Rebooking The WWF: Week 19, 1994 (MSG Event)
The latest week of Rebooking The WWF features a special MSG live event that saw Bret Hart square off against his rival, Ted DiBiase, inside a steel cage! Plus, King of the Rig qualifying matches!
WWF RAW 5/9/1994
1. WWF World Tag Team Champions Diesel & Shawn Michaels defeated Jerry Lynn & PJ Walker in 3:07 when Diesel pinned Walker after a powerbomb.
2. Kings Court w/Ric Flair: Jerry Lawler starts the segment promoting a match he has with WWF World Champion the Undertaker at a MSG house show this Saturday. Lawler believes that it should be him getting a shot at a pay per view named after himself, King of the Ring. He will put the Undertaker to rest before DiBiase can get a chance to do so at In Your House next Sunday. Lawler introduces his guest, Ric Flair! Flair comes out with the masked man and is clearly happy. Jerry talks about Hulk Hogan being attacked last week and says that he has been hearing rumors that Flair’s masked man was seen in the area just seconds before the attack took place. Flair tells Lawler that there is one thing that he isn’t. Ric Flair and anyone associated with him is not a coward. If Flair was going to do something to Hogan he would do it personally and not do it in such a sneaky manner. Flair does admit that Hogan being hurt is music to his ears, though. Lawler says that he believes the Nature Boy and decides to change the topic. Lawler wants to know when we will get to see Flair in a WWF ring wrestling on a full-time basis. Flair smirks at the idea and tells Lawler that he has plenty of business to take care of. Flair ponders if he should reveal news tonight and after conferencing with the masked man, he decides to do so. Flair says that it’s known that the WWF is changing RAW from one hour to a two hour program. Since this is happening on June 20th, 1994 the night after King of the Ring, Flair feels like that is something he wants to be part of. Thus, Flair announces that he will compete on RAW on June 20th, 1994 and issues an open challenge. “Who wants to try to make a name for themselves?” Flair tells them too bad because they will be embarrassed by the Nature Boy as the new era of WWF is coming on June 20th. WOOO!
3. Razor Ramon defeated Tom Richards in 2:55 following the Razors Edge. During the match, Carlos Vega cut a promo saying that Ramon is number one on his hit list.
4. Sparky Plugg Interview: Jim Ross conducted an interview with Sparky Plugg this week. Plugg promotes a race he has coming up on May 22nd in the afternoon before In Your House. Plugg believes he has shown his determination in the ring and that same determination will be seen on the race track and is confident he will win the race. He hopes the WWF fans have his support.
5. Yokozuna defeated Bill Kratz in 1:18 following a Bonsai Drop.
6. The Undertaker Interview: Vince McMahon conducted an interview with WWF World Champion the Undertaker and Paul Bearer. McMahon promotes the fact that Taker has to defend the championship against Ted DiBiase next week at In Your House #2, but Taker will also be in action this weekend against Jerry Lawler at Madison Square Garden in a non-title match. Bearer starts with Lawler saying that the Undertaker will make sure that the King is knocked off his stool and will rest in peace. Bearer turns his attention to Ted DiBiase. Bearer knows that DiBiase is a rich man but there isn’t enough money in the world that would be able to take the championship away from the Undertaker. Bearer knows that DiBiase has been having a lot of luck with the Hart Family and made their lives miserable. But, Bearer believes that DiBiase’s luck will come to an end because the grim reaper never loses. The Undertaker comes up to the microphone and simply says DiBiase will Rest In Peace!
7. Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Glenn Johnson in 2:43 following a diving head butt off the top rope. During the match, Lex Luger called in and tried to tell the announcers that he has no problem with Bigelow and that everything between them is perfectly fine.
8. Tatanka defeated WWF World Tag Team Champion Shawn Michaels in 9:42 following a Samoan Drop to advance in the 1994 King of the Ring Tournament. During the bout, Men on a Mission came out and distracted Michaels leading to the finish.
