WWF Action Zone – November 20th, 1994

November 20, 1994

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Todd Pettengill

This week’s featured match is Jeff Jarrett vs. Fatu

 

Charlie Minn is in the crowd with several kids behind him and does an awful job at hyping Survivor Series and letting us know today’s featured match. The rhythm of his voice here is just all over the place. Did they even bother having him tryout for this position?

 

Jeff Jarrett vs. Fatu w/ Capt. Lou Albano & Afa

Fatu is wearing boots and does not appear comfortable. Pettengill is rifling off bad jokes in incredibly annoying fashion to the point I’m starting to yearn for Rob Bartlett. Jarrett attacks from behind but Fatu no-sells a turnbuckle smash then hammers away. Jarrett rakes Fatu across the face but Fatu pulls up on a leapfrog by Jarrett and hits a clothesline for a two count. Fatu then hits a backbreaker but plays with his boots then hits his shoulder against the post after missing a charge. Jarrett hits a bulldog then a dropkick for two as we now see Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart at ringside. Jarrett works the arm and holds Neidhart’s hand for leverage as we go to break. The action returns with Fatu popping right up after a mat slam but Jarrett sends him down then goes back to the arm. Fatu now pops up after getting DDT’d and drops Jarrett with a thrust kick. Fatu runs wild and covers after a powerslam but Owen is up on the apron to distract the referee. Jarrett attacks Fatu from behind then Neidhart runs in for a clothesline but Fatu escapes and Jarrett gets nailed then Fatu covers for the win (5:51 shown) *. Afer the match, Owen & Neidhart yell at Jarrett for losing then Jarrett gets up and is pissed. They all yell and point fingers and even shove each other. Diesel comes out and tosses Jarrett aside before getting in Owen’s face. The announcers wonder where Shawn Michaels is as the other four in the ring start to finally calm down.

Thoughts: The match itself was not good at all. The dumb story of Fatu not knowing what to do with boots on his feet and Jarrett constantly attacking the head despite failing made things worse. And the finish was not too great either with the story of how will the heel Survivor Series team co-exist. Shawn not being there was a little bit intriguing at least.

 

Minn is back in the crowd to introduce us to Bob Backlund putting out the 1-2-3 Kid on RAW wit the crossface chicken wing then have Bret Hart run out as the two both put each other in their submissions holds and let go.

 

Heartbreak Hotel from this week’s “Superstars” airs.

 

Survivor Series Hotline ad airs.

 

Bob Backlund defeats Tony DeVito from the 11/20 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”

 

British Bulldog & 1-2-3 Kid defeat Roy Raymond & The Executioner from the 11/20 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”

 

The hosts run down the Survivor Series

 

Diesel defeats Aaron Ferguson from the 11/20 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”

 

IRS Vignette airs.

 

Clips of Undertaker vs. Jim Neidhart from Superstars

 

Doink defeats Richie Rich from the 11/13 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”

 

Ad for WWF RAW is WAR game

 

Minn runs out to the desk and spazzes out with the Survivor Series shirt to hype the show. Its really fucking bad.

 

Final Thoughts: After the first two weeks of Action Zone, the quality of featured matches have certainly dipped in quality. And this episode was not good at all. Between the bad featured match and incredibly obnoxious antics of Pettengill and Minn this show was a chore to watch. It was ineffective in making you want to pay to see this product. I honestly do not even remember Minn as a kid but its no shock he was quickly fired because during my timeline of WWF reviews, 1984-94, he is by far and away the single worst personality they’ve had on air. Even Joe Fowler and Rob Bartlett could at least speak with a normal speech pattern and as terrible as they were still came off more believable than Minn.