December 18, 1994
From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase
We see DiBiase give Gorilla a money bag for Christmas. The bag did not have any money.
Razor Ramon vs. Sonny Pruitt
DiBiase says that Razor never defends his title then tells us he does Christmas shop but rather “Christmas buys.” Razor shoves Pruitt to the grounds then slaps him around. The announcers talk about Stephanie Wiand being the new co-host of “Mania” as DiBiase says he had to carry Pettengill on “All-American Wrestling.” Razor then hits a super back suplex and picks him up for the Razor’s Edge but instead shoves him down and covers with one foot for the win (2:38).
Thoughts: The announcers talked mostly about the Razor/Jarrett feud while also telling us that Stephanie Wiand is the co-host of Mania.
Up next is the debut of Hakushi. Also in action are Mabel, Jeff Jarrett, Heavenly Bodies, and Aldo Montoya. Plus, an interview with Shawn Michaels.
Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill.
Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Gary Scott
We see the Japanese lettering tattooed all over Hakushi. DiBiase says he is extremely talented. Shinja is former Orient Express member Akio Sato wearing face paint. Hakushi floats over Scott and does a back flip before nailing Scott with a thrust kick as that gets some cheers. DiBiase suggests the names of Hakushi’s victims are tattooed all over his body as Scott gets dumped throat-first across the top rope. Hakushi uses a few thorat thrusts then sends Scott outside with a thrust kick. Hakushi flies out with a pescado that gets applause as really got high in the air and ends up winning via count out (1:55).
Thoughts: Hakushi looked great here and although presented as a heel was getting over here due to his offense. And Scott was a guy who could take this type of offense and not miss a step. Strong debut.
WWF Live Event News with Charlie Minn. This hypes up the Holiday Wish Tour.
The still photos of The Headshrinkers at the barber shop with Capt. Lou Albano are shown.
Jeff Jarrett w/ The Roadie vs. Cory Student
Roadie does a mic check before Jarrett tells us he is the world’s greatest singer, entertainer, and wrestler. Jarrett beats on Student before hitting a snap suplex. DiBiase promises that his team will win the Tag Team Title tournament and that Bundy will win the Royal Rumble and go on to face the champion at WrestleMania. Jarrett stays in control then uses a figure-four and gets the win (2:01).
Thoughts: They are giving Jarrett a much bigger push now with The Roadie and that he is feuding with the Intercontinental Champion.
An ad for the Royal Rumble airs.
Raymond Rougeau welcomes Shawn Michaels to the ring. He asks Shawn about waking the giant Diesel. Shawn says that they were more than partners, they were friends. Shawn then says he guided Diesel at the Survivor Series and that now he is alone, Diesel is a zero. Shawn says that he had to plant a little “chin music” for Diesel and if he can’t handle a kick in the chops then he doesn’t want any part of the “Heartbreak Kid.” Shawn then says he made Diesel the Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, and even World Champion. Rougeau adds how Diesel won the title in eight seconds and while Shawn says its a night no one will forget, that was supposed to be his own title shot but jokes he lost a rock, paper, scissors contest to Diesel before saying if he had the title shot he would be champion today. Shawn then promises when they meet up that Diesel will meet his maker.
Mabel w/ Oscar vs. Mike Bell
Gorilla said he is shocked Men on a Mission lost in the first round of the Tag Team Tournament. The announcers talk about the ten guys so far announced in the Rumble match as DiBiase assures us that Bundy will win the match. Mabel shoves Bell around then plants with him a sidewalk slam for the win (1:36).
Thoughts: Mabel appeared more aggressive than usual here as the announcers talked mostly about the Rumble match. And speaking of Bundy, there was some rumblings at this time in the Observer that a Diesel vs. King Kong Bundy match could take place. And, both Bundy and Shawn Michaels were favorites to win the Rumble match. More on that later on in this timeline.
We see highlights of Bigelow & Tatanka defeating Men on a Mission and once again show the Tag Team Title Tournament bracket while plugging next week’s Bushwhackers vs. Heavenly Bodies match.
King Kong Bundy dressed as Santa Claus is on the cover of the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.”
Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Roy Raymond & JS Storm
Prichard works the arm of Storm to start. Raymond tags in and Prichard grabs a side headlock as Gorilla says The Bodies will have a return match against 1-2-3 Kid & Aldo Montoya on “Action Zone.” The Bodies work over Raymond for a bit then Storm tags in and fires away until Del Ray knocks him down and soon after that The Bodies use a flying knee drop/side slam combo for the win (3:03). DiBiase says while The Bodies are their friends, they are not getting past his team in the tournament.
Thoughts: A win to showcase the Bodies before their matches on Action Zone and in the Tag Team Tournament.
We see Henry Godwinn at his hog pen feeding them slop before saying there ain’t no place like home for the Holidays.
“Portuguese Man-o-War” Aldo Montoya vs. Chris Kanyon
DiBiase once again goes off on Montoya for turning down his offer. Montoya uses a hip toss after an Irish whip sequence and follows with a dropkick. Montoya flies out with a pescado as DiBisae chastises him for not doing it as good as Hakushi. The hosts plugs Todd Pettengill’s comedy album as Kanyon hits a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Montoya fights back and hits a missile dropkick as DiBiase laughs at Bob Holly for crashing into a wall at the Snowball Derby then Montoya uses a flying bulldog for the win (2:35).
Thoughts: Another mention of Montoya teaming with Kid against The Bodies on Action Zone as his minor push continues.
Another Live Event News segment about the Holiday Wish Tour. The final appearance of Minn on Challenge.
Next week in action are Adam Bomb, Owen Hart, 1-2-3 Kid, IRS, Smoking Gunns, and Henry Godwinn.
Final Thoughts: Hakushi’s debut was strong and the Shawn interview decent if not mostly the same that he cut on RAW. However, the rest of the show remained as uninspired as usual with a lifeless commentary team. Anyway, the Rumble is the focus at just five weeks away.