WWF Monday Night Raw 16/10/95
We open Raw with HHH already in the ring. Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the show. Vince hypes the main event between Bret Hart and Isaac Yankem in a Steel Cage Match.
Doink vs. Hunter Hearst-Helmsley
Lock up to start, HHH grabs a side headlock but lets it go. Another tie up, HHH attempts a hip toss, Doink blocks it and hits one of his own. Doink grabs HHH nose and punches him across the nose. HHH charges at Doink only to get caught in a bodyslam. HHH comes back with a clothesline on Doink followed by stomps. HHH picks up Doink for an irish whip and connects with a back elbow. HHH with a european uppercut that sends Doink to the corner, HHH whips him across the ring to the opposite corner. He charges at Doink who gets his foot up and hits a side walk slam. Doink goes for an elbow drop but HHH rolls out of the way, HHH hits a knee drop across the face for a 2 count. HHH picks up Doink for a suplex and gets a 2 count. HHH puts a chinlock on Doink followed by an irish whip, Doink reverses into a small package for 2. Doink with a backslide for another 2 count. HHH ducks a cross body block from Doink, HHH picks Doink up and hits the Pedigree for the 3 count.
Match Thoughts: Decent opening match for Raw. *1/2
We go to the back for an interview with Barry Horowitz and Hakushi. Barry Horowitz asks him who is the greatest homerun hitter. Im not sure what Hakushi says but Barry Horowitz is happy with the answer and hugs him.
We get a promo from PG-13 letting everyone know they will becoming the new WWF Tag Team Champions tonight.
While The Smoking Gunns are coming out we get footage of Gorilla Monsoon telling everyone who will replace The Undertaker against Mabel, he lets us know it will be Yokozuna against Mabel.
Smoking Gunns vs. PG-13
Wolfie D and Billy Gunn to start the match, tie up and Billy is able to power D to the corner. He hits a big hip toss out of the corner and comes off the ropes with a big right hand. D tags in JC, Billy pushes D off the ropes and throws them into each other. Billy tags in Bart and its a big clothesline on JC. Bart picks him up and whips him to the ropes, Bart with a back body drop but JC lands on his feet only to get clotheslined by Bart. D comes into the ring and gets clotheslined too, Bart picks up JC and tosses him onto D, PG-13 roll out to the floor. Bart tags out to Billy who works over Ds arm. Bart goes for a hiptoss but D is able to roll through it and whip Billy to the ropes, JC grabs Billys legs from the outside allowing D to knee him in the back sending him to the floor. JC throws Billy back into the ring, he tags out to D. D with a snapmare and he applies a headlock to Billy. Billy with punches to the midsection, JC runs in and hits Billy to put a stop to his comeback which brings Bart into the ring, the ref tries to restrain Bart which allows PG-13 to double team Billy as we head to break.
Back from commercial and D is choking Billy across the top rope. D tags in JC, they hit a double back elbow followed by a double elbow drop for 2. JC tags out to D who whips Billy and goes for a dropkick, Billy catches D and slingshots him into JC on the apron. Billy tags in Bart who clothesline PG-13 and then hits a bodyslam on each of them. Bart picks up D in a sidewalk slam and Billy comes off the top rope with a leg drop for the 1-2-3.
Match Thoughts: Pretty standard tag team match. The Smoking Gunns are pretty boring and there only good offensive move is their finisher. **
We get a promo from Ahmed Johnson who rambles on about honour. Not exactly sure what that was all about, but it will be good to see Ahmed in the ring.
Footage is show of Dean Douglas attacking Shawn Michaels after last weeks fantastic 6 man tag.
Dean Douglas vs. Joe Dorgan
Lock up to start, Dean gets a go behind and takes Joe down to the mat twice. Dean holds Joe in a reverse Bear Hug, Joe is able to hip toss out of the that and hits a pair of dropkicks. Douglas fights back with a clothesline followed by a bodyslam. Dean drops a pair of knees across the chest and chokes away at Dorgan. We hear words from Shawn Michaels on the phone discussing him being assaulted by marines outside a bar. Douglas picks Joe up for a suplex and drops him across the top rope. Dean with a fisherman suplex for the win.
Match Thoughts: Squash. I’m not the biggest fan of Dean Douglas, and this squash did nothing to change that. 1/2*
While the cage is being set up, Vince lets us know that if Jerry Lawler interferes in the match at all he will be placed in the smaller cage and it will be suspended above the ring.
