King of the Ring 1994 Review

Craig Wilson

In keeping with our ‘Raw Rewind‘ series, today we head back 25 years to 19 June 1994 and take a look at all the goings on at the 1994 King of the Ring finals.

WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Diesel
WWF Tag Team Champions: The Headshrinkers

Gorilla Monsoon voices over an intro video which sees Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett descend upon the backstage set and try to predict the happenings in the King of the Ring tournament. They are soon joined by Bam Bam Bigelow and I.R.S. who share their thoughts on who will qualify and who won’t.

Todd Pettengill then talks us through the evening’s card through to the main event pitting the returning ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper taking on Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.

Rickey Medlocke of Blackfoot sings the American national anthem to start things off. Nope, me neither. We cut to ringside where Gorilla Monsoon is joined on commentary by Macho Man Randy Savage and Baltimore football legend Art Donovan.

Match 1: Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) vs. Razor Ramon

Razor throws his toothpick at Vachon and is then clobbered from behind by Bigelow. A shoulder block flattens Ramon, to jeers from the crowd. A second shoulder block has last year’s finalist in control. Bigelow slams Ramon and follows up, first, with a headbutt then a leg drop. He heads up top as Donovan rambles incoherently. Bigelow misses a top rope headbutt and Ramon pounds away.

Bigelow reverses an Irish whip but one into the other corner is also reversed. Ramon dives under his legs and drags him groin-first into the turnbuckle. He comes off the top with a bulldog but only gets a two. Ramon works on the leg as Luna screams, prompting Art to ask what she’s screaming about.

Ramon grabs Bigelow’s foot and dodges an enziguri before two clotheslines rattle him. He goes to the well again but Bigelow uses Ramon’s momentum against him and tosses him over the top rope. They battle outside as Luna distracts the referee.

Monsoon discusses the stamina requires of anyone who hopes to win the tournament. Bigelow pounds on Ramon and gets a nearfall. This time he connects with an enziguri but only gets a two. Bam Bam pounds away on the back of the former Intercontinental champion. Bigelow applies a torture rack submission hold as Donovan wonders if he’s going to throw him out of the ring.

As the fans cheer, Ramon mounts a comeback but still looks in trouble on the shoulders of Bigelow. Art asks “is he dead?” as the fans chant “Razor, Razor”. Bigelow dumps Ramon to the mat but Ramon lands on his feet and hits a side suplex of sorts. With both men down, Art asks “what happens now?” as I wonder if there’s an option to mute the musings of this senile old man

Ramon is up first and pounds away on Bigelow’s face. An Irish whip is reversed but Bam Bam misses a charge and Ramon is fired up. He sets up Bigelow for a corner move but Bam Bam connects with an elbow to the face. Bigelow slams Ramon and heads up top for a moonsault. Ramon grabs him from the top and rolls him up for the win.

Winner: Razor Ramon via pinfall

Overall: A fairly entertaining opener, plenty of back and forth action.

Backstage, Todd Pettengill is backstage with I.R.S. and Mabel – who are up next. I.R.S. plots his way to the finals before heading to the ring. Mabel tells him not to worry yet about Razor Ramon.

Match 2: I.R.S. vs Mabel (w/ Oscar)

More daft questions from Art, focusing on what Mabel is wearing and the size of him – it’s all gold from him so far… I.R.S. misses a corner charge and has his face driven into the top turnbuckle. Mabel taunts I.R.S. then slams him to the mat. Art asks “how much does that guy weigh?” as Mabel throws his much smaller opponent around.

As Mabel continues to pound on I.R.S., Monsoon details how both men made it this far in the tournament. He’s cut off by Art who asks who the man in the white suit is (it’s Oscar.) Mabel comes off the ropes and is caught by a flying clothesline by I.R.S., who follows up with a running elbow for a two.

