WWF Monday Night Raw 02/10/95

WWF Monday Night Raw 02/10/1995

We open Raw with a replay of the finish to last weeks WWF Tag Team Championship match in which The Smoking Gunns became the new champs.

We head straight to ringside for our first match as Razor Ramon is coming down the aisle.

1-2-3 Kid vs. Razor Ramon

Before the match we see highlights from May 17th 1993 when the 1-2-3 Kid beat Razor Ramon in one of the biggest upsets in WWF history. We also see footage from two weeks ago when Dean Douglas helped 1-2-3 Kid beat Razor.

Lock up to start and Razor tosses Kid over the top rope. Another lock up and Razor throws Kid into the corner, Kid ducks under a lock up to get a hammerlock, Razor elbows out of that. He whips Kid to the corner, Kid ducks under and takes over with kicks in the corner. Kid whips Razor into the ropes but it gets reversed, Razor catches Kid in a fallaway slam for a 2 count. Kid ducks a punch from Razor and connects with a spin kick, Razor kicks out for 2 by sending Kid to the outside. We see Dean Douglas in the aisle taking notes. Kid slides back into the ring between Razors legs, Razor knocks Kid down with a big right hand for a 2 count. Kid ducks a clothesline and hits another spin kick for two, as Dean Douglas leaves the aisle. Kid with a snapmare followed by two quick leg drops. Kid goes for a big spin kick, Razor ducks and comes off the ropes with a big clothesline for the win.

After the match Kid slaps Razor and Vince says that we have another match, Kids whip gets reversed and he gets sent to the corner. Razor with some big chops in the corner followed by a big hip toss. Razor locks Kid into the abdominal stretch. Razor slaps the Kid in the back of the head, Kid fights back with a slap to the face of Razor. Razor sends Kid into the corner but gets caught with a big boot as we head to commercial.

Back from break we see Kid come off the top rope but gets caught in a powerbomb and the ref counts to 3.

Vince lets us know that we now have a 3rd match between the two, as Kid tries a sunset flip on Razor but gets punched in the face for his troubles. Razor picks Kid up and places him on the top rope. Razor hits a nice back body drop and Razor signals for the Razors Edge. Razor decides against the Razors Edge and gets a small package for the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: Another good match between these two, i would have preferred this to be one match instead of broken up into 3 separate matches. **3/4

After the match Kid offers a handshake, Razor accepts and both guys hug.

We head to Vince and Jerry at ringside who hype In Your House 4: Great White North. Matches currently signed are:

Diesel vs. British Bulldog for the WWF Title
Shawn Michaels vs. Dean Douglas for the WWF Intercontinental Title
The Undertaker vs. King Mabel
Marty Jannetty vs. Goldust.

Hunter Hearst-Helmsley vs. Barry Horowitz
This is my first time covering HHH during the Monday Night Wars. It is so hard to believe that he would go onto have the career that he did.

Lock up to start, HHH gets a wristlock and takes Barry down to the mat with a nice cross armbreaker. Another lock up, HHH with a go behind and he takes Barry down to the mat. Barry stands up and reverses into his own go behind and takes HHH down, HHH to the ropes to break the hold. Barry attempts a lock up but HHH punches him in the gut and takes over with european uppercuts in the corner. HHH with a snapmare, followed by a knee drop to the head of Barry. HHH with a delayed suplex, HHH slaps away at Barry on the mat. HHH with an uppercut, Barry with some punches. Barry with a sunset flip for a two count, HHH knocks Barry down to the mat and takes over with kicks and chokes on the middle rope. HHH whips Barry off the ropes and hits a back elbow. HHH goes for a hip toss, but Barry is able to reverse into a back slide for a 2 count. HHH takes Barry down with a big clothesline for a 2 count. HHH whips Barry to the corner, Barry blocks and elbows HHH down to the mat. Barry off the ropes hits a press for a 2 count, Barry with a small package for another 2 count. Barry with some european uppercuts and whips HHH to the ropes, Barry ducks down but gets caught in the Pedigree for the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: Not a bad match, HHH was very boring during this period of his career. Once he gets rid of the Blueblood gimmick he becomes a lot better. **

PG-13 vs. Al Brown & Sonny Rogers
PG-13 is Wolfie D and JC Ice. They are both from the Memphis wrestling territories and current USWA Tag Team Champions.

Before the match we get a split screen promo from PG-13 challenging The Smoking Gunns.

D and Sonny start, D gets a wristlock which Sonny is able to reverse out of. D takes over with some punches and tags out to JC who hits a nice dropkick. JC tags to D, PG-13 hit a double team elbow for a two count. D hits Sonny with a bodyslam. D tags in JC and they hit a nice atomic drop clothesline combo. JC whips Sonny to the ropes and hits a back elbow for a 2 count. JC tags out to D, D with a snap mare, Sonny moves out of the way of an elbow drop and tags out to Al Brown. Al with a big clothesline on D followed by a bodyslam. Al whips D to the corner, D moves out of the way and hits a big german suplex. D puts Al onto the top rope and tags out to JC. JC distracts the ref and D hits a bulldog on Al off the top rope. JC covers for a 2 count, JC tags back out to D. PG-13 hits a double team bulldog, D tags in JC who comes off the ropes and gets slammed onto Brown by D for the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: Squash. Its good to see a proper tag team in the WWF, during this time there were no real tag teams. *

Next week on Raw its Diesel, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker vs. Yoko, Owen Hart and British Bulldog. Im looking forward to that match.

