WWF: Monday Night Raw (01.17.94)

Monday Night Raw
January 17, 1994
Richmond, VA
Richmond Coliseum

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Yokozuna (6/13/1993)
Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon (9/27/1993)
World Tag Team Champions: The Quebecers (1/17/1994)

SIDENOTE: Don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about the last Raw of April 1997. It’s coming MLK JR Day.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Crush.

Stan Lane will be reporting straight from MSG to give us the latest on the 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty/Quebecers rematch for the tag titles.

  • Owen Hart (w/Bret Hart) vs. Terry Austin

Vince and Crush chat up the Royal Rumble, bruddah. Vince asks Crush if he’ll be able to control himself during tonight’s main event involving Randy Savage. Crush says he’s not a hothead like Randy, bruddah. Vince makes sure to inform us that last week’s Monday Night Raw had the show’s biggest rating to date. And we thought they only cared Stan Lane phones in and tells us that the tag titles match is about to begin. The champs have the FIRE in their eyes. This Austin fella is not very good at making Owen look great. Owen locks in the SHARPSHOOTER for the win at 4:33.

Vince grabs a word with the Hart brothers asking them who they want to see win at MSG. Owen says he wants the Quebecers to win so they can get the tag titles shot as originally planned at the Royal Rumble. Bret decides that he would never cheer the Quebecers and wants the 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty to retain thinking they could get a title shot at some point down the road. One brother thinks of only himself, the other cheers on the side of good without considering how it would benefit himself.

  • Tatanka vs. George South

Always good to see George South – the consummate Jim Crockett Promotions jobber of the 1980s. Crush thinks the WWF is full of no-brain wrestlers competing just days before the Royal Rumble. He’s got a point. Stan Lane calls in a second time to report that Marty Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid are ROCK’N and ROLL’N all over the Quebecers. Anyways, Tatanka starts up the War Dance and hits the Flying Chop for the win at 2:52.

Vince McMahon invites Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji to the ring. Where’s Jim Cornette? He’s in Tokyo Japan for a press conference to hype the big celebration they will have once Yokozuna defeats the Undertaker at the Royal Rumble. So they send the American guy to Japan and keep the Japanese guy in America? WHAT? Anyways, there’s the BONG and the lights go out as we see Paul Bearer roll out a XXXXL-size casket under a spotlight to the ring. Fuji tries to get Yokozuna to face his fear of the casket by squashing the casket. Yokozuna is apprehensive and once he starts to lift the lid to look inside, out pops the Undertaker to scare Yokozuna and Fuji away.

  • Diesel (w/Shawn Michaels) vs. Scott Powers

Regardless of being on an incredible run, Crush vows to get rid of Lex Luger in the Royal Rumble match. Vince wonders what a Yoko/Crush match would look like at WrestleMania. Crush says he would be honored to wrestle Yokozuna, but the fans would never want to see that again for fear they might die of boredom. Not really, but it’s what we’re all thinking. Diesel tosses Powers out to HBK for a shot to the face. Back in, Stan Lane phones in to tell us that through Johnny Polo’s interference, the Quebecers have regained the WWF tag team belts. There you have it, folks. Big boot and an elbow drop from Diesel ends Powers at 3:39.

  • Randy Savage vs. Irwin R. Schyster

Vince calls Savage the “Joe Montana of the WWF”. I’m assuming that means aged, but still successful. Before the break, Savage climbs to the top turnbuckle and threatens Crush at the ringside table. IRS tries to make Savage wrestle his match to start. Then we get crazy as IRS throws Savage over the top to the floor so he can bounce his head off the briefcase laying at the top of the steps. Vince accuses IRS of stealing Razor Ramon’s gold necklaces, which is the reason for their match at the Rumble. Back inside, Savage fights back with an atomic drop and a couple clotheslines as we take a commercial break. AND WE’RE BACK! IRS drops Savage on the railing and gives him a suplex back in the ring. Slow cover gets two. IRS fades the line between what’s a choke and a chinlock for a while. It’s a real shady gray area, people. Savage finally dumps IRS onto the floor to get the break. He follows him out with a double-sledge off the apron. As he spies Crush, Savage can’t help but run over and grab Crush. IRS stops him before anything can happen and runs Savage straight into the ringpost. More commercials! When we return, IRS has a cheating abdominal stretch applied. No way! Savage quickly tries to come back with a Flying Double Ax Handle, but IRS catches him in the gut on the way down. Back to the chinlock. Savage makes the ropes. Here comes IRS from the top, but Savage gets a boot up to block. A bunch of slams and once it’s time for the MACHO ELBOW, Crush hops up on the apron and pushes Savage off for the DQ. (8:21 shown) Vince can’t believe what happened. Really? You expected Crush to stick to his word? You couldn’t have IRS job clean since he’s getting an IC title shot at the Royal Rumble. Also, you needed to get this Savage-Crush thing over too. Not a bad finish, just wasn’t any kind of surprise. Okay match, too. **

What starts as a two-on-one post-match beatdown continues as Tatanka tries to make the save. Yokozuna waddles down to the ring, then Lex Luger, then Diesel and Shawn Michaels, then Bret Hart comes out and cleans house on Yokozuna. It’s a prelude to the Royal Rumble! This Saturday 8PM EST only on PPV!

NEXT WEEK: The Harts vs. The Headshrinkers. Will it be for the tag belts? You’ll have to wait and see!

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Posted on January 16, 2012, in WWE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice review….Montana actually played another season after this…Playoff loss to Miami in December 1994 was his last game

  2. Bah, you’re right. Thanks for calling that out for me.

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