WWF Monday Night RAW – April 24th, 1995

April 24, 1995

From the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE

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

 

The show starts off with a video package on Bam Bam Bigelow’s recent troubles as he faces Diesel tonight for the World Heayweight Title.

 

The hosts run down the show from ringside.

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Barry Horowitz & Brooklyn Brawler

Billy and Horowitz mix it up to start. Billy backs Horowitz into the corner after a dropkick then Brawler tags in and The Gunns work him over. Lawler talks about Bret Hart being gutless for ducking his challenge to a match. The Gunns hit Brawler with a double leg sweep as Vince talks about Bret signing a match against Hakushi long before Lawler’s challenge. The Gunns stay in control then hit a back suplex/neckbreaker combo for the win (2:16). The Gunns signal that they want the belts back as Vince says they have a very good chance to do so on May 14th.

Thoughts: Short match here although while not specifically stating the May 14th match against Owen Hart & Yokozuna was actually at the In Your House PPV (the day of the event) the Gunns are getting another chance to become champs, regardless.

 

We go spilt screen and see Bigelow with Ted DiBiase in the locker room. Bigelow promises to make DiBiase proud. Bigelow has a black eye and Vince wants to know how that happened but Bigelow laughs it off and says he is bringing gold home to The Corporation.

 

After the break, we hear from Diesel as he is backstage. Diesel said he is a fighting champion and feels good tonight. Vince says that Diesel was the one who brought Lawrence Taylor to the Royal Rumble. Vince also says that Diesel just returned from Germany. That return from the Germany tour would certainly play a factor into their match.

 

Bertha Faye w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. La Pantera Serena

Faye is now caked in makeup and a mutli-colored polka dot attire. She also prances around the ring and flicks her hair around as Whippleman gushes.  Lawler jokes that Whippleman is now the Tom Arnold of the WWF. Faye tosses Serena around to start. Faye then hits a clothesline and a butt-butt before tossing Serena halfway across the ring. The announcers mention Faye’s weight as Lawler makes fat jokes then we see Serena fight back. Faye whiffs on a falling headbutt and Serena heads up top and they screw up the spot where I believe Faye was supposed to catch Serena. Faye now breaks up a sunset flip attempt with a splash and tosses Serena around again as the announcers plug “Duckman.” Faye continues to attack Serena then blows a kiss at Whippleman before hitting a leg drop. Serena fights back with chops but is whipped into the corner and hit with an avalanche then Faye uses sitout powerbomb and after that a press slam followed by a splash for the win (3:57).

Thoughts: Rough match as these two were not on the same page. A lot of the spots were off and their was no heat or reason why Faye’s appearance has changed. The gimmick was a change of a monster heel to that of a comedic character being made fun of due to her weight. Speaking of her gimmick, Whippleman himseld said in an interview with Online World of Wrestling that Faye and himself never got along. It was also rumored that Faye was going to feud with Nakano but that was scrapped when Nakano was fired after testing positive for cocaine.

 

In Your House Report with Todd Pettengill. We did not hear an official word about The Gunns vs. Owen & Yoko on the show but according to Wade Keller of the “Pro Wrestling Torch,” the original lineup included The Headshrinkers vs. Owen & Yokozuna for the belts on the PPV so maybe they were still deciding which team got the title shot.

 

Sid tells us that he is about to become the next World Champion then says he has friends in low places.

 

WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Diesel (c)

Lawler wants to know if Shawn is at home watching this match in his wheelchair as Vince says Shawn is not in a wheelchair and will be back wrestling “in about a month.” Diesel takes down Bigelow to start then hits a pair of corner clotheslines. Diesel elbows Bigelow in the corner then tries to choke him out with his foot and has his foot on the back of Bigelow’s neck before switching to the throat. Diesel uses a knee lift before dropping Bigelow with a clothesline for a two count. Diesel uses an elbow drop after a slam for another two count then chokes out Bigelow again with his foot. Vince talks about Lawrence Taylor watching this match from home as Diesel know works the arm. Vince mentions the jet lag from the European tour but how its not having any effect on Diesel tonight. I’m not so sure about that comment. Bigelow finally takes control as he can see his black eye that is practically swollen shut. Diesel fights back then Bigelow rolls outside. Bigelow drags Diesel out and roughs him up. Bigelow rams Diesel into the post a few times before rolling back into the ring. Diesel is back in and Bigelow hits a Samoan drop for two then puts on a chin lock as we go to break. The action returns with Diesel escaping from the chin lock but then both men collide. Diesel uses a leg trip then a splash that gets two. Diesel attacks Bigelow’s back but eats elbow on a charge. Diesel blocks a suplex and hits one of his own as that gets two. Diesel now cranks the neck and after that wins a slug fest but Bigelow is able to use a suplex that gets two. Bigelow now goes for a chin lock as the announcers talk about how long of a flight they had coming from Germany. Tatanka heads out to ringside as Lawler says he is here to lend moral support to Bigelow. Diesel breaks it up with a back suplex but unable to capitalize as Bigelow starts attacking Diesel’s back. The announcers talk about the rest of The Corporation and if they will come out as Tatanka cheap shots Diesel behind the ref’s back. We go to break as Bigelow attacks Diesel in the corner and return as Bigelow eats boot on a charge. DiBiase distracts Diesel long enough for Bigelow to attack. However, Tatanka trips up Bigelow and after that Diesel hits the Jackknife for the win (12:57) *1/2. Diesel then heads out and walks up the aisle.

