What the World Was Watching: In Your House 5

(My reviews are a little out of order as I accidentally posted the Monday Night RAW that happened the night after this show on Friday instead of posting this In Your House review.  So if you missed that review, you can read this one and then go back and check that one out.  I will finish this series of 1995 WWF columns on Friday).

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – December 18, 1995

Vince McMahon narrates a video package that shows highlights of In Your House 5.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Newark, Delaware.  This is the last RAW of 1995 since the WWF was pre-empted for Christmas.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – December 16, 1995

Razor Ramon reads an adaptation of A Night Before Christmas to preview In Your House 5.

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Salisbury, Maryland.  The Superstars theme song has been updated to reflect some of the changes in the company’s roster as Dean Douglas and Waylon Mercy have been removed from it.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – November 25, 1995

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are today’s commentary team and they are taped from Richmond, Virginia.  This episode was taped at the same location as RAW because the company had get Superstars ready to air a day early because of Thanksgiving.

Highlights of the 1-2-3 Kid’s ongoing issue with Marty Jannetty are shown, including Sid’s attack on Jannetty on RAW.

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What the World Was Watching: Survivor Series 1995

Howard Finkel announces Mr. Perfect, who is returning to the company after a year and a half hiatus.  Perfect comes to ringside to serve as a color commentator.

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are doing commentary and they are live from Landover, Maryland.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – November 18, 1995

A great movie-style preview of Goldust opens the show with Todd Pettengill narrating.  Goldust says that he is ready for his close up and that has finally arrived on Superstars.  Pettengill also says that they will show us the shocking footage of the 1-2-3 Kid’s heel turn on RAW.

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are calling the action and they are concluding the tapings in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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

Todd Pettengill recaps Ahmed Johnson slamming Yokozuna on last week’s show and hypes tonight’s big contests.

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are tonight’s commentary team and they are still in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

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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: Monday Night RAW – October 30, 1995

Todd Pettengill does a horrible Dracula impression as he recaps last week’s twenty man battle royal and how Goldust is making his television premiere tonight.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary, still calling the show from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.  Since it is Halloween, McMahon taunts the federal government by dressing up like a prisoner.  Lawler even asks if he got fitted for that outfit a year ago.  For his part, Lawler dresses up like a dentist.  Even the Spanish announce team gets in on the act as they are dressed like devils and WWF logo in the bottom left corner of the screen is done like a jack-o-lantern.

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What the World Was Watching: In Your House 4

Toni Wilson sings “O Canada” to kick off the show.  Vince McMahon bills her as an “up and coming star” but no significant achievements came to her career the best I can tell.

Interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon tells the viewing audience that due to Shawn Michaels concussion he will not allow him to compete.  Monsoon promises that there will still be an Intercontinental title match tonight as Michaels will be asked to forfeit the title to Dean Douglas, who will then defend it against Razor Ramon.  The crowd is heard noticeably booing this announcement from the arena as the company has yet another “bait and switch” for the second pay-per-view in a row.

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are doing commentary and they are live from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 21, 1995

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are calling the action and they are doing their final broadcast from Valparaiso, Indiana.  McMahon says that the Undertaker will not face Kama on today’s show because of the Undertaker’s recent facial injury.  Thehistoryofwwe.com says that the Undertaker won the match, originally taped for this show on September 26, as one would expect because Kama has not done anything of note since SummerSlam.

Henry Godwinn is shown feeding his hogs in Arkansas.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – October 16, 1995

Isaac Yankem and Bret Hart cut dueling promos against each other from inside of a steel cage to hype their match tonight.  Jerry Lawler adds his thoughts for good measure.  The setting looks cool as the ring is only illuminated by a few stage lights while the rest of the arena is dark.

Vince McMahon and Lawler are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This is the last RAW before In Your House 4.  McMahon lets us know that Dean Douglas and Mabel were each fined $7,500 for their actions after the six man tag team match on last week’s RAW.  The Undertaker is temporarily written off television by the WWF saying that he suffered his facial injury due to Mabel’s attack.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 30, 1995

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are today’s commentary team and they are taped from the campus of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings drew 3,000 fans.