I.R.S. attempts to slam Mabel but can’t get him up and is rolled up for a two. Schyster is up first and hits a couple of kicks before applying a reverse chinlock. Mabel fights back and drives Irwin into the corner. He follows up with a huge back bodydrop. He connects with a clothesline that nearly takes I.R.S.’s head off. Mabel slams him and heads up to the second rope but I.R.S. shakes the ropes, knocks Mabel off and picks up the win.
Winner: I.R.S. via pinfall.

Overall: This was pretty much all Mabel until that bit of silliness cost him and gave us this finish.

We head to pre-recorded footage of Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette preparing Crush and Yokozuna for their tag team titles match against The Headshrinkers. Crush then chases the cameramen from the locker room when Cornette states they’ve had long enough.

Match 3: Tatanka vs. ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart

This is underway before the bell rings when Tatanka attacks Hart, a quick pin gets a two. He follows with a standing suplex and another pinfall attempt, again for a two. Donovan is again banging on about how much the superstars weigh here.

Hart applies a side headlock but is sent into the ropes but Hart knocks him down with a shoulder charge but runs into an arm drag then another. It’s time for Tatanka to apply a side headlock as Savage reminds us that Owen beat his brother at WrestleMania X. Donovan wonders what football pedigree this two would have as Hart tries to get out of a side headlock.

Tatanka’s momentum is used against him as he’s dumped to the outside. But he lands on his feet and drags out Hart and the pair brawl before Tatanka is driven into the ringpost. We see footage backstage of I.R.S. and Razor Ramon brawling as the referee counts Tatanka.

He’s back on his feet and back in the ring but is chocked out by Hart. Hart drags Tatanka face-first across the top rope before hitting a gut-wrench suplex. He heads up top and connects with a dropkick for a two. “Holy mackerel that was close” declares Monsoon. Hart applies a reverse chinlock as we get a little break in proceedings.

Tatanka breaks free but charges straight into a sleeper hold. Donovan says something incoherent about doctors, which Savage laughs off. Tatanka looks down and out and his arm drops twice. However, it won’t fall a third time and Tatanka is back on his feet. Hart slams Tatanka face-first into the turnbuckle but he no-sells it and mounts his traditional comeback.

Hart is felled by a reverse knife-edge chop then by a series of chops to the head but Hart still kicks out. Hart charges into the corner but runs into a big boot. Tatanka then drops him with a DDT but Hart kicks out, much to the surprise of Donovan. Tatanka slams his opponent and heads up to the top rope. He connects with a chop but it only gets a two as Donovan wonders “how can a man take that sort of a beating?”

Tatanka catches Hart in mid-air and hits a running powerslam for a two. Tatanka remonstrates with the referee but catches Hart before he can attack from behind. Tatanka attempts a sunset flip but Hart sits it out for the win.

Winner: Owen Hart via pinfall.

Overall: A quick-paced match and a bit of an upset, what with the offence that Tatanka got in.

Next up we have Jeff Jarrett vs. The 1-2-3 Kid with the winner taking on Owen Hart in the next round. Todd Pettengill is backstage with WWF IC Champion Diesel and Shawn Michaels. We see previous footage of Diesel hitting the Jackknife on Hart. Neither Michaels or Diesel are concerned as to who the Hart family member will be that’ll be in The Hitman’s corner.

Match 4: Jeff Jarrett vs. The 1-2-3 Kid

The commentators hype up the Kid before he swings a series of kicks, sending Jarrett retreating to the outside. However, he grabs Kid’s leg and slams it down onto the apron to gain the advantage. Back inside, he sends him hurtling into the corner as he taunts his smaller opponent.

Jarrett misses a corner charge as the Kid leapfrogs him and rolls him up for a two. However, Jarrett is back on top with a back elbow. Jarrett whips the Kid into the ropes and tries a dropkick but Kid holds the ropes and gets a two with a victory roll. Jarrett, though, is up first and hits a slingshot suplex then a fist off the top rope.

