Well, almost two weeks ago, my new computer had a hard disk failure so I just got it back and continue on to WrestleMania XI and beyond. I’m healthy and hope you all are too.
March 27, 1995
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon “in the arena” with Vince McMahon and Todd Pettengill in the studio.
Tonight we have Bret vs. Owen Hart in a No Holds Barred match.
We get a video package on the history of Shawn Michaels & Diesel, leading to their match at WrestleMania. It was narrated by Todd Pettengill.
Next, a video package on the events that have lead to Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania. Vince & Pettengill then want to know how LT’s lack of wrestling skills and wanting to brawl will fare against someone who can do both in Bigelow.
An ad for the WWF Fan Festival airs. Vince mentions how no other sport cares more about their fans than the WWF.
Ross is now backstage with Bob Backlund and asks if he will make his presence known to Bret tonight. Backlund promises to deliver a “cascade of chemical reactions” into Bret’s mind and just might procure the chicken wing on him tonight or in six days at WrestleMania.
We get a video package on the Jeff Jarrett and Razor Ramon feud.
Vince and Pettengill talk about the Undertaker vs. King Kong Bundy match and how Ted DiBiase has control of the urn. After that, we hear from Paul Bearer and The Undertaker. They tell Bundy its time to meet his maker and rest in peace.
Ross is now backstage with Bret. We hear Bret tell Owen he is ready to “kick his butt” then wants Backlund to watch what he does here as its a preview of what he will receive in six days.
No Holds Barred Match: Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart
This match took place at the 3/13 RAW tapings in Stockton, CA. Bret gets attacked as he enters the ring. Bret fights back and lands mounted punches in the corner. Owen begs for mercy but Bret chokes him out on the top rope. Bret then follows a DDT with a leg drop before tossing Owen outside. Bret heads out and whips Owen into the steps. Owen heads up the aisle and through the curtain but Bret brings him back and slams him in the middle of the aisle. They take the action back into the ring as Bret inflicts more punishment as the announcers wonder why these two chose to have this match so close to WrestleMania. Owen rakes Bret’s face then roughs him up as he is finally in control. Owen headbutts Bret in the groin Owen then uses an inverted atomic drop before taunting the crowd. Owen pulls down his straps then uses an enziguiri for a two count. Owen takes Bret outside and rams him into the steps. Owen then yells about being the only King of Hearts before sending Bret into the guardrail. Owen sends Bret into the guardrail again and taunts the crowd after dropping Bret with an European uppercut. We go to break and return with Owen using a chin lock in the middle of the ring. The announcers talk about this style of match taking so much out of you. Owen puts Bret in the tree-of-woe as the announcers talk about the Hart Family dungeon. The ref takes Bret down as Gorilla says he was not supposed to do that but while that happens, Owen was removing the top turnbuckle pad on the opposite side of the ring. Bret blocks a turnbuckle smash and sends Owen into the exposed steel. Bret uses a flurry of offense then uses a piledriver for a nearfall. Bret now tries for the sharpshooter but Owen breaks that up with an eye poke. Owen rakes the back and whips Bret into the exposed steel for a two count. Owen celebrates and heads up top but Bret sidesteps the missile dropkick and slingshots Owen into the exposed steel then Bret locks on the sharpshooter for the win (10:27 shown) ***1/4. Bret refuses to release the hold as the camera zooms in on Owen screaming in agony. Bret finally breaks after the warning of three referees.
Thoughts: The first half of this match was consistent with what they were doing across the house show circuit in this type of match with fast-paced action but the second half was slower and revolved around an exposed steel spot, which despite the current product being really sanitized in terms of violence on TV was really dated. Bret gets a win to end the feud and will go on to face Backlund in an “I Quit” match at WrestleMania.
Vince & Pettengill now talk about a new Bret and hype the “I Quit” match before saying this is going to be the greatest WrestleMania of all-time.
We see Jonathan Taylor-Thomas talk about all of the exciting roles in his career but now is focus is on WrestleMania XI, where he will be interviewing the wrestlers.
Another LT video package to hype his match against Bigelow.
Back to Vince & Pettengill as they talk about The Corporation vs. All-Pro Team component of Bigelow vs. LT. We then hear from The Corporation (minus IRS and Nikolai Volkoff) as they talk about LT & All-Pro Team entering their world and that they’re going down.
Vince mentions how next week they will be live on RAW the day after WrestleMania. Pettengill also plugs how “Mania” will be live Saturday morning from the WWF Fan Festival.
Final Thoughts: Quite frankly a much better job at hyping up the WrestleMania card than the previous night’s “Sunday Night Slam,” not to mention a much better show overall since we saw an excellent match between Bret and Owen. With the PPV now just six days away, the rest of WWF TV will be hype shows without real matches but I will recap those too as we approach WrestleMania XI.