–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in the booth and they are live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We are in ECW country, as illustrated by hat guy being in the front row opposite the hard camera.
–Jim Ross narrates a video package that puts over Adam Bomb and Jean-Pierre LaFitte, announcing that both men will face each other on today’s show.
–Ross and Stan Lane are doing commentary and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The tapings were done on June 7 and according to historyofwwe.com they drew 2,000 fans.
–Vince McMahon says that on today’s show Jerry Lawler will make a “royal decision” about whether to accept Bret Hart’s challenge.
–McMahon and Dok Hendrix are handling commentary and they are doing the last of this cycle of tapings in Danbury, Connecticut.
–Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett cuts an in-ring promo against the Undertaker for their King of the Ring qualifying match later tonight, saying that he will be a “shoo in” for the tournament. Jarrett’s promo is interrupted by the lights flickering.
–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Binghamton, New York.
–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.
–Vince McMahon recaps Sid’s sneak attack on Razor Ramon last week. He questions whether Sid was participating in an act of cowardice or trying to send a message to WWF Champion Diesel.
–McMahon and Jerry Lawler have the announce duties and they are concluding the tapings in Omaha, Nebraska as we head to In Your House this Sunday. Lawler goes into a hilarious rant about how he will beat Bret Hart at In Your House, lamenting that Bret has insulted him and made fun of his family, the very things that Lawler has been doing toward Bret for the past two years.
–Jim Ross recaps how the Intercontinental title was held up as a result of last week’s controversial finish to the Jeff Jarrett-Bob Holly match.
–Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are doing the second week of tapings in Moline, Illinois.
–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.
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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–Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are in the booth and they are taped from Stockton, California.
–Call 1-900-737-4WWF to hear Jim Ross’s commentary on Lawrence Taylor’s “secret” training session in preparation from WrestleMania!
–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.
–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.
–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.
–The intro video package has the old Star Trek theme playing since William Shatner will be in Bret Hart’s corner when he faces Jeff Jarrett in tonight’s main event.
–Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are still in Houston, Texas. This is the “go home” show for the Royal Rumble.
–Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler are doing commentary and they are still in Newark, Delaware.