WWF Monday Night Raw 09/10/95

WWF Monday Night Raw 09/10/95

Vince McMahon welcomes us to Raw and hypes up the big six man tag. We see Yoko, Bulldog and Owen in the ring already, it looks like the six man tag is opening the show.

Shawn Michaels/Undertaker/Diesel vs. Yokozuna/British Bulldog/Owen Hart

We head to commercial before the opening bell. Back from the break and we have Shawn against Owen. Shawn has a headlock on Owen who pushes Shawn off the ropes Owen is able to block a hiptoss but Shawn flips out of it. Shawn ducks a punch and connects with one of his own, Shawn off the ropes connects with another punch. Shawn hits Owen with an elbow to the head, Shawn whips Owen to the ropes and takes Owen down with an armdrag. Owen reverses into his own but Shawn throws Owen to the ropes, and ends up clotheslining Owen out of the ring. Bulldog comes in and gets hip tossed by Shawn. All 6 men are now in the ring, Owen and Bulldog get thrown into Yoko. Diesel and Undertaker hit a double team Big Boot which sends Yoko to the outside. Bulldog gets into the ring and Diesel whips him into the corner followed by a clothesline. Diesel hammers away on Bulldog and sends him to the outside. Undertaker goes over to Bulldog and lifts him back into the ring. Diesel punches Bulldog all the way to his corner and he tags out to Yoko. Diesels irish whip gets reversed by he is able to hit a flying clothesline that knocks Yoko down. Diesel tags in The Undertaker, Taker hits Yoko with Old School and boots him in the mid section. Taker runs the ropes but gets caught in a samoan drop. Yoko whips Taker to the ropes but gets caught with a big DDT. We see Waylon Mercy watching on from the entrance way. Taker tags out to Shawn who comes off the top rope with an axe handle across Yokos arm. Shawn puts on an arm bar on Yoko. Shawn off the ropes, but Yoko catches him in a belly to belly. Yoko tags out to Owen who covers for a 2 count. Owen picks Shawn up and hits a back breaker, Owen continues to kick away at Shawns back. Owen tags out to Bulldog, they hit a double back elbow. Bulldog picks Shawn up and press slams him to the mat for a 2. Bulldog grabs a handful of Shawns hair and lifts him off the mat and slams him down for a 2. Bulldog slams Shawns head to the turnbuckle and tags out to Owen. Owen distracts the ref while Bulldog and Yoko choke away on Shawn as we head to commercial.

Back from break we see Owen has Shawn in an abdominal stretch. In the aisle way we see Dean Douglas taking notes. Owen reaches out to Bulldog who grabs his arm to apply more pressure, the ref catches them and kicks at the arm. Shawn is able to hip toss Owen and break the hold. Owen picks up Shawn and whips him off the ropes. Owen gets caught in a back slide for a 2 count, Owen up straight away and clotheslines Shawn down. He tags out to Yoko who lets Shawn get up before knocking him straight down with a big punch, Yoko tags out to Bulldog, they hit a double headbutt and Bulldog gets a 2 count. Bulldog hits a nice delayed suplex on Shawn for 2. Bulldog tags out to Owen who headbutts Shawn, Owen with a snapmare followed by a headlock. Shawn gets back to his feet and elbows Owen in the mid section. Shawn runs off the ropes and gets caught with a back elbow for 2, Owen argues with the ref and Shawn school boys him for a 2 count. Owen slams Shawn down and climbs to the top rope and comes off with a splash as we head to another break.

Back from commercial and we see Owen and Shawn are both down in the ring. We see a replay of Owen missing the splash off the top rope. Owen tags in Bulldog while Shawn gets the hot tag to Diesel. Diesel irish whips Bulldog and catches him with a sidewalk slam. Yoko and Owen comes into the ring, Diesel fights them both off. Diesel runs off the ropes but Owen hits him in the back. Bulldog hits the running powerslam and Taker gets in the ring to break the fall. Yoko comes in and legdrops Diesel, Bulldog covers Diesel and gets the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: Excellent way to open Raw. A truly fantastic 6 man tag. The sections with Owen against Shawn were easily the best. **** 

After the match Mabel comes to the ring and attacks Taker. Mabel whips Yoko into a prone Taker in the corner, Mabel then follows that up with his own splash. Mabel and Yoko take turns in hitting leg drops on Taker. Dean Douglas rams Shawn back first into the apron, he then suplex Shawn chest first across the steel steps. In the ring Mabel continues to splash and legdrop The Undertaker. One of the legdrops by Yoko or Mabel actually breaks The Undertakers Orbital Bone. 

While The Undertaker, Diesel and Shawn are being attended to we see footage from last week of Bret Hart and Jerry Lawlers confrontation. 

Vince lets us know that next week it will be Bret Hart vs. Isaac Yankem in a steel cage match. We get footage of Isaac Yankem vs Bret Hart from Summerslam.

Skip vs. Fatu
Skip is Chris Candido and Fatu is Rikishi.

Lock up to start Skip controls with punches and whips Fatu to the ropes. Skip leapfrogs over Fatu and does some jumping jacks. Fatu gets an armbar which Skip reverses. Skip with some punches to the head, Skip attempts to slam Fatus head into the corner but that doesn’t faze him. Fatu blocks Skips punches and knocks him down. Sunny gets onto the apron and distracts Fatu. Fatu slides out of the ring, Skip comes up behind Fatu, but Fatu catches Skip with a punch. Back in the ring Fatu misses a shoulderblock in the corner. Skip with a back body drop, he then lifts Fatu up for a bodyslam. Skip off the top rope with a fist drop on Fatu. Fatu ducks a punch and gets one of his own. Skip leapfrogs Fatu and catches him in the back of the head with a kick for a 2 count. Skip kicks Fatu in the midsection and takes him down with a snapmare, Skip follows that up with a headlock. Fatu tries to fight out of the headlock but Skip slams him down to the mat. Skip comes off the top rope with a headbutt but he hurts himself. Fatu sends Skip off the ropes and hits a big back body drop, followed by a clothesline in the corner. Fatu picks Skip up and hits a backbreaker. Fatu wants to head up top but Sunny distracts him, Skip cuts off Fatu and rams his head into the turnbuckle. Skip lifts Fatu to the top rope, Skip tries to suplex him off the top rope but isn’t able to get him over. Fatu punches Skip off the top rope and hits a splash for the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: Decent match between these two. **

We head to the back to speak with Dok Hendrix but there appears to be audio problems so we go to commercial.

Back from the break we see highlights from the opening 6 man tag followed by the assault after the match. 

We now get word from Dok, he says that its not a good time to speak with Shawn, Diesel or Taker. Instead we head to Jim Ross who speaks with Jim Cornette and the Bulldog. Jim wants everyone at home to touch the screen to feel the moment. Jim says that Bulldog has done something that no-one else has been able to do, pin Diesel 1-2-3. Jim lets us know that Bulldog is going to beat Diesel at In Your House 4. Bulldog says he has been denied title shots in the WWF, he lets us know that when he stepped into the ring with Bret Hart he won the Intercontinental Title, he says he will do that against Diesel too. 

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler hype the cage match for next week.

Show Thoughts: Fantastic show this week. There was only two matches but both delivered. The opening match was excellent and is a must see. Thumbs up.

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.