WWF: Monday Night Raw (02.21.94)

Monday Night Raw
February 21, 1994
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mid-Hudson Civic Center

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)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage who I guess is no longer banned from commentary.

  • WWF Tag Team Champions The Quebecers (w/Johnny Polo) vs. The 1-2-3 Kid & Razor Ramon

Originally scheduled to be Razor and Marty challenging the Quebecers, but Jannetty gets fired during a recent European tour and the Kid takes his place. No explanation for his absence though. Jannetty and the Kid had already ruined the Quebecers first WWF tag team titles reign on Raw’s first anniversary show. While the Quebecers regained the titles a week later in MSG, will the 1-2-3 Kid and the IC champ Razor Ramon be able to upset another title reign? Well, the answer is no. Let’s see what happens anyway though. Pierre kicks Razor out to the floor when he’s not looking so the Quebecers can double-team the Kid. He manages to fight them both off until Ramon can get back into the ring. Out goes Jacques and Kid takes a Fallaway Slam into Pierre for a nearfall! SUH-NAP! While the Quebecers regroup, the crowd starts chanting “1-2-3″ like it’s the cool thing to do. Back in, the Quebecers hug it out in a non-sexual way. Kid grabs Pierre and wrestles him down with some chain wrestling moves. That’s interesting. Tag to Razor, Johnny Polo quickly trips him up from the floor. Oops. While Kid argues with ref Bill Alfonso, the Quebecers put the boots to him. The double-team fails though as Razor hits them both with a double clothesline. With the Quebecers down, Razor and Kid gang up on poor Johnny Polo as Ramon gives him the RAZOR’S EDGE ON THE FLOOR! Vince declares this match a real donnybrook. A pile of refs come out to haul Johnny Polo away. They are doing just an awful job of stabilizing his spine off the floor. Yeah, let’s take a commercial break. When we come back, Razor and Pierre are back to step one: the lock up. Ramon winds up the arm for a couple shoulder blocks and tags the Kid to fly down onto the arm. I’m impressed with the Kid here doing all these arm takedowns that you wouldn’t normally see out of him. You know, actual wrestling. Wait a minute, did Vince just make an announcement concerning NASCAR and compare that to WWE? Boy that Vince sure is a country bumpkin at heart, isn’t he? Finally, Pierre gets away from the armbar and leapfrogs his balls right down into a fist. Holy crap, Kid and Razor just pulled off a Rock N Roll Express move where they both yank on a guy’s hamstrings and then roll across the ring to knock the tag partner down from the apron. Amazing. Spinning heel kick by the Kid gets two. They continue to work over Pierre’s leg until he kicks Razor off into the corner and makes a desperate tag to Jacques. Razor catches him coming in with a drop toehold and tags the Kid as he flies onto Jacques’ leg. You know where this is going. Fast forward as Diesel is shown standing in the aisle watching over Razor and to generally look menacing while feeling on his fingerless glove. Pierre runs in and nails Razor to turn the tide over to the Quebecers. They proceed to cheat as they keep him on their side of town. Heel miscommunication ensues and the 1-2-3 Kid gets the HOT TAG! Seems backwards, but whatever. He unloads with kicks, but whiffs on a dropkick. They give him a HUGE launching hotshot and then Jacques slams big Pierre onto the Kid for 1-2-NO! We see more of the great double-teams you expect from the Quebecers here. Jacques goes to backdrop Pierre and squash the Kid, but he rolls out of the way and HOT TAGS Razor! BAAAACK BODY DROPS everywhere! Throw in a double noggin knocker too! Pierre takes the Back Superplex and that’s followed up with the RAZOR’S EDGE! Diesel starts to get closer to the ring as Razor covers Pierre. Wait a minute! Shawn Michaels literally comes out of nowhere and jumps on the pin for the DQ. (16:10 shown) Shawn stomps the crap out of Razor’s head for a while until the Kid ignores Diesel for a moment and runs Shawn out of the ring. As for the match, a great formula tag and much better than I remembered. Of course with the Steiners and Marty Jannetty now gone and only freak babyface contenders like Men on a Mission and eventually the Headshrinkers, the Quebecers were hard pressed to have good matches with anybody but people who were involved in other angles. ***½

Next week, Randy Savage battles Yokozuna for the WWF championship!

  • Bret Hart vs. Dr. Tom Prichard (w/Jim Cornette)

Knowing the talents of both, this SHOULD be a good match. Savage guarantees victory not only over Yokozuna next week to win the WWF title for a THIRD time, but to also beat both Bret and Luger in the same night at WrestleMania 10. The man sure has confidence. Nikolai Volkoff is sitting in the front row wearing a burgundy suit and a big smile on his face. Bret outwrestles Pritchard early on with the basic counter stuff. Pritchard gains an advantage in the corner with forearm smashes, but Bret gives him a receipt with a barrage of punches and a backdrop to send Pritchard out to Corny. Back in, Cornette says something about a plan. Vince wonders where Jimmy Del Ray is, but in a rare moment doesn’t find Del Ray to be “conspicuous by his absence.” Bret stays on the arm while keeping an eye on Cornette. Commercials! When we return, Prichard rakes the eyes and works a chinlock while NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg calls into the show to talk to Vince as he will be one of the guest ring announcers at WrestleMania. Exciting! Eventually, Prichard lays Bret on the ropes so Cornette can whack him with the tennis racket, but Randy Savage hops up from the announce table and intercepts the swing! Savage even takes the racket back to the table with him! More commercials. BACK TO LIVE ACTION! Bret makes his comeback with the Russian legsweep for two. Small package scores a nearfall. Now a backbreaker followed by the middle rope elbow drop for 1-2-NO! O’Connor roll by Bret gets two again. As Bret comes off the ropes, Cornette grabs his foot to allow Pritchard to knock him out to the floor with a knee. Cue Owen Hart! Do you need his help, Bret? Owen helps his big brother by throwing back into the ring to Pritchard. Too bad Pritchard fails with a corner charge. SHARPSHOOTER gets the win for Bret. (12:21 shown) Bret dares his little brother to come into the ring. Both men pull down the shoulder straps like they want to go, but referees Hebner and Patton hold him back. Spoiled opportunity for a great match as this was nothing more than a slightly entertaining glorified squash considering Pritchard did nothing but constantly play the fool here. **½

After a break, Jim Cornette has the WWF champ Yokozuna by his side while he tells Randy Savage just what he thinks of him. It gets a little heated right before we go off the air.

WRESTLEMANIA 10 is just FOUR WEEKS AWAY!

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