WWF Monday Night RAW – April 17th, 1995

April 17, 1995

From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

The show starts off with a clip from “Action Zone” where Sid was revealed as the newest member of The Corporation.   Tonight we get 1-2-3 Kid & Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna for the Tag Team Titles.

 

Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Jean Pierre Lafitte

LaFitte beats on Droese in the corner to start. Droese fights back but gets taken down with a body block. LaFitte hammers away but Droese takes him over with a hip toss. Droese then uses a scoop slam and a dropkick before sending Pierre over the top rope with a clothesline. Droese rolls LaFitte back inside and uses a knee drop for a two count. Lafitte avoids a charge in the corner and uses a swinging neckbreaker on the rebound to take control of the match. LaFitte slams Droese then uses a flying leg drop from the middle rope for a two count. LaFitte ties up Droese in the ropes and hits a crossbody as the announcers talk about the tax deadline as Lawler says that kings do not pay taxes. Droese goes up and over in the corner but fights back from the apron. LaFitte breaks up a sunset flip attempt before the break and we return with LaFitte using a chin lock. Droese escapes but ducks his head and gets yanked to the mat. LaFitte goes back to the chin lock as the announcers discuss Princess Diana shopping in Washington D.C then we see a double clothesline as both men are down. The announcers now talk about Sid joining The Corporation as LaFitte comes off of the top rope but eats boot. Droese runs wild now and hits a powerslam but heads up top and whiffs on a splash then LaFitte hits a side slam and goes up top with a somersault senton for the win (8:29) *1/4.

Thoughts: LaFitte makes his RAW debut against a face that was not over whatsoever so the crowd was dead and these two just did not have any chemistry together. The last minute or so was decent. LaFitte at least seems to be in line for a midcard push as he gets to beat a “name”opponent as Droese is firmly in lower card territory. And watching this match, Droese is quite poor at selling. Another fact about these two is that almost three years later they worked a dark match on the 3/2/98 edition of RAW where LaFitte went over once again.

 

We get the vignette of Bob Backlund on Spring Break.

 

Once again we are shown the introduction of Sid joining The Corporation. Vince believes DiBiase has had Sid under contract before the announcement and questions why he attacked Shawn Michaels for giving him the night off. Vince then says DiBiase knew if Sid put Shawn on the shelf then he would get a title shot and accuses him off orchestrating the attack. Vince then says that on his own accord, Bam Bam Bigelow challenged Diesel for the title and will get a match. This is how they are handling the sudden change of plans after WrestleMania by saying DiBiase was the one who set up Shawn to fail. Which, if you watched WrestleMania does not make an ounce of sense as he attempted to help Shawn actually win the match, even if it did not work out. Also in The Corporation we saw that Bigelow made his own title match without DiBiase’s knowledge and that will likely not make DiBiase too happy.

 

Doink w/ Dink vs. Raymond Roy

Doink outsmarts Roy and suplexes him back into the ring. The hosts plug “Duckman” as Doink stays in control of the match as he works the arm of Roy. Doink now uses a chin lock as the announcers talk about Bigelow getting himself a title shot against Diesel and it will take place. Vince does not believe that DiBiase is too happy about this as Roy now works the arm of Doink. The announcers talk about the title match as Doink hits Roy with a back suplex then hits the Whoopie Cushion and distracts the ref so Dink can hit a Whoopie Cushion and after that Doink covers for the win (3:13).

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about everything going on with The Corporation.

 

In Your House Report with Todd Pettengill, who is sporting a new mullet. We do not learn anything new here as Pettengill plugs how you can win the house and the $14.95 price point.

