Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: New York, NY
NOTE: This is a handheld of the event. Thus, it was not aired on television at any time. The show is not complete as there is one match missing. That match was the following:
Henry Godwin defeated Barry Horowitz
All the other matches on the show were taped in their entirety.
Opening Contest: Erik Watts/Chad Fortune defeated the Heavenly Bodies: Pritchard and Watts start off the match. Watts with a wristlock but Pritchard is able to take him down with a side headlock. Watts breaks free and they have a standoff. Pritchard yanks Watts down by the hair but is met with a boot to the midsection and Fortune tags in. Watts hip tosses Pritchard and Fortune comes off the ropes with a splash for a near fall. Del Ray is taken down with a double hip toss. Pritchard is dropkicked to the floor and Del Ray is take down with a double clothesline. Fortune controls Del Ray with a arm lock. Watts tags back into the contest working on Del Ray’s arm by driving his leg down across Del Ray’s arm. Del Ray backs Watts into a corner and delivers a few knee strikes and right hands. Watts is able to back drop Del Ray and takes him down with a arm drag. Fortune tags in and comes off the top rope with a double axe handle. Pritchard nails Fortune as he comes off the ropes and Del Ray has the upper hand. Del Ray scoop slams Fortune and tags out to Pritchard. Pritchard with a leg drop and gets a two count. Pritchard knocks Watts off the apron and the referee is distracted as Fortune is double teamed. Del Ray has a chin lock on Fortune to maintain control of the contest. Fortune with a sunset flip pin attempt but Del Ray kicks out and clotheslines Fortune for a near fall. Del Ray rams Fortune head first into Pritchard’s boot and Pritchard tags in going back to a chin lock. Fortune with a backslide but is only able to get a two count. Pritchard nails Fortune with a right hand and goes for a suplex but Fortune counters with a vertical suplex of his own! Del Ray tags in and prevents Fortune from tagging out. Del Ray connects with a jaw breaker and gets a two count. Del Ray scoop slams Fortune and heads to the top rope where he connects with a moonsault. Fortune ducks a clothesline and both men go down after a double clothesline. Watts gets the hot tag as Pritchard tags in as well. Watts cleans house with a flurry of right hands and Pritchard is back dropped by both opponents. Watts comes off the top with a cross body onto Pritchard and wins the match. *¾
Second Contest: WWF World Tag Team Champion the Smoking Gunns defeated Tatanka/Kama to retain the titles: Kama and Billy start off the match with Kama gaining the advantage with a wrist lock and a double under hook takedown. Kama doesn’t follow up and instead taunts Billy. Kama with a kick to the midsection a couple of times and a leg trip. Kama misses a elbow drop but kicks Billy in the gut as he comes off the ropes. Tatanka tags in and is greeted with loud boos, so Tatanka hammers away on Billy. Tatanka scoop slams Billy and delivers a few boots. Tatanka goes for a Samoan Drop but Billy fights out and rolls Tatanka up for a near fall. Billy with a quick dropkick and locks in a arm bar. Bart comes off the top rope with a double axe handle across the arm of Tatanka and continues to work on Tatanka’s arm. Bart hip tosses and scoop slams Tatanka. Bart gets a near fall following a dropkick and goes back to a arm lock. Billy tags in and Tatanka is suplexed by the champions. Billy with a knee drop coming off the ropes and gets a two count. Bart tags into the corner and delivers a shot to Tatanka’s ribs and the Gunns connect with a side slam/leg drop combo, with Billy getting a near fall. Bart comes off the ropes and is kneed on the back by Kama as the referee was being distracted. Tatanka with a few stomps and backs Bart into his corner where Kama tags into the contest. Kama with a right hand to the midsection of Bart and takes Bart down with a belly to belly suplex. Tatanka gets a few shots in as the referee is being distracted. Kama with a right hand to the ribs of Bart as he is backed into the corner. Kama with a flurry of stomps and tags out to Tatanka. Tatanka chops away on Bart in the corner and sends Bart hard back first across the ring into another corner. Tatanka puts the boots to Bart as Billy tries to get his hands on Tatanka from the apron. Tatanka with a shot to the gut of Bart as he comes out of the corner and taunts the fans. Tatanka with a running clothesline and Bart spins in the air. Tatanka goes for the cover but Bart is able to pop his shoulder up at two. Bart battles back with several left hands and goes for a backdrop but Tatanka kicks him in the face. Kama tags back in and head butts Bart in the gut. Kama with a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring as the fans get behind Bart. Kama with a side slam and signals for the end of the match. Kama heads to the middle rope and taunts the fans as he leaps off for a splash but Bart gets his knees up! Bart crawls to his corner and tags in Billy as Tatanka gets the tag as well. Billy with right hands on Tatanka and a back elbow. Billy power slams Tatanka as he comes off the ropes and Gunns take Kama down with a double side Russian leg sweep! Bart clotheslines Kama over the top to the floor while Tatanka hammers away on Billy. Billy comes off the ropes and is able to roll Tatanka up for the win. **¼
