- Taped from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 21st, 1994. I call this the "WrestleMania Special Edition" episode of Monday Night Raw, featuring not one, but TWO matches that were announced for WrestleMania X, but were either cut to nothing, or cut from the show entirely because three matches went too long (and two of them were 5-star classics, so too fucking bad, right? Could've done without that snoozer between Lex and Yoko. Did that REALLY need 16-minutes?!). Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon are "at ringside" via terrible green screen effect to call all the action tonight.
- Courtesy of Coliseum Home Video, available on May 4th, lets look back at WrestleMania X. Lex Luger seems like he has matters in hand, on the verge of defeating WWF Champion Yokozuna, but that crooked referee Mr. Perfect pulled a double-cross and disqualified Luger for manhandling a referee. This was actually a smart throwback to their issues from the year prior, but Hennig's "back problem" (or lucrative insurance policy) rendered the angle dead only a few weeks later. I remember the Revenge Tour hyping Luger vs. Perfect, then a couple of weeks before the shows (May 18th-20th in my area), it changed to Luger vs. Crush. BOOTISTA!
- Gorilla Monsoon brings out Mr. Perfect for A VERY SPECIAL IN-RING INTERVIEW. Monsoon questions Perfect's inability to make a three count when Luger clearly had the match won, and instead was occupied trying to "clear some garbage out of the ring" (Monsoon's words) in the form of a laid out Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji. Then he had the nerve to put his hands on Mr. Perfect.
- Last Week on Monday Night Raw, The Quebecers and Johnny Polo are gloating about their success as Tag Team Champions. This brings out the old dinosaur "Captain Crunch" Lou Albano, who after months of hanging around doing nothing, introduces us to his new team... The Headshrinkers. And people thought Alberto Del Rio's face turn came out of nowhere and made zero sense... but then they show up on the heel side of things for the 10-Man Tag. Logic in Wrestling.
We return with Sparky getting his eyes raked and sent to the heel corner. Martel tags in for the first time, and easily loses control. Plugg with a diving body press for two. He goes to work on the arm with a wristlock, then changes to an armbar. Why a 10-Man Tag requires a long resthold spot is beyond me. Irwin with a knee to the back from the apron. The heat segment is non-existent, as the 1-2-3 Kid tags in for the first time and unleashes the feet of fury on I.R.S. He grabs him by his tongue and hangs him across the top rope. Slingshot clothesline gets two. Kid goes to the top rope and comes off with a body press. It's a Pier-Six Brawl! Kid with a spinning heel kick. Whip to the corner, he misses a charge, and Irwin rolls him up for three at 7:47. Nice to see that we didn't get either Tatanka vs. I.R.S. or Double J vs. Sparky in this match. *1/2 This was OK, but it had no real flow, and the faces never looked to be in trouble until a mistake by the 1-2-3 Kid at the very end.
- Shawn Michaels is standing by with his new Interview segment called "The Heartbreak Hotel." Shawn was practically non-existent as an in-ring performer between WrestleMania X and the weeks leading up to SummerSlam (his first TV match was against Razor Ramon on Raw sometime in August). Injury? Burn out? Who knows. He shows off the goofy set, complete with heart-shaped bed, lip-shaped pillows and a lamp inspired by A Christmas Story.
- Next Week: The Quebecers meet the winner of a fan poll between Men on a Mission (who won the titles for about a day over in England), the Smoking Gunns, and the Bushwhackers. Wow, the WWF Tag Team Division really started to suck around this time.
Final Thoughts: Not a terribly exciting episode of Monday Night Raw. The two features of WrestleMania "rematches" delivered the obvious results: boring and clusterflock, so we probably should be thankful both were trimmed from the PPV. Mr. Perfect's appearance was rendered pointless before anything could materialize, and OOOOH, Shawn Michaels has an Interview segment! One of the best wrestlers in the company is now strictly a trash talker while his lumbering oaf bodyguard is working all the matches.