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.

Opening Contest:  Hakushi (w/Shinja) (9-0) beats Bob Holly (w/The 1-2-3 Kid) (1-3) after a running senton splash at 6:52:

These two competed a few weeks ago on The Action Zone, but neither McMahon or Cornette acknowledge that.  The 1-2-3 Kid comes out to be in Holly’s corner, ostensibly because they are tag team partners and to potentially neutralize any effect that Shinja may have on the outcome.  Before the broadcast goes to a commercial break, Owen Hart and Yokozuna come to ringside and Owen gets into an altercation with the Kid, who falls victim to an attack from Yokozuna.  And Yokozuna then trips Holly, which allows Hakushi to get the win.  This paves the way for Owen and Yokozuna to defend the tag team titles against Holly and the Kid at a later date and might also open the door for a six-man tag if Bret Hart is entered into the situation.  The match was sub-par, with Hakushi working lots of rest holds as the extracurriculars happened on the outside of the ring.  Rating:  *

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Jim Ross recaps the events of WrestleMania XI.  Bam Bam Bigelow is shown doubting his role in the Million Dollar Corporation at the post-WrestleMania press conference.

McMahon interviews WWF Champion Diesel, who says he may have lost the title last night if the referee had not sprained his ankle and that he is willing to give Shawn Michaels a rematch.  He warns Michaels that Sid is not his friend and is only out for himself so Michaels would be best served not bringing Sid with him when they meet again.

Alundra Blayze is shown getting ready for her bout against WWF Women’s Champion Bull Nakano in the locker room.

The Allied Powers (2-0) defeat Well Dunn (w/Harvey Wippleman) (1-3) when Lex Luger pins Steven Dunn after a running forearm smash at 3:41:

Considering their spot on the card it is surprising that Well Dunn gets some offense in against the Allied Powers, with Luger playing the role of face in peril.  However, Luger survives the onslaught and the Allies make quick work of Steven Dunn to remain undefeated.  This would be the final appearance for Well Dunn, who complete their tour of jobbing to nearly all of the company’s tag teams with this loss.  McMahon says it is only a matter of time before the Allied Powers come after Owen Hart and Yokozuna’s tag team titles.  Rating:  *

All the WrestleMania celebrities say that they had a great time, with Nicholas Turturro being over the top in his praise of the company.  If this was 2017, Turturro would have a full-time gig on the pre-shows.

WWF Women’s Championship Match:  Alundra Blayze pins Bull Nakano (Champion) after a German suplex at 6:41:

The WWF Women’s title, which the company brought back in 1993, had become an afterthought by 1995 as shown by this match as neither woman has wrestled on television this year.  Nakano won the title from Blayze in November 1994 at an All Japan wrestling event called the Big Egg Wrestling Universe and wrestled Blayze on house shows while also defending the title a couple of times in Japan.  Cornette tells the audience in the early going that he has gotten a contract signed for Hakushi, Owen Hart, and Yokozuna to face Bret Hart, Bob Holly, and the 1-2-3 Kid on the next show.  Both women go all out, exchanging a bevy of near-falls and kicking out of each other’s finishers, with Nakano kicking out of Blayze’s German suplex twice.  However, a Nakano suicide dive misses and Blayze hits her German suplex on the arena floor, which Nakano refuses to sell, but it probably has some side effects as Nakano misses a moonsault and Blayze spams her German suplex a fourth time for the win and the title.  Nakano and Japanese workers in general excelled when they were given an opportunity to perform on WWF television during the 1980s and 1990s and this was no exception.  Sadly, Nakano was supposedly fired shortly after this match for being in possession of cocaine.  Rating:  ***

After the match, Blayze celebrates, only to be attacked by a big woman in face paint who runs into the ring and gives Blayze Snake Eyes.  This would eventually write Blayze off of television for a few months as she recovered from a “nose injury” and had various cosmetic changes made to her anatomy.  According to the woman that attacked Blayze – Rhonda Singh – she was supposed to be booked to feud with Nakano but Nakano’s firing nixed that and any momentum that the women’s title could have gotten from the previous match stalled immediately.

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Men on a Mission (5-1) defeat Tony Roy & Ben Jordan when Mabel pins Roy after a belly-to-belly suplex at 1:54:

This is Men on a Mission’s first bout after their heel turn, although the only clear sign of their new alignment is doing some awful rapping before matches and not dancing.  A different ring attire would do wonders for them as it is tough to buy into a heel team that wears bright colors.  The new Men on a Mission make quick work of their opponents, with Mabel getting most of the shine as he squashes Roy for the win.

McMahon hypes the house that the WWF plans to give away in Orlando, Florida as part of its In Your House pay-per-view promotion.  All you have to do to win the house is to send a postcard to Melville, New York by May 12, 1995!  Cornette hilariously jokes that the entire contest should be against the law after he whines that he cannot win the house.

McMahon conducts an interview with Shawn Michaels and Sid in the ring.  Michaels accepts Diesel’s offer for a rematch for the WWF title and says that he does not need a bodyguard, which tosses the last month or so of storyline development out the window.  Michaels proceeds to tell Sid that his presence is not needed for his rematch with Diesel, with Sid losing his cool and when we return from commercial break Michael is out cold and Diesel is making a save.

Tune in next week to see a six man tag between Bret Hart, Bob Holly & the 1-2-3 Kid against Hakushi, Owen Hart & Yokozuna!

The Last Word:  This show was groundbreaking as it was the first time that the company made the RAW after WrestleMania as a springboard for new angles for the following year.  Michaels “injury” at the hands of Sid would keep him out for another couple of months, which his critics would allege was yet another “seasonal” performance since Michaels had already taken some time off to heal an injury prior to The Royal Rumble.  Regardless, Sid gives Diesel a new challenger and does bolster some of the heel side of the roster, which is deficient.

Up Next:  WWF Superstars for April 8, 1995!