Rebooking The WWF: Week 23, 1994
This week features a special televised Boston Gardens show!
WWF RAW 6/6/1994
1. Razor Ramon defeated Ian Smith in 2:36 following the Razors Edge. During the match, Carlos Vega shared pre-tape comments saying that Ramon continues to get on his bad side. Vega tells us that he will get revenge on Ramon for everything he has ever done and he will get his revenge when Ramon doesn’t expect it. Vega is going to enjoy the pain he gives Ramon.
2. Kings Court w/ Ted DiBiase & Diana Smith: Jerry Lawler is standing in the ring, which has a table present as Ted DiBiase and Diana Smith are once again his guests on the program. DiBiase and Diana come out with what appears to be a lawyer to oversee the proceedings. DiBiase enters the ring and says that ever since he swooped Diana off her feet they have been waiting for this moment. The moment that will see Diana break away from the Smith and Hart name and be welcomed to the DiBiase family. Ted tells us that the man with them is indeed a lawyer who has printed out all the proper paperwork. DiBiase holds the paper up and says the moment has arrived for them to start a new life. However, the crowd notices that British Bulldog coming down the aisle way and making his way down to the ring. DiBiase tells Bulldog to not take one more step forward or he will regret that decision. DiBiase thought they would see Bulldog tonight. Bulldog smiles and takes a few more steps. DiBiase tells Bulldog that was a mistake and starts to laugh. At that moment, Crush runs out from behind and sends Bulldog shoulder first into the ring post. Crush drops Bulldog face first across the ring steps as well! Bulldog is out cold as Crush rolls him into the ring. DiBiase has Diana sign the papers on Bulldog’s body in the middle of the ring! DiBiase proceeds to shove the paper down Bulldog’s throat and laughs over the fallen Bulldog!
3. Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Frank Carlson in 2:15 following a top rope diving headbutt. During the bout, Bigelow shared some pre-tape comments about Randy Savage saying that Savage will not make it past the second round let alone make it to the throne. Bigelow is going to rise to the throne and win the WWF World Championship, something he was screwed out of by Lex Luger. “Luger, I haven’t forgotten.”
4. Scott Steiner defeated Gary Jay in 2:57 following a Frankensteiner. During the match, Tamara came out and appeared to flirt with Steiner. After Steiner won, Tamara blew Steiner a kiss before heading to the backstage area with a smile on her face.
5. Hulk Hogan Interview: Vince McMahon welcomes Hulk Hogan to RAW for a special interview. Hogan makes his way out to a huge reaction and embraces McMahon in the ring. Vince talks about how Hogan lost to Ric Flair at Mania in Madison Square Garden, how Flair now has a masked man making Hogan’s life miserable and how the two men attacked Hogan’s good friend Randy Savage last week on RAW. Hulk says that everyday he has to live with the fact that he failed his Hulkamaniacs in his match with Ric Flair at WrestleMania X. Now, his failures are affecting his friends and that is making him burst with anger. Hogan is sick and tired of the games. Hogan is not asking, but rather is demanding one more match with Ric Flair. “Jack Tunney, to have the power to make it happen. Everyone deserves a second chance, and I’m hear begging you to allow me to end the Nature Boy’s terror.” Hogan ends up having the fans chant “one more time” and tears up his shirt to a big ovation.
6. Crush & Ludvig Borga defeated David Smith & Bobby Walker in 2:38 when Borga pinned Walker after a shoulder breaker. During the match, Johnny Polo cut a pre-tape promo saying that his men Crush and Borga are going to be champions sooner rather than later.
7. Yokozuna defeated Jim Neidhart in 3:55 following the Bonzai Drop. During the match, Tatanka appeared on the aisle way watching his opponent at KOTR. Johnny Polo cut a promo after the match daring Tatanka to come to the ring. Polo continued to say that Yokozuna will be the 1994 King of the Ring to close the show.
WWF Superstars 6/11/1994
1. Owen Hart defeated Greg Williams in 1:45 following a missile dropkick. During the match, Chris Benoit shared some pre-tape comments saying that at KOTR Benoit will break their 1-1 tie and will also break Owen’s neck.
