-Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo are in the booth for todayâ€™s show.
-Opening Non-Title Contest: â€œThe Bad Guyâ€ Razor Ramon (Intercontinental Champion) vs. The Black Phantom:
Ramon goes after the Phantomâ€™s shoulder, but the Phantom DDTâ€™s Ramon off the second rope for two. I think that has to be one of the most devastating moves Iâ€™ve ever seen a jobber pull off. Ramon catches the Phantom with a chokeslam, side suplexes him off the second rope, and finishes with the Razorâ€™s Edge as per usual at 2:09. Survey says this was a good squash for the Bad Guy.
-WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. He revisits the Yokozuna-Lex Luger confrontation on the Funeral Parlor last week and then talks about the Bret-Owen match. Bret repeats the same promo heâ€™s been doing for several weeks now about how heâ€™s not looking forward to facing his brother at WrestleMania. Owen says heâ€™s going to prove to everyone that heâ€™s the best Hart brother.
-Non-Title Match: The Quebecers (WWF Tag Team Champions w/Johnny Polo) vs. John Paul & Miguel Rosado:
Tony Bueti is our guest ring announcer and he is too nervous to do an effective job. Since Polo is out there for the match McMahon has to do this one solo. The Quebecers get the honor of yelling at Nikolai Volkoff this week. Men on a Mission appear in the split screen and Oscar raps a promo about how they are going to win the tag titles at WrestleMania. Paul knocks down Jacques with a couple of dropkicks, but Jacques hits Rosado with a hanging piledriver when he puts his head down too early. The Quebecers finish with the Quebecer crash at 1:42. I guess Rosado really screwed this one up for his team.
-Stan Lane hypes the WWF Fan Festival. Crush says that he canâ€™t wait to face Randy Savage at WrestleMania so that he can end their feud.
-Thurman â€œSparkyâ€ Plugg vs. Derec Domino:
Plugg outwrestles Domino and traps him in an armbar. Plugg hits a big boot and a top rope knee drop for the pin at 1:19. I was getting ready to say that there was very little in this squash, but that top rope knee drop looked devastating.
-Ray Rougeau interviews â€œThe Heartbreak Kidâ€ Shawn Michaels about his match at WrestleMania. A ladder is conveniently placed in the ring for added effect. Michaels explains the match and says that heâ€™s climbing to the top of the federation (as he climbs and sits on the top of the ladder).
-Irwin R. Schyster vs. Phil Apollo:
IRS says that heâ€™s tired of people not paying their taxes and he takes his frustration out on Apollo. IRS slams Apollo and drops a couple of elbows, but when he taunts the crowd Apollo gets a fluke schoolboy for two. IRS pounds away and then applies an abdominal stretch, making sure to grab the ropes. That shouldâ€™ve been the finish so that that spot could get over. IRS releases the hold and finishes Apollo with the Write Off at 1:33. This mustâ€™ve been near the end of the TV taping because the crowd was in a coma.
-Todd Pettengill gives us the WrestleMania X report. Itâ€™s funny that as the pay-per-view gets closer the amount of WrestleMania gear that Pettengill wears steadily increases.
-Adam Bomb (w/Harvey Wippleman) vs. Bret â€œthe Hitmanâ€ Hart:
Bret tries to engage Bomb in an amateur wrestling match, but Bomb is having none of that. Bomb catches Bretâ€™s body press off the ropes and slams him, but an elbow drop misses and Bret knocks Bomb out of the ring with three clotheslines. Bomb pulls Bret to the floor, but ends up punching the ring post. Back in, Bret unloads, but Bomb catches him with a big boot. Bomb drops a series of elbows as Owen Hart comes out to watch the match. Bomb hits an elbow off the ropes for two. Bomb pounds away, but a blind charge eats buckle. Bret comes back with a side Russian leg sweep but his second rope elbow that never gets a three count MISSES. Well thatâ€™s certainly different. Bomb goes for the Atom Smasher as Harvey Wippleman gets on the apron for some reason, but Bret backdrops out, knocks Wippleman off the apron, and traps Bomb in the Sharpshooter for the win at 4:59. This thing never got going and made Bomb look like a chump. Grade: D+
-Stan Lane talks about WrestleMania. The Quebecers and Johnny Polo guarantee victory and mock Men on a Missionâ€™s â€œoh yeahâ€ ring entrance, which is pretty funny. This promo wouldâ€™ve been golden if Jacques had referenced his stay in the New York City jail back in 1991.
-Tune in next week to see Lex Luger, Jeff Jarrett, the Bushwhackers, and Diesel compete! Owen Hart will join Paul Bearer in the Funeral Parlor as well.
The Final Report Card: This show lacked a lot of the energy that previous episodes have had, but you are bound to run into a bad apple when they tape these things several months in advance. Iâ€™m not impressed with the lineup of next weekâ€™s show, but seeing Owen Hart interact with Paul Bearer might be fun. Show