–Jim Ross and Stan Lane are tasked with the commentary duties for today’s show and they are taped from Lowell, Massachusetts. The tapings for this month’s set of episodes took place on April 5, 1995.
–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.
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.
–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.
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.
–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.
–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.
Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings in Fort Myers, Florida.
–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.
–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.
–We get more developments in the Bam Bam Bigelow-Lawrence Taylor feud as Taylor’s attorney, Anthony J. Giampapa, announces that he is advising his client to take legal action against Bigelow and the World Wrestling Federation because he believes they are trying to goad Taylor into a match. He demands that both Bigelow and the WWF “cease and desist” from further activities concerning Taylor.
–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and the site of our tapings has changed to West Palm Beach, Florida. The tapings were done on January 24. McMahon says that in response to Mr. Giampapa, the WWF will cease promoting the idea of a future Bigelow-Taylor match.
–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.
–A limousine pulls into the backstage area and Pamela Anderson walks out. She goes to her locker room as WWF wrestlers, led by Dink of all people, hoot and holler. What? You expected respectful manners out of a group of wrestlers?
As a side note, when you have been watching tons of television tapings from Liberty, New York in a high school gym for weeks on end it really makes you appreciate the bigger venue that this show is in and it makes everything seem more important.
–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are on the mic and they are live from Tampa, Florida. What is hilarious about the opening is that Vince tries to introduce the Spanish announce team and Hugo Savinovich just stays seated with his back to the camera.