April 10, 1995
From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry “The King” Lawler.
This week, we will see Psycho Sid’s attack on Shawn Michaels from last week. Plus, Bret Hart & 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly vs. Hakushi & Yokozuna & Owen Hart. We then get a promo from the latter team as they vow to win the match.
We cut to the hosts as Lawler says he is here to apply his wisdom to current events. Plus, Adam Bomb vs. Tatanka will take place on this show.
Adam Bomb vs. Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase
Vince says that Bomb was a big hit among the Special Olympians at the WWF Fan Festival. Lawler mentions that DiBiase played college football after Vince taunted The Corporation over Bigelow losing to LT. Bomb hits Tatanka with a flurry of offense then Tatanka bails for a breather. They head back inside with Tatanka attacking the back. Bomb comes back with a flying clothesline for a two count as we go to break. We return with Tatanka stomping Bomb in the corner as Vince says that Tatanka took control of the match courtesy of DiBiase. Lawler and Vince now talk more about football as Tatanka stays in control of the match. Tatanka hits a DDT for a two count then applies a chin lock. Vince says he heard a rumor of DiBiase making a huge announcement and says that Backlund also has an announcement to make but does not believe the two are related. Bomb fights out of a chin lock but runs into a knee smash. Bomb ducks his head for a back drop and shakes off a kick. Bomb then blocks a turnbuckle smash and punches Tatanka down. Bomb runs wild with clotheslines as Tatanka rolls outside. Bomb heads out and fires away then Tatanka fights back and rakes the eyes. Bomb then blocks a smash into the steps and the two end up getting counted out (5:51 shown) *3/4.
Thoughts: The match was fine, better than most heel Tatanka matches, but the ending was lame. You’d think that this would have Tatanka moving on to feud with Adam Bomb based on the finish. The need to constantly protect and even push Tatanka at this time was telling. And it was telling us they have absolute shit on the heel side of the roster.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa & Capt. Lou Albano vs. Mike Bell & Tony DeVito
Vince plugs “Duckman” which follows RAW tonight. Vince says that The Headshrinkers could become champions if they beat Owen & Yokozuna. Well, beating the champs is one way to beat the title. Fatu slugs it out with Bell to start. Lawler makes fun of Fatu losing to Eli Blu this weekend as Fatu drills Bell with a thrust kick. Fatu nails DeVito but gets attacked from behind by Bell. Fatu fights back and tags out as Sionne roughs up Bell. Lawler gives us the description of tonight’s “Duckman” as Sionne now beats up DeVito then tags out as Fatu hits a top rope splash for the win (2:56).
Thoughts: They kinda pushed The Headshrinkers as getting a title shot here but the announcers spent more time discussing Duckman than The Headshrinkers current feud against Jacob & Eli Blu.
Lord Alfred Hayes voices over an ad hyping the encore plus airing of WrestleMania XI.
We get the Jean Pierre Lafitte vignette. He will make his RAW debut next week against Duke Droese.
Clips of Bob Holly at the Mobile International Speedway this past Saturday as he won a race with the WWF race car.
The footage we did not see last week when Sid attacked Shawn Michaels. This time the attack is not slowed down and we see the cheers Sid is getting for the attack. Vince makes it a point to say how Sid was attacking Shawn’s injured back and that Sid was being a coward. He also says that Shawn will be out of action “for some time” and wishes him luck before plugging the Superstar Line where we can hear updates on Shawn’s condition.
Kama w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Scott Taylor
Kama has a gold chain around his neck he made from melting down the Undertaker’s urn as that makes Lawler laugh. Kama beats on Taylor as Lawler puts over his tattoos. Taylor surprises Kama with a pair of arm drags but is quickly dropped with a lifting choke. Kama punches Taylor as Lawler makes fun of Steve McMichael and how he would have fumbled the urn if trying to take the urn away from Kama. Lawler makes fun of McMichael, who Vince refers to as a “lunatic” then Kama uses a Vader Bomb for the win (2:43). After the match, DiBiase puts the chain on Kama.
Thoughts: So now the urn has been melted down into a gold chain as this will be the basis of his feud against The Undertaker.
Clips from last week where Alundra Blayze defeated Bull Nakano for the WWF Women’s Title then was attacked by Bertha Faye.
We hear from Bret, Kid, and Holly hyping their match, which comes up next.
The video of the house you can win as part of the “In Your House” PPV.
Lord Alfred voices over a number to score some WrestleMania XI merchandise.
Yokozuna & Owen Hart & Hakushi w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette & Shinja vs. Bret Hart Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly & 1-2-3 Kid
Vince talks about last week’s RAW was the highest rated ever. Lawler predicts the ratings will be higher this week since he is on commentary. Bret starts off with Yokozuna and gets caught with a slam. Bret then fires away after avoiding an elbow drop and tags out to Holly. Yokozuna quickly attacks Holly and tags to Hakushi, who hammers away. Holly comes back with a dropkick after a fast-paced Irish whip sequence and stays in control as we go to break. We return with Hakushi beating on Kid. Owen tags in and has an Irish whip sequence ending with him getting drilled with a spin kick. Hakushi attacks Kid from the apron and that allows Owen to hit a spinning heel kick. Yokozuna tags and puts Kid in a chin lock. The heels continue to tag in and out to maintain control. Hakushi uses a Vader Bomb for two as the crowd chants for Bret. We go to another break and return with Kid coming back with a crossbody to Owen for two. Kid tries to tag out afterwards but Owen puts him in a leg lock then blindly tags Yokozuna, who hits a leg drop. Yokozuna takes a breather on his knee as the ref warns Holly about heading into the ring. Owen now takes the Japanese flag from Fuji and uses it to taunt the fans. Hakushi is back in and lands a dropkick then a very telegraphed tilt-a-whirl slam. Hakushi now tries for a hurricarana but Kid counters with a powerbomb as both men are down. Kid finally tags out to Bret, who fires away on Yokozuna. Bret finally drops Yokozuna after a few clotheslines then hits a flying bulldog and a flying elbow after that for a two count. Bret slingshots Hakushi back into the ring and decks Owen off of the apron. Bret fires away on Hakushi in the corner until Yokozuna makes the save. Owen is in now and beats on his brother. Owen lands an enziguiri and follows with a knee drop but Bret leapfrogs and makes a blind tag to Holly. Bret then dropkicks Owen and Holly surprises him with a cradle from behind and gets the win (8:30 shown) ***1/2.
Thoughts: Really fun match that the crowd enjoyed. It also plays into next week’s featured match that we will shortly learn about. Hakushi got to look strong and Bret got some revenge over the attack from a few weeks ago to keep their feud going.
We get another Duckman plug with several fans chanting about the show.
The introduction of the All-Pro Team from WrestleMania XI is shown as a way to hype tomorrow night’s Encore plus PPV airing.
Next week, Yokozuna & Owen Hart will defend the Tag Team Titles against 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly as Vince wonders if we get another miracle from Kid & Holly next week.
Final Thoughts: Another good edition of RAW this week. The main event was a fun, fast-paced affair and the pacing of the show was a breeze. The constant plugs for Duckman came off like complete desperation on USA’s behalf though. Anyway, next week we get a Tag Team Title match and the RAW debut of Jean Pierre Lafitte. Also, Lawler on RAW would not be the only WWF commentary change as we will see a debut on “Superstars.”