Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Burlington, VT
Footage from last week where Earthquake challenged Yokozuna to a match.
RAW opening video
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage hype up the possible Earthquake/Yokozuna match up. Razor Ramon will be facing Kwang on tonight’s edition.
Opening Contest: Razor Ramon defeated Kwang to qualify for the 1994 King of the Ring: Kwang and Ramon trade wrist locks and hammerlocks. Ramon slaps Kwang across the face but Kwang gains control with chops and a boot to the midsection. Kwang works on Ramon in the corner with more boots and chops. Ramon with a hip toss and clotheslines Kwang over the top to the floor. Ramon knocks Kwang off the apron with a right hand, twice. On the third attempt, Kwang drops Ramon throat first across the top rope. Kwang with a standing sidekick to control Ramon. Ramon with a backslide and gets a near fall. Kwang misses a shoulder block in the corner and Ramon works on Kwang’s shoulder with several shoulder blocks and drops a leg across the left arm. Ramon with a cross body off the ropes for a near fall. Kwang comes back with a spinning heel kick which knocks Ramon silly. Ramon with a few knees in the corner but Kwang delivers a boot to the face. Ramon trades right hands with Kwang but Kwang drives Ramon face first into the mat as RAW goes to commercial. Kwang misses a heel kick and is dropped with a choke slam from Ramon who nearly wins the match. Discus right hand by Ramon who is pumped up. Ramon places Kwang on the top turnbuckle but Kwang knocks Ramon off. Kwang with a cross body of the middle rope but Ramon rolls through and gets a near fall. Kwang with another kick for a near fall. Ramon with a knee lift and goes for the Razor’s Edge but Ramon can’t get Kwang up and drops Kwang. Kwang misses another heel kick and he crashes to the mat. Ramon goes for another Razor’s Edge and connects to pick up the win. *1/4
After the match, Ramon celebrates the win with the fans.
WWF King of the Ring 1994 report with Todd Pettengill. Pettengill shows off his king of the ring jacket. Razor Ramon joins IRS as the second wrestler to qualify for the tournament. Pettengill mentions that next week Bam-Bam Bigelow will face Sparky Plugg in another King of the Ring Qualifying match. Roddy Piper is returning to the WWF to take on Jerry Lawler. Piper is facing Lawler for the kids at a hospital.
Second Contest: Crush defeated Raymond Roy: Roy dropkicks Crush and rolls Crush up for a near fall. Crush with a thrust kick and works on Roy with a few clubbing blows and chops. Crush dominates Roy dropping Roy with a gorilla press slam. Crush with the heart punch and picks up the win.
Promo by new WWF wrestler Duke “The Dumpster” Droese. Droese is in the back of a garbage truck and he says that he will be climbing to the top of the WWF.
Footage from WWF Superstars where we see Jerry Lawler poking fun at Dink until Doink came out and teased to hit Lawler with a pie. Instead, Doink throws the pies into the face of Doink and silly strings Dink as well. Doink is revealed to be Jeff Jarrett! Jarrett cut a brief promo on Doink saying that he put things in his hands.
Third Contest: Doink defeated Mike Terrace: Doink with a arm drag and a leg sweep on Terrace. Jeff Jarrett calls in during the match and rips on Randy Savage for praising Randy Savage. Dink enters the ring and stomps on Terrace does a flip which gets nothing a reaction. Doink with a backbreaker and drops a elbow before connecting with the Whoopee Cushion and picking up the win.
After the match, Doink celebrates the win with Dink.
Highlights of Earthquake’s career as a sumo wrestler. He was 24-0 in sumo wrestling. Quake says that he has a lot to prove in the WWF.
Jerry Lawler is back with another King’s Court. Lawler wishes that Piper had the guts to be a guest on the Kings Court. Lawler introduces his next guest, Yokozuna. Jim Cornette laughs with Lawler about the pictures of Earthquake when he was a sumo wrestler. Cornette says that Quake’s record in sumo wrestling is in the past and that Yokozuna is today. Cornette says that Quake is the typical American. Cornette wonders if Quake knows what Yokozuna means. The name means “grand champion”. Cornette accepts the challenge and wants to have a sumo match. Cornette says that they can take ropes down and the only way to lose is to knock your opponent out of the ring. Lawler doesn’t believe that Quake will go for the match.
Some guy who does yard work says that he saw the Undertaker. He says that Undertaker was sleeping in a trench. He says that Taker proceeded to walk out of the trench and disappear into the woods.
Main Event: Mabel defeated Mike Bell: Bell with a few right hands chops and head butts but Mable comes back with several open hand chops. Savage gets a letter from someone who says that Earthquake as accepted the challenge of Yokozuna. Mable with some mat wrestling work on the arm of Bell. Vertical suplex by Mable and a big leg drop. Big splash by Mable in the corner. Mable with a side slam and picks up the win.
Backstage, Jerry Lawler is with Earthquake. Lawler asks Quake if he is nuts. Quake almost hits Lawler who backs off. Quake says that he is going to beat Yokozuna next week.
End of show
My Take: Ramon/Kwang was a competitive match but Kwang’s offense is so repetitive that it was obvious what he would do next and that, for me, took away from the match. Ramon moving on in the KOTR had to happen or in two weeks he would have lost two big matches and Kwang isn’t at the level where Ramon wouldn’t be hurt from the loss. I can’t believe that Jeff Jarrett is feuding with Doink after all the promos leading to his debut where he was targeting main event guys. What a waste of Jeff Jarrett if you ask me. A sumo match is a interesting idea, but it’s a wrestling show and I would prefer to see a wrestling match. Mable will be lost in the shuffle until Mo comes back from injury. Nothing special on this show.