WWF: Monday Night Raw (09.26.94)


Monday Night Raw
September 26, 1994
Utica, NY
Memorial Auditorium

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (3/20/1994)
Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon (8/29/1994)
World Tag Team Champions: Shawn Michaels & Diesel (8/28/1994)
Women’s Champion: Alundra Blayze (12/26/1993)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage.

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon vs. Tatanka (w/Ted DiBiase)

Tatanka doesn’t come out to DiBiase’s music. At least for now, he keeps his same entrance theme. He’s got the snarling look going on, but everything else is the same. Yep. He pearl harbors Razor to start. HE HAD TO, RIGHT? Ramon doesn’t exactly care for that and cleans house on Tatanka. Back inside, Tatanka starts hammering the back setting him up for that Papoose to Go. Razor changes gears with an armbar. Tatanka cheats to gain advantage during an overhead wristlock by grabbing Razor’s hair. I can hear the greasy hair jokes from Heenan as we speak. Tatanka elbows away Razor and slam him down for a running elbow drop for two. Chops to the head of Ramon, but then he throws Tats to the floor. Razor does what he can to keep Tatanka out on the floor, but winds up being kicked out to the floor anyways. Tats chops away on Razor until we go to commercial. When we come back, Tats is still abusing Razor on the floor. Inside the ring, he slams Razor THREE times for 1-2-NO! Tatanka and DiBiase cheat a little bit over an abdominal stretch. Razor counters, but receives a hiptoss. Razor rolls away from an elbow drop and starts warming up with right hands. He delivers a Back Superplex and calls for the Razor’s Edge. Sensing trouble is afoot, DiBiase distracts on the apron. Ramon goes after DiBiase and gets blindsided by Tats. Hey look, it’s LEX LUGER coming down to ringside. Bam Bam Bigelow appears behind him and drills Lex. Eyeing Luger from ringside, Tatanka comes over to help Bigelow do a number on him. Unfortunately, that gets him counted out of the match. (13:34 shown) Once the match is over, Razor comes to save Lex or at least even the odds a little bit. While a good storyline to set up the heel turn, you could argue that turning heel for Tatanka was the beginning of the end for his career. I always felt he did fine as a sympathetic babyface when he had a good opponent, but I never felt he did very well working the heel offense. I mean, he was basically a non-threat within a year’s time. *½

From This Past Weekend on Superstars, Undertaker and Paul Bearer hype the “Hart Attack” house show tour with the feature attraction being the Undertaker meeting Yokozuna in a series of casket matches.

  • Kwang (w/Harvey Wippleman) vs. Rich Myers

Vince talks FOOTBALL during this match. Something about the Phoenix Cardinals and Phil Simms. If it’s the 1990s and it’s not baseball or basketball talk, I don’t know anything. He also congratulates the Green Bay Packers for their win over the weekend. I guess the team that lost isn’t important. Wikipedia tells me it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that lost; 30 to 3. SPINNING HEEL KICK to Myers ends him at 2:08. Savage: “KWANG COULD PLAY FOR THE PACKERS.”

Time for the King’s Court with Jerry Lawler. His guest tonight is the British Bulldog. Lawler makes a bunch of corny dog jokes at Davey Boy’s expense. He knows he’s not actually a dog, right? Jim Neidhart comes out and essentially challenges Davey Boy Smith to a match for next week’s Raw. His reason behind this challenge? Because the British Bulldog isn’t even a “Hart” and shouldn’t be sticking his nose in the family business. Well, neither are you, Jim. Bulldog informs Neidhart that he is married to a Bret’s sister making him a part of the Hart family. Stupid reason aside, Davey Boy accepts the challenge and the match is on.

Last Week on Raw, Bob Backlund assaults Louie Gianfriddo from the WWF Magazine staff with the Crossface Chickenwing. What’s even worse – BACKLUND DOESN’T REGRET IT.

  • The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Kenny David

Vince wishes the “Godfather of Fitness” Jack LaLanne a happy 90th birthday. Next, he and Savage are interrupted by Bob Backlund who presents Randy with a dictionary so he can better “interpret his discourse with the plebeians”. HA! GUILLOTINE LEG DROP by the Kid earns him the win at 3:26.

  • Non-title match: WWF Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Bob Starr & Chris Kanyon

The Kliq are just total dicks with these jobbers. No offense whatsoever from them. Side Slam, Big Boot, and JACKKNIFE. HBK tags in and starts running the ropes before he stops and lays on top of Starr for the win at 3:44. Just when everything is going fine for the tag champs, Fatu and Sionne (debut!) attack them from behind. Afa and Captain Lou Albano are shouting things! KICK OF FEAR to HBK! Shawn holds Diesel back as he tries to go after the New Headshrinkers.

I don’t think this got over as well as they had hoped. When we return from commercials, Captain Lou explains that Samu ate some bad fish and that explains why Sionne is here in his place. He was really just too injured to come back to the WWF. As far as working in the big 3, Samu appeared again briefly in the WWF and then ECW as part of the Samoan Gangster Party.

NEXT WEEK: Alundra Blayze & Heidi Lee Morgan meet Bull Nakano & Luna Vachon! The British Bulldog hooks ’em up with Jim Neidhart!


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