-Our hosts are Vince McMahon and â€œHandsomeâ€ Doc Hendrix
–Opening Contest: â€œPsychoâ€ Sid & â€œNative Americanâ€ Tatanka (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. John Crystal & Matt Corey:
Tatanka starts with Crystal and Crystal gets a one count on a bodypress of the ropes. Tatanka hits some knife edge chops and a DDT. Stompfest ensues, including a funny bit where Tatanka completely whiffs. Tag Sid as the crowd chants for Diesel and he delivers some devastating looking punches to the kidneys while Crystal is slouched in the corner. Sid chokes Crystal on the top rope and leads him by the hand around the ring while kicking him in the gut at ease. While Sidâ€™s offense may not be the greatest he does really excel in looking devastating in squash matches, especially when he towers over his opponents. Tatanka gets tagged in and pulls the Headshrinkers/Steiner Brothers strategy of throwing Crystal into the corner and forcing him to tag in Corey. Corey comes in and is killed with a big boot by Sid and Tatanka finishes him with the End of the Trail at 3:42. A less than impressive squash and I can see why Sid and the 1-2-3 Kid was a more appealing team because Sid and Tatanka never seemed to click.
-Vince McMahon interviews Diesel while Sid celebrates in the ring and he says that his recovery is behind schedule. Diesel shows off the incision in his elbow, which is not a pretty sight, but he says he will be ready to go with Bam Bam Bigelow to fight Sid and Tatanka at the King of the Ring.
-Shots of the WWF Blimp are shown over Chicago.
–Hakushi (w/Shinja) vs. David Haskins:
USWA and Memphis fans will recognize Haskins. It always confused me as a kid that someone could dominate people in Memphis and yet fail so miserably in the WWF. I finally rationalized it as the USWA being the minors and the WWF being the majors and that WWF talent was just superior. Iâ€™m not sure if thatâ€™s exactly what Lawler wanted when he got USWA into a working agreement with the WWF. Hakushi and Haskins work through a quick wrestling sequence and Haskins manages to hit Hakushi with a hiptoss and a clothesline. However, Shinja trips Haskins when he tries another and when Haskins goes to the outside to pursue Shinja heâ€™s attacked from behind by Hakushi. Back in, Hakushi hits a series of chops while holding onto Haskins arm and hits a slam and pump splash off the second rope. Hakushi hits a dropkick off the ropes, causing Haskins to roll to the outside, and Hakushi then hits a pescado onto Haskins on the floor. Hakushi then wins by countout at 2:59. Fun squash match that
-Highlights are shown from the last King of the Ring qualifying match between Owen Hart and the British Bulldog. This match was actually taped when the first In Your House pay-per-view went off the air. Owen and the Bulldog wrestled to a time limit draw and caused Lex Luger and Yokozuna to fight a new qualifying match. Looking back, this was a departure from tournament protocol because Doink and Mr. Perfect kept fighting each other until there was a qualifier in 1993.
-Stephanie Wiand with our Live Events News and announces that Shawn Michaels won the 20 man battle royal at the Nassau Coliseum. Wiand annoys me because she speaks way too quickly and her enthusiasm is very over the top at the smallest things. We go to a DiBiase and Sid promo on Michaels for interfering in the Sid-Bam Bam Bigelow match at the Nassau Coliseum until Michaels attacks Sid as the camera pans away. DiBiase just screams from security instead of locking Shawn in the Million Dollar Dream.
–â€œThe Bad Guyâ€ Razor Ramon vs. Phil Payne:
Ramon shoves Payne down to start and backdrops Payne out of an arm twister. Payne delivers some shots to Ramon but just gets slapped down and Ramon hits a fall away slam. The screen suddenly splits between the match and a Ramon promo against Yokozuna who is going to be his first round opponent at the King of the Ring. Side suplex from the second rope and a Razorâ€™s Edge ends it at 2:38.
-New Mr. Bob Backlund campaign address where he says youth will be required to listen to classical music. He blames rock music for the massive crime rate in America.
