In Your House #3 (09.95)

WWF In Your House #3
September 24, 1995
Saginaw, MI
Civic Center

The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Diesel (11/26/1994)
Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels (7/23/1995)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Yokozuna (4/2/1995)
Women’s Champion: Bertha Faye (8/27/1995)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler & Jim Ross. Yay JR!

  • Savio Vega vs. Waylon Mercy

Waylon Mercy is played by Danny Spivey. The character was inspired by De Niro’s take on Max Cady in the “Cape Fear” remake released in ’91. He’s a weird babyface with a southern accent who enjoys squashing bugs, but he wrestles like a heel. You know what I mean? Sounds complicated I know which seems like the antithesis of the 1995 WWF if you ask me. They trade corner squashes to start. Vega wants to work on the left arm of Waylon Mercy since he’s a southpaw, but Mercy stops that and knees Savio in the gut to take over. They go to the floor where Waylon slams Savio on the floor. Back in, Vega runs into a hotshot for two. Dok Hendrix interrupts us with the announcement that Owen Hart is NOT in the building! More on that story as it develops. Meanwhile, Mercy delivers a side slam, but then misses an elbow drop. Waylon Mercy catches Savio Vega in the SLEEPER. That’s his finisher. Vega runs Mercy face first into the corner to break the hold. Back to the SLEEPER, but Vega escapes with a back suplex. He comes back with a big boot and a spin kick for two. Bulldog by Vega gets another two. Vega busts out Stunning Steve Austin’s Hollywood & Vine inside toehold pinning combo for 1-2-NO! He telegraphs a backdrop next though and pays for it with a Dick Murdoch brainbuster. Cover, 1-2-NO! Swinging back suplex gets two. Vega slips out of a slam and delivers a bridging German suplex on Mercy for two. Vega throws up his little hand sign and puts Waylon Mercy away with the SPINNING HEEL KICK! (7:07) Sadly, Dan Spivey would suffer a career ending injury in a matter of weeks. **¼

With or without Owen, WWF interim president Gorilla Monsoon guarantees the triple header match will happen tonight!

  • Psycho Sid (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Henry O. Godwinn

Sid got slopped and that didn’t make him very happy. Not just Sid, but Ted DiBiase received the same treatment from Henry Godwinn to turn him babyface. Once that happened, Sid got his hands on Godwinn and gave him a powerbomb on the floor, so now Godwinn’s got a sore back. JR mentions the word “slobberknocker” which just gets him some made fun of by Lawler. Godwinn beats Sid to the floor and gives him a suplex back in the ring. That aggravates his back. He can’t slam Sid! Sid kicks Godwinn out to ringside for DiBiase to get him some revenge in the form of angry stomps. Sid delivers a pair of flying double sledges from the apron. Back in, Sid whips Godwinn hard into the corner and then slaps on a camel clutch of sorts. Eventually, Godwinn fights back and hits the SLOP DROP! Cover, 1-2-NO! DiBiase pulls him off Sid, which brings Godwinn out to the floor to give chase. He avoids Sid’s advances when he’s back on the apron, but DiBiase trips him up as he comes off the ropes. POWERBOMB! Cover, 1-2-3. (7:23) Not a bad performance from Godwinn. Sid and DiBiase want to pour Godwinn’s slop on him, but Bam Bam Bigelow makes the save. Kama runs down to help out his brethren for Bigelow to get slopped. Instead, DiBiase’s plan backfires as Godwinn ends up saving Bigelow and and puts the slop bucket on DiBiase’s head. DRATS! CURSES! **

Gorilla Monsoon gives Cornette an ultimatum. Either Yokozuna can go in alone in a handicap match or Cornette can find another partner to replace Owen.

  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

On the Monday Night Raw before SummerSlam, Bulldog turned heel and since then buzzed his hair to give him the look he would have for the remainder of his life. I guess if you can’t grow an evil goatee, drastically cutting your hair would be a good idea! A couple shoulderblocks from Bigelow off headlocks puts Davey Boy Smith on the floor to regroup. In the back, we see Cornette trying to convince Sid to replace Owen tonight. Lawler creams at the thought of Sid and Yokozuna together as a team as I begin to cry. Bigelow misses an elbow drop, but shrugs off a chinlock. Now he misses a diving headbutt and takes a suplex, which he NO-SELLS. Bigelow runs DBS down with a clothesline, but then flies over the ropes as he misses a charge. Davey Boy wants to suplex him back in, but Bigelow counters and crotches DBS on the top rope! Flying Headbutt connects for 1-2-NO! As Bigelow complains about the count, Davey Boy chopblocks him and works over the knee. Once Bigelow gets to his feet, he nails DBS with an enziguri. It’s not enough to slow down Davey Boy though, as he hooks on a half crab. Bigelow elbows out of a chinlock and falls on top of DBS when he tries a slam for 1-2-NO! Bigelow sits down on a sunset flip attempt, but a Moonsault hits nothing canvas. That gets a two-count for Bigelow. Davey Boy Smith heads up top and lands a flying headbutt for two. Bigelow headbutts DBS into the corner, but misses a charge and stumbles around into a POWERSLAM! That’s all she wrote. (12:00) Another decent back and forth match, but nothing to write home about.. **½