Third Contest: Bob Backlund defeated Adam Bomb in a I Quit match: Backlund taunts the fans before turning his attention to Bomb. Backlund wants to shake hands with Bomb but Bomb isn’t interested in that. Backlund ducks under a lock up attempt and puffs out his chest taunting Bomb. Backlund does it again and Bomb signals that Backlund is crazy. Bomb with a go behind but Backlund is able to reverse into one of his own. Bomb uses his side to flip Backlund over and intimidates Backlund to much that Backlund rolls to the apron. Backlund is trying to calm everyone down and locks up with Bomb going back to a go behind but is flipped over very quickly. Backlund is trying to kill the crowd but Bomb tells them to make more noise. Backlund with a fireman’s carry takedown but Bomb is able to recover quickly and works on Backlund’s left knee. Bomb kicks Backlund’s knee and Backlund falls flat on his back a few times. Bomb grabs Backlund by the legs and slams him down as Backlund was trying to hang on to the ropes. Bomb with a half Boston Crab in the middle of the ring. Backlund is able to reach the bottom rope and rolls to the apron. Backlund grabs Bomb by the arm and drops him across the top rope. Backlund proceeds to send Bomb shoulder first into the turnbuckle and yanks down on Bomb’s left arm. Backlund goes for the chicken wing but Bomb is able to avoid it but Backlund still knocks him down to the floor. Backlund attempts a scoop slam but Bomb is to heavy. Bomb goes for a scoop slam but Backlund slides off and locks in the chicken wing! The referee checks Bomb and calls for the bell. *
Bam-Bam Bigelow makes his way down to the ring with a WWF camera crew. This must be for something to be aired on television. The guy interviewing him asks him his favorite two letters of the alphabet. Bigelow says it is not LT. Bigelow wants to know what makes LT think he can come to his house and beat him. Bigelow also says it doesn’t matter how much he is getting paid because it will not be covering his hospital bills. Bigelow promises that he will be beating LT in the middle of the ring. Bigelow also thinks that he is the more popular than LT. Bigelow has always thought that LT stands for “lack of talent”. Bigelow is apparently cutting this promo for FOX. Bigelow proclaims that LT does not belong in the WWF. Bigelow tells the fans that LT isn’t a wrestler and that he wasn’t even a good football player! Bigelow knows that if he were to be on the football field you would be hearing about him and not LT. The fans chant for LT and Bigelow flips out over it. Bigelow finishes off the promo by saying that at the end of their match at WrestleMania XI he will be the favorite.
Before the next match, Jeff Jarrett cuts a promo where he spells his name and puts himself over as the worlds greatest singer and wrestler.
Fourth Contest: WWF World Champion Diesel/Razor Ramon defeated Shawn Michaels/WWF Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett via disqualification: Diesel enters the ring and chases after Michaels but Michaels leaps through the middle rope to get to the floor. Diesel and Michaels are in the ring and they look to lock up but Michaels tags out to Jarrett. Diesel works on Jarrett with a knee lift and right hands in the corner. Jarrett comes off the ropes and is met with a clothesline. All four men are in the ring until Michaels and Jarrett are back dropped over the top to the floor! The Roadie gets on the apron and allows Michaels and Jarrett get a brief upper hand. Ramon is able to send them into each other and knocks both men out with right hands. Diesel gets involved with a back elbow on Jarrett and Ramon sends Jarrett into Michaels with a fall away slam. Diesel grabs Michaels by the throat but Jarrett clubs him on the back and delivers a few right hands in the corner. Diesel catches Jarrett in the corner and drops him face first onto the top turnbuckle. Ramon tags in and delivers a right hand and goes for the Razors Edge as he comes off the ropes. Michaels leaps off the top and nails Ramon with a double axe handle! Michaels with a spinning back elbow and works on Ramon in the corner with right hands. Jarrett tags in and they drive Ramon face first into the canvas. Ramon is sent hard back first into the corner a couple of times by Jarrett. Ramon blocks a kick but Jarrett nails him with a his free leg on the back of the head. Jarrett holds Ramon as Michaels enters and drives a elbow to the back of Ramon. Michaels grabs Ramon and tosses him over the top to the floor. On the floor, Roadie leaps off the apron taking Ramon out with a clothesline. Michaels and Jarrett hammer away on Ramon behind the referees back. Ramon is able to slide into the ring before the ten count and Jarrett yells at the referee. Jarrett comes off the top with a cross body but Ramon rolls through for a near fall. Jarrett puts the boots to Ramon to regain control of the contest. Jarrett with right hands but Ramon comes back with a flurry of his own. Jarrett comes off the ropes and drops Ramon with a swinging neck breaker! Jarrett chokes Ramon on the middle rope and distracts the referee so Roadie chokes Ramon as well. Jarrett goes to leap onto Ramon but Ramon manages to move out of the way! Michaels goes for the super kick but the referee prevents that from happening. Roadie was able to clothesline Ramon from the apron so his team keeps the advantage. Michaels gets the tag and leaps off the top and connects with a elbow drop for a near fall on Ramon. Michaels takes Ramon down to the canvas with a front face