What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 7, 1994

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WWF Superstars

-Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the booth for this Mother’s Day edition of WWF Superstars.

-Opening Contest & King of the Ring Qualifying Match: Scott Steiner vs. Irwin R. Schyster:

Our first 1994 King of the Ring qualifying match is a renewal of the Steiners-Money Inc. rivalry from the previous year. IRS runs through the top three tax cheats of the week on his way to the ring. They are Vince McMahon, a young kid in the audience, and Tatanka. A quick wrestling sequence starts us off and Scott wins it with a double underhook suplex. Scott gives IRS an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for two as we go to a commercial break.

When we get back from the break, Scott keeps IRS grounded and both men work some near-fall sequences out of headlock and headscissor spots. To continue rest hold mania, Scott puts IRS in an abdominal stretch and steals IRS’s traditional spot of using the ropes for leverage. Scott goes for a sunset flip, but IRS falls on top of him and grabs the top rope for leverage. That gets two until the referee notices that IRS’s hand is on the rope. Scott completes the move, but IRS rolls through and uses the Flair pin to win at 6:48. Rick Steiner comes down to dispute the outcome, but it’s to no avail. Tatanka also comes out to attack IRS, but WWF officials restrain him. This would be the last appearance of the Steiners on WWF television. The match was a decent mat wrestling contest, but it didn’t have much heat. Rating: *½

-Todd Pettengill delivers the King of the Ring report.

-The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Jason Storm:

Wendy Cress is our guest ring announcer and you can barely hear her. The Kid brings her a rose, but she’s married according to McMahon. The Kid nails Storm with a leg drop when Storm tries to roll under him. He ties Storm up like a pretzel, but releases the hold and finishes him with a spinning heel kick at 2:09. In case you wonder why the Kid was using submission holds during this period, it’s because they were grooming him for his title match with Bret Hart in the summer.

-Exclusive footage from the WrestleMania Revenge tour shows that Ted DiBiase’s latest acquisition is Nikolai Volkoff. Evidently Volkoff has fallen on hard times and needs DiBiase’s help. The crowd could care less.

-Owen Hart’s victory over Mo on Wrestling Challenge is shown. Mo hurt his knee in the match and Owen put him in a Sharpshooter after the referee stopped the match. Oscar demonstrates that he’s the most worthless manager in the world by just sitting there and doing nothing during the assault.

-Owen Hart vs. A Jobber:

The jobber’s name is never announced or recognized by McMahon and Lawler because they are talking more about the Bret-Owen feud rather than the action in the ring. Owen outwrestles the jobber, but the jobber comes back with a slam and a dropkick. Owen pushes a second dropkick aside, catches the jobber with a sweet belly-to-belly suplex and finishes with the Sharpshooter at 1:46. After the match, Owen pounds on the jobber some more for fun.

-Stan Lane talks about recent WWF house shows in Indiana. Evidently the Quebecers challenged the Indiana Pacers mascot to a dunk contest and won. Afterwards they slammed him on some mats courtside.

-Highlights of the Headshrinkers victory over the Quebecers for the WWF tag team championships on Monday Night Raw are shown.

-Lex Luger vs. Barry Hardy:

Nothing of note happens for much of the match as Luger just showcases that he’s the more powerful athlete and Hardy begs off a lot. After a powerslam Luger racks Hardy and gets the submission victory at 2:30.

-Lawler’s interview with new Intercontinental Champion Diesel on Monday Night Raw is shown. Diesel issues a challenge to WWF Champion Bret Hart for the King of the Ring.

-Clips of Jeff Jarrett’s humiliation of Dink on last week’s show are shown.

-“Double J” Jeff Jarrett vs. Derek Domino:

At this point Jarrett had updated his ring attire so that he looked more like a country music star and less like a child of the 1960s. Jarrett pounds away as the Doink fan club at ringside gets on his case. Jarrett works the knee and locks in a figure-four for the submission at 1:50. If you’ve read my column of recaps of this era before you’ll notice that Jarrett is no longer using the DDT as a finisher.

-Kids at a daycare center say that they’ve seen the Undertaker.

-Tune in next week to see Mabel square off with Pierre in a King of the Ring qualifying match! There will be a special interview with Bret Hart and Tatanka, Doink, and Nikolai Volkoff will be in action.

The Final Report Card: This was an average show that didn’t introduce any new angles although it has one of the latest (if not the last) appearance of the Steiners on WWF television thereby ending their forgettable run with the company. We didn’t get our promised segment of the Heartbreak Hotel for whatever reason, but I guess DiBiase’s unveiling of Volkoff was going to happen there and they just decided to change the venue.

Show Evaluation: Neutral

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.