May 6, 1995
From the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix
This week, Owen Hart & Yokozuna defend the Tag Team Titles against The Headshrinkers
Before the show starts, Dok promises all sorts of scoops throughout the show.
WWF Tag Team Title Match: The Headshrinkers vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna (c) w/ Jim Cornette
Afa & Capt. Lou Albano are not present so that should tell you the outcome of the match. Owen attacks Fatu from behind to start. Fatu comes back and catches him with a powerslam for two. Fatu is really playing to the crowd as he lands mounted punches in the corner. Owen tries turnbuckle smashes with zero effect as Fatu dances and takes him down. More dancing from Fatu then Yokozuna tags into the match. Sionne also tags in and stares down Yokozuna before playing to the crowd. Yokozuna ducks his head but Sionne’s kick was way off so he instead yanks him to the mat. Owen comes in but Sionne clears the ring and the crowd actually goes nuts as we go to break. The match returns with the champs beating on Sionne in their corner. Sionne hits Owen with a backbreaker then tags out and The Headshrinkers hit some double-team moves with Fatu dancing throughout the match. Owen fights back as Dok says he will tell us about the Intercontinental Title controversy as Owen accidentally knocks Yokozuna off of the apron. However, Yokozuna trips up Fatu from the outside and the champs regain control of the match. Owen puts Fatu in a chin lock as Dok claims that Owen invented the Sharpshooter. Owen ducks his head and Fatu spikes him with a piledriver as both men are down. Both men tag out as Sionne fires away on Yokozuna. The Headshrinkers take Yokozuna with a double clothesline then Sionne press slams Owen and boots him in the face. The announcers say how Owen is not the legal man as Fatu hits a splash but after that, Yokozuna hits Fatu with a leg drop. Yokozuna tosses Fatu over the top rope as Fatu’s neck gets caught in the ropes. Sionne and Owen seem to be engaging in a conversation in the corner in some sort of distraction attempt then Yokozuna hits Sionne with an avalanche and finishes him off with a Bonzai Drop (10:44) *1/2.
Thoughts: The first half of the match was okay but the rest was lousy. The finish made Sionne look like a moron but I guess that was the very loosely conveyed story of The Headshrinkers’ managers not being around. There whereabouts were not explained other than a dated joke from Dok. This here was about the beginning of the end for The Headshrinkers and this was their final syndicated TV appearance.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. More hype for the New York market World Tour De Force shows. We learn that Razor and a mystery partner will face Owen & Yokozuna for the titles at the MSG show.
Adam Bomb vs. Rock Warner
Vince tells us the winner of the home on the In Your House PPV will be called live from the show. The announcers talk about Bomb’s King of the Ring Qualifying match at In Your House. Bomb catches Warner with a drop toehold and follows with an elbow drop. Bomb then hits a side slam as the announcers now talk about Bret having two matches at In Your house. Bomb fires away as Vince comments how he’s not putting everything behind them. Bomb hits a few clotheslines then a back suplex called a “bit of a suplex” there by Bomb then the flying clothesline gets the win (2:39). Bomb tosses the bombs into the crowd as the announcers talk about Razor having a handicap match on the PPV and how he was attacked by Sid on RAW.
Thoughts: A win from Bomb and man did Vince bury his offense on commentary. Like, when Vince talks about you like this then you know your push is over. They barely even hyped him up for the KoTR Qualifier. And, the guy was getting a push with house show Intercontinental Title matches against Jarrett and they even gave him merch to toss into the crowd.
Coming up later on are the Superstars debuts of Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Bertha Faye. Plus, Undertaker and Tatanka are in action.
A hype video for next week’s Diesel vs. Henry Godwinn match.
Back to the announcers as Dok gives us a scoop. He talks about Diesel wrestling Godwinn the same weekend against Sid at in Your House and how Godwinn was with The Corporation during the WrestleMania XI Times Square workout.
Bertha Faye w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Jessica Rivera
Vince speculates that Whippleman was behind Faye’s attack of Alundra Blayze. Vince says that Blayze will be back in action soon. Faye shows Rivera to the mat as Vince asks if we should refer to Faye as a “behemoth” as Dok said she is a woman, then adds a large woman. Faye skips around and blows kisses with Whippleman before taking Rivera down with a clothesline. Faye skips around and hits a back drop as Dok asks if we have seen “Skippy and Sunny.” Faye misses a splash after cutting off a comeback and Rivera hits a flying clothesline. Faye dicks a clothesline and hits an avalanche then uses a press slam. Faye skips around a blows a kiss at Whippleman before a sit-out powerbomb gets the win (3:00). Whippleman & Faye hug and celebrate as Vince asks what can we do to top this match and says the Undertaker is wrestling later on in the show. Vince then wonders if Faye will be the next Women’s Champion.
