What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – August 6, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary that are in St. Louis, Missouri.

Opening Contest:  The 1-2-3 Kid (7-2) defeats Nick Barberri after a spinning heel kick at 2:35:

Barberri really takes the fight to the Kid here, working the back with some simple blows and doing some choking on the ropes.  However, the Kid’s legs do not let him down and the kicks of fury daze Barberri enough for the Kid to capture an eighth win in 1995.

A replay of Isaac Yankem and Jerry Lawler looking in a patient’s mouth and discussing Bret Hart is shown.

Ross and Pettengill talk to interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, with Ross saying that Shawn Michaels is upset that his match was changed from facing Sid in a singles match to Razor Ramon in a ladder match.  Pettengill also says that Ted DiBiase is upset at the change, but Monsoon says that Sid might be placed elsewhere on the SummerSlam card.  Monsoon says there will be another big announcement tomorrow night on RAW.  Ross and Pettengill then go through the SummerSlam card so far.  A new match is announced with the Undertaker booked to face Kama.  The Undertaker and Paul Bearer then cut a promo, with Bearer saying that DiBiase’s money will just buy Kama’s funeral and the Undertaker saying that Kama’s future is dark and cold with silence.

Henry Godwinn (16-5-2) pins Brickhouse Brown after a Slop Drop at 3:31:

Brown was a talent in the USWA at this time, serving as the company’s television champion and being a three-time tag team champion.  He was also known for stints in World Class and Southeastern Championship Wrestling.  Brown gets in a few opening moves, but Godwinn cuts that off with a slam and then blocks a money flip in the corner, allowing him to hit the Slop Drop for his second victory in two shows.

Barry Didinski hypes a “Property of WWF” t-shirt.  It can be yours for 1-800-TITAN-91 for $14 (plus $3.95 shipping and handling!).  The t-shirt comes with a steel cage magazine.  Ross and Pettengill make fun of how Didinski starts all of his segments with “Hi, guys!”

Bam Bam Bigelow (15-3) beats Bill Payne after a flying headbutt at 2:54:

Both of these men faced off back in March when Bigelow was a heel and preparing for WrestleMania XI.  Bigelow has also been busy this week, wrestling on all three televised programs, and while most of those matches have been sub-par, Bigelow ups the ante here, planting Payne with a variety of power moves such as a gorilla press slam and a hiptoss that sends Payne flying across the ring.  All of this makes Payne dead to rights and the flying headbutt makes things academic in less than three minutes.  Ross and Pettengill continue to talk about Bigelow’s willingness to face Tatanka in an Indian strap match and one would think that match was going to be happening at SummerSlam but instead it was simply something making the rounds on the house show circuit.

A replay of King Mabel’s interview with Dok Hendrix on Superstars is shown.  In this interview Mabel warned Diesel that he was formulating a “royal plan” against him.

Goldust will be here soon!

Call 1-900-737-4WWF to hear about the injuries plaguing the WWF and how a WWF legend and “sure fire Hall of Famer” is planning to retiring (presumably IRS).  Also, hear more about some of the changes that Gorilla Monsoon wants to make to SummerSlam!

Bob Holly (10-7-1) pins Reginald Walker after the Pit Stop Plunge at 3:12:

Holly completely dominates Walker, better known as Reggie B. Fine in the USWA, despite giving up some significant size, and the Pit Stop Plunge finishes.  Ross and Pettengill make sure to put over Holly’s beautiful dropkick.

A video package recaps the Skip-Barry Horowitz feud.

Highlights of the WWF Tag Team Championship match on RAW between Owen Hart & Yokozuna and Razor Ramon & Savio Vega are shown.  Ross and Pettengill remind fans that the match will be restarted from scratch tomorrow night on RAW.

Razor Ramon cuts a promo saying that he and Shawn Michaels know that he should be the number one contender for the Intercontinental title.  Ramon says that he beat Michaels once in a ladder match and that he is the only one to beat Michaels’ friend Diesel as well, which happened at the last SummerSlam.

Waylon Mercy (7-0) defeats Troy Haste after a sleeper hold at 2:17:

Like Walker and Brown, who have also appeared on today’s show, Haste worked in the USWA throughout the 1990s.  One of his names there was “Phantom Sorrow” which seems like a better name for a metal band.  There is not much to this squash, with Mercy working Haste’s arm for the sake of doing something and then locking in the sleeper to remain undefeated.

Dean Douglas calls the 1-2-3 Kid an “elementary performer” and that he deserves on incomplete grade.