The Kid dodges a clothesline and hits a spin kick for a two. The Kid is now in control and slams Jarrett but misses a cannonball from the top rope. Jarrett places his opponent throat-first on the second rope but misses a running charge and lands groin-first. Kid goes up top but is caught and Jarrett attempts a superplex but it’s reversed. The Kid hits a crossbody for a two.

In the corner, the Kid connects with a series of kicks but misses a running move into the corner. The Kid indicates he’s blown out a knee as Jarrett works on the leg and goes for a figure four leglock but the Kid rolls him up and we’re done.

Winner: The 1-2-3 Kid via pinfall.

Overall: Quick surprise win for the Kid.

Post-match, Jarrett beats down on the Kid and hits a series of piledrivers and fist drops from the top turnbuckle. The announcers wonder if Owen Hart will now get a by into the next round.

We then take a look at the final four: I.R.S. vs. Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid vs. Owen Hart. We then get a video highlighting the WWF’s ‘new generation’ – on a PPV headlined by Jerry Lawler vs. Roddy Piper…

Todd Pettengill interviews Bret Hart backstage who admits he doesn’t know if he can kick out of the jackknife but says Diesel is a long way away from doing it again. Hart refuses to say who’ll be in his corner here.

Match 5: WWF Champion Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (w/ Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart) vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Diesel (w/ Shawn Michaels)

On Hart’s WWF title is on the line here. Hart is accompanied to the ring by his former tag team partner in the Hart Foundation, Jim Neidhart. Two time WWF tag team champions, in fact, as Gorilla reminds us. Art, being a size-fetishist, focusses his remarks on the size of both Diesel and Neidhart.

They lock up but Hart is easily overpowered. They try again and Hart goes behind but is driven into the corner where the pair trade blows. Eventually, Diesel is in control and chocks the champion with his boot. Diesel charges into the corner with a big boot but Hart dodges it and uses his speed on the offence before taking the challenger down and driving a headbutt into the groin.

Hart rolls up Diesel for a two before running into Diesel’s arms and is slammed. Diesel misses a big elbow and Hart drives him face-first into the turnbuckle. Diesel quickly recovers and uses his height and power advantage over the champion.

A concerned Neidhart looks on as Hart is whipped into the corner. But Diesel, again, misses and connects knee-first with the turnbuckle. Hart works on the leg as Savage talks about him setting up for the Sharpshooter. The challenger is grounded as Michaels shakes his head at ringside.

Hart applies a figure-four leglock in the middle of the ring, much to the chagrin of Michaels at ringside. Diesel reaches the ropes and the hold is broken. Hart continues to focus his attacks on the big man’s left leg. Hart applies a spinning leglock but Diesel kicks him from behind, sending him to the outside. Diesel grabs Hart but Hart grabs the leg, drops him to the mat and rattles his knee into the ringpost twice before being taken out by Michaels. Neidhart chases Michaels around the ring but is cut off by the referee when he tries to take a short cut and Michaels lands another blow on the WWF champion.

Back in the ring, Hart dives off the top rope but is caught by Diesel, although the challenger stumbles and nearly drops him. Diesel lifts him up and slams him into the turnbuckle before applying a bearhug. Hart rakes the eyes to break the hold, hits a dropkick from behind then dumps the challenger to the outside.

Hart slingshots himself to the outside but Diesel steps aside. Diesel picks up Hart and drives him lower back-first into the ringpost. Neidhart remonstrates with the referee as Michaels hooks Hart in the face. Diesel whips Hart into the turnbuckle before taking counsel from Michaels. Diesel hits a side suplex and gets a two. He follows up with a backbreaker and keeps Hart on his knee, adding more pressure to the small of the champion’s back. Hart still manages to kick out at two.

Diesel chocks Hart in front of Michaels and with the referee removing Diesel, Michaels sucker-punches the champion. Hart mounts a comeback and they trade blows before Diesel rakes his eyes and drives the champion sternum-first into the turnbuckle but can still only get a two.

