February 18, 1995
From the West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, FL
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Before the show begins, we get highlights of last week’s interview with Bam Bam Bigelow where he vows to make Lawrence Taylor accept his challenge. After that, LT’s attorney, Anthony Giampapa, reads a prepared statement as he advises :T to seek “legal remedy” against Bigelow and the WWF.
Vince tells us that the company will respect the wishes of LT and not allow a match against Bigelow to take place.
Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Buck Quartermaine
Vince reminds us that the Smoking Gunns will defend the Tag Team Titles against the New Headshrinkers. Hakushi uses a few rolls before dropping Quartermaine with a thrust kick as the announcers put over his skills. Lawler once again accuses Bret Hart of being racist towards the Japanese as Vince says Bret has yet to come out and deny these accusations. Hakushi continues to beat on Quartermaine then flies out with a pescado. Hakushi rolls Quartermaine back inside and puts him away with a springboard splash (2:36). Vince talks about Hakushi not respecting WWF Superstars, especially Bret.
Thoughts: Hakushi looked great and the crowd was into him as they continue to build towards something with him against Bret.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. We hear from Diesel as he talks about his tag match with Razor Ramon against Shawn Michaels & Jeff Jarrett as we see clips of Shawn & The Roadie attacking Diesel last month at MSG.
WWF Tag Team Title Match: The New Headshrinkers w/ Capt. Lou Albano & Afa vs. Smoking Gunns (c)
The announcers talk about the Tag Team Tournament as Lawler makes a horse sound when the camera flashes on a woman in the crowd. Bart starts off with Sionne and rolls him up for a two count. Bart then works the arm but Sionne takes him down with a clothesline. Sionne heads up top after a slam but misses a flying headbutt as he flips on the landing with Lawler blaming the miss because Albano made them wear boots. Sionne was never bare foot to the best of my knowledge but the storyline has been terrible. Bart tags out after a missile dropkick then Fatu tags in and elbows Billy. Fatu blocks a monkey flip but Billy comes back with a few clotheslines then heads up top but hurts his hand with a flying punch to the head. We get a few clotheslines and that ends with Sionne the last man standing as Vince puts over the fast-paced New Generation. Sionne tags in now and hits Bart with a side slam for a two count. The New Headshrinkers neutralize Bart in their corner as we now see Uncle Zebekiah lead Jacob & Eli Blu down to ringside. We head to break and return with the New Headshrinkers hitting the Decapitation for two as Billy makes the save. Billy hits a flying clothesline after a blind tag then fires away. He even decks Fatu as the camera shows Jacob & Eli with Uncle Zebekiah in the aisle. The Gunns work over Sionne then Bart hits a flying elbow drop for a nearfall. Billy now goes up top with a flying elbow but that only gets two. The crowd gets into the match as the Gunns are trying everything to put Sionne away but come up short. Bart now works the arm on the mat then tags Billy as they hit a double suplex. Billy then uses a flying bulldog and covers but it only gets two. Sionne catches Billy and drops him with a tombstone that looked like it could have broken Billy’s neck as both men are down. Fatu tags in and runs wild. Fatu pops up after Billy hits a DDT then Fatu comes back with a thrust kick and covers but Jacob yanks Fatu outside. The Gunns and Sionne come out and brawl as Zebekiah takes his men up the aisle as the match ends in a double countout (12:40) ***.
Thoughts: Really fun, fast-paced match with everyone working hard. I liked how both teams were aggressive and going all out to win. The finish would make it seem like Jacob & Eli Blu are in line for title shots or at least a match against The Headshrinkers, who they were feuding with on house shows at the time. And it was quite predictable that this match would end in a screwy way with Jacob & Eli at ringside.
We get a hype video for next week’s 20 man battle royal that features: Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog, 1-2-3 Kid, King Kong Bundy, and Jerry Lawler.
