What the World Was Watching: WWF Monday Night Raw – November 6, 1995

Monday Night Raw

-Ahmed Johnson’s body slam of Yokozuna on last week’s show is replayed. We also see some highlights of stuff that is going to happen later in the show. I hate that, but I know that they needed to do it in order to win the ratings battle with Monday Nitro.

-Vince McMahon and Doc Hendrix are in the booth because Lawler is in action tonight. We’re still in Canada.

-Opening Contest: The British Bulldog (w/Jim Cornette) vs. Marty Jannetty:

Both men exchange headlocks and shoulder blocks to start and after a series of reversals Jannetty hits an enziguri for two. Jannetty applies an arm bar but the Bulldog catches Jannetty off the ropes with a gorilla press slam-into a hot shot. As the Bulldog backdrops Jannetty, Clarence Mason is shown off screen and says that the Bulldog will face the winner of Bret Hart and Diesel at In Your House 5. The Bulldog delivers his sweet a vertical suplex and then slams Jannetty into the canvas by the hair. The Bulldog applies a chinlock and Jannetty fights out, only to run into a knee to the gut off the ropes. The Bulldog gets a two count and goes back to the chinlock. Jannetty gets a fluke crucifix for two and the Bulldog turns him inside out with a clothesline. The Bulldog gets another near-fall and continues to dominate as we go to a commercial break.

We return with the Bulldog having Jannetty in chinlock #3. Jannetty fights out and both men collide for a double KO. The Bulldog recovers quickly and covers for two. Chinlock #4 is applied and after a few seconds of that the Bulldog tosses Jannetty to the floor. Cornette hammers away as the Bulldog distracts the referee. Jannetty tries to get a sunset flip from the apron, but the Bulldog blocks it for one and applies chinlock #5. Jannetty corners the Bulldog but a blind charge leads to him being trapped in a Tree of Woe and the Bulldog stomps away. This just isn’t Marty’s night. Chinlock #6 is applied by the Bulldog, as Hendrix explains that the Bulldog is using his power to win and keep Jannetty off his feet. Jannetty’s hand only drops twice and he catches the Bulldog with an elbow on a blind charge. Jannetty gets a modified bulldog off the second rope and makes the comeback. The Bulldog moves out of the way of a top rope fist drop but Jannetty lands on his feet and hits a DDT for two. A blind charge sends Jannetty shoulder-first into the ring post and the Bulldog hits the running powerslam for the pin at 9:31 shown. Pretty solid match and I bought into the psychology employed by the Bulldog. Grade: C+

-Bill Clinton impersonator talks about how the WWF brings people in the world together and how it’s one of America’s greatest exports.

-Hendrix interviews the Bulldog and Cornette. Cornette says Monsoon was forced to give the Bulldog a title match at In Your House 5 because of Clarence Mason’s threats of legal action. He says in December the Bulldog will win the title.

-Bret Hart is shown talking to Barry Horowitz and Hakushi in the locker room about random things.

-Bam Bam Bigelow is shown confronting Goldust on WWF Superstars.

-Henry O. Godwinn vs. Terry Richards:

Richards would later become the wrestler known as Rhino. Richards beats on Godwinn in the corner but a blind charge eats buckle and Godwinn hits a slam. Godwinn goes through his usual offense, hits an elbow off the ropes and a boot to the mid-section and a Slop Drop finishes at 2:05. After the match, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley attacks Godwinn from behind on the arena floor, Pedigrees him, puts on some gloves, and gives Godwinn a slopping. McMahon announces that Godwinn and Helmsley will meet each other next week on RAW.

-Survivor Series “Slam Jam” with Todd Pettengill. He announces that the Undertaker has accepted Mabel’s challenge for a match at the Survivor Series so we’ll see his take on Mabel’s Royals. We get some promos from the Undertaker and Diesel.

-Call 1-800-TITAN-91 to get tons of WWF pogs/mat caps for $21 plus $3.95 shipping and handling. I guess they didn’t sell well.