WWF Superstars 5/14/1994
1. Scott Norton defeated Tim Williams in 2:05 following a shoulder breaker.
2. Bob Backlund Interview: Vince McMahon conducted an interview with Bob Backlund regarding his search for an American that the fans can truly look up to instead of Ron Simmons. Backlund says that Simmons is a born loser. He notes that Simmons had several chances to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship but came up miles short every time, and yet the fans continue to cheer for him. Backlund thinks the fans are pathetic and don’t know what a real hero is. Backlund goes on to reveal that his search will conclude at In Your House #2 and invites Ron Simmons to meet the man he chooses at the event. Backlund hopes then the fans will realize they have been cheering for the wrong man all along.
3. The Headshrinkers defeated Rick Fuller & Chris Kanyon in 2:33 when Fatu pinned Fuller following a splash off the top rope. After the match, Johnny Polo and the Quebecers try to attack the Headshrinkers but Samu and Fatu were able to fight them off. However, Polo came back into the ring and brough his hockey stick over the backs of the Headshrinkers. The Quebecers beat down the Headshrinkers along with Polo until a mystery man ran down to the ring and ran them off. The man appears to be related to the Headshrinkers as he helped them up to their feet!
4. The Kamikaze Kid defeated Greg Jenson in 2:04 following a top rope moonsault.
5. Rick Steiner Update: Jim Ross narrates the video which shows Rick Steiner injuring his knee during a title match against Shawn Michaels and Diesel. At the conclusion of the video, Rick Steiner is seen laying in a bed with his leg elevated. Rick knows that he will return stronger than before and will be rooting for his brother Scott Steiner as he competes in singles action while he is out with injury.
6. Carlos Vega defeated Mark Starr in 2:56 following a spinning heel kick. During the match, Razor Ramon cuts a promo telling Vega to bring the best he has to the Bad Guy.
7. Randy Savage defeated Doink the Clown in 6:14 following a top rope elbow drop to advance in the 1994 King of the Ring Tournament.
WWF Madison Square Garden
From: New York, NY
Announcers: Jim Ross & Bobby Heenan
Aired Only On MSG Network
Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan welcome everyone to Madison Square Garden. Ross promotes the supercard and hypes up the main event taking place between Bret Hart and Ted DiBiase inside a steel cage. Ross tells us that this is the final encounter between both men to put an end to their rivalry. Heenan believes that DiBiase is going to make good on his second chance to beat up the “no good Bret Hart.” Plus, Diana Smith will be with DiBiase at ringside! Ross continues to hype the show which includes the WWF World Champion the Undertaker taking on Jerry Lawler. Razor Ramon gets a shot at WWF Intercontinental Champion Rick Martel. Plus, WWF World Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels and Diesel meet Men on a Mission. Ross sends it over to Howard Finkel to kick off the action tonight in Madison Square Garden1
Opening Contest: Jeff Jarrett vs. Sparky Plugg: Jarrett decides to mock Plugg by pretending to drive in a car around the ring and is met with a dropkick for doing so. Plugg works over Jarrett with a series of arm drags and a back drop. Sparky misses a splash in the corner and Jarrett hit a back suplex for a near fall. Jarrett scoop slammed Plugg and hit a middle rope first drop for a near fall. Jarrett taunts the fans after hitting a vertical suplex. Jarrett heads to the top rope but is cut off by Plugg who crotches Jeff on the top turnbuckle and was able to hit a superplex. Plugg took a chance by heading to the top rope and leaped off to hit a flying cross body for the win! (Sparky Plugg over Jeff Jarrett, 6:13, **1/4) After the match, Scott Norton made his way to the ring but Plugg bailed from the ring. Norton picked Jarrett up and helped him to the back as Jarrett was yelling that he was screwed out of victory.
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is standing with Scott Steiner regarding his match with Doink the Clown. Steiner says that he wasn’t afraid of clowns as a child. Rather, he was the kid that would always beat the clown up for fun. Tonight, Scott is going to have fun putting a beating on Doink in MSG!
