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’94 WWF BLOGJECT: 6/25/94

by on June 27, 2011

THIS WEEK ON SUPERSTARS! WE HEAD TO LEONARD CHIKARASON COUNTRY AS WE BEGIN THE WILKES-BARRE TAPINGS! WOOOOO!

They opened the show with stills of Owen Hart winning King of the Ring. I understand I’m watching this on a VHS rip on DVD, but this is a bit hard to tell what it is…

Gorilla Monsoon replaced Vince McMahon on this week’s episode for some reason. Lawler also pulled his Memphis entrance vest out of mothballs for a rare WWF appearance (along with some ridiculous shades.

PIERRE (w/Johnny Polo) vs TYPHOON

-I assume this is during one of Jacques Rougeau’s one hundred retirements and they felt like Pierre was only good for losing to bigger stars (Typhoon was wrestling Yokozuna on the house shows).
-Typhoon totally grabbed Pierre by his man-parts and picked him up to get out of a headlock.
-Pierre took an INCREDIBLE bump for a Typhoon shoulderblock. He flew from the middle of the ring to the floor without looking backwards.
-Pierre busted out a Dynamite Kid-style dropkick that looked quite awesome.

-Typhoon got back on offense and almost broke Pierre’s shoulder with an avalanche that Pierre was supposed to avoid, but he got out of the way too late.

-Typhoon won with a big splash. I liked the match a lot (two big ol’ boys flying around and tossing each other around) but some guy in the front row (who unfortunately wasn’t on camera long enough for me to get a good shot of) walked out during the finish.

We go to a King of the Ring recap with Todd Pettengill.  Owen won, Jim Neidhart turned. You’re caught up.

WELL DUNN (Timothy Well & Steven Dunn, w/Harvey Wippleman) vs ITALIAN STALLION AND ANOTHER GUY
-The enhancement guys never got their names announced (and I assume they used Stallion’s real name, but he’s still the Stallion now and forever).
-Well Dunn’s “thing” was that they wore thongs. Yep.

-Monsoon’s trying to anachronically re-tell the Bret/Owen story, where Neidhart was the one who turned Owen against Bret.

-Tim Well did THIS into a backflip…into an eyerake.

-Dunn and Wippleman stop during the match to take a Facebook profile picture…

-I can see why Well Dunn didn’t last; I imagine Vince McMahon flipped his lid when he realized his new heel tag team were out there bumping around for house-of-fire Italian Stallion.

-Well Dunn won. Rhyming, eh?

We go to Live Event Center, where Stan Lane spends almost the entire segment explaining the rules of a “Marathon Match” (Ironman), leading to the Bret/Owen house shows series.

THURMAN “Sparky” PLUGG vs GEORGE SOUTH
-Faaaaantastic. I love me some George South.
-George South’s hiptoss bumps are a thing of beauty.
-Plugg won with a crucifix into a sunset flip in a short match that really didn’t have enough for Plugg in order for him to win via a flash roll-up and look strong.

THE UNDERTAKER (w/Ted DiBiase) vs PJ WALKER
-I enjoyed how they billed Brian Lee as 6’11, but the cameraman can get right in his face:

-On one hand, I’m surprised the WWF didn’t ask Jim Cornette to book Lee as The Undertaker on Smoky Mountain spot shows to get the gimmick down considering he was already down there, but I’m sure it would’ve been a debacle considering fans there had seen him wrestle as Brian Lee for years.

-This is absolutely like watching a kid play-act as the Undertaker with his friends. He kind of does the motions, but none of them look like the guy.
-Undertaker won with the Tombstone Piledriver. Of course, he made the major mistake of flipping his hair out of his face during the pin…

Lord Alfred Hayes voiced over a King of the Ring encore commercial. I get it: he’s royalty.

1-2-3 KID vs JEFF HARDY
-I figured the brothers Hardy were on this taping, considering the Italian Stallion wrestled earlier, but I had completely forgotten this match since I’d seen it on Youtube while finding matches for 1-2-3 Kid Week for Match of the Day a few weeks back.
-Hardy absolutely wasn’t taught by this point how to run the ropes. Straight-up clumsy.
-Jeff tried his Whisper in the Wind. It must’ve been ridiculous to see someone do this on WWF TV in 1994.

-The Kid wins with a leg grapevine version of Misawa’s butterfly lock.

-It was an interesting match from a historical perspective, both from what Jeff Hardy would end up becoming and some of the unique moves they were trying. But Jeff was proof that they never bothered checking up on if guys were really trained before they used them on television. He could do a couple of moves you’d never see on WWF TV nicely, but his basics looked like dogcrap.

They tried selling the “Bloopers, Bleeps and Bodyslams” tape using footage of Hillbilly Jim working out and Gorilla Monsoon promising “bleeps” from himself. I would honestly buy a VHS tape of Gorilla Monsoon cussing.

A commercial aired comparing “old” things to “new” things, using old black-and-white footage of cars falling apart and planes failing, then comparing them to NASCAR and jet planes, leading to old WWF footage being compared to “The New Generation”. I understand the Hogan burial and Ivan Putski was a non-factor, but what’s up with crapping on Sheiky?

KWANG (w/Harvey Wippleman) vs CHRIS HAMRICK

-The announcers immediately negated the commercial by joking about how old they were.
-Chris Hamrick’s gimmick must’ve been that he was wanting protection and anonymity during a revealing newscast interview, considering this was his spotlight close-up before the match:

-Chris Hamrick probably never making six figures in one year (just speculation) during his life is a crime. He was so incredible at making guys look like killers that the WWF should’ve just kept him on a retainer contract and paid him well to do jobs every week on television.

-Kwang won with a sidekick. Again, Hamrick’s bumping was the highlight of the match.

Paul Bearer’s child Brian Young was our guest ring announcer:

LEX LUGER vs BARRY HOROWITZ

-This is seriously a collection of junior heavyweight enhancement legends this week on the show.
-I bet Lex Luger would have never been selling for Barry Horowitz six months before this.
-There was a Botchamania-esque spot where Horowitz went for a punch that Luger was supposed to block, but they were feet apart so the block happened, but it looked like a video game glitch.
-Luger wins with the torture rack.
-They tried to replicate Hogan’s classic post-match posedown after the match, but it felt so blatant and impostor-like.

Monsoon and Lawler close the show promoting an IRS/Doink match for next week and Jim Neidhart’s television return.

This show was good for the ridiculous bumps of Chris Hamrick and George South, plus I dug the Pierre/Typhoon match a lot more than I thought I would. The Undertaker experiment was interesting (if nothing else), but unless he improves at the persona, the play-acting thing is just going to get old until he goes away at Summerslam.

-TOM.
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