Raw Rewind: 25 July 1994

Raw Rewind 1994

Craig Wilson

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘. Today we take in the episode of Raw from 25 July 1994 with Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese, the Headshrinkers, Jim Neidhart and Tatanka all in action.

Champion Roll Call:

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

You can read the latest Raw recap here.

We cut back to last week’s Raw and Tatanka squaring up to the Million Dollar Man regarding the future of Lex Luger. We then go to WWF Superstars from the past weekend where Dibiase promised a huge announcement. Lex Luger is announced and heads out, however Tatanka joins and expresses his surprise.

We then get a clip of Luger announcing he did not sell out before we go to the title sequence. Jim Ross is joined by Macho Man Randy Savage on commentary and they hype the show, featuring Nikolai Volkoff taking on Tatanka in a $10,000 challenge match while Adam Bomb locks horns with Yokozuna.

Match 1: Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase) vs. Tatanka

Volkoff is wearing enormous pants. They lock up to start and, surprisingly, Tatanka overpowers his bigger opponent. Volkoff pushes Tatanka into the ropes and we don’t get a clean break. Volkoff pounds away in the corner as Dibiase looks on.

A kick to the ribs sends Tatanka down and keeps the veteran in control. Tatanka mounts a comeback and drills Volkoff with a series of chops but runs into a back elbow. Tatanka is whipped into the ropes, ducks a clothesline and connects with one of his own before dropkicking the bi Russian out of the ring.

On the outside, Volkoff receives angry counsel from Dibiase who demands he re-enter the ring to save him his purse. Volkoff grabs Tatanka by his feet, drags him outside and drills him into the ring steps. Tatanka is rolled back in and Volkoff stomps away on his prone opponent. Tatanka has his face rammed into the turnbuckle but doesn’t sell the move, on any of the four occasions, before fighting back with a series of chops.

A series of running chops sends Volkoff down to the mat before one off the top rope gets him a nearfall. Tatanka charges into the corner but only into a big boot and Volkoff follows up with a slam. However, from nowhere, Tatanka rolls him up for the win.

Winner: Tatanka via pinfall

Overall: OK match but finish came from nowhere.

Post-match, Savage hits the ring and taunts Dibiase, demanding he hand over the money. Dibiase says he is a man of his word, takes the money from his pocket and hands it to the Native American. However, he says what Tatanka did on Raw, he could never do to Lex Luger. Tatanka promises to do just that.

At that, Luger makes his way out to the ring. Dibiase high-tails out of the ring as Luger gets in Tatanka’s face. Tatanka says he can beat him “any time, any place” and Luger tells him to name it and he’ll be there.

At ringside, Jim Ross and Randy Savage discuss the fact that confusion continues over the relationship between Luger and Dibiase.

Match 2: WWF Tag Team Champions The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa and Captain Lou Albano) vs. Joey Stallings and Barry Hardy

The Headshrinkers attack the two jobbers before we go to a break. When we return, the two are double-teaming the as-yet-unnamed jobber. Samu hits a second rope DDT on Joey Stallings before Fatu is tagged back in. To quote Ross, they are “assaulting” Stallings. More double-team action, as they nearly take Stallings head off with a clothesline.

Samu pins Stallings but lifts his shoulders at two. A headbutt fells Stallings before Samu knocks Hardy off the apron. At ringside, Fatu is shown attacking Hardy. Fatu is tagged back in as they hit the double reverse Russian legsweep. Fatu is tagged back in and hits a top rope splash and that’s this done.

Winners: The Headshrinkers via pinfall.

Overall: A savage, savage squash.

We hear that next week on Raw Shawn Michaels will lock up with Razor Ramon

Match 3: Jim ‘the Anvil’ Neidhart (w/ Owen Hart) vs. Jim Powers

Powers uses his speed in the early stages but soon finds himself backdropped over the top rope and to the outside. Neidhart pulls him onto the apron and hits a clubbing forearm across the chest. We cut to Owen at ringside, who promises to beat his older brother Bret at SummerSlam.

Inside the ring, Neidhart continues to club away on Powers. Neidhart drops Powers with a belly-to-back suplex for a nearfall, only ended when Neidhart lifts his opponent. Powers fights back with some punches but runs into a powerslam. Neidhart applies a camel clutch for the win.

Winners: Jim Neidhart via submission.

Overall: A quick squash with limited offence for Powers.

Post-match, Owen Hart places the sunglasses on Neidhart. A video then airs hyping Alundra Blayze’s upcoming match with Bull Nakano next week on Raw.

Jim Ross is in the ring and introduces WWF women’s champion Alundra Blayze. We learn that Blayze recently issued a challenge to any female athlete in the world to face her with the first to answer the calling being Luna Vachon. Blayze begins talking about Nakano as Vachon hits the ring. Vachon says she’s responsible for bringing Nakano to America.

Match 4: Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Adam Bomb

Jim Ross hypes Adam Bomb’s recent face turn, prompted by riding himself of the managerial services of Harvey Wippleman. Yokozuna slaps Bomb and chops away on his opponent before chocking him against the ropes. Bomb is whipped into the ropes and is felled by a back elbow.

Bomb ducks a clothesline and connects with a series of punches, dodges a couple of clotheslines and hits several of his own before a shoulder block sends the former WWF champion to the outside. When we return from a break, the two are face-to-face in the ring with Bomb offering a test of strength.

However, instead a chop and a headbutt sends Bomb to the mat. Yokozuna chocks Bomb in the corner before connecting with another chop. He’s whipped into the other corner and clotheslined to the mat, when he bounces out.

Yokozuna applies a nerve hold on Bomb on the mat but Bomb fights back and breaks the hold with a series of elbows to the gut but runs into a clothesline. Bomb is whipped into the corner but manages to dodge a running charge, which looks to have shifted the ring a few inches. Adam Bomb follows up with a clothesline, which staggers Yokozuna. A second one fails to shift him but a DDT has Yokozuna down.

Adam Bomb heads up top and hits a flying clothesline. Bomb connects with a running elbow as we see Harvey Wippleman and Kwang at ringside. Kwang trips Bomb and Bomb and Kwang scrap at ringside, resulting in him being counted out.

Winner: Yokozuna via countout.

Overall: Was OK in places but not a pair that worked all that well together.

Post-match, Bomb press slams Wippleman into Kwang.

We then get a ‘SummerSlam Report’ with Todd Pettengill. We’re now just five weeks away from SummerSlam. He runs down the card, starting at the double main event: Undertaker vs. Undertaker and Bret vs. Owen. We’ll also see Diesel defend the IC title against Razor Ramon.

A video airs hyping Leslie Neilson’s involvement in the Undertaker/Undertaker case…

Match 5: Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese vs. Duane Gill

Five weeks on from his attack on Droese, Lawler calls in at the start of his match with Duane Gill. Droese overpowers his much smaller opponent, throwing and suplexing him around the ring. Droese applies a bearhug on Gill in the middle of the ring. Gill fights out and lands several punches as we hear that Lawler will be on Raw next week with a special ‘King’s Court’ with Bob Backlund as his guest, who faces WWF Champion Bret Hart this weekend.

Droese connects with a running clothesline then a tilt-a-whirl slam for the win.

Winner: Droese via pinfall.

Overall: It was OK, I guess, but not many seem to care much about Droese.

We are reminded again about what will be on next week’s Raw: Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano, Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels and more.

Garbage. These Raws are tough to watch. They have improved ever so slightly with Jim Ross on commentary but not by much…

Overall score – 2/5

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

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