Monday Night Raw – September 26, 1994: Still Waiting After 25 Years
Monday Night Raw
Date: September 26, 1994
Location: Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage
It’s a new taping cycle to wrap up the month and, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’d love to see more Bob Backlund here. He was amazing last week with the complete insanity making the segment the best thing about the show. Odds are that won’t get a ton of focus, but we can only hope. Let’s get to it.
We open with a quick preview of Razor Ramon vs. Tatanka for the Intercontinental Title.
Intercontinental Title: Razor Ramon vs. Tatanka
Tatanka is challenging and has Ted DiBiase in his corner. Razor gets the better of a chop off and there’s a clothesline to put Tatanka on the floor. Back in and Tatanka goes with some overhand chops to more success and a forearm to the back slows Razor down. A backdrop attempt is countered with a faceplant to the mat, meaning it’s Razor’s turn to work the arm.
We hit the armbar with the slaps to the back of the head so Tatanka hits a clothesline. The running elbow gets two on the champ and we take a break. Tatanka misses a charge though and crashes out to the floor. Razor knocks him off the apron to keep him out there but a missed right hand lets Tatanka get in a neck snap across the top. This time it’s Tatanka taking him to the floor and we take a break.
Back with more walking around on the floor and Razor being drive back first into the apron a few times. They head inside again with Tatanka chopping away and grabbing the abdominal stretch. DiBiase gets in on the grabbing thing by grabbing Tatanka’s hand, only to have Razor reverse into one of his own. With that going nowhere, Razor puts him on the top for the belly to back superplex, which draws DiBiase up for a distraction. Razor goes after him so Tatanka follows, drawing out Lex Luger. Bam Bam Bigelow follows and jumps him, only to have Tatanka join in and get counted out.
Rating: D. This was the big Tatanka heel debut: a slow, plodding match which went about five minutes longer than it needed to and saw Tatanka get counted out. What a great way to make me worried about the guy and get me fired up to see him face Luger. This was horrible and a terrible start for the heel run, which doesn’t exactly bode well.
Undertaker is ready for Yokozuna on the Hart Attack Tour.
Kwang vs. Rich Myers
Myers avoids a charge to start but Vince McMahon starts talking about a trade between ESPN, the Arizona Cardinals and the WWF, with Savage being the quarterback, the Bushwhackers going to ESPN and Phil Sims (NFL quarterback) coming to Raw for commentary. Thankfully this goes nowhere as Kwang hits a spinwheel kick for the fast win.
Here’s Jerry Lawler to bring out British Bulldog for the King’s Court. Lawler starts with the dog jokes (Lawler: “My dog’s name is Timex: he’s a watchdog.”) but finally makes a joke about Bulldog’s wife and that’s too far. Cue Jim Neidhart to say Bulldog isn’t part of the Hart Family so he shouldn’t have been at Summerslam. They can fight next week, and that’s fine with Bulldog. He was rather fired up here, and not exactly in a good way.
Next week: a woman’s tag match. That might actually be good given the time frame.
We look back at Bob Backlund going nuts last week. The WWF Magazine editor has a slightly separated shoulder.
1-2-3 Kid vs. Gary Davis
Kid grabs a quick snapmare and Davis swears a hair pull. A wristlock doesn’t work so well for Davis as Kid kicks him down without much trouble. Cue Backlund with a present for Savage, though Vince reads the letter. The present is a dictionary so Savage can know what Backlund is talking about. Kid misses a running dropkick in the corner but stops a charging Davis with a kick to the head. The top rope legdrop finishes Davis in a hurry.
Rating: D+. The match was just background noise for the sake of the Backlund delivery. That’s not the biggest story in the world but Backlund vs. Savage in a promo battle alone could be worth the time. I doubt we’re going there, but at least there is SOMETHING to look forward to around here.
King Kong Bundy is coming back. He’s really big you see.
Shawn Michaels/Diesel vs. Chris Kanyon/Bob Starr
Non-title. I can always go for a surprise cameo like this one. Shawn elbows Kanyon down to start and it’s off to Diesel to throw him into the corner. Starr comes in and takes the top rope elbow (Savage: “That elbow looks familiar.”) and there’s Diesel’s side slam. The Jackknife connects and Shawn comes in for the pin (because he gets the glory).
Rating: D+. You can only get so much out of a short squash like this but at least the champs are the kind of guys who can make almost anyone look good. The more interesting note here is Kanyon, which kind of tells you how little this match meant or had to offer in the first place. At least the champs got to look dominant, even in a short form squash.
Post match here are the Headshrinkers, though it’s the debuting Sionne (Barbarian) taking Samu’s place.
Post break, Lou Albano says that Samu is out due to some bad fish. I remember hearing this live and spending MONTHS waiting for Samu to come back. The brawl is on again to end the show.
Overall Rating: D-. The high point of this show was Bob Backlund giving Randy Savage a dictionary. I can’t get out of 1994 fast enough as it’s such a terrible time for the company. Is it any wonder why WCW was on the rise at this point? Hulk Hogan vs. the Faces of Fear wasn’t good, but it’s better than Barbarian debuting as the new Headshrinker. Awful show here, as usual.
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