WWE Raw Retro Coverage - July 25, 1994: Ted DiBiase's $10,000 challenge, Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano match build, Yokozuna vs. Adam Bomb, Jim Neidhart, Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, and The Headshrinkers


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WWE Raw Retro Coverage - July 25, 1994: Ted DiBiase's $10,000 challenge, Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano match build, Yokozuna vs. Adam Bomb, Jim Neidhart, Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, and The Headshrinkers
2015-07-27 17:30:44


By Haydn Gleed

WWF Raw on the USA Network
Taped in Bushkill, Pennsylvania at Fernwood Resort

For 1994, this was quite the loaded show. Two matches between main roster guys, I mean wow, what more can you ask fo.....well maybe better matches than I'm expecting from Nikolai Volkoff vs. Tatanka and Yokozuna vs. Adam Bomb. Nevertheless, we are in the midst of Ted DiBiase putting together his "corporation" so that storyline is bubbling along adding intrigue to the show, and......nope I'm out as to why you should follow along with me, apart from the obvious joy of reading along with my wit and sarcasm. So without further ado, lets see what the 25 July, 1994 edition of Raw produced for us...

I'm fed up of thinking of new and "clever" ways to describe how bad the Monday Night Raw music was back in 1994, so if I say it was bad are you cool with that? Good good. Following this truly nasty piece of music/video combo production, Jim Ross welcomed us to Monday Night Raw, which came to us from the Fernwood Resort.

He introduced Randy Savage at ringside before trying to get people excited about Yokozuna vs. Adam Bomb and "the $10,000 challenge". With that "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase's music played in the arena, and he led out the Russian/American Nikolai Volkoff while Jim and Randy discussed the situation with Lex Luger, with both sides saying different things. Tatanka made his entrance to Lex Luger's crowd pop audio track......I mean a standing ovation...

1. Nikolai Volkoff vs. Tatanka in a $10,000 challenge. Both men circled each other before locking up. Tatanka gained the initial advantage with a wrist lock as Ted DiBiase watched from ringside. Following some back and forth, both men again locked up before Nikolai pushed the Native American into the corner and unloaded with rights and lefts.

Volkoff was on offense for an extended amount of time, and showed off some flashy offense including punches, stomps, kicks and chocking Tatanka in the corner. Eventually Tatanka made his comeback and showed his flashy offense with chops. Volkoff cut off the comeback with a clothesline, but was hit with a clothesline of his own before Tatanka caught him with a dropkick. Nikolai looked like he was about to bail to the locker room, but was convinced to come back by DiBiase.

Tatanka looked to take advantage of the situation but Nikolai again took control of the match. This led to some more flashy offense, including punches, stomps and kicks. Someone in the crowd did an Indian cry. In the ring, Nikolai tried to ram Tatanka's head into the turnbuckles, but Tatanka no sold. He danced around the ring and knocked Volkoff down with chops to the head. He climbed to the top rope and hit another chop for a near fall.

Tatanka eventually gained the victory with an inside cradle for the 1-2-3 a short time afterwards....

Tatanka beat Nikolai Volkoff in 6:45.

After the match, Savage climbed into the ring and demanded that Ted pay Tatanka $10,000. Ted climbed into the ring and told Randy to back off. Ross shouted pay him his money, and for some reason I thought of Jerry Maguire. DiBiase pulled out $10,000 from his pocket, but before he handed it to him, he started to compliment Tatanka, but he then said that Tatanka could never do that to Lex Luger. Tatanka said that he could beat Lex on his worst day. DiBiase kept calling him "my Lex Luger". Lex came down the aisle and climbed in the ring. He asked Tatanka if he was challenging him. Tatanka said that is what he is saying, and he will beat him anytime or anyplace. Lex told him to name the place and time before heading to the back...

Retro Verdict: Meh all around here. The match was awful. There is no other way of describing it. After the match, the promo from Tatanka was brutal, but he was never a talker. Lex coming down the aisle, you would have thought if he wasn't with the Million Dollar Man he would have said so, instead he said nothing, so that storyline drags on. I always praise Jim Ross, so I'll just draw attention to one rare mistake. When Lex came out he said this is the second time tonight we have seen him, and then he realised what he had said because of course this was all filmed in one night, but the "last time we saw Lex" was on the previous weeks show. Ross doesn't make many mistakes so because of its rarity I wanted to point it out.

Following some talk about the Lex and Ted angle, The Headshrinkers made their entrance. Their opponents were Joey Stallings and Barry Hardy...

2 The Headshrinkers vs. Barry Hardy & Joey Stallings. The match was joined in progress following a commercial break. Ross and Savage put them over as to how vicious they were, and this was being backed up by some stiff and hard hitting offense.

The Headshrinkers finished Joey Stallings with the future Uso daddy hitting a big splash from the top rope...

The Headshrinkers beat Joey Stallings and Barry Hardy in 3:54.

Retro Verdict: Very good squash match from The Headshrinkers, aided by the announcers. They put over how violent and dangerous the Headshrinkers were and that was demonstrated nicely by the action in the ring. Enjoyed that match.

An announcement was made that next week Razor Ramon would face Shawn Michaels...

Retro Verdict: Now that is a match I'm looking forward to.

Following another commercial, Jim Neidhart made his entrance. His opponent was Jim Powers who was already in the ring. The announcers talked about how crazy Owen Hart and Jim Neidhart are...

3. Jim Neidhart vs. Jim Powers. Powers had the initial offense, but Jim back body dropped him over the top rope. Jim displayed his raw power by picking Powers up by his air and slammed back down. Owen screamed into the camera that he will beat his brother in the cage at SummerSlam. He then started jawing with the crowd reminding them that he is a king.

