October 7, 1995
From Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Dean Douglas vs. Barry Horowitz
We go split screen during Douglas’s entrance to see Horowitz teach Hakushi about American pop culture. Horowitz immediately attacks Douglas and nearly puts him away with a small package. Douglas fights back and slams Horowitz and hits a splash for a two count. Douglas targets the neck then lands several jabs before dropping Horowitz with an elbow smash. Douglas chokes out Horowitz with his shin as the announcers talk about Douglas vs. Shawn for the Intercontinental Title at In Your House. We then see The Bodydonnas & Rad Radford head down the aisle as Douglas stays in control of the match. Radford asks about being a Bodydonna and keeps doing jumping jacks. Douglas hammers away as the camera keeps cutting to what’s going on in the aisle. Douglas hits Horowitz with a backbreaker then a slingshot elbow smash for a two count. Horowitz fights back but Douglas attacks the leg as Ross notes Horowitz hurt his leg on last week’s show. Horowitz once again fights back and gets a nearfall but ducks his head and gets dropped on the top rope then Douglas puts him away with a fisherman’s suplex, which Lawler tells us is called the “Final Exam” (5:41) *.
Thoughts: A dull, extended squash match here as Douglas is not impressing in the ring whatsoever but remains in the midst of a strong heel push. Horowitz came off as a total job guy much like he did in his RAW match against Triple H as it cements him and The Bodydonnas as bottom of the card acts.
WWF Slam Jam with Dok Hendrix. We get hype for the 11/10 Nassau Coliseum show that features Razor Ramon vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley and the main event of Diesel & Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels vs. Yokozuna & Davey Boy Smith & King Mabel. I will be reviewing the fan-cam version of this show.
Savio Vega vs. Tom Knox
We get a clip of Vega beating Mercy at In Your House. We see the symbol cut shaved into the back of Vega’s head as Lawler goes “look, a mark” as some sort of joke about what his mother said when he was born. Vega uses a back drop then a dropkick as Lawler makes Ricky Ricardo jokes at Vega’s expense. Knox lands some shots as we see Jean Pierre Lafitte run out and steal Vega’s flag. Vega fights back and shuffles his feet before dropping Knox with an elbow smash then cranks the neck as the announcers plug the Superstar Line. Vega then takes Knox down with a bulldog and after that hits a spinning heel kick for the win (2:37). After the match, Vega looks around for his flag
Thoughts: Since losing clean to Bret twice we see Lafitte moving on from him and now trying to start a feud with Savio Vega. At least it gives two midcard guys something to do but a repeat of the last feud is not as good and Savio is not the same caliber worker as Bret. However, it wouldn’t last as we will learn later in this timeline.
We get another segment with Ahmed Johnson. He screams about role models on TV slam-dunking a basketball who only care about the money, unlike those in the WWF. Johnson says that in the WWF you will understand what being a role model is all about. The intensity is here for sure but man this was a bunch of jumbled nonsense trying to hammer home how the WWF stars care about their fans and craft and aren’t in it for the money like the star athletes. They tried stuff like this before in the past (WWF criticizing athletes who charged kids money for an autograph) but this was a really hamfisted attempt. And add to the fact behind the scenes guys were leaving due to not making enough money to afford being on the road and the message is totally tone deaf for the wrestlers.
Isaac Yankem DDS vs. Tom Torres
Torres is wrestling without boots but has his feet taped up. Yankem beats down Torres to start. Lawler is pissed over WWF Interim President Gorilla Monsoon making a Yankem vs. Bret Hart steel cage match. Yankem catches Torres with a side slam then a clothesline as the announcers talk more about the Yankem/Bret feud. Yankem stays in control as we get some “we want Bret” chants then the announcers plug Lawler appearing on an AOL Chat. Yankem chokes out Torres on the mat and cuts off a Torres comeback to hit the DDS for the win (3:30).
Thoughts: Long, boring squash match as Yankem does not have any heat but this was a way to get hima a win before his eventual cage match against Bret.
A hype video for next week’s Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid vs. Jacob & Eli Blu match.
Vince now welcomes Shawn Michaels to the ring. Shawn dances to the ring and the crowd goes nuts. Shawn tells Dean Douglas he will not “make the grade” at In Your House before considering himself the valedictorian of the WWF. Shawn said one teacher always kept him after school and her name was Mrs. Robinson, who gave him “high marks.” Vince says that Dean is the thinking man’s wrestler then Dean heads down the aisle. Shawn mocks Dean but Dean is not in a joking mood. Dean said he has been diligently preparing for this match and Shawn will have an “F” grade because he will be without the Intercontinental Title. Dean leaves then Shawn says when it becomes to performance level in the WWF, he scores a 4.0 and how Dean will fail at the Heartbreak University. Shawn then dances to end the segment. The education-related puns here were just awful. Both guys at least tried but this was unbelievably corny and seeing Douglas in ECW you just wonder to think how much better it would be under the Franchise character. Maybe actually draw some more fans to the building for their matches too.
