WWE Raw Retro Coverage - October 10, 1994: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lex Luger, Mabel, Owen Hart, King Kong Bundy, and The Headshrinkers in action


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WWE Raw Retro Coverage - October 10, 1994: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lex Luger, Mabel, Owen Hart, King Kong Bundy, and The Headshrinkers in action
2015-10-12 13:47:33


By Haydn Gleed

WWF Raw on the USA Network
From the Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York

The show opened with an image of a dollar sign in the aisle, and Vince McMahon who welcomed us to the show. Vince pointed out that the sign is a symbol of the Million Dollar Man. Bam Bam's music played, and out he worked with the whole corporation and the owner Ted DiBiase. Vince McMahon was furious with this and screamed it should be a one on one. With that the bad music and video played....

Retro Verdict: Damn it, for one moment I thought I would have one week without that darn music!

Following the intro, Vince and Macho Man Randy Savage were at ringside, with the corporation walking around the ring. Lex Luger came out, to what sounded for once like a real huge reaction. He walked to the ring on his own, but while holding the American flag...

1. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/The Corporation) vs. Lex Luger. In the ring, Lex waved the flag back and for as the lights shined like stars on the ring mat. The Corporation stalked Luger, but as the ring bell rang, with Lex distracted, Bam Bam attacked and the rest of the group left the ring.

Bam Bam hit a shoulder block several times, knocking the "American hero" to the mat, before gaining a close two count pin. Lex finally made a comeback and knocked Bam Bam to the outside, who had his buddies there to get him back to his feet. Vince promoted that later on, the newest member of the corporation, King Kong Bundy would make his (re)debut...

Retro Verdict:The new generation baby!

In the ring, Lex applied an armbar, while elbowing the beast from the east with elbows. Bam Bam escaped the armbar, but missed with an elbowdrop, so Lex reapplied the armbar. Bam Bam backed up onto the ropes, and the ref called for a break, but Bigelow raked Lugers eyes. He hit a strange looking powerslam before climbing to the top rope, and missed with a diving headbutt. Volkoff climbed onto the apron, but Lex knocked him down before getting a two count pin. Lex reapplied the armbar OF DOOM!!!!!!

Retro Verdict: There are people in the crowd reaching for their pillows.

Out of nowhere, King Kong Bundy came down the aisle, so without indicating he was going anywhere near the ring, Lex broke the armbar to shout at Bundy, which allowed Bam Bam to recover. Following a commercial, Bam Bam was in complete control. All of a sudden, the crowd woke up as they noticed Mabel and Adam Bomb walking down the aisle to even the numbers, which pleased Vince who kept repeating the Corporation were cheating.

In the ring, Bigelow hit a DDT for a close two count. Lex desperately got to his feet, but was knocked down with "what a maneuver" as Vince called it (a move that is otherwise known as a dropkick). Bam Bam applied a wear down hold on Lex, with Bam Bam screaming check him. With Lex appearing to be out, the ref lifted his arm twice, but on the third time, Lex came back to life. He broke the hold but was put back down with a knee to the mid-section followed by a standing headbutt.

Bam Bam picked up the fallen Luger who blocked several right hands, but Bam Bam raked the eyes. Lex fell onto the ropes next to DiBiase with Ted screaming that Lex was a loser. Lex got a foot up with Bam Bam charging, and hit a number of punches mid-ring. Several clothesline and eventually the big man went down. With Ted distracting the ref, Tatanka grabbed Lex's leg, but Lex threw Tatanka into the ring barriers, before rolling up Bam Bam for the 1-2-3...

Lex Luger beat Bam Bam Bigelow in 11:01.

After the match, Tatanka and Bam Bam exchanged heated words as the babyfaces celebrated in the ring, while Vince and Macho Man overplayed the win as if it was the biggest achievement in the history of everything....

Retro Verdict: Very boring match, that didn't hold my attention at all, despite a lot of distractions at ringside. Enjoyed the tension between Tatanka and Bigelow after the match, as that felt real and authentic how their characters would behave, but the match was nothing to write home about.

They showed a clip from Superstars of Bob Backlund on Heartbreak Hotel. Shawn called him a changed man, and Diesel and Shawn would like to party with him. Backlund said first of all they are not in his league, and then said he was out there to issue a challenge to Bret Hart who was engulfed in a river of lies or something as Shawn did the "crazy" hand signal behind his back......

Back in the arena, Mabel on his own, rapped his way to the ring and told us to put our hands in the air like we just don't care....

Retro Verdict: Where's Oscar?! I'll have to look that up.

