The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.27.95
Another Saturday, another three new RAWs uploaded on time! Which means that in another week, I’ll be able to fulfil my dream of doing alternating RAW and Nitro rants.
Taped from Richmond, VA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler
Rad Radford v. Ahmed Johnson
Radford was such a bizarre gimmick, in that he was barely even able to establish himself as a headbanging grunge rocker before he suddenly decided that he wanted to be a Bodydonna as well. And then that ended up going nowhere anyway. Radford pounds away in the corner, but Ahmed puts him down with an ax kick and finishes with the spinebuster and Pearl River Plunge at 2:44. Ahmed has some harsh words for Dean Douglas afterwards (I mean, I assume that’s what he’s saying, but then who knows?) and challenges him to get in the ring, but Douglas backs off.
Let us take you back to last week when Shawn Michaels collapsed in the ring in the aftermath of a beating from nine thugs.
Aja Kong & Tomoko Watanabe v. Alundra Blayze & Kyoko Inoue
This is pretty random for RAW. The babyfaces double-team Kong, but Inoue gets overpowered and is your face in peril. Watanabe with a surfboard and Kong comes in with a delayed suplex for two as we take a break. Back with Inoue fighting back with a flying elbow on Watanabe and she makes a hot tag to Blayze, who gets a pair of missile dropkicks on Kong. The heels double-team her, but it’s back to Inoue, and Kong drops her with a backdrop suplex and backfist to finish at 8:10. That was certainly a change of pace. **1/2
Speaking of random, Brother Love returns from getting killed by Ultimate Warrior six years previous, apparently now in a position of booking power and putting himself on TV. This immediately comes off as incredibly dated and out of place. Both the Love character and the gimmick interview segment in general quickly died off in the faster-paced Monday Nights Wars. Bret has words for British Bulldog, and Bob Backlund bursts out of the darkness with a chickenwing on Bret to set up a later RAW match.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley v. John Crystal
Hunter pounds him down with a forearm and quickly catches him with the Pedigree at 1:30.
Undertaker v. Kama
Nope, turns out that Kama is on crutches (and had given notice in real life according to the WON), so Dibiase buys a replacement:
Undertaker v. Sir Mo
Vince feels like Kama might be faking his injury. Mo clotheslines Taker to the floor, but Kama attacks and Vince is VINDICATED because Kama is fine. We take a break and return with Taker cleaning house and finishing Mo with a chokeslam at 6:00. This was junk. DUD Mabel of course comes out after that win, as does Yokozuna, and Mabel beats up Paul Bearer and steals the urn/necklace. This was literally the fourth or fifth “heel steals the power of the urn” angle in a row and you’d think Undertaker was getting pretty bored of it by that point. Thankfully he would have the Diesel and then Mankind feuds to sink his teeth into within a few months.
Next week: Razor Ramon v. Dean Douglas!
This show was another snooze, which is a shame because the previous week was a classic.