Bret Hart vs. Jean Pierre Lafitte
This is a rematch from In Your House 3 where Bret Hart defeated Lafitte in an excellent match.

Lock up to start, Jean powers Bret into the corner, both guys start slugging it out in the corner. Jean takes over and hammers Bret down to the mat in the corner. Jean whips Bret to the corner and follows up with a clothesline. Jean off the ropes with an elbow drop. Jean puts on a headlock, Bret fights back with some elbows to the midsection. Bret runs off the ropes and gets knocked down by a back elbow. Jean whips Bret to the corner, he comes charging at Bret who ducks and Jean flies to the outside. Bret follows Jean outside and bodyslams him onto the steel steps. Bret throws Jean back into the ring, Brets whip gets reversed. He gets a foot up at the charging Jean and comes off the middle rope for a one count. Bret hammers away at Jean on the mat. Jean reverses a whip and throws Bret neck first across the top rope. Jean locks on another headlock to Bret who is on the mat. Bret gets back to his feet while in the headlock, Bret with some right hands and he comes of the ropes. Bret tries for a hip toss but Jean knocks Bret down with a clothesline, Jean picks Bret up and hits a body slam. Jean comes off the tope rope with a headbutt for 2. Jean picks Bret up from the mat and chokes him across the middle ropes. Jean runs the ropes and jumps on Brets back, he covers for a 2 count. Jean sends Bret to the corner and follows in with a big body splash in the corner. Jean continues to hammer away on Bret, Jean whips Bret to the ropes. Bret ducks under Jean and gets a small package for a 2 count, Jean connects with a clothesline to slow the pace as we head to commercial.

Back from break and Jean drops a leg across Brets throat and gets a 2 count. Jean picks Bret up off the mat and hits a side walk slam. Jean climbs to the top rope, he comes off with a leg drop but Bret is able to move. Bret connects with some punches and irish whips Jean, Jean ducks under and connects with a forearm. Jean gets a 2 count, Jean ends up on the outside. Bret follows him out, but gets thrown into the steel steps. Bret slowly climbs onto the apron, Jean attempts to suplex him back in but Bret floats over. Bret tries for a rolling pin but Jean holds onto the ropes. Bret hits an atomic drop followed by a clotheslines off the ropes. Bret hips Jean off the ropes, connects with a punch to the gut and hits a russian leg sweep for 2. Bret comes off the middle rope with his elbow drop for 2. Jean is able to reverse a whip into the corner, Bret tries to go up and over but Jean catches him and hits a rolling firemans carry for a 2 count. Jean cuts off Brets fight back with a back body drop, Jean heads to the top rope but gets cut off by Bret. Bret climbs to the top rope and hits a suplex. Bret locks in the sharpshooter and Jean submits.

Match Thoughts: Another great match between these two. Its good to see a match get a lot of time to build a story on Raw. ***1/2.

After the match Bret walks past Jerry Lawler who talks trash to him. Jerry takes of his robe and both guys fight at ringside. Bret knocks Jerry over the guardrail. From the back comes Isaac Yankem who DDTs Bret on the floor.

Vince hypes the big 6 man tag for next week.

We go backstage for an interview with Jim Cornette, Mr. Fuji, Yoko, Owen Hart and British Bulldog. Jim lets us know that Undertaker couldn’t handle Bulldog by himself so he had Diesel and Shawn attack him. Owen says that Undertaker, Diesel and Shawn will be all theres next week, Bulldog says they are going to finish them off once and for all.

In the back now with, Diesel, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Paul Bearer. Shawn lets us know that The Undertaker doesn’t need their help and they’re there because they want to be. Diesel says they are the champs and do what they want. The Undertaker says that next week they will be the Vultures scrapping the rotten carcasses as night falls.

Show Thoughts: Very good episode of Raw. Four matches on the show this week and they all delivered. Thumbs up.

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WWF In Your House 3: Triple Header

WWF In Your House 3: Triple Header

We open the PPV with a video package highlighting the Triple Header main event, putting over the fact that its the first time in WWF history all titles have been defended in the same match.

Vince officially welcomes us to the PPV with Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross.