Thoughts: While it had heat near the end and told a story, the work was clumsy and the action meandering. And really, who can blame the performers after they flew from a nearly two week tour of Europe all the way to Omaha, NE.

 

DiBiase grabs the mic and tells Bigelow its not bad enough he embarrassed and humiliated The Corporation at the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania but did it again tonight and how no one embarrasses The Corporation or himself for a third time and now he is fired. Bigelow backs DIBiase into the corner but Tatanka attacks from behind. Bigelow fights back as the crowd cheers then Tatanka is tossed outside. Bigelow slowly heads towards DiBiase and says he cannot be fired because he quits and is about to attack DiBiase but IRS comes out and attacks from behind. IRS and Tatanka stomp Bigelow as the fans chant for Diesel. Sid now runs out and beats on Bigelow as Vince talks about Bigelow giving it his all. Diesel now runs out to clear The Corporation from the ring. So, after saying all week he was not going to fire Bigelow, DiBiase did in fact fire Bigelow after losing. If you were watching this past weekend’s TV then the turn was practically a given. And Bigelow lost after his stablemate and former partner cost him the match.

 

We get a hype video for next week’s Sid vs. Razor Ramon match.

 

Aldo Montoya vs. Black Phantom

Vince says we will see what happened to Diesel and Bigelow during the break after this match. Montoya takes control early and flies out with a pescado. Lawler sends wishes to Bret Hart’s mom after she tried to iron the wrinkles out of her face as Vince tells Lawler that Bret will make him pay. Vince now says that Jim Ross has the scoop on what with to Diesel and Bigelow on the “Superstar Line” plus an update on Shawn Michaels. Phantom takes control and targets Montoya’s back. Phanyom gets two with a scoop slam but Montoya fights back. Vince brings up how Tatanka & Sid were likely in cahoots to cost Bigelow the match as Montoya uses a flying bulldog for the win (2:47).

Thoughts: Just a match to cool down the crowd. Montoya lost decisively against Jarrett this past weekend and now firmly back to the lower card.

 

Hunter Hearst Helmsley is standing by but does not wish to speak to us cretins.

 

An ad for the WWF Merchandise Catalog airs.

 

We now see the footage from Diesel and Bigelow during the break. Bigelow stuck out his hand and the two shook hands as Vince says sportsmanship is what its all about. He also says there is not enough sportsmanship in the world of sports today.

 

Back to the announcers as Lawler is still upset over Bret not accepting his challenge.

 

Final Thoughts: The big news was Diesel retaining the title and Bigelow getting the boot from The Corporation. There were some mentions of LT throughout the show and at the time, in the book “Titan Sinking,” it was reported that LT & Bigelow were possibly going to team together at SummerSlam but the low buyrate of WrestleMania XI scrapped that idea. Next week we get Sid’s first TV match since returning and move closer towards the In Your House PPV.

And the other news that we did not see was the injury of the 1-2-3 Kid. He was hurt in a dark match teaming with Razor Ramon against Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie in which was a warmup for their PPV match. It was reported on the 4/21 show in Munich, Germany that Kid was taken out of the ring in a stretcher after a match against Hakushi and he aggravated an injury here by fracturing a vertebrae in his neck. And we will see how the company addressed that going forward.

 

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

Wednesday: WWF Action Zone 4/30/95

Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 5/1/95

Friday: WWF Superstars 5/6/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/7/95

Saturday: WWF Action Zone 5/7/95

Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 5/8/95

Monday: WWF Providence Civic Center: 5/12/95