What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – April 30, 1994

WWF Superstars

-Vince McMahon summarizes why Razor Ramon-Diesel is this week’s main event and talks about Diesel’s attack on Ramon on Raw, where Diesel gave Ramon two Jackknifes.

-McMahon and Jerry Lawler are the announcer’s for this week’s show.

-Opening Contest: Mabel (w/Oscar) vs. Jim Messanger:

McMahon tells the fans that Mr. Perfect has been suspended indefinitely because he refused to face Lex Luger on the WrestleMania Revenge Tour. Messanger tries to take Mabel to the canvas, but Mabel just squashes him. Messanger casually gets up and Mabel hits a spinning heel kick . A DDT gets the pin at 2:25. Boring squash and that first spot ruined the match. I don’t think if a 503 pound guy fell on me with all his weight that I’d just pop back up after it.

-Gorilla Monsoon talks about how he and other WWF Superstars raised money for national leukemia awareness.

-Intercontinental Championship Match: “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon (Champion) vs. Diesel (w/Shawn Michaels):

They are getting this one out of the way early. Ramon rushes the ring and goes for a quick Razor’s Edge, but Diesel backdrops out. After avoiding a big boot, Ramon knocks Diesel to the floor and Michaels gives Big Daddy Cool a motivational speech. It works as Diesel rallies and hits a sidewalk slam for two and we go to a commercial break.

After the break, Diesel elbow drops Ramon’s back for two. Diesel cranks the neck, but Ramon gets out with an electric chair to create a double KO. I’m always a mark for that spot. Ramon crawls over and covers for two. A Diesel blind charge eats boot and Ramon hits a bulldog off the second rope for two. A slam gets two. Michaels hops on the apron and Ramon sends him back to the floor with a right hand. Michaels hops back on the apron and removes the corner turnbuckle pad, but Ramon whips Diesel into him and Michaels goes flying into the aisle. Diesel sends Ramon into the exposed turnbuckle after reversing an Irish whip and pins him after a Jackknife at 5:46 shown. The time constraints hurt the match, but it’s hard not to like a match between these two. Rating: **

-McMahon and Lawler recap the ending to the Intercontinental title match.

-Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vs. Tony DeVito:

I don’t even think “Thurman” was used for Plugg’s name by this point, but I’m still using it to keep up appearances. Plugg dominates the match as McMahon chastises Lawler for making fun of Nikolai Volkoff on Raw. Who HASN’T made fun of Nikolai Volkoff at this point? Plugg gets in so much offense I get the feeling that he’s running out of things to do and a chinlock is a sign of that. After Plugg tires of the chinlock, a slam and a top rope knee drop get the pin at 2:46. DeVito didn’t get in an ounce of offense here.

-Todd Pettengill gives us the King of the Ring report. He says that qualifying matches for the King of the Ring tournament start next week on Superstars. Scott Steiner vs. IRS will be the first qualifying match. Wait, Scott Steiner’s still in the company?

-Duke “the Dumpster” Droese vignette. He warns Adam Bomb, Jeff Jarrett, and Mr. Perfect that he’s coming to clean out the trash so we know he’s a face. I wonder what a heel garbage man character would do.

-The Heavenly Bodies (w/Jim Cornette) vs. PJ Walker & Mike Khoury:

The Bodies are sporting pairs of wings on their ring robes which look absolutely ridiculous. The Bodies work over Khoury in their half of the ring, but don’t bust out any of the awesome double team maneuvers they are known for. Walker gets what could be considered a jobberific momentum swinging tag, but his top rope dive at Dr. Tom Prichard eats canvas. The Bodies pound on Walker and finish him with their version of Demolition Decapitation at 3:28. A surprisingly awful squash from the Bodies. Maybe someone in the back told them to tone it down.

-Lawler interviews Dink because Doink is on vacation. Lawler verbally abuses Dink until Doink comes out to Lawler’s surprise with a box in tow. Doink pulls some pies out of the box, but pies Dink instead. Some silly string and whipped cream follow. If you think that this is a Doink heel turn (and this would have been the best way to pull it off) you are sadly mistaken because it’s actually Jeff Jarrett dressed as Doink. Sigh. This was a well built segment and the fact that they had to pipe in crowd noise for it shows that fans had lost interest in Doink and Dink.

-Bam Bam Bigelow (w/Luna Vachon) vs. Jason Headings:

Mike Colb is our guest ring announcer and he’s a 40 year old guy wearing a Doink t-shirt. So let’s see, you’re forty and going to a WWF live event so you choose to wear a Doink t-shirt that was made for children? Headings tries to knock Bigelow over, but only falls victim to a slam. Bigelow tosses Headings to the floor and Luna gets in a few token shots. Back in, Bigelow misses a falling headbutt off the ropes, but when Headings tries a sunset flip Bigelow crashes on top of him for the win at 2:34. Headings bumped well, but Bigelow didn’t bust out any of his big spots and it made the match boring.

-Diesel and Shawn Michaels leave the arena in a limo and celebrate as it drives away.

-A traffic cop says that he saw the Undertaker yesterday.

-Tune in next week to see Scott Steiner face IRS in the first King of the Ring qualifying match! Ted DiBiase will be a guest on the Heartbreak Hotel and Owen Hart, Jeff Jarrett, Lex Luger, and the 1-2-3 Kid will be in action!

The Final Report Card: This show had Kevin Nash’s first big title win so his match with Ramon is important for historical purposes. Like last week’s show, this one did a good job building up a feud for the summer between Doink and Jeff Jarrett (although whether or not we want to watch it is another matter). However, Nash had a better matchup with Ramon at SummerSlam and the squashes on this show were a chore to sit through so this show isn’t highly recommended.

Show Evaluation: Thumbs Down

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