February 4, 1995
From the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, TX
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
This week’s featured match is Undertaker vs. Henry Godwinn. Also, Shawn Michaels promises to have Diesel as his guest on the “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Henry Godwinn vs. The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer
We see a girl in a WWF hat in the front row as Vince screams that it’s Godwinn’s sister or “some sort of relative” that he brought up from Arkansas. Godwinn takes a shot at Undertaker ends up getting attacked in the corner. Undertaker then hits a flying clothesline before using the ropewalk attack. Undertaker then hits a slam as the announcers note the lack of urn has not had any effect but right aftertwards, Undertaker misses an elbow drop. Undertaker gets clotheslined over the top rope and does not land on his feet like usual. Back inside, Godwinn rams Undertaker into the turnbuckle. Godwinn now catches Undertaker with a bearhug as Bearer urges the fans to cheer on his man. Undertaker uses a bell clap to escape the bearhug but ducks his head and gets kicked. Godwinn uses a slam then yells at Undertaker to get up before hitting a few elbow drops that gets two. Vince bets that King Kong Bundy is watching this backstage with a smile as Bearer is happy with the fans chanting “rest in peace.” Godwinn fires away but now we see Undertaker pissed off as he fights back. Undertaker boots Godwinn and goes for the tombstone but Godwinn slips out and hits a clothesline. Vince notes that something is wrong as The Undertaker seems powerless. Godwinn then whiffs on a clothesline and Undertaker drops him with a chokeslam for the win (7:02) **1/4. Vince notes this was a “costly” victory for The Undertaker as Lawler puts over the efforts from Godwinn.
Thoughts: I thought the match itself was solid and played up the story of how will Undertaker fare without the urn. And Undertaker/Bundy is the plan going forward based off of commentary. Godwinn losing here and getting praise is not a good sign for him as first, this was still an era where losing clean on TV was a big deal and second, you only lasted as long as you did because the Undertaker was handicapped without the urn. An evil pig farmer was terrible as a heel character and had no chance of getting over.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. This is for the 3/19 MSG show that is part of the “In High Gear” tour which now has a 2pm start time. The newly added match are Smoking Gunns vs. IRS & Tatanka for the Tag Team Titles as we hear from the Gunns as they welcome on their challengers.
Mantaur w/ Jim Cornette vs. Gary Scott
Mantaur riding high here after defeating Aldo Montoya last weekend on the “Action Zone.” Scott bounces off of Mantaur as Cornette laughs. Scott jumps on top of Mantaur’s back for a sleeper so Mantaur jumps backwards and drops him on the mat. Lawler says that Cornette has found something unique in Mantaur and Vince adds Cornette sees championship material. Mantaur hits a belly-to-belly suplex then a spinebuster for the win (1:48). After the match, Mantaur roars then boots Scott then we see Cornette yell into the camera and hype him up as they head up the aisle.
Thoughts: Judging by the commentary here it sure did seem Mantaur was paired with Cornette as a rib. The character is an absolute dud and would not be long for the company.
We see the clip of Bam Bam Bigelow shoving Lawrence Taylor at the Royal Rumble then the Bigelow clip from this past Monday night where instead of apologizing he issued a challenge. Vince then confirms that LT’s management will respond to Bigelow’s challenge this coming Monday night on RAW. This would be the first of many plugs for RAW this coming Monday night.
The Bushwhackers vs. Reno Riggins & Adam Croom
Lawler says that LT was out of line and what he did would have been considered a taunting penalty in the NFL. Butch and Riggins start off as Vince mentions Ernie Ladd as someone able to transition from the NFL to pro wrestling with success. The Bushwhackers beat on Riggins to start. The announcer talk about the possibility of Bigelow vs. LT as Riggins catches Butch with a dropkick. Croom tags in and whiffs on a dropkick then The Bushwhackers use a double gutbuster for the win (2:13).
Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to discuss the possibility of LT accepting Bigelow’s challenge and how that could play out.
Another Man Mountain Rock vignette. This time he talks about channeling aggressive energy into something productive and boasts that he is 6’7 and weighs 400 lbs. He also says its his destiny to be part of the WWF New Generation. Vince alerts us that Man Mountain Rock will make his in-ring debut next week.
The clip of Ken Norton Jr. saying he’s going to WrestleMania airs.
David Perez is the special guest ring announcer. He’s a young kid that Lawler makes fun of a bit.
