What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – October 2, 1995

Footage of the Smoking Gunns winning the WWF tag team titles on last week’s RAW is shown.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are taped from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Opening Contest:  Razor Ramon (17-6-1) defeats the 1-2-3 Kid (11-4) after a clothesline at 2:54:

There is no shortage of issues between Ramon and the Kid at the moment, with the Kid costing Ramon a victory against Dean Douglas at In Your House 3 and then defeating him because of Douglas’ interference two weeks ago on RAW.  Lawler also repeats some of the rumors of the Kid meeting with Ted DiBiase in recent weeks off camera, signaling that the Kid might be turning heel.  The Kid gets the advantage as Douglas takes notes in the aisle with some kicks, but Ramon avoids a spinning heel kick and gets a victory out of nowhere after a clothesline.  However, the Kid demands an immediate rematch so we get…

Razor Ramon (18-6-1) pins the 1-2-3 Kid (11-5) after a powerbomb during the commercial break:

During the commercial break, the Kid tries to dive at Ramon, but Ramon catches him with a powerbomb.  However, the Kid refuses to quit so we get a third match…

Razor Ramon (19-6-1) pins the 1-2-3 Kid (11-6) after a small package at 1:36 shown:

In the third match, the Kid gets zero offense.  Ramon hits his super side suplex but opts not to give his friend a Razor’s Edge and pins him with a small package.

After the bell, Ramon slaps the Kid and the Kid tries to schoolboy Ramon for a victory after he raises his friend’s hand.  Both men laugh it off and the Kid asks Ramon to give him a Razor’s Edge.  Ramon refuses and both men shake hands as McMahon puts over the Kid’s “spunk.”

McMahon and Lawler recap the In Your House 4 card.

Mabel and the British Bulldog beating down the Undertaker at the end of last week’s RAW before Shawn Michaels and Diesel made the save is shown.

Hunter-Hearst Helmsley tells the audience that there is a “fat chance” that Barry Horowitz beats him tonight.

McMahon then plugs a tasteless phone poll of whether WWF fans think O.J. Simpson is guilty, with each call costing 50 cents and proceeds going to benefit the National Exchange Club Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse.  This got the WWF in hot water at the time because the National Exchange Club had no idea that the company was doing the poll and did not want to be affiliated with it.

Hunter-Hearst Helmsley (17-0) defeats Barry Horowitz (4-13) after a Pedigree at 5:34:

This is the third time that Horowitz has wrestled Helmsley this year and he tries to better his chances by mat wrestling the Greenwich snob, although his efforts are sloppy.  Lawler is more concerned about making OJ Simpson jokes during the match, wishing Johnny Cochran a happy birthday and then telling fans that Jim Cornette’s attorney named Clarence Mason.  For his part, McMahon wishes that Pope John Paul II comes to a charity benefit in Madison Square Garden that the WWF is putting on near the weekend.  Horowitz scores some near-falls with a sunset flip, backslide, Thesz press, and side roll, but he puts his head down too early on a whip and Helmsley wins.  The crowd, who was really behind Horowitz, enhanced this match, which was slow and plodding.  Rating:  *

PG-13 beat Sonny Rogers & Al Brown when J.C. Ice pins Brown after Wolfie D gutwrench slams Ice onto Brown at 3:42:

PG-13 was the headline tag team of the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), composed of J.C. Ice (a.k.a. Jamie Dundee) and Wolfie D.  At the time of this match they were the USWA Tag Team Champions.  As part of a talent exchange with the WWF, PG-13 and the Smoking Gunns were having a small feud, with the Smoking Gunns coming to face PG-13 in Memphis and PG-13 coming to RAW to face the Gunns.  Therefore, to build some interest for that match, this squash is booked.  PG-13 look good here, running through some smooth double teams, but the squash drags out too long, passing the three minute limit of what is usually acceptable.  With this victory it is implied that PG-13 will get a title shot against the Gunns.  Usually that would not make sense but the tag ranks are so depleted that a team from the independent circuit can just walk into the company and demand a shot.

Dok Hendrix hypes a Bret Hart signature t-shirt and WWF classic videotape.  Call 1-800-TITAN-91 to get yours for $16 (plus $3.95 shipping and handling)!

Bret Hart (13-2-2) defeats Jean-Pierre LaFitte (19-1-1) via submission to the Sharpshooter at 12:03 shown:

McMahon is doing a Bill Walton impression tonight, jumping all over the place on commentary and opting to discuss Bret’s loss to the British Bulldog at SummerSlam in 1992 before the match starts.  This rematch from In Your House 3, which is not necessarily warranted based on how that match resulted in a clean win for Bret, illustrates how the WWF is altering its traditional booking patterns due to the Monday Night Wars with WCW.  Both men pick up where they left off at In Your House, with Bret slamming LaFitte into the steps, showing that he must still be ticked off over having his jacket stolen.  At least he got it back unlike when Doug Dillinger fell asleep guarding his stuff in WCW and allowed someone to walk off with it.  Lawler urges LaFitte to finish Bret after he whips the Hitman violently into the ring steps, but when LaFitte goes for Le Cannonball, Bret crotches him, hits a superduperplex, and a Sharpshooter ends this feud.  The match here was not quite at the level of their In Your House 3 encounter but it was still quite good, with both men throwing everything at each other in a desperate effort to show that they were the best.  Rating:  ***¾

After the bell, Bret and Lawler trade blows near the announce table and Isaac Yankem runs out to attack Bret, giving him a DDS on the arena floor as WWF officials pour out.  The crowd chants for Diesel to do something, but Big Daddy Cool has better things to do.

When we return from a commercial break, McMahon announces that Bret and Yankem will face off in a cage match in a few weeks on RAW per the orders of interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon.

Owen Hart, Yokozuna, and the British Bulldog, along with Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji, say that they are going to wipe out Diesel, Shawn Michaels, and the Undertaker on next week’s show.

Diesel, Shawn Michaels, and the Undertaker, along with Paul Bearer, warn the heels that they will not go down quietly, with the Undertaker saying that vultures will feed on the rotting carcasses of the heels.

The OJ poll ends up with 49% of fans voting guilty and 51% not guilty.

Tune in next week to see Diesel, Shawn Michaels & the Undertaker battle Yokozuna, Owen Hart & the British Bulldog!

The Last Word:  This was a very enjoyable episode of RAW, with the main event delivering the usual top quality Bret Hart match in 1995 and the storyline between Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid continuing to evolve.  As noted in the In Your House 3 review, LaFitte should have gotten a stronger push out of his feud with Bret as he showed he could hang with one of the best wrestlers in the company but this was as high as he would go in 1995.  If anything, Bret rekindling his issue with Jerry Lawler and Isaac Yankem feels like a step backward as he is stuck in storyline purgatory fighting a fictitious king and his evil dentist.

Monday Night War Rating:  2.5 (vs. 2.5 for Nitro – Arn Anderson vs. Ric Flair)

Up Next:  WWF Superstars from October 7, 1995!