Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Countdown to the Crowning
From: Erie, PA
Countdown to the Crowning opening video
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage are in a studio for this special edition of RAW. They have a board behind them that has the bracket for the King of the Ring. King of the Ring is only six days away and they make sure to hype that up. McMahon talks about the WWF World Tag Team Championship match between the Headshrinkers and the Quebecers.
Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase are on commentary of the contest.
Main Event: WWF World Tag Team Champions the Headshrinkers defeated the Quebecers to retain the titles: Jacque shoves Samu but is met with a few right hands. Samu with a falling head butt as Jacque went to catapult Samu but that failed. Fatu tags in to the match and works on Pierre with a head butt. Pierre comes back with a quick rollup for a near fall and is able to clothesline Fatu inside and out. Fatu comes off the ropes with a running forearm smash to knock Pierre down. Jacque tags back in and hammers away on Fatu. Jacque ducks a clothesline and drives Fatu down with a face buster but that doesn’t affect Fatu. Fatu super kicks Jacque and power slam Pierre. Back from commercial, Samu is tripped by Johnny Polo and Jacque keeps the upper hand with a rear chin lock. Jacque goes to jump onto Samu’s back but Samu rolls over and Jacque lands on Samu’s knees. Fatu gets the tag but the referee didn’t see it and Samu is double teamed briefly. Pierre sends Samu hard back first into the corner and gets a near fall. Quebecers whiplash Samu and Jacque scoop slams Pierre onto Samu for a two count. Jacque scoop slams Samu and tags Pierre back in. Pierre heads to the top for the Tower but Samu moves out of the way. Pierre tags in Jacque and Jacque cuts Samu off. Samu with a double dropkick after ducking a double clothesline attempt. Fatu is tagged in and the champs drive Pierre face first into the canvas. Fatu heads to the top rope and connects with a splash to pick up the win. **
After the match, the Headshrinkers grab Johnny Polo and allow Afa to connect with a Samoan Drop!
Randy Savage declares that the Headshrinkers are his favorite tag team ever. We go to a promo from Crush and Yokozuna. Crush puts himself and Yokozuna over as the greatest force in the WWF. Jim Cornette believes that the Headshrinker turned on their brother, Yokozuna. Cornette predicts that the Headshrinkers will lose the championships.
Footage from the 1994 Hall of the Fame is shown.
Randy Savage and Vince McMahon talk about the Bret Hart vs. Diesel match for the WWF World Championship. Savage believes that Diesel will defeat Bret Hart to win the championship. We go to footage from a recent Kings Court where Bret Hart is attacked by Diesel and Michaels. Bret Hart with a promo and says that he isn’t paying attention to Diesel’s words. Hart says that he knows that Diesel can not do this by himself and believes that Diesel is getting worried. Hart has a family member to back him up against Diesel and Shawn Michaels. “Diesel.. You are going down!”.
Footage of how four men qualified for the King of the Ring. IRS used the ropes to pin Scott Steiner. Mabel pinned Pierre following a side slam. Razor Ramon defeated Kwang following the Razors Edge. Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Bob Holly following a top rope flying head butt.
Footage of how the second four men qualified for the King of the Ring. Jeff Jarrett defeated Lex Luger by count-out after Crush rammed Luger head first into the ring steps. 1-2-3 Kid pinned Adam Bomb after Kwang accidentally spat mist into Bomb’s face. Owen Hart pinned Doink after Jarrett picked up Dink on the floor causing a distraction. Tatanka was able to beat Crush in a lumberjack match.
Randy Savage will now predict every match in the King of the Ring. Here are his predictions.
IRS defeats Mable
Bam-Bam Bigelow defeats Razor Ramon
Jeff Jarrett defeats 1-2-3 Kid
Tatanka defeats Owen Hart
Bam-Bam Bigelow defeats IRS
Jeff Jarrett defeats Tatanka
Bam-Bam Bigelow defeats Jeff Jarrett
McMahon and Savage talk about the Piper/Lawler match. Savage says that Piper will win. We go to footage from last week, which is the Kings Court segment.
Back to the arena, IRS comes out and says that he will be the next King of the Ring. All eight men will be in the ring all at once. Mabel comes out as well and is jolly as ever. Bigelow, Ramon, Jarrett, 1-2-3 Kid, Owen Hart and Tatanka also come out. The fans give the wrestlers a ovation and there is a spotlight on the chair and crown to close out the show.
End of show.
My Take: Well, the tag title match effectively ends the run of the Quebecers in the WWF during the 1994 year. Quebecers got a few moves in but they were essentially written off of television with the rather deciding loss to the Headshrinkers. A decent match that was rather short and sweet considering it was a title match.
This week was mainly just a show to hype up the pay per view. At least their was one featured match. I thought they did a decent job at making the PPV seem interesting. For that reason, it isn’t a bad show really.
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