WWE Raw Retro Coverage - August 1, 1994: Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon, Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano, the Smoking Gunns in action


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WWE Raw Retro Coverage - August 1, 1994: Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon, Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano, the Smoking Gunns in action
2015-08-03 11:38:51


By Haydn Gleed

WWF Raw on the USA Network
Live from Youngstown, Ohio at Beeghly Center

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me.......okay, that's enough with putting myself over. Welcome to another Retro Raw, this time from 21 years ago on the 1 August 1994, two days shy of my 12th birthday (just given my age away there). This show was live, and would be the first show following a jury finding Vince McMahon not guilty in the steroid trial. Advertised for this show was Shawn Michaels against Razor Ramon and Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano, two matches which I have no recollection of, but two matches that at the time I would have looked forward to seeing. So without further adu, lets get into this week's, retro raw......

Bad music, bad video and it's Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon's distinctive voice welcomed us to Raw, and introduced his co-announcer, Macho Man Randy Savage. Randy said Razor will annihilate Shawn, just like Vince annihilated the justice department....

Retro Verdict: Not even 30 seconds into the show and it's already been brought up.

Ohhhhhhh ohhhh SHAWN!!! Shawn Michaels made his entrance, with Diesel in tow. I know there's a lot not to like about Raw from 1994, but damn the production value and the light show for entrances, I would argue, are better than they are currently in 2015's WWE. Once Shawn was in the ring, Razor Ramon made his entrance, throwing a tooth pick at the camera and all. Shawn went to the top rope and cockily invited Razor into the ring...

1. Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (w/Diesel). The bell rang, and Shawn got in Razor's face. They locked up and Shawn immediately grabbed a headlock. Razor whipped him into the ropes where Shawn picked up the pace, ending with Razor belly first on the mat and Shawn literally walking all over him...

Retro Verdict: The action was so quick then Vince couldn't keep up. I don't know if he's just rusty or what but I already miss Jim Ross....

Razor came back with a punch, before whipping him across the ring where Shawn whipped over the top turnbuckle to the outside. In the ring, Razor posed for the crowds adulation. Shawn tried to get into the ring several times, but Razor kept knocking him down before a thumb to the eye turned the momentum. Shawn climbed to the top rope, but got caught with a punch to the gut. Shawn eventually turned the tide once more, and the match settled down slightly.

After some offence, Shawn attempted a crossbody but Razor caught him and turned it into a slam. With Shawn on the mat, Razor applied an armlock on the mat before slapping him round the back of the head. This infuriated Shawn who made a comeback and eventually started chocking Razor in the corner. Shawn was in full control at this point and hit a beautiful dropkick with Razor coming off the ropes for a close two count.

Shawn eventually settled into a chinlock on the mat with the crowd getting behind Ramon, Razor got to his feet and broke the hold before attempted a backslide for a near fall. Shawn quickly broke up the momentum and reapplied the chinlock on the mat. Razor got to his feet a lot quicker this time and again broke the hold. Shawn attempted a dropkick but Ramon caught him and slingshoted Michaels over the top rope onto Diesel at ringside as we went to a commercial.

Following the break, Shawn regained the advantage by grabbing the tights and firing Razor into the middle turnbuckle. Shawn climbed to the top but Razor caught him and threw him literally from one side of the ring to the other. Razor applied an abdominal stretch, but Shawn fought out of it. Elbows to the back of the head, and a whip into the ropes. Razor however caught him attempting a back body drop and slammed his face to the mat. Razor hit a back body drop of his own. Razor applied a bear hug as a shot of Diesel at ringside was shown.

Shawn eventually broke the bear hug and attempted a powerslam, but his back gave out. Razor noticed and reapplied the bear hug to put more pressure on the back. Shawn climbed over Razor and attempted a rollup, this allowed both men to pin and counter pin. Razor came off the ropes and hit a shoulder block. He attempted the same thing again, but Shawn threw him over the top rope. Diesel inched his way over to Razor and hit a big clothesline as Shawn distracted the ref. We went to yet another break...

