WWE: Monday Night Raw (06.06.94)

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Monday Night Raw
June 6, 1994
Youngstown, OH
Struthers Fieldhouse

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (3/20/1994)
Intercontinental Champion: Diesel (4/30/1994)
World Tag Team Champions: The Headshrinkers (5/2/1994)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage.

  • Tatanka vs. Crush – Lumberjack Match (KOTR Qualifier)

Rematch from last week that ended in a double-countout. There’s twenty lumberjacks: ten babyfaces, ten heels. With so many personalities and problems between the guys, we nearly get a riot to start. Somehow, ref Hebner calms things down to get the match started. Crush controls to start and dumps Tatanka out to the heels. Once he’s thrown back in, Crush clamps on a chinlock. Tatanka fights out and delivers a Japanese armdrag before tossing Crush out to his buddies. They roll Crush back in for two. Commercials! When we return, Crush escapes an armbar and applies a cross armbreaker on the mat. After that, he switches over to a Kimura. Tatanka mounts a fiery babyface comeback, but Crush nails him with an inverted atomic drop. Back to the cross armbreaker. Tatanka breaks free and gets distracted by IRS, allowing Crush to kidney punch him from behind. Crush works a body scissors for a bit. Tatanka escapes and delivers an elbow drop for two. More commercials! When we come back, Tatanka chops Crush back into the ropes. Crush fires back with another inverted atomic drop. He kicks Tatanka down and applies a front headlock. Vince discusses the possibility of FOUR Crush matches at the King of the Ring if he wins here tonight. Aren’t you trying to SELL this PPV, Vince? Crush tosses Tatanka out to Yoko and the gang, which results in stomps and a general beatdown on the poor Indian. Meanwhile, the other lumberjacks start beating the heck out of each other. Back inside, a suplex and a legdrop from Crush gets 1-2-NO! Out of desperation, Tatanka yanks Crush out to the floor. The babyfaces try and do their job when Crush starts punching at them. That cues Lex Luger over to nail Crush with the BIONIC ELBOW. A couple of lumberjacks pick up the unconscious Crush and toss him back inside. Everybody’s down! Tatanka wakes up first though and crawls over to Crush for the 1-2-3. (17:09 shown) All that work to find a qualifier and Tatanka loses in the first round to Owen Hart. At least with Mr. Perfect last year who met Doink in three different matches to qualify, he pulled off one of the greatest PPV matches of the 90s with Bret Hart when he lost in the first round. Boring match here though that took up half the show. *

  • Bam Bam Bigelow (w/Luna Vachon) vs. John Paul

Vince calls Luna the Wilma Flintstone of the WWF. Savage says he was more partial to Betty Rubble as a kid. Whatever. Bigelow lands a funny splash on John Paul for the win in 2:49.

Over on the USS Intrepid for the D-Day Challenge, the WWF beat some Marines in a tug-of-war contest. The WWF won, but I mean with Men on a Mission, the Headshrinkers, and Bam Bam Bigelow on their side, how could they lose?

It’s now time for the King’s Court. After Lawler insults Roddy Piper, he brings him out as his guest. Hey wait, that’s not Roddy Piper. That’s some extremely skinny impersonator wearing a “Hot Rod” t-shirt and a kilt. He even picks at his ear and everything. This just leads to more Piper insults, basically making fun of his movie career. When Lawler asks him the question as to why he would want to get in the ring with him, the Piper impersonator says he wants to back out of the match. If that’s going to happen, Piper has to kiss Lawler’s royal feet. So he does. He even makes the guy crawl out of the ring. I know Lawler is a cowardly heel, but a good old fashioned beatdown on this kid would have done wonders for this match.

  • Razor Ramon vs. Keith Davis

Fun fact: Keith Davis is Jeff Hardy! Savage predicts the first-round winners for the KOTR will be Ramon, 1-2-3 Kid, IRS, and Owen. Kind of strange that he’s 100% correct because commentators’ predictions are usually way off on purpose. Standard Razor squash as he pins Davis after the RAZOR’S EDGE at 4:04.

Elsewhere, Paul Bearer says he doesn’t believe Ted DiBiase when he says he has bought and paid for the Undertaker.

Back to the arena, Ted DiBiase is with McMahon and Savage. He says he will produce the Undertaker this weekend on Superstars.

NEXT WEEK: Countdown to the Crowning special. I won’t be recapping that one and will skip onto 6/20. The only match includes the Headshrinkers retaining over the Quebecers in 6:00. The rest is just a commercial for the King of the Ring.

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