October 2, 1995
From the Grand Center in Grand Rapids, MI
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Show starts off with a “last week on RAW” video recap that saw the Smoking Gunns win the Tag Team Titles.
We see a clip of Lawrence Taylor defeating Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania XI after the WrestleMania special last weekend.
A video package on the 1-2-3 Kid/Razor Ramon history airs.
Highlights from the Bret Hart vs. Jean Pierre Lafitte match at In Your House 3 are shown to hype tonight’s rematch.
Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid
Lawler promises a surprise for this match. Razor tosses Kid over the top rope as Vince grills Lawler over his comments about Kid and Ted DiBiase having a conversation. Kid avoids a corner clothesline and lands several kicks in the corner. Kid lands more kicks but gets caught in a fallaway slam as Razor covers for a two count. Kid comes back with a kick for a two count but is knocked outside on the kickout. Dean Douglas is taking notes in the aisle as Razor punches Kid for a two count. Kid catches Razor with a spinning heel kick that we see on the video wall as the camera is focusing on Douglas in the aisle. Kid hits a pair of running leg drops as Douglas leaves but whiffs on a spinning heel kick then Razor uses a clothesline for the win (2:55). Kid slaps Razor after the match as he apparently wanted a rematch per Vince and I guess we get another match since they start wrestling again and the bell does not ring. Razor puts Kid in an abdominal stretch and starts toying with him. Kid slaps Razor but gets decked then we go to break. Kid is staggering around as we return and saw that Razor caught Kid in a powerbomb for another pin but Kid refused to leave and the match continued. Razor hits Kid with a super back suplex then sets up for a Razor’s Edge as Vince says this could end Kid’s career and instead Razor uses a small package for the win (5:54 shown) *1/2. After the match, Razor shakes hands with Kid then Kid tries a cradle but gets two as Razor smiles. Kid wants another match then finally shakes hands with Razor and they leave together.
Thoughts: More of a storyline match than anything else with the story being Kid refusing to backdown from Razor and vowing to show that he is in fact not a “kid.” They also have the other story component of Lawler trying to insinuate that Kid and DiBiase are forming an alliance plus we’ve seen Kid screw with Razor at In Your House so he is showing some heel tendencies. Fine for what it was I thought.
The hosts run down the card for In Your House 4. We learn that Goldust will be facing Marty Jannetty in his debut.
Barry Horowitz heads out to the ring. We learn that he is facing Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The camera cuts to Helmsley getting ready backstage and says “fat chance” with regards to Horowitz being able to beat him.
An OJ Simpson voteline appears on the screen where you can vote as to whether or not you believe him to be guilty. Vince considers this a “WWF Americana” poll and how the proceeds go to the National Exchange Club Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse. It costs fifty cents per vote. We will get the results before the show airs and also learn that WWF Interim President Gorilla Monsoon is not here. And speaking about the Foundation, they had no idea WWF was doing this and per Dave Meltzer of the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” the Foundation was not too pleased to learn they were getting proceeds from a poll related to a double murder case. The WWF did end up taking the heat for all of this and even on the “Something to Wrestle With” podcast, Bruce Prichard talked about how this was a terrible idea.
Barry Horowitz vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Helmsley uses his spray around the ring before the match begins. We get some chants for Horowitz as Helmsley works the arm on the mat. The announcers put over Helmsley’s undefeated record as Horowitz reverses and grounds Helmsley until Helmsley reaches the ropes. Vince thanks the fans for last week’s show being the highest rated RAW as the fans get behind Horowitz. Helmsley punches Horowitz in the gut then slaps him around for a bit. Horowitz comes back with a sunset flip for a two count but Helmsley goes right back to the attack. Helmsley chokes out Horowitz as Vince tells us the MSG show will hold a benefit for handicapped children and how he hopes that Pope John Paul II will be there. Good luck with that, Vince. Horowitz nearly puts Helmsley away with a backslide. Horowitz then drops Helmsley with an elbow and gets a nearfall with a Thesz Press. Oklahoma cradle gets two. Horowitz peppers Helmsley with European uppercuts but ducks his head for a back drop and Helmsley hits the Pedigree for the win (5:35) *1/4.
