March 6, 1995
From the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette
The show opens with clips from the WrestleMania XI Press Conference as Vince promises we will hear comments from Lawrence Taylor. Also tonight, Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog.
Shawn Michaels w/ Psycho Sid vs. British Bulldog
Vince plugs the Royal Rumble Coliseum Home Video release. We start off with a fast-paced sequence as Bulldog overpowers Shawn, who was bumping and flopping around like a champ. Bulldog then knocks Shawn off of the apron a few times but Shawn is able to finally sneak back into the ring, only to get clotheslined over the top rope as Bulldog is out for revenge. Shawn regroups with Sid then heads back into the ring. Bulldog now works a side headlock for a bit. Shawn escapes and uses a short-arm scissors as we go to break. We return with Bulldog deadlifting Shawn and dropping him as he is back in control. Bulldog overpowers Shawn then uses a surfboard. Bulldog backdrops Shawn over the top rope but Sid made the catch and puts Shawn back on the apron. Bulldog uses a delayed vertical suplex for a two count but after that Shawn yanks Bulldog through the ropes. Bulldog clutches his knee on the floor then Shawn kicks him from the apron. Back inside, Shawn lands several jabs in the corner then hits a jumping back elbow smash for two. Shawn then applies a chin lock as the announcers talk about Shawn vs. Diesel at WrestleMania. Bulldog escapes but Shawn catches him with a knee smash to the gut. Shawn slams Bulldog and heads up the middle rope for an elbow drop for a two count. Shawn goes back to the chin lock as Vince talks about the dimension Sid brings into the World Title match at WrestleMania. Sid pulls the ropes away from Bulldog as Shawn now works the hold in the middle of the ring. Bulldog finally breaks the hold with a back suplex as both men are down. We go to break and return as both men collide and are back down on the mat. Bulldog catches Shawn with a sleeper but Shawn escapes and rakes the eyes. Shawn attacks Bulldog in the corner but misses a charge and rams his shoulder into the post. Bulldog hits a few clotheslines and gets two then presses Shawn over his head and crotches him on the top rope. Shawn gets whipped up and over in the corner then Bulldog uses a headbutt to get two. Shawn ducks a charge and Bulldog dumps outside so Shawn distracts the ref to allow Sid to attack. Bulldog is able to roll himself back into the ring and Shawn covers for two then after that uses a super kick for the win (17:53 shown) ***1/2.
Thoughts: I didn’t see the point of the part with Bulldog hurting his knee since it never was capitalized on by Shawn but the rest of the match was quite good. It gives Shawn win over a stronger, credible opponent while establishing Sid as a force as a bodyguard. Bulldog given a bunch of wins last weekend was to really build him up for Shawn as we saw here so let’s see where he goes now heading into WrestleMania.
WrestleMania XI Report with Todd Pettengill. He focuses on the WrestleMania Press Conference and we hear clips from Diesel/Shawn and Bigelow/LT to hype their matches.
Bob Backlund screams about the plebeians and lambasting his opponent tonight. These promos are really getting tiresome.
We get a video for the WWF Fan Festival
Bob Backlund vs. Buck Quartermaine
Quartermaine refuses a handshake as the announcers talk about LT’s All-Pro team. Backlund dances around after taking down Quartermaine as Vince breaks the news that Backlund vs. Bret Hart in an “I Quit” match will take place at WrestleMania. Backlund now grounds Quartermaine with a side headlock as Cornette talks about Fishbone being awful with Vince telling him to stop, which is hilarious in hindsight. Vince also mentions how Undertaker vs. King Kong Bundy was announced for WrestleMania on the Action Zone. The crowd starts an “Opie” chant as Backlund gets pissed then Quartermaine uses a headlock then gets two with a small package. Backlund knocks Quartermaine down then locks on the crossface chicken wing for the win (5:30). Backlund keeps the hold on longer then finally releases.
Thoughts: A long squash match here but the big news was learning Backlund vs. Bret will be wrestling in an “I Quit” match at WrestleMania. Vince really stressed on commentary that you have to make your opponent say the words “I quit” to win which has certainly been playing into Backlund’s act as of late.
We get a hype video for next week’s Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler match. Another big main event for RAW.
Steven Dunn w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Duke “The Dumpster” Droese
Dunn works the arm to start. Droese reverses and grounds Dunn with an armbar as Lawler has now called into the show. Droese runs over Dunn as Lawler is excited to face Bret but thinks he is too scared to show up. Lawler will also prove that Bret is a racist as Whippleman distracts Droese so Dunn can attack from behind. Dunn huts a snap suplex then a flying body block as Lawler says he is the superior athlete to Bret. Lawler makes fun of Stu & Helen Hart as Dunn thumbs Droese in the eye. Dunn gets two with a jawbreaker then hammers away as Cornette now makes fun of Bret’s parents. Dunn stays in control until he eats boot on a charge in the corner. Droese then hits a clothesline and finishes off Dunn with a Trash Compactor (3:55) 3/4*. After the match, Dunn takes the trash can and threatens to hit Droese but gets booted in the gut. Dunn flees as Droese picks up the contents of the trash that spilled out and finds a $100 bill. Droese now celebrates this in the ring for some reason before going back to the floor and cleaning up the rest of the trash as Vince says it pays to be a trash man.
Thoughts: This match was not good and Dunn looked really bloated here. And the $100 bill part was dumb but maybe that leads to something. Anyway, this was a back drop for the announcers to talk about next week’s Bret vs. Lawler match.
The interrogation ad with Nicholas Turturro, Paul Bearer, and Mr. Fuji airs.
The announcers hype next week’s show then we get a music video package containing highlights from tonight’s show. They were mostly of the press conference.
Final Thoughts: We had a damn good featured match along with the announcement of Bret vs. Backlund at WrestleMania, Plus, next week we get Bret vs. Lawler as the march towards WrestleMania continues.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Monday: WWF Superstars 3/18/95, WWF Challenge 3/19/95
Tuesday: WWF Action Zone 3/19/95
Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 3/19/95
Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 3/20/95