June 17, 1995
From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix
This week’s featured match is Bret Hart vs. Henry Godwinn.
Show starts off with the training video from Jerry Lawler in preparation for the Kiss My Foot match at King of the Ring.
Henry Godwinn vs. Bret Hart
Godwinn takes Bret down with a waist lock to start. They lockup and Godwinn backs Bret into the corner but Bret fights back. Godwinn eats boot on a charge then Bret hits a dropkick before going to work on the arm. Bret slides underneath Godwinn to avoid a clothesline but Godwinn then blocks a hip toss and clotheslines Bret down. Godwinn yells at Bret to get up then runs Bret outside. Bret fights back from the apron and slingshots in with a sunset flip for two. Bret takes Godwinn down with an arm drag and goes back to work on the arm. Godwinn fights out and drops Bret throat-first across of the top rope. Elbow drop gets two then Godwinn slams Bret and hits another elbow drop that also just gets a two count. Godwinn now uses a chinlock then stomps away. Godwinn goes back to the chin lock but Bret escapes as Dok makes all sorts of foot jokes on commentary. Bret uses another sunset flip for two but Godwinn knocks him back on the mat. Godwinn slams Bret but misses a flying knee drop then Bret gets up and fires away. Bret hits a running bulldog for two then hits his other trademark moves but now we see Lawler head down the aisle with one shoe on as the announcers complain about bad smells. Bret rolls out and chases Lawler around the ring as Vince says Bret could smell Lawler. Lawler tries to crawl underneath the ring then gets stopped by Bret. Godwinn comes out and beats on Bret but is whipped into the steps and after that the bell rings and Bret chases Lawler up the aisle with the match ruled a double count out (8:01) **.
Thoughts: The action was like what you’d expect at a house show and the commentary full of foot jokes courtesy of Dok Hendrix. And of course this was all designed to get over the PPV match stipulation and that stipulation has provided some truly awful television over the past few weeks.
Back from commercial as we see Dok backstage with Bret. He asks Bret about Lawler and Bret is pissed and wants another match with the “Hog Man” before telling Lawler he will finish him at King of the Ring. So, expect a Bret/Godwinn rematch soon enough.
Jacob & Eli Blu w/ Uncle Zebekiah vs. John Smith & Gus Kantarakis
Dok is back with Vince and makes another foot joke. Jacob beats on Kantarakis to start. Vince puts over the Blus for being able to go in and out of the ring without the ref noticing due to their identical looks. Smith now tags in and gets beaten down as we learn that Man Moutain Rock, Savio Vega, and Jeff Jarrett are all in action later today along with a Diesel & Bam Bam Bigelow interview. Jacob & Eli stay in control and beat down Smith until they Eli finally puts him away with a knee drop (3:38).
Thoughts: Jacob & Eli are terribly boring in the ring and this was really a backdrop for the announcers to talk about other things going on in the promotion.
Clips of the Lex Luger/Yokozuna match from RAW are shown.
WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. She recaps the house show matches last week in New York then get a brief run down of a show in a few weeks in the Catskills headlined by Owen Hart & Yokozuna vs. Allied Powers for the Tag Team Titles.
Another clip from RAW this time of Bob Backlund breaking Man Mountain Rock’s guitar.
Man Mountain Rock vs. Kenny Kendall
Rock is playing a WWF logo guitar. Well how about that. Rock brushes off a few clotheslines as the announcers talk up other house show matchups. Rock drops an elbow and slowly works over Kendall. We see Kendall fight back but he is dropped with a headbutt then Rock hits a few suplexes then smiles before the Whammy Bar gets the win (2:14). Vince once again runs down house show dates in upstate New York while the Creatures of the Night are seen in the front row.
Thoughts: Some hype for this atrocious Rock/Backlund feud but more focus was on these house shows in the New York market.
Jeff Jarrett is backstage talking to himself in the mirror as he prepares for his match.