2. Mabel vs. Reno Riggins.Mabel gained the early advantage and hip-tossed Riggins across the ring, as Vince and Macho Man talked about American Football, and said Mabel is not related to Barney just cause he's dressed in purple....ok. They did a spot in the ring where Reno offered a test of strength, but had to go to the corner to reach Mabel with his hand in the air like he just don't care. As Mabel went for the test of strength, the jobber cheapshotted him, and had a brief amount of offence, before Mabel came back.

Mabel beat Reno with a legdrop....

Mabel beat Reno Riggins in 2:01.

Retro Verdict: I did chuckle slightly at Reno Riggins climbing the corner, but that was about everything I liked in the match.

A video promoted Doink against Double J Jeff Jarrett next week...

Owen Hart was in the ring, with his opponent John Crystal looking on...

3. Owen Hart vs. John Crystal. Owen Hart showed off some impressive submission holds while Crystal tried to keep up, but Owen got the majority of the offence in this match. Vince McMahon must have had some mushrooms or something, as he started to talk about Jack Tunney on the David Letterman show singing a duet with Barry Manilow and Bull Nakano was going to be the new Princess Leia in the new Star Wars movie. I literally have no idea what the hell he is talking about there.

Owen won the match with a sharpshooter...

Owen Hart beat John Crystal in 3:20.

Retro Verdict: Seriously, I'm still scratching my head as to Vince's jokes/jabs/drug induced hallucinations or whatever caused those strange comments.

King Kong made his entrance being led to the ring by Ted DiBiase. His lamb to the slaughter was Mike Khoury...

4. King Kong Bundy vs. Mike Khoury. Bundy was sweating after walking to the ring, as Vince told us that Bundy insists on pinning his opponents for a five count. Macho Man talked about Princess Di being in the news recently, which Vince did not want to discuss. Khoury came out strong and hit a number of punches, but Bundy no sold and tore the jobber a new one. Vince suggested that Ricki Lake intimidated Macho Man on his appearance earlier in the week.

Bundy hit an avalanche for a five count...

King Kong Bundy beat Mike Khoury in 3:45.

Retro Verdict: I was looking at Bundy, and from some angles he looks like Big Show, especially from behind. Not great analysis but just amused me. The problem with these shows, is that they have become so formulaic. Opening match is between the main roster guys, and is where storyline development happens, the squash matches are where Vince and Macho Man talk about current affairs, making what's happening in the ring not important which they are not and we get a comedy segment with Doink and/or Jerry "The King" Lawler. I would have tuned out if I was watching this in the early 90s. But despite the fact I try and stay positive with everything I write, I'm struggling to get through these shows that's how bad they are. Speaking of the comedy segment...

They showed a "comedy" moment from Superstars, where Doink and Dink tricked Jerry Lawler to sit on a pie *sigh*...

We were taken straight to The Kings Court, which I don't have a good feeling about. King said that this will be the shortest Kings Court ever which made the crowd cheer, funny. He started to talk about Dink and said he would like to say this to his face but he can't bend down that low. But he knows someone who can get that low, as they showed clips of Jerry terrorising Dink by popping balloons and breaking his toys.

He introduced Queasy, who came out as a midget version of the King. He said that he is going to squash Dink like a bug...

Retro Verdict: I don't want to review this whole segment, as it was awful, and possibly insulting to smaller people.

They moved on swiftly to The Headshrinkers making their entrance, and their opponents were Cory Student and J.S. Storm...

5. The Headshrinkers vs. Cory Student and JS Storm. Vince said that the new Headshrinker, Sionne looked barbaric....get it cause he used to be the Barbarian??!?! This was a very brief match, with The Headshrinkers dominating throughout.

Sionne hit a big boot for the to win....

The Headshrinkers beat Cory Student and JS Storm in 1:15.

Retro Verdict: I bet Vince loved that line, I bet he thought it was sooo clever.

They ended Raw with an interview with Doink who came to the ring with Dink. They talked about next week being Jeff Jarrett against Doink, and IRS in action. Doink got to the ringside area and put a Burger King hat on Vince McMahon. Vince asked him about Queasy, to which Doink said that he has a little surprise for him and Jerry Lawler as the show went off the air....

Retro Verdict: And breath. Seriously, I hate repeating myself, but these shows are awful and very hard to watch. If you have been following along with me, and didn't understand why ECW got such a strong following, or why people turned over to Nitro in droves, it's because of Raws like this one, with bad wrestling, dull squash matches with the announcers messing around and Doink and Dink. I will be back next week with another Retro Raw, and I hope to eat the same mushrooms that Vince seemed to be on during this show with his Bull Nakano as Princess Leia comments. If nothing else, they should help the show seem more coherent and interesting.

Think I'm being too harsh on WWF Raw from 1994? Let me know, either through twitter @haydngleed or via email haydn.gleed@gmail.com.

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