November 21, 2008
Matt Peddycord

WWF In Your House #1
May 14, 1995
Syracuse, NY
Onondaga War Memorial

The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Diesel (11/26/1994)
Intercontinental Champion: Jeff Jarrett (1/22/1995)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Yokozuna (4/2/1995)
Women’s Champion: Alundra Blayze (4/3/1995)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix. If there were ever two guys with a total lack of chemistry…

Bret Hart vs. Hakushi (w/Shinja)

I admit it: Shinja used to freak me out when I was a kid. Weirdo white kabuki people. This all started when Bret Hart was being honored by the Japanese media and Hakushi didn’t like it one bit. He attacks Bret and gives him a moonsault press off an interview stage. Pretty neat stuff. To add to the intrigue, Hakushi is undefeated after five months in the WWF. Not to mention Bret has TWO matches signed for tonight. Bret shoves off a headlock, but Hakushi handsprings away from any kind of contact. To demonstrate his heelness, Hakushi pulls Bret down by his hair a bunch to hold on to a wristlock. Bret escapes and armdrags Hakushi around the ring. Hakushi takes over after he reverses a cross-corner whip on Bret, sending him in for the chest-first corner bump. Vader bomb by Hakushi gets two. Hakushi chokes Bret down in the corner and busts out a bronco buster. Shinja gets in the typical heel managerial offense like stomping Bret when he’s down and choking him in the ropes. Hakushi hits Bret with the Handspring Elbow Smash and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker gets two. That sets Bret up for a BEAUTIFUL Flying Headbutt. That’s the real poetry in motion, my friends. Cover, 1-2-NO! A springboard splash misses, signaling Bret’s comeback. Russian legsweep, Bulldog, Backbreaker and the Flying Vertical Elbow Drop all lead to the SHARPSHOOTER. Bret sees Shinja and grabs after him. Hakushi tries to attack, but Bret picks him up for an inverted atomic drop and a clothesline. Shinja keeps on bugging Bret by tripping him up as he comes off the ropes. Bret’s had enough of this creep and lays him out with a suicide dive! Back in, Hakushi’s waiting and levels Bret with a dropkick for two. Next up, they do the crazy spot where they suplex each other to the floor. As both men try to beat the count, Shinja ducks down and takes hold of Bret’s foot while Hakushi crawls back into the ring. Bret gets down to knock Shinja out when Hakushi debuts the Asai Moonsault on US PPV! INSANITY! If you listen closely, you can hear the crowd chanting for Hakushi. Bret flips out of a suplex back in and then blocks a German suplex into a neat rollup for 1-2-3. (14:42) The final five minutes of this match is just fantastic. A little messy at the beginning, but they shrug that feeling off pretty quickly. Hakushi held his own with one of WWF’s biggest stars, which should have started the second coming of Muta especially with his great moveset. Instead, Hakushi stuck around in the mid-card for another year before returning to Japan. Much to Jerry Lawler’s delight, Bret limps back to the locker room. Bret and those pesky knees! ***¾

Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie vs. Razor Ramon – Handicap Match

This was supposed to be a tag match with the 1-2-3 Kid joining Razor, but Kid suffered a neck injury and was forced to take two months off. Since there’s no Kid, we get to witness the first handicap match ever on WWF PPV. The title isn’t on the line, by the way. Razor handles Jarrett just fine to begin the match until Jarrett baits Ramon around ringside for Roadie to nail him from behind. Razor comes back with the Fallaway Slam for two until Roadie makes the save. It seems Roadie can dish out more punishment on Ramon than Jarrett sometimes. Since that seems to be the case, Jarrett gives Roadie his turn on Ramon. Roadie slams Ramon’s head down on the canvas and drops a few elbows before celebrating with a dance. Jarrett tags back in as they trade nearfalls. Roadie tags back in and wakes up Razor with some punches. To keep Ramon down, Jarrett runs in and blindsides him. Tag to Jarrett, Ramon comes back with an atomic drop. Jarrett avoids the RAZORS EDGE with a backdrop that puts Ramon on the floor. With the ref’s back turned, Roadie drills Razor with a flying clothesline. Ramon just beats the count and rolls through a flying bodypress from Jarrett for 1-2-NO! Jarrett catches Razor ducking low off a whip and delivers a swinging neckbreaker, but misses the Bossman straddle. Double-KO spot ensues, including a back suplex from Ramon that continues the trend of both guys laying on the mat. Roadie gets the all important tag and hits a knee drop from the middle rope for 1-2-NO! Ramon elbows out of a poorly applied chinlock, but he’s so exhausted that he just collapses after slamming Roadie’s face on the mat. Ramon’s just playing possum though as Jarrett tags in and runs into some right hands . Razor whips Jarrett into Roadie to set him up for the Back Superplex. Razor calls for the RAZORS EDGE, but Jarrett clips the knee. Ramon kicks off the FIGURE-FOUR, knocking Roadie off the apron in the process. RAZORS EDGE to Jarrett! That will do it for now. (12:41) Can Jeff Jarrett and Razor Ramon have a bad match? Ramon did a great job of selling the gruel of taking on two men with nobody around to tag or help him. Post-match, Jarrett saves Roadie this time by clipping Ramon’s knee and then puts him in the FIGURE-FOUR. Aldo Montoya, who had given Jarrett some trouble recently, comes in for the save. He takes care of Roadie, but can’t handle Jarrett. Then all of a sudden, a “strange man” who we know as Savio Vega jumps the rail and beats up both Roadie and Jarrett until security hauls him out. ***¼

