Archive for the ‘1994’ Category

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1. Tatanka vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/Luna Vachon

Bigelow is substituting an absent Ludvig Borga who was scheduled as Tatanka’s original opponent after he snapped the Native American’s 20 month undefeated streak. This turned out better than expected as they’ve been rivals for quite some time and delivered a fun opener full of athleticism from not very athletic looking individuals.
Grade: B-

 

2. WWF World Tag Team Championship
The Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre) (c) w/Johnny Polo vs. The Hart Brothers (Bret & Owen Hart)

Outstanding performance by all four competitors that sure made Canada proud. Scientific Wrestling 101 was in session with full of lessons. On a side note, the seeds of the famous Hart family feud was planted at the Survivor Series a few months earlier. The outcome of this match solidified that dissension within the Hart family with Owen breaking away from “the shadow” of Bret. Couldn’t have happened in a better time.
Grade: B

 

3. WWF Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon (c) vs. IRS

Story here is the IRS stole Ramon’s jewelery take up for tax payments. LOL. Anyways, this match didn’t deliver a house and certainly served as a filler for this PPV. However, interference by Shawn Michaels escalated the feud between HBK & Razor leading up to their legendary Ladder Match.
Grade: C-

 

4. WWF Championship
Casket Match
Yokozuna (c) w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer

Taker was in the midst of a series of feuds with monsters let it be giants, super heavyweights or ominous characters. One thing they all have in common is that their soap opera were very good and the actual matches were stinkers. This one was no exception and this would definitely be up there as one of the worst title matches in history. However, the true highlight of this whole thing was the infamous incident where a group of 9 superstars consisting of Crush, Bam Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb, Diesel, Jeff Jarrett and others ganged up on the Deadman and sealed him in the casket in a very shocking and strange moment where Taker apparently dies and has his ghost rise up.
Grade: DUD

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Scott Steiner, Samu, Rick Steiner, Kwang, Owen Hart, Bart Gunn, Diesel, Bob Backlund, Billy Gun, Virgil, Randy Savage, Jeff Jarrett, Crush, Doink, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mabel, Sparky Plugg, Shawn Michaels, Mo, Greg Valentine, Tatanka, The Great Kabuki, Lex Luger, Genichiro Tenryu, Rick Martel, Bret Hart, Fatu, Marty Jannetty & Adam Bomb

This rumble was very known for a few reasons. First of all, a chunk of the participants were replacements for injured, absent and fired wrestlers. Second, this would mark the first and only rumble where there are two winners after a very controversial finish. The rumble served it’s purpose but the noticeable replacements weakened the rumble as most of these were either on their way out of the company or doing a one time appearance.
Grade: C+

 

Final Thoughts:

The show started really good despite the huge decrease of star power but from midway through and beyond it crash landed. At the time the WWF was in a very vulnerable situation as stars like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Mr. Perfect, Ted Dibiase were no longer competing as some left the company and others retired did broadcasting. On the flipside, it opened the door for many up and coming wrestlers to make a name for themselves and long time performers getting bigger roles. I mildly recommend this show for the highlight reel of the event.

Verdict: 7/10

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1. Bam Bam Bigelow & I.R.S. w/ Ted Dibiase vs. The Headshrinkers w/ Afa & Capt. Lou Albano

Originally the Headshrinkers were going to defend the WWF Tag Team titlees; however on the night before, they lost the titles to the team of Shawn Michaels & Diesel. It was an ok match but not the kind I want to open one of the biggest shows with. Bam Bam seems lost in the shuffle and at times can be quite lazy.
Grade: D+

 

2. Women’s Championship
Alundra Blayze (c) vs. Bull Nakano w/ Luna Vachon

Vachon had been trying all year to take the women’s title from Blayze but to no avail. She brings in Joshi superstar, Bull Nakano, to do her bidding. At the time, Women’s Wrestling was a very rare happening and the WWF tried to revive that by bringing WCW’s Madusa to lead the pack. While there have been a good fair share of good women matches, this is a sure thing on the top three. Great wrestling, good timing, dynamic moves, you name it.
Grade: B

