For my next old school review, I shall be bringing you an event with a match that I have heard a lot about but the rest of it is a bit of a mystery to me and I am really unsure what to expect. This was a time of very mixed bag stuff being put out on the WWE, so here I go with a very tentative review of Survivor Series 1994…
The show begins with a very basic video package, visiting the various team captains for tonight’s matches conveying with their various team members ahead of tonights event before we go to ringside with Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon calling the action – who initially I think make a great combination on commentary who really hype the matches for tonight and the appearance of Chuck Norris. We are now off to the first match, but initially, the crowd do seem really excitable…
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Jim Neidhart, Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett vs. Razor Ramon, The British Bulldog, The 1-2-3 Kid and The Headshrinkers
There isn’t any buildup or promo for this match, but Vince and Gorilla are really pushing each of the superstars massively to get the audience interested in the match. Even without a buildup as such, initial thoughts are there is some great combinations in this match with a lot of different styles and techniques which can be used to intrigue the audience. The action begins with Kid and Owen, a really cool combination but the fans are really into this match and loving it. The in-ring combinations change frequently with regular tags between each team but giving some pretty cool moments and keeping the action fresh. What I do like is the tension they are building between Michaels and Diesel, which will eventually lead to something between these two but is simmering on the back burner at the moment. Diesel is soon tagged in, and quickly sets to work eliminating various members of Team Razor until it is just Razor remaining. Pretty cool, but Vince and Gorilla are really getting it over with great commentating. The tension continues to build between Diesel and Shawn, with Shawn refusing to tag in until the dirty work has being done for him but Diesel is getting pretty miffed until Shawn accidentally nails him with the Sweet Chin Music when Razor ducks. Diesel goes mental, signifying a face turn and goes after Michaels with fellow teammates trying to stop him which results in them all getting counted out allowing Razor to pick up the victory and be the sole survivor.
Really cool opening match, with some great in ring work but also a great level of chemistry shown between the various combinations of competitors which made it really interesting and enjoyable.
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We are now backstage with Shawn Michaels and Todd Pettingell, Michaels of which is attempting to hightail from the arena to avoid being attacked by Diesel but also going on a verbal rampage about Diesel. We now go back to Vince and Gorilla, who are really putting over what has happened with very simple but effective lines of communication. Loving the combination of Vince and Gorilla.
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Jerry Lawler and The Royal Family vs. Doink the Clown and Clowns ‘R’ Us
Lawler and the family comes out first, and cuts a short but effective heel promo on the crowd who respond with animosity…Lawler was really over as a heel at this point and the audience loved to hate him but it is actually going to be nice to see some sort of midget wrestling again (no pun intended). I’m loving the little spots they can pull in matches like this, such as all the midgets running over Lawler and putting a Burger King hat on his head. The audience love it, but it is essentially a comedy match but it is serving it’s purpose fantastically. Doink is the first one eliminated, and this effectively gives us the winner because Lawler can’t wrestle the midgets under the rules outlined by McMahon but they provide some really amusing moments especially with the various midget moments which are given to us. After this, the Royal Family quickly eliminate the remaining Clowns to be crowned the winner before he then cuts a promo on his teammates, making a great comment about little people. Lawler soon goes after them before he has all 6 midgets going after him and chasing him around the ring before he gets pied by Doink. Yes, I know it was effectively a filler match but I enjoyed it, great chemistry and little story told.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to Todd Pettingell, talking about the new WWE Women’s Champion Bull Nakano who joins Todd, cutting the promo in her own language which Todd then does the typical foreigner thing…speaking slowly before going back to the ring for our next match.