Savio Vega vs. Waylon Mercy
As the bell sounds Vega turns his back and Mercy goes to attack but Vega ducks and hammers Mercy in the corner with punches and chops. Vega whips Mercy to th over turnbuckle and continues the assault. Vega goes for a whip to the other corner but Mercy reverses the Whip, Mercy charges the turnbuckle and Vega moves out of the way. Vega with an arm wringer and goes to whip Mercy but pulls on his arm to the mat. Vega with an armbar on the mat, Vega picks Mercy up but gets kneed in the midsection. Mercy clothesline Vega down and then throws him to the outside. Mercy follows him out and hits some chops followed by a bodyslam on the floor. Mercy throws Vega inside and he locks on a cravat!! Irish whip by Mercy leads to a snake eyes on the top rope and a 2 for Mercy. Mercy starts to choke Vega across the top rope and connects with punches in the corner. Dok Hendrix interrupts the match to let us know that Owen Hart isn’t at the arena and no-one knows where he is. Mercy with a sidewalk slam for a 2 count. Mercy goes for an elbow drop but Vega rolls out of the way. Vega goes to whip Mercy but gets caught in a sleeper. Vega is able fall forward into the turnbuckle and Mercy hits his head to break the hold. Mercy picks Vega up for another sleeper but Vega reverses with a back body drop and not guys get up at the count of 6. Slugfest in the middle of the ring, Vega takes control with a headbutt followed by a big boot which knocks Mercy down. Vega hits a spinning wheel kick for a 2 count. Mercy whips Vega into the ropes but Vega reverses into a bulldog for a 2 count. Vega with a rolling pin attempt for 2. Vega whips Mercy into the ropes and ducks down for a back drop, but Mercy kicks Vega in the chest and follows that up with a clothesline. Mercy hits a brainbuster on Vega but only gets 2 count. Mercy with a nice back body drop for another 2 count. Mercy tries for a body slam but Vega slips out and hits a sloppy german suplex for 2. Vega bounces off the ropes and hits a spinning wheel kick for the 3 count (07:06)

Match Thoughts: Pretty boring opener for a PPV, which wasn’t helped by a few sloppy moves. 1/2*

We go straight to the back with Dok Hendrix who heads into a locker room where Jim Cornette, Yokozuna and Mr Fuji are talking with Gorilla Monsoon. Jim Cornette admits that Owen Hart is in the state, but not technically at the arena yet. Dok asks if the main event is in jeopardy and Gorilla assures us that its not and will go ahead regardless if Owen is here or not.

Henry O. Godwinn vs. Sycho Sid
We see clips of Sid getting a slop bucket from Henry. We also see clips of Ted Dibiase getting slop bucketed and Sid power bombing Henry on the ringside floor.

Lock up to start and Henry powers Sid into the corner, but Sid reverses Henry into the corner. Sid goes for a big strike in the corner, Henry ducks under and connects with right hands. Henry goes for an irish whip but Sid reverses, Sid ducks for a back body drop and Henry catches him for a bulldog. Henry with a big right hang that send Sid to the apron, Sid gets up and Henry clotheslines him sending him to the floor. Sid back on the apron, Henry with a big suplex on Sid from the apron into the ring. Sid recovers first and connects with a running knee to the back of Henry sending him to the outside, Sid distracts the ref as Dibiase gets in some cheap shots. Sid gets on the apron and connects with an axe handle followed by some kicks. Sid picks Henry up and connects with a second axe handle and then throws Henry back into the ring. Sid starts to work over Henrys back with an elbow t the lower back followed by a big forearm arm. Sid has Henry in the corner and connects with some big shots to the midsection. Sid whips Henry into the opposite corner hard, and follows up with some kicks to the midsection. Sid locks in a camel clutch on Henry in the middle of the ring. Henry starts to fight out of it, Sid lets go of the hold and stomps down on Henrys back followed by some axe handles to the back. Sid then fishhooks Henry and gets the camel clutch again. This time Henry is able stand up in the hold and elbow Sid a couple of times before Sid knocks Henry down. Henry in the corner, Sid goes for a big boot but Henry is able to move out of the way. Sid climbs to the middle rope and goes for another axe handle but Henry connects with a fist to the midsection and takes over on Sid with some right hands. Henry off the ropes and hits a shoulder block that takes Sid down. Irish whip by Henry who connects with a boot to the midsection and connects with the slop drop, Ted Dibiase pulls Henry out before the 3 count can be counted. Henry goes to enter the ring and Sid cuts him off, before Sid can get control Henry fights back with punches. Henry runs off the ropes but DiBiase trips him up and Sid hits a big legdrop to the back of Henrys head. Sid connects with the powerbomb and gets the 3 count. (07:23)

Sid rolls Henry out of the ring and DiBiase grabs the slop bucket. Sid and DiBiase argue over who will slop Henry and out comes Bigelow who attacks Sid. Kama comes out and its a double team on Bigelow. Henry comes from behind Dibiase and dumps the slop bucket over his head.

Match Thoughts: Decent power based match. The powerbomb by Sid at the end was quite impressive. *1/4.

We again head to the back where Dok Hendrix is with Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Cornette. Doc asks for Gorillas final decision, Gorilla says the match is definitely going head with or without Owen. Gorilla gives Jim two options, Yoko can fight the match by himself or Jim Cornette can find another guy to replace Owen. Jim wants to know how he is supposed to find another wrestler with such little time left.