King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Bill Weaver
Vince hypes the six-man tag RAW main event. Bundy chops Weaver in the corner then takes him down with a shoulder tackle. He yells at the crowd before tossing Weaver into the corner as Vince talks about stress of facing a man Bundy’s size then Bundy uses an avalanche for the win (1:11). Vince then brings up Bundy being the reason Undertaker’s urn was stolen.
Thoughts: More talk of an Undertaker/Bundy feud as they also plugged the RAW main event match of Bundy with IRS & Tatanka against Lex Luger & Men on a Mission.
The Bigelow Slim Jim ad airs. This one was much better than the first.
Heartbreak Hotel is up next. Shawn has something underneath a curtain as he gloats about winning the Royal Rumble match. Shawn then says when “Ol’ Heartbreak” tells you something its going to happen before talking about searching for a man that can be his bodyguard as he specifies someone to watch his back as he watches the “front” of Pamela Anderson. Shawn then says he promised to have Diesel here tonight and introduces him with Diesel’s theme playing but instead pulls off the curtain as we see a Diesel cardboard cutout. Shawn then conducts an interview with the cutout and refers to him once again as a “paper champion” and not having a backbone. Shawn then asks what was going through Diesel’s mind seeing him win the Rumble and joked how nothing ever went through his mind and how Diesel is scared stiff over having to wrestle him at WrestleMania. Shawn then lets us all know he is the man walking into WrestleMania with Pamela Anderson and walking out with her and something new as he declares himself the wrestler of the 90’s. Shawn ends by knocking over the standee before saying its “checkout time.” Most of the time in wrestling, a wrestler pretending to interview a wrestler to get heat fails but I thought Shawn did a fine job with this bit. He is a great arrogant heel but so good at it that he was getting a lot of cheers. I didn’t notice much here but he came off like the coolest guy on the roster and its inevitable that Shawn vs. Diesel for the title is taking place at WrestleMania XI.
We see Bret Hart on the cover of the latest edition of “WWF Magazine” in the costume he was wearing during his appearance on the “Lonesome Dove.”
Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Vince once again plugs RAW and the Diesel vs. Owen Hart title match this weekend on “Action Zone.” Lawler once again makes claims of Bret being racist towards the Japanese. Droese runs wild on Brawler and applies a chin lock as Vince notes Bret’s recent aggression but never knew him to be racist, allowing Lawler to say Bret told him ethnic jokes about the Japanese. Droese then catches Brawler with a powerslam then declares its time to take out the trash and hits the Trash Compactor for the win (1:37).
Thoughts: Most of the focus here on commentary was Lawler making more accusations about Bret being racist while Vince does not believe this to be true but still wants Bret to confirm its false. Droese is just a guy to fill time on TV.
We get a hype video for next week’s Adam Bomb vs. Shawn Micheals match. This was set up via backstage confrontation on last week’s “Wrestling Challenge.”
Jacob & Eli Blu w/ Uncle Zebekiah vs. Butch Long & Jason Ahrndt
Jacob starts off with Ahrndt and beats him down. Eli tags next as the announcers struggle to bell the Blu’s apart. Ahrndt fights back then Eli rolls out and regroups with Zebekiah, who Vince says reminds him of Yosemite Sam. Long tags in and Eli yanks him into the ring. Vince plugs a local house show as the Blu’s beat down Long before putting him away with a spinebuster/leg drop combo for the win (2:41).
Thoughts: The Blu Brothers with practically zero reaction here as they get the win. They haven’t even showed us an insert promo of them yet as they debuted at the Rumble and have wrestled their second TV match but have had nothing about the characters yet. With such little focus its clear they are not going to be part of any sort of major plans.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. More hype for the 3/19 MSG show and we hear from Bob Backlund hyping up his submission match against Adam Bomb. Oh boy I can’t wait to see that one.
The announcers hype up next week’s Adam Bomb vs. Shawn Michaels match as we see a replay of the confrontation between the two on Challenge. Lawler says Shawn is a marked man while Vince thinks Shawn as a “persecution complex.” That line was rich coming from Vince.
Final Thoughts: The featured match was decent but the rest of the show was mostly plugging RAW so its clear something big will happen there regarding Bigelow and LT. Next week also has a Shawn vs. Bomb and the debut of Man Mountain Rock but with all the attention I expect most of next week’s show to focus on whatever major happens on RAW.
Here’s my schedule for the rest of the week:
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/5/95
Friday: WWF Action Zone 2/5/95
Saturday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/6/95
Sunday: WWF Superstars 2/11/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/12/95
Monday: WWF Action Zone 2/12/95
Tuesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/13/95
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 2/18/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/19/95