WWF Action Zone – September 3rd, 1995

September 3, 1995

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill

This week’s featured match is Skip vs. Bob Holly.


We get a brief video teasing the results of SummerSlam.


The hosts tell us that next week Action Zone will have a brand new look then they try to tell us that SummerSlam was the greatest SummerSlam of all-time.


Skip w/ Sunny vs. Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly

This is from the 8/15 “Superstars” tapings on Portland, ME. Sunny runs down the fans as we get a spotlight shined down on a larger gentleman in the crowd that she also badmouths. Pettengill laughs about Skip losing again to Horowitz as Ross puts over Holly’s losing effort against Hunter Hearst Helmsley as this is a match to determine the ultimate loser from SummerSlam or something similar. Skip flexes and does jumping jacks before shoving Holly. We then see Holly shove Skip back and mock Skip’s jumping jacks. Skip backs Holly into the corner but Holly fires away. Holly uses a back drop after an Irish whip sequence then works the arm. Skip catches Holly with a knee smash then does his taunts before hitting a suplex as Ross gets on Skip for wasting too much time. Skip applies a chin lock then re-applies as Holly escaped. The camera zooms in on a happy Sunny as Skip drops Holly with a clothesline. More jumping jacks by Skip who then mocks Horowitz’s back pat. Holly comes back with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors then an inverted atomic drop and a clothesline. Holly dropkicks Skip and catches him with a powerslam for a two count. Holly yells at Sunny, who was just standing ringside and goes out after her as Ross says Sunny must have insulted Holly. We then see Holly go up top for a flying body press but Skip rolls through and then Holly rolls through only for Skip to roll through again and put his feet on the ropes as Sunny holds them down and gets the win (5:11) *1/2. Holly attacks Skip after the match and sends him into Sunny with an atomic drop as Sunny falls off of the apron with Pettengill laughing over Ross saying he hoped she didn’t get hurt. Skip carries Sunny up the aisle as Sunny acts like she’s out.

Thoughts: Not much to this other than giving Skip a win but Holly has now taken several TV losses over the past few months as its clear he is not part of the company plans. Skip needed a win as he is still a relatively new character but after losing a feud to Horowitz he is much less of a threat and much more of a comedy character.


Add for the new WWF Fall Season airs.


The hosts recap the World Title match at SummerSlam and how Lex Luger came out and showed where he stood by helping out Diesel. Ross says that Diesel was injured and not expected to return until September 15th as the hosts hype the “Triple Header” match at In Your House with comments from Jim Cornette as he stands with the champs and Mr. Fuji.


Rad Radford vs. Matt Hardy

Another match from the 8/15 Portland, ME tapings. Hardy works the arm to start. Ross wants to know what the “HV” on Hardy’s tights stand for as Hardy uses a few arm drags but Radford shoves him off on the third attempt. Radford sends Harrdy through the ropes with a standing dropkick but Hardy slingshots back in with a sunset flip for two. Radford comes back with a suplex as Ross plugs the Superstar Line then Radford hits a butterfly suplex and slaps Hardy across the face. Radford now hits a gutwrench suplex as Ross plugs some “startling” news on option 6, which is the Ross Report. Radford now uses a neck snap as Ross puts over the outstanding young athletes with great wrestling skills that help make the WWF future bright. Hardy fights back but Radford catches him with an elbow smash then hits a flying forearm and a spinebuster before saying its “rad time” and he hits the Northern Lights Suplex for the win (3:11).

Thoughts: I guess they are trying to make “rad time” a thing but Radford has only beaten enhancement talent on TV and despite being pushed as a good wrestler he’s not perceived as an actual threat. Hardy did show promise here though and got in a decent amount of offense too.


We see that Bertha Faye became the new Women’s Champion at SummerSlam then Pettengill tells us that we will see a Bertha & Harvey Whippleman music video next week. Ross then once again reiterates that he is a happily married man and wants nothing to do with Bertha as they play up that story. I’m sure that story was a rib on Harvey, whose actual wife was rumored to have been with many wrestlers in Memphis while they were still married.


The British Bulldog & Jim Cornette interview from the 9/2 edition of “Superstars” airs.


Doink the Clown vs. John Hancock

Also from the 8/15 “Superstars” tapings. The announcers are disgusted over Bulldog turning on the fans and aligning with Jim Cornette but Ross does agree that Bulldog was long overdue for a World Title shot. Hancock tries a sneak attack but Doink grabs his nose and decks him. After a good belly laugh we see Doink use a slam then continue to toy around as the crowd sits on their hands. Doink hits a butterfly suplex then mocks the back pain Hancock must have as Ross now talks about how he wants us to tell our friends to watch the all new Action Zone next week. Doink stays in control and hits the Whoopie Cushion for the win (3:00).

Thoughts: The last win for Doink on WWF TV. In the newsletters they said that Doink only worked this match since he was local and no longer part of the company full-time. He will appear next month on an edition of RAW and that will be all. The Doink character was downplayed once Matt Borne was fired and at this point was incredibly stale and the fans did not react to him at all.


Another ad for the new WWF Fall season.


We get hype for the 9/11 edition of RAW as along with Shawn Michaels vs. Sid for the Intercontinental Title we will get Bulldog vs. Razor Ramon.


A video package on the Shawn vs. Razor ladder match from SummerSlam airs with both announcers putting over the match as being amazing. We also saw how Undertaker defeated Kama in a casket match at SummerSlam.


After the break we see how Jerry Lawler attacked Bret Hart at SummerSlam for the DQ as Lawler & Isaac Yankem attacked Bret until several officials made the save.


We see the Bret Hart vs. Waylon Mercy match from the 9/2 edition of “Superstars” that ended in a DQ after Jean Pierre Lafitte, wearing the jacket he stole from Bret, ran down and attacked Bret for the DQ.


The hosts now talk about In Your House as we learn that British Bulldog vs. Bam Bam Bigelow will take place on the show. Ross said that Gorilla asked Bigelow if he was willing to face Bulldog and Bigelow obliged.


Now the hosts plug the WrestleMania XI Special on Saturday night September 30th. We then see a music video titled “Are You Ready To Go” hyping the special. After that, they tell us the Action Zone will have a new innovative look that will look like its from “2012.”


A plug for the 9/11 edition of RAW airs.


Final Thoughts: We have a featured match this week, which wasn’t anything to go out of your way to see, but most of the show was hyping the new Fall Season and how next week the Action Zone will have a brand new look. I will recap that show but in America we got the pre-empted version due to the US Open and missed the Bret Hart vs. Waylon Mercy match.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Monday: WWF Superstars 9/9/95, WWF Action Zone 9/10/95

Tuesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 9/11/95

Wednesday: WWF Superstars 9/16/95

Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 9/18/95

Friday: WWF Superstars 9/23/95

Saturday: WWF In Your House 3 9/24/95

Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 9/25/95