“ Genre: Sports - Wrestling „
WWF Summerslam 1994 is a very memorable wrestling event, largely because of its marketing of the Undertaker vs Undertaker bout, with Leslie Nielsen portraying his Frank Drebben character from the Naked Gun as he investigates the "crime" of the second Taker.
The show starts with Irwin R. Schyster and Bam Bam Bigelow facing The Headshrinkers, although it's too short to really get going, and I was unconvinced that the Headshrinkers really worked as faces at this point.
Better, though, is WWF Women's Champion Alundra Blayze defending her title against the villainous Bull Nakano. It's one of the few genuinely engaging and well booked women's matches of the 1990s, and a sure insipiration to other woman wrestlers of the time.
For the WWF Intercontinental Championship, Razor Ramon challenges reigning champion Diesel, in something of a dream match for most fans at the time. It has an interesting sting its tail regarding Shawn Michaels, and has a satisfying finish.
Less good is Tatanka facing Lex Luger, with the question being whether Tatanka had sold out to the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase; the result is good and convincing, although it's difficult to call it a good match.
Also middling is Jeff Jarrett facing Mabel in a short and not terribly engaging singles bout.
A true wrestling classic comes up next, though, as Bret Hart defends his WWF Championship in a Steel Cage Match against his own brother, the late Owen Hart. It's an extremely long and gruelling match with plenty of solid extras and a great ending; a reminder of just how talented both brothers were.
The last match sees The Undertaker fight an Impostor Taker, led by Ted DiBiase. The make-up work is unmistakably good, but the match can hardly be described as anything but daft.
Summerslam 1994 was headlined by arguably one of the worst main events in pay-per-view history as The Undertaker returned to defeat an impostor who had spent the previous few months impersonating the dead man, under the instruction of the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. The Fake Undertaker was played by Brian Lee, who later resurfaced in WWF as Chainz.
Despite the poor main event, there was some good stuff on 94's card. Bret and Owen Hart had a great match in a steel cage for the World Title, and Razor Ramon successfully defeated Diesel to regain the Intercontinental Title. The Headshrinkers also had a fun battle with Bam Bam Bigelow and IRS.
Bull Nakano took womens wrestling to a new dimension when she joined WWF, and she had a strong battle with Champion Alundra Blayze, the face of the Womens division.
Overall, this was a fairly strong card, with some hot battles for the main titles, its just a pity the Undertaker debacle managed to headline the event. Worth watching.