WWF: Monday Night Raw (02.05.96)

Monday Night Raw
February 5, 1996
Stockton, CA
Civic Auditorium

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.

It’s a night of PPV rematches!

  • Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Yokozuna & Davey Boy Smith (w/Jim Cornette)

Rematch from an IYH PPV in September 1995. Before things get rolling, Vince takes us back to last week when Yokozuna cost fellow Camp Cornette member Davey Boy Smith the match against Diesel with a legdrop. Not to mention Owen Hart costing Yokozuna a match against Shawn Michaels in the main event. Oh by the way, the Dudes with Attitudes have NEVER been defeated, says Vince. Quite the homosexual pose down to start. Shawn gets cheers, Davey gets boos. Now let’s get going. DBS shoulderblocks HBK to the outside for a walk. Back in, Shawn avoids a hiptoss, but runs into a press slam. He rakes the eyes to avoid all that noise. O’Connor roll by HBK gets blocked, but then he comes back around and clotheslines Bulldog to the floor. Unfortunately for Shawn, he turns back around to see Yokozuna. He gets whipped into Diesel, who catches Shawn, and throws him back onto Yokozuna. As Yoko gets back to his feet, Diesel punches him to the outside and Camp Cornette MUST regroup. Back in the ring, we get Diesel and Yoko. Diesel wins a fisticuffs, but charges into a Samoan drop. However, he then rolls away from an elbow drop and tags Shawn. Yoko shoves Shawn off an armbar and DBS holds the top rope down to send Shawn spilling to the floor. On the floor, Davey Boy sends HBK into the ringsteps before bringing him back inside. Tag to Davey Boy, he delivers the Hourglass Suplex. While Shawn is stuck on the wrong side of town, we go to commercials. AND WE’RE BACK! Yoko has Shawn down on the mat in a nerve hold. More face in peril stuff happens. Davey Boy takes a moment to do his forward handspring. Not sure what you call that, but it’s COOL. Shawn avoids a splash from Yoko and makes the HOT TAG TO DIESEL! Bossman straddles and big boots everywhere. Shawn splashes Yoko off Diesel’s shoulders for 1-2-NO! Davey Boy comes in for the legdrop, but Shawn stands up as Yoko receives. While Diesel clotheslines DBS out, the SWEET CHIN MUSIC sends Yokozuna on the outside. He’s all knocked out and stuff! Owen Hart even comes down to help Davey Boy get Yoko back into the ring before the ten-count, but they are both unsuccessful as the Dudes with Attitudes continue their win streak. (10:53 shown) Exciting stuff! Not a classic or anything, but not bad. **½

Afterward comes the Heenan-Andre WrestleMania VI moment. Cornette gives Yokozuna a tongue lashing and pokes him on the shoulder in total disgust. Well, Yoko doesn’t care for that very much. He begins to SEETH and gets angry as he shoves Cornette down. As Yoko starts to pummel Cornette in the corner, Davey Boy and Owen go to save their manager. They hit on Yoko, but then he starts yelling like a crazy person. Considering he’s a very large man, they decide it isn’t worth the effort and they get the heck out of there. Vince – “Yokozuna with a fire like we’ve never seen before!”

Mankind promo. Maybe now he’s found a home, and maybe now he can have a nice day.

  • The 1-2-3 Kid (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Hakushi

Rematch from SummerSlam 1995. Kid brings the giant baby bottle he wants to stick down Razor Ramon’s throat. Oh boy. Feeling out process to start with headlocks and headscissors on the mat. Kid can’t hiptoss Hakushi and takes a kick on the chin that sends him to the outside. Hakushi teases the Space Flying Tiger Drop, but Kid gets out of the way and FAST. Back in, Hakushi continues to show up the Kid in the martial arts category, so Kid tosses him over the top rope to the floor for a somersault plancha. Now Kid can dish out the kicks like he wants to. He delivers the kick combo in the corner and follows up with a corner running dropkick to take us into commercial. When we return, Kid flies from the top into a dropkick to mount his comeback. Handspring elbow and the Flying Cross Chop gets two. Back to the floor, Hakushi delivers a springboard dive out onto the Kid. Back in the ring, Hakushi looks to put the Kid away with a Flying Shoulder Tackle. Delayed cover only gets him a nearfall. Kid comes back with a Spinning Heel Kick and a back-and-forth rollup sequence follows. Frankensteiner by Hakushi gets two. Hakushi heads up top again, but gets caught and brought down by the Kid with a butterfly superplex for the 1-2-3. (8:36 shown) Solid TV match as both men were busting out a whole bunch of cool moves here. ***

From Earlier Today: Clarence Mason and Jim Cornette vow to sue the WWF if Vader isn’t reinstated.

Let Us Take You Back: Monday Night Raw, 1/22/96. Vader’s attack on Gorilla Monsoon.

We now go to former WWF President Gorilla Monsoon. He says he’s a little banged up, but it’ll all heal. He apologizes for HIS actions. Monsoon is just like the guy who went hunting with Dick Cheney and got shot in the face! Should Vader be reinstated? Gorilla says it’s all in the hands of the WWF board of directors. Lawler asks why Roddy Piper as his replacement. He thinks the Hot Rod is going to be GOOD for the WWF until he returns after WrestleMania 12.

The Slammy award nominees for New Sensation get announced. They include Isaac Yankem DDS, Ahmed Johnson, Savio Vega, and Goldust. Minds Behind the Mayhem nominees (fancy name for ‘best manager award’) are Paul Bearer, Jim Cornette, Ted DiBiase, Sunny, and Mr. Fuji. Cast your vote now by calling 1-900-737-SLAM.

  • WWF Champion Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)

Rematch from the Royal Rumble that happened just over two weeks earlier, but it’s happening because Diesel SCREWED Taker in that match and Bret has too much respect for the Undertaker to not give him another title shot. Lot of punching and choking to start. Taker grabs the face claw for a while. He heads up top for Old School, but Diesel walks by to join us at the commentary table and distracts Taker long enough for Bret to fling him down to the mat. Bret starts working the knee to take us into commercial. When we come back, Taker hits Old School. Vince brings up something Taker had said about how it would be a cold day in hell before Diesel was WWF champion again. Diesel responds to THAT by saying he just saw the weather report and it’s 70 below zero in hell! GOOD ONE! Jumping lariat by Taker and as he swings Bret around for the TOMBSTONE, ref Tim White gets clobbered. Bret fights back and goes to post UT’s knee some more while glaring over at Diesel. Well, Diesel doesn’t like the way Bret is looking at him and runs Bret into the ringpost! UT heads out to blast Diesel and runs him into the steps, but here comes Diesel with a chair. He nails Taker from behind and brings him into the ring for not one but TWO JACKKNIFES! Diesel is getting booed like crazy here. By the way, I believe we can go ahead and call this one a no-contest. (around 10:00 shown) As Diesel exits ringside, Bret helps him exit a little quicker by beating him backstage. *½

Regardless of the fact that Turner Broadcasting has threatened to sue the WWF if they continue to slander Ted Turner on the air, we get the latest Billionaire Ted segment.

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