From nowhere, Hart rolls up Diesel but only gets a two. Diesel is up first and clotheslines Hart down for a two of his own. It’s time for a little break and Diesel applies a reverse chinlock as we watch the action over the shoulder of Neidhart. Diesel picks up Hart and connects with a backbreaker for a two. In the corner, we see Michaels removing the corner pad as Diesel has Hart up in a torture rack style move, but over one shoulder.

Hart somehow manages to wriggle out of the move and applies a sleeper. But Diesel drives him into the corner, breaking the hold. Hart is whipped into the corner but Diesel misses a charge and we’re back to the sleeper. It’s broken up in the same way as before as both men show signs of their toil to date. Diesel whips Hart into Earl Hebner. Michaels then distracts the referee as Diesel removes the corner pad. Diesel grabs the Hitman and tries to drive him face-first into the exposed steel but Hart blocks it and drives Diesel into the steel.

Diesel looks out on his feet as Hart pounds away before eventually felling him with a right hook. Michaels is beside himself at ringside as three clotheslines from Hart take the challenger down for a nearfall. Hart connects with a punch to the gut and the Russian legsweep combo. He comes off the second turnbuckle with a driving elbow for a nearfall. Hart again goes to the second turnbuckle and connects with a bulldog before applying the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Michaels makes his way onto the apron but is punched off by Hart and into the railings. Hart then hits a clothesline off the second turnbuckle for another nearfall.

Hart attempts a backslide but then rolls up Diesel for a two. Hart tries to dodge Diesel running into the corner but is caught. He reverses the move but runs into the big boot. Diesel signals for the jackknife then poses standing above Hart. Hart manages to take him down and apply a Sharpshooter but Diesel makes the ropes. A dropkick then sends Diesel over the top rope but he lands on his feet. At ringside, Diesel attacks Neidhart and drives him face-first into the steps. With the referee remonstrating with Diesel, Michaels enters the ring and attacks Hart with the title belt. Diesel hits a running elbow drop but Hart kicks out.

Neidhart is back to his feet as the crowd goes wild. Diesel again signals for the Jackknife. Neidhart attacks Michaels at ringside then attacks Diesel in the ring, causing a DQ finish.

Winner: Diesel via DQ.

Overall: Until the finish, this was a very, very good match.

Post-match, Neidhart heads to the back leaving Diesel and Michaels to pound away on the WWF Champion in the middle of the ring. Officials eventually hit the ring and break things up.

Todd Pettengill catches up with ‘The King’ Jerry Lawler. Lawler says King of the Ring is named after him and wonders what Art Donovan is mumbling about on commentary – us too, King.

Match 6: Razor Ramon vs. I.R.S.

Razor takes the fight to I.R.S. at ringside before he can even enter the ring, sending him hurtling into the ringpost. However, Schyster cuts him off with a knee to the gut and a series of punches in the corner. A nearfall after a running elbow follows before I.R.S. connects with a backbreaker. However, he misses a flying clothesline and is sent to the outside.

The two once again brawl at ringside before I.R.S. is driven face-first into the ring steps. Back in, Ramon pounds away but his momentum is stopped by a rake of the eyes. I.R.S. begins to work on the right leg of Ramon before felling him with a back elbow.

I.R.S. applies a reverse chinlock and, behind the referee’s back, uses the ropes for extra leverage. Ramon fights back to his feet and breaks the hold with a series of elbows to the gut but I.R.S. counters with an elbow to the back of the head.

The two trade blows and Ramon catches his opponent with a back elbow. I.R.S. is savagely whipped into the corner and hurled across the ring by the tie. However, I.R.S. counters again with a flying clothesline. This match has zero psychology by the way…

I.R.S. puts his head down and Ramon hits the Razor’s Edge and that’s it.

Winner: Razor Ramon via pinfall.

Overall: They managed to fit a lot into a short amount of time and that hurt this one, I felt. Fine enough but was just a series of attacks then a pin.

