What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – April 15, 1995

Vince McMahon hypes today’s battle between the Smoking Gunns and the Shoguns (Hakushi and Kwang).

McMahon and Dok Hendrix – the name that the WWF has given to Michael Hayes – have the commentary duties and they are still in Glen Falls, New York.  This is Hayes’s debut as the company chose him to fill color commentary duties over others that they reportedly auditioned, which included Shane Douglas.

Opening Contest:  The Allied Powers (3-0) beat Bert Centeno & Tony DeVito when the British Bulldog pins Centeno after a running powerslam at 3:10:

Hayes says that Lex Luger and the British Bulldog have only joined forces out of desperation, an observation that is not completely without merit when one considers Luger’s lack of titles in the company and the Bulldog’s poor singles record against name talent.  Centeno was a Puerto Rican wrestler that worked in an enhancement role for the WWF in the mid-1990s while also wrestling for Century Wrestling Alliance, a New England branch of the National Wrestling Alliance.  He eats the fall in this bout as the Allied Powers showcase some power moves to advertise their Action Zone bout against the Heavenly Bodies.

Stephanie Wiand discusses how the WWF is coming to Madison Square Garden again on June 10.  There is no card yet but buy your tickets now!  A big show is also coming to the Nassau Coliseum on June 9 and the Meadowlands on June 11.

Hendrix takes some time to put over his “handsome” gimmick before analyzing photographs of Alundra Blayze’s nose surgery.

Bob Holly (1-3) pins The Black Phantom after a flying elbow smash at 3:23:

The best thing that Holly did for his career was winning that minor league auto race as McMahon cannot stop talking about it and it has caused him to get back on the company’s radar screen, being booked with the 1-2-3 Kid to face Owen Hart and Yokozuna for the tag team titles on the next Monday Night RAW and even getting the pin in the six-man tag that led off the RAW before this show.  The Phantom gets a lot of offense in this bout, scoring several near-falls, but Holly turns the tide with his beautiful dropkick and flying elbow smash to end a three-match losing streak in singles competition.

We get a recap of Sid turning on Shawn Michaels and angering WWF Champion Diesel.

The Smoking Gunns warn the Shoguns that they also possess some martial arts experience and are ready for their match today.

The Smoking Gunns (7-1-1) beat The Shoguns (w/Shinja & Harvey Wippleman) when Billy pins Kwang with a schoolboy at 5:38 shown:

The Shoguns, Hakushi and Kwang, are hyped as a major tag team but have not wrestled together at all on WWF television to this point.  It is also a weird pairing because Kwang is a lower midcarder and Hakushi is being plugged into a major program against Bret Hart so for all the audience knows Hakushi took pity on his fellow martial arts star and decided to enter the tag ranks.  As expected, the heels dominate because of managerial interference but the inexperience of the Shoguns rears its head as they miscommunicate and Kwang hits Hakushi with a spinning heel kick, allowing the Gunns to triumph.  Hakushi has not fared well in the tag ranks, suffering two consecutive losses in non-singles competition within the last six days.  Rating:  **

After the bell, Hakushi and Kwang tease a martial arts showdown and Hakushi knocks Wippleman down.  When seeing the replay of the finish on the big screen by the entrance, Hakushi and Kwang start fighting each other and WWF officials have to break it up.

The closing moments of last week’s Jeff Jarrett-Aldo Montoya non-title match are shown.  McMahon says that Montoya will get a title shot next week.

A vignette for Hunter-Hearst Helmsley, the gimmick for Paul Levesque, is aired.  He blasts the manners of the Smoking Gunns, the New Headshrinkers, and the Bushwhackers.  He claims to be a natural champion.

Adam Bomb (6-2-1) defeated Mike Bell after the Neutron Bomb at 2:58:

A young kid named Andy is our special fan ring announcer for the bout but he is not very enthusiastic and Hayes just calls him a nerd.  One of the highlights of this one is Bell not quite getting over the top rope after a Bomb dropkick so he stays balanced on the top rope for several seconds before falling to the arena floor.  Bell’s attempted offense is soft and ineffective and Bomb clotheslines him a zillion times to win.  The only person to beat Bomb this year is Shawn Michaels.

Wiand reminds us of the WWF’s upcoming shows on the East Coast.  She does her best to put over Diesel and says that Diesel will defend the WWF title against Sid at the In Your House pay-per-view in several weeks.

Henry Godwinn (9-2) pins Nick Barberri after the Slop Drop at 2:00:

Barberri is clearly a fan of Brutus Beefcake, wearing the same stitched together tights that the WWF’s resident barber made popular in the 1980s.  Barberri thinks he can outwrestle Godwinn but a rollup attempt is countered with a flapjack and the Slop Drop finishes to give us Godwinn’s weekly win.

McMahon puts over the house you can win by entering the In Your House contest.

Footage of Bob Backlund interrogating college students on the beach over their spring break is shown.  He keeps slapping the camera that wants to fawn over some co-eds in bikinis.

Tune in next week to see Jeff Jarrett defend the Intercontinental Championship against Aldo Montoya!  Also, Razor Ramon and the WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna will be in action!

The Last Word:  Wasting Hakushi’s time with Kwang is an odd choice but it is really a harmless B-show program.  Hakushi is losing some of his mystique by being on the losing side of tag team matches, though, although the company has been smart in keeping him from being pinned in each encounter.  The other squashes were fine, although all of the Henry Godwinn matches are getting old since Godwinn has yet to be in an important angle four months into the year.

Up Next:  The Action Zone from April 16, 1995!

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