Second Contest: Doink the Clown vs. Scott Steiner: Doink sprays water in Scott’s face to open the bout and is greeted with a series of right hands. Scott catches Doink coming out of the corner and hit an impressive overhead belly to belly suplex. Doink missed a wild clothesline and was sent to the floor with a backdrop. Doink tried to come off the top rope as Scott played to the fans, but Scott caught Doink and hit another overhead belly to belly suplex. Doink begs off in the corner and is able to kick Scott in the midsection before hammering away on Steiner in the corner. Doink got a near fall after a snap suplex. Doink is able to hit a swinging neckbreaker and heads to the top looking for the Whoopee Cushion, but Scott moved out of the way. Doink stood up holding his backside and Scott hit the double under hook sit down powerbomb to win the match! (Scott Steiner over Doink the Clown, 7:17, ***)
Third Contest: WWF World Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Men on a Mission: Mo and Michaels started off the title match with both men trading arm drags. Mo was able to get the upperhand on Michaels and hit a spinning heel kick for a two count in the opening moments off the bout. Michaels poke Mo in the eyes and hit an elbow smash off the middle rope to the back of Mo’s head to allow the champs to get the advantage. Michaels worked over Mo with a series of jabs in the corner before tagging in Diesel. Diesel entered and connected with a series of elbow strikes and chokes Mo with his boot. Diesel attempted a big boot but Mo ducked under and attempted a cross body but was caught by Diesel, who was able to hit a side slam for a near fall. Diesel hits a snake eyes in the corner and as Mo stumbles backwards Diesel hit a big boot and got a near fall but Mabel broke up the cover at two. Diesel attempts to hit a powerbomb but Mo was able to wiggle to a better position and took Diesel over with a head scissors! Mo lunges and tags in Mabel! Mabel enters and cleans house with a series of clotheslines. Mabel comes off the ropes and leg drops Diesel for a two count! Mabel sends Diesel into the corner where Michaels gets a surprise tag on Diesel. Mabel hits the splash on Diesel and turns around to play to the crowd. Michaels enters the ring and ends up catching Mabel right on the chin with the superkick! Mabel slowly crashes to the mat and Michaels covers him to get the win! (Shawn Michaesl & Diesel over Men on a Mission to retain the titles, 11:46, **3/4)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is with Mr. Fuji and Yokozuna to talk about Yoko’s upcoming match with Tatanka. Fuji tells Pettengill that Tatanka is fighting for the little men of the WWF, but Tatanka will suffer the same fate for getting in Yoko’s business. Fuji is looking forward to seeing Tatanka laying splat on the mat.
Fourth Contest: Tatanka vs. Yokozuna: Yoko works over Tatanka in the opening moments with a clubbing blow over the back and delivers a few throat thrusts in the corner to continue his offense. Tatanka tries to fight out of the corner with a few overhand strikes but Yoko drives Tatanka down to the canvas with a belly to belly suplex. Yoko gets up and looks for a leg drop but Tatanka moves out of the way. Tatanka comes off the ropes several times to deliver overhand strikes and gets Yoko to stagger. Yoko stops Tatanka with a double chop to the chest to drop him. Yokozuna sends Tatanka to a corner and hits a running splash! Yokozuna follows up and hits a second running splash! Tatanka is out on his feet and Yoko slams him down. Yoko signals for the end and hits the Bonsai Drop to get the three count. (Yokozuna over Tatanka, 5:08, **)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is standing with Razor Ramon. Todd hypes up Razor’s title match with WWF Intercontinental Champion Rick Martel. Ramon first talks about Carlos Vega coming back from his past and he resolve that. Ramon notes that Martel is part of his past and tonight the Bad Guy is going to regain the gold!
