WWF: Monday Night Raw (05.29.95)

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Monday Night Raw
May 29, 1995
Binghamton, NY
Broome County Arena

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Diesel (11/26/1994)
Intercontinental Champion: Jeff Jarrett (5/21/1995)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Yokozuna (4/2/1995)
Women’s Champion: Alundra Blayze (4/3/1995)

We kick off the program with Jeff Jarrett and the Roadie in the ring saying how they aren’t scared of the Undertaker or Paul Bearer. BONG! The lights go out and Jarrett freaks.

Wait, Diesel had reconstructive elbow surgery? That’s no good. We’ll check in with him at some point on the show.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler.

  • Psycho Sid (w/Ted DiBiase & Tatanka) vs. Mike Khoury

During Sid’s entrance, they show Diesel’s elbow injury he suffered while Sid gave him a powerbomb at In Your House. That’s one mess you can’t really blame on Sid. Dr. James Andrews gets a shout out from Vince as being a leading sports orthopedic surgeon. POWERBOMB ends Khoury in 1:20.

We check in with Doc Andrews to see what exactly he did to Diesel’s elbow and how well he’s recovering. He tells us a bunch of medical jargon, but the truth is he removed some bone chips. Diesel said he knew he was in trouble when Sid first gave him a chokeslam, but the powerbomb is what really did him in for sure. Andrews believes he’ll be back at a full recovery in no time. That could explain the brief IC title switch to make up for the limited Diesel v. Sid main events.

Elsewhere, the Roadie tries to boost Jarrett’s confidence heading into tonight’s main event.

  • Adam Bomb vs. Bob Cook

Vince makes the announcement that NBC will be airing “WrestleMania 11: The Special” June 4 on NBC. This was huge at the time considering business was certainly down and they had not appeared on NBC (the #1 network at the time) since 1991. What aired was the LT/Bigelow and Diesel/Shawn main events. Just a one-shot deal though that did not lead to any more specials until 2006. Meanwhile, Vince and King have more trouble getting through reading the advertisement for Twilight Zone: The Movie airing on USA network than Adam Bomb does with Bob Cook. Flying Clothesline gets the win at 2:05.

Over at the commentary table, King still refuses to divulge any information as to whether or not he will accept Bret Hart’s challenge for a rematch at King of the Ring.

  • Hakushi (w/Shinja) vs. John Snakowski

Here comes Lawler’s sushi-eating friend. Before the match, Hakushi pulls out a mannequin head that looks just like Bret Hart out of a burlap sack to draw boos from the crowd. Who needs to cut a promo when you do things like that? Some really short squashes tonight. Hakushi pins Snakowski (who looks a lot like Nunzio) after a Edouard Carpentier senton roll at 2:36.

Vince McMahon brings out the WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze. Almost forgot there was such a thing. This is the first we’ve seen of her since she was attacked by Bertha Faye right after regaining the belt nearly two months ago. She actually receives a pretty decent reaction. Bland little interview with very little heart shown from Alundra considering she should be a little peeved, ya know? Essentially, the swelling in her nose has gone down and she’s ready to take on Bertha Faye and her main squeeze Harvey Wippleman. Of course, she plans on keeping the women’s belt for a long, long time. Chick didn’t even bring the belt with her. Probably in a trash can somewhere.

  • Men on a Mission vs. Gary Scott & Aaron Ferguson

Mabel is a HOUSE, says Vince. Maybe this is because I’m watching the match in the future, but Vince sure does quite a lot of Mabel pushing here. Avalanche and a BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX gets rid of Scott in 3:39. Mabel faces the winner of the main event here tonight at the KOTR.

  • The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Jeff Jarrett (w/The Roadie) – KOTR Qualifier

Obvs, the IC title is not on the line. Taker stalks JJ to start and hits Old School. Roadie grabs Taker by the foot when he tries coming off the ropes, giving Jarrett a moment to charge him. That fails as Taker turns around just right at the last second to kick and slam him. Jarrett avoids an elbow drop and clotheslines Taker out to the Roadie, where he gets goozled. JJ double sledges Taker from behind and bounces his head off the steps. Meanwhile, Paul Bearer chastises the ref for missing Roadie’s licks on the Undertaker. Back inside, Jarrett levels Taker with a series of dropkicks and hits the Bossman straddle. Flying clothesline gets two. Jarrett starts to take the Undertaker to school as we go to commercials. Wouldn’t want people to see any of that psychology and ‘rasslin stuff. When we return, Jarrett clamps on the FIGURE-FOUR. As Roadie grabs some leverage for JJ, Bearer chases him around ringside. Ref Earl Hebner makes Jarrett break the hold when he’s blatantly grabbing the middle ropes. Taker mounts a comeback, but Jarrett dishes out a swinging neckbreaker and lands a flying fist drop. As he Fargo struts, Taker SITS UP. Here comes Taker. Jumping Lariat connects. Jarrett catches Taker charging into the corner and comes off the middle rope, but flies down into a Chokeslam. Taker gives him one more and signals for the end. TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER to Jarrett and the Undertaker is now officially in the KOTR tournament for the first time ever. (8:55 shown) Nothing spectacular, but definitely the match of the month. **

Before we go, Vince once again tries to goat Lawler into accepting Bret’s big challenge. He ends up challenging the loud kids behind him instead. Lawler says he’ll accept Bret’s challenge when Helen Hart accepts his mother’s challenge.

While campaigning for possibly running for POTUS, Bob Backlund says that kids today should be listening to classical music instead of rock because it has had a deleterious effect on them. Just look at the crime rate! Vince feels Backlund won’t care for next week’s show then.

NEXT WEEK: We’ll be LIVE. Savio Vega makes his RAW debut, *Man Mountain Rock* will appear. Plus, Davey Boy Smith meets Owen Hart in a KOTR qualifier where the winner meets Razor Ramon in the KOTR tournament.

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