Monday Night RAW At 30: Ten Best RAW Matches To Watch from 1994
World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship show, RAW has accomplished the impressive feat of being on television for thirty years. RAW debuted on the USA Network on January 11th, 1993, providing a much-needed jolt to the WWE product.
Following a successful first year of programming, WWE entered 1994 looking to expand on its success in 1993. Here is a list of ten matches on Peacock from 1994 for WWE RAW.
TEN MATCHES FROM 1994 WORTH CHECKING OUT
WWE Tag Team Champions The Quebecers vs. 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty – January 10th, 1994
A significant title change occurs on the first-anniversary show, with 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty earning an upset victory over the Quebecers. The match has a lot of quality action and a big match feel, considering it is an anniversary show. Quebecers are one of the era’s more underrated tag teams, and Kid and Jannetty’s underdog team makes for a fun, competitive match. Unfortunately, the title win would last only a week. The Quebecers regained the titles at the January 17th Madison Square Garden live event in another good match.
WWE Tag Team Champions The Quebecers vs. Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid – February 21st, 1994
Kid going for the gold again but with a different partner leads to the same result, a good TV match. The tag division needs to improve with the departure of the Steiner Brothers, but the Quebecers are doing their best to have quality matches with makeshift tag teams. The dynamic of Ramon and Kid as partners was a lot of fun. Kid playing the smaller underdog role to Ramon’s power veteran style made for a good match with the Quebecers. Ramon and Kid also showed a lot of promise as a duo with their tag-team wrestling.
WWE World Champion Yokozuna vs. Randy Savage – February 28th, 1994
Two wrestlers brought the best out of Yokozuna. Those two men were Bret Hart and Randy Savage. This contest is one of Randy’s final singles matches on television, and he pulled out all his trademark spots to get a memorable match out of Yokozuna on RAW. Savage was a master at getting the crowd invested in his matches, even if the likelihood of him winning was very low.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett – April 25th, 1994
For the first time since his debut at the end of 1993, Jarrett was given a legitimate opponent in Razor Ramon and proved his worth on the April 25th episode of RAW. Jarrett had been in feuds where he was not allowed to show his in-ring ability for most of 1994, but in this instance, Jarrett was able to prove to fans and fellow wrestlers that he could hang in the WWF ring with a top champion. It’s a necessary test for Jarrett’s early WWF career that Jarrett successfully passes.
WWE World Champion Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid – July 11th, 1994
This bout may be one of the most important and memorable matches in RAW history. It takes place in the first eighteen months of the show’s existence. 1-2-3 Kid made a splash with an upset win back in May 1993 and remained the underdog; everyone cheered toward victory. However, that perception changed a bit with this match against Bret Hart. In the early moments of the match, Kid performs an arm drag, and Bret tilts his head as if he wasn’t expecting Kid to showcase that level of wrestling. For nearly eighteen minutes of action shown, these two put forth an incredible showing and could easily be the best match in RAW history to this point.
Bret continued proving he was a fighting champion, helped give Kid tremendous creditability, and shed the stigma of being only a lucky winner, even with Kid losing the match. Kid proved he was a serious competitor and, by taking Bret to the brink of defeat, solidified his position as a future champion. It’s a great match and is strongly encouraged to be watched by wrestling fans.
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon – August 1st, 1994
Michaels and Ramon have two classic matches many fans will go to as their best matches. Of course, that’s the two ladder matches from WrestleMania X and SummerSlam 1995. However, in between those two ladder matches is this classic singles match on RAW. They took full advantage of their time, and the crowd ate up the action to add to the viewing experience. Shawn’s first singles match since his WrestleMania X loss to Ramon was as if he hadn’t missed any in-ring time. Along with the Bret vs. Kid match, this could easily be a RAW match of the year candidate.
WWE Women’sWomen’s Champion Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano – August 1st, 1994
Blayze and Nakano are two female wrestlers in WWE history who only get a little attention due to how little time they had to shine in the early to mid-90s WWE. Hard-hitting action with impactful moves every time they went at it. Their rivalry is criminally underrated.
Owen Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid – August 15th, 1994
At the 1994 King of the Ring pay-per-view, Owen and Kid had one of the best five-minute matches in wrestling history. So, when they were given even more time on the August 15th episode of RAW, it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that they put forth a great match. They are two of the best in-ring performers and perhaps one of Owen’s most underrated in-ring performers. The match is full of high-flying action and risk-taking moves that weren’t commonplace in WWF. When these guys showcase that skill set, it means much more than everyone performing the same moves today. As a result, they stand out more and become must-see television.
WWE World Champion Bret Hart & British Bulldog vs. Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart – November 7th, 1994
The Hart family has turmoil throughout the entire year of 1994. First, the issues were between Owen and Bret, leading to two fantastic pay-per-view matches at WrestleMania X and SummerSlam 1994. Then, in the fall of 1994, Jim Neidhart and the British Bulldog were introduced into the feud, and the heated feud was fully highlighted on the November 7th episode of RAW. It’s a classic old-school type of tag match. Considering all four men not only being familiar but also family, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there was some extra motivation to have a classic tag encounter that the fans enjoyed.
The British Bulldog vs. Jeff Jarrett – December 5th, 1994
By the end of 1994, Jarrett was finally presented as a more serious performer and not stuck in comedy roles. Bulldog shows off his power moves, and Jarrett has been gradually finding his groove. The match is best known for the debut of the Roadie, who would later be known as Road Dogg. Jarrett and Roadie would become one of the more entertaining acts in 1995. Bulldog showed off some good wrestling moves and not just his typical power holds, as well. It’s a well-rounded match.
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