Archive for the ‘1995’ Category

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1. WWF Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon (c) vs. Jeff Jarrett w/The Roadie

This match took place twice as it originally ended in a count out. Nothing really special happened at all despite the talent involved which was a shame.
Grade: C-

 

2. IRS w/Ted Dibiase vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer

This would commence a year long feud between the Deadman and the Million Dollar Corporation. I’ll be honest, Taker’s matches at from his debut up to this year were just horrible wrestling matches and for the most part was storyline driven. The kickstarter for the above mentioned feud was when corp. member King Kong Bundy distracts Taker and IRS seized the opportunity and snatches the Undertaker’s  urn.
Grade: D-

 

3. WWF Championship
Diesel (c) vs. Bret Hart

This is one of Kevin Nash’s (Diesel) best wrestling matches of his career and that says a lot. Bret did an outstanding job working with the big man and delivered a high quality match that was ruined by a non finish.
Grade: B+

 

4. WWF Tag Team Championship
Tournament Final
Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka vs. 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly

The tag titles were vacated after the champions Diesel & Shawn Michaels went to splitsville and refused to defend them so for the following weeks a tournament took place on Raw’s in which the finalists would collide at the Rumble. Pretty good match despite non of them being known tag team wrestlers which demonstrated the talent and potential the wrestler’s had.Grade: B-

 

Segment: After the match, Bam Bam Bigelow would plant the seed of one of the most high profiled matches in WWF history as he shoves Hall of Fame Football Linebacker, Lawrence Taylor, who was at ringside.

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog, Eli Blu, Duke Droese, Jimmy Del Ray, The Barbarian, Tom Pritchard, Doink, Kwang, Rick Martel, Owen Hart, Timothy Well, Bushwacker Luke, Jacob Blu, King Kong Bundy, Mo, Mabel, Bushwacker Butch, Lex Luger, Mantaur, Aldo Montoya, Billy Gunn, Bart Gunn, Bob Backlund, Steven Dunn, Dick Murdoch, Adam Bomb, Fatu & Crush

Stipulation has it that the winner of the rumble would be accompanied by the star of the hit tv show, Baywatch, Pamela Anderson (In her prime). This rumble will always be remembered as Shawn Michaels (well know this so why hide it) winning it as the number 1 entrant. My grievance of this rumble is that the time intervals between entry’s was reduced to 1 minute instead of the usual 2. Thus made this match heavily rushed and didn’t tell much of a story despite the huge statistic in the books.
Grade: C

 

Final Thoughts:

Horrible show that it’s main attraction was shortlived with the time reduced time and it’s undercard with the exception of two matches weren’t memorable at all. Despite the historic highlight, this show as a whole lies in the bottom of the barrel within the rumble shows. I don’t recommend this show at all because it’s biggest highlights are profiled just about everywhere and leaves the rest forgotten.

Verdict: 6/10

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1. Bret Hart vs. Hakushi w/Shinja

Bret Hart has been butting heads with Jerry Lawler and now has a formidable rival in japanese star Jinzei Shinzaki who is competing as Hakushi in the WWF. This one started slow but it later picked off and it was going very well. For this time and period this was an amazing match.
Grade: B-

 

2. Hanidcap Match
Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie

Razor has been on a series of bad luck for the most part of 1995. First he loses the Intercontinental title to Jarrett with help from the Roadie. The musical duo took out the 1-2-3 Kid’s knee and put him out of action so it’s Razor all by himself against the duo. This was a decent match where it was very psychological with Razor trying to disable one of them.
Grade: C+

 

3. King of the Ring Qualifying Match
Mabel w/Mo vs. Adam Bomb

SQUASH!
Grade: DUD

 

4. Tag Team Championship
Owen Hart & Yokozuna (c) w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart Gunn)

This is a WrestleMania XI rematch. This nice and well presented but this was nothing special and just felt like a match from Monday Night Raw.
Grade: D

 

5. Bret Hart vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler

This is a rematch from SummerSlam 93. This fell way short of the expectations you would’ve had if you were expecting the same from that match. This was very short and nothing was done during that time period for anyone to prosper.
Grade: D+

 

6. WWF Championship Match
Diesel (c) vs. Psycho Sid w/Ted Dibiase

After Sid went mad and assaulted his former employer Shawn Michaels, Ted Dibiase signed the big man to his corporation and is now the crown jewel of the Million Dollar Man. Michael’s longtime friend and rival Diesel welcomed the challenge by the Million Dollar Man. This match was just disastrous, two big men with little to no movement trying to see who is the bigger man. This was an exact replica of  Undertaker vs. *Insert Monster Name Here*.
Grade: F

 

Bonus Matches:

The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer vs. Kama w/Ted Dibiase