British Bulldog vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Tie up to start and Bulldog grabs a headlock, Bigelow pushes Bulldog off the ropes and shoulderblocks him down. Bulldog gets another headlock and again Bigelow throws him into the ropes and shoulderblocks him straight down. We see Jim Cornette talking to Sid backstage. Bigelow whips Bulldog into the corner and hits a hiptoss followed by a bodyslam. Bigelow off the ropes but misses the elbow drop, Bulldog takes Bigelow down with a snap mare and locks in a headlock to slow Bigelow down. Bigelow is able to stand up and tosses Bulldog over his head onto the mat, Bigelow goes for his falling headbutt but Bulldog is able to roll out of the way. Bulldog with some strikes, a headbutt and a snap suplex. Bigelow is straight up and clotheslines Bulldog down twice. Bigelow charges at Bulldog who pulls the top rope down and Bigelow crashes to the floor. Bigelow slowly gets onto the apron but Bulldog punches him back down to the floor. Bigelow back onto the apron, Bulldog tries to s duplex Bigelow into the ring, but Bigelow is able to reverse the suplex and dumps Bulldog across the top rope crotch first. Bigelow then heads up top and connects with the diving headbutt for 2. Bigelow argues with the ref about the count, and Bulldog goes to work on Bigelows leg. Bigelow tries to stand up but Bulldog kicks away at his leg. Bulldog applies a leg lock onto Bigelow. Bigelow stands up and kicks Bulldog in the midsection, Bulldog then catches his leg but Bigelow his an enziguri. Bulldog up first and continues to go to work on the leg of Bigelow. Bulldog applies a single leg boston crab. Bigelow gets up and fights back against Bulldog and knocks him down with a headbutt. Bigelow off the ropes but gets taken down with a knee strike for 2. Bulldog applies a sitting sleeper hold, the ref checks on Bigelow who stands up in the hold and slams Bulldog into the corner. Bigelow connects with punches and Bulldog cuts him off with an eye rake, Bulldog attempts a body slam but Bigelow is too heavy and he lands on Bulldog for a two count, Irish whip by Bigelow leads to an attempted sunset flip but Bulldog. Bulldog isn’t able to bring Bigelow down, and Bigelow sits down on Bulldog. Bigelow heads up top and misses the moonsault as Bulldog rolls out of the way and gets a 2 count. Bulldog now heads up top and connects with a headbutt for another 2 count. Bigelow takes over with some headbitts, he goes to whip Bulldog into the corner but that is reversed by Bulldog, Bulldog catches Bigelow out of the corner and hits the powerslam for the 3 count. (12:00)

Match Thoughts: Very good power match by two good wrestlers. Bigelow is one of the most underrated big men in wresting, and it’s a real shame he never won a world title. ***

Out comes Bob Backlund who says everyone has to accept challenges in their lives. Backlund says that he has the great privilege to introduce Dean Douglas

Dean gets on the mic and says that he is going to teach Razor a very harsh lesson. He says that if he didn’t read the homework and study he is going to lose. Dean Douglas then introduces Razor Ramon to the ring.

Dean Douglas vs. Razor Ramon
Razor runs straight down the aisle into the ring and unloads on Douglas with right hands followed by a clothesline that sends Douglas outside. Douglas gets back in the ring and is taken down with a series of side headlock takeovers but Douglas is able to reverse out each time. Razor knocks Douglas down with a right hand for 2. Tie up and Douglas takes over with punches, he whips Razor off the ropes and goes to hiptoss him over the top rope but Razor reverses and hiptosses Douglas over the top rope and to the floor We see footage of Jim Cornette in the back speaking with Mabel and Yokozuna about the tag team main event. Back in the ring Douglas with an arm wringer but Razor is able to reverse into a wristlock and transitions into a hammerlock, both guys trade hammerlock reversals. Douglas is able to flip out of the hammerlock, falling down in the process, he trips Razor up and steps on his back then runs off the ropes, ducks two right hands and gets caught in a fallaway slam for a 2 count. Douglas rolls out to the apron and Razor gets a stunner on his arm over the top rope. Razor brings Douglas inside over the top rope with an arm wringer, Razor locks on an arm bar on the mat. Douglas tries to escape from the hold but Razor shoulderblocks him down each time. Razor whips Douglas into the corner, Douglas jumps to the middle rope, Razor ducks down but Douglas holds onto the top rope, and then comes off with a sunset flip but isn’t able to get Razor over, Razor punches Douglas and sits down for a 2 count, Douglas reverses into a 2 count of his own. Razor takes Douglas down with a big clothesline for 2. Razor goes back to work over the arm of Douglas, Razor with another arm wringer, Douglas fights back with punches and whips Razor into the ropes, but gets taken down with a shoulderblock. Razor runs off the ropes and Douglas grabs him by the head and throws him over the top to the outside. Douglas jumps over the top rope and connects with an axe handle. Douglas backs Razor into the ring apron and then gets a bodyslam on the floor. Douglas charges at Razor and hits a knee to the back which sends Razor into the ring steps. Douglas rams Razors back into the ring post. Douglas throws Razor into the ring and then climbs to the top rope to hit an axe handle for a two count. Douglas continues to work over the back of Razor with knees and forearms to the back. Razor connects with a BIG right hand, Razor whips Douglas for a back drop but gets slammed to the mat and Douglas gets a 2 count. Douglas takes Razor down with a snap mare and continues to go to work on the back of Razor. Razor fights back but Douglas connects with fists to the ribs. Douglas with two hard whips into the corner, Douglas off the middle ropes with a splash to the back of Razor for 2. Douglas grabs a chinlock on Razor, Razor stands up with Douglas on his shoulders and drops backwards to the mat, Douglas is able to get a hand over Razor for a 2 count. Razor blocks some punches from Douglas and connects with the spinning right hand followed by a suplex for 2. Razor whips Douglas into  the corner and follows in with a clothesline. Razor places Douglas up top but gets knocked off, Douglas connects with a cross body block for 2. Douglas throws Razor into the ref knocking him out. Douglas off the ropes with a flying forearm. Backlund tries to wake the ref up. Douglas runs up the turnbuckle and misses a knee drop. Razor hits the Razors Edge but the ref is being held back by Backlund, 1-2-3 Kid slides into the ring and makes the 3 count so Razor thinks he has won. Shoving match by Kid and Razor, Razor pushes Kid outside and Douglas gets a rollup on Razor for the 3 count. (14:53)

