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

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are calling today’s action, which is taped from Salisbury, Maryland.

Marty Jannetty gives Razor Ramon a leather jacket backstage and asks for Ramon’s help against the 1-2-3 Kid.  Ramon agrees to the idea and agrees to watch Jannetty’s back as long as Jannetty watches his in the weeks ahead.  It seems like this angle ran behind their television storylines as McMahon already told fans on RAW that Ramon and Jannetty would be facing Sid and the Kid at In Your House.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 28, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps Shawn Michaels forfeiting the Intercontinental title to Dean Douglas at In Your House 4 and how Razor Ramon won the title shortly thereafter.  Today, Ramon will face Yokozuna in a non-title match.

McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are in the booth and they are launching a new series of tapings from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  The tapings took place on October 24.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 28, 1995

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – October 23, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps parts of In Your House 4, noting how WWF Champion Diesel and Bret Hart brawled at the end of the show and how Razor Ramon became a four-time Intercontinental champion.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings drew 2,000 fans.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – October 23, 1995

What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 14, 1995

Waylon Mercy says that he is going to put Diesel to sleep on today’s show.

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are in the booth and they are still in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 14, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 23, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are concluding this set of tapings from Wilkes-Barre, 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.

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

What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 15, 1995

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are the commentary team for today’s show and they are still in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 15, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 2, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  The tapings were held on June 28, 1995.

Ross and Pettengill recap the Bret Hart-Jerry Lawler “kiss my foot” match at The King of the Ring.  The audience gets another viewing of Lawler hyping his dentist, Isaac Yankem, D.D.S, who he says is coming to the WWF to get some revenge on Bret.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 2, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 28, 1995

Jim Ross recaps how Savio Vega contributed to Razor Ramon winning a King of the Ring qualifying match against Jacob Blu on Superstars and how that has led to Eli Blu signing to face Savio on today’s show.

Ross and Todd Pettengill are today’s commentators and they are still in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 28, 1995

What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 27, 1995

A video package plays up the ongoing Bret Hart-Jerry Lawler feud, including Bret’s challenge to Lawler on Monday Night RAW.

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are the commentary team for today’s show and they are taped from Danbury, Connecticut.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 27, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 7, 1995

Jim Ross recaps how the Intercontinental title was held up as a result of last week’s controversial finish to the Jeff Jarrett-Bob Holly match.

Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are doing the second week of tapings in Moline, Illinois.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 7, 1995

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

Vince McMahon hypes today’s match for the Intercontinental title where Jeff Jarrett will defend the title against Aldo Montoya.

McMahon and Dok Hendrix are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Glen Falls, New York.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – April 22, 1995

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

Ted DiBiase announcing Sid as the newest member of the “restructured” Million Dollar Corporation on The Action Zone is shown.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings in Poughkeepsie, New York.  They announce that Diesel will defend the WWF Championship on next week’s show against Bam Bam Bigelow.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – April 17, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – April 16, 1995

Todd Pettengill recaps the end of last week’s main event between Razor Ramon and Tatanka, which resulted in a double count out and saw a brawl between both participants, the 1-2-3 Kid, and King Kong Bundy.

Todd Pettengill and Gorilla Monsoon are doing commentary, with both of them still in Lowell, Massachusetts.  They allow Pettengill to do the lead play-by-play duties for the show, which is really puzzling.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – April 16, 1995

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – March 6, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps how Bam Bam Bigelow and Lawrence Taylor traded verbal blows at the WrestleMania XI press conference.  McMahon promises us footage of the press conference.

McMahon and Jim Cornette are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Macon, Georgia.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – March 6, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – February 26, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are on commentary and they are still taped from Fort Myers, Florida.

A video package recaps the end of last week’s British Bulldog-Bob Backlund match that led to today’s tag team main event between the Bulldog and Bret Hart against Backlund and Owen Hart.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – February 26, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – February 5, 1995

Jim Ross and Vince McMahon are covering the action, which is still coming from South Padre Island, Texas.  McMahon is replacing Todd Pettengill because Pettengill is on vacation.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – February 5, 1995

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

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are still in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – February 4, 1995

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – January 22, 1995

Todd Pettengill is live from Tampa, Florida from the location of the Royal Rumble.  Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon are in the booth calling the taped matches which are still from Liberty, New York.  As long as it gets Todd out of the booth it is fine with me.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – January 22, 1995

What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – January 14, 1995

Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler are doing commentary and they are still in Newark, Delaware.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – January 14, 1995

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – January 2, 1995

“Double J” Jeff Jarrett lets us know how great he is going to be in his signing debut on tonight’s RAW.

Gorilla Monsoon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are taped from Liberty, New York.  This episode was taped on December 12, 1994.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – January 2, 1995

What the World Was Watching: Wrestling Challenge – January 1, 1995

Although I have reviewed some of the early Attitude Era action on the Blog, I am going to embark on a new project:  reviewing all of the major televised action for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1995.  Readers are likely aware that 1995 was a terrible financial year for the company, with James Dixon writing in Titan Sinking that Vince McMahon and Titan Sports lost $6 million.  The wrestling industry was in the doldrums in the mid-1990s, reeling from declining ratings; the end of the Hulkamania boom; and lingering suspicions from sponsors about steroid and drug use, which caused the federal government to put McMahon on trial in the summer of 1994.

On a personal note, 1995 was the year that I got into wrestling.  Being exposed to the business during one of its worst times did not phase me since I had nothing else to compare it to.  I knew nothing of workrate or star ratings and accepted Diesel as the WWF champion.  However, it was painfully obvious to me that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were clearly the best and I enjoyed their televised matches throughout the year.  Little did I know at the time that both men had a significant rivalry behind the scenes and when it exploded in Montreal two years later it would help the WWF regain its position as the supreme brand of professional wrestling in North America.

These reviews will chronicle major WWF programming in 1995.  We will go through Wrestling Challenge, Monday Night Raw, Superstars, and The Action Zone.  Pay-per-views will also be covered, as will the occasional Sunday Night Slam where warranted.  Win-loss records will be provided for talent throughout the year and matches will be recapped, with reflections on the purpose of those matches and how they fit into existing storylines.  I will also compile other statistics – house show attendance, drawing power for champions – that I will share periodically.  Furthermore, for each week of action I will try to provide a brief calendar of notable events so readers can see the context that all of this booking is fitting into.  The reviews will be posted to the Blog on Tuesdays and Fridays going forward.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Wrestling Challenge – January 1, 1995