January 28, 1995
From the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, TX
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
The show starts off with Vince voicing over a video package hyping the 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly as underdogs who made their way to the Tag Team Title Tournament Finals and we then see still photos of how they won the titles at the Royal Rumble only to lose them 24 hours later on RAW to the team they replaced in the tournament, The Smoking Gunns.
This week, we will get highlights of the Royal Rumble PPV.
Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Sonny Pruitt & Lee Tobin
We did not get the identity of Pruitt’s partner. Lawler gloats about his supposed date with Pamela Anderson but refuses to “kiss and tell” when Vince asks for details. Mabel beats on Pruitt then drops him with an enziguiri as Vince talks about Mabel embarrasing King Kong Bundy at the Royal Rumble, setting up their Rumble match next week on RAW. Vince then once again apologizes to Lawrence Taylor and his family over what Bam Bam Bigelow did to him at the PPV. Mo is in with the unnamed guy as Vince tells us that Bigelow was suspended for 30 days and we will get an apology on RAW then MoM uses a spinebuster/leg drop combo for the win (2:31).
Thoughts: MoM debuted a new finisher here that was better than the previous one but the focus here was on the Bigelow/LT confrontation at the Rumble along with hype for the two-man Rumble match between Mabel and Bundy this coming Monday night on RAW.
Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill. Unlike on RAW, we get still photos included in the recap. Pettengill spent most of his focus on Bigelow pushing LT and the apology this coming Monday on RAW.
An ad for the Encore Plus airing of the Royal Rumble PPV which will take place this coming Tuesday.
Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Ben Jordan
Hakushi attacks Jordan before the bell. He then drops Jordan with a throat thrust then with a thrust kick. Lawler says he spoke with Shinja and that the writing all over Hakushi are “Buddhist Proverbs” then says that Bret Hart is prejudicial towards Hakushi and all other Japanese people. Hakushi stays in control then hits a handspring splash for the win as Vince wants to know where Lawler is getting this stuff about Bret as Lawler claims Bret makes comments in the locker room (1:45).
Thoughts: We can now add Hakushi to the list of people Bret will be feuding with in the future as they are having Lawler make accusations to rile up Hakushi. It was random but I thought Vince sold it well on commentary in doubting it but also wanted to hear Bret deny the allegations.
WWF Live Event News with Tamara Murphy. She plugs the “In High Gear” tour and card for the 3/19 Madison Square Garden show that is healined by Diesel & Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels & Jeff Jarrett. We then hear from Shawn & Jarrett as they hype up the match. Other announced matches are Undertaker vs. Bam Bam Bigelow and Adam Bomb vs. Bob Backlund in a Submission Match. And yes, I do have the fancam copy of this show.
Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Doink w/ Dink
Vince talks about The Roadie costing Razor Ramon the Intercontinental Title. Kwang backs Doink into the corner with his martial arts skills until the ref intervenes. Doink then does the Karate Kick crane kick pose as Dink runs into the ring and spazzes out, allowing Doink to roll up Kwang for two. Doink then grounds Kwang as Dink runs on top to Kwang a few times. Doink steps on Whippleman’s fingers as Vince tells us that Kama will make his debut later on in the show. Kwang clotheslines Doink then hits a hook kick before spewing his mist into the air. Doink fights back but ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Kwang uses some more kicks and chops until Doink gets a two count with a crossbody. Doink then uses a susnet flip and a small package for two. Dropkick gets two then Doink catches Kwang with a powerslam for the win (3:22) 1/2*. After the match, Dink challenges Whippleman. Doink steps in and that allows Dink to bite Whippleman in the ass. Whippleman runs away as Doink & Dink dance in the ring.
Thoughts: The last minute was all action but the rest was quite bad. Kwang also seemed a step slower than usual. Anyway, Kwang’s stock continues to sink and this match was really designed to embarrass Whippleman.
The Bigelow Slim Jim ad airs. It was not good at all.
Pettengill now recaps the title matches and Rumble match itself set to still photos.
Natalie Gentry is the special guest ring announcer. She is a teenage girl that Lawler makes fun of while Vince demands he apologize.
Owen Hart vs. Shawn Dakota
Dakota would later go on to become Navajo Warrior several years later but he was much skinnier, and wore a generic singlet here. Vince plugs the 2/11 White Plains, NY show for a bit as Dakota takes Owen over with a hip toss then works the arm as Vince screams about what happened during the World Title match at the Rumble. Lawler says that Owen will do whatever it takes to prevent Bret from experiencing any sort of joy as Owen now takes control then uses the Sharpshooter for the win (2:15). Vince then touts Bret winning the #1 Sports Personality of Germany in “Bravo” magazine.
