WWE: Monday Night Raw (06.20.94)

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Monday Night Raw
June 20, 1994
White Plains, NY
Westchester County Civic Center

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)

To kick off the program, we get still shots with audio of Owen Hart’s coronation. He will now be known as the “King of Harts”.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Randy Savage. Vince is gone recovering from neck surgery. Gorilla introduces us to the original Spanish announce team consisting of Carlos Cabrera and Ed Trucco.

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Diesel (w/Shawn Michaels) vs. Mark Thomas

Diesel shows us all five of his moves. Elbow in the corner, Side Slam, Snake Eyes, Big Boot, and the JACKKNIFE for the win at 4:00.

  • The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Nikolai Volkoff (w/Ted DiBiase)

Winner gets a WWF title match in THREE WEEKS on July 11. Obvs, DiBiase bought the spot for his property Nikolai who is fresh against a beaten down 1-2-3 Kid who wrestled twice the night before at the KOTR. Nikolai controls most of the action here with the Kid peppering in some hope spots. Volkoff delivers a pair of VINTAGE backbreakers, but keeps pulling the Kid up after each nearfall. The Kid feigns a knee injury when he attempts a float over out of the corner, but small packages Volkoff for the 1-2-3. (6:04) Volkoff beats up Kid some more until VIRGIL makes the save. Once he takes care of Nikolai, Virgil corners DiBiase wanting to take a swing. Volkoff saves DiBiase just in time, but then Lex Luger makes the final save clearing the ring of the MDC. DiBiase begs off and gives Luger a “thumbs up”. What’s THAT about?! *

  • Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette) vs. Nick Barberri

Gorilla and Randy discuss the return of Typhoon since now Earthquake has been ran out of the WWF by Yokozuna. Yoko gives Barberri a Belly to Belly Suplex and finishes with the Leg Drop at 2:25. After the match, Typhoon comes out and stands in Yoko’s way in the aisle for a staredown.

  • Typhoon vs. The Black Phantom

During the break, Typhoon blocked a punch from Yoko and slugged him one good time. I believe this will be Typhoon’s only match on RAW during this short run. TIDAL WAVE wins at about 2:30. Never heard an opening bell.

It’s now time for the King’s Court. Lawler is wearing shades to cover his black eyes he’s suffered at the hands of Roddy Piper the night before at the King of the Ring, according to Randy. Lawler says it’s because he doesn’t want to look at these ugly people. He brings out his guest Duke “The Dumpster” Droese to get some verbal retribution for throwing trash on him four weeks ago on Superstars when Droese debuted. Lawler left a mic out on the floor so he doesn’t have to get close to Droese because he stinks too bad. Droese fires back saying that Lawler stinks too much for even a trash man. OH SNAP! After Lawler makes some more smelly jokes, Droese takes his trash can and heads for home. Of course, Lawler attacks from behind and bashes Droese with the trash can.

  • The Heavenly Bodies (w/Jim Cornette) vs. Jim Powers & Russ Greenberg

The Heavenly Bodies are wearing WINGS on their robes. Jim Powers is now a “Russ Greenberg”-level jobber. Jim Cornette joins us for commentary and I’m happy. He insults the Headshrinkers and their managerial staff hyping a WWF tag team titles shot. Powers makes this a little competitive getting a couple nearfalls, but Greenberg ruins any chance of an upset. After some double-teams, Del Ray gives Greenberg a Moonsault Press for the win at 4:02.

We were supposed to hear from WWF President Jack Tunney, but instead Gorilla Monsoon relays the message that an apology is in order for Jerry Lawler using the trash can on Duke Droese. My, how times have changed.

Elsewhere, Ted DiBiase informs us that Lex Luger would be unstoppable with a million dollars worth of guidance behind him.

NEXT WEEK: Bam Bam Bigelow meets Mabel!

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