Back from the commercial, Diesel threw Razor back into the ring. Shawn was in complete control at this point and threw left hands at Razor in the corner. Flying elbow and another near fall as Diesel jawed at Razor at ringside. Razor made a comeback and whipped Shawn into the ropes but this was reversed, and allowed Shawn to apply a sleeper hold. Razor started to fade and sat on the mat. Razor's arm was raised twice before nearly falling on the third, but Razor came back to life. With hands shaking and the crowd cheering, Razor got to his feet and hit a back suplex.

Both men were down as the referee counted both men down, but Razor put an arm over Shawn for a near fall. Shawn got to his feet first and whipped Razor into the ropes, but Ramon hit a kick which again knocked both men down to the mat. The ref started to count again, but both men just met the count of ten. In the centre of the ring, Shawn's punches were blocked with Razor's landing. Whip across the rope, flip, Shawn came back out of the corner and eat a clothesline. Ramon put Michaels on the top rope and appeared to be setting up for a superplex, but Shawn hit an elbow to knock Razor to the mat. Moonsault from the tope rope which Razor just kicked out of, followed by what would be called Sweet Chin Music for another near fall.

Shawn called for the Razor's edge, and attempted to get the man with Machismo up, but Razor countered. Vince was disgusted with Shawn's attempt at using the Razor's edge. Razor instead called for the Razor's edge himself. Diesel climbed to the apron to distract Razor who unloaded with punches, but Diesel didn't punch back. With the ref distracted, Shawn grabbed the title belt, and attempted to hit Razor but missed. Instead he whipped Razor into the rope where Diesel hit a big boot, with the referee distracted by the shiny belt in the ring. This allowed Shawn to get the 1-2-3...

Shawn Michaels beat Razor Ramon in 20:21 (TV time not including commercials).

Following the match, Shawn held Razor as Diesel unloaded on him. With the ref just standing there, weakly attempting to go, no no, please stop, both the heels beat the holy hell out of Razor. Eventually more ref's ran to the ring and the beating stopped. I guess no babyfaces could be arsed to come out to make the save...

Retro Verdict: Outstanding match let down by the cheap finish, but this was setup for the big SummerSlam match between Diesel and Razor Ramon so I can forgive that. I would still put Bret and 1-2-3 Kid above this match even without the cheap finish, but still a great great match between the two Kliq members. It was also quite strange, as they went to every dramatic hold like the bear hug, sleeper, abdominal stretch etc during the match, which I quite liked. Shawn was also making some babyface comebacks, which was a bit strange, but I liked how the formula was being mixed up slightly, either with permission or if they were just showing what was possible. Go out of your way to find this Raw on the network just for this match.

Following a SummerSlam report from the charismatically challenged Todd Pettingill, Bull Nakano's entrance was taking place. Vince McMahon put her over as someone who was dominating Japan, as we got some generic WWE music with a Japanese slant to it. I'm sure I've heard that theme song for someone else, but at the moment it escapes me who. Alundra Blayze made her entrance, high fiving the crowd as she came down to the ring...

2. Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano (w/Luna Vachon) in a non-title match. Vince made it clear this was non-title, which in 2015 would mean Bull is going over, let's see what happens here. Bull started the match dominating Alundra throwing her into the ropes and down to the mat. Bull followed this up with a vicious looking clothesline, before missing with a second attempt. Alundra ran the ropes, but Bull caught her in the gut. Bull grabbed Blayze twice by the hair and threw her from one side of the ring to the other.

Following some showboating, Alundra came back with a 'rana and threw her opponent into the ropes. She attempted to use a spinning kick, but Nakano ducked and again grabbed the champion by the hair and threw her down to the mat twice. Macho Man, in what I would consider a sexist comment, questioned what that would do to Blayze's make up.

Following some Bull offence, Alundra had a quick hope spot, but Bull put Blayze's throat over the top rope before hitting a piledriver. In what looked like a mis-communication spot, the ref started to count to three, Alundra put her foot on the rope, but Bull pulled her up from the cover. The commentators didn't draw attention to the foot on the rope, but instead questioned the abandoned pin.