2. Randy Savage Interview: Earlier in the week, Vince McMahon at down with Randy Savage at his home to talk about the recent things that have happened. Savage talks about being attacked by the masked man and Flair last week. Savage recalls the history between Flair and himself and says that the hatred he feels for Flair will never go away. Savage considers him to be the worst scum of them all and a coward. He also calls the masked man a coward for hiding under a mask. Savage heard Hogan’s interview on RAW and says that it got him thinking. Savage remembers back in the day they formed the greatest tag team in wrestling history. They both hate Flair and the masked man. Savage ends up suggesting to Hulk Hogan that the MEGA POWERS make a one night return to get their revenge. “Think about it brother.” McMahon thinks that would be incredible and brings up the KOTR and whether or not Savage can even compete now. Randy assures McMahon that he could be at 5% healthy and he would still take his chance at getting a shot at the WWF World Championship. Randy knows that Bam-Bam Bigelow is a young pissed off man with flamed literally on his head. Savage doesn’t care and says he has a lot of pride and knows that he can beat anyone in the WWF. Savage is going to be dropping elbows and will return to being the Macho King in the WWF!
3. The Quebecers defeated Hank Stone & AJ Fatal in 3:06 when Pierre pinned Fatal after a senton splash.
4. Scott Norton defeated Damien Wolf in 2:55 following a powerbomb. After the match, Jim Ross talks to Norton and Jeff Jarrett, who was at ringside. Jarrett takes control of the segment saying that he has been pushed aside far too much and that it’s time he gets respect. He got rid of the dead weight in the WWF (Mr. Perfect) and he should be rewarded. Norton chimes in and asks who got rid of the deadweight. Jarrett, noticing that Norton was angry, took a step back and said that Norton took the deadweight out but Jarrett beat him up pretty good beforehand. Jeff finishes off saying that they will have a plan set to get their names back on people’s mind… and it all begins on the first two hour RAW in two weeks!
5. Lex Luger Video: The video is Lex Luger back at the graveyard to show that he isn’t afraid of the dark and thus will beat WWF World Champion the Undertaker at KOTR next Sunday. Luger is walking around mocking the area saying there aren’t any ghosts nor are there any creatures of the night. Just as he says that we see a couple of figures run past him, which Luger notices briefly. Lex starts to laugh saying that he is just seeing things. Luger continues to walk, but sees the figures again. Luger begins to yell that the Undertaker’s mind games aren’t going to work on him. Luger sees a building that Taker was at where Taker was building the casket for him. Luger opens the door and looks around with his fist ready to fight. Luger opens a casket that is standing upwards but there isn’t anyone in there. Luger walks backwards and bumps into another casket. Luger opens the casket and the Undertaker is standing in the casket. Luger doesn’t attack, but rather backs up and stumbles around. The Undertaker speaks and tells Lex that his day of rest is not tonight, but it is coming next weekend. Taker leans downward and asks “Are you afraid of the dark?” as he walks back into the casket and Luger gets up running out of the area quickly.
6. Tatanka defeated Steve Anderson in 2:11 following a Samoan Drop.
7. Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Samu in 5:08 following the Pedigree. During the match, Ron Simmons shared pre-tape comments saying that Hunter is not what Americans should be. Ron is proud of who he is and he believes everyone will believe in him as well.
WWF Boston Gardens
From: Boston Gardens
Announcers: Jim Ross & Bobby Heenan
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Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan welcome everyone to the Boston Garden for some WWF action! Ross notes that tonight we will see a little preview of the King of the Ring pay per view next week when Diesel and Shawn Michaels defend the titles against Marty Jannetty and the Kamikaze Kid. Also tonight, Ron Simmons and Hunter Hearst Helmsley are in singles action against IRS and Owen Hart respectively. But, the biggest match of them all will see WWF World Champion the Undertaker team up with Hulk Hogan to take on Lex Luger and Ric Flair! Bobby Heenan says that the King of the Ring will have to be canceled because Lex Luger is going to end the Undertaker tonight. Plus, Ric Flair is going to finally end Hulkamania so there won’t need to be any kind of Mega Powers return. Ross disagrees and sends us to the ring while Heenan scoffs “why do you always question me?!”