–â€œThe Supreme Fighting Machineâ€ Kama (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Buck Quartermain:
Kama takes down Quartermain several times to start but is distracted by a black wreath and some â€œfansâ€ at ringside that are dressed as goths and are called the â€œCreatures of the Night.â€ Quartermain attacks from behind but Kama no sells it. I wish I could tell you whatâ€™s happening in this match but itâ€™s just some punches and kicks before Kama locks in a cross armbreaker at 1:30 for the submission. After the match, Kama chews out the Creatures of the Night and shreds the wreath.
-Hall of Fame recap of inductees for this year.
-Call 1-800-TITAN-91 for some WWF â€œmat caps.â€ These are pogs back when those things were popular. You can also get a gold slammer and a t-shirt!
–The Smoking Gunns vs. Dwayne Gill & â€œIronâ€ Mike Sharpe:
We have a guest ring announcer for this one, but they donâ€™t flash her name up on the screen. Sheâ€™s pretty nervous announcing and I wonder why they didnâ€™t just screen some of these people prior to using them. Gill and Sharpe make up quite the legendary jobber tag team, on par with the Brooklyn Brawler and Barry Horowitz. Billy locks up with the future Gillberg and smacks him in the face. Bart gets tagged in and hits a gorilla press slam. Bart hits a vertical suplex but Sharpe hits him in the back with a knee when he runs the ropes. Sharpe delivers a quick beat down and hits some shoulder thrusts in the corner. Blind charge eats buckle and Bart hits a clothesline. Billy gets the momentum swinging tag and takes out the jobbers. Sharpe gets tied in the ropes as Gill eats a back body drop, enabling Vince to work in his favorite commentary bit. Billy misses a body press into the ropes and falls to the floor where the jobbers beat on him until Bart rescues him. Back in, the Gunns hit the Sidewinder for the win at 3:33. This was a fun little match that woke up the crowd.
-A new Waylon Mercy vignette is shown. He shows us a rock and says heâ€™s creating a river by throwing it into some water. He says heâ€™s going to create a big wave when he drops himself into the WWF.
-Next week: Bret â€œHitmanâ€ Hart battles Henry O. Godwinn!
–Jerry â€œthe Kingâ€ Lawler vs. â€œThe Portuguese Man Oâ€™ Warâ€ Aldo Montoya:
Vince claims that he can smell Lawlerâ€™s feet all the way from the announce table. Lawler attacks Montoya from behind once Montoya gets into the ring and hits a back drop. However, Montoya hits him with an uppercut when he puts his head down again and Lawler bails. Montoya chases him on the outside and Lawler suckers him in with a handshake before kicking him in the gut. However, Lawler punches the ring post when Montoya moves in a funny spot and Montoya sends Lawler into it. Back in, Montoya hits a slam but a splash off the ropes hits knees and we see a significant slowdown in pace. Lawler takes Montoya to the buckle and yells at the crowd. Lawler hits a DDT and some measured punches. Lawler whips Montoya into the buckles and hits another back drop. Fist drop is nailed as Lawler ignores the fact that he hit the ring post earlier and that hand should be hurting quite a bit. Lawler chokes Montoya on the ropes as he yells at the camera about what heâ€™s going to do to Bret Hart at the King of the Ring. Montoya moves out of the way of another fist drop and unloads with a flurry of punches and a backdrop but when he puts his head down too early on a whip Lawler hits him with a piledriver and that finishes it at 4:55. Afterward, Lawler makes Montoya chew on his toes a bit. And to think a month prior to this Montoya had a victory over Jeff Jarrett and had a chance to win the Intercontinental championship. * Slow and the psychology made little sense considering the spots involved.
-Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. Shawn Michaels talks about his cage match tonight against Sid at Madison Square Garden and says that pain wonâ€™t be new to him. He goes Hulk Hogan style wild before claiming that he will show that Sid is all bark and no bite.
-We get an instant replay of Montoya eating the Kingâ€™s feet because seeing it one time just wasnâ€™t enough.
FINAL REPORT: No marquee matches this week on Superstars. There were two fun squash matches but the main event showed how low the WWF was on star power in 1995. Hopefully next week will be better with Bret-Godwinn.
Tags: Aldo Montoya, bart gunn, Billy Gunn, Hakushi, Jerry Lawler, John Crystal, Kama, Razor Ramon, sid, Tatanka, The Smoking Gunns, WWE, WWF