Skip to main content

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–09.18.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.18.95

(Last pre-taped rant for 1995.  Promise.) 

Taped from the same place as last time.

- Your hosts are Vince & King.

The 1-2-3 Kid v. Razor Ramon

Kid sends Ramon to the floor with high kicks, but Ramon puts him on the top rope and brings him down with a fallaway slam. That gets two. The canned heat here is just ridiculously bad. Razor with a hiptoss out of the corner and the Kid bails off a shot to the head. Back in, Razor works the arm and chokeslams him for two. Finally Kid takes over when Ramon charges and hits the floor, and Kid follows with a slingshot dropkick to the floor. Back in, Kid with a leg lariat for two. Sleeper follows and we take a break. Back with Kid still holding the move (which would kill you in real life if you were in it that long) but Ramon fights up with a backdrop suplex to escape. Ramon makes the comeback and slugs Kid down, then follows with a corner clothesline. The ref gets bumped and of course cue Dean Douglas for the run-in, as he hits a flying splash on Razor and the Kid crawls on top for the pin at 7:08. Well you know that Ramon is going to bump for his buddy. ***

Meanwhile, Dean Douglas grades the match.

Tatanka & Kama v. Savio Vega & Bob Holly

Savio gets a hiptoss and dropkicks on Tatanka to start and cleans house (while dancing, no less) and it's over to Holly and Kama. Holly takes him down with an armdrag as it's interesting how completely different that matchup would be just a few years later. Tatanka comes in and evades a spinkick from Vega, then distracts Holly long enough for Kama to put Vega down with a high kick. The heels double-team Vega with a double slam and Tatanka drops an elbow before mouthing off to Holly and allowing more double-teaming in the corner. Kama kicks Savio down and then baits Holly in yet again for more double-teaming as Vince questions which side Holly is on. Was that supposed to be going anywhere, I wonder? Tatanka and Savio clothesline each other and it's hot tag Holly, who goes up with a missile dropkick on Kama for two. He goes up again with a high cross, but Kama rolls through for the pin at 5:46. **

Jean Pierre LaFitte v. Brian Walsh

Pierre misses a charge and the jobber tries a headlock, but LaFitte swats down a dropkick and stomps away. To the apron and LaFitte lays in some stiff shots and hits an overhead suplex back in the ring. He chokes away and adds a backbreaker, then finishes with the Cannonball at 3:00. So who would win a match between LaFitte and Avatar?  (I don’t really get what I was going for there.) 

Yokozuna & Owen Hart v. Men on a Mission

Who booked this crap? Both teams were heels at this point, which made this all the sillier. Owen slugs it out with Mo to start and Mo elbows him down, but charges and hits boot in the corner. Owen comes out with a clothesline, but runs into a powerslam and it's over to King Mabel. Mabel misses the charge and Owen slugs away in the corner, but Mabel swats him down and MOM pounds away in their corner. The crowd seems to be cheering Owen by default, so he takes a cheapshot and plays face-in-peril here. Mabel chokes him out behind the ref's back, and Mo gets a sunset flip for two. Owen dumps him and finally brings Yoko in as Owen sends Mo into the stairs. Back in, Yoko beats the hell out of Mo in the corner and now the champs cheat like the crazy. Still not enough to draw boos, though. We take a break and return with Owen and Mo trying stereo leg lariats and missing. Tags on both sides give us Yoko v. Mabel, and they slug it out to no effect until Mabel gets a clothesline to put Yoko down. He tosses Owen onto Yoko and MOM hit Yoko with a double clothesline. Mo slugs away, but Yoko casually clotheslines him and holds him for an Owen missile dropkick that gets two. Neckbreaker and Owen goes up, but Mo brings him down with a superplex for two. Owen comes back with a drop toehold into the HULKBUSTER LEGDROP from Yoko, and that's enough to finish at 9:07. Pretty fun. ***  (This was setting up Mabel v. Yokozuna down the line somewhere, wasn’t it?) 

The Pulse:  Decent wrestling, but the show was in such a dead zone between Summerslam and Survivor Series. 

