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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–05.15.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.15.95

Live from Binghamton, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.

Owen Hart & Yokozuna v. Nick Barberri & Bill Weaver

Yoko plasters both jobbers by himself and Owen adds a leg lariat and works on the arm of Barberri. The jobber comes back with a hiptoss and they actually work Owen over in their corner a bit, but Yoko comes in and splats Weaver with a Rock Bottom for the pin at 3:00.

Last night: Jerry Lawler cheats outrageously and beats Bret Hart at the first In Your House.

Man Mountain Rock v. Iron Mike Sharpe

Is this a squash or a main event from 1952? Rock has thankfully ditched the cornrows and pajamas, but he’s still a lost cause. He drops an elbow on Sharpe and finishes with the Painkiller (Fujiwara armbar) at 1:30.

Last night: An 11 year old kid wins the house! And then turns it around for a $30,000 profit as it turned out.

Meanwhile, Caribbean legend Savio Vega introduces himself to the world. Thankfully his English would get better.

Meanwhile, Barry Didinsky shills some crappy t-shirts. Well not “$9.99” level crappy but certainly no sane human would wear a “Diesel v. Sid” shirt.

King of the Ring Qualifier: Bob Holly v. Mantaur

Mantaur powers him out of the ring, but Holly comes back with dropkicks. Mantaur with more devastating shoulderblocks and a powerslam for two, and he chokes away in the corner. Sideslam and he stomps away as the crowd is just deathly silent for this. Suplex gets two and he pounds on Bob in the corner, but a blind charge misses and Holly gets two. Holly makes the comeback with a missile dropkick for two and a flying bodypress to finish at 5:31. Just horrible. DUD

Mr. Bob Backlund has a big announcement and Vince is pretty funny as the straight man (“Well, Mr. Backlund, for the benefit of those of us who are on THIS planet…”) and Bob rambles on for 5 minutes, reeling off crazy “historical” dates like JFK getting shot in December 1983 until Vince finally reins him in and Bob spits out that he’s running for President. This trainwreck went absolutely nowhere. Much like this show.

Bam Bam Bigelow v. IRS

Bigelow has new upbeat babyface music and elaborate flaming gear for his entrance. This was SO not the way to get him over as a top babyface. IRS runs away from Bigelow to start and we take a break after 2:00 of stalling. Back with Bigelow in control, but he misses the diving headbutt and IRS comes back with clotheslines to take over. And then it’s the abdominal stretch to really rev up the excitement and he pounds away before pulling off the turnbuckle, but Bigelow sends him into it for the pin at 5:00. That’s a hell of a way to kick off Bigelow’s big run, selling the whole match for the most boring wrestler alive and then having to cheat to beat him. ½*

Next week: Shawn Michaels returns to face King Kong Bundy, as we get a video package about him to waste MORE airtime and wrap it up. Holy balls was this a pathetic show, with two craptastic feature matches and a whole lot of recaps. Hopefully King of the Ring will help to improve the quality.

Comments

  1. I can just imagine Iron Mike Sharpe's sell of the Fujiwara armbar.

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  2. Fact: The only time I liked Savio was when he turned heel and joined the Nation. I went back to hating him the moment he left.

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  3. I never liked Savio. Didn't hate him, he was just always meh to me. Great strap match with Austin, and that was about it.

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  4. Bob Holly vs. Mantaur and HOLLY wins... just one sad realization that the 1995 Tournament wasn't going to be good. That and the only other qualifier is Monster Mabel.

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  5. Egads, there's a reason I stopped watching from '93 to '96, and this show is it.

    On a brief aside, you know what WWE needs more of these days? Badass video packages like Crockett Promotions used to do. I was rewatching the Bash '87 intro video that they ran on the start of the VHS tape, and god damn is it AWESOME. Everyone heading to the ring just had that "I'm going to kick ass and bleed for people tonight and will LOVE IT" vibe that used to make wrestling wrestling.

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  6. Didn't bam bam leave pretty soon after his face turn? And does anyone know why he left?

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  7. "Hopefully King of the Ring will help to improve the quality."

    Um, no

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  8. Poor Mantaur. 400 lbs. and jobbing to JTTS Bob Holly in a QUALIFYING MATCH.

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  9. That Owen/123 Kid match at KOTR94 was great. Did they ever have a longer rematch on RAW or Action Zone?

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  10. Nick Barberri? I hope he didn't have a son, because Alberto Del Rio is about to smack a bitch

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  11. Had no idea Sharpe was still around at this point,

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  12. Adam "Colorado" CurrySeptember 4, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I think jobbing to Goldust at Survivor Series was his last match. Not sure why he left, but I bet The Clique had something to do with it.

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    http://www.onlinemoney/2014/6/14......,,..

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  14. Yeah, that was a big shock watching that match too. Thought for sure Mantaur was winning, but it was a pleasant surprise to see Holly win.

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  15. Bob Holly as the underdog wasn't a bad choice as he's a good worker and 1-2-3 Kid was injured. I just wished WWF played up Holly's tag title tournament win earlier on in the year to make us think Holly has a chance in winning it.

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  16. Only time I liked Savio was when he was Kwang because ninjas are awesome.

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  17. I think he suffered an injury around that time because I think he was originally announced for the Rumble match.

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  18. They didn't have enough matches together as everytime they got in the ring, it was just magic.

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  19. Yeah, Bam Bam's face run was weird as he basically acted like every other face geek who had to sell for a large portion of the match and he really should have been booked as a monster face.

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  20. I've never heard Savio speak so I'm almost afraid to ask about the accent.

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  21. Especially his first match. That's the one you want him looking strong in if nothing else.

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  22. I remember a match he had with Brooklyn Brawler. Brawler had him in a wristlock or something and Bam Bam...went for the ropes? I was like wtf, just elbow him in the mouth to get out of it or something.

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