What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – April 23, 1994

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-Jeff Jarrett’s altercation with Doink on the show two weeks ago is shown.

-Vince McMahon and Jerry “the King” Lawler are in the booth and Vince’s microphone doesn’t work because Lawler unplugged it. Vince responds with some great facial expressions.

-Opening Contest: Doink (w/Dink) vs. Bert Centeno:

Doink tosses a bucket of confetti on Lawler on his way to the ring. That bucket trick is so 1993. Dink does a couple of comedy spots with Centeno before the opening bell. Doink celebrates the spots, so Centeno schoolboys him for two and dropkicks him for two. Centeno gets in an unusually high amount of offense before Doink catches him with a boot on a blind charge and shows the crowd that clowns can wrestle. A Whoopie Cushion eventually finishes at 2:42. Centeno got the match off to a good start, but Doink’s pointless mat wrestling ruined it.

-Mr. Perfect is a guest on the Heartbreak Hotel this week. Shawn Michaels reiterates Diesel’s challenge to Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon before Perfect comes out. You can barely hear Perfect over the piped in boo’s. He talks about why he disqualified Lex Luger at WrestleMania and shakes hands with Michaels to bury the hatchet. McMahon hypes Perfect’s appearance on the WrestleMania Revenge Tour, which never took place. As good as both guys are on the mic, this segment was dull. At least they didn’t forget about the Perfect-Michaels feud a year earlier.

-The Smoking Gunns vs. Two Jobbers:

Lawler and McMahon talk about the Luger-Perfect feud as the Gunns gradually destroy their opponents. Lawler makes fun of Piper’s Pit, which is meant to hint at a match with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at the King of the Ring. I never got that match since McMahon couldn’t stop talking about the WWF’s New Generation every single week. A Super Sidewinder finishes at 2:08. This was much better than other Gunn squashes where they find the need to work the arm and waste time.

-Stan Lane discusses how the WWF contributed $60,000 for a library in Stamford, Connecticut. Two questions: is this library still in operation and if so, does it have a wrestling section?

-IRS’s assault on Tatanka and Chief Jay Strongbow on last week’s show is replayed.

-Irwin R. Schyster vs. Bert Stiles:

IRS interrupts his own introduction to reiterate that Tatanka got beat up and his headdress torn apart because he refused to pay a gift tax on it. He also rips on Nikolai Volkoff. Who’s giving Volkoff all these ringside seats? I need to find that ticket dealer. IRS outwrestles Stiles, but Stiles gets a fluke sunset flip off the ropes for two. IRS tosses Stiles to the floor as Chief Jay Strongbow appears in the split screen and says “war.” I think that’s the shortest promo I’ve ever seen. IRS methodically works over Stiles and mercifully gets the submission with the Penalty at 3:28. Note to bookers: if you are going to book a squash to go this long make sure that it’s competitive.

-Duke “the Dumpster” Droese vignette sees him taking out the trash.

-Intercontinental Championship Match: “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon (Champion) vs. Adam Bomb (w/Harvey Wippleman):

Ramon tosses a toothpick in Tony Chimmel’s face when Chimmel grabs his gear. I guess Chimmel came out on top of that one because he was around well after Ramon left the company. Bomb attacks Ramon from behind, but misses an elbow drop. Ramon fires away and clotheslines Bomb to the floor. However, Bomb just pulls him outside and clotheslines him. Back in, Bomb connects with a Neutron Bomb off the apron for two. Bomb argues the count so Ramon schoolboys him for two. Bomb works the back and a side suplex gets two. Bomb puts his head down too early so Ramon gives him a knee lift and hits the Razor’s Edge for the pin at 3:36. I never considered the Razor’s Edge to be much of a kick-wham finisher, but I’ll have to reconsider it after this one. Bomb was in desperate need of a change at this point as he was being jobbed out to everyone and their mother on the face side of the roster. This was a pretty good four minute match. Rating: **

-After the match, Lawler asks Ramon why he won’t accept Diesel’s challenge. Ramon says he likes a good fight and if Michaels and Diesel want to come after his gold they can come and get it anytime. Lawler says that Ramon should fight Diesel next week for the belt and Ramon says OK. Ah the days when we didn’t need mystical general managers to make matches.

-Non-Title Match: The Quebecers (WWF Tag Team Champions w/Johnny Polo) vs. Scott Taylor & Ben Jordan:

Dominic Shaw is our special ring announcer and he does a good job. Captain Lou Albano appears in the split screen and says that WWF President Jack Tunney will give the Headshrinkers a title match with the Quebecers on Raw. The Quebecers use each other as weapons against the jobber team and after Jacques gives Taylor a piledriver, the Quebecers hit the Quebecer Crash for the win at 2:09. A well worked, fast paced squash match.

-Owen Hart vs. Gary Sabaugh:

Owen’s squashes have closed a lot of Superstars episodes lately. Sabaugh takes Owen to the mat, but Owen flips around and traps Sabaugh in a wristlock. Sabaugh panders to the crowd after he catches Owen’s leg, but Owen puts a stop to that with an enziguri. That’s a perfect setup for that maneuver. Sabaugh reverses a take to the buckle, but Owen catches him with a spinning heel kick and locks in the Sharpshooter for the submission at 2:45. A fun squash that they had to make competitive because of Sabaugh’s size advantage.

-Stan Lane tells fans to call the WWF to see if they can help you fundraise in your area.

-Lawler interviews Diesel and Shawn Michaels. Diesel says Ramon has fallen into a trap and that he’s going to win the belt next week.

-Tune in next week to see Razor Ramon defend the Intercontinental title against Diesel!

The Final Report Card: This show got off to a bad start, but it was effective in hyping the Razor-Diesel match for next week’s show and the feature match between Bomb and Ramon delivered. During this period, when there were only five pay-per-view events a year that’s really all you can ask for.

Show Grade: Thumbs Up

Logan Scisco has been writing wrestling reviews for Inside Pulse since 2005. He considers himself a pro wrestling traditionalist and reviews content from the 1980s-early 2000s. Most of his recaps center on wrestling television shows prior to 2001. His work is featured on his website (www.wrestlewatch.com) and he has written three books, available on Amazon.com.