WWF RAW 8/8/1994
Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents
From: Youngstown, OH
RAW opening video
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage welcome everyone to RAW. Savage mentions that Lex Luger is in the house. While, Tatanka will be teaming with Doink to wrestle IRS and Bam-Bam Bigelow. Jerry Lawler will have Owen Hart and Bruce Hart on Kings Court.
Opening Contest: the fake Undertaker defeated Mike Bell: Undertaker wins the squash following a choke slam.
After the match, Ted DiBiase gets a body bag and puts the jobber into it.
A video of Leslie Nielsen looking for the real Undertaker is aired. A fairly brief video.
Vince McMahon talks about the possibility of Lex Luger selling out to Ted DiBiase. Luger is in action, next!
Footage from WWF Superstars from this past weekend where Lex Luger told Shawn Michaels on the Heartbreak Hotel that he hasn’t sold out to DiBiase. Luger is tricked to admitting to meeting DiBiase and that DiBiase has offered Luger a very lucrative offer. Luger didn’t appreciate the questioning by Michaels.
Before the next match, Ted DiBiase followed Lex Luger to ringside but leaves after Luger tells him to, apparently.
Second Contest: Lex Luger defeated Chad Miller: Luger gets the easy win following a running forearm smash. During the bout, DiBiase talked about Lex Luger and stirred up the rumors that Luger had sold out to him.
Summer Slam 1994 Report with Todd Pettengill is up next. Todd announces that the complete card for the Summer Slam event has been announced.
– the Undertaker vs. the fake Undertaker
– WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart for the WWF World Championship inside a cage.
– WWF Intercontinental Champion Diesel vs. Razor Ramon for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Walter Payton will be at ringside for Razor Ramon to combat Shawn Michaels.
– Lex Luger vs. Tatanka
– WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano for the WWF Women’s Championship
– Mabel vs. Jeff Jarrett
– WWF World Tag Team Champions the Headshrinkers vs. Bam-Bam Bigelow and IRS for the WWF World Tag Team Championships.
Third Contest: Bam-Bam Bigelow/IRS defeated Tatanka/Doink: IRS and Tatanka start off the match. IRS knee lifts Tatanka and connects with a back elbow and a standing elbow drop for a two count. IRS misses a splash in the corner and Tatanka chops away on IRS followed by a hip toss and dropkick. Tatanka sends IRS hard back first into a corner and grabs IRS by the tie. Tatanka flips IRS over by yanking on the tie and clotheslines the tax man for a two count. Doink tags in and leaps off the middle rope with a double axe handle. IRS hip tosses Doink but Doink comes back with a scoop slam. Doink misses a elbow drop coming off the ropes and Bigelow is tagged in. Doink drop toe holds Bigelow and avoids a spin kick. Doink delivers a series of elbow drops and gets a two count. Doink locks in a arm bar and wrenches on Bigelow’s arm for a few moments. Tatanka tags back in and leaps off the top with a axe handle to Bigelow’s arm. Tatanka wrenches on Bigelow’s arm with a arm bar. Bigelow shoulder blocks Tatanka but misses a clothesline. Tatanka with a cross body and gets a two count. Tatanka clotheslines Bigelow a few times and knocks Bigelow down with a near fall. Bigelow dumps Tatanka to the floor and IRS attacks Tatanka as RAW goes to commercial. Tatanka sunset flips IRS for a near fall but IRS quickly recovers and Tatanka is clotheslined by IRS and Bigelow as Doink distracted the referee. IRS covers but only manages to get a two count on Tatanka. IRS controls Tatanka with a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Tatanka battles to his feet and elbows out of the sleeper but is double teamed in the corner. Bigelow back elbows Tatanka and both men look for a cross body and they collide in the middle of the ring. IRS and Doink get tags and Doink hammers away on IRS. Doink back elbows IRS and connects with a snap power slam for a two count. Tatanka is distracting the referee and Bigelow is able to kick Doink on the back of the head. IRS nails Doink with the lariat and pins Doink to win the match. **
After the match, Tatanka checks on Doink and stalks towards IRS as IRS shoves him. Bigelow tosses Doink to the floor and Tatanka is attacked by IRS and Bigelow. Lex Luger runs down to the ring and chases the heels away from the ring. Ted DiBiase enters the ring and has a handful of cash for Luger. DiBiase puts the money in Luger’s hand and Tatanka backs into Luger. Tatanka sees the money and quickly assumes that Luger sold out. Bigelow actually comes in and breaks up a possible fight. Has Luger turned heel?!
A video promoting next weeks featured match on RAW between the 1-2-3 Kid and Owen Hart is aired!
Jerry Lawler is in the ring for another edition of Kings Court. Lawler introduces his guest, Owen Hart. Jim Neidhart is with Owen Hart for the interview. Owen talks about being a little boy and being picked on by WWF World Champion Bret Hart. Owen says that as he got older, Bret ran away in fear from him. Owen has motivation to defeat Bret Hart, and that is the WWF World Championship. Owen really wishes that Jim was his older brother. Owen brings up beating Bret at Wrestle Mania X and winning the 1994 King of the Ring tournament. Owen announces that at Summer Slam he will have the whole family supporting Owen at the pay per view! Lawler chimes in and says he has a family member who isn’t behind Owen. Bruce Hart makes his way out to the ring. Bruce tells Owen that no one is on Owen’s side at Summer Slam. Bruce says that Owen betrayed them at Survivor Series, cheated at Wrestle Mania and needed Jim to win the King of the Ring. Bruce calls Owen a disgrace and believes Owen is going to be a crybaby following the cage match. Jim Neidhart says that Bruce is the jealous brother. Bruce cuts in and says Jim is the jealous one for eight years because Bret carried the Hart Foundation! Bruce tells Owen he doesn’t deserve any respect!
Main Event: Bob Backlund defeated Kevin Krueger: Backlund wins the squash with the chicken wing submission.
After the match, Backlund stares at his hands.
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage hype up next weeks show which will see the 1-2-3 Kid vs. Owen Hart. Jerry Lawler will have Ted DiBiase and Paul Bearer on another edition of Kings Court.
Backstage, Lex Luger storms into Ted DiBiase’s locker room where Nikolai Volkoff is hanging out. Tatanka eventually enters as well and calls Luger a turncoat and they shove each other as the show comes to an end.
End of show.
My Take: The featured match this week was the tag match with Doink/Tatanka taking on Bigelow/IRS. It wasn’t a bad match but it also wasn’t overly entertaining. They showcased some solid tag wrestling, though. I found it pretty odd that Tatanka didn’t even attempt to make the save on Doink on the pin attempt. The aftermath with DiBiase was pretty obvious as to how that was going to end up with the cash in hand and Tatanka thinking that Luger sold out. Luger does need a heel turn, so perhaps he finally will!
Bruce Hart really doesn’t know how to conduct himself during a promo. Bruce was kind of wild and really hurt the promo as he didn’t wait for his cue and would just start ripping into Owen and Neidhart. A poorly executed segment once Bruce got involved.
I thought it was pretty funny that their was a promo of the New Generation in the WWF, but then we get a Bob Backlund match.
Overall, a decent episode of RAW. RAW the past several weeks has been centered around Luger/Tatanka and their feud. It’s an okay angle, but I don’t want to see those guys every week. Next weeks Owen vs. Kid match should be a great match.
Thanks for reading.