Comments

  1. Yoko and Mabel happened at IYH 4 but Yoko was a substitute for the injured Taker.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I refuse to believe Yoko/Owen vs MOM hit 3 stars. Seems fishy. I just can't trust taped rants.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It was the added crowd noise in Saskatoon.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Not many workers could make you say, "This match would be better with 1995 Taker," but Yoko was one of them.

    ReplyDelete
  5. And that, I believe, is where Mabel was mercy-killed, once and for all, never to be seen again until the Attitude era.

    ReplyDelete
  6. A site; is giving 950$ on completing a task in a week from home and have more time with family & friends. My friend has been averaging 100$ daily now. I can't believe how simple it was once I tried it out. This is what I do now

    ➜➜➜,➜➜➜➜➜➜➜➜➜➜,••► check₄₄.com

    JUST OPEN THE SITE TO BELIEVE-

    ReplyDelete
  7. Mabel's last appearance was as part of the 1996 Rumble match. His last official match on TV was on the New Year's Day Raw, where he lost to Diesel in about 10 seconds.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Whenever I hear Mabel, I think of that one wacko rumor where Shawn Michaels ran into Vince's office and told him that he saw Big Vis snorting the biggest line of coke he had ever seen off a limo. Then Vis walked in and Vince asked him if it was true and Vis said it was. That sounds like the strangest Attitude-era sketch ever.

    ReplyDelete
  9. On paper, this is one of the biggest raws for it's time with only 1 no name, and 3 mid card or higher matches

    ReplyDelete
  10. Eat a pallet of dicks

    ReplyDelete
  11. On the next show Vince said this was the most watched Raw ever.

    ReplyDelete
  12. The pay per views are all already up.

    And undoctered.

    I have said, several times, that documentaries and Monday night wars shows are edited.

    You are litteraly arguing against me, by stating something I never disagreed with.

    I'm not doing this anymore, you retarded fuck.

    ReplyDelete
  13. MaffewOfBotchamaniaOctober 20, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    I hope he started off as Mabel, snorted the coke then turned into Viscera.

    ReplyDelete
  14. MaffewOfBotchamaniaOctober 20, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    The mercy-kill was the coffin match with Undi the month later.

    Rumour has it he injured the coffin.

    ReplyDelete
  15. How do you think his Mohawk turned white?

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's a shame... Yoko, even at his size in 1993, was a surprisingly good worker who could move around the ring. By 1995, two short years, his weight got completely out of control and he could barely string together 60-seconds worth of a match before sucking wind and sitting on a long rest hold.

    ReplyDelete
  17. As much of a Workrate/Cruiserweight Freak as I am, I always love seeing two giant fat fucks beating the hell out of each other. Yoko/Mabel brawls were always fun for me, as were any time in a Royal Rumble when two fatties went up against each other.

    ReplyDelete
  18. MaffewOfBotchamaniaOctober 20, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    ''What happened to your eyes, Mabel?''
    ''THERE IS NO MABEL, ONLY VIS...''

    ReplyDelete
  19. The version of this episode on the network is actually the short-lived Thursday reply.

    ReplyDelete
  20. "Decent wrestling, but the show was in such a dead zone between Summerslam and Survivor Series."

    This pretty much sounds like every single year. This is why I'm not really worried about WWE going through the motions right now. It will pick up again, it always does.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Except of course for the times that it didn't.

    ReplyDelete
  22. It's been a little while since I watched that show, but I seem to recall it being a pretty good match. Far better than you would expect considering the participants. I think the "let's take turns going heel" aspect helped it.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Carrying around 400 lbs of excess weight will do that to you I guess.

    ReplyDelete
  24. That ending to the Holly/Vega vs Tatanka/Kama match is hugely understated.

    Holly flies off the top rope and Kama plants him right on his head with a DDT /powerslam combination. They unfortunately didn't even show a replay but it was a deadly accidental neck bump. I loved that finish so much I still have the match on VHS somewhere just for that ending.

    ReplyDelete
  25. So was Big Daddy V him turning to porn to fund his coke habit then?

    ReplyDelete
  26. How are the two versions different?

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment