Mabel vs. Adam Bomb (and other King of the Ring 1995 Qualifying Matches!)

8 WWE Matches Where The Crowd Was The Star – Page 3

Mabel vs. Savio Vega ending a PPV. This was so bad it feels like a hard-boiled noir detective should be doing narration over it.

KING OF THE RING QUALIFYING MATCHES (1995):
* Back for more King of the Ring Qualifiers- technically still part of my “Dream Matches” column, haha. And with a special edition of everyone’s favorite wrestling standby: FANTASY REBOOKING!!

This year’s King of the Ring was very well-represented on YouTube. This is the most infamously bad tournament in history, which is hilarious, as “on paper” it looks to be the biggest one ever- while most tourneys are foregone conclusions or are full of mid-level guys, this one had Lex, Owen, Razor, Shawn and even the UNDERTAKER wrestling, with a ton of matches having equal stars. So the disaster that was the ’95 KOTR is a true epic. Come watch as the long national nightmare of Savio Vega in a prominent role begins, plus how NOT to create a new Monster Heel.

Previous tournaments re-legitimized ex-champion Bret Hart and gave credibility to Owen for his feud with Bret. A third tournament could either legitimize another would-be champion (Shawn Michaels, in this case), or set up a challenger for Diesel, who’s coming out of a feud with Psycho Sid. It looks like Bob Holly beating Mantaur is not on YouTube, but I found the rest.

MABEL (w/ Mo) vs. ADAM BOMB:
(WWF In Your House, May 14th)
* This was a strange decision- putting the first KOTR Qualifier on the first-ever In Your House PPV as a throwaway bout. Mabel had just recently turned heel, while Bomb was spinning his wheels as a directionless babyface after splitting with Harvey Whippleman last year. Bomb’s in the red & yellow gear as usual (he only briefly wore other colors), while Mabel’s in black & purple.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 05-24-1993

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: May 24, 1993 (taped 5/17)

Attendance: 1,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Will either Doink or Perfect qualify for the tournament? What does Ramon have up his sleeve? Could he be calling for a strike? Let’s find out!

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – November 4, 1995

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are calling today’s action, which is still unfolding in the confines of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 7, 1995

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are calling today’s action and they are still in Valparaiso, Indiana and on the campus of Valparaiso University.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 23, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps how Henry Godwinn has been on a “slopping spree” in recent weeks and chronicles his battles with the Million Dollar Corporation.

McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are in the booth and concluding the tapings in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 2, 1995

Since Monday Night RAW was pre-empted for the U.S. Open on USA Network, there were some matches that aired on the Saturday morning WWF Mania show.  Those contests were taped in Worcester, Massachusetts in mid-August.  Here were the results of those bouts:

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – August 20, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are taped from Portland, Maine.  This was the same site as the recent Superstars tapings as the company was reducing television tapings due to budget cuts.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – August 13, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are the announce team and they are concluding the tapings in St. Louis, Missouri.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – August 12, 1995

The usual broadcast team of Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are calling the action and they are concluding the tapings in Evansville, Indiana.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 30, 1995

Jim Ross recaps how Shawn Michaels defeated Jeff Jarrett at In Your House 2 to win the Intercontinental title for the third time.

Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are taped from St. Louis, Missouri.  According to the historyofwwe.com, the taping drew 10,500 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: In Your House 2

A poor knock off of the Monday Night Football theme plays us in with a chorus of “In Your House, In Your House, tonight!”

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the booth, both dressed in country music-like attire, and they are live from Nashville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 22, 1995

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are our commentary team and they are wrapping up the tapings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – July 17, 1995

Irwin R. Schyster and Shawn Michaels cut dueling promos against each other for tonight’s main event, with Michaels saying that he is going to do what lots of Americans want to do in slapping around the tax man.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Danville, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 9, 1995

Waylon Mercy’s vignettes are spliced together to hype his Action Zone debut.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are taped from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 8, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps Men on a Mission beating down the Smoking Gunns back in March because both teams are facing each other in today’s feature match.

McMahon and Dok Hendrix are doing commentary and they are taped from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 1, 1995

Vince McMahon narrates footage of Diesel participating in a celebrity softball tournament last weekend that was meant to raise money for kids who lost parents in the Oklahoma City terrorist attack.

McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in charge of commentary and they are taped from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  The tapings were held on June 27 and according to historyofwwe.com they drew 2,000 fans.  Hendrix is wearing patriotic clothing this week and is having a mock July 4 cookout at the announce table.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 25, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill narrate a video package for why Bret Hart and Henry Godwinn are facing each other in a rematch of their Superstars encounter, which occurred two weeks ago, on today’s show.  Godwinn says that he will give Bret the beating of his life.

Ross and Pettengill are in charge of commentary and they are taped from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – June 19, 1995

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are on commentary and are broadcasting from Struthers, Ohio as we conclude the tapings and prepare for this weekend’s King of the Ring pay-per-view.  McMahon says that the stench coming from our television set is due to Lawler’s feet.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 11, 1995

Jim Ross narrates a video package that puts over Adam Bomb and Jean-Pierre LaFitte, announcing that both men will face each other on today’s show.

Ross and Stan Lane are doing commentary and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The tapings were done on June 7 and according to historyofwwe.com they drew 2,000 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – May 29, 1995

Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett cuts an in-ring promo against the Undertaker for their King of the Ring qualifying match later tonight, saying that he will be a “shoo in” for the tournament.  Jarrett’s promo is interrupted by the lights flickering.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Binghamton, New York.

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