February 6, 1995
From the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto, FL
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels
We start off with a video package hyping Men on a Mission & Lex Luger vs. King Kong Bundy & Tatanka & IRS.
The hosts run down the show as we will hear from Lawrence Taylor’s agent, Bobby Cupo, with regards to Bam Bam Bigelow’s challenge. Also, Razor Ramon is in action plus an interview with Diesel.
Men on a Mission w/ Oscar & Lex Luger vs. King Kong Bundy & Tatanka & IRS w/ Ted DiBiase
The Corporation bring the urn with them to the ring then Vince says that DiBiase is conspicuous by his absence despite the fact we saw him walk down the aisle with his guys and was someone hidden from the camera for the first few minutes of the match. Mabel attacks Bundy int the corner and the crowd is dead. Mabel gets a two count as Shawn says this is “very ugly” and he’s not wrong. Mo tags in and briefly works the arm until he fails on a slam attempt. IRS tags and beats on Mo for a bit but Mo comes back with a crossbody. Mo then works the arm after a slam but IRS rakes his face and tags out with Tatanka chopping away as we go to break. The match returns with Mabel tagging in and running over Tatanka. Mabel gets a nearfall with a clothesline then tags in Luger after an elbow drop. Tatanka immediately rolls away and tags out to IRS as Vince hypes Luger vs. Tatanka on the “Action Zone.” Luger takes IRS over with a backslide for two. Clothesline gets two. Mo tags back but Tatanka knees him in the back from the apron. The Corporation cut the ring in half and very slowly beat on Mo. We then see IRS grab the ropes to stop a sunset flip but Mabel knocks his hands away as Mo gets a two count in a spot that also got zero reaction. Vince then says he is not impressed with either team and boy is that a shoot as this has been the shits. Mo finally tags out as Luger runs wild then the match breaks down then we see Tatanka sneak in to DDT Luger and Bundy rolls on top for the win (11:29 shown) 1/2*.
Thoughts: This was the third and final show of the taping and they subjected the crowd to this pile of shit. They were dead throughout the duration of the match. All six men stunk here and poor Luger had to eat a pin and look like a goof heading into his match against Tatanka on “Action Zone.”
A Man Mountain Rock vignette airs to hype his debut later on in the show.
We now hear from Bobby Cupo, the agent for Lawrence Taylor. Cupo reads a statement saying that Taylor did not mean to show any disrespect towards Bam Bam Bigelow. Cupo also says that Taylor does not wish to be a professional wrestler but if Bigelow continues to make these challenges and rake Taylor’s name through the mud then they will pursue legal action.
Man Mountain Rock is now playing his guitar in the ring. Vince screams about how he is “cutting a rug.” He’s wearing a tie-dye onesie and it looks ridiculous as Shawn brings up Rock’s amateur wrestling background. Rock’s attire is just awful and does not fit a 90’s rock persona whatsoever.
Man Mountain Rock vs. Charlie Hunter
Hunter tries to run over Rock but that fails. Rock then slams Hunter and follows with an elbow drop then smiles. The announcers are talking about LT with Shawn saying he will get made fun of for being a wimp as Vince says its a whole other sport. Rock then elbows Hunter in the corner and follows that with a fist drop. Shawn makes fun of Rock’s attire as Rock keeps smiling between moves then applies a nerve hold and soon after that uses a front suplex for the win (2:49).
Thoughts: Bad showing for Rock. The constant smiling was forced to the point I’m sure he was told to do so by an agent. And he did not look
We get clips of Diesel defeating Owen Hart yesterday on the “Action Zone” where Shawn Michaels came out after the match and stared down Diesel before leaving. Shawn said he picks his shots when and where he wants.