  • Dean Douglas (w/Bob Backlund) vs. Razor Ramon

To introduce Dean Douglas, Backlund comes out and crazy talks the crowd. “WHERE’S YOUR LEXICON? YEAHHH!!” Great stuff. Douglas has been screwing with Razor Ramon ever since SummerSlam. He’s even messing things up between Razor and the 1-2-3 Kid. Ramon runs in and beats Douglas to the floor to start. Back in, they do that Johnny B. Badd spot where they exchange hiptosses across the ring ending with Douglas flying over the top rope to the floor. In the back, we catch Cornette talking with Mabel to join Yoko tonight. Back in again, they trade hammerlocks. Douglas flips over Razor and then runs into a Fallaway Slam for two. Razor stays adamant with an armbar for a while. Off a corner whip, Douglas tries a sunset flip out of the corner, but Razor blocks with a punch and kneels down on Douglas for two. Douglas hooks the legs and rolls him back for another two-count. Back to the armbar. Douglas escapes and tosses Razor out to work on his back. Douglas delivers a slam on the floor and drives Razor back-first into the ringpost. Back in, Douglas delivers a flying double ax handle to the back for two. Now Douglas pulls back on Razor’s arms and places his knee into his shoulder blades. Razor spins that around, but Douglas makes the ropes. Hard corner whip by Douglas sets up a springboard splash for two. Douglas sits down on a chinlock. Once the crowd starts cheering Razor, he stands up and escapes with an electric chair drop. Razor comes back with a release Northern Lights suplex. Douglas elbows Razor away when he attempts a Super Back Suplex and connects with a flying bodypress which Razor rolls through for 1-2-NO! Douglas shoves Razor off into the ref and goes for that springboard splash out of the corner again, but Razor rolls away and delivers the RAZOR’S EDGE! With Razor’s back turned, the 1-2-3 Kid runs down and counts 1-2-3. Of course that doesn’t count, but Razor thinks it does until he turns around and sees the Kid in the ring. Ramon tells him to get out of here, but Kid shoves him back. Razor shoves him out of the ring for real as Douglas comes up behind Razor and rolls him up with a handful of tights for the real 1-2-3. (14:54) Afterwards, Razor pulls the Kid into the ring and act like they’re going to fight until a bunch of road agents put a stop to it. **½

In the back, Dok Hendrix stands alongside Diesel and Shawn Michaels. After tonight, they’re going to be two chaps with four straps.

  • Bret Hart vs. Jean Pierre Lafitte

This is all part of the pirate Jean Pierre Lafitte stealing Bret’s jacket. Bret starts the match off exploding on Lafitte with a suicide dive. JR mentions the word tope! Way to go, JR! Bret rips his jacket off Lafitte and tosses him into the ring for more of a beating. Lafitte goes to the eyes, but misses a corner charge and gets taken down for some arm work. Lafitte comes back to block a hiptoss with a clothesline. He begins to stomp Bret a bunch in the mid section and then beats Bret into the corner. Bret reverses the whip, but runs shoulder-first into the ringpost! Just to have a little more fun, Lafitte throws Bret into the ringpost once more. Now Bret takes the sternum first bump in the corner to move the ring about six inches, says JR. Lafitte runs into a backdrop that puts him on the floor, but he lands on his feet and yanks Bret out for a SICK toss into the steps. Back in, Bret punches back, but runs into a spinebuster for two. Bret escapes a chinlock and on the second time, he delivers a sunset flip for two. Side slam sets up a Flying Legdrop for 1-2-NO! It’s CANNONBALL SPLASH time! Too bad he completely misses it. Bret mounts his comes back with an atomic drop and a clothesline. Lafitte kicks Bret off the SHARPSHOOTER and puts him on the floor for a Somersault Plancha! Well, Bret moves out of the way as Lafitte hits the floor with NO protection or anything! What a crazy pirate. If that’s not enough, then Bret sends Lafitte crashing into the steps! Back in again, Bret sends Lafitte into the corner for the chest-first bump. Russian legsweep gets two. Small package gets another two. Backbreaker connects, but the flying vertical elbow drop gets blocked as Lafitte brings his foot up. Bret tries a crucifix, but Lafitte stands strong and counters with a Regal Roll! Cover, 1-2-NO! Off a corner whip, Bret tries to float over Lafitte and gets caught. With Bret holding onto the top rope, Bret uses momentum to shift his weight on Lafitte to make him fall over for 1-2-NO! Bret runs into a knee in the corner, so Lafitte tries the Ric Flair corner pin for two. After Lafitte yells at the ref, Bret nails him with a dropkick and goes for his running bulldog. Oops, Lafitte shoves him off into the corner for another chest-first bump. That gets another two for Lafitte. Bret shoulderblocks Lafitte into the ropes and charges only for him to move and crotch himself in the ropes. Flying headbutt from Lafitte misses and a double KO spot follows. As Bret lays on the mat, he grapevines Lafitte’s legs and turns him over for the SHARPSHOOTER! Bret wins. (16:38) Such a good match with lots of exciting twists and turns. Bret gets his jacket back and all is right with the world. ***¾

