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Monday Night Raw (12/11/95)

Posted: August 29, 2013 by Brendan Wahl in Wrestling Reviews
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SALISBURY, MD (unknown arena)




Vince McMahon
Jerry “The King” Lawler

Owen Hart [w/Mr. Fuji, Jim Cornette, & Yokozuna] vs. Jeff Hardy

Yes, the days when Jeff Hardy was merely a jobber. Diesel watches the match from backstage as Owen dominates Hardy but they still work a pretty fun little squash match. Diana Hart-Smith is also in the crowd. Holy shit, Jeff takes an INSANE 360 clothesline bump and Owen nails him with a missile dropkick for the win in 2:35. After the match, Yoko squashes Hardy with a Bonzai Drop and then Owen puts the Sharpshooter on him. Diesel comes out but Owen bails so he disposes of Yokozuna instead.


Chaparita Asari vs. Aja Kong

Another Japanese ladies match? I’m down. Asari starts off quick with a couple of handspring mule kicks but Kong just powers her down with ease. A nasty hairpull and kicks to the back by Kong followed by a delayed suplex, but Kong pulls her head up at two. Kong then goes to a VICIOUS package piledriver but again picks her head up at two. Kong uses some more stiff kicks to the head and hits a big splash but AGAIN pulls her head up at two. Lawler is making fun of some dead rapper in a really “classy” manner. Kong shakes her ass around (?) and then slams Asari down, followed by a top-rope splash… but it misses. Asari then misses her high spot, which allows Aja to hit the spinning backfist for the pin at 4:05. Aja Kong just KILLED her in this match. **


We get a pre-recorded interview with Todd talking to Shawn on his recovery process. Nothing really gets said here other than Shawn saying that he will return when the doctors allow him to come back. He wants the WWF Title too.

Ahmed Johnson vs. Rick Stockhauser

Ahmed tears this poor scrub apart and no-sells all of his offense. He hits the sloppiest and shittiest spinebuster of all-time followed by showing how green he truly was by repeating the same spot. Pearl River Plunge ends it quick at 1:08.

WINNER by PINFALL: Ahmed Johnson

Lawler interviews Ahmed and makes fun of him some more but gets intimidated and sits back down.

Freddie Blassie yells at a bunch of wrestlers in a promo for the RAW Bowl. I can only cringe at what that is going to entail.

Vince McMahon gets a word with the 1-2-3 Kid and Psycho Sid [w/Ted DiBiase] regarding the tag match against Razor and Marty Jannetty at In Your House. Unfortunately, the Kid has next-to-no charisma at this point in his career and DiBiase has to carry the interview. Sid yells a lot.

Non-Title Match

Bret “The Hitman” Hart (WWF Champion) vs. Bob Backlund

I think this is Bob’s first RAW match in over a year and probably one of his last as well. Vince making Lawler read the Burger King sponsor bit is pretty funny. Hart takes Backlund to the mat to start off with but he goes to the ropes and Hart breaks it up. Hart gets a go-behind on Backlund but he switches and gets the champ in a headscissors. This is quality chain wrestling. Bret gets out of the hold and applies a front facelock while Lawler interviews Diana Hart-Smith in the crowd. She has the charisma of a split pea. Back in the ring, Bret goes to the waistlock on Backlund and they go to the ropes. Bret dropkicks Backlund out of the ring and we go to commercial. As we come back, Bret gets a backlside for two. Backlund slips to the outside and stalls for time but Bret finally drags him back in by the arm. Bret wrenches away on the arm but Bob avoids a slam and tries to lock on the Chicken Wing. Bret quickly gets to the ropes though so Backlund continues to work on the arm. Bob takes Bret over with a snap mare and locks on an armbar but gets sidetracked by the audience chanting for the Hitman. He takes Bret down with an armbar again and CONTINUES to beat on the arm. It sounds boring and plodding but it’s solid stuff here. Bret fights out but gets taken down with a big forearm shot aaaaaand Backlund goes back to the arm once again. Bret gets a couple of two counts out of nowhere but we take a second commercial break. Russian Leg Sweep gets two for Bret. Inverted atomic drop sets up the elbow, which leads to the Sharpshooter but the Bulldog runs in for the DQ at 11:34 just as Bob catches Hart with the Crossface. *** ½, solid main event here.


