May 13, 1995
From the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix
This week’s featured match is Diesel vs. Henry Godwinn
We start off with a hype video for the In Your House PPV.
Razor Ramon vs. Todd Becker
Vince says that The Roadie will be in action for the first time at the PPV and wonders what type of “grappler” he is as Razor beats on Becker. Razor hits a fallaway slam as Vince talks about Razor’s handicap match at In Your House. Razor toys with Becker as he stretches him out then hits a super back suplex and after that a Razor’s Edge gets the win (2:47).
Thoughts: An easy win for Razor as his handicap match on the PPV was heavily pushed on commentary.
We get a video package on Bam Bam Bigelow followed by a prerecorded interview. Bigelow says he gave Ted DiBiase his best and it was still not good enough. Bigelow said he was fired but glad as he was going to quit anyway and was sick of DiBiase’s “baloney” while vowing to get revenge on the entire corporation. With all of these video packages and taped interviews its clear they are trying for a big face push but man are these interviews coming off forced. Its total corporate speak and sounds like he’s reading directly off of a script without any sort of conviction.
Rad Radford vs. Jerry Lynn
Vince says that Radford is a “grungy” looking individual. The announcers talk about Diesel vs. Godwinn with Hendrix saying Godwinn is here to cause injury. Lynn uses a tilt-a-whirl headscissors but Radford cheap shots him in the corner. Radford dropkicks Lynn as Vince talks about Bigelow vs. IRS on RAW. Radford hits a knee drop after a butterfly suplex but after that Lynn floats over and lands some spin kicks in the corner. Radford comes back with a flying forearm though and chokes Lynn out on the ropes. Lynn lands some punches but Radford uses a back suplex. Radford then catches Lynn with a spinebuster and puts Lynn away with a Northern lights suplex (2:49).
Thoughts: This was one hell of a squash match to be honest. Lynn looked great and both guys did some cool moves but it was largely ignored on commentary as they were talking about Bigelow’s feud against The Corporation. And talking about everything else during your Superstars debut does not bode well for Radford’s future.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. More news of the World Tour De Force dates in the New York Area. We even get a new graphic for this tour. We learn of Smoking Gunns vs. Men on a Mission at the MSG show.
More hype for Diesel vs. Godwinn later on in the show.
Back from break as we go to the hosts and learn that Shawn Michaels will return to action in two weeks.
Doink the Clown w/ Dink vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Brawler attacks Doink before the bell. He gets two with a slam but Doink leapfrogs Brawler and comes back with a dropkick. Doink takes control now and Dink even bites Brawler in the ass. Doink works an armbar on the mat as the hosts run down Bret Hart’s matches at In Your House. Vince then shills the TV taping at the O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT with Diesel defending the title against Kama provided he is still champion. Brawler fights back but Doink reverses an Irish whip and hits a tilt-a-whirl slam and soon after that hits the Whoopie Cushion for the win (2:20).
Thoughts: This was simply a backdrop for the announcers to discuss some of the matches that will take place on the PPV. Doink’s run is about to come to an end soon enough.
Another vignette of The Bodydonnas. Sunny says we are “dull and ugly” while Skip yells at us to work hard. This was not too good.
More hype for Diesel vs. Godwinn.
Men on a Mission vs. Buck Zumhoffe & Tommy Ferrara
Vince shills the Superstar Line and the Superstar Challenge game. Mabel raps and tells the people of Des Moines that they “stink” to continue that real mean edge. Dear lord. Mo works the arm of Zumhoffe then knocks him down. Hendrix claims that Blayze’s nose is so ugly now she cannot be on TV as Mo continues to beat down Zumhoffe. The announcers talk about Bart Gunn defeating Owen Hart on the RAW as a way to pump up the Gunns chances of winning the titles at the PPV as Mabel beats on Ferrara. Mabel then shoves Zumhoffe off of the apron and puts Ferrara away with a belly-to-belly suplex (2:32).
Thoughts: The MoM heel act has not impressed since dumping Oscar (not like it was setting the world on fire as faces) but the announcers talked about the Tag Team Title match on the PPV for the most part. Also, the MoM vs. Allied Powers match this weekend on “Action Zone” was not brought up.
A montage of the Bob Backlund on Spring Break vignettes air to hype his major announcement this coming Monday on RAW.
Henry Godwinn vs. Diesel
We get an insert of the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” with the cover of Diesel kneeling at Shawn’s side after Sid’s attack. Godwinn cheap shots Diesel after a break then fires away. Vince puts over Diesel for being courageous due to taking this match a day before his title defense. Diesel fights back and hits a few clotheslines then a corner splash. Diesel beats on Godwinn in the corner and even chokes him out with his foot. Hendrix says that the plan from DiBiase has not begun to go into full effect and that Godwinn should head backstage. Godwinn is able to clothesline Diesel over the top rope then heads out and rams him into the apron. Hendrix then hints that DiBiase will give Godwinn money for doing a good job here as Vince wants specifics. Godwinn rams Diesel into the post a few times then lands a stomp. Godwinn uses a slam then an elbow drop for two as Vince is screaming on commentary as if this is supposed to win the match. Godwinn gets two with a side slam then punches but Diesel knees him down in a spot that sure seemed like a miscommunication. Godwinn uses a mat slam then stomps Diesel’s back. Godwinn now uses a Camel’s Clutch that Vince actually refers to as a “Boston Crab.” Godwinn is back to stomping on Diesel’s back then Vince tells us cameras are looking for Sid & DiBiase backstage. Diesel starts to fight back as we go split screen with Sid looking on the monitor and screaming as we go back to the match with Godwinn nearly putting Diesel away. We go to break then return with Diesel powering up and hitting Godwinn with an electric chair drop as both men are down. Diesel wins a slugfest and hits a side slam for a two count. Diesel then hits Godwinn with the snake eyes and after that uses the big boot as the crowd gets behind Diesel, who uses the Jackknife for the win (11:29) **1/4. After the match, Sid & DiBiase come out in the aisle as Vince wants to know if Godwinn did enough damage to Diesel’s back. Diesel now invites them into the ring as Sid blinks and gives intense looks but DiBiase holds him back and they leave. Vince also says Raymond Rougeau will interview Diesel before the show ends.
Thoughts: Solid TV match, Godwinn worked hard, and the formula was like watching a Hulk Hogan “Saturday Night’s Main Event” match. Godwinn’s work of late has been quite good and he did seem credible even in defeat. We also now have an added layer of the Sid/Diesel feud with Diesel’s back hurting now and how it can play into the PPV match.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. More about the World Tour de Force.
More clips of Todd Pettengill & Wiand touring the home that will be given away as part of the In Your House PPV.
We see Rougeau backstage with Diesel but cannot pick up the audio. Hendrix then gives his interpretations and says how Diesel is scared and is sorry to Shawn for not being able to get revenge on Sid’s attack and how Sid will wipe the mat with him. This was dumb.
Final Thoughts: The whole show was built around the Godwinn/Diesel match with DiBiase, per Hendrix, using Godwinn to soften up Diesel for Sid at In Your House. The rest of the show was PPV hype and we got to see a fun squash match with Rad Radford.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Sunday: WWF Danbury, CT 5/16/95: Jeff Jarrett vs. British Bulldog Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title
Monday: WWF Superstars 5/20/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/21/95
Tuesday: WWF Action Zone 5/21/95