June 18, 1995
Your hosts are Jim Ross & Todd Pettengill
This week’s featured match is Shawn Michaels vs. Rad Radford
We get a video hyping up this week’s featured match after we saw that Shawn apparently shoved Radford after leaving the ring last week when Radford was in his face while heading down the aisle for his match.
Jacob & Eli Blu defeat John Crystal & Mike Khoury in a match first shown on the 6/18 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” On commentary, Ross said its expected that Razor Ramon would be ready for King of the Ring but its still unknown at this time.
Clips of the Bob Backlund/Man Mountain Rock saga from RAW airs.
The announcers now sell us the new Diesel t-shirt. I guess Didinsky didn’t do a good enough job with this item and was replaced.
Kama defeats Jerry Flynn in a match first shown on the 6/18 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
A video recap on the Bret Hart/Jerry Lawler feud airs.
A hype video for next week’s Bret Hart vs. Henry Godwinn rematch.
Smoking Gunns defeat Brooklyn Brawler & Doug Stahl in a match first shown on the 6/18 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
The Waylon Mercy vignette with the worm airs.
Highlights from Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna on RAW airs.
The announcers run down the King of the Ring card.
Shawn Michaels vs. Rad Radford
Ross brings up Radford being undefeated. Shawn floats over on a back suplex attempt and jabs Radford in the face. Shawn hits another jab then has Radford chase him out of the ring. Back inside, Radford catches Shawn with a knee smash but Shawn comes back then they try a spot where Shawn clotheslines Radford over the top rope and skins-the-cat back inside but Radford did not go over. Shawn then flies out with a plancha and rolls Radford back inside and hits a double axe handle for two. Radford breaks out of a chin lock then punches away. Shawn punches back but Radford catches him with a spinebuster then dances around. Radford goes back to the punches and he does throw an excellent punch. Shawn gets whipped inside-out in the corner and spills outside where Radford rams him into the post a few times. Shawn falls on top of the guardrail as the announcers talk about Shawn’s back being hurt from Sid the day after WrestleMania XI. Radford targets the back as they are still outside of the ring with Radford breaking the ref’s count. Radford pulls Shawn back inside and hammers away. We head to break then return with Radford using a bearhug. Shawn floats over on a slam but Radford goes behind and uses a bridging German suplex for a nearfall. Shawn manages to roll away from an elbow drop then tries a slam but is back gives out and Radford turns Shawn inside out with a clothesline for another nearfall. Radford goes back to the bearhug but whiffs on a crossbody block as both men are down. Shawn fires away then hits a back suplex before kipping up. Shawn then runs wild and hits a slam before heading up top with a flying elbow drop. Shawn then signals for the Super Kick but Radford ducks so Shawn holds up and waits then drills Radford for the win (11:32) ***.
Thoughts: Good match that was given ample time. Radford showed what he could do, albeit with some sloppiness, but like so many other heel midcarders like Lafitte and Helmsley that are raacking up squash wins without any direction, Radford lost before getting any direction so he is now on the level of someone like a Henry Godwinn as a guy who jobs on TV to the stars. Speaking of Radford, I skimmed through his shoot interview with RF Video and he talked about how Shawn was a dick to him during this match and how even as enhancement talent against The Rockers years prior, Shawn would let Spicolli call it but here, Shawn was pissed about him trying to call the match. Spicolli even said at one time he wanted to fight Shawn while they were all at a bar but asked Bret Hart what to do and Bret told him not to as it would cost him his job.
The WWF Hall of Fame inductees video airs.
We get a video hyping Sid & Tatanka vs. Headshrinkers for tomorrow night on RAW.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeats Barry Horowitz in a match first shown on the 6/18 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
Final Thoughts: The featured bout was good and next week’s can be just as good if not filled with wackiness. A good featured match is the best you can hope for on “Action Zone” but in just a few weeks, featured matches will become a rarity on this show as the TV landscape of WWF will be changing.