April 29, 1995
From the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix
This week, we have Bret Hart vs. Jimmy Del Ray, Hakushi vs. Kwang, along with the Allied Powers and Jean Pierre LaFitte also in action.
We get clips from RAW with Diesel defeating Bam Bam Bigelow to retain the World Heavyweight Title that saw Tatanka trip up Bigelow during the match. After the match we saw Ted DiBiase fire Bigelow from The Corporation then IRS and Sid ran out to help Tatanka attack Bigelow. After this ends we hear from Dok as he tells us that Sid will become the next champion.
Sid w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Aldo Montoya
On his way to the ring, Sid looks into the camera and tells us that he is the “master.” Sid boots Montoya before the bell then dumps him outside. Montoya landed on his feet and comes back in with a flying body press for two as Sid powers out. Montoya knocks Sid outside but tries a pescado and gets caught and dropped on the apron. Sid press slams Montoya back into the ring then jumps up onto the apron and nearly falls off in the process. Sid is back inside and punts Montoya in the ribs before the powerbomb gets the win (1:53). After the match, Sid crawls over to the corner then gets up and yells to Diesel how he is his master.
Thoughts: An easy win for Sid to build him up for his title match against Diesel and his match against Razor Ramon on RAW. And after losing to Jarrett in his title match, Montoya was playing the role of TV enhancement talent here. And that’s a role he will become more accustom to as the year continues.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. We get more hype about the New York area swing of the World Tour De Force in June.
We go backstage as the Allied Powers are with their guest flag bearers.
We get more of Bob Backlund at Spring Break. He screams about doing anything to get the youth of America back into the libraries. He also quizzes various co-eds. The announcers hype his big announcement on May 15th, the day after In Your House. Looks like we will be getting some more of these vignettes to keep Backlund fresh until he makes his announcement.
Allied Powers vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Black Phantom
The announcers talk about Smoking Gunns facing Owen Hart & Yokozuna at In Your House. Luger starts off with Brawler and takes him over with a hip toss. Luger scares Brawler into his corner with a flex and the Powers now work over the arm of Phantom. Bulldog takes Phantom over with a monkey flip then hits a delayed vertical suplex. Luger tags but so does Brawler and Brawler rams Luger in the corner. Phantom is back in and hammers away but misses a charge. Luger tags out after hitting a back suplex as Dok tells us the Powers got standing ovations each night during the tour of Germany. Well, I can’t argue that point. Bulldog beats on Phantom and hits a running powerslam for the win (2:58). Vince tells us that next week, Owen & Yokozuna will defend the titles against The Headshrinkers.
Thoughts: Another win for the Allied Powers who appear to be groomed as future title contenders. But first, the champs will be going through the Gunns and Headshrinkers.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley is sitting at home. He then asks if we are listening and shakes his head that he does not think so as he is apparently trying to teach us some proper etiquette.
We see clips from two weeks ago where Hakushi attacked Kwang and they lost their tag match against the Smoking Gunns.
Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Kwang
Whippleman does not even bother accompanying Kwang to the ring. Hakushi attacks Kwang before the bell and hammers away. Hakushi catches Kwang with a chop then a spin kick as the announcers talk about Hakushi vs. Bret Hart at In Your House. Kwang fights back and drops Hakushi with a roundhouse kick as Vince talks about this being a martial arts battle. Hakushi rolls out then sneak attacks Kwang as Shinja provided a distraction. Hakushi hits a handspring back elbow smash in the corner then chokes out Kwang. Hakushi taunts the crowd then goes back to beating on Kwang. Hakushi uses a scoop slam but misses a somersault senton as both men are down. Kwang fires away and boots Hakushi in the face. Hakushi comes back with a throat thrust then uses a chin lock as Dok also accuses Bret of being racist. Kwang fights back in the corner and catches Hakushi with a side slam. Kwang spews his mist into the air but misses a spin kick in the corner. Hakushi then uses a slam and goes up top with a senton for the win (5:28) *3/4. Vince says that if Hakushi uses that on Bret then it will likely be over.
