What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – May 8, 1995

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.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Jeff Jarrett (Intercontinental Champion w/The Roadie) (10-5-1) defeats Doink (w/Dink) (7-1) via submission to the figure-four leg lock at 7:23 shown:

Both of these men had a small program in 1994 when Jarrett helped Lawler humiliate Dink on WWF Superstars, which McMahon recaps before the bout.  Jarrett dominates the match, taking care to actually work the leg of an opponent this time, but Doink forgets to sell any of it when he makes his comeback.  And for once, Dink’s interference backfires as the referee becomes too preoccupied with him after he bites Jarrett’s rear end and that allows the Roadie to break up a Stump Puller, clip Doink’s leg, and Jarrett applies the figure-four to win.  It is refreshing that Jarrett is getting some wins over the lower midcard after his win/loss record was near a horrid .500 last month.  Rating:  *½

The Bodydonnas get their recent vignette, making fun of fat people, aired on RAW.

A video package provides some of Bam Bam Bigelow’s thoughts on how his career has evolved in the last four months from The Royal Rumble to present.  Bigelow is talking to someone unknown off the camera as he discusses what has happened, with only one side of his face showing, but this was likely filmed this way because Bigelow was sporting an ugly black eye.

McMahon interviews Sid and Ted DiBiase in the ring.  DiBiase lays out how he worked Shawn Michaels to get Sid into the company, suggested that Michaels needed a bodyguard, and then positioned Sid to challenge Diesel for the WWF title, which is a pretty good spin on how they reconfigured the story after deciding to turn Michaels face after WrestleMania XI.  One of the funniest parts of the interview is that Sid starts screaming about some old African lion named “E.Y. Tamea” and how he is like him, dominating the jungle of the WWF, and some balding white dude is shown hanging over the guardrail in the crowd shaking his head, something that needs to be turned into a .gif immediately.

Call 1-900-737-4WWF to hear Jim Ross’s report on why Hakushi was in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this week!  Lawler is furious about this because no one was supposed to find out about Hakushi’s trip.

Hakushi (w/Shinja) (13-0) beats Gary Scott after a springboard splash at 2:49:

It is funny that Lawler thinks Hakushi’s trip to Calgary was a big secret, as if someone with tattoos over most of their body in 1995 would not be noticeable to the people that live there.  Hakushi works Scott over with methodical blows before Scott takes a nasty face-first bump off of an inverted suplex.  That does not finish, though, as Hakushi decides to stretch him a bit more and go aerial for the victory.

Todd Pettengill provides the final In Your House report.  WWF Champion Diesel, giving a weird smile and facial expression, says he will be in Sid’s face at In Your House.  Pettengill puts over how the pay-per-view will not feature an encore.

Bart Gunn (w/Billy Gunn) defeats Owen Hart (w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji) (6-2) with a schoolboy at 6:27 shown:

Since the Smoking Gunns are going to get a rematch for the WWF tag team titles at In Your House this serves as a “preview” for the pay-per-view.  McMahon and Lawler miss an obvious talking point about how Owen is more experienced in singles competition than Bart, which could help to explain how Owen maintains the advantage for much of the contest.  In a fun spot, Bart tries a superplex, which Cornette blocks by holding onto Owen in the corner, and then Billy crotches Owen on the top rope.  When Owen recovers he wants to yell at Billy and Bart capitalizes on that distraction to get a victory.  The finish was really weak but was telegraphed by Owen and Bart just going through the motions before we got to that point.  Rating:  *½

Footage of Pettengill and Stephanie Wiand touring the house that will be given away at In Your House, which was initially shown on WWF Mania, is aired.

We get a recap of Bret Hart saying that he will face Jerry Lawler after he faces Hakushi at In Your House.  Lawler says that he will bring his mother to ringside at the pay-per-view, who will then challenge Helen Hart when Lawler gets the win over the Hitman.

Tune in next week to see a major announcement from Bob Backlund!  Also, Bam Bam Bigelow begins his attempted destruction of the Million Dollar Corporation by facing Irwin R. Schyster!

The Last Word:  This was a weak go home show, but that was usually the case in the era when the company did all of its RAW tapings in one place.  The Diesel-Sid feud has been built well, as has Bret’s feud with Lawler.  The other matches on the card have not received as much attention, but the big selling point of the pay-per-view is Diesel getting revenge for his friend and Bret wrestling two matches in one night.

Up Next:  WWF Superstars from April 13, 1995!