Opening Contest: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Owen Hart: Bob Backlund gets on the microphone before the match and says that Canadians are some of the worst people and Owen should kiss Hunter’s feet out of appreciation of being in the same ring as him. Owen instead dropkicks Hunter into a corner and sends Backlund to the floor. Owen starts the match with a flurry of offense including a head scissors takedown out of the corner. Owen leaps off the middle rope and nails Hunter with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Owen pulls Hunter up but is stopped by a jawbreaker. Hunter plants Owen with a spinning spinebuster for a near win. Hunter comes off the ropes to hit a swinging neckbreaker and follows up with a knee drop for a two count. Hunter attempts to hit the pedigree but Owen backdrops out of it. Owen is able to hit a standing hurricanrana but only gets a near fall. Owen heads to the top but has to knock Backlund off the apron again. Owen leaps off looking for a cross body but Hunter side steps him. Owen gets up and Hunter hits the pedigree to win the match. (Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Owen Hart, 7:16, ***)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is standing with Johnny Polo, Ludvig Borga and Crush. Pettengill mentions that Borga and Crush will be meeting Fatu and Samu later on tonight. Polo laughs at Pettengill and says that his men are in the hunt for the WWF World Tag Team Championships. Naturally, they have to start at the bottom of the barrel. Polo is confident that his men will win tonight.
Second Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Rick Martel vs. Tatanka: Tatanka doesn’t waste any time going after Martel with a series of overhand chops in the corner. Martel comes off the ropes and is met with a flapjack by Tatanka who gets a two count on a cover. Tatanka sets Martel up on the top rope and goes for a superplex but Martel shoves Tatanka off. Martel attempts a double axe handle but Tatanka blocks it and hits a belly to belly suplex for a near fall! Tamara gets on the apron and distracts Tatanka. Martel is able to chop block Tatanka’s knee and slams his knee down onto the canvas. Martel continues to focus on Tatanka’s knee until he misses a middle rope knee drop. Tatanka makes his comeback with a series of strikes and hits a top rope overhand chop, but Tamara gets involved to distract the referee. Tatanka backdrops Martel to the apron and goes to suplex him back in, but while he has Martel up, Tamara trips Tatanka and holds his leg down to allow Martel to get the pin! (Rick Martel defeated Tatanka, 8:04, **1/2)
Third Contest: The Headshrinkers vs. Ludvig Borga & Crush: All four men start the match trading a series of blows until Samu and Fatu are able to send their opponents into each other. Fatu and Crush started the match with Fatu nailing Crush with a superkick for an early near fall. Crush would fight back with a backbreaker and a middle rope fist drop for a near fall of his own. Crush and Borga double teamed Fatu with a side slam/leg drop combo which got Borga a near fall. Borga hammered away on Fatu in the corner with a series of shots and hit a running powerslam for a near fall. Fatu is able to avoid a splash in the corner and hit a back suplex on Borga before tagging in Samu. Samu cleans house with a series of clotheslines and splashes Borga in the corner. Crush comes from behind and puts the Kona Vice on Samu. Fatu breaks that up and hits a crossbody on Crush sending them to the floor. Samu gets up and Borga hits a shoulder breaker on Samu to win the match. (Ludvig Borga & Crush defeated the Headshrinkers, 6:13, **)
Backstage, Owen Hart is with Jim Neidhart giving him some pointers on how to beat Chris Benoit tonight.
