June 10, 1995
From the O’Neil Center in Danbury, CT
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix
Before the show starts, we see Jerry Lawler putting his dirty, smelly foot inside of his boot as he feels sorry for his opponent, Aldo Montoya, as those two will be wrestling in the featured match.
The hosts run down the show and we learn that Dok has never kissed a foot. Also in action today are Razor Ramon, Hakushi, and Sid & Tatanka. Plus, an interview with Diesel and more
Sid & Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase vs. John Chrystal & Mike Khoury
The announcers talk about Diesel & Bigelow being unable to train together due to Diesel’s injury and how its a disadvantage heading into the PPV. Tatanka beats on Chrystal to start. Chrystal manages a crossbody for a one count but gets beaten down afterwards. Tatanka stomps away after a jumping DDT, completely whiffing on his last attempt. Sid tags and hammers away as we hear chants for Diesel. Tatanka is back in and sends Chrystal to his partner. Khoury tags in and gets beaten down until Tatanka hits the End of the Trail for the win (3:44).
Thoughts: This was long but commentary pushed how devastating the Sid & Tatanka team were and how it gives them an advantage over the first time team of Diesel & Bigelow.
We now go split screen and see Diesel as Vince narrates the video package showing how Diesel got hurt by Sid. Diesel says he is actually behind of where he thought but its another hurdle to clear. Vince asks to see the injury as Diesel shows his sliced up arm but vows he will be ready for King of the Ring. Vince asks about Sid & Tatanka’s win just now as Diesel said they looked impressive and despite not teaming with Bigelow until King of the Ring he’s confident they will do well. The interview ends as Dok keeps saying that Diesel is “sandbagging.” The mood of Diesel being upset over not being where he wants in his recovery is fine but he came off mopey here and as a result seemed disinterested in everything. The guy was hurt in real life too and probably miserable because of that but this interview did not come off well and the hype for this match is diminishing by the week.
The WWF blimp flies over Chicago as we get a ticker on screen of next week’s house show dates.
Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. David Haskins
The announcers talk about Shawn Michaels winning the battle royal last night at the Nassau Coliseum and the confidence it gives him heading into his match tonight at Madison Square Garden against Sid inside of the steel cage. They also mention how he cost Sid his match against Bam Bam Bigelow. A feint “we want Bret” chant breaks out as Hakushi takes control. Haskins comes back with a hip toss and a clothesline but runs out after Shinja trips him up and he gets attacked from behind. The announcers hype up the Sid/Shawn cage match then talk about Bob Backlund’s presidential campaign. Hakushi beats on Haskins inside of the ring and hits a dropkick as Vince says Stephanie Wiand will be interviewing Sid next for Live Event News. Hakushi then flies out with a pescado and roills back inside for the countout win (2:59).
Thoughts: Besides a tease of a Bret/Hakushi rematch the main goal on commentary was pushing tonight’s MSG show. Which will be recapped tomorrow. After Hakushi’s loss to Bret he has now settled into the group of midcarders without any direction.
We get a video package on last Monday night’s King of the Ring qualifying match between Owen Hart and the British Bulldog that ended in a draw. And that leads to Monday night’s Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna qualifier.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. She also mentions Shawn winning the battle royal last night and costing Sid his match against Bigelow. We then hear from Sid & DiBiase, standing in the hallway, as they run down Shawn for tonight’s match. Sid cut a good promo here actually about how he put Shawn out of action then Shawn flies in and attacks Sid. Both guys roll around and punch while DiBiase screams for security. Wiand refers to Shawn as a “pitbull” to close out the show. They are really going all out in the last minute to sell Shawn vs. Sid. I did like this angle though and Shawn/Sid is a natural feud after Sid turned on him after WrestleMania XI.
Razor Ramon vs. Bill Payne
Vince believes that Shawn will defeat Sid tonight as Dok says its obvious Shawn doesnt care about getting hurt since he attacked Sid. The match starts after a commercial bfraek and Razor takes control early. Payne uses an eye poke but Razor fights back. Razor is in an insert promo saying he doesnt care who he faces between Lex Luger and Yokozuna then he hits Payne with a fallaway slam. Razor toys with Payne as Vince tells us that the 1-2-3 Kid will be back in action soon then the Razor’s Edge finishes off Payne (2:40).
Thoughts: They put Razor over strong here as a potential King of the Ring Tournament winner. However, after last night’s ladder match at the Meadowlands against Jarrett he would not be in the tournament due to injury. This match was taped on 6/5 and we will see how the company handles the injury going forward.
We get another Backlund Presidential campaign ad. Actually, its a repeat from last week where he talks about making kids listen to classical music instead of rock ‘n roll music, which attributes to the high crime rate. This, of course, is to hype a Backlund/Man Mountain Rock confrontation on RAW.
We are shown the “Creatures of the Night” in the crowd then learn Kama will be in action after the break. They are a man and woman dressed in all black. Look more like a couple dressing up as a “Sprockets” bit for Halloween rather than Undertaker fans to be honest. And if you are unaware of Sprockets, its an old SNL skit in the late 80’s/early 90’s played by Mike Myers.