Jeff Jarrett vs. John Sinowski
Jarrett talks to the crowd about how great he is with the lights off and his jacket featuring blinking lights. Jarrett takes down Sinowski then starts working the leg. Sinowski sneaks in a rollup for two then Jarrett goes back on the attack. Vince brings up Jarrett not qualifying for the King of the Ring then wonders who will be the favorite in the tournament. Sinowski uses a small package for two but Jarrett attacks then hits a superplex then puts on the figure four and gets the win while yelling at The Roadie to “take a look” (2:12). Vince then says Jarrett’s “Ain’t I Great” video will be out soon enough.
Thoughts: Interesting stuff here with Jarrett calling out The Roadie and Vince saying a music video will be debuting soon. Vince hinted that Jarrett is possibly jealous of Roadie over not qualifying for King of the Ring.
We get a sit-down interview with Bigelow & Diesel conducted by Vince that took place “earlier this week.” Vince brings up all the charity appearances Diesel will be making leading up to the PPV. Vince makes a joke about the hats they are wearing then Diesel talks about while he is recuperating, Bigelow teamed with Tatanka and knows his weaknesses and have watched enough tape together to know what to do in the ring. Diesel then says he has played with pain his entire life and the PPV will be no different. When asked, Diesel also said he has not been cleared by WWF doctors. Bigelow tells Vince that Diesel at less than 100% is better than Sid & Tatanka on their best day. Bigelow says he wrestled Diesel and knows how great he is and has the confidence they’ll be victorious. More of the same from Diesel with Vince bringing up all the celebrity athletes Diesel is hanging with at these events. The chemistry between Diesel & Bigelow is lacking and a good part of that has to be due to the fact they did not like each other in real life. And the hype for this match has been the shits.
We get a hype video for next week’s Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Mantaur match.
Jean Pierre Lafitte vs. Reginald Walker
Vince plugs the Superstar Line and how Shawn Michaels will give us his analysis on the rest of the King of the Ring field. Lafitte runs over Walker after a fast-paced Irish whip sequence then hits a falling headbutt. Lafitte stomps away as Dok tells us again about Diesel “sandbagging” everyone about his injury. Lafitte chokes out Walker in the ropes then flies to the outside with a double axe handle. Lafitte rolls Walker back into the ring and ties him in the ropes and hits a pair of crossbody blocks. Lafitte then hits a DDT then signals that its over as he heads up top and hits the Cannonball for the win (2:36).
Thoughts: The focus on commentary was on just about everything but Lafitte, who remains undefeated without a single win on TV over a name opponent. There was also zero mention of the match against Adam Bomb from “Action Zone.”
The WWF Blimp is shown in the skies as it will be making way over Boston this weekend.
WWF Hall of Fame Interview airs.
The Waylon Mercy vignette where he smacks the worm crawling on his arm airs.
Savio Vega vs. Bob Cook
We cut to Barry Didinsky as he shills a new Diesel t-shirt from the aisle. He has the excitement of Pat Sajak here. Vega decks Cook and follows up with a clothesline and a dropkick. He then works the arm as the announcers put over his appearances this past weekend on the NY area house shows. Cook backs Vega into the corner and hammers away but Vega returns the favor as Dok brings up the “Latin Temper” and ends by saying “Si Senor” then Vega uses a cradle for the win (1:22).
Thoughts: Vega looked impressive here and when not the butt of casual racism on commentary was put over for strong appearances at recent house shows.
King of the Ring Report with Todd Pettengill airs.
Back to the announcers as Vince brings up the WWF partnering with the Special Olympics.
Show ends with a closeup of Lawler sticking Aldo Montoya’s face on his dirty foot. Good god this stuff is the shits.
Final Thoughts: We had a featured match at least but there is nothing interesting in this promotion besides Shawn Michaels being a face. Next weeks featured match sounds awful due to Mantaur being involved as we are just eight days away from the PPV.