In the back, Jerry Lawler is barking at WWF President Jack Tunney to reschedule his match with Bret Hart for RIGHT NOW! It doesn’t do any good. Old people are stubborn.

A Psycho Sid promo airs. He’s not only mean, he’s crazy too!

Adam Bomb vs. Mabel (w/Mo) – King of the Ring Qualifying Match

No more fun and clean rap songs for these guys, Men on a Mission are just bad dudes now. This one is short and sweet. Adam Bomb moves away from an oncoming Mabel and shoulderblocks him to the floor so he can give him a pescado. Back in, Adam Bomb hits a slingshot clothesline for only one. Flying clothesline gets another one-count. Mabel reverses a corner whip and levels Adam Bomb with a Spinning Heel Kick. Adam Bomb tries to come back with a crossbody, but Mabel catches him and slams him down for the 1-2-3. (1:53) And just like that, Mabel is on his way to win the King of the Ring. Adam Bomb was looking pretty awesome in there. If Mabel were say JT Smith instead, this might have been a memorable match. ½*

Razor Ramon introduces us to his long-time amigo from the Caribbean, Savio Vega. Just what Razor needs around here – more friends.

WWF World Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette) vs. The Smokin’ Gunns

Before the match even begins, Jerry Lawler is in the aisleway protesting that his match with Bret should be happening right now instead of this match until he’s pushed back by road agents Tony Garea and Rene Goulet. Now it’s on the up and up for the Gunns, as they don’t have to worry about any big fat mystery opponents. Yoko softens up Bart to start and tags in Owen, but he runs into a press slam. Billy tags in for the suplex/dropkick combo. Billy yells at Mr. Fuji for some reason and then turns around into an enziguri from Owen. Yokozuna gets a tag and clamps on the nerve hold. Tag to Owen, he hits the Spinning Heel Kick that puts Billy on the floor. Owen taunts Bart while Yoko attempts to splash Billy against the ringpost, but Billy moves and Yoko eats the steel. Back in, Owen misses a charge and Bart gets the hot tag. They give Owen the Reverse 3D, but Billy takes forever getting out of the ring which costs Bart the pin. Owen avoids a charge from Bart, sending him flying out to the floor. While Billy punches Cornette off the apron, Yoko walks over and LEGDROPS Bart and throws him back in for Owen to cover for 1-2-3. (5:45) And just like at WrestleMania, Owen scores the pinfall on the Gunns because of something Yoko does, not so much anything he did. *½

Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler

Jerry Lawler’s “mom” looks at least 25 years old, which is actually about ten years younger than the women he usually runs around with. In the back, Bret tells Todd that he was just joking around with the knee injury bothering him earlier just to screw with Lawler. It’s all Bret to start until he ducks low off a backdrop and takes a PILEDRIVER! Lawler celebrates too long, allowing Bret to get to his feet and give *him* a Piledriver! Shinja runs down and distracts ref Earl Hebner. Bret whips Lawler into Hebner, which leaves him all tied up and hanging in the ropes so as not to see what is about to transpire. Bret hits the Russian Legsweep and the Flying Vertical Elbow Drop. He covers as Hakushi darts down to ringside and saves Lawler with the Flying Headbutt. Make that two more Flying Headbutts and Lawler gets the upset victory with a jackknife rollup once Hebner is freed and revived. (5:04) Not nearly the dramatic encounter from SummerSlam ‘93, but Lawler did manage to get his win back. Bret may have lost the match, but he beats everybody out of the ring afterwards. This leads to the “Kiss My Foot” match at the King of the Ring in a concept that would be taken way too far by 1999. **

Psycho Sid cuts another crazy promo. At least he’s lowered the volume of his voice this time. Inside voices.