Stan Lane is in the ring with WWF Magazine publisher Bob Mitchell and “New Generation Superstar fan” Amy Stewart. Mitchell holds up a plaque of the 1994 WWF Magazine Award of the People,” which went to Bret Hart. Vince says Stewart and her family were flown out from Illinois. Bret then comes out and accepts the award, which was conducted via fan vote. Bret says this award couldn’t come at a better time. He brings up his recent aggression but assures his fans they have nothing to worry about and that while his memories are great, his dream is to become champion for a 3rd time. Bret says he will be give 100% and live up to his reputation as Lawler makes more accusations of Bret being racist. Seems like a segment designed to assure fans that Bret has not changed since Bret was very thankful and kept putting over the fans.
Razor Ramon vs. Bill Payne
Lawler claims that Hakushi is upset Bret won the award because he is a racist. Razor chops Payne hard before tossing him into the corner. Razor stomps away then dares him to get up. Razor then hits Payne with an overhead slam before grounding and toying with him on the mat. Razor now hits a super back suplex then the Razor’s Edge puts Payne out of his misery (3:05). Vince believes its just a matter of time until Razor is once again Intercontinental Champion.
Thoughts: Razor really did seem to rough up this guy as his feud against Jarrett continues as he is looks to regain the Intercontinental Championship.
The hosts now hype Diesel vs. Jeff Jarrett for the World Title this coming Monday night on RAW.
A Diesel music video is shown.
We hear from Shawn Michaels as he talks about after winning the Royal Rumble his popularity has skyrockted. However, due to the WWF being extremely jealous he needs a bodyguard and will reveal him this Monday night. With how much this has been plugged it should be quite the reveal.
Lane now welcomes British Bulldog to the ring. He puts over his effort at the Royal Rumble and thinking he won the match. Bulldog said he thought he won and they even played his music. He then said Shawn won by jumping him from behind and that he will get revenge soon enough. Lane puts over the Battle Royal next week as Bulldog says he is gunning for Shawn and will take a “bite” out of the Heartbreak Kid. So I guess now Bulldog is looking for revenge through this battle royal, with no stakes on the line.
Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Ricky Santana
Well, they refer to him as Santana as “Rick. Kwang hammers away to start. He chops Santana in the corner but misses a charge as Santana fires away. Kwang comes back with a throat thrust as Vince says Kwang will be in the battle royal. Lawler says that Bigelow’s suspension ends Monday and he will be in action on RAW. Kwang spews his mist then beats on Santana some more until a spinning heel kick gets the win (1:49). Vince then lists off other battle royal competitors including: Duke Droese, Mantaur, Heavenly Bodies, Headshrinkers, Bob Holly, Mo, Henry Godwinn, Aldo Montoya, and Adam Bomb.
Thoughts: Just a segment to hype up other things like the battle royal or the fact Bigelow’s return from suspension is in two days on RAW.
Another WWF Live Event News hyping the 3/19 MSG show as part of the “In High Gear” tour. We hear from Paul Bearer & The Undertaker as they run down Bigelow.
Vince then says the good news is that Lawler will not be in the booth next week and that other superstars will have the chance to toss him out in the Battle Royal.
The announcers now talk to Bret. Vince asks him about the award he won as Bret said the award means a lot to him then addresses Lawler. Bret tells Lawler to keep blabbing because he will shut his mouth once and for all. Lawler then said he cannot believe Bret getting these awards despite the fact he is the most prejudiced guy he’s ever seen and the most racist. Lawler says that Bret does not belong on the “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and keeps screaming about Bret being racist before leaving. The Bret/Lawler feud has now resumed with this time it being over Lawler’s accusations of Bret being a racist.
Final Thoughts: Fun show this week. The tag match was good and they hyped up a lot of the current feuds and really spent a lot of time talking about RAW. They’ve loaded up RAW to the point something major should happen and after that the top few matches at WrestleMania should become clearer. Next week is a battle royal for the featured match, which doesn’t sound too exciting, but maybe something comes out of that as WrestleMania is now just seven weeks away.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: WWF Action Zone 2/19/95
Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/20/95
Friday: WWF Superstars 2/25/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/26/95
Saturday: WWF Action Zone 2/26/95
Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/27/95
Monday: WWF Superstars 3/4/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/5/95
Tuesday: WWF Action Zone 3/5/95