What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – April 17, 1995

Ted DiBiase announcing Sid as the newest member of the “restructured” Million Dollar Corporation on The Action Zone is shown.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings in Poughkeepsie, New York.  They announce that Diesel will defend the WWF Championship on next week’s show against Bam Bam Bigelow.

Opening Contest:  Jean-Pierre LaFitte (1-0) beats Duke Droese (9-0) after Le Cannonball at 8:27 shown:

McMahon lets us know that Pierre’s pouch that he wears around his neck contains gold coins that were “blessed by a Cajun witch.”  Droese has one of the best records in the company to this point but it is completely padded with enhancement talents and in his first feature match against the newly arrived LaFitte he struggles.  McMahon becomes so enamored with this bout that he discusses facts about how many Americans pay their taxes, but in fairness to both competitors it is not a bad bout, although it does expose Droese’s limited offensive capabilities.  After Droese misses a top rope splash, LaFitte hits his finisher and becomes the first blemish on Droese’s record.  Rating:  **¼

We get another replay of the Bob Backlund spring break segment that has been making the rounds on Superstars and The Action Zone.

McMahon and Lawler discuss Sid joining the Million Dollar Corporation, with McMahon saying that DiBiase paid Sid to turn on Shawn Michaels so that Sid could get a WWF title shot at In Your House.

Doink (w/Dink) (5-1) pins Roy Raymond after a Dink Whoopie Cushion at 3:20:

McMahon’s morbid fascination with statistics on this show continues as he starts spouting off facts about what kind of underwear men wear.  However, the real highlight is when he calls a swinging neckbreaker “a neck twister.”  After some bland offense, Doink hits the Whoopie Cushion but that is not enough as Dink comes in and gives Raymond a Whoopie Cushion behind the referee’s back – sound effects included on both – for the win.

Todd Pettengill hypes In Your House, noting its cheap $14.99 price.  He lets us know that every time that WWF Champion Diesel talks to Shawn Michaels that Michaels becomes incensed about what Sid did to him.  Pettengill also puts over the house you can win if you send in a postcard for the contest.

WWF Tag Team Championship Match:  Owen Hart & Yokozuna (Champions w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji) (1-0) beat Bob Holly & The 1-2-3 Kid (5-2) at when Yokozuna pins the Kid with a belly-to-belly suplex at 13:16 shown:

Although the WWF tag team titles have already been exchanged three times this year, it was always a remote possibility that Holly and the Kid would win this bout as they have not been a consistent team since dropping the belts to the Smoking Gunns and Owen and Yokozuna just won the titles, with the Gunns yet to get a rematch.  However, this contest serves its function of giving Owen and Yokozuna a good match in their first title defense, with Holly bumping like crazy for Owen’s cheating inside and outside of the ring.  The audience also gets an indication that Yokozuna’s role is going to be very, very limited upon his return as his contributions are largely limited to a couple of nerve holds and taking a bump from the Kid’s spinning heel kick.  However, the Kid makes the fatal error of trying to dive off the top rope at Yokozuna despite giving up more than 400 pounds and he’s driven into the mat with a belly-to-belly suplex for the finish.  Rating:  ***¼

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The Undertaker, shown in a graveyard, lets us know that if you drink and drive you will soon meet him.  Giving anti-drug and anti-alcohol testimonials seems to be the Undertaker’s new gimmick.

Henry Godwinn (10-2) beat Rich Meyers after a Slop Drop at 2:01:

The commentators talk with Cornfed of Duckman during this squash, with Cornfed telling the audience that they should eat more beef and ripping William Shatner’s appearance on RAW several months ago.  Since Cornfed is a pig, he says he wants no piece of Godwinn because he and hog farmers do not get along.  Godwinn runs through his usual moveset here and pins Meyers in a match that viewers likely did not care about due to the commentary antics.

Lawler shows off his Duckman t-shirt as McMahon hypes next week’s show.

Tune in next week to see WWF Champion Diesel defend the title against Bam Bam Bigelow!  Also, Bertha Faye will make her in-ring debut.

The Last Word:  The tag team title match made this a really good show, with Holly and the Kid putting over the tag team champions in a big way.  Even the LaFitte-Droese match, which would usually carry low expectations based on the gimmicks both men were sporting, came out well.  Next week’s title match promises to be a good one, with Diesel wrestling in his first match on free television for 1995.

Up Next:  WWF Superstars from April 22, 1995!