Mid-Ring Bull hit a powerbomb, which surprisingly Blayze kicked out of at one. Bull attempted another powerbomb but Blayze's slid out of it, before missing with a dropkick from the top rope. Scoop slam, and Bull went to the top rope and went for the butt bomb but Alundra moved. Blayze hit a powerbomb, but Bull kicked out. Rollup, and another near fall. Alundra was in control at this point. She went to the middle rope, but Bull threw her off. Bull went for a high risk move herself but Blayze knocked her to the outside and followed up with a crossbody. Bull however came back and threw Alundra into the ring post as the ref was counting in the ring.

As both girls battled on the outside, the ref finished his count and called for the bell for a double countout as the crowd boo'd...

Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano fought to double countout in 5:01.

Following the match, Luna attempted to catch Alundra from behind, but Blayze came back and whipped Vachon into Bull and celebrated mid-ring...

Retro Verdict: Decent match, not anything close to NXT standards, but fantastic quality for 1994 WWF.

Next week's big match is Bam Bam Bigelow & IRS vs. Tatanka & Doink, oh goody...

Up next was The Kings Court with Bob Backlund who lost to Bret Hart on the weekend before this show. Before the King's Court, Jerry "The King" Lawler walked around the ringside area and went out into the crowd. He walked behind the commentary team. He said there's a very special couple here tonight on a date. He told Macho Man he wouldn't know anything about that, as all his dates are inflatable.

He eventually found the couple and the cameraman caught up with them. Jerry introduced the couple, and let the cat out of the bag by saying his soon to be wife to be. The guy asked the question as the women cried. Jerry said don't answer we are about to go to a commercial and grabbed the women into the ring.

Following a commercial, Jerry said the moment we have all been waiting for is the women's answer. Really? Jerry tried to discourage the women and asked if there was a bun in the oven. She said no. He asked her again, and she said yes she will marry this Mike fella. Jerry said, and in retrospect is hilarious, if you two have kids, you've got to let me have one of the puppies. Jerry then tried to hit on the woman before trying for a kiss before she ran away. The guy didn't look happy.

Retro Verdict: What the f was that about?!?! What was the point in that. I'm all for a segment like this between tapings to keep the crowd engaged and a niceish little moment for the couple, but seriously that just wasted 5 minutes of my life. What a load of crap.

Following the pointless segment, Jerry introduced Bob Backlund who came to the ring in a suit. Bob went on a weird rant about the time he was champion and his hiatus he tried to help people. He pointed at the camera and said I'm upset with you. As he was talking Vince and Macho Man talked all over him, so much so, I couldn't hear a word he was saying, before showing footage from the weekend when Bob snapped attacked Bret, again with Jerry and Bob talking, as well as the commentary team. As Jerry was still talking, the cut to a commercial...

Retro Verdict: The way they are talked over Bob and cut off Jerry Lawler, and the fact this show was live, it wouldn't surprise me if they were quickly running out of time as there is only two minutes left of the show and one more match to come. It wouldn't surprise me if Shawn and Razor's match went longer than anticipated, but then that begs the questions, why do that crap with the married couple which eat up about four minutes? Uch!

Straight from commercial, we joined the introduction of The Smoking Gunns who were taking on George Anderson & Tom Bennet...

3. The Smoking Gunns vs. George Anderson and Tom Bennet. Vince complained about Bob going on and on, even though he said two lines before you talked over him Vince. He also said Billy in Billy Gunn like they say Timmy on South Park which made me laugh. Vince started to wrap up the show, and saying that they were running out of time.

After a dominate performance, The Smoking Gunns won with a Sidewinder for the three count as the show went off the air just as the three was hit...

The Smoking Gunns beat George Anderson and Tom Bennet in 1:12.

Retro Verdict: Yeah they definitely went long somewhere, as that was just a clustermuck of an end to the show. Really good show up until The Kings Court, then for lots of reasons which I've already gone through, the show fell apart.

The constant reference's to Vince being Not Guilty was slightly annoying, but I guess understandable at the time, but this was dominated by one really good match and one outstanding match. Definitely a show to find and watch on the network, both to see how good the in ring work in 1994 could be, and also to see how disorganised and chaotic WWF was at the time. In a strange way an interesting representation of how WWF was in 1994.

Watched the show recently? Got anything you need to say or just want to talk about wrestling? Hit me up on twitter @haydngleed or via email haydn.gleed@gmail.com

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