From the Erie Civic Center in Erie, PA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
We get a video package for this week’s Hakushi vs. Skip match. Also this week we will have Henry Godwinn vs. King Kong Bundy
The Bodydonnas come out to the ring with Rad Radford. Skip’s arm is in a sling as Sunny says Skip is hurt and cannot wrestle and they have taken Radford under their wing as a replacement. Radford is doing jumping jacks as Hakushi looks on with Vince telling us Hakushi is unable to understand English. So, we are now getting Hakushi vs. Radford
Hakushi vs. Rad Radford w/ The Bodydonnas
Radford attacks Hakushi from behind and hammers away. He now chokes out Hakushi on the middle rope then Skip slaps Hakushi with his good arm as the ref was distracted. Radford charges and gets backdropped over the top rope then Hakushi flies out with a pescado. The action heads back inside as Sunny distracts the ref then Skip low-bridges Hakushi. Skip removes the sling and hammers away on Hakushi as the ref is still distracted. Skip puts the sling back on as Radford rolls Hakushi back into the ring as The Bodydonnas laugh. Radford gets a two count with a suplex as Skip talks about getting revenge on Hakushi for what happened at SummerSlam. Radford turns Hakushi inside out with a clothesline for a two count. We then get a reversal sequence that leads to Hakushi hitting a Saito suplex. Hakushi ducks his head for a back drop and gets kicked in the face then Radford busts out a dropkick for a two count. We go to break and return with Radford working a side headlock. He then catches Hakushi with a spinebuster for a two count. Lawler tells us that Courtney Love is Radford’s girlfriend as Sunny talks into the camera. Hakushi fights back and hits the handspring back elbow smash. Hakushi heads up top for a missile dropkick that gets two then hits a springboard splash but Sunny distracts the ref and Skip hits Hakushi with his sling. The ref yells at Skip and tells him to get into the match since he is not injured. Barry Horowitz now runs out and tosses Skip into the ring and Hakushi hits a flying body press for the win (8:38) **1/2. The crowd goes nuts as Vince tells us this will likely go down as a loss for Skip. We then see Skip throw a tantrum in the ring as Vince cackles like a moron after Hakushi is announced as the winner.
Thoughts: The crowd loves seeing Skip get his comeuppance. And Horowitz is genuinely over too which makes it more satisfying to see him get the upperhand. The action between Hakushi and Radford was solid but the finish, while a bit convoluted, was still a lot of fun. And we can assume this will lead to a tag match at some point.
WWF Slam Jam with Dok Hendrix. More hype for the MSG show on 10/6. I will not be recapping that as I have the 10/5 Fleet Center show in Boston (first show in the building with has I believe and identical card to the MSG show) and a 10/10 Germany show as handhelds instead. Anyway, here we have Undertaker & Paul Bearer and King Mabel & Sir Mo cutting promos for the Undertaker vs. King Mabel match. The story of that match is Undertaker looking for revenge since Mabel was the only person to pin him.
We see a video package on the Shawn Michaels vs. Sid match from RAW.
A video package on the history between Henry Godwinn and the Million Dollar Corporation airs leading to today’s Godwinn vs. King Kong Bundy match.
An ad for In Your House airs.
King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Henry Godwinn
Godwinn chases DiBiase out of the ring with the slop bucket then as DiBiase is on the apron yelling at DiBiase we see him get slopped anyway. Bundy attacks Godwinn from behind and hammers away. We see DiBiase head up the aisle as Bundy now yells at the fans. Godwinn fights back and drops Bundy with a clothesline as Vince yells “what a maneuver.” For a clothesline. Bundy now chokes out Godwinn with his foot as we go to break with the camera zooming in on the slop bucket. The match returns with Bundy hitting a knee drop for a two count. Bundy now works a chin lock that Godwinn escapes from ends up running into a back elbow smash. Bundy then tries an avalanche but misses and Godwinn slams him for the win (5:30) *. After the match, The Corporation, except for Sid, heads down to the ring and beat down Godwinn. We then see Bam Bam Bigelow head out and the officials back The Corporation off as Bigelow checks on Godwinn.
Thoughts: Match was decent enough considering it involved Bundy. Speaking of Bundy, this was his final singles match on WWF TV and would have his final match on TV next month on RAW in a battle royal. His return was a bust as he was not in condition to wrestle and using a really dated heel act that worked for the Mid-Hudson Civic Center “Championship Wrestling” crowds in 1985 but not in this era.
Hype video for next week’s Sid vs. Savio Vega and Isaac Yankem vs. Bob Holly matches.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley, sporting a cane, comes out for his match against Scott Taylor but is disgusted by the slop that remains at ringside. We then go to break and see Helmsley head up the aisle as he refuses to wrestle due to the smell of the slop.
Barry Didinsky shills the Shawn Michaels hat and sunglasses in the aisle.
We see clips of the British Bulldog vs. Razor Ramon match from RAW plus the post match interview with Razor and Kid, leading to their match this coming Monday night.
Savio Vega vs. Rick Stockhauser
Vince hypes Vega vs. Waylon Mercy at In Your House as Vega works over Stockhauser. Lawler makes fun of Vega’s haircut then we hear from Mercy in an insert promo telling Vega he will put him to sleep as he laughs. We then learn that Gorilla Monsoon just made Bigelow & Godwinn vs. Tatanka & Kama for next week as Vega hits a spinning heel kick for the win (1:40).
Thoughts: A quick win to hype Vega/Mercy at In Your House plus the announcement of that tag match for next week. They are also trying to have Vega dance after his matches, which leads to cuts to the crowd for anyone they can find also dancing to his music.
WWF Slam Jam with Dok Hendrix. More hype for the MSG show as Dok uses his keyboard to make obnoxious sound effects. We hear from Alundra Blayze cutting an incredibly wooden promo to hype her match against Bertha Faye as she vows to reclaim the Women’s Title. After that we hear from Bertha & Harvey Whippleman as Bertha laughs off what Alundra said and how she is the champ and will be staying the champ. Whippleman talks up how he has his first champion and its her beautiful girl.
Another ad for the WrestleMania XI special airs.
The hosts run down next week’s show then we get the segment from “Action Zone” that asks where were you when Barry Horowitz got his first win.
Final Thoughts: The opening match/angle was fun and they did a lot of midcard focused segments and angles here so it breezed by better than a show with just squash matches and taped promos. We also have three matches set for next week too as while now strictly established as the “B” show, Superstars is becoming easier to digest even if not all of the angles are the greatest.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Monday: WWF Superstars 9/30/95
Tuesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 10/2/95
Wednesday: WWF Fleet Center (Boston) 10/5/95