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Tom Prichard on why The Undertaker-Yokozuna match at Survivor Series 1994 fell short

Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling’s John Poz and Dr. Tom Prichard discussed Survivor Series 1994 this week on “Taking You To School: Getting to Know Dr. Tom Prichard.”

Prichard talks about some of the major names that were involved with the show including Bob Backlund, Yokozuna, Vince McMahon, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Diesel and Razor Ramon.

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Thoughts on Chuck Norris’ appearance as the special enforcer for the main event of Survivor Series 1994: “He was a nice guy. I think he was happy to be there. I don’t believe he was in tune with what the angle was. I think they called him up and said do you want to do this and he said ok. He was on the TV show, Walker Texas Ranger. He engaged with everybody and was cool. He was willing to do whatever he needed to do and I can appreciate that.”

Prichard was asked if Kevin Nash was ready to get the WWE Title a few days after this event: “You know, nobody is ready until you’ve been there. If you wait until you’re ready, you will never be in there. I think Diesel was a guy close to 7 feet tall. The only way to get him ready was to put him in there and even if he’s not ready, you can only hold back so much and I think at that time, obviously, with things happening the way they were, in 1994 and 1995, there wasn’t a lot of excitement so why not try to get people excited about a 7-foot giant winning the championship? Nobody can deny that Kevin Nash is a personable guy. He’s a funny guy. He is charming. He appeals to a lot of people. He understands how to entertain. He understands how to engage and get people’s attention. Even if some thought he wasn’t ready and I’m sure there were a lot of people who thought he wasn’t ready yet, but it’s subjective. If the office believes he’s ready, it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks. I think in that case, he would be out of his mind to say, ‘hey, I’m not ready yet. Don’t give me this chance.’ You have to believe you are ready at all times. Even when you’re not, fake it until you make it. Even if you don’t believe you are the world champion, you better start believing because that is really what it takes.  Kevin always believed in his ability and rightfully so.”

Prichard’s thoughts on the Undertaker-Yokozuna match:  “Sometimes the best intentions don’t always work. Taker and Yoko were great friends and you can’t go wrong when you have Fuji and Cornette at ringside and Paul Bearer as well. Chuck was the special enforcer. We had a television star from his own series come in. Sometimes you go out and have a vision in your head and it just falls short and I think that is what happened with Yoko and Taker having a great match inside their head and understanding the intention of what they wanted to do. I don’t know how Yoko was feeling that night or Taker was feeling that night, but sometimes you miss your mark. On paper it looked good.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “Taking You To School: Getting to Know Dr. Tom Prichard” with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.






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