Barry Horowitz is showing trying to tutor Hakushi on American politics, a segment that McMahon laughs at.

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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: Monday Night RAW – September 11, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps the events of the Shawn Michaels-Razor Ramon ladder match at SummerSlam and how Sid looks to “tear down the Heartbreak Hotel” tonight while Ramon faces the newly turned British Bulldog.

To kick off the “new fall season” of Monday Night RAW the company abandons the intro that RAW used for the better part of two and half years and replaces it with an introduction of wrestlers battling on the top of Titan Towers in Connecticut.  The highlight is Shawn Michaels dancing atop a platform and then diving on top of Kama.  Later footage from this opening would be used for D-Generation X’s Titantron video in 1997.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 9, 1995

A video package hypes today’s big feature match between Dean Douglas and the 1-2-3 Kid.  Will the Kid get sent to the principal’s office?

Since this is the new fall season, Superstars gets a new theme song for the first time in more than a year, with it being a knockoff of the Monday Night Football theme asking “Are you ready?”  The funny thing with an intro like this is that half the talent in it had quit or was released by January 1996 so they had to redo the lyrics, all of which were tied to a specific superstar.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – September 3, 1995

Todd Pettengill and Jim Ross quickly recap some of the events at SummerSlam.

Pettengill and Ross are doing commentary and they are taped from Portland, Maine.  Pettengill tells fans that The Action Zone will have a new format next week due to the WWF’s “new fall season.”

Footage of Barry Horowitz upsetting Skip at SummerSlam is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – August 21, 1995

Footage of Kama beating up a Creature of the Night on Superstars is shown.  The Undertaker’s battle with Tatanka is seen as the first opportunity for the Undertaker to get revenge for the attack.  The Undertaker pledges to take Tatanka out to send a message to the Million Dollar Corporation and Kama.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are tonight’s commentary team and they are concluding the brief tapings in Worcester, Massachusetts.  This is the “go home” show for SummerSlam and it the last to feature the old RAW opening that has been a staple for more than a year since the company would have a new one when they returned after the U.S. Open.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – August 14, 1995

A video package hypes tonight’s Shawn Michaels-Jerry Lawler main event by playing up King Mabel’s attack on Michaels at the end of last week’s show.  Lawler tells Michaels that he is not superman and that he will finish what Mabel started on tonight’s broadcast.

Vince McMahon and Ted DiBiase are doing commentary and they are live from Worcester, Massachusetts.  The tapings drew a sold out crowd of 4,500 fans according to thehistoryofwwe.com.  This RAW also debuts a new entr

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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 – 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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Monday Night Raw – March 24, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: March 24, 2003
Location: ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home show for Wrestlemania but more importantly we’ll be seeing the first ever Rock Concert with Rock giving us a performance for the ages. Other than that though it’s time for the final push towards Seattle, which likely means we won’t be seeing a lot of wrestling around here for the sake of avoiding a last minute injury. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – March 17, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: March 17, 2003
Location: Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re less than two weeks away from Wrestlemania and….yeah I’m not really caring that much yet. The show just isn’t looking interesting and I’m not sure how much tonight is going to help. This week’s big attraction is Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff II for no apparent reason, though a lack of logic has never stopped WWE before. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – February 3, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 3, 2003
Location: MCI Center, Washington D.C.
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s always cool to have a show from my birthday. We’re coming up on No Way Out and that means HHH needs a challenger for the World Title. That will be set up tonight as Scott Steiner faces Chris Jericho in a #1 contenders match. Given that Steiner won at the Royal Rumble and JR immediately talked about there being NO WAY OUT, this shouldn’t be too complicated. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – December 16, 2002

Monday Night Raw
Date: December 16, 2002
Location: TD Waterhouse Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re past the final pay per view of the year and that means it’s time to get ready for the 2003 Royal Rumble. That also means that the new Raw World Champion HHH needs a new challenger, which means we’re in for a major problem in the next month or two. Words don’t do the upcoming nightmares justice so let’s get to it.

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