Thoughts: Its obvious they are building towards Faye vs. Blayze when the latter recovers from surgery. However, the Faye & Whippleman gimmick does not appear to be over with crowds early and the matches she has had have been less than stellar. And Dok referenced “Skippy and Sunny” here as we will find out about them soon enough.
A video package of Jarrett vs. Holly from Action Zone to hype this week’s rematch where the winner will become the Intercontinental Champion.
Susan Smith is the guest ring announcer.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Sonny Rogers
Rogers tries to get the crowd into the match as Vince says Helmsley has been trained by the best. Helmsley takes control to start as Vince says he obviously knows what he is doing in the ring. Helmsley lands a dropkick then peppers Rogers with European uppercuts. Helmsley clotheslines Rogers and taunts the crowd as the announcers talk about his background. Helmsley boots Rogers in the ribs then hits a spinning heel kick before bowing to the crowd. We pan to the crowd booing as Helmsley uses a cutter for the win that Dok calls “Pedigree Pandemonium” (2:20).
Thoughts: Helmsley did look good here and did a lot more offense than he would use going forward. And Dok I guess named the cutter finisher on commentary.
Another recycled clip of Backlund on Spring Break trying to get the youth of today back into the library.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. More hype for the World Tour De Force shows. Alundra Blayze vs. Bertha Faye for the Women’s Title will take place at the Meadowlands.
Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Kevin Kruger
Kruger works the arm and lands a few shots and just like on RAW, Vince shits on Kruger’s strikes. Man, he had it out for the poor guy’s offense as he said the same on RAW. Kruger stays on offense as Vince screams about wanting to see Bam Bam Bigelow come ringside and confront Tatanka. Dok says that no one has suffered more from Bigelow’s mistakes than Tatanka as Tatanka has taken control of the match. Tatanka slams Kruger as Vince still believes The Corporation set up Bigelow to fail in his title match against Diesel then Tatanka hits the End of the Trail for the win (2:43).
Thoughts: They are pushing for an eventual Bigelow vs. Tatanka feud but it seems Bigelow will go through other members of The Corporation first before getting revenge against his ex-partner.
We then get a vignette of Skip & Sunny, who are Chris Candido and Tammy Sytch from Smoky Mountain Wrestling. The deal here is that we see them on TV (a “Zony” brand TV) inside of a gym pointing and laughing at the out of shape people at home on their couches. They talk about how we need to work hard at being good looking and in shape but they do not because they’re the “Bodydonnas.” And they are going to be successful in the WWF because they deserve it. So, a few months ago, Candido & Sytch were given a tryout as a cheerleader gimmick but that went poorly and were not used until Jim Ross called Candido up one day and asked them about a gimmick, which was going to be a play on Tony Little & Susan Powter and the rest was history. As far as this vignette, it was alright I guess but on the generic side in getting heel heat by calling out fans for being in poor physical condition.
The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Dave Sigfrid
Sigfrid tries a sneak attack but ends up getting decked. Undertaker then whips Sigfrid into the corner and hits the tombstone for the win (0:37). Vince says that no one, Kama included, gets up from the tombstone. Bearer then brings a bodybag into the ring and Undertaker rolls up Sigfrid.
Thoughts: An easy win to show us that Undertaker is reverting back to what made him one of the most feared competitors as his feud with Kama continues.
The house being given away on the PPV is shown.
Back to the hosts as we hear from Henry Godwinn. He runs down Diesel to hype up their match from next week and promises when it ends he will be living high on someone else’s hog. Vince then believes Dok’s scoop about Godwinn being aligned with DiBiase is true. They’re really playing up some sort of alliance between Godwinn & DiBiase or at least the idea DiBiase is paying off Godwinn to rough up Diesel before his title match against Sid at In Your House.
Final Thoughts: We saw a Tag Team Title match, even if it wasn’t the greatest, and next week see Diesel vs. Henry Godwinn the day before In Your House. Plus, the debut vignette of Skip & Sunny was here as another new character is entering the WWF. Besides that there was more In Your House hype and we even heard Vince bury Adam Bomb on commentary as the PPV is now just eight days away.
Later tonight will be the recap of the 5/7/95 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”