Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Bushkill, PA
Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler welcome everyone to the show. They hype up the show. Lawler talks about having the 1-2-3 Kid as a special guest for Kings Court.
Opening Contest: WWF World Champion Bret Hart/Davey Boy Smith defeated Owen Hart/Jim Neidhart: Bret and Smith go to work on Owen and Neidhart by sending them into each other. Neidhart is double clotheslined to the floor while Smith press slams Owen over the top rope onto Neidhart on the floor! Bret catapults Neidhart back into the ring from the apron. Bret clubs away on Neidhart in the corner and big boots Neidhart in the corner. Neidhart catches a running Bret with a bear hug but Bret bites his way out of it. Smith tags into the bout trying to shoulder block Neidhart and knocks Neidhart off his feet after a third shoulder block. Neidhart pokes Smith in the eyes before tagging out to Owen. Smith nails Owen with a big clothesline and a backdrop! Smith blocks a backdrop attempt by Owen by hitting a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Owen connects with a nice spinning heel kick to knock Smith off his feet. Owen delivers an atomic drop on Smith before tagging out to Neidhart, who works on Smith’s groin. Smith gets out of a sleeper hold but is met with a knee lift from Neidhart for a two count. Owen tags in to double clothesline Smith. Owen stomps away on Smith’s back several times before switching his attention to a sleeper hold. Smith gets out of it but runs into a back elbow strike. Neidhart returns to the ring connecting with a gut wrench suplex for a two count. Smith is choked by Owen behind the referees back as RAW goes to commercial. Smith sunset flips Owen for a near fall but Owen quickly nails Smith with a kick to the side of the head for a two count. Neidhart tags in to power slam Smith for a near fall. Smith tries to tag in Bret but Owen enters to punch Bret on the apron. Bret chases Owen around the ring a few times until the referee jumps to the floor. Owen enters the ring to hit Smith with the Hart Attack to get a near fall as Bret breaks up the count. Owen hits Smith with a neck breaker before heading to the top rope. Smith rolls through a top rope cross body for a two count. Owen prevents Smith from tagging out by locking in a camel clutch. Smith rams Owen back first into the corner to break free from the hold. Owen begins to upper cut Smith until Smith backslides Owen for a near fall. Neidhart enters the bout clubbing away on Smith to go along with a choke as RAW goes to commercial. Smith comes off the ropes and collides with Owen head first. Smith crawls to his corner and tags in Bret but Neidhart distracted the referee. Owen accidentally dropkicks Neidhart as Smith broke free! Smith kicks Owen away to tag in Bret, who cleans house with a dropkick and rams his opponents into each other. Bret punches Neidhart in the corner before leaping off to punch Owen as well. Bret runs out of the corner with Neidhart to hit a running bulldog for a two count. Bret continues with a back breaker and leaps off the middle rope to deliver a forearm shot for a two count, again. Owen kicks Bret in the back from the apron to help out Neidhart. Smith dropkicks Bret onto Neidhart but Owen leaps off the top with a diving head butt, but Neidhart only gets a near fall. Bret avoids a double clothesline by clotheslining Neidhart. Owen is pulled to the floor by Smith. Bret gets the Sharpshooter on Neidhart to win the bout. **3/4
Survivor Series Report 1994 with Todd Pettengill is up next. Pettengill just announces that a new elimination match has been added to the event. He runs down the complete card.
– WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund for the title. Backlund demanded that Hart accept his challenge to make the match a submission match.
– The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna in a casket match. Chuck Norris will be the special enforcer.
– Lex Luger, Adam Bomb, Mable and Smoking Gunns vs. Tatanka, King Kong Bundy, Bam-Bam Bigelow and the Heavenly Bodies.
– Razor Ramon, 1-2-3 Kid, Davey Boy Smith and the New Headshrinkers vs. Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jeff Jarrett.
– Clowns R Us vs. the Royal Family. If you couldn’t guess, it is Doink vs. Lawler with midgets as their partners.
This report also features a vignette of Chuck Norris putting over the WWF Superstars as being the toughest guys.
Second Contest: Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Tyrone Knox: Bigelow earns the easy victory following a leaping spin kick.
Back from a commercial, the camera is on Vince McMahon. McMahon announces that Randy Savage has been unable to come to terms to a new contract with the WWF. McMahon thanks Savage for all the things he has done for the company and wishes Savage nothing but the best.
Jerry Lawler is in the ring for another edition of Kings Court. Lawler introduces his guest, the 1-2-3 Kid. Lawler insults Kid’s skinny body a few times before hyping up Kid’s match next week against Bob Backlund. Kid hopes that Backlund isn’t too focused on Bret Hart because when he gets in the ring with him… he doesn’t finish that thought because Bob Backlund enters the ring looking for the chicken wing but Kid kicks Backlund to the floor. Bret Hart comes down to the ring and raises Kid’s arm in victory. Owen Hart and Jim Neidhart try to calm Backlund down on the floor.
Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler hype up the submission match between Bob Backlund and Bret Hart at Survivor Series.
Main Event: Doink the Clown defeated Pat Tanaka: Doink picks up the win following the Whoopee Cushion.
After the match, Doink grabs Lawler’s crown from McMahon and wears the crown. Doink gives the crown to his friends Dink, Wink and Pink. Lawler gets the crown back but isn’t happy about the clowns wearing it. Lawler claims that a jewel is missing from his crown.
Lawler yells at his partners and begins to get a game plan set up. McMahon hypes up next week’s show. Doink’s partners end up coming down to the ringside area, but Lawler holds his partners back to coward away.
Backstage, WWF World Champion Bret Hart is interviewed by Vince McMahon. Bret will be by 1-2-3 Kid’s side next week rooting him on against Bob Backlund.
End of show
My Take: The tag bout was a good television match that would have been a lot better if Bret didn’t get the hot tag. Bret’s offense really killed the crowd because he didn’t do anything exciting, just really punches and other uninteresting moves. Plus, I’ve always thought it would make more sense to have the smaller guy of a team be the one to be dominated throughout before making the tag. But, since Bret is the champion I suppose he was supposed to be made out as a huge hero and all that. It just didn’t deliver from that standpoint. Still, it was a fun tag bout.
Randy Savage is headed to WCW. Judging by how McMahon went about doing this, he must have had no idea that was going to happen.
At least they did some kind of hype up for the Kid/Backlund match next week, otherwise there would be zero interest in it, really.
Overall, this week’s RAW get a thumbs up from me. The tag bout took up a good portion of the show and was quite entertaining. I can’t complain with that.
Thanks for reading.