 

3. Intercontinental Championship
Diesel (c) w/ Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon w/ Walter Payton

Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels have been going at throughout the whole year going through that climatic ladder match at WrestleMania X. However, Michaels still couldn’t let it go and even helped his bodyguard Diesel to win the IC title from Ramon. This time Razor had back up, in the form of Hall of Famer Running Back, Walter Payton. Now considering the occasional matches Ramon & Diesel have had, this was definitely their best one. Diesel looked motivated to deliver in this match (go figure). Also the shenanigans from the outside by Michaels against Payton blended very well with the match including a tease of dissension between Michaels & Diesel. Pretty Good Stuff.
Grade: B

 

4. Tatanka vs. Lex Luger

Friends and American patriots, Tatanka & Luger were having dissension lately. The Million Dollar Man was fresh off recruiting members for his own stable, The Million Dollar Corp.. So he teases and on occasions it appears to be that Luger has joined the corporation and Tatanka wanted answers. Luger claimed innocence and challenged Tatanka to a match so he can prove his innocence. Turns out that wasn’t the case and a swerve took place. Oh I forgot to mention that they had a mediocre match.
Grade: D+

 

5. Jeff Jarrett vs. Mabel w/Oscar

Stinker Filler!
Grade: D

 

6. WWF Championship
Steel Cage Match

Bret Hart (c) vs. Owen Hart

Where should I start with this one? Bret Hart recruited his brothers to face Shawn Michaels and three masked men at the Survivor Series. The Harts prevailed; However, the only one that was eliminated was Owen, who ran into Bret and got pinned from behind. So Owen takes matters into his own hands and shoves Bret and created a small dissention. They reconcile and team up at the Royal Rumble to win the tag team titles, but Bret was injured and that caused them to lose the match. Owen frustrated again kicks him in the leg and goes solo. They clash at WrestleMania X with Owen claiming victory over his brother. However, Bret was involved in another match later on the event and wins the WWF Championship, much to Owen’s dismay. Eventually Owen wins the King of the Ring with the help brother in-law, Jim Neidhart, Bret’s long-time tag partner. And that leads to this match, have in mind that the whole Hart family, including Neidhart & Davey Boy Smith, are at ringside. With that out of the way on with the match. The whole concept of brother vs. brother was unheard of in wrestling; and the WWF featured it perfectly by involving the entire family. This match was one of the greatest cage matches of all time. The unlimited chemistry both brothers had is something that never was duplicated again. The danger they applied on each other was unbelievable. The false finishes were top notch and even the family’s intervention helped out to tell a story in this match. If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s a safe thing to say that SummerSlam is Bret’s show as he had delivered great match after great match in the event’s history so far.
Grade: A+

 

7. The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. The Undertaker w/ Ted Dibiase

The Undertaker was taken out by 9 wrestlers at the Royal Rumble, promising he’ll never rest in peace. There have been reports of people seeing the Undertaker at sight all over the country. Even actor Leslie Nielsen wanted piece of the action and did detective work to search the whereabouts of the Undertaker. The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase claims he had contact with the Undertaker but Paul Bearer called him a liar. Dibiase brings back the Undertaker but he was proved to be an imposter as he was under the power of money. Bearer shows up with the real Undertaker and challenged them to a match. If I mentioned Bret has had great matches at SummerSlam, then Taker is the exact opposite. Undertaker’s feuds were very gimmicky that overshadowed the wrestling aspect so. His matches were pathetic as he was too bland and repetitive. After all that was said, how do you think this match went?………
Grade: F

In conclusion, I will have to say that this edition of SummerSlam was very solid. Of course, there are flaws and the occasional stinkers but the show overall is very easy to sit through and enjoy. The cage match is worth the watch alone. Also a + on this event is that it was only 7 matches and you could see the difference with this one and and the early ones where dozens of wrestlers were cramped up to the card and didn’t have time to make an impression.

Verdict: 7.75/10