WWF Champion Diesel says that he does not think much of Mabel’s “royal plan” and he is more than prepared for Mo tomorrow night on RAW.

The Last Word:  Today was midcard mania, with lots of guys getting squashes to build them up for big matches later.  For example, Godwinn is still hyped as having a lingering issue with Adam Bomb, the 1-2-3 Kid appears to be headed for a collision with the newly debuted Dean Douglas due to the Report Card segment, and Bam Bam Bigelow is facing Tatanka on the house shows.  All of the enhancement talents did their part to make the matches entertaining, so this is about as good a show as one could have hoped for at this stage of the year.

There were no additional bouts shown on Wrestling Challenge, a show where Dok Hendrix replaced Gorilla Monsoon on commentary with Jim Ross due to Monsoon taking over the WWF President role.  The company was doing some house shows on the East Coast, though, and here are the results of a few of those cards (courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com):

Poughkeepsie, New York – Mid-Hudson Civic Center – August 2, 1995 (This was a “double shot” card as the wrestlers here also faced off in White Plains, New York on the same day):  Savio Vega defeated Hakushi…The Smoking Gunns beat the Blu Brothers…Hunter-Hearst Helmsley defeated Mike Bell…Jean-Pierre LaFitte beat Duke Droese…Skip defeated Aldo Montoya…Bob Backlund beat Man Mountain Rock…Razor Ramon defeated King Mabel via disqualification.

Emmitsburg, Maryland – Knott Arena – August 4, 1995:  Skip pinned Nick Barberri after a superduperplex at 9:52…Jean-Pierre LaFitte beat Duke Droese after Le Cannonball at 12:25…Bob Backlund pinned Man Mountain Rock with a sunset flip and using the tights for leverage at 4:30…Hakushi defeated Aldo Montoya with a kick to the back of the head at 10:45…Hunter-Hearst Helmsley pinned Doink after a Pedigree at 9:03…The Smoking Gunns defeated the Blu Brothers when Billy reversed a small package at 13:00…Savio Vega beat King Mabel via disqualification when Sir Mo pushed Savio off the top rope at 9:30.

Bushkill, Pennsylvania – August 6, 1995 (1,000):  Skip beat Aldo Montoya…Jean-Pierre LaFitte defeated Duke Droese…Hunter-Hearst Helmsley pinned Doink…The Smoking Gunns defeated the Blu Brothers…Bob Backlund beat Man Mountain Rock…Savio Vega defeated Hakushi…Razor Ramon beat King Mabel via disqualification.

And here were some news items concerning the WWF (courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com and the August 14 edition of The Wrestling Observer):

*The big news of the week is that Bill Watts, former owner of Mid-South Wrestling and booker for World Championship Wrestling, has been brought in as a television scriptwriter in an effort to improve the company’s creative direction.  Watts is expected to take the creative role that has been vacated by Pat Patterson via retirement.

*WWF talents Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker appeared on Smoky Mountain Wrestling’s SuperBowl of Wrestling card in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 4.  Michaels defeated Buddy Landel to retain his Intercontinental title, although Landel got a visual pin on Michaels that referee Mark Curtis refused to count because Jim Cornette’s tennis racquet was in the ring.  The Undertaker beat Unabomb, who is coming into the company as Isaac Yankem, with a chokeslam and Tombstone.

*The changes that have been made to the SummerSlam card reflect the WWF’s anxiety about declining pay-per-view buyrates.  For example, reports are that In Your House 2 did 20% fewer buys than the previous two pay-per-views – In Your House 1 and King of the Ring – and the company feels that since Shawn Michaels is a top performer and Sid has had some awful matches this year that there needed to be a greater hook for fans to buy the show.  Rumors are that Jerry Lawler was considered as a replacement for Sid before the company decided to settle on Razor Ramon as Michaels opponent.

*Although many expected a rematch between the Allied Powers and Owen Hart & Yokozuna for the tag team titles at SummerSlam, this does not look like it will happen.  The company wants to give the Smoking Gunns and the Blu Brothers a pay-per-view payday so their match will be on the card instead.

*Bam Bam Bigelow, who was booked to face Mabel on several of this week’s house shows, suffered a hyperextended knee and as a result he was replaced by Razor Ramon and Savio Vega.  This is why Mabel lost matches to those men by disqualification because the company tends to let the babyface win if there is a substitution for a main event match.

*The WWF planned to host In Your House 3 from Denver, Colorado along with a couple of television tapings but the company is losing local syndication in that area and has decided to relocate those events.

Up Next:  Monday Night RAW for August 7, 1995!