RICHMOND, VA (Richmond Coliseum)
MONDAY NIGHT RAW (12/4/95)
Jerry “The King” Lawler
We’re hyping up two big matches right off the bat here: Razor facing Dean Douglas in an IC Title match as well as Jannetty taking on Sid. We even get duelling promos from both Sid and Jannetty. Apparently, we will also get some “alarming comments” from Shawn’s personal physician. Did he lose his smile before the “I lost my smile” speech?
Bulldog overpowers Holly to start but Bob fights back with a hiptoss and a slam to take over. A pair of clotheslines cause Smith to head to the outside and seek counsel from Cornette. Back in, a powerslam by Holly gets two. He locks on an armbar but Smith turns it into a press slam and takes over with forearm shots to the face. Suplex attempt is countered into a small package for a VERY near fall. The second attempt works though as the Bulldog gets his trademark delayed vertical suplex for two. Aaaaand we hit the chinlock… but only temporarily as Holly fights out and gets a sunset flip for two. Bulldog catches him with a knee to take over once again and a big legdrop hits the mark. Beautiful dropkick by Holly is pretty much no-sold and a second one gets another near fall. Holly goes for the ten punches in the corner and it gets yet another two count. This is far better than I would have expected. Holly tries to springboard over Davey Boy but gets caught with the Running Powerslam and that’s all she wrote in 5:06. I’d give this a solid ** ½.
WINNER by PINFALL: Davey Boy Smith
Footage is shown from Superstars of Backlund putting the Chicken Wing on Jim Ross.
Lawler calls Backlund down out of the audience as he continues his campaigning. The King brings up Backlund’s upcoming match with Hart next week but Bob freaks out when he finds out that it’s a non-title match. Backlund goes on his usual insane rant and Lawler tries to throw to commercial but he refuses to stop talking so they cut off his microphone.
Fatu vs. The Brooklyn Brawler
Oh God, it’s “Makin’ a Difference” Fatu. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, count your lucky stars. The Brawler attacks from behind and actually gets some offense with headbutts and a knee to the gut but Fatu comes back quickly with a big backbreaker. Top-Rope Splash ends it quickly at 1:28.
WINNER by PINFALL: Fatu
Dok Hendrix updates us … oh wait, we’re interrupted by Bob Backlund in the arena, who manhandles the sound man and puts the Chicken Wing on him! Jesus. Back to Dok as we get word that it will be Diesel vs. Owen Hart at In Your House IV.
WWF Intercontinental Title Match
Rematch time. See, the last time these guys fought Dean had just won the title via forfeit from Shawn Michaels and then Razor fought him and treated him like a jobber for 10 mins. before beating Douglas for the title with a back suplex. Is there any doubt the Kliq had some major pull in the mid-90s?
Anyway, Douglas starts off with a slap which leads to Razor throwing his toothpick in Dean’s face. The challenger still manages to attack Ramon from behind and put the boots to him but the ref takes the title belt away before Dean can use it as a weapon. Razor comes back by catching Dean with his trademark fallaway slam followed by a clothesline to the outside. Back in, Razor catches him with a hiptoss and goes to the armbar. Douglas comes back with a slam and some kind of high spot but it’s interrupted by a pesky commercial break. When we come back, Dean has an abdominal stretch applied on the Bad Guy. Eventually, Razor is able to reverse it but Dean hiptosses out of it. Flying bodypress is rolled through by Razor for a 2 count. He signals for the Razor’s Edge… and hits it! Wow, and it’s over in 4:48. * ½, pretty short match here and Dean was merely treated like an annoyance rather than a legitimate threat to the title.
WINNER by PINFALL and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon
It’s time for the Brother Love Show again and this time his guest is King Mabel, who is Sir Mo-less. They discuss the upcoming casket match with the Undertaker at In Your House. Mabel claims two things that are DEFINITELY not true. He was not the first man to pin the Undertaker NOR was he the first man to rid the WWF of the Undertaker for an extended period of time. Brother Love offers a surprise but Mabel doesn’t like surprises. Out comes a druid with a rather large casket that causes a rather pensive look on Mabel’s face. Brother Love unmasks the druid as Sir Mo (and the crowd could care less) and then reveals a custom-made and painted casket just for him. Okay then. I get that this was to hype up Taker/Mabel but it was a rather boring segment overall.
Razor Ramon gives Marty some last-minute pointers.
Marty Jannetty vs. Psycho Sid [w/Ted DiBiase]
More bullshit from Barry Didinski before we get started. Would anyone ever buy something like this?!
Jannetty attacks from behind and gets a quick cross-body before ramming Sid’s head into the mat over and over again. A second attempt results in a powerslam from Sid though and he starts tha taunting. Sid smacks Marty’s head into the mat a few times and then chokes him out in the corner. Sid whips Jannetty into the opposite corner but gets caught with a foot and a blockbuster from Jannetty. Fistdrop gets two as we see Razor watching the match in the backstage area. After the commercial break, Sid is in control and Marty does his awesome 360 degree clothesline sell spot. Jannetty fires away and goes for a sunset flip, avoids a right hand, but then gets turned inside out with another clothesline for two. Sid goes to the chinlock but Jannetty fights out of it with right hands… and gets tossed over the ropes to the outside. DiBiase takes some cheap shots and the Kid is now out as well and he pounds away on Marty on the outside. Now Razor is out to make the save as he takes out Sid and then chases the 1-2-3 Kid through the crowd. The match is thrown out at 5:07 in favour of a DQ win for Jannetty but Sid still powerbombs him right after the match. * ¾
WINNER by DISQUALIFICATION: Marty Jannetty
And now we get the main event: Shawn Michaels Health Watch. The doc talks about Shawn’s symptoms and notes that he has no idea when Shawn will be back and that some people never even recover from these types of injuries. My favourite part was the doctor very casually saying, “when I was watching Monday Night Raw at home with my wife…” Yeah, this guy is definitely in the target audience for RAW. This whole thing was like TEN MINUTES LONG.
OVERALL: Well, this was another rather uneventful episode of RAW. A buncha short matches and an overlong fluff piece for a main event do not make for very compelling television.
TOTAL RING TIME: 16:29