The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–09.18.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.18.95 (Last pre-taped rant for 1995.  Promise.)  Taped from the same place as last time. – Your hosts are Vince & King. The 1-2-3 Kid v. Razor Ramon Kid sends Ramon to the floor with high kicks, but Ramon puts him on the top rope and brings him down with a fallaway slam. That gets two. The canned heat here is just ridiculously bad. Razor with a hiptoss out of the corner and the Kid bails off a shot to the head. Back in, Razor works the arm and chokeslams him for two. Finally Kid takes over when Ramon charges and hits the floor, and Kid follows with a slingshot dropkick to the floor. Back in, Kid with a leg lariat for two. Sleeper follows and we take a break. Back with Kid still holding the move (which would kill you in real life if you were in it that long) but Ramon fights up with a backdrop suplex to escape. Ramon makes the comeback and slugs Kid down, then follows with a corner clothesline. The ref gets bumped and of course cue Dean Douglas for the run-in, as he hits a flying splash on Razor and the Kid crawls on top for the pin at 7:08. Well you know that Ramon is going to bump for his buddy. *** Meanwhile, Dean Douglas grades the match. Tatanka & Kama v. Savio Vega & Bob Holly Savio gets a hiptoss and dropkicks on Tatanka to start and cleans house (while dancing, no less) and it’s over to Holly and Kama. Holly takes him down with an armdrag as it’s interesting how completely different that matchup would be just a few years later. Tatanka comes in and evades a spinkick from Vega, then distracts Holly long enough for Kama to put Vega down with a high kick. The heels double-team Vega with a double slam and Tatanka drops an elbow before mouthing off to Holly and allowing more double-teaming in the corner. Kama kicks Savio down and then baits Holly in yet again for more double-teaming as Vince questions which side Holly is on. Was that supposed to be going anywhere, I wonder? Tatanka and Savio clothesline each other and it’s hot tag Holly, who goes up with a missile dropkick on Kama for two. He goes up again with a high cross, but Kama rolls through for the pin at 5:46. ** Jean Pierre LaFitte v. Brian Walsh Pierre misses a charge and the jobber tries a headlock, but LaFitte swats down a dropkick and stomps away. To the apron and LaFitte lays in some stiff shots and hits an overhead suplex back in the ring. He chokes away and adds a backbreaker, then finishes with the Cannonball at 3:00. So who would win a match between LaFitte and Avatar?  (I don’t really get what I was going for there.)  Yokozuna & Owen Hart v. Men on a Mission Who booked this crap? Both teams were heels at this point, which made this all the sillier. Owen slugs it out with Mo to start and Mo elbows him down, but charges and hits boot in the corner. Owen comes out with a clothesline, but runs into a powerslam and it’s over to King Mabel. Mabel misses the charge and Owen slugs away in the corner, but Mabel swats him down and MOM pounds away in their corner. The crowd seems to be cheering Owen by default, so he takes a cheapshot and plays face-in-peril here. Mabel chokes him out behind the ref’s back, and Mo gets a sunset flip for two. Owen dumps him and finally brings Yoko in as Owen sends Mo into the stairs. Back in, Yoko beats the hell out of Mo in the corner and now the champs cheat like the crazy. Still not enough to draw boos, though. We take a break and return with Owen and Mo trying stereo leg lariats and missing. Tags on both sides give us Yoko v. Mabel, and they slug it out to no effect until Mabel gets a clothesline to put Yoko down. He tosses Owen onto Yoko and MOM hit Yoko with a double clothesline. Mo slugs away, but Yoko casually clotheslines him and holds him for an Owen missile dropkick that gets two. Neckbreaker and Owen goes up, but Mo brings him down with a superplex for two. Owen comes back with a drop toehold into the HULKBUSTER LEGDROP from Yoko, and that’s enough to finish at 9:07. Pretty fun. ***  (This was setting up Mabel v. Yokozuna down the line somewhere, wasn’t it?)  The Pulse:  Decent wrestling, but the show was in such a dead zone between Summerslam and Survivor Series.