What the World Was Watching:  Monday Night RAW – May 15, 1995

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – May 15, 1995

In a video package to hype tonight’s main event IRS and Bam Bam Bigelow cut promos against each other.  IRS hits a home run by threatening to get a lien of Bigelow’s tattoos.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are tasked with commentary and they are live from Binghamton, New York.  As expected, Lawler gloats about beating Bret Hart at In Your House and that he did that “all by himself.”

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Owen Hart & Yokozuna (WWF Tag Team Champions w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji) (7-0) defeat Nick Barberri & Bill Weaver after Yokozuna pins Weaver after a falling side slam at 3:04:

In a nice piece of storyline continuity, Owen comes by the commentary table and congratulates Lawler on beating Bret last night.  McMahon keeps hyping the Allied Powers awaiting an opportunity to get a title shot, which is getting old as they rack up wins and have nothing to do.  Barberri and Weaver give Owen a few fits but once Yokozuna is tagged in it is all over for them.

McMahon and Lawler narrate pictures of Lawler’s victory over Bret at In Your House.  McMahon says that Bret could not be reached but you can call 1-909-737-4WWF to hear the Ross Report on his feelings after the pay-per-view!

Man Mountain Rock, who has not been seen since late March, plays on his electric guitar and McMahon freaks out with joy.

Man Mountain Rock (7-0) beats “Iron” Mike Sharpe via submission to the Whammy Bar at 1:26:

This squash barely gets going before Rock submits Sharpe to the Whammy Bar.  McMahon does remind viewers that they need to stay tuned to USA Network at a later date to see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

A replay of Todd Pettengill and Stephanie Wiand awarding the house at last night’s In Your House pay-per-view is shown.  McMahon announces that Matt Pomposelli, the eleven-year-old fan that won the house, is a big Shawn Michaels fan and that Shawn Michaels will return to action next week to face King Kong Bundy.  McMahon and Lawler also discuss the outcome of last night’s handicap match between Razor Ramon and Jeff Jarrett and the Roadie, as well as the debut of Savio Vega.  Savio is shown in the split screen yelling in Spanish before McMahon calms him down.  Savio then speaks in English and says that he is going to watch his friend Razor Ramon’s back.

Barry Didinsky tries to sell the surplus In Your House t-shirts.  You can get yours for $16 if you call 1-800-8808-RAW

King of the Ring Qualifying Match:  Bob Holly (5-5-1) pins Mantaur (w/Jim Cornette) (13-2) with the Pit Stop Plunge at 5:29:

This match was really a tossup because both men had flaws, namely an inability to beat other notable competition.  Holly kicks out of one of Mantaur’s many finishers, a powerslam, and survives a methodical beating long enough to surprise Mantaur with some clotheslines and some aerial maneuvers to win.  As a young fan this win really surprised me, but it also spelled the end of the Mantaur experiment as this loss established that he was on the very, very low part of the midcard.  Rating:  ½*

Vince McMahon interviews Bob Backlund who makes a special announcement that he is going to be running for president.  This later led to Backlund “campaigning” in the crowd but did not lead to anything as far as in-ring storylines and this might as well have been Backlund’s retirement speech as he wrestled very few matches after this for the WWF.  However, one of the redeeming parts of this segment is McMahon’s bewildered facial expression after Backlund makes his announcement.

McMahon and Lawler narrate photos of the WWF title match at In Your House between Diesel and Sid.

An interview earlier in the day between Ted DiBiase and IRS with Jim Ross is shown.  DiBiase says that IRS will destroy Bam Bam Bigelow but then he proposes that Bigelow and Diesel team up to face Sid and Tatanka, which would be redundant if IRS did what DiBiase said he was going to do to Bigelow later in the show.

Bam Bam Bigelow (w/Diesel) (7-2) defeats Irwin R. Schyster (w/Ted DiBiase) (1-1) after a falling headbutt at 5:09 shown:

IRS has not been in televised action since February where he appeared in a six-man tag.  Before the match, Bigelow calls Diesel to come to the ring, saying that he would be happy to team with him and Diesel gets a good-sized pop.  And speaking of entrances, Bigelow’s new music is awful, constituting a generic beat that does not really announce him as a main eventer.  This is a nothing match as Bigelow gets stretched by IRS a bit, Diesel has to break up an illegal pin, and then Bigelow uses an exposed turnbuckle to get an unimpressive victory.  Rating:  ½*

After the bell, Tatanka and Sid appear in the aisle but a commercial break happens and they suddenly disappear.

A video package hypes Shawn Michaels and King Kong Bundy cuts a quick promo, telling Michaels that his comeback will not last long.

Tune in next week to see Shawn Michaels square off with King Kong Bundy in a King of the Ring qualifying match!

The Last Word:  If you did not order In Your House this show gave you a nice recap and we do get our first preview of the main event for King of the Ring, ostensibly a tag team match between Diesel and Bigelow against Sid and Tatanka.  However, the rest of the show was nothing to write home about, especially the main event which needed to do more to put Bigelow over strongly.

Up Next:  WWF Superstars from May 20, 1995!