WWF: Monday Night Raw (03.20.95)

Monday Night Raw
March 20, 1995
Stockton, CA
Memorial Auditorium

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Diesel (11/26/1994)
Intercontinental Champion: Jeff Jarrett (1/22/1995)
World Tag Team Champions: The Smoking Gunns (1/23/1995)
Women’s Champion: Bull Nakano (11/20/1994)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette.

  • Razor Ramon vs. Henry O. Godwinn

Vince says Razor is PISSED Bob Backlund is getting an IC title shot prior to WrestleMania XI (on the Sunday Night Slam coming up on March 26) since he wants to get his hands on Jeff Jarrett so badly. Meaning if Backlund wins, Razor won’t face Jarrett. Godwinn stops Razor from ramming his shoulder and faceplants him real good. He pounds Razor and cranks on his neck for a while. Commercials! When we return, Razor mounts his comeback until the Roadie heads down to distract. Godwinn takes advantage, but then the 1-2-3 Kid comes down and kicks Roadie onto the ring steps. That action distracts Godwinn as Razor comes up behind while he’s standing up on the ropes and drops him with the RAZOR’S EDGE for the win. (5:59 shown) After the match, Razor vents his frustration over the IC title picture. He wants his IC gold back, but Backlund could beat Jarrett on the Sunday Night Slam show and then Bret could beat Backlund at WrestleMania, which means the IC title gets that much farther away from him. Kind of an interesting dynamic there, really. *

On the Sunday Night Slam special, WWF IC champ Jeff Jarrett battles Bob Backlund, Tatanka meets Lex Luger in a STEEL cage, and Bam Bam Bigelow takes on Sionne one week before he meets Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI!

Yesterday on the Action Zone, Bam Bam Bigelow treated Doink the Clown like he was LT by leveling him with a three point stance. That’s actually not such a bad idea. Doink was pretty terrible in 1995.

  • King Kong Bundy (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Adam Kroomes & Raven Clark

Steve McMichael replaces Jim Cornette for color commentary. He has to go prep his Heavenly Bodies anyway. Mongo doesn’t have his little dog with him just yet. Bundy annihilates these two and pins Kroomes after the AVALANCHE with a foot on his chest at 2:43. Kama goes over to the announce table and barks at Mongo, which results in a big pull apart brawl. It’s actually one of the better confrontations Mongo ever had in wrestling.

Todd Pettingell delivers the WrestleMania XI Report. Shawn gets some promo time and says that he and Sid make up their own rules, and sometimes they don’t even follow the rules they make up themselves! That’s some legit rule breaking if I ever heard it.

  • WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns vs. The Heavenly Bodies (w/Jim Cornette)

This one gets cut like crazy. We JIP ahead to the heat segment on Bart. Del Ray misses a flying splash, but still Pritchard cuts off the tag. Double clothesline though sets up the HOT TAG TO BILLY! He’s a house of fire and the Gunns hit their finisher on Pritchard, but Cornette distracts Bart and the ref while Del Ray lowers the boom on Billy and switches out with his partner. Del Ray hits a Hurricane DDT on Billy for two. He follows up with a jackknife cover, but Billy powers up and maneuvers Del Ray into a backslide for the 1-2-3! (4:28 shown) Criminally short considering the possibilities here. I really think the Heavenly Bodies could have given the Smoking Gunns that big match we could all look back on and enjoy. Despite being the top regular babyface team for all of 1995, they just don’t have that MOTYC I think could have been pulled out of them by the Bodies. *½

Sunday Night Slam gets the hard sell and we are OUTTA HERE.

Next Week: Bret vs. Owen in a “No Holds Barred” match.

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