What the World Was Watching: In Your House #1

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are manning the booth and we are live from Syracuse, New York!

Todd Pettengill interviews Bret Hart, who says that he will continue to prove that he is “the best there is, best there was, and the best there ever will be.”  He wishes happy Mother’s Day to his mother in Canada and says he looks forward to taking care of Jerry Lawler after he beats Hakushi in the opening match.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 14, 1995

Footage is shown of an armored car carrying the In Your House entries to Syracuse, New York.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Moline, Illinois.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 13, 1995

Vince McMahon puts over the In Your House pay-per-view as the lead-in for today’s show.

McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Des Moines, Iowa.  Hendrix repeats his claim from last week’s show that Henry Godwinn is likely working with the Million Dollar Corporation to weaken WWF Champion Diesel before tomorrow’s big show.  Hendrix is also careful to call Sid “Super Sid” instead of “Psycho Sid.”

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – May 1, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps the Diesel-Bam Bam Bigelow WWF title match on last week’s show.  McMahon makes sure to note that a record television audience watched the title defense.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the booth and they are still in Omaha, Nebraska.  Lawler has his open contract for Bret Hart with him, although he does not seem too happy to know that Bret will appear later tonight to confront him.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – April 30, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill recap the Diesel-Bam Bam Bigelow match for the WWF title that occurred on Monday Night RAW, as well as how Bigelow turned face after the bout when he was beaten down by the Million Dollar Corporation.

Ross and Pettengill are doing commentary for today’s show and they are taped from Moline, Illinois.  The tapings took place on April 26 and had a papered attendance of 5,500.

Ross and Pettengill announce that the 1-2-3 Kid was supposed to face Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental title on today’s show but he is injured.  As a result, Bob Holly will face Jarrett instead.  Jarrett says that he will show Holly how great he is, while Holly promises to cross the finish line.

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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 23, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – April 3, 1995

Vince McMahon discusses the events of WrestleMania XI, aided by pictures of the event.  McMahon reveals that Lawrence Taylor defeated Bam Bam Bigelow, WWF Champion Diesel successfully defended his title, and Owen Hart won the tag team titles with his new partner Yokozuna.

McMahon and Jim Cornette are doing commentary and they are live from Poughkeepsie, New York.  Cornette compares the return of Yokozuna to the return of Michael Jordan.

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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: 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: WWF Superstars – March 18, 1995

In response to the comments about whether an Undertaker-Razor Ramon match was ever considered for WrestleMania XI, it appears that the source used by James Dixon in Titan Sinking was a shoot interview with Scott Hall.  When I check Dixon’s notes, the interview comes from an “unknown source,” so yes, it looks like that story is quite dubious.

Men on a Mission’s post-match attack on the Smoking Gunns on The Action Zone is shown.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are taped from Augusta, Georgia.

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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: 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: The Action Zone – February 19, 1995

Todd Pettengill narrates a video package hyping today’s feature match between the British Bulldog and Bob Backlund.

Jim Ross and Pettengill are doing commentary and they are at a new taping location in Fort Myers, Florida.  These tapings were held on January 25.

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