WWF Arrowhead Pond – June 17th, 1995

June 17, 1995

From the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA

This is a fan-cam recording of this house show.

 

Heavenly Bodies vs. Tekno Team 2000

These teams actually had a decent showing at the 3/19 Madison Square Garden show. Troy and Del Ray start off the match. Troy takes control early and works the arm as so far the crowd is into the match. Troy maintains control and tags out as Travis now works the arm. Del Ray punches Travis a few times and tags out but Travis takes Prichard over with an arm drag and works the arm. Tekno Team stay in control as Travis is really shaky in just about everything he does. The crowd is into then however even as they mostly do arm bars. Tekno Team then dropkicks Prichard into his partner, knocking Del Ray off of the apron as the Bodies are doing some comedy bumps for the new team. Del Ray yanks the hair of Travis then roughs him up on the outside as Prichard distracted the referee. Del Ray tags in and puts Travis in a surfboard for a bit then the Bodies run interference to make sure he stays in the ring. Del Ray does his trademark gyration after a super kick then tags out and the Bodies uses an assisted leg drop for a two count. Prichard heads up top but whiffs on a moonsault then both men tag out as Troy runs wild. The match breaks down then during the melee we see Troy counter a piledriver attempt from Del Ray and puts him away with a backslide (11:14) *1/2.

Thoughts: The Bodies carried this as much as they could here with Tekno Team 2000 relegated to essentially doing armbars on offense. In fact, they were sent to USWA after this and basically stayed there until being released. The crowd was into this a lot though which could have been attributed to the fact it was the first match on the show.

 

Savio Vega heads out to the ring. He’s speaking in Spanish but mentions Razor Ramon and we learn he is replacing his friend tonight in a match against Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Title. Like on TV, they are pushing Razor’s injury from the Nassau Coliseum show.

 

Skip w/ Sunny vs. Aldo Montoya

The kid with the guy recording this screams at the heels to go home and its great. Skip does jumping jacks after taking Montoya down with an arm drag. He then switches to pushups after another takedown but after that Montoya starts running wild. Montoya mocks Skip with jumping jacks of his own as he sent Skip through the ropes with a dropkick. Skip returns and lands a cheap shot in the corner but Montoya takes him over with a monkey flip after a fast-paced sequence. Montoya works a side headlock on the mat for a bit. Skip then catches Montoya with a powerslam and does more jumping jacks before using a suplex. Leg drop gets two then soon after that Montoya uses a reverse rollup for two. Skip ducks a crossbody attempt and after that heads up top for the diving headbutt as that gets two. Skip now applies a chin lock. Montoya escapes but Skip uses his momentum and sends him through the ropes. Skip then tries to suplex Montoya back into the ring but Montoya reverses and Skip gets dumped to the floor. Montoya flies out with a pescado then takes the action back inside as Skip begs for mercy. Montoya chops down Skip and runs wild. Skip fights back and hits a bridging German suplex for two. Montoya comes back with a Northern Lights suplex for two then hits a flying bulldog. Montoya heads back up top but Sunny yells at him for the distraction as Skip climbs up and hits a superplex for the win (8:50) ***1/4. After the match, Sunny grabs the mic and says if Montoya was in better shape this never would have happened. Sunny then calls out the audience for being out of shape and ugly as Skip runs laps around her in the ring. Skip then takes the mic and says he hopes to see them all in better shape next time they are here.

Thoughts: Really fun match and wrestled like it was something you would see as the featured match on “Action Zone” instead of the typical slower house show pace. The Bodydonnas act doesnt appear to have much legs but Sunny’s presence is undeniable while Skip is quite good in the ring. Montoya, however, is rapidly falling down the card despite solid performances.

 

Henry Godwinn vs. Doink the Clown

Doink passes out balloons to some of the kids in the crowd. Godwinn stalls then charges but misses and gets kicked in the process. Doink works the arm but Godwinn cheap shots him with a kick. Doink fights back and uses a slam then a single leg takedown and stays to work on the leg for a bit. The crowd gets restless as this is just repetitive and lacking in action. Godwinn shoves Doink into the corner then hammers away with clubbing forearms to the back. Doink gets tossed through the ropes and Godwinn heads out to bring him back into the ring. Godwinn whips Doink into the corner and slowly stomps him before choking him out with the ropes. Godwinn ramps up the excitement with a chin lock on the mat as the crowd boos. Doink finally breaks out with a back suplex then hammers away. He hits Godwinn with a jumping back elbow smash then a dropkick for a two count. Doink whips Godwinn but ducks his head and gets booted then Godwinn hits the Slop Drop for the win (7:56) 1/2*. After the match, Godwinn grabs his slop bucket and yells at the fans.