Taker has been on the opposing side of the fence with Ted Dibiase’s Million Dollar Corporation. After defeating the likes of King Kong Bundy & I.R.S., the Deadman finally met his match with “The Supreme Fighting Machine” Kama, who took Taker’s urn and made gold chains out of them Mr. T style. This match was a complete snooze fest and this was no better than their matches from 1992.
Grade: D-

 

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Tatanka w/Ted Dibiase

Bam Bam walked away from the Million Dollar Corporation after his match with Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI. Since then he has been butting heads with the Corp. in a series of awful matches. This was no exception.
Grade: D

 

Final Thoughts:

This show will always be remembered as the first PPV of many that served in continuance between the Big 5, nothing else. With the exception of the opener, this was a disastrous event that for the time it was good but when you look at it now it really was crystal clear that the WWF was struggling without it’s major players like Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage who were now part of rival promotion, WCW.

Verdict: 4/10

1. The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Hakushi

Perfect choice IMO for the opener. Hakushi who is well known in the Land of the Rising Sun, has been causing waves in the WWF and the 1-2-3 kid has been giving solid performances at this point of his career. The crowd got pumped over the dynamic manuevers of what I consider the prelude to the light heavyweight division that would emerge a couple of years later.
Grade: C+

2. Hunter Hearst-Helmsley vs. Bob Holly

The future Hardcore Holly vs. The future Triple H. Holly is a decent wrestler but still his roles at the time were limited to enhancement matches. While Trips was still green and is lightyears away to becoming the Game so that pretty much tells you what to expect from this one.However, in entertainment value, Helmsley’s gimmick disguised a lot of the negatives so that compliments his overall performance.
Grade: D

 

3.  The Smoking Gunns vs. The Blu Twins w/ Uncle Zeb

Not much to say nor see here. It was boring, sloppy and seemed eternal.
Grade: F+

 

4. Barry Horowitz vs. Skip w/ Sunny

The story here is that Horowitz wins his first match in his career after being many years without winning and the victim was Skip of the BodyDonnas. Skip and Sunny challenges Horowitz to another match and once again he prevails. Skip tried to get back at Horowitz by interfering in his match with Hakushi and that also backfired as Horotwitz pinned the Japanese superstar. Skip challenges Horowitz to SummerSlam. Now with that out of the way, the match was decent that looked to be a squash but the underdog had a bigger heart and gave Skip a run for his money. Really entertaining.
Grade: C-

 

5. Women’s Championship
Alundra Blayze vs. Bertha Faye w/Harvey Whippleman

No offense to the women in this match but they were horrible. You can tell Blayze was unmotivated to wrestle here. While Bertha (better known as Monster Ripper) gained a lot weight and wasn’t what she used to be and performed like a female Yokozuna.
Grade: F

 

6. Casket Match
Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Kama w/ Ted Dibiase

Taker has been feuding all year with the Million Dollar Corporation as Kama stole his urn and melted into Mr. T golden chains. These Undertaker matches with big guys never end up pretty, even a casket match can’t save the mediocrity. At least at this point in his career all that is coming to an end.
Grade: D-

 

7. Bret Hart vs. Isaac Yankem DDS. w/ Jerry Lawler

Isaac Yankem DDS, the personal dentist of Jerry Lawler sent to avenge his client. It was an ok match but could have done more. Although Kan..I mean Isaac is a not a bad wrestler at all but outside from the big man moves he’s quite limited to what he could do and the finish wasn’t that hot either.
Grade: C

 

8. Intercontinental Championship
                     Ladder Match
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Razor Ramon

The year before, both competed in a historical ladder match that is still talked to this day. This is their part two of that match with the same championship on the line. The beginning was explosive as they reminisced key moments of the first match and then took over with confidence the rest. Very good psychology and selling on both men’s part. Ramon worked on Michael’s leg throughout the whole match causing HBK to be immobilized at times which made the match even more dramatic. Everything flew well, not as great as their first ladder match but still delivered and creamed this whole card by a longshot.
Grade: A-

 

9. WWF Championship
Diesel vs. King Mabel w/ Sir Mo

This had incredible hype for a main event. Turned out to be an incredible flop. Diesel couldn’t work a good match if his life depended on it, unless it was Michaels or Bret. Mabel had no business being there and even his promos were fucked up by his own doing. It’s a disgrace for this match being a main event, even worse a title match.
Grade: DUD

In conclusion, it was a complete disaster. For starters, at this point of time the business was changing. ECW was slowly emerging with a more violent and realistic approach opposing the traditional and fantasy product the WWF & WCW were delivering. WWF always had their variety of gimmicks but at this point they got extremely corny like a Farmer, Pirate, Magician, Ninja, even a Bull for the love of God. Also at the time there was no defined leader in the WWF. Former leaders Hogan and Savage were now in WCW joining their own leaders Sting & Ric Flair. Bret had the leadership sure but the Cliques heavy influence caused what might possibly a recession within the talent in the promotion.

Verdict: 5/10