Fourth Contest: Jim Neidhart vs. Chris Benoit: They trade a flurry of right hands with Benoit getting the better of the exchange and chops Neidhart several times in the corner. Neidhart comes back with right hands and kicks before sending Benoit into the ropes and hitting a snap powerslam for a near fall. Neidhart attempts a neckbreaker but Benoit shoves him away and dropkicks Neidhart on the back of his head sending Neidhart chest first into a corner. Benoit puts Neidhart on the top rope and hits a back suplex off the middle rope for a near fall. Owen Hart is seen standing on the aisle way cheering on Neidhart, which Benoit sees and smiles. Benoit lifts Neidhart up and hits a German suplex to win the match. (Chris Benoit defeated Jim Neidhart, 4:33, *1/2)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is with Marty Jannetty and the Kamikaze Kid regarding their title match coming up next. Jannetty says they are feeling good and that tonight they will win the titles before KOTR and go into the pay per view as champions. Kid says that no one believes they can win the titles and that they are going to shock the world tonight in Boston!
Fifth Contest: WWF World Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Marty Jannetty & The Kamikaze Kid: Jannetty and Michaels kick off the title match with some mat wresting, which Jannetty does get the better of Michaels. This frustrates Michaels and makes him run into a drop toe hold and a couple of dropkicks. Jannetty clotheslines Shawn over the top to the floor and takes his former partner out with a slingshot crossbody on the floor! Jannetty returns to the ring and plays to the crowd. Michaels staggers around and goes to his corner where he tags in Diesel. Jannetty charges towards Diesel but is met with a right hand. Diesel works over Jannetty with a series of elbow shots and knee lifts. Diesel picks Jannetty up and drops him face first across the top turnbuckle. Jannetty stumbles backwards and falls to the mat. Diesel taunts the fans and misses a leg drop. Jannetty rolls over and tags in Kid. Kid goes to the top rope and goes for a flying cross body but Diesel catches Kid and hits a sick looking swinging side slam! Diesel goes for the cover but Jannetty breaks up the cover just in time. Michaels enters and superkicks Jannetty to the floor. Diesel and Michaels double team Kid, as if they need to at this point. Jannetty comes back in with a tag title and goes to hit Michaels but misses. Michaels grabs the belt and smashes Jannetty over the head right in front of the referee causing a DQ. Diesel grabs Kid and powerbombs Kid next to Jannetty. The champions stand over their challengers at KOTR. (Marty Jannetty & the Kamikaze Kid defeated Shawn Michaels & Diesel by DQ, 9:18, **3/4)
A video promoting the King of the Ring taking place on June 19th is shown. WWF World Champion the Undertaker defends against Lex Luger in a casket match. Plus, the KOTR tournament takes place!
Sixth Contest: Ron Simmons vs. IRS: IRS cut a promo saying that Simmons is just like all the other Americans being tax cheats and that it’s time for him to pay. Simmons gets sick of hearing it and punches IRS into a corner where Ron delivers a series of shoulder rams. Simmons follows up with a leaping shoulder block after IRS is sent into the ropes. IRS begs off in a corner and pokes Simmons in the eyes to get some brief offense in. IRS worked over Simmons with a gut buster and came off the ropes to hit a clothesline for a two count. IRS thought he had the match won with a sleeper hold but Simmons was able to break free and after sending IRS into the ropes was able to hit a spine buster for the win! (Ron Simmons defeated IRS, 6:45, **)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is standing with Hulk Hogan regarding the tag match coming up later tonight. Hogan knows that the Undertaker is “one scary dude” but is glad to have him on his side. Hulk is confident that together they will take care of the trash in the form of Ric Flair and Lex Luger tonight!
Seventh Contest: Carlos Vega vs. Billy Gunn: Vega attacks Gunn while he was on the middle rope shooting his gun off to the crowd. Vega pulls Gunn’s jacket over his head and hammers away on Gunn several times. Vega hits a snap suplex for a two count. Vega goes for a swinging neckbreaker but Gunn counters and plants Vega with a DDT for a near fall. Gunn continued his offense with a delayed vertical suplex. Gunn goes to the top rope but misses a leg drop! Vega hits a running bulldog as Gunn got to his feet. Vega comes off the ropes to hit a spinning heel kick and pins Gunn. (Carlos Vega defeated Billy Gunn, 5:07, *1/2)
Backstage, Todd Pettengill is with Lex Luger talking about the upcoming match. Luger thinks that himself and Flair compromise the greatest tag team to ever exist, even for one night. Everything they have accomplished as singles wrestles combined is unstoppable. Lex believes taking on the Undertaker a week before their match at KOTR will only help him and allow him to regain the WWF World Championship!