Jim Cornette picks the one guy who had been under his nose the whole time as Yokozuna’s partner – Davey Boy Smith!

  • WWF World Champion Diesel & WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. WWF World Tag Team Champions Davey Boy Smith & Yokozuna (w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji)

The basic rules for this match are if you pin somebody, you win another belt. Obviously if Shawn or Diesel pin Davey Boy Smith or Yokozuna, they become the WWF tag team champions again. While this would mean that Diesel and Shawn Michaels would have all the WWF title belts, both Davey Boy Smith and Yokozuna have the chance to join Pedro Morales, Bret Hart and Diesel in the triple crown club. Shawn and Diesel get their separate entrances and it’s all fun and games to them. They play rock paper scissors to decide who starts the match – Shawn wins with scissors over paper. Davey Boy and Shawn go through a nice quick sequence of moves where Shawn shrugs off a couple of double leg takedowns and then Cactus clotheslines DBS to the floor and skins the cat back in the ring. Yoko attacks Shawn, but Diesel saves and knocks Yoko to the floor. The tag champs regroup as Yoko tags Davey Boy. Shawn decides to stay in and challenge Yokozuna to a sumo match. Once Yoko charges Shawn, he slides underneath the big guy and fires away, but then comes off the ropes into a back elbow. Shawn avoids an elbow drop and tags in Diesel. Yoko cuts off Diesel with a clothesline, but then gets nailed with a jumping clothesline from Diesel. Running Boot from Diesel puts Yokozuna back on the floor. Fuji distracts Shawn while Davey Boy Smith nails Diesel as he grabs after Yoko. There’s no tag, but Davey Boy takes over on Diesel anyway. One suplex fails, but DBS gives it a second try and delivers. That gets two. Diesel elbows out of a chinlock, but it does no good as DBS hoists him up for the RUNNING POWERSLAM. Diesel shoves him off into the corner though to avoid it and follows up with a pair of corner clotheslines. Shawn tags in and mocks the British Bulldogs by jumping off Diesel’s shoulders for the Flying Splash. Leave the memories alone, Shawn! Davey Boy comes back by pressing Shawn up and dropping him on the top rope. That’ll teach him. Yoko tags and knocks Shawn off the ropes to the floor. Meanwhile, the ref is busy with Diesel while Davey Boy Smith slams Shawn’s head onto the steps. Back in, Yoko foot chokes Shawn and whips him into the corner and out onto the apron. Back on the floor, Davey Boy gives Shawn a slam. In the ring, Davey Boy tags again and gives Shawn a HUGE back drop. Shawn elbows out of a chinlock and gets a few nearfalls, but then gets run down with a clothesline. Yoko’s back in for the nerve hold while Davey Boy waves around the Japanese flag. BANZAI SPLASH misses to set up the HOT TAG TO DIESEL! He hits his usual moves on Davey Boy Smith. It turns into a pier six brawl as the champs get thrown in one another. Yoko falls on Davey Boy. He gives it the old fish sell. Shawn nails Cornette while Yokozuna saves Davey Boy Smith from a JACKKNIFE by giving Diesel a Samoan Drop of sorts. Once Yoko’s on his feet, Shawn runs over and gives him SWEET CHIN MUSIC to put him on the floor. Meanwhile, Davey Boy Smith delivers a Standing Powerslam to Diesel! Cover, 1-2-NO! Shawn flies down on Davey Boy with a Flying Elbow Drop to break up the pin. As ref Earl Hebner tries to get Shawn out of the ring, Davey Boy Smith rolls out as Owen Hart makes his first appearance of the night by storming down to ringside and climbing to the top rope. Diesel nails him on the way down and delivers the JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB! Cover, 1-2-3. (15:46) Ridiculous finish, but the match was super fun. Since Owen wasn’t technically a part of the match, the belts would be returned to Yokozuna and Owen Hart the next night on Raw. They still had to defend the belts though against the Smokin’ Gunns where they ended up losing the tag belts anyway. ***¼

