What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – April 24, 1995

A video package hypes tonight’s main event for the WWF title between Diesel and Bam Bam Bigelow.  Vince McMahon plays up that Sid is not happy that Bigelow is getting a title shot prior to In Your House.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Omaha, Nebraska.  Historyofwwe.com notes that of the 5,800 that attended the tapings, only 4,000 paid.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – April 16, 1995

Todd Pettengill recaps the end of last week’s main event between Razor Ramon and Tatanka, which resulted in a double count out and saw a brawl between both participants, the 1-2-3 Kid, and King Kong Bundy.

Todd Pettengill and Gorilla Monsoon are doing commentary, with both of them still in Lowell, Massachusetts.  They allow Pettengill to do the lead play-by-play duties for the show, which is really puzzling.

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What the World Was Watching: WrestleMania XI

A video package quickly highlights the various WrestleMania’s.  It is notable that celebrities are emphasized in this package instead of wrestlers, partly due to the fact that Hulk Hogan, competing in WCW, was in the main event of most of them.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Hartford, Connecticut.  The Hartford Civic Center is probably the worst WrestleMania venue in history since it lacks the history and size of its predecessors and successors.  Its selection is an illustration of the problems that the company was experiencing the mid-1990s.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – March 27, 1995

This was a “special edition” of Monday Night RAW as Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon broadcast the no holds barred match between Bret Hart and Owen Hart, which was taped on March 13 in Stockton, California, while Vince McMahon and Todd Pettengill hype WrestleMania XI from the company’s studios in Stamford, Connecticut.

A video package recaps the Bret Hart-Owen Hart feud, beginning with the 1994 Survivor Series where Owen got his mother and father to throw in a towel in Bret’s submission match with Bob Backlund, an act that cost Bret the WWF title.

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What the World Was Watching: Sunday Night Slam – March 26, 1995

Sunday Night Slam was a show that the company aired a couple of times in 1994 and one time in 1995.  It served as a lead-in for big pay-per-view events like SummerSlam and Survivor Series and tried to entice fans to buy the shows by showcasing the major feuds and angles in various matches.  It was not quite a Clash of the Champions concept that WCW was using but it did provide the company with additional exposure on USA Network outside of its usual timeslots for Monday Night RAW, WWF Mania, and The Action Zone.  Later on, the name of the show would be used to hype other pay-per-view events before the Free for All was created in January 1996, but it never again featured original matches.

Vince McMahon and Jim Ross are doing commentary for the event.  The matches were taped along with several episodes of Monday Night RAW on March 13 in Stockton, California.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – March 19, 1995

Doink and Bam Bam Bigelow cut promos on each other for today’s feature match.  Doink says he is going to win and let Lawrence Taylor know all of Bigelow’s secrets.  Bigelow rebuts that he thought he got rid of Doink for good at WrestleMania X but will finish things today.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are still taped from North Charleston, West Virginia.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – March 12, 1995

Men on a Mission say that they are excited to fight for the tag team titles on today’s show.  The Smoking Gunns do a lot of smiling and say that they will make Men on a Mission yell “Whoop, there they go!”

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are broadcasting from a new taping location in North Charleston, West Virginia.  The tapings were done on February 22.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – March 11, 1995

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are calling the action and they are now doing tapings in Augusta, Georgia.  These tapings were held on February 21.

Before the next bout, Jim Cornette tells the crowd that Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett has informed him that he has signed a contract to defend his title against Razor Ramon at WrestleMania.  However, Cornette says that Ramon will not make it there because he is facing Mantaur in the next bout.  Although many did not know it at the time (and as revealed in James Dixon’s book Titan Sinking:  The Decline of the WWF in 1995), the booking of Jarrett and Ramon was a big blow for Ramon, who had filmed some vignettes to turn heel and face the Undertaker.  Turning Ramon heel would have done wonders for his character and strengthened the heel side of the roster.

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

Vince McMahon recaps how Bam Bam Bigelow and Lawrence Taylor traded verbal blows at the WrestleMania XI press conference.  McMahon promises us footage of the press conference.

McMahon and Jim Cornette are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Macon, Georgia.

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

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings in Fort Myers, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – February 27, 1995

Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are in the booth and they are taped from Macon, Georgia.

Lex Luger recaps his feud with Tatanka and says that Chief Jay Strongbow will be in his corner tonight when he looks to finish Tatanka for good.  The beginning of this promo was humorous as Luger struggled to speak and flex his pectoral muscles at the same time.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – February 20, 1995

Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are in the booth and they are live from Macon, Georgia.  Less than 3,000 fans bought tickets to this show, illustrating just how cold the product was at the time.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – February 11, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps Shawn Michaels victory in the Royal Rumble and hypes today’s match between Michaels and Adam Bomb.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the booth and they are still taped from Corpus Christi, Texas.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – January 30, 1995

Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary this evening and they are still taped from Palmetto, Florida.  The green screen that they are broadcast against is jarring.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – January 23, 1995

Vince McMahon apologizes to Lawrence Taylor for Bam Bam Bigelow’s conduct at the Royal Rumble and announces that Bigelow has been suspended without pay.

Vince and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are live from Palmetto, Florida.  Vince puts over how Michaels won from the #1 position and Michaels says he is going to put some moves on Pamela Anderson.  It is so weird to see the winner of the Rumble not getting a twenty minute promo to start the show.

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