Episode 52 - February 21, 1994: Randy Rand and the Savage Bunch

Randy Savage is back to lend Vince a hand on commentary. That doesn’t mean much, but it’s better than nothing and at least it gives us the possibility of shenanigans with him. I’ll pass on any Vince shenanigans though. This is a weird episode because it only features two matches. They’re both solid matches, but really nothing fancy or noteworthy. I wonder where everyone else was. Maybe they were taking off for MLK Day.

 You can almost hear the cartoon sound effects that go with this picture.

You can almost hear the cartoon sound effects that go with this picture.

First up in the night is a tag team match between the Quebecers and Razor Ramon & the 1-2-3 Kid. It was originally supposed to be Marty Jannetty, but I guess the Kid’s leg healed up and Vince knew that this would be a more interesting story. Who would ever have thought that Razor would team up with the 1-2-3 Kid. I love it. At one point Johnny Polo tries to interfere, but all he gets for his troubles is a Razor’s Edge on the outside of the ring which leads to the medical staff carting him back to the locker room. They should examine his head; not to check for a concussion, but to see why he thought it would be a good idea in the first place to attack Razor Ramon. As this is happening, we can see that Diesel is now also looming nearby, not doing anything except looking menacing.

 Camera guy putting his film degree to use here.

Camera guy putting his film degree to use here.

As Razor and the 1-2-3 Kid get back into the fight, they’re looking really good. With the tag team title on the line, I’m starting to think that they might actually pull it off. But just as the ref is about to finish the 3 count that would clinch it for them, Shawn Michaels runs in out of nowhere and pushes Razor off his man. This causes the ref to disqualify the Quebecers, which means that they lose but still retain their titles. So frustrating.

Afterwards, we get our second and final match between Bret Hart and Tom Prichard (one half of the Heavenly Bodies). The match isn’t that interesting since who cares about the Heavenly Bodies, but I have to admit it’s technically sound. To spice things up though, Vince calls up Donnie Wahlberg who at this time is part of the New Kids on the Block. Beyond being a teen heartthrob, he’s also going to be a guest announcer at Wrestlemania X. Apparently Donnie is plugged into the wrestling world because he mentions that he relate to Owen and Bret’s rivalry since there are similarities between him and his brother Marky Mark. Man, I hope Donnie and Marky have an exhibition match at Wrestlemania. Anyway Bret wins this match.

 Afterwards he went to the fair and had his caricature drawn.

Afterwards he went to the fair and had his caricature drawn.

Stay tuned to find out who else will be making special appearances at Wrestlemania. Right now, Burt Reynolds is scheduled, as well as a bunch of other people I’ve never heard of. However, Alundra Blayze will be defending the women’s title which is good news. I’m glad that we’re starting to get more screentime for the women. It’s not hard to do, considering literally any screentime is more than they had. Baby steps, guys. Baby steps.