Dok is back in the studio shilling the new Undertaker t-shirt that comes with the free video tape.
Back to the arena as Shawn skips and dances up the aisle. They’ve made sure to put anything Shawn does on camera at all times.
Up next, Bam Bam Bigelow & Henry Godwinn vs. Sid & Kama.
Sid & Kama w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Henry Godwinn
We get a replay of Godwinn slopping DiBiase at In Your House. The camera zooms inside of the slop bucket as Godwinn and Kama start things off. Kama charges and gets low-bridged but Sid distracts Godwinn so Kama can attack from behind. Kama hammers away on Godwinn then tags out as Sid stays on the attack. Godwinn blocks a sunset flip attempt then Bigelow attacks Sid from the apron and Sid gets ping-ponged briefly until he boots Godwinn. Bigelow makes a blind tag and fires away on Sid after a double clothesline but eats boot on a charge. Bigelow clotheslines Sid for a two count but misses a corner splash and gets clotheslined. Sid boots Bigelow over the top rope, prompting Vince to do the “whatamaneuver” line then Kama attacks Bigelow on the outside as the ref is tied up with Godwinn. Vince talks up the MSG Show and charity work as Bigelow gets worked over in the opposing corner. Sid & Kama maintain control and keep running interference until Kama applies a chin lock. Bigelow fights out but Kama catches a crossbody attempt and slams Bigelow down in an impressive spot. Sid tags and boots Bigelow then we go to break and return with Kama and Bigelow clotheslining each other. Kama tags out and Bigelow trades punches with Sid and hits a suplex as both men are down. Bigelow crawls over to his partner but Sid rakes his face then chokes him out on the middle rope. Bigelow avoids a big boot in the corner then uses a Samoan drop but gets distracted by DiBiase while on the middle rope and Sid takes him down with a chokeslam as Ross yells at Bigelow for not making the tag. Bigelow then uses a back drop to counter a powerbomb attempt and tags out as Kama almost ran in to break it up. The crowd is silent as Godwinn beats on Sid & Kama as we see DiBiase throwing punches at Bigelow on the outside. Godwinn hits Sid with the Slop Drop and Bigelow grabs DiBiase’s leg to prevent him from making the save and that ties up the ref and allows Kama to hit a flying knee on Godwinn then Sid covers for the win (10:46) *. Bigelow is shown holding the slop bucket and slides it into the ring before Sid & Kama walk by. Sid & Kama head up the aisle with DiBiase as the camera zooms in on the slop bucket. The hell was this about?
Thoughts: Bad match with Sid & Kama dominating on offense and Bigelow selling and none of it was any good. The end with Bigelow either deciding he did not want to slop The Corporation or too much of a pussy to try was really bad and it came off more as the latter. This Slop Bucket vs. Corporation feud can end any day now. Seriously, the slop bucket is getting pushed more than anything else.
After the break, Marty Jannetty is in action.
Marty Jannetty vs. Brooklyn Brawler
We get a clip from RAW two weeks ago with Jannetty defeating Skip and surprising Sunny with a hug. Lawler makes fun of Jannetty’s streamers, saying he stole them from the tricycle of a five yaer old girl. Marty hammers away and uses a flying headscissor takedown before hitting Brawler with a baseball slide. We go split screen and hear from Goldust as he cuts a promo on his match against Marty at In Your House. Vince wants to know about Goldust’s skills in the ring as Marty drills Brawler with an elbow smash then a thrust kick before heading up top and hitting a flying fist drop for the win (2:44). Vince then says that Siskel & Ebert will likely be on hand at In Your House to see Goldust’s premiere.
Thoughts: A win for Marty to build him up to feed to Goldust at In Your House. However, they still really are pushing Marty’s return as a big deal of sorts.
WWF Slam Jam with Dok Hendrix. We now hear about the 11/12 Meadowlands show that has a lumberjack match main event of Diesel & Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart. It also has a Henry Godwinn vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley match and we hear from both men and the promos entirely focused on the slop bucket. And those two would end up facing off but as part of a six-man tag. Also at this show will be Razor Ramon vs. Dean Douglas with the 1-2-3 Kid as a special guest referee. And, yes, I will be recapping a fan-cam version of this show as well.
After the break we will get previews of the six-man RAW main event and the Razor & Kid vs. Jacob & Eli match.
Next week we will also have Diesel vs. Waylon Mercy.
We get the brief clips of the RAW main event and the tag match for next week.
Final Thoughts: Superstars broke from the squash match norm once again like has been the case since the “New Fall Season” and gave us more stuff involving bigger names but the problem was it mostly sucked. Next week we get Razor & Kid teaming up and Diesel, the champ, goes against Mercy in a non-title match and hopefully the results are better here.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
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
Wednesday: WWF In Your House 4
Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 10/23/95