Davey Boy puts the boots to Bret while Backlund still has the Crossface locked on. Officials finally clear Backlund and Davey Boy out of the ring after a helluva beating has been administered. Backlund is not happy about being DQ’ed.

OVERALL: A very good main event and some decent build for the PPV makes for the first ‘good’ episode of RAW that I’ve reviewed for the site so far.


Monday Nitro (12/4/95)

Posted: August 28, 2013 by Brendan Wahl in Wrestling Reviews
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PHOENIX, AZ (America West Arena)


MONDAY NITRO (12/4/95)

Eric Bischoff
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Steve “Mongo” McMichael

WCW Tag Team Title Match

Harlem Heat © [w/Sister Sherri] vs. American Males

The American Males are Buff Bagwell and Scotty Riggs with the worst theme music of ALL-TIME. Riggs and Stevie Ray start things off with Stevie pounding on the little prettyboy. Riggs uses a couple of dropkicks for a 1 count and then wrenches on the arm but Ray pretty much no-sells it and gets a side slam. Booker is in now and gets taken down with a forearm. Tag to Bagwell as the challengers do some decent double-teaming on both members of the Heat. Booker soon gets the upper hand though … and gets rolled up for two. Now it’s Bagwell’s turn to go to work on the arm while Col. Parker appears in the aisle with a present, presumably for Sherri. Riggs now plays face-in-peril (even though the crowd could give a shit about him) as Stevie powerslams him. Back to the outside of the ring as Parker gives Sherri the present and I guess it’s a ring! Back in the ring, Booker gets a side kick for two. To the arm we go. And back to the dumb shit as Parker and Sherri walk away arm-in-arm. Stevie gets a back suplex on Riggs for two. Booker is back in with some kind of spinning pump kick and the crowd is CLEARLY behind Harlem Heat. Riggs gets an out-of-nowhere cradle for a one count. Sunset flip gets two. Harlem Heat continue double-teaming Riggs and Booker gets a horrible side slam on him. Top-rope move hits Scotty’s knees and the hot (?) tag is made to Bagwell. HOUSE O’ FIRE! Bagwell gets a fisherman suplex for two and now all four guys are in. The champs take over again and Booker gets the Harlem Hangover for the win at 7:47. It was okay… **.

WINNERS by PINFALL (Booker over Bagwell) AND STILL Tag Team Champions: Harlem Heat

“Mean” Gene chats with Sting and Luger in the aisle as apparently Sting, Luger, and Flair are gonna have a triangle match at Starrcade. Sting tells Luger that he has a good shot at becoming the World Champion tonight and that when Sting wins the triangle match, he’ll have the shot at potential new champion, Lex Luger. The Total Package announces that he WILL win the title tonight and re-iterates that the triangle match will be every man for himself.

Sting vs. Kurosawa

Parker is not with Kurosawa because he’s making out with Sherri somewhere, I assume. Ew. Sting starts off quick with a dropkick and knocks Kurosawa to the outside. Sting gets dragged to the outside though and takes a pounding before getting thrown back into the ring. Kurosawa kicks Sting and screams a lot. Yep. He tries to break Sting’s arm for a while and then chops him in the corner but Sting fights back and rams him into opposite turnbuckles. Stinger Splash connects and then the Scorpion Death Lock is applied for the submission in 2:38. ½* for what was barely even a match.


Starrcade promo which will feature New Japan stars going up against WCW guys in some of the matches.

