What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 4, 1995

Jim Ross recaps the events on last week’s show that led to today’s Razor Ramon & Savio Vega-Blu Brothers main event.

Ross and Pettengill are handling commentary and are still in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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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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What the World Was Watching: In Your House #1

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are manning the booth and we are live from Syracuse, New York!

Todd Pettengill interviews Bret Hart, who says that he will continue to prove that he is “the best there is, best there was, and the best there ever will be.”  He wishes happy Mother’s Day to his mother in Canada and says he looks forward to taking care of Jerry Lawler after he beats Hakushi in the opening match.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 14, 1995

Footage is shown of an armored car carrying the In Your House entries to Syracuse, New York.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Moline, Illinois.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – May 8, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps Sid’s sneak attack on Razor Ramon last week.  He questions whether Sid was participating in an act of cowardice or trying to send a message to WWF Champion Diesel.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler have the announce duties and they are concluding the tapings in Omaha, Nebraska as we head to In Your House this Sunday.  Lawler goes into a hilarious rant about how he will beat Bret Hart at In Your House, lamenting that Bret has insulted him and made fun of his family, the very things that Lawler has been doing toward Bret for the past two years.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – April 29, 1995

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in the booth and they are taped from Des Moines, Iowa.  These tapings occurred on April 25.  Thehistoryofwwe.com says that 4,500 people attended the tapings but that they were “papered,” meaning that the company gave away free tickets for people to show up to the arena.

McMahon and Hendrix discuss Diesel’s WWF title defense against Bam Bam Bigelow on RAW and how Bigelow was kicked out of the Million Dollar Corporation after the bout.

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

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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

Vince McMahon hypes today’s battle between the Smoking Gunns and the Shoguns (Hakushi and Kwang).

McMahon and Dok Hendrix – the name that the WWF has given to Michael Hayes – have the commentary duties and they are still in Glen Falls, New York.  This is Hayes’s debut as the company chose him to fill color commentary duties over others that they reportedly auditioned, which included Shane Douglas.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – April 10, 1995

McMahon promises to show footage of Sid’s attack on Shawn Michaels despite the fact that such footage has already aired on Superstars and The Action Zone.  He also hypes tonight’s six-man tag match between Bret Hart, Bob Holly, and the 1-2-3 Kid and Hakushi, Owen Hart, and Yokozuna.  Owen cuts a brief promo about how the heel team will squash the babyfaces, with Yokozuna getting in his usual “BANZAI!”

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the booth via the green screen and they are taped from Poughkeepsie, New York.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – April 10, 1995

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

Jim Ross and Stan Lane are tasked with the commentary duties for today’s show and they are taped from Lowell, Massachusetts.  The tapings for this month’s set of episodes took place on April 5, 1995.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – April 3, 1995

Vince McMahon discusses the events of WrestleMania XI, aided by pictures of the event.  McMahon reveals that Lawrence Taylor defeated Bam Bam Bigelow, WWF Champion Diesel successfully defended his title, and Owen Hart won the tag team titles with his new partner Yokozuna.

McMahon and Jim Cornette are doing commentary and they are live from Poughkeepsie, New York.  Cornette compares the return of Yokozuna to the return of Michael Jordan.

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

Footage of Tatanka interfering in the Lex Luger-King Kong Bundy match last week and the British Bulldog saving Luger from a beatdown is shown.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the commentary booth and they are wrapping up the tapings in Augusta, Georgia.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – March 13, 1995

Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are in the booth and they are live from Stockton, California

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – March 6, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings in Fort Myers, Florida.

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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.

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

We get more developments in the Bam Bam Bigelow-Lawrence Taylor feud as Taylor’s attorney, Anthony J. Giampapa, announces that he is advising his client to take legal action against Bigelow and the World Wrestling Federation because he believes they are trying to goad Taylor into a match.  He demands that both Bigelow and the WWF “cease and desist” from further activities concerning Taylor.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and the site of our tapings has changed to West Palm Beach, Florida.  The tapings were done on January 24.  McMahon says that in response to Mr. Giampapa, the WWF will cease promoting the idea of a future Bigelow-Taylor match.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – February 11, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps Shawn Michaels victory in the Royal Rumble and hypes today’s match between Michaels and Adam Bomb.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the booth and they are still taped from Corpus Christi, Texas.

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – January 30, 1995

Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary this evening and they are still taped from Palmetto, Florida.  The green screen that they are broadcast against is jarring.

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

Vince McMahon recaps how the Smoking Gunns became the new WWF Tag Team Champions on Monday Night RAW when they defeated Bob Holly and the 1-2-3 Kid.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are announcing taped matches from one of the WWF’s favorite locations:  Corpus Christi, Texas!

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – January 9, 1995

Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are live from Houston, Texas.  This is the second anniversary episode of Monday Night Raw.

William Shatner, who is here to hype his new show TekWar, says that he is not scared of appearing on Jerry Lawler’s King’s Court segment and that if Lawler messes with him “he will be out of here at warp speed.”  He even admits that he is simply here to do the hard sell for his show and is not going to wrestle.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – January 9, 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.

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