March 20, 1995
From the Stockton Memorial Auditorium in Stockton, CA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette
This week, the Smoking Gunns vs. Heavenly Bodies for the WWF Tag Team Titles. Plus, King Kong Bundy in a handicap match, Razor Ramon vs. Henry Godwinn, and Steve McMichael will make an appearance on commentary.
Razor Ramon vs. Henry Godwinn
Cornette says The Bodies are warming up for their match so he cannot stay on commentary long. Godwinn shoves Razor a few times but ends up getting slapped. Razor then works the arm as Vince says Razor is pissed about Backlund getting a title shot before WrestleMania. Godwinn clotheslines Razor then uses a wheelbarrow facebuster before taunting the crowd. Godwinn beats on Razor in the corner and follows with a scoop slam. Razor fights back but ducks his head and gets taken down to the mat. Godwinn mocks Razor as Cornette brings up last week’s interview with Ernie Ladd. Godwinn stays in control as Vince plugs Jim Ross on the Superstar Line giving us info about one of Lawrence Taylor’s secret training sessions. Vince also said unlike other 1-900 lines (I assume a dig at Okerlund’s WCW Hotline) the WWF Superstar Line does not start billing until after you selected your options. Godwinn cranks the neck as the crowd gets behind Razor. Cornette gets a dig in at Ross as Razor uses a backslide for a two count right before commercial. The match returns with Razor winning a slugfest then catching Godwinn with a big boot. Razor gets a nearfall with a flying bulldog as we now see The Roadie heading to ringside. Razor invites Roadie into the ring but that allows Godwinn to attack from behind. We then see 1-2-3 Kid come up from behind and take out Roadie with a spin kick then after that Razor hits the Razor’s Edge for the win (5:59 shown) **1/4.
Thoughts: Solid match and too bad Godwinn was stuck with such a shit heel gimmick because he could go in the ring. And with another loss on TV its clear he is not factored to anything of importance with this role. We did learn that Backlund vs. Jarrett will take place for the Intercontinental Title though this coming Sunday on the “Sunday Night Slam” special. And, see that Kid is once again is aligned with Razor.
After the break, we see Vince interview Razor with Kid in the background. Razor calls out WWF President Jack Tunney for letting Backlund get a title shot and how Jarrett is stupid for letting it happen and if Backlund gets the gold and faces Bret Hart he will not get his title. Razor remains livid as he wants his gold back and vows to do something about this as he leaves with Kid. Good, fiery interview by Razor as he is determined not to get fucked over in his quest to regain the Intercontinental Title.
We get a replay of Backlund laying out Barry Horowitz last week and signing his name on the Intercontinental Title match contract.
An ad for “Sunday Night Slam” airs with a cage match between Lex Luger and Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Sionne, and an interview with Diesel.
Cornette tells us he is going backstage to help his team warm up as Vince says that Steve McMichael will be taking his place on commentary.
The WWF Fan Festival ad airs.
LT’s video package airs. He’s only afraid of snakes and alligators then refers to Bigelow as a “pussy cat.”
A replay of Bigelow defeating Doink yesterday on “Action Zone” then after the match laying him out with a three point stance and calling out LT.
Steve McMichael is introduced to the crowd. He comes out to the ring and gets some applause before going to the announcers table.
King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Raven Clark & Adam Croomes
McMichael notes that Bundy looks like half of the offensive linemen then the announcers talk about Bundy calling out Reggie White. Bundy talks trash to McMichael, who laughs it off. Bundy shoves Croomes down a few times. Both men now try to slam Bundy but get beaten down. Vince asks McMichael if that will happen to White and himself, noting there are no helmets. McMichael says he is a “throwback” and does not need a helmet. Bundy stands on top of Clark and toys with him as the announcers talk about The Corporation vs. All-Pro Team dynamic at WrestleMania. McMichael’s makes some corny jokes as Bundy hits Croomes with an Avalanche then pins him with one foot for the win (2:42).
Thoughts: This was all about hyping the All-Pro Team vs. Corporation feud. McMichael was not as nutty here as he would be in WCW but with Vince leading the way he was not going to be allowed to cut loose. Amazingly enough, there was zero mention of Bundy facing Undertaker at WrestleMania as he is mainly being pushed in the LT/Bigelow match instead of his own. They also have done shit since Bundy and UT had their altercation at the Royal Rumble and Undertaker has been off of TV for the most part leading up to this feud so its an ice cold build.