Todd Pettingell & Stephanie Wiand give away the Florida vacation home. They are TOO excited. When they pick an envelope from this huge tank, Todd dials incorrectly the first time. That’s funny – Vince McMahon doesn’t know how to use a phone either.

WWF World Champion Diesel vs. Psycho Sid (w/Ted DiBiase)

Just so you know, Sid had one of the best WWF themes ever IMO. On the night after WrestleMania 11 on Raw, Sid turned on Shawn Michaels after being told that his bodyguard services were no longer needed by giving Shawn a powerbomb to postpone his title rematch against Diesel. In the following weeks, Sid would join up with the Million Dollar Corporation and received Shawn’s title match in his place. Diesel handles Sid just fine until DiBiase distracts him for Sid to send him out to ringside. Sid continues the back work that Henry O. Godwinn started on Superstars the day before the PPV. Lots of forearms to the back follow. Sid clamps on a camel clutch for a really long time until Diesel begins his comeback. Sid stops him with a Chokeslam and then delivers the POWERBOMB. Sid takes forever posing and finally covers for 1-2-NO! And Sid’s in shock that he didn’t get the pin? Diesel avoids a corner charge and hits the Snake Eyes. Big Boot connects, as does the JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB! Cover, 1-2-WHAT! Tatanka stomps Diesel to break up the pin and cause a DQ. (11:29) It’s a three-on-one attack until recently turned good guy and ex-Million Dollar Corporation member Bam Bam Bigelow makes the save, setting up the King of the Ring main event tag match. *

Coliseum Video Exclusive:

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Kama (w/Ted DiBiase)

This was a dark match from the PPV. Kama’s wearing the necklace he said he would make out of the urn, which is just a HUGE ugly chunk of gold. Taker hits Old Skool early on, but Kama ducks a Jumping Lariat. Kama starts up with those supreme fighting kicks until they put UT on the floor. Taker charges into the ringpost and then gets backed up into the post a few more times. Back in, Kama works a boring supreme fighting half crab. Only a Supreme Fighting Machine would understand these complex holds. Taker escapes that, but runs into a bear hug. Some top notch Supreme Fighting techniques, let me tell ya. That goes on to bore me some more. Double-clothesline occurs, but UT finally wakes up to make his comeback. Kama slips out of the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER and gives Taker a Belly-to-Belly Suplex. He doesn’t go for the pin and drops a few elbows to make sure Taker’s dead for real this time. Of course, UT sits up and hits the Chokeslam. TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Thank God. (13:10) Booooorrrring. ¼*

Coliseum Video Exclusive:

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Tatanka (w/Ted DiBiase)

Another dark match from Syracuse. Why this instead of the Owen/Bulldog 15-minute draw? What’s up with Bigelow’s three-dimensional flaming ring jacket? I guess you can buy crap like that when you get paid a nice check to job to a football player at WrestleMania. Former tag partners who are now enemies, Bigelow starts his uphill battle with the Million Dollar Corporation. Tatanka attacks from behind to start, but Bigelow battles backs and sends Tatanka out so he can do a Hillbilly Jim cartwheel. Bigelow levels Tatanka with repeated shoulderblocks until DiBiase pulls the top rope down for him to spill out to the floor. Tatanka follows him out and delivers the END OF THE TRAIL on the floor! Once he sells that for a while, Tatanka meets him with boots on his way in the ring. We hit the chinlock for a few minutes. Bigelow finally backs Tatanka into the corner to break it up. He goes for the End of the Trail on Tatanka, but he slips into a sunset flip, which Bigelow counters with a sitdown splash. OUCH! They both collide and stand up trading shots. Tatanka stops all that with a DDT. Bigelow catches Tatanka in the gut as he comes off the top rope and finishes him off with a flying sunset flip. (8:51) Weird finish, but I guess they were trying something new. Way too much time spent on the chinlock. ¾*

Final Thoughts: Definitely don’t bother with this for the Coliseum Video Exclusives, that’s for sure. Common sense says, the plain and simple conclusion for this show would be that it starts off great, but continues to decline in quality all the way to the end. The Bret/Hakushi match is on the Bret DVD that came out several years ago, so there’s no need to bother with this at all just for that one match. Thumbs down for In Your House #1.

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