Backstage, we find Bret Hart trying to find Jim Neidhart but to no avail. Todd Pettengill is by the tournament board as he shows us how proceedings have gone to date. He has no idea whether or not we’ll see the 1-2-3 Kid in action next.

Match 7: Owen Hart vs. The 1-2-3 Kid

The Kid stumbles down to ringside to a huge cheer and nearly has his head taken off by a baseball slide. Hart then hits a suicide dive to the outside. He signals he intends to end this early. Hart comes off the top with a frog splash for a two.

Hart whips the Kid into the corner but its reversed and Hart takes the shot sternum first. The Kid gets a two with a top rope moonsault then rolls Hart up for another nearfall. Hart flips out of an armbar and uses the hair to take the Kid down. The Kid breaks free with a series of kicks for a two count.

The Kid catches Hart’s foot but eats an enziguri for a two. The Kid hits a bridging suplex and the referee counts three but Hart had his feet on the ropes. Hart is on the outside licking his wounds and the Kid comes over the top rope with a cannonball. Back in, The Kid attempts a spinning heel kick but Hart catches him and hits a bridging German suplex for a two.

Hart attempts a suplex but it’s reversed and the Kid gets a two from a victory roll. This is so, so fast. A frankensteiner is countered by a powerbomb and Hart applies the Sharpshooter and this one is done.

Winner: Owen Hart via submission..

Overall: Quicker than a hiccup. Both semi-finals were very short, timing issues at play here.

Roddy Piper is interviewed backstage about being back in the WWF. He calls Lawler “Liar” and plugs Hershey’s chocolate. Piper then addresses the incident on Raw where Lawler brought out a young boy masquerading as Piper.

Match 8: WWF Tag Team Champions The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa and Lou Albano) vs Crush and Yokozuna (w/ Mr Fuji and Jim Cornette)

Shouldn’t be long till Art asks about Yokozuna’s size. He starts by saying “this is it, then?” but both Monsoon and Savage ignore him. There we go, the weight-based question. Donovan wonders how many men will be wrestling here…

The four go face to face and trade blows as this one gets underway. The heels whip the babyfaces into one another and Fatu and Samu trade blows. A pair of headbutts on the champions doesn’t even move them but when they return them, Crush and Yokozuna are sent to the outside.

Samu and Yokozuna start this one properly. Yoko shoves Samu over and they trade blows before the Headshrinker attempts a powerslam, but to no avail. Samu catches Yokozuna with a superkick, a dropkick then a clothesline sends him to the outside. Yoko and Crush regroup before Crush and Fatu get tagged in.

Fatu and Crush go face-to-face before they trade blows. Crush comes off the ropes and Fatu puts his head down and is driven face-first into the mat. He no sells it and piledrives Crush before connecting with a diving headbutt off the second rope. Fatu taunts Mr. Fuji and with Samu distracting the referee, Fuji drives the Japanese flag into Fatu’s back.

Crush piledrives Fatu but can only get a one count. Yokozuna is back in and after a drop toe hold, Yokozuna drops the leg on the back of Fatu’s head. Samu, however, beaks the pin. Crush attempts another pinfall but can only get a two. He applies a nerve hold.

Yokozuna is back in and pounds away on Fatu before whipping him into the corner. However, Fatu dodges the charge. Samu and Crush are both back in and Samu connects with a big powerslam. A clothesline then sends Yokozuna down. The challengers are then whipped into each other before a double team of thrust kicks sends Yokozuna out of the ring, where Fatu follows.

In the ring, Samu heads up but Fatu is driven into the ringpost, sending Samu groin-first onto the turnbuckle. Crush hits a superplex then a legdrop as Afa shouts encouragement to his charges. Yokozuna enters the ring and drops a leg on Samu. At this point, Lex Luger makes his way to ringside. He taunts Crush from ringside. Crush makes his way to the ropes, this allows Samu to roll him up but only for a two.