We now see Kama come down and tell McMichael he is sick of hearing him run his mouth and to get back on the football field where he belongs. Kama also calls out McMichael for coming to his profession and how he gives out beatings then challenges him. McMichael shoves Kama then gets slapped and after that the two wrestle and end up on the ground until several officials break them up. McMichael laughs as Kama is held back by DiBiase then says he will see him at WrestleMania. McMichael getting physical was a decent segment and showed that a football player can hold his own in a brawling-type situation.
WrestleMania XI Report with Todd Pettengill. Nothing new here from what we’ve seen over the past week.
WWF Tag Team Title Match: Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Smoking Gunns (c)
Vince is solo on commentary here. We get a split screen with Oscar’s apology on behalf of Men on a Mission for when they attacked The Gunns after their loss last week on “Action Zone.” Vince then plugs the Home Shopping Network will feature WrestleMania Merchandise at 8:30pm, just prior to RAW. Vince brings up how these teams have met before but does not mention their feud. Billy bulldogs Prichard after a criss-cross then the Gunns clear the ring. We hear Cornette yell at Del Ray about making promises he has to keep as Vince makes it a fact to highlight his statement. The Gunns now work the arm of Prichard then Bart no-sells a few chops by Prichard and delivers some of his own. Prichard cheap shots Bart in the corner but Bart reverses an Irish whip and catches him with a press slam. Billy tags in and grounds Del Ray as Vince tells us that McMichael is in the locker room still calling out Kama. The Gunns now work the arm of Del Ray as Vince speculates as to who is Owen Hart’s mystery partner and if they’re a current superstar or a newcomer but says that Ross is also working on this as part of the Superstar Line. The Gunns remain in control and use a double leg sweep for a two count. The Gunns remain in control as we head to break but when we return Prichard covers Bart for a two count. Prichard now puts on a front face lock as Del Ray runs interference so the ref misses Bart’s tag. The Bodies illegally double-team Bart as Vince says the Bodies would stoop to anything in order to win this match. Del Ray hits a reverse neckbreaker for a two count then Prichard tags and grounds Bart on the mat. Vince then plugs Owen vs. Bret in a “No Holds Barred” match next week on RAW as both men are down on the mat. Del Ray tags and stomps Bart before raking his face. Del Ray heads up top after a slam but whiffs on a splash. Prichard tags and stops a tag but then both men clothesline each other and this time Bart finally makes the tag. Billy runs wild and knocks Del Ray outside then Bart tags back in and The Gunns hit the Sidewinder but the ref orders Bart back on the apron. Del Ray breaks up the pin from the top and rolls Prichard outside. Del Ray hits a DDT for two as Bart makes the save. Jackknife cover gets two for Del Ray but Billy bridges out and uses a backslide for the win (11:27 shown) ***. Vince points out that Del Ray’s foot was on the bottom rope but we then see a replay and it was not as Vince points out how it was a clean victory and now the Gunns can face Owen and his mystery partner at WrestleMania.
Thoughts: The first half made this match seem like it was going to be an extended squash but it ended up settling into a good match. The big news was Cornette mentioning a promise he made with someone that clearly was not with The Bodies. They also spent a lot of time talking about Owen and his mystery partner to build up that match for Mania.
We see a clip of WWF Superstars teaming with the Magic Johnson Foundation and Robin Hood Foundation to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The event was called “March Magic.”
A hype video for next week’s Bret vs. Owen No Holds Barred match. Its hyped as being on TV for the first time. I’ve reviewed that match on two different house shows already so let’s see how it turns out on TV.
Cornette is now back with Vince as they go over the Sunday Night Slam card. Cornette compares himself as the Rodney Dangerfield of the WWF due to his lack of respect.
The show ends with comments from Tatanka and Lex Luger to hype their cage match.
Final Thoughts: The big news was McMichael getting physical with Kama as most of the show was spent hyping Sunday Night Slam and WrestleMania. It was a decent show overall and next week we get a big match with Bret/Owen.