-We see a slow motion replay of Ahmed Johnson body slamming Yokozuna.

-“The Supreme Fighting Machine” Kama (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Tony Roy:

Kama flips Roy over by the arm to start and then leg sweeps him. Roy gets a takedown and avoids a Kama blind charge to get a schoolboy for a near-fall. Roy outmaneuvers Kama some more but that doesn’t last long and Kama takes him to the buckle. While the match unfolds, Shawn Michaels is on the phone with McMahon and talks about the Wild Card match at Survivor Series. Kama avalanches Roy against the buckles and gives him a flapjack. Lots of punching and kicking ensues as the crowd desperately wants the match to end. A right hand mercifully finishes at 3:11.

-The Smoking Gunns face off in a Karate Fighters matchup and Billy wins. They have a rematch and Bart wins.

-Jerry “the King” Lawler & Isaac Yankeem D.D.S. vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart & Hakushi (w/Barry Horowitz):

This is the awful feud that never ends. Yankem and Bret start and Yankem beats on Bret in the corner. However, a blind charge eats buckle and Bret punches Yankem’s arm. Yankem catches Bret in a bear hug off the ropes but Bret fights out, tags Hakushi, and Hakushi hits a flying headbutt off the top rope as Bret holds Yankem in place. Hakushi works the arm, but Yankem maneuvers Hakushi into the corner and delivers some elbows. Hakushi reverses a whip into the corner and follows it up with his springboard elbow smash. Bret and Hakushi pound away on Yankem, with some of their double teams happening behind the referee’s back. Bret delivers a headbutt to the mid-section for two. Bret locks in an arm bar as McMahon says he is betting on Yankem and Lawler to win this match. Couldn’t you give us a spoiler alert for that once Vince? Bret hits a cross body off the ropes for two and Yankem’s kick out sends him to the floor. Bret sunset flips back in for two and tags Hakushi. Hakushi tries to deliver the springboard elbow smash again, but this time Yankem is ready for it and clotheslines him in the back of the head. I love that counter. Yankem tries to toss Hakushi to the floor, but Hakushi gets on the apron and delivers a springboard shoulder block back in. Yankem falls to the floor and Hakushi tries to follow up with a pescado, but Yankem catches him and rams him into the ring post. As the referee is tied up with Bret, Lawler and Yankem double team Hakushi. Back in, Yankem hits a backbreaker for two. Lawler finally gets tagged in, taunts Bret, and gives Hakushi two piledrivers. The heels continue their cheating as we head to a commercial break.

We get back from commercial with Yankem having Hakushi locked in a bear hug but Hakushi boxes the ears to escape. Yankem tries a big boot but he’s not Hulk Hogan and Hakushi sweeps the leg and tries a dropkick, but Yankem catches that and turns it into a Boston crab. Like a true gentleman Bret runs into the ring and hits Yankem in the back of the head. Lawler becomes the legal man again and he goes to the top rope but when he tries an axe handle, Hakushi catches him in the throat and we have a double KO spot. Both men tag their partners and Bret destroys the heels. Bret hits his second rope elbow drop that doesn’t get a three count on Yankem and applies the Sharpshooter. Lawler tries to break it up, causing all hell to break loose and as the referee moves Hakushi back to his corner Lawler grabs a chair but Horowitz comes in and grabs it from him. The referee turns around and sees that Horowitz has the chair and the heels win by disqualification. Well that sucks because the chair wasn’t even used. Not surprisingly, Bret Hart and Hakushi never tagged together again. The match was a standard tag match but had nothing special and the finish hurts it. Grade: C

-Tune in next week to see Razor Ramon defend the Intercontinental championship against Sid with the 1-2-3 Kid as the special guest referee. In that match the title can change hands by pinfall or disqualification. Also, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley battles Henry Godwinn and Ahmed Johnson makes his debut.

The Final Report: The in-ring product was better than last week but this show did very little to hype the Survivor Series. Bulldog-Jannetty is an interesting power vs. speed wrestling match so it’s worth checking out.

Show Grade: C

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