We get an interview taped earlier today between Vince and Diesel. Both guys are sitting down with the WWF and RAW logos in the background. Vince asks about Owen attacking the leg just like Bret did at the Royal Rumble. Diesel says his leg is his achilles heel. Diesel is then asked about Shawn and his mind games. Diesel says he wants a piece of Shawn as Vince puts over Shawn’s athleticism and psychology. Diesel also puts over Shawn as Vince asks about Shawn looking for a new bodyguard. Vince then asks Diesel about the demands about being a star as we see photos of Diesel at the MTV “Rock n’ Jock” softball game, Super Bowl, NFL 75th Anniversary Dinner, and this weekend to the NBA All-Star Weekend as Vince wants to now the toll this takes on him physically and personally. Diesel said he had no idea how hard it was but gets to do things he likes then cracks a joke about could be able to use a couple hours of sleep. The interview ends and we cut to the announcers with Vince asking Shawn his thoughts. Shawn then tells us he has narrowed down his choice as his bodyguard and will reveal him here in two weeks as the show is pre-empted next week due to the Westminster Dog Show. Plus, we also learn that Diesel will be defending the title on that same show against Jeff Jarrett so they are loading up when they return live. The interview itself was to show Diesel at all these events so we as fans can buy him as the face of the company. They really pushed him here and Diesel’s charisma allowed him to not be as corny as the material but at this point, they haven’t done a good enough job showing why he is the top guy as they have been about telling us how he is the top guy.
Mantaur w/ Jim Cornette vs. Leroy Howard
Mantaur rams Howard into the corner then hammers away. Howard avoids an elbow drop and hits a pair of his own. Howard then heads up top but gets caught and slammed. Mantaur lands a few stomps then catches Howard with a side slam. Vince says that at this rate, Mantaur might be joining Shawn at WrestleMania then Vince plugs a number to get tickets for WrestleMania. Vince wants to know why this year’s WrestleMania is selling tickets at a record-setting pace as Mantaur slams Howard again and follows with a stomp as he just repeats the same stuff over and over again. Shawn is asked about the bodyguard and says is not Mantaur then we see Mantaur uses a belly-to-belly suplex for the win (3:49).
Thoughts: Absolutely horrendous. Mantaur just kept repeating the same exact spots and the crowd did not care whatsoever. Shawn ragged on Mantaur here and Vince probably was too as anyone can see that the gimmick and worker is a complete embarrassment.
Todd Pettengill voices over an ad for the “In High Gear” tour.
Razor Ramon vs. Frankie Lancaster
The Thumper doing enhancement work on RAW. Razor works the arm to start as Vince does not see any effects from the knee injury Razor suffered at the Royal Rumble. Lancaster fights back in the corner but Razor reverses and lands a few chops. Razor then uses a fallaway slam then follows with an abdominal stretch. Vince now talks about the media dragging Marcia Clark through the mud as Razor puts Lancaster away with the Razor’s Edge (3:48).
Thoughts: Vince spent more time complaining about that evil media than he did about Razor. They are still pushing Razor as getting rematches against Jarrett.
Henry Godwinn vs. Bill Weaver
Godwinn now sporting a black shirt under his overalls. Its a better look to be honest. Vince puts over Godwinn’s performance against The Undertaker on “Superstars.” Godwinn overpowers Weaver to start as Vince wonders if Porky Pig is Henry Godwinn’s favorite cartoon character. The announcers now talk about WWF Magazine as Godwinn hammers away before hitting the Slop Drop for the win (2:32). Shawn then promises us some news after the break.
Thoughts: Quick win for Godwinn but again, the gimmick is not over despite the worker himself being fairly decent.
Vince runs down the next show in two weeks with Diesel vs. Jeff Jarrett for the World Title and Shawn introducing his new bodyguard.
Shawn now tells us the news and that he is no longer going to be commentating on RAW since he has to take care of himself. So, in two weeks, we will have a new commentator. I think the plan always was for Shawn to do commentary until he was healthy enough to get the pins taken out of his hand as they wanted a way to keep him on TV each week. And Shawn really did a fine job in the role.
Final Thoughts: Being the third and final show of the taping, what they subjected this live crowd to was just about enough to be considered domestic terrorism. We saw the completely forgettable debut of Man Mountain Rock, another classic from Mantaur, and one of the least inspired six-man tag matches you’ll ever see. And given this show was hyped all on the syndicated shows, it appears they wanted us to watch this to be told about the bigger show in two more weeks. This was one of the worst RAW’s to date.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: WWF Superstars 2/11/95, WWF Challenge 2/12/95
Monday: WWF Action Zone 2/12/95
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 2/18/95, WWF Challenge 2/19/95
Wednesday: WWF Action Zone 2/19/95
Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/20/95
Friday: WWF Superstars 2/25/95, WWF Challenge 2/26/95
Saturday: WWF Action Zone 2/26/95