Thoughts: Some of the action here was good, especially the first 90 seconds, but as we have seen before with Hakushi he can get lost what to do in between moves and that happened here. And its not like Kwang is a great opponent (I personally never got the love for Savio Vega’s WWF work as others have) but since he is hyped against Bret it was obvious he was winning. This also wound up being the final TV appearance of Kwang but we will see him again in house show fan cam matches.
A hype video for next week’s Tag Team Title match between Owen Hart & Yokozuna vs. The Headshrinkers.
We see Hakushi & Shinja look at the finish of the match on the video wall.
Now we see a split screen of Bret Hart and Jimmy Del Ray warming up before their match.
A video for Man Mountain Rock airs as he has a bunch of speakers on a green screen in the background. I guess they are trying to push him again but the initial pushed really cooled off. His debut attire was also a loser.
Helen Demeter is the special guest ring announcer. Her voice is not the most pleasant sounding. Even Vince is laughing.
Gary Scott vs. Jean Pierre LaFitte
Vince plugs Sid vs. Razor Ramon on RAW LaFitte clotheslines Scott then catches him with a powerslam. LaFitte chokes out Scott on the ropes but misses an attack and is dumped outside, where he lands on his feet. LaFitte runs back in and drills Scott with a thrust kick as Vince puts over the home you can win on the In Your House PPV. LaFitte ties up Scott in the ropes and hits a pair of crossbody blocks as Dok mocks Diesel over fighting for his “little buddy” Shawn Michaels. LaFitte stays in control then hits the Cannonball for the win (2:25).
Thoughts: The announcers hyped up LaFitte but mostly talked about the In Your House main event.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. More hype for the June World Tour De Force shows in the New York area.
Jimmy Del Ray w/ Jim Cornette & Tom Prichard vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Vince screams about there being only one Bret Hart. Dok wonders why the crowd loves a “coward” who is ducking Jerry Lawler. Del Ray shoves Bret after a break in the corner. Vince wants to know why Cornette granted The Headshrinkers a title match so close to their defense at the PPV and Dok agrees. Bret stays one step ahead of Del Ray as Vince notes Bret’s recent aggressiveness. Bret stays in control as Dok continues to accuse Bret of avoiding Lawler. Bret works the arm on the mat as Vince wants to get a word from Bret after the match over Lawler’s accusations. Bret hits an inverted atomic drop then a clothesline and goes back to the arm. Bret uses a few arm drags as Cornette complains about a hair pull. Del Ray finally lands some punches in the corner then gyrates after a back suplex. Del Ray gets a two count after a pair of elbow drops. He then heads up top but whiffs on a moonsault. Bret now runs wild and gets a nearfall with a flying elbow drop. Bret is mad at the ref and that allows Del Ray to fight back briefly until Bret blocks a monkley flip and puts on the Sharpshooter for the win (5:23) *1/2.
Thoughts: Nothing wrong with this but it was just an extended squash. You really could have believably had Barry Horowitz in Del Ray’s role. And with Cornette managing the Tag Champs it really doesn’t bode well for the Heavenly Bodies.
Back from break as Bret is celebrating in the ring. Vince tells us that Dok is on his way to ask Bret about Lawler’s accusations.
Next week, the Superstars debuts of Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Bertha Faye. Plus, Undertaker in action and the Tag Team Title match.
We go to the ring as Dok asks Bret about Lawler’s accusations over him being a coward. Bret says Lawler is a famous for being a pathological liar and a coward and will confront Lawler on RAW to settle things his way. We now have an angle for RAW as well as Razor vs. Sid.
Final Thoughts: We once again see Superstars used to set up angles for RAW. We had a couple of featured matches here although they were basically squashes. Next week we get a title match though and more fallout from RAW as we approach the inaugural In Your House PPV.
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