawler takes his Royal Magistrator to turn Razor into a mummy because he will be covered in bandages after the Survivor Series.
Thoughts: A win for Razor as the announcers hyped up the Tag Team Title match for the Action Zone. The announcers also talked about some of the matches announced for the Survivor Series.
WWF Live Event News with Charlie Minn. He hypes the Hart Attack show at MSG which takes place the same night as this show. I will not be reviewing that as I do not have a copy of it but do have a copy of the 11/5 Seattle, WA show, which was also a Hart Attack tour show.
Guest ring announcer is Matthew Orsino. He actually does a decent job to the point even Vince puts him over.
The New Headshrinkers w/ Capt. Lou Albano & Afa vs. Bob Starr & Barry Horowitz
Vince says last time we saw The Headshrinkers on “Superstars” it was Fatu & Samu. The Headshrinkers work over Horowitz to start. Starr tags in and gets his ass kicked as the announcers talk about The Headshrinkers being part of the Survivor Series as part of the Bad Guys team. Vince says that Sionne is a little more “barbaric” than Fatu then Fatu hits a top rope splash for the win (2:58). Vince puts over Fatu & Sionne then also mentions Samu as well.
Thoughts: Even at this point they are still teasing Samu as part of the Headshrinkers act but all three have yet to be on TV at the same time and they never would appear together.
We get a hype video for next week’s Tatanka vs. Billy Gunn match.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart w/ Owen Hart vs. Mike Khoury
Neidhart attacks Khoury before the bell. Neidhart then uses a mat slam as Lawler puts over his strength. Neidhart screams at Khoury to get up as we get more hype for the Teamsters vs. Bad Guys match at Survivor Series. Khoury lands some punches after missing an attack in the corner but gets caught in a slam then Neidhart uses the Camel’s Clutch for the win (1:32). After the match, Neidhart keeps Khoury in the Camel’s Clutch as Owen snaps his glasses off of Khoury’s face.
Thoughts: More good heeling from Neidhart & Owen as they hyped their Survivor Series match. Neidhart is still being pushed as a World Title contender but that has lessened since the announcement of Bret vs. Backlund at Survivor Series.
We get a video package hyping the Undertaker vs. Yokozuna casket match for the Survivor Series.
Now, we get an interview that took place this week during the Hart Attack Tour between Vince and the Million $ Team. Well, it was billed as part of the Hart Attack tour but really took place at the 10/18 “Superstars” taping in Burlington, VT. DiBiase runs down their opponents, Guts & Glory. Cornette talks about survival then calls his opponents “Luger’s Losers” before saying he cannot wait for his Heavenly Bodies to destroy the Smoking Gunns. DiBiase then promises to not only eliminate Luger but to take him out of the WWF once and for all. A generic interview to hype up a Survivor Series match.
We get an ad hyping the WWF Merchandise Catalog.
Mabel vs. Nick Barberri
Lawler jokes that Mabel is going as Barney (the Dinosaur) for Halloween. Barberri tries to slam Mabel but fails as Vince hypes upcoming house shows. Mabel then slams Barberri then soon after that hits a leg drop for the win (1:24).
Thoughts: Mabel is floundering as a singles act but at least getting some push as part of the Guts & Glory Survivor Series team.
WWF Live Event News with Charlie Minn. This goofy spaz interviews a surgeon about as a play on the Hart Attack tour theme in a really terrible comedy bit. Minn is making me yearn for Joe Fowler.
Next week in action are Doink, Diesel, Duke Droese, and the featured match of Billy Gunn vs. Tatanka.
Final Thoughts: The big news here was learning of move Survivor Series matches and that Chuck Norris will be involved in the casket match. And we heard about Backlund trying to make his title match a submission match. Beyond that we got some more house show hype and for RAW and Action Zone but most of the focus in the next few weeks will be on the PPV.