Match Thoughts: Decent match, although it could have had 5 minutes taken off and achieved the same result. Douglas had a fairly boring run in WWF. **1/2

After the match Razor throws Kid into the ring, Kid shoves Razor and Razor fires back with a slap across the face. WWF officials separate them before anything really happens.

To the back with Dok Hendrix who is with Shawn Michaels and Diesel. He asks for their thoughts on the Owen Hart situation. Shawn says is frustrating as they have both put their belts on the line and suddenly Owen decides to not show up. Diesel says no matter who they get as a partner they will win.

Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Jean Pierre LaFitte
Bret hits a suicide dive onto Jean to start the match, Bret punches away at Jean on the outside. Bret throws Jean into the ring and Bret works over Jean in the corner. Jean takes control with punches , he goes to slam Brets head int the turnbuckle but Bret reverses. Bret with more punches followed by an elbow and a headbutt. Jean with an eye rake and he pummels away on Bret in the corner. Jean with an irish whip into the corner, Jean misses a splash which allows Bret to take him down with an arm drag. Bret goes to work on the arm, Jean whips Bret off the ropes but gets taken down with a crucifix pin for a two count. Bret gets a drop toe hold and grabs an arm lock on Jean. Jean whips Bret off the ropes an attempted hiptoss gets reversed by Bret who tries his own, but Jean connects with a clothesline. Jean starts choking Bret across the top rope followed by more choking on the mat. Jean grabs Brets legs and stomps away at Brets midsection. IRish whip by Jean, but Bret gets a rollup for 2. Bret with an irish whip but Jean connects with a boot and works over Bret in the corner. Bret misses a charge into the corner and hits thing ring post. Jean grabs Bret and throws him into the ing post again. Jean with a hard, hard irish whip that sends Bret chest first into the corner, and he gets a 2 count. Jean puts Bret across the middle rope and chokes him. Jean runs the ropes but Bret back drops him over the top, Bret follows him out and Jean whips him into the steel steps. Jean comes of the apron with an axe handle, Jean throwsBret back into the ring. Bret fights back out of the corner with kick and some punches. Bret off the ropes is countered by Jean into a spinebuster for 2. Jean gets a headlock, Bret stands up in the hold and connects with some elbows to the midsection, Bret off the ropes gets knocked down by a back elbow and Jean hits a leg drop for 2. Jean goes back to the headlock on a seated Bret. Bret fights out with some punches to the mid section, Bret off the ropes gets a sunset flip for 2. Jean takes Bret straight back down with a clothesline, Jean hits a sidewalk slam and climbs to the top rope and hits a leg drop for 2. Jean positions Bret and climbs to the top, he misses the Cannonball as Bret rolls out of the way. Jean misses a clothesline which allows Bret to hit an atomic drop followed by a clothesline, Bret goes to lock in the Sharpshooter but Jean overpowers Bret and sends him to the outside. Jean misses a front flip onto the outside floor, Bret whips Jean into the steel steps. Bret rolls Jean back into the ring, and whips Jean hard chest first into the corner. Bret with a fist to the midsection followed by a russian leg sweep for two. Bret with a small package for another 2 count. Bret with a back breaker and comes off the top for his fist drop but Jean gets a foot up into Brets face. Jean whips Bret off the ropes, Bret goes for a crucifix again but Jean catches him and hits a rolling front flip for 2. Jean whips Bret to the corner, Bret tries to jump over Jean but gets caught, Bret fights out and is able to fall back for a 2 count. Bret whips Jean into the corner, Bret follows him in but gets hit with a big boot, Jean puts his feet on the ropes and gets a 2 count. Bret with a dropkick, and tries for a bulldog out of the corner but Jean is able to counter by throwing Bret hard into the corner followed by a 2 count. Bret with a flying forearm which sends Jean on the ropes, Bret goes for a cross body but Jean moves and Bret gets caught up in the ropes. Jean goes up top for a splash but Bret moves out the way. Bret runs the ropes and both guys collide in the middle of the ring. Bret locks in the Sharpshooter from the mat and is able to stand up to apply pressure and Jean taps immediately. (16:37)