Final Thoughts: Except for maybe the Kid/Razor storyline, this show is pretty pointless. There’s a couple good matches here and nothing to hate about anything else on the show, but everything goes back to the way it was before it happened on the next night on Raw. To sum it all up, it’s just another night of wrestling in the year that was 1995. Neutral feelings on this show. I don’t recommend it, but I can’t give it a thumbs down either.

And now for a special bonus match!

  • WWF World Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna (w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji) vs. The Smokin’ Gunns – (Monday Night Raw – 9/25/95)

Earlier in the day, Jim Cornette and his attorney Clarence Mason met with interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon. Since Monsoon said that Davey Boy Smith was the tag team champion for that one night and not Owen Hart, the belts would be returned to Owen and Yokozuna. Monsoon also ordered that Diesel and Shawn Michaels get a return match and that the match against the Smokin’ Gunns would now be a title match. We go to a commercial break after the introductions and come back to see the match has already started! Bart and Owen are criss-crossing each other ending with Bart missing a crossbody block. Owen keeps running the ropes though and gets caught in a drop toe hold and then in an armbar. Billy Gunn tags in and takes over with the armbar. Owen elbows out and tries to float over Billy off a whip out of the corner, but Billy taps the brakes and stays behind Owen. Owen turns around and eats a right hand. Yokozuna gets a tag and Billy gets a-scared. Well, only a little bit. Yoko shoves off a headlock and sends Billy down with a shoulderblock as the Dudes with Attitudes watch on from the back. Some dropkicks from Billy stagger the big fella, but a running bulldog puts him down. But then like an idiot, Billy tries to take Yokozuna down with a crucifix and that ends really bad for him. Billy Gunn rolls out for a breather and gets stomped by Owen instead while the ref is with Bart. Back in, Owen tags for a double headbutt. Meanwhile, Vince and the King discuss why Owen was late for his match last night. Neither one of them know. Billy elbows out of a chinlock, but gets nailed with an enziguri. More commercials! What is this, TNA? Ahh, the video goes fuzzy for a second. Billy Gunn rolls through a flying bodypress by Owen for 1-2-NO! Yoko gets another tag as the champs make a wish on Billy. Bart gets drawn in as the champs double-team Billy down into the corner. Now Yoko goes to the nerve hold. Billy gets knocked down again so he can avoid an elbow. Instead of going for the tag, he tries a jumping legdrop and misses. Now Yoko misses a splash. Owen gets a tag before Billy can reach Bart as he runs over and grabs Billy by his jeans! Billy makes a last ditch effort to lunge at Bart and it pays off as he makes the tag! HERE COMES BART! BAAAAAACK body drop to Owen! Press slam to Owen! Cover, 1-2-NO! Yoko makes the save for Owen, but then Billy runs in and decks Yoko with a forearm. The Gunns whip Owen into Yokozuna, which sends him bouncing like a pinball all over the place. With Yokozuna down in the corner, the Smokin’ Gunns deliver the SIDEWINDER! As the ref is disposing of Billy, Yoko gets to his feet and goes to splash Bart, but he moves out of the way. That leaves Owen to take all the girth of his partner. A dropkick from Billy puts Yoko out on the floor as Bart covers Owen for 1-2-3! The Smokin’ Gunns have regained the tag titles! (10:16 shown) So the Gunns finally avenge their loss at WrestleMania 11. This was much better than their WrestleMania 11 match with loads of heat going into it. Diesel and Shawn Michaels come down to celebrate with the new tag champs. It seems like a rarity to see such a thing in ’95, but hey that’s cool. ***

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  1. Great review as always. I love that Bret/Laffitte match. Hidden classic for sure and Jean-Pierre bumps like crazy, especially the sick senton to the floor where he hits the mat. There are a ton of great near falls too.

    I always liked this show, even though it is meaningless in the long run.

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