Jim eventually finished off Jim Powers via submission....

Jim Neidhart beat Jim Powers in 3:00.

Retro Verdict: Another good squash match, where Jim was able to show his power moves. I Still don't think he was ever good as a singles guy, but boy did they try and get him over. Owen was fantastic with the crowd outside the ring, and this is the perfect demonstration of how good a heel he was.

Jim Ross was standing in the ring, as he introduced Alundra Blayze who came down to the ring. Randy Savage claimed that Ross had sprayed himself with cologne before getting into the ring. Jim Ross said that Alundra had recently offered an open challenge which Luna took up. Alundra said she was now finished with Luna and has more class than she'll ever have. Ross asked Alundra about her opponent next week. As Alundra started talking, Luna was shown running down to ringside and jumped in the ring. Ross stopped her, Luna screamed at Alundra, and honestly I didn't know what she said. Ross said it was Luna who was responsible for Alundra's opponent next week, which Alundra replied with, she's not responsible for anything I'm the women's champion, and that was the end of that.

Retro Verdict: Uch!!! First of all when did Alundra and Luna square off, it would have been nice to get clarification of that, or at least a reply if it was on Superstars or what have you. Secondly, I listened to Luna screech three times and couldn't make out a word of it, and lastly, Luna can't be responsible for her opponent next week cause she's the champion.....what? That don't make sense....give me the Diva's divisi.....ok maybe it wasn't all that bad.

Yokozuna was shown making his entrance following a commercial, as Ross said he had never seen an athlete as huge and as scary as the man from Japan. Ross said the editor or WWF Magazine argued that he was the greatest WWF Champion of all time...

Retro Verdict: Was Russo editing WWF Magazine at this time? I don't think he was, but thought it was a bit random mentioning the Magazine editor.

Adam Bomb made his entrance, and tried to get the crowd behind him, but without success...

4. Adam Bomb vs. Yokozuna. The bell rang and both men stood mid-ring looking at each other before Bomb started to point at him. This infuriated Yokozuna who hit a number of blows on Bomb. This gave the 500+ pound former champion the opportunity to dictate the offense in the early going.

Yokozuna missed with a clothesline, which allowed Bomb to hit a big clothesline which didn't knock Yokozuna off his feet. He hit two more followed by a flying shoulder charge which knocked Yokozuna out of the ring as we headed into another commercial...

Following the adverts, Yoko was back in the ring and offered a test of strength which Yokozuna declined. They locked back up, but Yoko hit a chop followed by a headbutt as Savage talked about some NFL guy. Ross turned the conversation back to wrestling and asked Randy how it felt to be in the ring with Yoko. Randy said it was painful. Following a clothesline, Yoko gestured to the crowd who stood on their feet to boo, except for one kid who was applauding and cheering. Yoko put a shoulder submission hold on as the kids in the crowd tried and failed to start a chant for Adam Bomb.

Bomb finally got to his feet and made a brief comeback, before Yoko knocked down Mr Bomb back to the mat. Yoko charged at Bomb in the corner, who moved but the big man still did not go down. Bomb again tried hitting a number of clothesline before hitting a DDT. Adam climbed to the top rope and hit a flying clothesline. As he hit an elbow, Harvey Whippleman and Kwang came down the aisle and distracted the big man. The referee counted out Adam Bomb as he lifted Harvey in the air and threw him at Kwang...

Yokozuna beat Adam Bomb in 9:30 via countout.

Retro Verdict: I can't wait for the Adam Bomb against Kwang match *rolls eyes*. At least they were trying to build a feud I guess. As for the match, not my cup of tea. As awesome looking and as agile as he was for a man of his size, Yokozuna's matches started to become somewhat repetitive by this point. It didn't help that Adam's offense was simply clothesline followed by clothesline. Not as bad as it could have been, but not as good as it could have been I would argue.

Following the final commercial, Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, trash can and all made his entrance. His opponent was Dwayne Gill...

5. Duke "The Dumpster" Droese vs. Dwayne Gill. The announcers spoke about how inappropriate it was for Jerry Lawler to use the trash can a couple of weeks ago. Like magic, Jerry Lawler was on the phone who said everyone he spoke to has asked why he hit Duke with a trash can, and his answer is is because he couldn't find a baseball bat.

Duke finished Dwayne with the Trash Compactor...

Duke Droese beat Dwayne Gil.

Retro Verdict: Strange hearing Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talking in this type of capacity. Poor Jerry Lawler, he came to the WWF and despite his reputation, he found himself in feuds with Doink, Roddy Piper and Duke The Dumpster Droese. This was really not good.

Ross and Randy Savage closed off the show by promoting Alundra Blayze against Bull Nakano and Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon. They also announced that Bob Backlund would be on The King's Court...

Retro Verdict: Not the worst Raw in it's history, but the in-ring action was flat, and the newsworthiness of the show was non-existent. I believe I'm right in saying that this was the fourth show of the tapings, so you can excuse the show being lacklustuer somewhat.

With that being said, I'm looking forward to the show next week. I have no memory of either Alundra against Nakano or this particular match between Shawn and Scott Hall, and both matches have potential to be great based on the time frame this was held. Check in with me next week for Retro Raw, which should be up on Prowrestling.net on the most important date in the calendar, August 3. Let's hope for my birthday I will be reviewing a good to very good edition of Retro Raw.

Editor's Note: August 4 is actually far more important than August 3, but don't tell Haydn that.

Thoughts? Comments? None of the above? It's all good, let me know via email haydn.gleed@gmail.com or on twitter @haydngleed.

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