Crush is back to his feet and clotheslines Samu out of the ring. Fatu hits a superkick for the pin as Art Donovan wonders who Lex Luger is.

Winner: The Headshrinkers via pinfall.

Overall: A very sloppy and, mercifully, short match.

Post-match, Luger and Crush brawl at ringside with Crush getting the advantage. The champions then come to his aid and we have a three-on-one beatdown until the babyfaces clear the ring.

Todd Pettengill is now backstage with ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart and the pair hype the upcoming final of the King of the Ring tournament. He promises to win tonight before wishing his dad a happy father’s day.

Match 9: Razor Ramon vs. ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart

Lock up to start and when Hart comes off the ropes, it’s straight into Ramon’s fist. Hart attempts a crossbody but is caught by Razor, who slams him, follows up with a diving elbow for a two. Hart slaps Ramon as Art talks about Razor’s weight… Hart attempts a dropkick but Ramon catches him and slingshots him into the turnbuckle for a two.

Hart now has a headscissors on Ramon but he flips out into a pinning combination that Hart then bridges out of. They both attempt a backslide which Ramon wins but only gets a two. A headlock takedown as Art Donovan now predicts that Razor will lose. It’s not even the least coherent thing he’s said. Hart catches Razor with a spinning heel kick and begins to work on Razor’s leg for the Sharpshooter.

Savage reminds us that there’s a 60-minute time-limit here but we all know it’s not going anything like that length. Hart connects with a European uppercut then applies an abdominal stretch. Like the heel bastard he is, he uses the top rope for more leverage.

Ramon breaks free with a hip toss but Hart attacks first with a series of punches. Ramon blocks a hiptoss and Hart flips out but straight into a chokeslam for a two. Ramon follows up with a fallaway slam. However, Hart counters again and hits a Russian legsweep. Hart attempts a top rope moonsault but is caught and pushed, landing groin-first.

Razor connects with the belly-to-back superplex and sets up for the Razor’s Edge. He’s too near the ropes, however, and Hart backdrops him out of the ring. Ramon grabs his left knee. Jim Neidhart heads to ringside, helps Ramon back onto his feet and attacks him. First with a clothesline then by sending him into the ringpost. Hart then comes off the top rope with an elbow drop for the win.

Winner: Owen Hart via pinfall.

Overall: Good but short match with a big swerve of a finish.

Hart and Neidhart put the boot into Razor post-match, including hitting the Hart Foundation’s old Hart Attack finishing move.

Raymond Rougeau interviews Bret Hart backstage but he refuses to comment on what’s happened and walks off. Art Donovan asks Monsoon and Savage if they acted like that in the ring but they ignore him.

Todd Pettengill is on the stage for the crowning of the King of the Ring. Hart demands to be recognised now as a King before refusing to allow WWF President Jack Tunney to crown him. Instead, he asks Neidhart to do it before demanding Pettengill get on his knees to salute the new King.

We are treated to a video hyping the Lawler/Piper feud to date, largely around both men’s excellent mic skills.

Match 10: ‘The King’ Jerry Lawler vs. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

“This is the ‘New Generation’, this is what it’s all about” announces Monsoon as 40-year-old Piper locks up with 45-year-old Lawler. Piper comes to the ring with the young man who impersonated him on Raw a few weeks before because, errr, just because I guess. Piper is also piped to the ring. Again, Monsoon mentions the ‘New Generation’ in a way that indicates he doesn’t quite understand the whole concept…

As Savage states, Piper looks ripped. He tears off his kilt, throws it in Lawler’s face and pounds away on the ‘The King’ before chasing the referee. Piper mounts Lawler and starts biting him. He uses his kilt to toss him across the ring. Lawler is begging for mercy but Piper shows no let-up. Lawler attempts to flee but Piper collects him, applies a full-nelson at ringside, allowing his sidekick to thumb Lawler in the eye.