A video airs promoting WWF Monday Night RAW, which becomes a two hour program starting on June 20th!
Main Event: WWF World Champion The Undertaker & Hulk Hogan vs. Lex Luger & Ric Flair: Taker and Flair kick off the match, but Flair avoids Taker due to be intimidated by the big man. Flair tries to tag out to Luger, but Lex actually avoids the tag suggesting that Flair knows what he is doing. Ric doesn’t appreciate that, but goes after Taker with a series of chops that do nothing. Taker tosses Flair into a corner and hammers away on the Nature Boy, which Hogan is loving on the apron. Taker tosses Ric into the ropes and hits a leaping clothesline for a two count. Flair rolls over and forces a tag to Luger. Lex enters the match and locks up with Taker putting the champ in a headlock. That doesn’t last long as Taker sends Lex into the ropes and hits a big boot. Taker sends Lex into his corner and tags in Hogan. Hogan nails Lex with a series of right hands and a hip toss out of the corner. Luger charges towards Hulk but is met with a running clothesline and a backdrop. Hogan misses a clothesline and Lex is able to scoop slam Hulk. Luger continues his offense with a backbreaker and drives his knee into Hogan’s lower back. Luger hits a running knee lift and tags in Flair, who comes in strutting. Flair stomps away on Hogan and hits a knee drop to Hulk’s lower back. Ric hits a back suplex and thinks that Hogan is down, but Hulk gets a second wind. Flair turns around and is greeted with a series of right hands and a scoop slam. Flair gets up and Hogan drops him with a big boot. Hogan goes off the ropes but Luger clubs Hogan over the back from the apron. Hulk knocks Luger off the apron and Taker gets in the ring. Flair is able to low blow Hogan from behind and rolls Hulk up with his feet on the ropes but Hulk kicks out at two! Hulk ducks a wild right hand and scoop slams Flair before dropping a leg across Flair. Hogan turns around and tags in Taker. Taker chokeslams and tombstones Flair while Luger remained on the floor just watching. Taker pins Flair to end the match. (The Undertaker & Hulk Hogan defeated Ric Flair & Lex Luger, 14:19, **1/2)
WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/12/1994
1. Doink the Clown defeated Tom Thomas in 2:28 following the Whoopee Cushion.
2. Sparky Plugg Update: Jim Ross provides us with a serious update on Sparky Plugg. Sparky competed in a race last week and after a pit stop, Plugg crashed into a wall and is now in serious condition at a hospital in North Carolina, which will not be disclosed for privacy reasons. Ross goes onto say that early reports are that something happened with Sparky’s brakes causing him to crash into the all. Ross says that Plugg has been dealing with severe back pain and neck pain. “On behalf of the WWF and its fans, we hope Sparky recovers quickly and is able to return to a WWF ring in the very near future. More on this as we get it.”
3. Sionne defeated Chris Cross in 2:09 following a middle rope shoulder block.
4. Jeff Jarrett defeated Andrew Dalton in 2:15 following a jumping DDT.
5. Marty Jannetty & The Kamikaze Kid Interview: Vince McMahon conducted an interview with the number one contenders regarding their tag team title match against Diesel and Shawn Michaels at the King of the Ring pay per view next week. Jannetty notes that he teamed with Michaels for several years and knows Michaels the best out of everyone. He also recalls their series of matches in early ’93. Jannetty believes he has a great partner, who has a lot of fire inside him to win the WWF World Tag Team Championships next week. Kamikaze Kid shares some thoughts saying that Diesel may be big but that just means he will hit the mat harder. Kid says that with their determination, the WWF World Tag Team Championships will be changing hands next week!
6. Men on a Mission defeated the Heavenly Bodies in 7:11 when Mabel pinned Del Ray after a leg drop.