Thoughts: They are still hyping Bret vs. Owen for the House show circuit as the No Holds Barred matches continue. I’ve reviewed their match at Nassau Coliseum and will do so again at the 2/3 Montreal Forum show. We also learn of Bret’s popularity in Germany here as the company will be returning to that country after WresteMania.
Another Man Mountain Rock vignette. He says that wrestling is like playing guitar because it requires a lot of concentration. We then get some word association with other wrestlers then he talks about being willing to pay the price to become champion. We will see about that last comment he made. I appreciate the modern style of these vignettes but even here the you see the character is not connecting and feels really forced.
Kama vs. Matt Hardy
Vince now plugs another house show this time in Bellport, NY that takes place at the local high school with tickets available at the local pizza shop. At least it was the “B” show that night for the company. Kama beats on Hardy then chokes him out in the corner. The announcers talk about Undertaker no longer having the urn as Kama hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Vince says next week we will have Henry Godwinn vs. Undertaker as Kana uses a STF for the win (1:50). After the match, Kama says he heard the toughest guys around are in the WWF and to bring them on.
Thoughts: This was not a good debut here for Kama. He moved around far too methodically and lacked the impact needed to get a fighting gimmick over plus the lousy promo and poor audio quality did not help things either. Hell, even the announcers spent more time talking about Undertaker than the man who they’ve spent a month hyping through vignettes. Also, the venue and method in which the tickets were told for the Bellport show was telling. And speaking of the lack of talent, check out the lineup for that show: Man Mountain Rock d. Mike Bell, Mabel d. Tony DeVito, Hakushi d. Aldo Montoya, Doink d. Brooklyn Brawler, Smoking Gunns d. Mike Bell & The Executioner, King Kong Bundy d. Adam Bomb, Jacob & Eli Blue DCO The New Headshrinkers, and Lex Luger d. Tatanka in a lumberjack match. That’s two Mike Bell matches in one night and I’m sure he was also a lumberjack in the main event as well.
Pettengill now recaps the Undertaker vs. IRS match from the PPV set to still photos.
We get a video package hyping the Godwinn vs. Undertaker match. They’re really hyping the urn aspect and whether or not it will effect Undertaker in his matches.
Another ad hyping the Royal Rumble encore airing.
Lex Luger vs. Ray Hudson
Luger has a kid as his guest flag bearer. Luger backs Hudson into the corner as Lawler talks about despising Bret because of his prejudice. Vince also mentions how Lawler & Owen will be teaming to face Bret & British Bulldog at some house shows as Luger works over Hudson. Vince talks about Bulldog deserving credit for thinking he won the Rumble as Hudson cheap shots Luger. Hudson taunts the fans and gets clotheslined then suplexed. Luger then hits a powerslam before putting Hudson away with the Rebel Rack (2:24). Vince then says that Shawn has a big announcement regarding next week’s “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Thoughts: Bulldog is now back to feuding with Owen as Luger will be back to wrestling Tatanka again around the house show circuit. They also teased Shawn’s announcement for next week’s Heartbreak Hotel.
Another Live Event News segment to plug the 3/19 MSG show.We learn that Bret Hart & British Bulldog vs. Owen Hart & Jerry Lawler has officially been added to the show then hear from Backlund as he tells us god himself told him to bring up the crowd to his level of morality as he promises to make Bomb submit.
Back to the announcers as they hype next week’s Godwinn vs. Undertaker match and how the fact Undertaker does not have his urn will come into play. We are then standing by with Shawn as he tells us that his guest next week will be Diesel. Vince doubts that will happen but Shawn says he guarantees to deliver Diesel, the seven-foot paper champion with the belt over his shoulder.
Vince ends by hyping the encore plus which also includes Roddy Piper’s “Bottom Line” segment.
Final Thoughts: They addressed the Rumble fallout and really hyped RAW, specifically Bigelow’s apology to LT. We also heard the name of the next house show tour and have next week’s featured match of Godwinn vs. Undertaker along with the Heartbreak Hotel and if Diesel will really be appearing. And with WrestleMania XI just over two months away expect the build towards the show to begin quite soon.