Fifth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Rick Martel vs. Razor Ramon: Martel stalls quite a bit on the floor with his girlfriend Tamara. Ramon chases Martel around ringside and Martel stomps away on Razoe once they get back in the ring. Martel sends Razor into the ropes and hits a dropkick for a one count. Martel doesn’t back off and continues to work over Razor with strikes. Martel ducks a clothesline and is able to deliver a gut buster and focuses his offense on Razor’s ribs. Martel locks in an abdominal stretch for a few moments but Razor manages to get out of it with a hip toss. Razor drops Martel with a series of right hands and discus clothesline for a two count. Razor gets to the middle rope and leaps off hitting Martel with a bulldog but only gets a two count after Tamara puts Rick’s foot on the bottom rope! Razor yells at Tamara and Martel rolls him up but Razor kicks out before a three count. Martel takes Razor over with a gutwrench suplex to keep the challenger down. Martel tries to get the win with a sleeper hold but Ramon refuses to stay down long enough. Razor rams Martel back first into a corner and is able to flapjack the champ down. Ramon gets up and connects with a choke slam! Ramon gets up and signals for the Razors Edge. However, Tamara gets on the apron and distracts the referee and Ramon. Carlos Vega appears from the back and springboards off the top rope to nail Ramon with a spinning heel kick! Martel crawls over as Tamara drops down from the apron. The refere turns around and makes the count on Ramon. Martel retains! (Rick Martel over Razor Ramon, 10:44, **3/4)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is standing with Ted DiBiase and Diana Smith. DiBiase says he is looking forward to meeting Bret Hart one last time inside the steel cage. DiBiase says that tonight he gets to beat Bret Hart to a bloody pulp and do so for his woman, Diana. Ted promises to inflict pain and punishment that she only wished she could have done to her own brother!
Sixth Contest: IRS vs. Owen Hart: Owen uses his speed to get the better of IRS in the opening moments and dropkicks IRS to a corner. Owen charges and hits a monkey flip. Owen heads to the top rope and looks for a missile dropkick but IRS casually sidesteps the move. IRS lifts Owen up and hits a twirling back suplex for a two count. IRS attempts a piledriver, but Owen is able to counter a backdrop. Owen quickly gets to his feet and drops IRS with a spinning heel kick. Owen heads to the top again and hits a missile dropkick to get the win. (Owen Hart over IRS, 4:21, *1/2)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is with Jerry “the King” Lawler: Lawler tells Todd to hit the bricks because he knows how to do this on his own. Lawler tells us that he can’t wait to drop the Deadman on his head and pin him to the mat for three seconds making him the number one contender. Lawler is confident that tonight royalty will prevail over the supernatural.
Seventh Contest: WWF World Champion The Undertaker vs. Jerry Lawler: Lawler hides on the floor during the dark entrance of the champion. Lawler tried to do a sneak attack, but Taker turned around in time and scared Lawler causing him to stumble backwards and lands on his backside. Taker backs Lawler into a corner but Lawler ducks under Taker’s attack and works over the champ worth jabs and chops but they have no impact on Taker. Lawler sends Taker into the ropes but is met with a big boot. Lawler pops back to his feet and grabbed by the throat. Taker tosses Lawler into a corner and delivers a flurry of rights and lefts. Lawler staggers out and turns around right into a chokeslam! Taker isn’t through with Lawler as he picks him up and plants him with tombstone to win the match. (The Undertaker over Jerry Lawler, 5:08, **)
Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan hype up the main event. Afterward, we get a highlight package going over the history between DiBiase and Hart as they settle the score inside a steel cage.
