March 3, 2009
WWF Monday Night Raw
December 4, 1995
(Taped on 11/20/1995)
Your hosts are Vince & King!
Dean Douglas gets a rematch for the Intercontinental Title against Razor Ramon!
Marty Jannetty wants the 1-2-3 Kid! But first, he’ll have to go through Psycho Sid!
Plus, alarming comments from Shawn Michaels’ personal physician!
Hit that edgy Raw intro video!
Davey Boy Smith (w/Jim Cornette) vs. Bob “Sparky Plugg” Holly
Vince mentions that it would prove unwise for Holly to try and match power with the Bulldog, which is good advice for Bret Hart at In Your House. They run the ropes a bit with Holly actually taking control over Bulldog. A bunch of clotheslines send Davey Boy going out to the floor to regroup. Back in, Holly shoves off a headlock and takes Davey Boy down with a powerslam! 1, 2, NO! Holly slaps on an armbar, which Bulldog fights out of by powering Holly up and dropping him crotch-first on the top rope! Lawler reflects on the Bret/DBS ‘92 feud, which shows how cool that was and how heatless their feud is here. Bulldog goes for a half-hour suplex, but Holly fights back with a small package. Davey Boy is right back up with a clothesline to set up the suplex again. This time he gets it REAL good. Cover, 1, 2, NO! Holly gets loose from a chinlock and tries for another quick win with a sunset flip for two. Bulldog nails Holly with a running knee to regain control. Bulldog delivers a jumping legdrop and instead of covering, he showboats as Holly gets to his feet. Holly ducks a clothesline and hits the BEST DROPKICK IN THE BUSINESS! Well, maybe not for another four years. Holly whips Bulldog into the ropes for another dropkick! He covers for 1, 2, NO! A ten-count corner punch leads to another near-fall. Davey Boy reverses a whip in the corner and catches Holly to set up the RUNNING POWERSLAM! It’s over. (5:04) They pushed the upset win idea way too much for it to actually happen. And besides, DBS has a title match for crying out loud. He’s not losing to Bob F’n Holly. Overall though, a fairly entertaining and competitive match. **
Let’s go back to last week to the Brother Love Show to see Bob Backlund attack WWF Champion Bret Hart from behind to slap on the Crossface Chickenwing! Then he does it again to JR during an interview with him on Superstars! Back to Raw, Lawler goes up to Backlund who happens to be in the front row to ask him the hard question. Lawler announces that next week on Raw, Backlund will get a non-title match against Bret. Backlund goes crazy to hear it’s a non-title! Backlund – “Noooooo! I had dreams of being God again!” Backlund blames the people for what’s happened in the last year. They’ve got to go to break, but Backlund just keeps on yapping!
During Fatu’s entrance, they show what went down during the break. Backlund jumps the rail and keeps on yelling incoherently. He goes back over the rail to go and find the sound engineer guy.
Fatu vs. Brooklyn Brawler
This is post-Headshrinker, optimistically-retarded Rikishi. Evidently once this gimmick was scrapped, he got REALLY depressed and put on 100 pounds to become what we know of him as today. Brawler attacks Fatu from behind and then hits him with a knee to the gut off a whip. Ha, I see people leaving! Fatu comes back with a backbreaker and then a Samoan neckbreaker out of the corner. You see, because he’s Samoan. Top-rope splash ends this one quickly. (1:25) Nothing more than a squash. DUD
Dok Hendrix begins to shill the WWF Hotline as we cut to Backlund actually attacking the sound engineer guy! Crossface Chickenwing! Backlund is NUTZ! Anyways, back to Hendrix. He announces that Diesel will go one-on-one against Owen Hart at In Your House!
WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon vs. Dean Douglas
Douglas attacks Ramon from behind to start. Douglas even takes the IC belt off of the champ and then goes to nail Ramon with it! Ref Earl Hebner stops that as the match finally gets going. Ramon catches Douglas for the fallaway slam and then dumps him out to the floor. Back in, Ramon goes to the work on the arm. Ramon eats a boot out of the corner, allowing Douglas to hit a middle-buckle face slam. He didn’t get it very good though. Douglas hits a running springboard splash out of the corner as we go to break! We return with Douglas cheating while applying the ab stretch. Hebner finally sees it and makes him break the hold. Douglas tries for the ab stretch again, but Razor reverses into one of his own. Douglas hiptosses out of it and goes up top. Douglas hits a flying body press, but Razor rolls through! 1, 2, NO! Razor hits a short clothesline and signals for the RAZOR’S EDGE! He hits it! 1, 2, 3! Razor retains the title. (4:31) Considering the hype, this was disappointing to me. *
It’s time for another edition of the Brother Love Show! His guest tonight is none other than King Mabel! Mabel claims he was the first man to not only pin the Undertaker, but to also him put him out of action. He now claims he will be the first man to put Undertaker in his own casket. Don’t bet on it, pal. Love brings out the big surprise for Mabel. It’s a druid bringing out a casket! The druid turns out to be Sir Mo! Now comes the real surprise! They unveil the casket to reveal a custom-made casket that has graffiti written on it. Wow, that’s bad stuff.
Sid (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Marty Jannetty
Sid pays no attention to Marty’s entrance and gets blindsided with rights! Jannetty hits a crossbody and then does that spot where Sid’s head gets bounced around on the mat in a semi-circle! Marty tries a second crossbody, but this time he gets caught for a slam. Just like that, Sid is in control. Sid chokes away on Jannetty in the corner for a bit too long if you ask me. Sid eats a boot out of the corner and then Marty connects with a somersault neckbreaker off the middle-buckle! Eat that, Dean Douglas. Running fist drop by Jannetty! Cover, 1, 2, NO! They cut to Razor Ramon watching the match on a monitor in the back. Commercial time! We come back to see Sid in total control. Jannetty ducks one clothesline, but gets DROPPED by a second. 360 degree sell! Jannetty mounts a comeback, but Sid stops everything with another 360 degree clothesline. Sid continues to bore with a reverse chinlock. Jannetty tries another comeback, but Sid dumps him out for DiBiase to get in his licks. Jannetty no-sells and begins to chase DiBiase, but the 1-2-3 Kid comes out from the back and spin kicks Jannetty from behind to a huge reaction! Here comes Razor! He chases the heels into the ring to bait Razor in for Sid to attack him. Razor ducks a clothesline and sends Sid to the floor. Razor then begins chase on the 1-2-3 Kid out through the crowd. They are SO calling the bell for this one. Jannetty returns to the ring and takes a POWERBOMB to another big reaction! DiBiase stuffs a $100-dollar bill in Jannetty’s mouth and exits with Sid. (around 6:30) It was an overbooked Sid match. When booked improperly, they are two ingredients for a mediocre time. ˝*
Next up, they show a video narrated by Todd Pettingell on the condition of Shawn Michaels. When it starts out with the doctor saying, “I was home watching Monday Night Raw when…” you know it’s all pretty much BS. Dr. Unger mentions that Shawn Michaels was suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Basically, Dr. Unger, Shawn Michaels’ personal physician, paints about the gloomiest picture possible without completely ruling out a return to the ring for Shawn. Pfft, doctors and their books. After that video, we see ANOTHER video that is extremely silly. This one is narrated by Vince and it explains to us that these wrestlers are inhuman. “Why, they don’t think the way we think.” To sum it all up, Vince is telling us that it’s our fault Shawn is in the shape he’s in because of our unquenchable thirst for excitement! It’s probably the most depressing AND laughable video I’ve ever seen the WWF create.
Final Thoughts: This is WWF in his so-called “dark ages” where 75% of what was put out for us to watch, SUCKED. I turned the channel over to Nitro at this point and was watching Benoit, Guerrero and Malenko. Oh yeah, and Hogan, Flair and Sting too. But to be honest, it’s just fun to watch these shows even without a critic’s point of view.
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