Review of History of the WWE 1994 with Sean Waltman
Jun 13, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
by Alan Wojcik
1994 was a transition year for wrestling as the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan returned, but to compete for World Championship Wrestling along with “Macho Man” Randy Savage and other superstars of the 1980’s who saw the “Ted Turner Money Machine” warming up. The WWF was nearly ended Vince McMahon’s reign of power thanks to the federal indictment from the steroid scandal which led to Jerry Jarrett & Bill Watts coming as consultants. Kayfabe Commentaries continues their acclaimed TIMELINE: HISTORY OF THE WWE series in 1994 with SEAN WALTMAN AKA 1-2-3 KID.
1-2-3 Kid began 1994 winning and losing the World titles with Marty Jannetty. Through 1994 he would be a mid-card talent working with the best in the business while being the “litmus test” of new arrivals and it is discussed at length to my enjoyment learning the inner workings of the business. Waltman remarks on his Monday Night Raw match with World champion Bret Hart (rated one of the best ever on Raw.) Waltman lets his guard down when the death of Professor Boris Malenko (Dean Malenko’s dad) is discussed, since Waltman was trained by the Malenko family and it was a major sore spot with the WWF offices. He is also honest about the road agents of the 1990’s like Chief Jay Strongbow, Gerry Brisco, Jack Lanza, George Steele, Tony Garea and Rene Goulet plus the beginning of the infamous Kliq and his friendship with Bret Hart.
During 1994 the WWF had the legendary feud (sorry the reviewer is biased) of Owen and Bret Hart that was started at the Royal Rumble and would carry the promotion through to the Survivor Series. Also in 1994 Sean talks to Sean Oliver about: Undertaker’s casket escape and return at Summerslam against the Undertaker (Brian Lee), the end of the Lex Luger singles push despite a Superstars taping where he was WWF champion, Sean being left off WrestleMania X which was the first without Hogan, a mandate on stopping using weapons of any kind, the infamous Lisa Wolf (see the 1995 Timeline with Kevin Nash), the infamous Art Donovan commentary during the King of the Ring PPV (worst buyrate ever), the arrivals of Bob Holly (as Sparky Plugg), Duke “the Dumpster” Droese, Tammy Sytch (as TV anchor Tamara Murphy), Ricky Santana/Dave Sierra (who were gone as fast as they arrived), Steve Lombardi as Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz, Hakushi & Henry O. Godwinn, the returns of Bob Backlund (which would lead to the Survivor Series title change), King Kong Bundy & Davey Boy Smith, the departures of Marty Jannetty, Savage, Virgil, Johnny Polo (Raven), Luna Vachon (RIP), John “Earthquake” Tenta and the death of referee Joey Marella (Gorilla Monsoon’s son) in a car accident.
I enjoyed this DVD immensely as Waltman has a great mind for the business and memory for the traditions of it. It was even better on a second viewing where you immediately watch 1995 with Kevin Nash since his MSG title win occurs in November 1994. Next up on www.KayfabeCommentaries.com are Timeline: History of WCW 1996 with Kevin Sullivan on June 25 & Guest Booker with Robert Fuller (Colonel Parker) on July 11th.
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