May 7th, 1995
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill
This week, we have Jeff Jarrett vs. Bob Holly for the held up Intercontinental Title plus Bret Hart vs. Mantaur.
We get highlights from last week’s Jarrett vs. Holly match leading into today’s title match.
WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Jeff Jarrett w/ The Roadie vs. Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly
They even have Tim White referee this match in some continuation from last week. Jarrett stalls as he keeps running away from Holly. The ref forces a break in the corner then we see the two mix it up on the mat and end in a stalemate. Jarrett complains of hair-pulling before Holly runs him over a few times. Holly works a side headlock on the mat as Ross promises an update on the 1-2-3 Kid’s condition. Holly uses a sunset flip for a nearfall then goes back to the side headlock as we head to commercial. The match returns with Jarrett catching Holly with a hotshot for the win but Holly’s foot was on the rope. However, ref Earl Hebner runs out and tells White what happened and the match restarts. Jarrett is pissed then attacks Holly. Jarrett keeps whipping Holly into the corner then lands mounted punches as Roadie takes off a turnbuckle pad in the opposite corner. Jarrett tries a smash into the exposed steel but Hebner prevents that from happening then Roadie gets tossed from ringside. This appears to get a little bit of heat from the crowd as Hebner orders Roadie to the locker room. Jarrett is yelling at the fans and that allows Holly to attack from behind. Holly sends Jarrett into the exposed steel but Jarrett was just able to kick out of the pin attempt. Holly gets two with a flying back elbow smash then with a piledriver. Holly lands mounted punches in the corner then uses a clothesline for another two count. Holly then charges in the corner but misses and rams his shoulder into the post then Jarrett rolls up Holly for the win and reclaims the title (10:38) *1/2
Thoughts: What a shit finish to a boring match of a storyline that did nothing but devalue the Intercontinental Title. Even Hebner coming out to say the pin should not have counted with Holly’s foot on the ropes was too much and incompetent officiating does not get everyone over. Just glad this whole thing is over.
The Bodydonnas debut vignette airs.
Clips of Pettengill & Stephanie Wiand from the home we can win on the In Your House PPV on yesterday’s edition of “Mania.” They also showed us the WWF Blimp.
Bam Bam Bigelow defeats Brooklyn Brawler from the 5/7 edition of “WWF Wrestling Challenge.”
Rad Radford defeats Gary Scott from the 5/7 edition of “WWF Wrestling Challenge.” . Ross plugs some scoop about an upset superstar during a meeting with President Jack Tunney that you can hear about on the Superstar Line. Ross and Pettengill also do the bit where this time Ross, despite listing off these bands to Gorilla on Challenge the same day this show aired, pretends to have never heard of the bands in his life.
The hosts now run down the In Your House card. We see more clips from “Mania” with Pettengill & Wiand inside of the house being given away.
Kama defeats Buck Zumhoffe from the 5/7 edition of “WWF Wrestling Challenge.”
We get a hype video for next week’s Allied Powers vs. Men on a Mission match.
Mantaur w/ Jim Cornette vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Mantaur shoves Bret into the corner as the announcers hype the In Your House PPV. Mantaur roars after knocking Bret down then challenges for a test of strength. Bret takes control and sends Mantaur outside but is dragged out. Bret avoids a forearm smash as Mantaur hits the post then Bret stomps away when they get back into the ring. Bret now works the arm as the announcers talk about Bret facing Hakushi then Jerry Lawler at In Your House. Mantaur hits his front falling slam but neglects to cover and just slowly attacks Bret in the corner. Mantaur covers after a slam then starts targeting the back. Mantaur chokes out Bret on the ropes then puts him in a bearhug as we go to break. The match returns with Bret firing away. Bret gets two with a Russian leg sweep. Bulldog gets two. Bret gets tripped up by Cornette after a pair of clotheslines and Mantaur hammers away. Bret uses a back suplex as both men are now down. The crowd chants for Bret, who is up first. Bret hits a flying elbow drop then goes grabs Cornette, who jumped up onto the apron. Mantaur tries a sneak attack but that fails and he knocks Cornette off of the apron then Bret rolls him for the win (9:50) *1/2.
Thoughts: Bret was able to walk Mantaur through the most basic of matches here as really that is the best you could hope. Cornette even manages Mantaur like he is a lost cause and his WWF tenure will be ending sooner than later.
Final Thoughts: We had two featured matches but they were not good at all and next week is another match that does not sound too promising on paper. Next show is on the day of the In Your House PPV so expect loads of last minute hype.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 5/8/95
Monday: WWF Providence Civic Center: 5/12/95
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 5/13/95
Wednesday: WWF Boston Garden 5/13/95
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/14/95, WWF Action Zone 5/14/95
Friday: WWF In Your House: The Premiere 5/14/95
Saturday: WWF Monday Night RAW 5/15/95