Vince hypes the upcoming In Your House PPV, matches currently scheduled:
Diesel vs. British Bulldog, WWF World Heavyweight Title Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Dean Douglas, WWF Intercontinental Title Match
The Smoking Gunns vs. Razor Ramon and 1-2-3 Kid, WWF Tag Team Titles Match
Fatu vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Marty Jannetty vs. Goldust (In ring Debut)
We get a promo from Goldust who says Marty is in store for a major makeover.
Footage is shown of Mabel attacking The Undertaker numerous times. We get a promo from Paul Bearer who says The Undertakers face was crushed and when he returns he will get revenge on Mabel and Yokozuna and promises they will never be the same again.
Bret Hart vs. Isaac Yankem DDS (Steel Cage Match)
Lock up to start, Isaac overpowers Bret to the corner and pummels away on Bret. Yankem throws Bret into the corner turnbuckle, he whips Bret across the ring and misses an elbow. Bret takes over with quick punches, an atomic drop and a clothesline which takes Yankem down. Bret hits a headbutt to the lower nether region. Bret slams Yankems head against the turnbuckle, he lifts Yankem up for a bodyslam. Bret starts to climb the cage but Yankem grabs Brets leg and clobbers him in the back. Yankem throws Bret off the top rope and drops a pair of elbows across the throat. Yankem starts to climb the cage but Bret is able to grab a leg, Bret with two punches across the lower back which sends Yankem to the mat. Bret gets to the top of the cage before Yankem grabs his arm and drags him back into the ring. Yankem slams Brets head into the steel cage and starts to climb to the top of the cage. Bret grabs his leg and pulls him off the top rope by the leg. Bret chokes Yankem in the corner and stomps away. Bret walks to the cage door and asks the ref to unlock it, while he is waiting Yankem hits Bret from behind with a clothesline. We see at the commentators desk that Jerry Lawler has changed the locks on the door, so the keys the Ref has will not work. Bret pushes Yankem into the corner and punches away as we head to commercial.
Back from break Bret with a headbutt, Yankem rakes the eyes and kicks away at Bret. Yankem begins to climb out the cage, Bret is able to turn Yankem around and slam him off the top rope. Bret goes to escape the cage but instead comes off the top with a clothesline. Bret then locks in the sharpshoot and Yankem is tapping out in pain. Bret starts to climb the cage, Jerry Lawler leaves the commentary desk and climbs the cage. He punches Bret off the cage back into the ring. Gorilla Monsoon and WWF officials come out to put Lawler into the smaller cage. Bret climbs the cage and punches away at Jerry to knock him off the cage allowing the officials to put Lawler in the cage. Yankem cuts Bret off from escaping by holding onto his leg, he pulls Brets leg out from under him crotching him on the top rope. Yankem chokes away at Bret in the corner. Yankem picks Bret up and tries for a powerbomb but Bret reverses into a back body drop. Bret climbs the cage and gets to the other side, Yankem catches Bret and brings him back into the ring, he slams Bret off the top rope. Yankem starts climbing over the top of the cage, Bret stops him at the top and both guys are punching away at each other. Both guys are fighting on the top rope, Bret headbutts Yankem off the top rope and crotches himself. We see Jerry Lawler suspended above the ring has a nose bleed as we head to break.
Back from the commercial and Bret is biting away at Yankem in the corner. Yankem is able to fight back and goes to ram Brets head into the cage, Bret blocks it and slams Yankem into the cage. Bret hammers away in the corner and then hits a side walk slam. Bret is able to climb to the outside of the cage again, Yankem grabs Bret by the head and drags him back to the ring. Yankem hits Bret with the DDS, Yankem slowly climbs to the top of the cage. Bret grabs him by the ankle and pulls him back into the ring. Bret slams Yankems head into the turnbuckle and unloads with ten punches in the corner. Bret gets whipped chest first into the corner turnbuckle. Yankem signals for something from Lawler, we see that Lawler has a key and throws it down to Yankem. Yankem unlocks the door, Bret rolls Yankem up and punches him low. Bret punches away on Yankem and connects with a bulldog. Bret with a backbreaker followed by an elbow drop off the middle rope. Bret starts to climb out of the cage and he reaches the floor to win the match.
Match Thoughts: Excellent main event. Bret Hart was always great at working cage matches and Isaac Yankem put on an excellent performance too. ***1/2
Vince McMahon tells Jerry Lawler there is problems with the cables and he cant be lowered down. Vince hypes In Your House for this coming Sunday.
Show Thoughts: The Cage match saved this show. It was very slow going until that. Thumbs in the middle.