 

WWF Tag Team Title Match: 1-2-3 Kid & Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna (c) w/ Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji

Lawler says that Kid’s hair resembles Marcia Clark’s. Kid and Owen work the arm to start and end in a stalemate. They trade holds and end up in another stalemate and keep going back-and-forth until Kid lands a dropkick. Holly tags and works the arm of Owen for a bit. Owen and Holly trade some offense until Holly is able to work the arm. Lawler thinks the champs are overconfident then Owen takes down Holly and tags out. Yokozuna lands some shots but ducks his head and gets yanked to the mat. Owen low bridges Holly then picks him up and rams him into the post a few times as the ref is distracted. Owen tags in and suplexes Holly for a two count before applying a surfboard. Vince talks up Kid & Holly being underdogs and if they can persevere and become champions once again. Owen continues to work the surfboard as the fans chant “USA.” Holly escapes and uses a backslide for two. Owen then rams Holly’s head off of Yokozuna’s as we go to break. The match returns as Yokozuna beats on Holly. Vince says that while Shawn Michaels is recovering from his back injury it will be some time until he returns to action. Yokozuna works a nerve hold as we get another USA chant. Holly escapes but Yokozuna sidesteps a charge and tosses him outside. Owen rams Holly’s head off of the apron as the ref was distracted then slams him on the ground. Owen rolls Holly back into the ring then tags back into the match. He uses a jackknife cover for two but after that Holly surprises him with a small package for a nearfall. Owen stomps Holly in the groin then talks about being the king. Owen sets up Holly for a superplex but Holly falls on top in midair for a two count. Holly crawls over to Kid but Owen cuts him off then hits an enziguiri for another two count. Vince talks about Holly not giving up as Owen tags out. Yokozuna is already winded after doing next to nothing and tags out again. Owen applies a chin lock but Holly breaks free then both men collide and are out on the mat. Owen grabs Holly’s foot then crawls over and tags out. Kid also tags in and runs wild with all sorts of kicks. He wipes out Owen with a corkscrew pescado and heads up top but Yokozuna catches him in midair and hits a belly-to-belly suplex for the win (13:30 shown) **1/4.

Thoughts: I liked the beginning sequence and Kid’s brief flurry at the end but the heat segment on Holly lasted way too long and Yokozuna was useless in this match. Vince really hammered home the story of the match which was whether or not Kid & Holly could overcome the odds so they do not come out of this looking too bad in defeat at least. However, this did mark the final appearance of the Kid & Holly team. The crowd seemed burned out as this was the third and final show of the taping and the piped-in noise at the end was quite noticeable.

 

Vince plugs the “Superstar Line” that features Jim Ross interviewing Alundra Blayze.

 

Undertaker tells us if we drink and drive we will meet the “undertaker” sooner or later.

 

An ad for the WWF Merchandise Catalog airs.

 

Henry Godwinn vs. Rich Myers

We are speaking with Cornfed from “Duckman” as Godwinn beats down Myers. Cornfed talks about people needing to eat more beef instead of pig products. Cornfed believes Duckman deserves the same chance to plug his show as William Shatner. Lawler then says he will treat Duckman like Shatner as this bit is going nowhere then Godwinn puts Myers away with the Slop Drop (2:00).

Thoughts: Man this segment with Cornfed was bad. It just did not work and lasted far too long. There was zero attention paid to the match other than a few brief mentions by Cornfed not liking hog farmers.

 

The WWF “100% Naturally Good” ad airs as they take offense to those thinking the WWF is uncultured. Talk about a lack of self awareness.

 

Next week, Bertha Faye will be making her debut. She is shown in the graphic wearing the same attire she did when attacking Blayze. Also, Diesel puts the title on the line against Bigelow as the announcers talk about some of The Corporation feeling embarrassed about Bigelow losing at WrestleMania XI.

 

Final Thoughts: Certainly not the best show, especially after the past two weeks being quite good, but we are setting up a title match for next week on free TV so that’s big news. And Bertha Faye will make her in-ring debut as RAW will be live with the talent coming back from the European tour.

 

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Thursday: WWF Dortmund, Germany 4/17/95

Friday: WWF Superstars 4/22/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/23/95

Saturday: WWF Action Zone 4/23/95

Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 4/24/95

Monday: WWF Superstars 4/29/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/30/95

Tuesday: WWF Action Zone 4/30/95

Wednesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 5/1/95