Match Thoughts: Fantastic match capped off by an excellent ending. I have never seen the sharpshooter applied like that before. Bret was such a good wrestler during this time. ***3/4

We go to the back with Dok Hendrix, Jim Cornette lets us know that British Bulldog will step into the Triple Head main event in place of Owen Hart. Gorilla officially sanctions the match as a go. Jim confirms that Bulldog can win the WWF Title or the WWF Intercontinental title, Gorilla says he can and also points out that Bulldog can lose the WWF Tag Team Titles.

WWF Title, IC Title, Tag Team Title Match: Yokozuna and The British Bulldog vs. Diesel and Shawn Michaels
Shawn and Bulldog to start the match. Lock up and Bulldog grabs a hammerlock and goes into a headlock, Shawn reverses to a hammerlock of his own which Bulldog reverses straight away. Shawn flips out of the hammerlock and goes to push Bulldog into the ropes, Bulldog holds onto the top Shawn comes off the ropes and slides through Bulldogs legs, Bulldog grabs Shawns legs but Shawn rolls out of that, Bulldog charges but gets hit with a back body drop and then gets clotheslined to the outside. Yoko into the ring and Shawn connects with punches, Diesel comes in and knocks Yoko to the outside with one punch. Bulldog tags out to Yoko, Shawn challenges Yoko to a sumo match, Yoko charges at Shawn who slides under his legs and connects with punches, Shawn off the ropes gets taken down with a back elbow. Yoko picks Shawn up and hits a body slam, Yoko comes out of the croner and misses an elbow drop as Shawn tags in Diesel. Diesel comes in with right hands and whips Yoko but its reversed and Yoko hits a big clothesline. Yoko whips Diesel off the ropes, he misses the clothesline and Diesel hits a jumping clothesline that takes Yoko down. Diesel connects with a big boot that takes Yoko to the outside, Diesel leans over the top rope trying to grab Yoko which allows Bulldog to take over on Diesel. Bulldog in the ring now with punches on Diesel. Bulldog grabs Diesel for a suplex, he just gets him up before letting him go. Bulldog again goes for a suplex and this time connects for a 2. Bulldog with some shoulderblocks in the corner on Diesel followed up with a snap mare into a headlock. Diesel tries to fight out with elbows but Bulldog picks Diesel up for the powerslam, Diesel gets free and sends Bulldog into the corner. Diesel connects with his elbow shots in the corner. Diesel whips Bulldog to the corner twice and hits a pair of clotheslines. Diesel tags out to Shawn who heads up top, Diesel body slams Bulldog, and then he stands in the corner in front of Shawn. Shawn then dives off Diesels shoulders with a splash onto Bulldog for two. Shawn attempts to whip Bulldog but its reversed, Bulldog lifts Shawn up for a gorilla press slam and throws Shawn crotch first across the top rope, Yoko knocks Shawn off the top rope to the outside with an elbow. Bulldog tags in Yoko, Yoko whips Shawn into the corner who flips over the turnbuckle to the apron, Yoko kicks away at Shawn and sends him to the floor. Bulldog attacks Shawn on the outside and body slams him on the floor. Yoko tags out to Bulldog, Bulldog with a headbutt that sends Shawn straight down. Bulldog with an irish whip and hits a BIG back body drop for a two count. Bulldog applies a headlock onto Shawn, Shawn is able to stand up in the hold an fight off with elbows to the midsection. Shawn with a sunset flip for 2, followed by a cross body for another 2 count. Bulldog gets up straight away and clothesline Shawn down, Bulldog and Yoko swap out and Yoko snap mares Shawn down and gets the nerve hold. Shawn stands up and elbows away at Shawn but Yoko gets an eye rake and knocks Shawn down. Yoko climbs the corner for the Banzai Drop, but Shawn moves out of the way. Yoko tags out and Shawn gets the hot tag to Diesel, Diesel whips Bulldog and gets a back body drop, followed by snake eyes in the corner, Diesel with a sidewalk slam on Bulldog. Diesel and Shawn whip Bulldog and Yoko into each other, they then double whip Bulldog into Yoko in the corner. Bulldog falls to the mat face first and Yoko then lands on him. Diesel whips Bulldog and gets a big boot. Diesel goes for the Jacknife but Yoko hits the Samoan Drop on Diesel, Shawn then hits the superkick to send Yoko out. Bulldog connects with the powerslam on Diesel for 2 as Shawn breaks the hold with an elbow drop off the top rope. Owen Hart comes down to the rip and comes off the top rope but Diesel hits a right hand to the midsection followed by the Jacknife for the 3 count. (15:42)

Match Thoughts: That was a fantastic fast paced tag team match. The ending was quite stupid as Owen wasn’t in the match. But besides that it was awesome, and Yoko even looked good here to. ****

Show Thoughts: Very good PPV, three of the six matches reached *** or more. Easily recommend as thumbs up.