Thoughts: This sucked. Godwinn hasn’t had much direction other than DiBiase using him as a hired mercenary to take out Diesel before In Your House while Doink’s act has more than ran its course as that run will be coming to an end soon enough.

 

Backlund comes out for his match. After a minute of his routine and anger at the fans booing, grabs the mic and yells at the ring announcer, demanding to know what he called him and proceeds to scream about something I cannot make out. He then yells about the crowd needing to learn how to read. Backlund then says he will get rid of rock music so the people can learn to think and read like himself.

 

Bob Backlund vs. Man Mountain Rock

Rock comes in and Backlund attacks but Rock fights back. Rock hits Backlund with a running elbow smash in the corner but Backlund rolls outside and snaps Rock’s arm over the top rope. Backlund heads back into the ring and goes to work on the arm then stalks Rock for the crossface chicken wing but stops to yell at the fans then Rock rolls him up from behind for the win (1:40) DUD.

Thoughts: Terrible but compared to their encounter at MSG it was a masterpiece. Just keeping this short as possible is the best thing you can do as the feud sucks and chemistry non existent in the ring.

 

Steel Cage Match: Sid w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Diesel

Diesel’s arm is all bandaged. Sid tries a cheap shot but Bigelow fires away. Bigelow rams Sid’s head into the corner twice then knocks him down with a clothesline and looked more like a chest tap. Bigelow staggers Sid into the ropes but misses a crossbody then Sid stomps away. Sid now climbs the cage but Diesel is right there on the floor so Sid backs down and beats down Bigelow instead. Sid fires away in the corner then climbs up again to the same part of the cage and yells at Diesel then walks the ropes but Diesel follows him on the outside and Bigelow yanks Sid down to the mat. Bigelow hits a DDT then climbs himself but Sid gets up and slams him off of the top rope. Bigelow then uses a rollup and after a while the ref decides to count as that gets two. Sid roughs up Bigelow on the mat for a while but Bigelow fights back and sends Sid into the cage as both men are down. Sid tosses Bigelow off of the top rope then taunts the fans before setting up for the powerbomb. Sid takes his sweet time then Bigelow tosses him into the cage. Bigelow staggers to the other side of the cage and starts to climb up with one foot on the outside but Sid grabs his other leg. Sid then pulls and pulls and its obvious where this is going as the setup took a while with Sid pulling off Bigelow’s boot and that allowed Bigelow to climb out and win (8:30) *1/4.

Thoughts: Sid’s offense was once again awful and the finish could be seen a mile away but it did have heat due to Diesel’s appearance at ringside and the layout itself was decent enough.

 

WWF Tag Team Title Match: The Bushwhackers vs. Yokozuna & Owen Hart (c) w/ Mr. Fuji

Some boos for the Bushwhackers here as this was apparently not a viable choice as Tag Team Title contenders. But more boos for the champs as someone keeps screaming “Japan” from the crowd. Loud “USA” chants as Owen angrily waves the Japanese flag. It takes about two minutes for contact to be made after the bell rings as Owen beats down Butch. Owen rakes Butch’s face across of the top rope but then Butch fights back and uses a rollup for a nearfall. The Bushwhackers now isolate Owen and work the arm with some comedy mixed in that all three pull of fairly well. Yokozuna tags in now and works over Luke as we get some USA chants. The champs stomp a mudhole in the corner as the ref is tied up then Owen tags back in and beats Luke down. Butch finally tags in and runs wild and hits a clothesline then the match breaks down. The Bushwhackers knock down Yokozuna with the battering ram but as the red was tied up, Yokozuna leg dropped Butch and Owen rolled on top for the win (10:00) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Some of the comedy was fine but its all they could really do here with The Bushwhackers older and Yokozuna’s poor conditioning. And with the other teams on tour in Europe, this was all they could come up I guess but still quite subpar for a title match.

 

Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly

Helmsley takes a bow before locking up with Holly. He runs over Holly but after that gets taken down a few times and slammed before he retreats to the corner. Helmsley whips Holly but ducks his head and gets slammed into the mat. Holly catches Helmsley with a drop toe hold then works the arm. Helmsley fights back then taunts everyone with a bow. Backbreaker gets two then Helmsley complains to the ref about a slow count. Helmsley now applies a chin lock then Holly powers out and hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors as both men are down. Holly fires away and runs wild as he hits a dropkick for a nearfall. Helmsley then cheap shots Holly and sets up for the Pedigree but Holly counters with a back drop. Holly hits a powerslam for two but ducks his head and Helmsley hits the Pedigree this time for the win (6:56) *1/2.

