February 26, 1995
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill
Today’s featured match is Owen Hart & Bob Backlund vs. Bret Hart & British Bulldog
We get a video recap of the events leading to today’s match.
Mantaur defeats Geza Kalman from the 2/26 edition of “Wrestling Challenge” . Ross refers to Mantaur as Mike Hallick, a great amateur wrestler from Nebraska in this match. I mean, I get wanting to push guys as legitimate athletes but if doing so then why are you bothering with ridiculous gimmicks like Mantaur?
We hear the statement from Lawrence Taylor’s attorney, Anthony Giampapa, then Bigelow call out LT after his match on RAW last Monday night to set up for LT’s comments this coming Monday night on RAW. Pettengill even plugs a Daily News article about tomorrow night’s show.
A video package hyping Lex Luger vs. Tatanka for RAW this Monday night.
Duke Droese defeats Reno Riggins from the 2/26 edition of “Wrestling Challenge”
King Kong Bundy defeats Lee Tobin from the 2/26 edition of “Wrestling Challenge”
A clip of Bret Hart coming out to eliminate Jerry Lawler from the battle royal on “Superstars”
We see Shawn Michaels reveal Psycho Sid as his bodyguard this past Monday night on RAW.
Kama defeats Bill Payne from the 2/26 edition of “Wrestling Challenge”
We see a clip of Owen convincing his mother to throw in the towel and cost Bret the World Title at Survivor Series.
Owen Hart & Bob Backlund vs. Bret Hart & British Bulldog
This match took place at the 1/25 “Wrestlng Challenge” tapings in Ft.Myers, FL. Owen beats on Bulldog to start. Bulldog catches Owen with a monkey flip and follows with a few arm drags until Owen tags out. Bulldog slams Backlund after a few arm drags then gets a two count with a backslide. Backlund comes back with a forearm smash but Bulldog blocks a suplex and hits one of his own. Owen tags back in but Bret tags in as well and yanks Owen back into the ring and hammers away as the pace has been frantic from the start. Bret runs wild as the crowd is actually jacked for this match. Bret beats the crap out of Owen then swings at Backlund as he came into the ring. Owen rakes the eyes to stop a backbreaker then tags out as Backlund goes for the chicken wing but fails. Bret tries for the Sharpshooter and turns it over but Owen runs in to break it up right before commercial. The match returns as Owen stomps Bret in the corner. Backlund attacks Bret’s knee as Owen distracts the ref. Owen & Backlund take turns working over Bret’s knee. Bret tries to punch his way out of a leg lock by Owen but Owen stays in control. Bret inches closer to a tag and finally makes it but Backlund had ran in to distract the ref as Bulldog is ordered back to the apron. We go to break then return with Owen still working on the knee. Owen & Backlund continue to run interference until Owen accidentally dropkicks Backlund as everyone is down. Bulldog rallies Bret and finally tags in as he runs wild. Bulldog press slams Owen for two as Backlund makes the save. Bulldog uses the old double noggin-knocker then we see Owen inadvertently knock Backlund through the ropes. Bret drags Backlund outside then Bulldog catches a floatover attempt by Owen and turns that into the running powerslam for the win as Bret has Backlund in the Sharpshooter on the floor (17:05) ****. Ross screams about this match being great as several officials run out to pry Bret off of Backlund.
Thoughts: Man, this was one hell of a match that I had no idea even existed. The frantic pace to start then the work on Bret’s knee told a great story. They were also smart to have Owen do the heavy lifting for his team. I also loved the finish with Bret having Backlund in the sharpshooter on the floor so he could not break up the pin. This is now Bulldog’s third win of the weekend to go along with the battle royal and his victory against Timothy Well on “Wrestling Challenge” as this was the WWF’s way of heating him up after the Rumble. And, with the miscommunication spot and fact they lost it appears that Backlund would not be the partner Owen was looking for as he is on a quest to capture some gold.
We see Bulldog & Bret celebrate inside of the ring as the announcers tell us next week’s featured match is Hakushi vs. Bob Holly. They also plug RAW and the WrestleMania XI press conference.
Final Thoughts: The tag match was excellent and a reason to seek out the show. Beyond that it was matches and segments we’ve seen elsewhere and next week get a featured match that does not have the starpower but at least looks solid on paper.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Monday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/27/95
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 3/4/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/5/95
Wednesday: WWF Action Zone 3/5/95
Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 3/6/95
Friday: WWF Superstars 3/11/95. WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/12/95
Saturday: WWF Action Zone 3/12/95
Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 3/13/95