WWF Monday Night Raw 11/09/1995

WWF Monday Night RAW 11/09/1995

So here is the first episode of Monday Night Raw going head to head with Nitro. Last week Raw was preempted, so Nitro had the whole hour unopposed. The next two weeks worth of Raws are pre-taped from a couple of weeks prior.

Vince Mcmahon and Jerry Lawler open up the show and hype the Shawn/Sid and Bulldog/Razor matches.

Razor Ramon vs. British Bulldog

We get a coliseum home video exclusive, Dean Douglas and Razor Ramon talking in the back, Douglas went to cheap shot Razor, but Razor was too quick and knocked Douglas down.

Lock up to start, Razor grabs an arm wringer and connects with some shoulder blocks to Bulldogs arm. Davey reverses into his own arm wringer, Razor and Davey trade arm wringers, Davey grabs a headlock, and gets pushed into the ropes by Razor who connects with a big right hand that sends Davey down. Razor hits a big clothesline on Davey that sends him to the outside. Davey comes back in and Razor takes over with another arm wringer, and locks on a standing arm bar. Razor is able to take Davey down to his knees while holding onto the arm bar. Davey irish whips Razor hard into the turnbuckle twice, and hits a very nice delayed suplex. Razor hits some elbows to the lower back of Razor. Davey pushes Razor off the ropes twice and connects with forearms to the back, on the third attempt Razor connects with a stiff right hand. Razor whips Davey into the ropes and ducks down for a back drop too early as Davey connects with a knee and a clothesline for 2. Davey picks Razor up for a gorilla press slam and slams him down to the mat. as we head to commercial.

Back from the break and Davey hits a bodyslam for a 2 count. Davey picks Razor up for the running powerslam but Razor holds onto the top rope and falls on top of Davey for a 2 count. Davey picks Razor up and hits another bodyslam. Davey climbs to the top rope, Razor catches him up top and slams him off the top. Razor hits a spinning punch that knocks Davey off his feet. Razor hits a fallaway slam for a 2 count. Razor with some punches and kicks to Davey. Irish whip is reversed and Davey crashes into the ref. Razor has Davey up for the Razors Edge and connects, but there is no ref. Dean Douglas runs out from the back and hits a fist drop on Razor who was covering Davey. 1-2-3 Kid runs out to help Razor out, Douglas drops Kid on the top rope with a suplex and knocks him off the apron with a punch. Douglas leaves the ringside area. Davey hits Razor with the powerslam and covers Razor, ref is still down. Kid comes off the top rope with a splash, Davey moves out of the way and Kid lands on Razor as the ref wakes up and DQs Razor.

Match Thoughts: The first half of the match was extremely boring, with both guys using rest holds. After the commercial the match picked up. The Douglas/Razor feud continues along too. Decent TV match, *1/4.

After the match Davey clotheslines Kid down, Davey picks up Kid and drops him throat first across the top rope. Jim Cornette jumps into the ring and stomps away on 1-2-3 Kid, while Davey punches away at Razor.

We return from commercial with Vince McMahon in the ring with 1-2-3 Kid and Razor Ramon. Vince brings up the history of Dean Douglas against both Kid and Razor. And Jerry Lawler wont shut up, talking all over Vince. Kid brings up Razor costing him a match from a couple of weeks ago, Kid says forget about Dean Douglas, as Razor cost him the match 2 weeks ago. Kid wants respect from Razor and no-one takes him seriously after he first beat Razor. Kid challenges Razor to a match next week. Vince brings up that Razor has watched Kids back. Kid says that as much as Razor is a good friend to him, Kid will beat him next week. Razor brings up the great Ladder Match from Summerslam, Razor calls Douglas a bookworm, who wants to him to school, and Razor says he made 1-2-3 Kid famous, Razor says is Kid wants it, if the crowd wants it and if McMahon wants it, then you got it!

The Smoking Gunns vs. Brooklyn Brawler/Rad Radford

The Smoking Gunns are Billy and Bart Gunn.

Brawler and Radford attack The Gunns right off the bat. Billy gets sent to the outside, Brawler and Radford irish whip Bart who ducks under a double clothesline and Billy slingshots into the ring from the apron and hits a clothesline, followed up by a double dropkick by the Gunns. The Gunns take over on Brawler, Bart whips Brawler into the ropes and punches him in the gut, Billy follows up and hits a spinning neckbreaker. Billy grabs an arm wringer on Brawler and tags in Bart. Bart irish whips Brawler into the ropes, but its reversed, Radford kicks Bart in the back and Brawler clotheslines Bart down to the mat. Brawler stomps Bart in the midsection and tags in Radford. Radford with a neckbreaker on Bart and an elbow drop. Brawler gets tagged back in, irish whip leads to a double elbow. Brawler hits a bodyslam and heads to the top rope. Bart catches him up top and slams him off the top rope. Bart tags out to Billy who comes in with some quick punches to Brawler, Bailly mounts the turnbuckle and hits a couple of punches, before leaping onto Radford with a crossbody block. The Gunns irish whip Brawler into Radford, Bart holds Brawler in a side suplex and Bart comes off the top rope with a leg drop for the 1, 2, 3.