Scott “Flash” Norton vs. The Giant [w/Jimmy Hart & the Taskmaster]

Well, this should be quick. Stalemate to start as no one can get the power advantage right away until Giant shoulderblocks Norton down. Norton gets slammed down with ease and then Giant clubs away in a very Andre-like manner. To the shock of everyone, Norton actually gives the Giant an atomic drop and delivers a headbutt and a few right hands but the Giant just seems to be absorbing the blows. Clotheslines do nothing so Norton heads up top… and jumps right into the chokeslam for the pin in 2:44. Well, Norton lasted longer than I thought he would last. DUD


For some reason, Charles Barkley (WOW, he was skinny back then!) shows up with Ric Flair and seems to be having a ball watching Flair just be Flair. Once they get in the ring, “Mean” Gene asks Barkley if he’ll be a new tag team partner. Well, he can’t be any worse than Rodman. Barkley praises Flair to some heel heat and then Ric does his usual great rant of a promo.

WCW World Heavyweight Title Match

“Macho Man” Randy Savage © vs. Lex Luger [w/Jimmy Hart]

These guys have faced each other like four times since Nitro began. Luger begs off to start and then asks for a handshake but Macho is all “fuck you” and chokes him. Luger comes back with a clothesline that knocks Savage to the outside and he is clearly already favouring the injured arm. Savage catches Luger with a shot to the gut on the outside and takes over, nailing the challenger with a double axehandle back in the ring for two.  Lex reverses a suplex but misses that elbowdrop that never hits, which causes Savage to work over *Luger’s* arm. We go to a break and when we come back, Savage is working over Luger’s arm outside the ring. Savage rolls him back in and applies an armbar to the now-injured arm of Luger. I like the psychology here with Savage avenging his injured arm by attempting to cause Luger the same amount of pain by going after his arm as well. Savage gets an inside cradle for two and then goes right back to the arm again. Back to the outside they go and this match has been basically all Savage. Luger finally gains control after the Macho Man misses a dive and hits the guardrail. Luger rolls Savage back in and stomps away but Savage fights back with right hands and a choke on the top rope. Luger goes to the eyes and Savage slaps the ref thinking that it’s Luger but thankfully we don’t go to a DQ over that as the finish. Clothesline puts Savage down for two as Luger continues to sell the arm fairly well for Luger’s standards. A bunch of elbowdrops get Luger a near fall and a big knee lift takes him down as well. More elbows and another two count. Savage makes a comeback and we get a double knockout spot with both men colliding with each other. Savage gets a two count. The announcers are putting over the fact that the wrestlers still wrestle whether they hurt or not, which is definitely something we are MUCH more aware of now… and not necessarily in a good way. Anyway, Savage takes control again and clotheslines Luger down for 2 as we see that Jimmy Hart took off a turnbuckle. Savage sends Luger to the exposed steel as well, which somehow takes the ref out. Flying Elbowdrop connects but there’s no ref. Savage goes after Jimmy Hart but here comes Flair with a brass knucks shot to Savage. Jimmy drags Luger on top of Savage all the while Hulk Hogan arrives and chases after Flair back into the ring. The ref finally gets back in but Hogan breaks up the count for the DQ at 13:56. Hulk then smacks Luger and Jimmy Hart’s heads together but Sting runs in the way of a right hand meant for Lex, which causes some tension. *** ¼, I liked this one quite a bit despite a slow pace because the psychology was real good.


Hogan asks if Sting has got his back next week in their big tag match against Arn Anderson and Ric Flair and wants to know what the deal is with Sting and Luger’s friendship. Sting tells Hogan that he’s on their side and he’s just trying to straighten out Lex right now because they are best friends. Savage mentions that he’s the one that warned everyone about Luger in the first place and Sting does his best to defend Lex’s actions in the most logical way possible. Hogan tells Sting to keep Luger out of his face and the Stinger says he will do his best to keep him out of Hogan and Savage’s way.

OVERALL: The main event really had a big hand in making this a decent episode. Much like Hogan/Sting a while back, this main event had an ‘epic’ feeling to it and was easily the best of the Luger/Savage WCW series thus far.


Monday Night Raw (12/4/95)

Posted: August 28, 2013 by Brendan Wahl in Wrestling Reviews
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RICHMOND, VA (Richmond Coliseum)



Vince McMahon
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?

Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. Davey Boy Smith [w/Jim Cornette]

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.


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

Razor Ramon © vs. Dean Douglas

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?!

Barry Didinski2

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


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.