Thoughts: Another basic match here with the newer talent in Helmsley getting the win in a little bit of a shock considering he’s not doing anything and Holly is in the King of the Ring Tournament. However, its a house show match and not on TV and no one buys Holly as a threat to win the tournament.

 

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. Savio Vega

Jarrett bails as soon as Vega gets into the ring as Vega is all fired up. Jarrett stalls on the apron as soon as the bell rings. He tries for a sneak attack but bails as soon as Vega turns around. The Roadie is now out and he jaws at Vega to try for a distraction. Roadie then gets on the top rope and that provides the distraction needed to allow Jarrett’s attack. Vega fights back then gets tripped by Roadie but goes after him and also Jarrett. Vega hits a flying chop and after that catches Jarrett with a slam and fires away. Roadie is back on the apron and Jarrett accidentally takes him off with a high knee then Vega clotheslines Jarrett over the top rope as the fans are into this match. Jarrett paces around with Roadie as the ref counts then rolls in just before ten and goes back out. Savio chases Jarrett around and back into the ring but Jarrett bails once again. Savio tosses Jarrett back inside but Roadie attacks from behind as Jarrett stomps away in the ring. Roadie chokes out Vega behind the ref’s back then Jarrett goes back to work while stopping to strut around and taunt the crowd. Jarrett hits a swinging neckbreaker before catching Vega with a knee to the gut. Vega rolls through a flying body press and gets two but Jarrett immediately goes back on the attack. Jarrett now catches Vega with an abdominal stretch and holds the ropes for leverage. Vega escapes but Jarrett distracts the ref and Roadie hits a running clothesline on the apron. Vega comes back with a rollup for two but Jarrett sends him back down with a clothesline. Jarrett fires away but Vega fights back. Jarrett cuts Vega off with an eye rake but misses an attack and crotches himself in the ropes. Vega ducks a wild swing and hits a back suplex as both men are down. They get up and Vega his Jarrett with a chokeslam and fires up as Jarrett begs for mercy. Vega runs wild and hits a side slam for a nearfall as Roadie grabs Jarrett’s leg and while it was supposed to go on the ropes, did not but the ref acted as if it did anyway. Vega knocks Roadie off of the apron and hits a spinning heel kick but Jarrett rolls outside and leaves up the aisle with Roadie to get counted out (10:55) **3/4.

Thoughts: I thought this was a really fun match and best showing from the Vega character by a mile. Roadie’s interference helped and he was honestly fantastic in this role. The Roadie & Jarrett act has been highly entertaining but at the same time did not catch the world on fire.

 

 

Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase vs. British Bulldog

Bulldog takes Tatanka over with a hip toss then uses a slam. Tatanka bails then returns and hammers away. Bulldog then uses a delayed vertical suplex. However, Bulldog gets low-bridged in a contrived spot then Tatanka follows out and sends Bulldog into the steps. Bulldog rolls back into the ring and Tatanka whips him into the corner a few times. Tatanka gets two off of a clothesline then applies a chin lock. Bulldog escapes but gets sent down by a knee smash in the trademark house show spot. Tatanka hits a jumping DDT then does the money signal with his hands before covering and only gets two. Tatanka goes back to the chin lock then Bulldog escapes and uses a crucifix for two. Tatanka stomps away but misses an elbow drop as both men are down. Bulldog is up first and hits a few running clotheslines but is distracted by DiBiase. Tatanka attacks from behind but Bulldog catches a float over attempt the corner then Tatanka falls on top for two. Tatanka whips Bulldog but Bulldog sneaks behind for a rollup and gets the win with a fast count from the ref (8:52) 1/2*.

Thoughts: The crowd popped for the finish but the match was bad. A terrible performance by Tatanka and his heel run has been terrible overall. Also, considering he’s involved in the King of the Ring main event, his loss was also a bit surprising.

 

Final Thoughts: A couple of good matches and a hot crowd considering the complete lack of starpower on the card as the roster was split due to a tour in Europe. A completely forgettable watch but I thought better than the New York shows the prior week at least. And, given the results of the show this same day in Austria, possibly the better option. Here are those results, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com :

WWF @ Zeltweg, Austria – Aichfeldhalle – June 17, 1995 (3,000)
Jean Pierre Lafitte defeated Duke Drose
Men on a Mission defeated the New Headshrinkers
WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze defeated Bertha Faye
Adam Bomb defeated King Kong Bundy
The Smoking Gunns defeated Jacob & Eli Blu
Bret Hart defeated Hakushi
Shawn Michaels defeated IRS
The Undertaker defeated Kama