WWE Raw Retro Coverage - May 30, 1994: Tatanka against Crush in a KOTR qualifying match, Bret Hart on The King's Court, Jeff Jarrett, 1-2-3 Kid, and The Smoking Gunns


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WWE Raw Retro Coverage - May 30, 1994: Tatanka against Crush in a KOTR qualifying match, Bret Hart on The King's Court, Jeff Jarrett, 1-2-3 Kid, and The Smoking Gunns
2015-06-01 17:23:27


By Haydn Gleed

WWF Raw on the USA Network
Taped in Struthers Fieldhouse in Youngstown, Ohio

Opening video and bad music and it's your Retro Raw recap baby! Coming into this show, King Of The Ring hype is in full swing, with qualifying matches left right and center. The advertised qualifier for this show was Tatanka vs. Jimmy Del Ray, and the only other segment promoted on the previous show was Jerry Lawler interviewing Bret "The Hitman" Hart....

In the arena, Vince McMahon welcomed us to Raw, again with the light show going on in the ring. He said anything can happen at any time in the WWF especially on Monday Night Raw. Vince introduced his co-host for the show, Macho Man Randy Savage. Vince announced that Jimmy Del Ray had been taken out of the qualifier match, instead it's Tatanka vs. Crush...

Retro Verdict: Now see that confuses me. I could look it up, and I have a feeling I can guess what happened if there was indeed some backstage issue, but you have to remember, this show was taped straight after the live show where the Tatanka vs. Jimmy Del Ray match was announced. It's not like nowadays where something can happen in the seven days between shows, so that has confused me. It's not that I thought Tatanka against Jimmy would be a five star classic, but Tatanka vs. Crush.....uch.....

Crush made his entrance, and Macho Man said because Crush was embarrassed last week, he asked Mr Fuji to strike a deal with Jim Cornette. That still doesn't make any sense Randy. Tatanka made his entrance, and was led to the ring by Chief Jay Strongbow....

1. Crush (w/Mr Fuji) vs. Tatanka (w/Chief Jay Strongbow in a KOTR qualifying back. Both men circled each other, as the crowd chanted USA. They showed a close up of Chief Jay Strongbow with Vince telling us to look at the wisdom in his face. Back and for with the advantage to begin with, with Tatanka gaining a two count after a crossbody. Crush consulted with Mr Fuji, and offered a test of strength to Tatanka. Vince announced that Yokozuna and Crush would take on The Headshrinkers for the tag team titles at the King Of The Ring...

Tatanka foolishly went for the test of strength, but Crush kicked him in the mid-section. The pace picked up which played into Tatanka's strength, and he ended up clotheslining Crush to the outside. The advantage didn't last long however, as Crush stood on the apron and caught Tatanka with a blow. This led to Crush on the offense until he missed with a splash in the corner. Tatanka hit a flying clothesline from the middle rope for a two count. On the outside, Strongbow went over to confront Mr Fuji, which distracted Tatanka and as we headed to the break, Crush nailed Tatanka with a kick...

As we came back from the break, Tatanka was in a bear hug and broke the hold, but Crush came back with a belly to belly suplex. Crush attempted to knock Tatanka's head into the corners but the native American no sold it and went on the war path in a circle, until Crush hit him in the back. Tatanka however came back with chops to the head. He climbed to the top rope and hit the flying chop which gained a close two count...

Tatanka still on the offense hit a neckbreaker for a two count, which brought Mr Fuji onto the apron. Jay Strongbow chopped Mr Fuji down, which brought Crush out of the ring to stalk him. In the nick of time, Tatanka stopped him, with the ref still counting in the ring. The ref called for the bell and both men were counted out...

Tatanka and Crush fought to a double countout in 10:54.

After the match, both men entered the ring and continued to brawl. Vince sounded like he was going to explode and said neither men would be the in the KOTR unless Jack Tunney steps in. With ref's splitting up the two men, Crush broke through and beat on Tatanka as we faded to a commercial. Coming back from the commercial, Vince and Macho Man talked about what had just happened...

Retro Verdict: The match was a lot better than it had any right to be, but it wasn't great by any stretch of the imagination. The stuff with the managers was stupid, and the double countout and Vince with Macho Man going crazy about the possibilities of what this means just seemed a bit over the top for what it was, but hey I would rather them oversell it than undersell it.

Vince said The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase was in a funeral home. Indeed, a video aired of Ted standing near a casket, and asked do you know what it smells like in here? He then pulled out some dollars and said money. Ted said that everyone has a price, and he has made contact with the Undertaker, and he will become the property of the Million Dollar Man and everyone in the WWF will be resting in peace....

In the arena, the 1-2-3 Kid made his entrance, as Macho Man made comments about wanting to make contact with the lady holding the Raw sign. Randy by name, Randy by nature I guess. In the ring, was Kid's opponent, George South...

2. 1-2-3 Kid vs. George South. The Kid wanted to start the match with a handshake, but George South refused. This match was what you would expect. South hid from Kid to begin with, and managed to gain the early advantage. Kid came back with kicks in quick order followed by a quick legdrop. 1-2-3 Kid applied a headlock but got suplexed. He made a quick comeback and finished off George South with a rolling cradle, or what a maneuver as Vince called it...

1-2-3 Kid beat George South in 2:29.

As we went into the commercial, Vince hyped the Kings Court with Jerry Lawler...