Piper slugs away on Lawler as Donovan states “I don’t think Piper likes this guy”. There isn’t much scientific about this one. Lawler attempts a kick, Piper catches his boot and kicks him several times in the testicles before sending him tumbling out of the ring and in front of the commentators.

He takes the fight out after him and chops away on Lawler in front of the front row. Lawler attempts a punch but Piper catches his fist and rams it into the ringpost. Lawler chases after the Piper impersonator and drags him into the ring. Piper comes to his aid and that lets Lawler finally get the advantage here.

Lawler gets a nearfall after a fist drop. Lawler continues to slug away on Piper before applying a sleeper, Piper’s own finishing move. Piper mounts a comeback before his arm drops for the third time. Lawler signals for the Piledriver and drops him with it. Lawler wastes time before the pin and taunts the crowd. Piper kicks out at two to very little reaction, I suspect the crowd aren’t at all used to this style of match.

Piper is back on his feet, begging for more. Lawler slugs some more and Piper is back down on the mat. Again, Piper is back up and begs for more. They begin to trade punches. Piper then connects with two bulldogs but a third is foiled and Lawler shoots Piper into Earl Hebner.

Lawler goes into his tights, removes an object and nails ‘Hot Rod’ in the throat with it. Lawler covers Piper with both feet on the ropes. At two, the kid pushes Lawler’s feet off the ropes, Lawler squares up to the kid and Piper rolls him up for the win.

Winner: Roddy Piper via pinfall.

Overall: 10 years ago, this might have been great. But in 1994, as the WWF hypes the ‘New Generation’, this was sad on so, so many levels.

This is quite a good show. We get the excellent Bret Hart and Diesel match, Art Donovan’s completely nuts commentary and the heel turn of Jim Neidhart. Very much well worth watching.

Overall score – 3.5/5

All ‘Raw Rewind 1994’ pieces can be found here.

6 thoughts on “King of the Ring 1994 Review

      • But, the following month, WCW would have Darren Norwood perform the Star Spangled Banner at Bash at the Beach (where Cunt Hogan beat Slick Ric).

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      • Being serious for a minute, I have no idea how recognisable he’d have been 25 years ago….

        But as his band probably had a niche following at best (based on UK exposure at least) I suspect you aren’t the only one to have wondered who he was


  1. The Headshrinkers’ next title defense would be against Well Dunn on the July 17th episode of Wrestling Challenge:

    After that, it’s nothing but jobber squashes and a house show feud with the Heavenly Bodies for the Headshrinkers until – SPOILERS – they drop the belts to HBK and Diesel the night before SummerSlam.

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  2. Good review of what i felt was a decent show overall, while not as good as 93 King of the Ring that is the spectacle of how good a wrestler Bret Was.

    King Of The Ring 94 was a great showcasing of Owen’s talent and ability to have three matches in one night. With the 123 kid one being a standout of just how good the two were in the 4 minutes they got. Alas if only they had ten 15 minutes. It would have been a classic. Seriosuly, just go watch it on the link below.

    Re watching mid 90’s WWF reminded me of how good Sean was back then and that he would go on in July to have a brilliant match with Bret. Such a shame that he would eventually grow so stale to the point where he originated the go away heat.

    Art Donovan and his ahem commentary is the main reason this show is remembered. It’s truly one of the most unique that’s for sure, i have to give Randy Savage credit for working his arse off to help Art throughout the night while Monsoon basically ignored him (he even got Art’s name wrong at the start, though i can’t blame him for not wanting to deal with Art’s clueless).

    Bret and Kevin match, like all their matches in WWF is really decent stuff (their match at Survivor Series 95 is their best one) with the DQ finisher actually serving a purpose as Savage notes later in the night.

    Jesus, the New Generation stuff reminds you of just how petty Vince is and was back then. Not to mention hypocritical with announcing it the same night you had Piper Vs Jerry Lawyer as your main event. Yep not good, not good at all.

    Looking forward to seeing the Summerslam review in August. Especially on the classic cage match.


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