Monday Night Raw
January 29, 1996
The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (11/19/1995)
Intercontinental Champion: Goldust (1/21/1996)
World Tag Team Champions: The Smoking Gunns (9/25/1995)
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.
- Diesel vs. Davey Boy Smith (w/Jim Cornette)
Diesel shows us his entire moveset to start with knees and clotheslines. Using his head, Bulldog bails and trips up the big guy so he can post the knee. Davey Boy bars the knee on into commercial. Hey, Yokozuna joins Corny at ringside. Could we see some shenanigans and maybe even some chicanery? Perhaps. AND WE’RE BACK! Same stuff is going on. Diesel’s knee gives out and Davey Boy stomps him out to ringside so he can untie a turnbuckle pad. Back inside, Diesel blocks the exposed turnbuckle smash and sends Bulldog’s face instead. Exposed Turnbuckle Snake Eyes follows. As Diesel covers and Cornette distracts the ref, Yoko tries to break up the pin with a MASSIVE SUMO-SIZED legdrop, but Diesel moves and Bulldog takes the leg. And that winds up costing Davey Boy the match as Diesel gets the 1-2-3. (6:11 shown) Not just a bad month for Razor Ramon, but also for Camp Cornette. Four big stars that couldn’t win the Rumble, Vader gets suspended, and now this. *½
Over in his weird shrine to the WWF, Dok Hendrix hypes the upcoming In Your House PPV card. Bret Hart gets an interview chatting up his cage match with Diesel. I love that black eye for some reason. Once that’s out of the way, Hendrix responds on-air to a letter sent to the WWF by Turner Broadcasting that tells them that while the Billionaire Ted skits are funny, they really need to stop doing them or they will be ready and waiting to sue. So with that, Hendrix sets up the next clip which is of the Billionaire Ted’s Press Conference, which is supposed to provide us with the answer to the question why he’s trying to run the WWF out of business. And here it is.
- The Body Donnas (w/Sunny) vs. The Godwinns (w/Hillbilly Jim)
Now that they got the Blue Blood into a hog pen match, they seemed to have nothing left to do with Henry Godwinn as a singles wrestler and brought in Dennis Knight to wrestle as Henry’s cousin Phineas I. Godwinn. Henry gets double-teamed to start, but avoids a Rocket Launcher and makes the HOT TAG TO PHINEAS. Another double-team from the Bodydonnas fails, as Phineas delivers the SLOP DROP on Skip for the win. (2:18) Well, that was surprisingly short. ½*
Highlights of Vader’s two confrontations with Gorilla Monsoon get shown. That leads to Jim Cornette and his completely honest attorney Clarence Mason to respond to Vader being suspended. Mason thinks Vader acted in self-defense and will do a whole bunch of legal stuff to make this go away. The Get Well Gorilla campaign is now under way. Send your cards and letters and to the P.O. Box number on the screen. For you kids out there, cards and letters are what people used to send instead of text messages and writing on someone’s Facebook wall.
Vince McMahon introduces the acting WWF president: Roddy Piper. He likes the idea of being considered Vince McMahon’s boss. However, he’s horribly disillusioned if actually he believes that a mere on-screen authority figure trumps over the owner of the company. The man is crazy and everything, but he promises the WWF fans that they are in good hands with Roddy Piper at the helm. Once the interview comes to a close, Piper picks up Vince and gives him an Airplane Spin. He’s CRAZY, ya’ll!
Promo for a mysterious newcomer missing part of an ear is shown. Lawler calls him “Mankind”.
- Shawn Michaels vs. Yokozuna (w/Jim Cornette)
I don’t understand why Vince and Lawler keep acting like this is going to be the first time Shawn Michaels ever got a WWF title shot at WrestleMania. Just because he was a heel last year and now he’s a face doesn’t mean his match with Diesel at WrestleMania 11 didn’t happen. Yoko dominates to start, but then Shawn fires back and sends Yokozuna to the floor. Out comes Owen Hart as the hopeful insurance policy. Commercials! When we come back, Shawn lays in the heavy blows with a flying double sledge and then follows up with the Moonsault Press for two. Just like that, Yoko reverses a whip and sends HBK in the corner for the crazy bump to the floor. Owen puts the boots to Shawn and backs him into the post. That eats up some time as Michaels slowly makes it back in the ring. Shawn fights out of the nerve hold, but runs into an elbow as we take another commercial break. AND WE’RE BACK! Yoko misses a legdrop and here comes HBK! Maybe not. Flying splash misses. However, Shawn comes up punching. It takes two Flying Forearms to take Yokozuna off his feet. Shawn attempts another flying double sledge, but gets caught and driven back into the corner. Now it’s time to finish him off. Cornette distracts the ref while Yoko holds Shawn for a Spinning Heel Kick from Owen. Of course, Shawn moves and Yoko gets wiped out. As Yoko stumbles around, HBK hits SWEET CHIN MUSIC for the 1-2-3. (7:57 shown) Looks like the crew is going to split, but then Davey Boy Smith and Jim Cornette cool things down. Once they realize Shawn Michaels is all by himself, they see the potential in a three-on-one attack with Cornette looking for payback. However, here comes Diesel to even things up a bit. Actually, not that bad of a match. **¼
As Camp Cornette retreats to the floor, Cornette makes the challenge to the Dudes with Attitudes to take on Yokozuna and Davey Boy Smith next week – IF THEY GOT ANY GUTS! Looks like we’ve got another double main event show coming your way.
NEXT WEEK: Bret v. Taker II! Plus, the Dudes with Attitudes v. British Bulldog & Yokozuna! Not only will you get a PPV main event rematch from a few weeks back, but also one from five months ago!