Match Thoughts: Very standard tag team match, The Gunns even managed to work in a hot tag during a squash. Nothing special *

We go to a promo from Goldust, he talks about the Undertaker. Goldust tells us that Gold sheds no darkness it only sheds light. The Dark Cloud that hangs over the WWF will soon be sent to the heavens.

Isaac Yankem DDS vs. Scott Taylor

Isaac Yankem is an evil dentist, not exactly a gimmick that would set the world on fire. Isaac Yankem would make an impact in the WWF as Kane.

Scott Taylor is Scotty 2 Hotty.

Lock up to start. Isaac overpowers Taylor straight into the corner and clubs away with forearms to the back. Isaac backs off, and then hits a chokeslam. Isaac chokes Taylor across the middle rope, and slams him down with a bodyslam. Isaac hits 2 big elbow drops. Isaac lifts Taylor up and drops him across the top rope, Isaac hits Taylor with a DDT for the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: SQUASH. Taylor didn’t hit one offensive move for the entire match. N/A

In Your House Report with Todd Pettengill, who is so very annoying. He is hyping the upcoming In Your House PPV.

The current card is:
Diesel and Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart and Yokozuna (Every title belt is on the line)
Razor Ramon vs. Dean Douglas
Bret Hart vs. Jean Pierre Lafitte
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. British Bulldog
Savio Vega vs. Waylon Mercy

Shawn Michaels vs. Sid, WWF Intercontinental Championship Match

Lock up to start, and Sid powers Shawn straight into the corner. Sid winds up for a big punch, but Shawn ducks under and connects with some quick punches. Shawns whip is reversed by Sid, Shawn jumps to the middle turnbuckle for a crossbody, Sid ducks down as he knows whats coming, but Shawn holds onto the ropes. Shawn attempts a sunset flip off the middle ropes but he cant bring Sid down. Sid goes for a fist drop, but Shawn quickly gets out of the way. Shawn with a dropkick, followed by a flying clothesline which takes Sid off his feet, Shawn with some quick punches that sends Sid to the outside. Sid comes back in and Shawn gets a headlock off a tie up, Sid sends Shawn off the ropes, Shawn tries a shoulderblock but Sid doesn’t move, Sid tries to throw Shawn over the top rope, but Shawn is able to skin the cat, and dropkicks Shawn over the top rope. Sid gets a headlock on Shawn, Shawn with some punches to the kidneys and pushes Sid off the ropes. Shawn tries to take Sid down but gets caught in mid air by Sid, who slams him down to the mat. Sid chokes away on Shawn in the corner. Sid whips Shawn to the opposite corner, who somehow ends up laying across the top rope. Sid kicks Shawn in the mid section and the clothesline Shawn off the apron onto the floor. Sid follows Shawn outside, Sid picks Shawn up in a gorilla press slam and drops him throat first against the ring apron. Sid distracts the ref which allows Ted Dibiase the opportunity to kick away at Shawn. Shawn gets back in the ring at a count of 9 as we head to commercial.

We come back from the break with Sid holding Shawn in a bear hug, Shawn fights out of the bear hug with some punches and an eye rake. Shawn off the ropes gets hit with a kick to the stomach from Sid, Sid takes Shawn down with a headlock!!!, which Shawn reverses into a head scissors, which Sid kips out of, HOLY SHIT!!!! Sid then hits a BIG one handed chokeslam on Sid. Sid sets Shawn up for the powerbomb, but Shawn is able to back body drop Sid. Sid goes for an axe handle and Shawn comes back with punches against Sid. Shawn comes off the ropes with a flying forearm and follows up with punches on the mat. Shawn climbs to top rope and hits a cross body block for 2. Sid comes back with a kick to the mid section to slow down Shawn, Shawn is able to come back with 3 superkicks for the win!

Match Thoughts: Very good main event. I love Sid, and Shawn bumps around well for the bigger guys. Sid doing the kip up was fantastic! ***

We head to Dox Hendrik who is with Diesel and Shawn, Dox wants to know about the main event at In Your House. Shawn is great with his expressions in this. HBK says he is trying to write all the wrongs in his life. Shawn says its time for HBK and Diesel to move onto bigger and better things and they will start at In Your House.

We get a hype video for next weeks Raw, Owen Hart/Yokozuna vs Men on a Mission (Oh god why, poor Owen) and Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid

Show Thoughts: Not a bad episode of Raw. The opener had some good moments but started out way to slow to be anything really good. The two middle matches were squashes. The main event is good, but not enough to really save the show. I bet Vince regrets taping the next couple of weeks of shows as the WWF were still running squash matches while Nitro has marquee match ups. Thumbs in the middle.