Thoughts: A slow, dull match but the crowd is still into Horowitz even though he didn’t get much on offense here. Helmsley’s undefeated record stays in tact but is without any sort of real direction.
Still to come, Bret Hart vs. Jean Pierre Lafitte.
PG-13 vs. Sonny Rogers & Al Brown
PG-13 are JC Ice & Wolfie D, the current USWA Tag Team Champions. They come out to Men on a Mission’s 1st theme or at least they did on the Network version. Before the match, JC tells the crowd if they do not like them, they do not care. We go split screen and hear PG-13 call out the Smoking Gunns that they will shock the world and walk home with their gold. PG-13 work over Rogers to start. Lawler makes a joke about PG-13 stealing hubcaps as JC does some dancing. Vince plugs the results of the Simpson Voteline coming soon as PG-13 hits a Hart Attack variation. Rogers tags out and Brown runs wild on Wolfie briefly until he misses a corner charge and gets planted with a release German suplex. Lawler yells “he’s from the hood, McMahon” after Wolfie pulled up his shorts then PG-13 stay in control until Wolfie tilt-a-whirls JC on top of Brown for the win (3:45).
Thoughts: PG-13 looked good here and they now seem in line for a title shot. The WWF, in dire need for talent, are using PG-13 here as part of a talent exchange. And since a lot of guys were hurting financially in the WWF at the time a talent exchange gave them more chances to work for some money. The Tag Team division is in shambles and they have no one better right now to go up against The Gunns.
Up next, Bret vs. Lafitte.
A hype video for next week’s Shawn Michaels & Diesel & Undertaker vs. Yokozuna & Owen Hart & British Bulldog match.
Dok is in the aisle selling the new Bret Hart t-shirt with a young fan modeling the shirt. Its being sold as exclusive and just a limited amount available.
Bret is shown walking backstage to the ring before the break.
Jean Pierre Lafitte vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
A clip of Bulldog pinning Bret from SummerSlam ’92 is shown since Bret will face the winner of Bulldog/Diesel at Survivor Series for the World Title. Lafitte beats down Bret in the corner to start. He takes him down with a clothesline then yells at the fans while Vince talks about Lafitte looking for revenge over his loss at In Your House. Lafitte applies a chin lock as we see Lawler on commentary give a thumbs up to approve of Lafitte’s actions. Vince mentions Bret on his way to Survivor Series to face the champion and once again how his brother in-law beat him at SummerSlam. They brawl outside with Bret winning that battle. Bret slams Lafitte on top of the steps then back inside hits him with a flying clothesline and starts hammering away. Lafitte then presses Lafitte and drops him throat-first across of the top rope and taunts the crowd as Lawler is applauding. Lafitte goes back to the chin lock as the crowd gets behind Bret. We see Bret fight out but Lafitte blocks a hip toss and drills Bret with a clothesline. Lafitte yells again before heading up top where he hits a flying fist drop for a two count. Lafitte yells at the ref for counting slow and then chokes Bret on the middle rope. Lafitte covers again but Bret kicks out at two. Lafitte targets the neck then hits a corner splash before once again taunting the crowd. Lafitte ducks his head for a back drop but Bret counters with a small package for two. Lafitte then clotheslines Bret before the break and we return to see him get a nearfall with a leg drop. The crowd gets behind Bret as Vince yells at Lawler to sit down. Lafitte heads up top but misses a leg drop as both men are down. Bret then fires away but Lafitte catches him with a flying forearm. Lafitte gets knocked outside then Bret heads out and hammers away. Lafitte reverses an Irish whip to send Bret into the steps to the delight of Lawler then heads back into the ring. The camera pans to Lawler, who is screaming “crawl” and then yells for Lafitte to finish Bret off. Lafitte tries to suplex Bret back into the ring but Bret floats over. Lafitte blocks a reverse rollup attempt but gets caught with an inverted atomic drop and that starts the chain of Bret’s trademark moves. Lawler now looks worried then Lafitte catches Bret with a rolling fireman’s carry slam for a two count. The camera keeps cutting to Lawler’s reactions then Lafitte stops Bret’s comeback short with a back suplex. Lafitte heads up top but Bret cuts him off and hits a superplex while Lawler screams “no!” The crowd goes nuts as Bret turns Lafitte over for the Sharpshooter and gets the win (11:05) ***1/2. Vince brings up Lawler actually staying out of this match then we see a replay of Bret’s superplex. Bret celebrates then heads out towards Lawler. They have words and Bret walks away then Lawler takes his shirt off and stands on the announcers table so Bret runs over and fires away. Bret punches Lawler over the guardrail but Isaac Yankem runs out to attack Bret then hits him with the DDS on the floor. Several officials back off Yankem as Bret is being tended to on the floor.