Kama w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Buck Quartermaine
Kama takes down Quartermaine as the announcers talk up tomorrow night’s Undertaker/Sid match at the Meadowlands. We see a black wreath in front of the creatures of the night” as Quartermaine lands a dropkick. Kama then beats down Quartermaine and kicks him in the ribs before a cross armbreaker gets the win (1:31). After the match, Kama yells at the creatures about not being afraid of the wreath as he rips it up with DiBiase telling them to calm down.
Thoughts: Hype for the Kama/Undertaker feud which has not exactly been setting the world on fire as of late.
A video package of The Grand Wizard as the newest WWF Hall of Fame inductee. Its narrated by Stephanie Wiand, who even mentioned his real name of Ernie Roth.
Barry Didinsky is backstage to hype the WWF madcaps and slammers. Madcaps are basically pogs. The “madcapper” is playing with the Heavenly Bodies. You even get a WWF logo board and 18-karat gold slammer. Didinsky is even sporting the slammer t-shirt and how the whole thing costs $25. Didinsky ability to shill products was so bad he probably couldn’t sell a pack of Oreos to the cookie monster.
Kristin Brieding is the special guest ring announcer. She was a teenage girl with mild enthusiasm for this gig.
Smoking Gunns vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Duane Gill
Billy backs Gill into the ropes then boots him in the gut. The announcers talk about Diesel & Bigelow and that they will be ready for the PPV as Bart tags in and slams Gill. The announcers now talk about the Gunns wanting a 2-out-of-3 fall opportunity against the Tag Team Champions. Sharpe knees Bart from the apron then tags in and hammers away. Sharpe uses shoulder thrusts in the corner but Bart comes back with a clothesline. He makes the tag and Billy runs wild. Sharpe gets tied up in the ropes but able to avoid a charge as Billy spills outside. Sharpe & Gill stomp Billy on the outside then Bart makes the save. They almost get counted out but the Gunns roll Sharpe inside and hit the side slam/leg drop combo for the win (3:30).
Thoughts: Long match to put over The Gunns as they will be facing Owen & Yokozuna tomorrow at the Meadowlands in a 2-out-of-3 falls match for the titles.
We get another Waylon Mercy vignette. He’s standing on a rock overlooking the ocean. He is also holding a rock and tosses it into the water saying it will sink and create ripples. Mercy says he will not create a ripple when he gets into the WWF, he will create a great big wave then chuckles after asking “do you know what I mean?” A refreshing vignette and this is a different character from the rest of the show. It stands out and once again makes you intrigued to see more
A video package of next week’s featured match between Bret Hart and Henry Godwinn airs.
Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Aldo Montoya
Vince screams about Lawler’s “dirty, rotten” feet. Lawler attacks Montoya before the bell. He laughs after using a back drop but Montoya fights back. Lawler bails and Montoya chases him around. Lawler accidentally punches the post. Lawler returns to the ring and gets slammed but also gets his knees up on a splash attempt. Lawler gloats over how smart he is then hits a suplex as Dok tells us a shitty joke about how Lawler is Dr. Sholls favorite wrestler. Lawler punches away while referring to Montoya as Bret Hart. The crowd angers Lawler by chanting for Bret then Lawler goes back on the attack while stopping to taunt Bret. Lawler punches down Montoya but misses a fist drop then Montoya fires up and runs wild. Montoya ducks his head though and Lawler hits a piledriver and gets the win (4:55) *1/2. After the match, Lawler tells the “pathetic Bret Hart imitation” in Montoya that he has to kiss his foot. Lawler takes off his boot as he shoves Montoya’s face into his dirty foot.
Thoughts: Basic TV match here with Montoya doing the job and getting humiliated afterwards as its clear he is not part of any plans going forward. However, the real point here was to get over the ridiculous Kiss My Foot match stipulation which again is more goofy than anything else.
WWF Live Event News with Wiand. Shawn is now backstage by himself all fired up and calls the “neanderthal looking nimrod” Sid he is not afraid and promises to win the steel cage match at MSG. Shawn then says Sid is all bark and no bite. Wiand once again puts over Shawn’s tenacity but that you cannot underestimate Sid while trying to sell this show. I mentioned it before in this timeline, although those reviews were several months ago, that Vince wanted Shawn to be like a “pitbull” to get him over as a face and he sure as shit tried that here. As he’s not afraid of anyone or anything no matter the size.
We now get a slo-mo closeup of Montoya kissing Lawler’s foot to how disgusting this is and prove to me that he was really booking this feud for himself.
A graphic for next week’s Bret/Godwinn match closes out the show.
Final Thoughts: All of the King of the Ring stuff is falling flat. The tournament field has stars but no intriguing storylines going in and the main event tag match feud is ice cold. They also did an intense last minute hype for the MSG show and really are stressing Shawn as a babyface. which absolutely made sense since Diesel is hurt and the fact Shawn was popular and getting strong crowd reactions before his turn. Whether or not this last minute push helps at the box office is another thing but we will find out tomorrow as that is my next recap.
Here is my schedule for next week:
Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 6/10/95
Thursday: WWF Challenge 6/11/95. WWF Action Zone 6/11/95
Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 6/12/95
Saturday: WWF Superstars: 6/17/95
Sunday: WWF Anaheim, CA 6/17/95
Monday: WWF Challenge 6/18/95, WWF Action Zone 6/18/95
Tuesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 6/19/95