Retro Verdict: Squash match was what it was, but I am actually semi intrigued by the Kings Court segment, given the history between Bret and Jerry, this should be interesting.

Back from the commercial, Jerry's music was playing and the Kings Court set was in the ring. Jerry started talking, and told us it should be our pleasure to witness another King's Court. Lawler heeled on the crowd, and got great heat. Jerry said that this will be the best Kings Court he's been involved in. Won't be difficult Jerry. He said his guest will be the World Heavyweight Champion, the man with the Jurassic Park parents. He said, the other day he told Stu Hart to act his age so he died. That made me laugh far too much I have to be honest.

He introduced Bret Hart, and the crowd popped and out he came shaking hands with the people in the aisle, while carrying the World Heavyweight Championship. Bret stood face to face with Jerry Lawler, who said save that applause for someone who deserves it like him. Jerry said it's an honor to have him on the King's Court. He said he wants to talk about the King Of The Ring. He asked can you remember what happened last year? Or is there too much oil on your head that it slipped your mind? Jerry reminded us that he "crowned" Bret, who put the belt down and got in Jerry's face.

Jerry stopped him, and said whoa there, you are not my only guest, to which Bret said, why because you need backup? Jerry said no, he wants to talk about this years KOTR, and introduced his opponent Diesel who was accompanied by Shawn Michaels. Jerry welcomed them to the King's Court. He asked Bret if he has lost his mind accepting the challenge of Diesel. Bret said that although he has respect for Diesel, when he steps in the ring with him, you will find out why he's the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Diesel said Hitman will get the VIP treatment, that being very intense pain. Bret started talking, but Shawn Michaels cut him off. With Bret distracted, Diesel blindsided him and hit the jacknife. Diesel, Shawn and The King then started putting the boots to Bret, until the referee's and officials ran out and stopped them. Vince ranted on commentary how this was a setup all along...

Retro Verdict: Really enjoyed that, and a great way to get heat on the heel Diesel going into the King Of The Ring. What impressed me more than anything was it was logical on so many levels. I was questioning why Jerry would be mouthing off and insulting Bret and his parents but it was in order to get him in the ring for the setup. Great stuff all round here.

After another commercial, we saw a replay of Bret being Jackknifed, until The Smoking Gunns made their entrance. Their opponents were already in the ring and were Austin Steele and Reno Riggins...

3. The Smoking Gunns vs. Austin Steele & Reno Riggins. Vince completely undone the good done with the Kings Court segment, by saying, only 5 minutes after a jackknife and three men beating him down, that Bret Hart was completely fine backstage.

Standard squash match, as Vince and Macho Man were desperate to know if Jack Tunney had made a decision on what was going to happen about Tatanka against Crush from earlier. The Smoking Gunns won after a dominate match with the Sidewinder...

The Smoking Gunns beat Austin Steel & Reno Riggins in 3:41.

Vince and Macho Man were bursting with excitement that Jack Tunney had made a decision and we will find out what it was very soon...

Retro Verdict: Oh my god, I can't wait to find out what the decision, my god this is going to change my life.....ok I won't overdo it too much, but seriously they are starting to go far over the top now.

Vince threw backstage to where Todd Pettingill was standing by, wearing the most hideous t-shirt you can ever imagine. Seriously, go out of your way to watch this show on the network to see how bad this t-shirt is! He said Jack Tunney had made a decision, and he's ordered another match, and next week Tatanka will take on Crush in a lumberjack match. He ran down a list of people who would be at ringside...

Retro Verdict: Well it should be interesting I guess, at least it's not Bastion Booger!

In the arena, Jeff Jarrett made his entrance; with Vince saying one day Jeff Jarrett will get on the mic and give us a song. Oh goodie! His opponent already in the ring was Chris Hamrick....

4. Jeff Jarrett vs. Chris Hamrick. The crowd were giving JJ tremendous heat at the beginning of the match. Hamrick got two hip-tosses in early, until Jeff picked him up, and brought his neck down on the top rope.

Jarrett finished Chris with a figure four leglock as the crowd chanted, we want Doink....

Jeff Jarrett beat Chris Hamrick via submission in 4:03.

Retro Verdict: See Doink was actually over at this point, but WWF knocked the gimmick into the ground by continually putting him in positions where he made himself and the product look stupid. I'm not saying they could have made Doink a serious main eventer, not as a babyface at least, but the crowd liked him, but when the company don't take the gimmick seriously, then eventually the crowd lost interest.

Vince and Macho Man spoke at the announcers table about next weeks match between Tatanka and Crush in a lumberjack match. Jerry Lawler was backstage and announced that next week he would have a Scotsman, who wears a "skirt" and Hotrod on his t-shirt on the Kings Court as the show ended ...

Retro Verdict: I can't remember this angle at all, but I'm guessing they bring out some women or midget dressed up like Roddy Piper, but at least it's got me intrigued by what they do on the following show. Tatanka against Crush in a lumberjack match? I can live with that, but at the time I wouldn't have been desperate for the week to go by to see it.

Overall, not a bad Raw show. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. Tatanka and Crush was better than it had any right to be and the jobber matches were ok, but nothing spectacular. What was very good, albeit rather short, was the Kings Court and the build they added to the KOTR championship match.

Watched the show on the network recently? Or you just want to talk wrestling. Hit me up on twitter @haydngleed or via email haydn.gleed@gmail.com

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