February 12, 1995
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill
Today’s featured match as Lex Luger vs. Tatanka
We get the storyline recap of the Tatanka/Luger saga, which began in July. We are going on seven months of this heaping pile of garbage feud.
Lex Luger vs. Tatanka
This is from the 1/11 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings from South Padre Island, TX. Luger chases Tatanka outside of the ring before the bell rings but ends up getting beat down when heading back inside like the moron he has been portrayed as for the duration of this feud. Luger starts pumping up and backs down Tatanka after getting chopped then starts firing away. Tatanka breaks up mounted punches with an inverted atomic drop but Luger no-sells that and clotheslines Tatanka. Luger goes over towards Tatanka but in an incredibly telegraphed spot we see Tatanka grab Luger by the tights and yank him through the ropes. Tatanka heads out to rough up Luger then brings him inside as we see DiBiase tell Luger that everyone pays the price. Tatanka punts Luger in the ribs a few times then chokes him out on the ropes. Tatanka gets a nearfall after a few elbows then we go to commercial. The match returns Luger getting a two count with what appeared to be a sunset flip but Tatanka immediately crops him with a clothesline. Tatanka continues to slowly beat on Luger then runs him into the turnbuckle a few times. Tatanka now puts on a bearhug and just like the match at the Montreal Forum the two look like they are slow dancing in the middle of the ring. In fact, this is the same exact match as that house show. Luger ducks a clothesline and hits a back suplex as Ross says some people call that a “Northern Lights Suplex” and I am not one of those people. Tatanka chops Luger in the car as Pettengill said that Tatanka arrived to the building in an Armani suit and expensive jewelry. Lord knows why they didn’t make that part of his look after turning heel. Tatanka eats boot on a charge then does it again as Luger now fights back. Luger fires away and runs “wild” as the work here just looks like complete shit. Luger catches Tatanka in a powerslam but DiBiase breaks up the pin from the outside. Luger now heads out and backs down DiBiase. Tatanka tries a cheap shot from the apron but Luger was actually ready for that then hits Tatanka in midair. The two brawl and Luger tries to roll inside but just misses the bell and this ends in a double count out (11:00) 3/4*. We now see Chief Jay Strongbow head down to the ring as Tatanka & DiBiase leave.
Thoughts: This match was pretty much the exact same as their match in Montreal except for the finish. And you think by now these two could work at least a semi-decent match but the timing was off a lot and both guys looked just awful and the crowd was disinterested.
We see what happened during the break. Strongbow was talking to the referees about DiBiase’s interference then we see Tatanka attack Strongbow with a flying chop as Strongbow uses the ropes to fall down. Luger is upset over this acting like his best friend was seriously injured. I mean if they established them as friends then maybe it would have worked. This also did not appear to interest those in attendance.
Mantaur defeats Ben Jordan in a match from the 2/12 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
A recap of the Bam Bam Bigelow/Lawrence Taylor saga including Bigelow’s comments from “Superstars.”
Men on a Mission defeat Butch Long & Adam Croom from the in a match from the 2/12 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
We get a video hyping next week’s British Bulldog vs. Bob Backlund match. Later on, we learn that Owen Hart will be in Backlund’s corner while Bret Hart will be in Bulldog’s corner.
Bob Backlund defeats Raven Clark from the 2/5 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
We see last week’s “Heartbreak Hotel” when Shawn Michaels interviewed a standee of Diesel.
Man Mountain Rock defeats Reno Riggins in a match from the 2/12 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
We see a replay of Tatanka attacking Strongbow as Ross says that he will be okay and just a little shaken up at the moment.
Jacob & Eli Blue defeat Bill Weaver & Shawn Dakota in a match from the 2/12 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
Backlund promises to make Bulldog say “I quit Mr. Bob Backlund” after “lambasting” him with the chicken wing. He apparently demanded to speak about this per Jim Ross. And Ross kept calling him the “Newt Gingrich” of the WWF.
Final Thoughts: The featured match was the shits but next week as a more prestigious match that seems to be building to something else. It also shows you how damaging the Luger/Tatanka feud was for both men and given everything involved and the length you can easily call it one of the worst midcard feuds in company history.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 2/18/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/19/95
Wednesday: WWF Action Zone 2/19/95
Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/20/95
Friday: WWF Superstars 2/25/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/26/95
Saturday: WWF Action Zone 2/26/95
Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/27/95
Monday: WWF Superstars 3/4/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/5/95