What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – November 6, 1995

Todd Pettengill recaps Ahmed Johnson slamming Yokozuna on last week’s show and hypes tonight’s big contests.

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are tonight’s commentary team and they are still in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Opening Contest:  The British Bulldog (w/Jim Cornette) (12-5-1) defeats Marty Jannetty (5-1) after a running powerslam at 9:30 shown:

The problem with doing so many weeks of television in one location is that you burn out the crowd and that is shown here as Jannetty gets little reaction because he has been seen several times before this match.  During the match Clarence Mason appears in the split screen to tell fans that he has secured a title match for the Bulldog against the winner of the Diesel-Bret Hart match at Survivor Series at the next In Your House.  On paper one would think these two could mesh, but the Bulldog works tons of chinlocks and Jannetty’s offensive moments are few and far between.  The Bulldog avoids the flying fist drop and a blind charge does Jannetty in as the Bulldog capitalizes for his fourth straight win.  Rating:  **

“Bill Clinton” discusses the United Nations and how the WWF fulfills the same function of bonding the world together.

Hendrix interviews the Bulldog and Cornette, with Cornette putting over how the Bulldog is going to win the WWF title at the next In Your House.

Barry Horowitz is shown talking with Hakushi and Bret Hart backstage, with Bret trying to convince Hakushi that tonight they fight as one unit.

Footage of Bam Bam Bigelow challenging Goldust to a match on Superstars is shown.  McMahon says that Bigelow and Goldust will meet in a “special attraction” match at Survivor Series.

McMahon highlights some of the recent tensions between Hunter-Hearst Helmsley and Henry Godwinn.

Henry Godwinn (24-6-2) pins Terry Richards after a Slop Drop at 2:04:

Richards gets some token shots on Godwinn early in the match near the corner, but Godwinn quickly turns the tide as McMahon says that he will face Hunter-Hearst Helmsley on next week’s show.

After the bell, Godwinn is attacked from behind by Helmsley, who gives the hog farmer a Pedigree on the arena floor, dons white gloves, and slops “Arkansas’ favorite son.”  McMahon calls this segment as if this is the greatest thing that he has ever witnessed.

Since Hendrix is doing commentary, Pettengill is tasked with the Slam Jam.  He hypes Survivor Series and reveals that the Undertaker and King Mabel will face off in an eight men elimination tag at the pay-per-view.  The Undertaker’s “Dark Side” team is composed of Fatu, Henry Godwinn, and Savio Vega, while Mabel’s team, “The Royals,” are made up of Jerry Lawler, Isaac Yankem, and Hunter-Hearst Helmsley.  The Undertaker and Paul Bearer promise in a pre-taped promo that no royals will survive his wrath.  WWF Champion Diesel says that Survivor Series will prove whether he is better than Bret Hart.

Barry Didinski is desperately trying to unload the WWF’s pog collection.  Get 1,000 pogs and two gold slammers for $21 (plus $3.95 shipping & handling)!

Footage of Ahmed Johnson slamming Yokozuna is shown as Hendrix says that Ahmed will make his debut next week.

Call 1-900-737-4WWF to hear Razor Ramon discuss his Intercontinental title match on next week’s RAW.

Kama (w/Ted DiBiase) (24-1-1) defeats Tony Roy after a right hand at 3:10:

Roy outwrestles Kama at the beginning but none of that matters as Shawn Michaels calls into the show during this match so we know that he is back in action and still relevant.  Michaels admits that he was a little disoriented after coming back to the ring but he hopes that it will go away soon.  Kama has not done much of note since SummerSlam but this match is likely positioning him for a future RAW match against the Undertaker since the Dead Man has yet to reclaim what is left of the urn.

The Smoking Gunns are shown fighting with Karate Fighters, with Billy winning.

Jerry Lawler & Isaac Yankem beats Bret Hart & Hakushi (w/Barry Horowitz) via disqualification after Horowitz interferes at 10:41 shown:

Based on the booking, it is surprising that this was not a match slated for In Your House 3 as it would have made sense for Bret to want revenge for the end of his SummerSlam match with Yankem and seek out one of Lawler’s allies at the beginning of the year for help.  After all, Hakushi was not booked for that pay-per-view and it would have been a more logical match for Bret than have him fight a pirate to get his jacket back, although the Bret-Jean-Pierre LaFitte series produced a series of fun matches.  Lawler plays his typical cowardly role in this match, something that was always jarring for Memphis fans who saw him dominate in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), and he gives Hakushi a couple of piledrivers but no cover is made.  Bret gets the hot tag and promptly destroys Yankem, applying the Sharpshooter, but the referee gets distracted getting Hakushi out of the ring and when Lawler tries to use a chair on Bret, Horowitz runs in and grabs it.  However, the referee sees that and the babyfaces inexplicably lose in an outcome that makes no sense, especially considering Bret’s trajectory that is well above everyone else in this match.  This loss is Bret’s first televised defeat since the first In Your House and ends a ten-match winning steak.  Rating:  **

Tune in next week to see Henry Godwinn collide with Hunter-Hearst Helmsley!  Also, Diesel and Bret Hart have a face-to-face interview!  And Razor Ramon defends the Intercontinental title against Sid with the 1-2-3 Kid serving as the special guest referee and the title can change on a count out or a disqualification!

The Last Word:  This was a very average RAW with nothing blowing the audience away in either feature match.  Giving the British Bulldog another title shot at the next In Your House is an interesting reward for pulling one of the worst buyrates in company history at the prior pay-per-view but the WWF has no one else to turn to on the heel side that has not already received a big title match in 1995.

Monday Night War Rating:  2.6 (vs. 2.0 for Nitro – Sting vs. Ric Flair)

Up Next:  WWF Superstars for November 11, 1995!