WWE Raw Retro Coverage - November 14, 1994: King's Court with Owen Hart and The British Bulldog, Aldo Montoya (a/k/a Justin Credible) debuts
By Haydn Gleed
WWF Raw on the USA Network
Bushkill, Pennsylvania at Fernwood Resort
That's right, I watched two consecutive hours of Monday Night Raw from 1994 for you lovely lovely people. Don't say I don't do anything for you!
Raw opened with a graphic that said "Joined in progress" and we saw that Bob Backlund had the 1-2-3 Kid in the crossface chickenwing with the bell being rung over and over again and the referee going, no no please stop that, oh please stop that. Bret Hart came down the aisle, which forced Bob Backlund to release the hold, and the officials kept both men apart. The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase was on commentary with Vince McMahon for this show.
In the ring, Bob Backlund was about to apply the Cross face chickenwing on Bret, but he let it go. He went to the ringside area and grabbed a microphone. He spoke some posh words that didn't really make sense in context to what he was saying, and then said what he just did was a reminder of what will happen at the Survivor Series. As Backlund was walking down the aisle, Bret Hart knocked him down from behind and went to apply the Sharpshooter, but let it go. He got back in the ring, grabbed a microphone and said he could have applied the Sharpshooter himself, but he let go, but at the Survivor Series he will never ever let him go.
Retro Verdict: Very strange opening to the show. For those who don't know, the Raw's that I have were purchased about 10 years ago on ebay where I bought a box of old VHS's. They are recordings from the original airings that I put onto my computer in digital form, so everything I see is what would have been seen 21 years ago. The reason I bring this up, was at first I thought I had missed something and the first 10 minutes of the match had been missed by the recording, so I went onto the network to check, and exactly the same thing happened. I've seen some websites that have complained about this, saying they edited this show, but I can confirm that 100% this is how they started the show in 1994. Very strange, but at the same time intriguing start to the show. Sometimes strange and different aren't all that bad. The crowd were really into this, and this built well for the Survivor Series 1994 which was coming up soon. Btw, didn't Bret say he was going to be in the corner of the 1-2-3 Kid on the previous show? Hmmmm strange all round.
We saw our first shot of Vince McMahon and Ted DiBiase as they discussed what had just happened...
In the arena, Mabel & Oscar wanted us to put our hands in the air like we just don't care. Vince joined in the Oh Yeah's which was just amusing, followed by the classic Vince chuckle. In all seriousness though, Oscar rapped about everyone on Mabel's team at the Survivor Series, so again was useful in the build. Mabel's opponent in this match was The Blue Phantom...
1. Mabel vs. The Blue Phantom. The Blue Phantom managed to get in a few shots, but apart from that it was a total squash. Ted DiBiase called Mabel Barney The Dinosaur, which if memory serves was what was reported as the nickname the wrestlers gave him as a rib backstage.
Mabel finished the Phantom with a sideslam splash...
Mabel beat The Blue Phantom 2:01.
After the match, Vince promoted the WWF Magazine and an article about Mabel growing up on the streets, and say no to drugs etc. Oscar just rapped as both men left.
Retro Verdict: Total squash as you would imagine heading into The Survivor Series. DiBiase amused me with his comments, and was true to character since Mabel's team would be facing DiBiase's team at the Survivor Series.
As we returned from the commercials, Double J Jeff Jarrett was strutting in the ring with the seizure inducing lights went off. Jeff grabbed a microphone and laughed in strange places and told everyone that he is the worlds greatest wrestler. His opponent is Gary Sabaugh...
2. Jeff Jarrett vs. Gary Sabaugh. Jeff got the better of the early part of the match, hitting hiptosses before playing to the crowd. This allowed Gary to attack him from behind. The advantage didn't last long as Jeff came back with punches and a more aggressive style.
Sabaugh hit a sunset flip for a close two count, but missed with a dropkick. Jeff went for Gary's leg and attacked it for the remainder of the match. This led to Jarrett applying the figure four leg lock for the victory...
Jeff Jarrett beat Gary Sabaugh in 3:43.
Retro Verdict: I liked the fact that Jeff focused on the leg, even in a squash match as it built logically to the finish.
IRS was back in the graveyard, and Bray Wyatt's father was talking to a coffin which had been dug up. He said people say that what he has done to you in the last couple of weeks is a little stiff. Get it? Hahahaha *sigh*. He said he disagrees, it's a fact of life that people dead or alive have to pay their taxes, and if his family had paid the burial tax instead of buying a beautiful casket, he wouldn't be here now.
The camera angle changed to within the hole in the ground, and IRS said sooner or later everyone has to pay IRS, and we all now know that being six feet under is not a tax shelter...
Retro Verdict:I have a very warped sense of humour, so I'm finding these vignettes entertaining, but at the same time, they are in kind of poor taste. See how I resisted the urge to not make the joke involving the word buriel and compared it to his son Bo Dallas?
Back in the arena, it was time for the King's Court. As The King was talking, the announcers once again talked over him. That really annoys me. Jerry asked the crowd what would be better than having the king in the house? He said they have two kings in the house. He introduced Owen Hart who came out to boo's. As he was walking down the aisle, we could see he was carrying a white towel. Vince claimed that it was the same towel that was used 11 years ago when it was thrown in to end Bob Backlunds championship reign.