Thoughts: Very good match and just a notch below their match at In Your House with Lafitte doing more playing to the crowd than he did on the PPV which slowed down the pace a bit. And with Lafitte losing again its clear he’s not part of any major plans on the surface but behind the scenes was different. At the September show at the Montreal forum, there was a situation where Lafitte was facing Diesel and thought they were going to have a finish that lead to a rematch the next month. However, Lafitte was livid since he was asked to lose and refused to wrestle until, according to Wade Keller of the “Pro Wrestling Torch,” Vince himself held a conference call with Lafitte, Diesel, and road agent Rene Goulet where the settled on a double count out finish that Keller added pleased no one but Lafitte. Then Lafitte hurt Diesel the next night with a flying leg drop. Shane Douglas brought up in his YouShoot with Kayfabe Commentaries how the rest of the Kliq, particularly Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, riled up Diesel then according to Douglas one of them said they should get in Vince’s ear to “bleed” Lafitte dry by having him sit at home and not make any money. However, according to Lafitte in his interview with Hannibal TV in 2016, he was young and arrogant due to his undefeated record at that time and felt he should be a future champion and wanted to leave. We will get to more of that later in this timeline.
Back from commercial as Vince blames Lawler for provoking Bret then lets us know that Gorilla was watching at home and has made a cage match between Bret and Yankem. Lawler blames Bret for injuring his eye as Vince does not care since he blames Lawler for the confrontation. With the announcement of Bret facing the winner of the In Your House Title match at Survivor Series seems that this cage match will finally be the blowoff of this feud.
We hear from the competitors involved in next week’s six-man tag match.
The results of the Simpson Voteline are released: 49% guilty, 51% not guilty.
Final Thoughts: Another focused edition of RAW with a strong main event. And next week we get another marquee main event and set up a future cage match that will likely happen in two weeks.
Also in the news was Jeff Jarrett meeting with WWF about a return. Here is what was written in the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” at the time:
“The latest on Jeff Jarrett is that he was flown into Connecticut for a meeting about coming back but no agreement has been reached. There are a lot of people within Titan against bringing him back because of the nature of how and when he walked out without doing a planned angle and that bringing him back sends the wrong message about what is tolerated, and others who defend Jarrett saying that during his entire tenure in Titan except for the one incident, he was a model employee. Others think that Jarrett was correct in that they would have killed his character had he done what was planned at the PPV.”
There was also talk that Adam Bomb was close to returning as at the time, Bomb was still under contract for at least several more months and could not work anywhere else in the country.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: WWF Fleet Center 10/5/95
Thursday: WWF Superstars 10/7/95
Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 10/9/95
Saturday: WWF Cologne, Germany 10/10/95
Sunday: WWF Superstars 10/14/95, WWF Action Zone 10/15/95
Monday: WWF Monday Night RAW 10/16/95
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 10/21/95