Main Event: Bret Hart vs. Ted DiBiase in a Steel Cage Match: DiBiase gives Diana a kiss before entering the cage as the MSG crowd boos him. Bret quickly goes on the attack with right hands and stomps in the corner. Bret makes sure to yell at Diana before going back to DiBiase. Bret scoop slams Ted and leaps off the middle rope to hit a forearm drop. Hart sends Ted back first into a corner and Ted bounces off before falling down to his back. Bret scrapes his boot on Ted’s face. Bret tries to send DiBiase into the cage, but Ted blocks it and elbows Bret in the midsection. DiBiase drives Hart down to the canvas with a vertical suplex. Ted quickly follows up with a series of fist drops. DiBiase connects with a gut wrench suplex and soon sends Bret hard chest first into the corner. Ted is able to toss Bret face first into the steel cage a couple of times and lets out his evil laugh as he gets control of the bout. Ted puts Bret in the tree of woe in the corner and delivers a series of stomps to the exposed chest of Bret. DiBiase decides to make a climb out of the cage but Bret frees himself and stops DiBiase while still on the top rope. Bret rams Ted face first into the cage and DiBiase ends up crotching himself on the ropes! Bret drops down and shakes the ropes up and down while DiBiase is in pain! Bret picks DiBiase up and hits a side Russian leg sweep before hitting a middle rope forearm drop. Bret goes for the Sharpshooter but DiBiase is able to kick Bret away and that sends Bret face first into the steel cage! DiBiase gets up and pulls Bret up, who has a cut over his left eye. DiBiase goes for the Million Dollar Dream, but Bret fights out of it. Bret comes off the ropes and ducks under a clothesline to deliver a hooking clothesline and both men are down. They both struggle to their feet trading right hands. Bret is wiping the blood out of his eyes. Bret counters a back suplex with a neck breaker! Bret begins to climb up the cage but Diana walks over and begins to distract Bret. DiBiase gets up and grabs Bret’s foot. DiBiase punches Hart back to the canvas. Ted goes for a piledriver but Bret drops to his knees and low blows DiBiase! Bret begins to crawl towards the door and looks to have a victory but Crush comes running out and slams the door right on Bret’s head! Bret crumbles and is out cold. Crush motivates DiBiase to get up and Ted is able to climb up the cage and out of it to win the match! (Ted DiBiase over Bret Hart, 15:29, ***1/2) After the match, Crush enters the ring and puts the Kona Vice on a knocked out Bret Hart! DiBiase grabs a chair and looks to enter the ring until the Undertaker comes out and DiBiase bails. Crush tries to climb out but Taker enters and grabs Crush. Taker hammers away on Crush, but Crush is able to get free. Crush and DiBiase leave with their arms raised while Taker is in the ring with a laid out Bret Hart to close the show.
WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/15/1994
1. Jim Neidhart defeated Tom Howard in 2:55 following a spine buster.
2. Men on a Mission Interview: Jim Ross conducted an interview with Men on a Mission. They are getting a title shot at Shawn Michaels and Diesel at In Your House #2 next week. Mo tells us that their goal ever since entering the WWF was to walk away with the WWF World Tag Team Championships and they aren’t going to let that chance slip through their fingers. Mabel chimes in to let the WWF fans know that they are going to rough up the pretty boy Michaels and knock giant Diesel off his feet before getting the three count and walking out with the gold!
3. Owen Hart defeated James Tavern in 2:09 after a missile dropkick.
4. The Heavenly Bodies defeated Eric Armstrong & Mike Bell in 2:16 when Pritchard pinned Bell.
5. Chris Benoit Interview: Vince McMahon conducted an interview with Chris Benoit regarding a match with Owen Hart. Benoit tells us that he has signed the contract to meet Owen Hart next week at In Your House #2 next week. Benoit says he had a great satisfaction beating the little Hart at WrestleMania and it will be icing on the cake being able to do it again at In Your House. Benoit tells McMahon that once he gets done with Owen, he is going to move onto bigger and better things including the King of the Ring tournament.
6. Crush defeated Bart Gunn in 5:18 with the Kona Vice. After the match, Bret Hart comes down and attacks Mr. Fuji on the floor. Crush comes after Bret but clotheslines the ring post on accident. Hart locks in the Sharpshooter on the floor until Ludvig Borga comes out but Bret lets go to avoid being beaten down.