Owen said he couldn't wait until Survivor Series when Bob Backlund takes on his brother Bret. He said he knows that when Mr Backlund puts on the Crossface Chickenwing, it will be all over for Bret. He said he wants to assure Mr Backlund that when he is in his corner at Survivor Series he will not throw in the towel. Jerry reminded us that the only way that either men could lose is if one of their towels are thrown in. Owen again assured Backlund that he would not throw the towel in, but it will be The British Bulldog who will be throwing in the towel for Bret.
Jerry said that Bulldog has a face that not even a flea wouldnt love. Funny. Both Jerry and Owen introduced Bulldog by saying, "here boy" and whistling, again funny. The British Bulldog came out, and in the name of all that is holly, what is he wearing?!
Retro Verdict: Seriously, I would watch this episode just to see how bad the Bulldog's outfit is, my god that is awful but funny at the same time.
The Bulldog came into the ring, with Davey Boy holding a pink and black towel. Jerry said to Owen that that is the towel that will be thrown in at Survivor Series. Bulldog wanted to correct Jerry that Bret Hart is the champion not Bob Backlund, and in 9 days time he will still be the champion. Owen said that he is wrong, when Mr Backlund applies the Chickenwing, there is no escape. Owen asked Davey for a favour that when Backlund applies the Chickenwing, can you let him suffer and squel in agony for a little while before throwing in the towel. Jerry Lawler's expression at this point is pitch perfect. Bulldog came back with, "LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING OWEN HART" yes he said that and shouted it for no reason. Smith continued and said that Bulldog won't throw in the towel no matter what. He told Owen to tell Backlund to try his best to put on the hold but it's not going to happen. Owen said that there will be a new WWF Champion at Survivor Series.
Retro Verdict: A bit hockey, but I quite enjoyed that. As I said above, you need to see Bulldog's ridiculous outfit for yourself, it's amusing, but Lawler's expressions were perfect during this and really added something which you can't usually say about The King's Court. This segment alone has made me want to go back and watch the Survivor Series 1994, so it obviously did it's job. One thing I would like to ask is, isn't this a wrestling show? So far we've only had about 6 minutes of wrestling...
A graphic aired saying that we would see the debut of Man 'O' War Aldo Montoya after the break. Aldo came down to the ring with THAT jockstrap on his face. Vince hyped Aldo as being from Portugal. His opponent in the ring was The Brooklyn Brawler...
3. Aldo Montoya vs. The Brooklyn Brawler. Ted DiBiase said that he had heard a lot of good things about this kid. Both men circled each other before locking up. Aldo got knocked to the mat before moving when Brawler went for an elbow drop. Aldo got back to his feet but Brawler grabbed him by the hair. After whipping Aldo into the ropes, there was a quick sequence of moves that ended with Brawler bailing to the outside.
Aldo dived over the top onto Brawler, but got hit by a swinging neckbreaker back in the ring which led to some offence for Brawler. In an unintentionally funny moment, Ted DiBiase messed up the USA Network plug for Young Guns several times, and sounded like he broke character at one point, which led to Vince telling him not to give up his day job. He then said so that the USA Network wouldn't be angry at them, Vince did the plug himself.
In the ring Aldo eventually gained the advantage and hit a flying crossbody for a three count...
Aldo Montoya beat The Brooklyn Brawler in 3:01.
After the match, Ted DiBiase stood up nodding his head. He grabbed a microphone and climbed in the ring. He said he's not easily impressed, and he has the best wrestlers in his corporation. He said he's not easily impressed and that this kid has a lot of potential. He said he will offer him an opportunity of a lifetime. He offered him a chance to join the corporation. Aldo Montoya spoke in what I can only assume was Portugese, which led The Million Dollar Man to claim he obviously isn't the brightest as he doesn't speak English. Vince said that he doesn't speak English and that's ok, thanks Vince for that clarification.
Ted pulled out a wad of money and said the universal language, money, and again offered him a chance to join the corporation. Aldo said, this time in English, Mr DiBiase, I've already answered you, and you can take that money and shove it in your ear. The look on Ted's face was priceless. With that the future Justin Credible left the ring and walked up the aisle.
Retro Verdict:Good in-ring debut from Aldo, but you can't get past that outfit. I respect PJ Polaco a hell of a lot for what he has done with his career, but everytime I see the Aldo Montoya gimmick, I gain a little more respect that he managed to have the career he did inspite of starting out his national runs with this outfit and schtick. Also, what kind of threat is shoving money in someone's ear? I know this was very much a kids show, but still, in his ear?!
Following the commercial break, Alundra Blayze, in some expensive looking clothes was at ringside with Vince and Ted DiBiase. Vince said that Alundra was on the way to Tokyo to defend her championship. Alundra said that history would be made in the Tokyo Dome when she represents the WWF. They ended the show by promoting a number of matches for next week's different shows, including Razor Ramon vs. Diesel...
Retro Verdict: Well that was a very strange broadcast of Monday Night Raw, from the opening "match", to Ted DiBiase screwing up the plug for the USA Network to the rather pointless interview with Alundra Blayze. I only say pointless because it didn't really promote anything or let people know where they could see the match, it was just a very wooden promo.
Overall I enjoyed the show, but obviously there wasn't much in terms of in ring action, but on the positive side there was no clowns. No clowns = decent show.
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