lock. Ramon gets to his feet and begins to make his way to his corner to tag in Diesel. Ramon lifts Michaels up and tosses Michaels down to the canvas. Ramon comes off the ropes and collides heads with Michaels causing both men to be knocked out. Jarrett and Diesel get tags with Diesel connecting with several clotheslines and a side slam. Diesel knocks Roadie off the apron and punches Michaels to the floor. Diesel nails Jarrett with a big boot and signals for the power bomb. Roadie rolls in and pulls Jarrett to the floor as Michaels got up on the apron for a moment. Jarrett and Michaels decide to head to the back but Ramon cuts them off on the ramp way and hammers away on them. Ramon rolls Jarrett back into the ring as Diesel signals to tag in Ramon. Ramon signals for the Razor’s Edge, and as Michaels enters he is met with a clothesline from Diesel. This allows the Roadie to come into the ring and chop block the knee of Ramon to save the match! Ramon falls to the floor and is counted out. Ramon tells Diesel to go to the ring and he does. Apparently this is now a handicap match! The referee has not awarded the match to Jarrett and Michaels! Diesel goes after Michaels but Jarrett gets a shot in on Diesel and allows Michaels to deliver several right hands. Diesel is sent into the ropes and is dropped with a double clothesline. Jarrett comes off the middle rope with a flying clothesline and gets a two count. Jarrett leaps off the middle rope again and drives Diesel down with a bulldog for another two count! Jarrett heads to the top rope and connects with a top rope cross body and gets a near fall! Michaels gets the tag and hammers away on Diesel with six punches but is shoved off. Michaels pokes Diesel in the eyes and has Jarrett sent into him as Diesel tosses Jarrett off the top rope. Diesel plants Jarrett with the Jackknife power bomb and knocks Michaels off the apron so that the Roadie can pull Jarrett out of the ring! Jarrett and Michaels remain on the floor and are counted out. What the hell. The referee has only counted out Jarrett, so now the match is only Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel! The referee also says that Michaels has ten seconds to get to the ring or it would be a victory for Diesel. Michaels slides into the ring and trades right hands and is back dropped. Diesel nails Michaels with a big boot as he comes off the ropes. Diesel grabs Michaels but is attacked by Psycho Sid! Sid and Michaels double team Diesel as the bell rings to finally finish the match! ***½
After the match, The Undertaker comes down to the ring to save Diesel. Taker didn’t touch anyone as both Michaels and Sid just drop to the floor. Diesel plays to the crowd to close out the segment.
Fifth Contest: The Undertaker defeated Bam-Bam Bigelow via count-out: Bigelow goes to the floor avoiding Taker and is greeted with plenty of heat from the first five rows on either side he goes. Bigelow eventually enters the ring and tries a few shoulder blocks that have zero affect on Taker. Bigelow goes to the floor again to kill time. Taker follows Bigelow and delivers a few right hands. Bigelow cuts Taker off as he enters the ring with a boot and goes for a back drop but Taker uppercuts him. Taker sends Bigelow into the corner and flips Bigelow down to the mat. Taker wrenches Bigelow’s arm and walks to the top rope and coming down across the arm/shoulder of Bigelow. Taker chokes Bigelow for a few moments until Bigelow is able to drive Taker down with a Samoan Drop. However, Taker quickly sits up and blocks a kick but Bigelow nails Taker with his free foot. Bigelow with several right hands in the corner and chokes Taker on the top rope. Bigelow runs into a big boot in the corner and Taker charges out of the corner with a clothesline. Bigelow comes off the ropes and is met with a clothesline but doesn’t go down so he is backed into a corner and sent across the ring. Bigelow with a back elbow and clotheslines Taker for a near fall. Bigelow scoop slams Taker and gets another two count. Bigelow slows the match down with a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Taker is able to prevent his arm from falling three times and gets to his feet but Bigelow clubs away on Taker and shoulder blocks Taker to the floor. Bigelow sends Taker head first into the ring steps and grabs a chair. Bigelow jabs Taker on the shoulder with the chair and sends Taker into the ring steps again, before rolling back into the ring. Taker rolls back in but is stomped by Bigelow. Bigelow with more right hands but Taker battles back with a series of uppercuts and sends Bigelow into the corner and chokes Bigelow in the corner. Bigelow comes back with a running clothesline and a standing falling head butt. Bigelow heads to the top rope and misses a moonsault. Taker with a few uppercuts and clotheslines Bigelow. Taker grabs Bigelow by the throat and choke slams Bigelow! Taker clotheslines Bigelow over the top to the floor and Bigelow has had enough and heads to the backstage area. Taker wins by count-out. **
Sixth Contest: Hakushi defeated 1-2-3 Kid: Kid with a side headlock for the early advantage and is able to hip toss Hakushi after running the ropes for a brief moment. Hakushi with a side headlock of his own and shoulder blocks Kid as he comes off the ropes. Hakushi does a cartwheel and super kicks Kid! Hakushi with a few chops but moments later is met with a standing spin kick from Kid. Hakushi blocks a side kick but Kid hits him with his free leg sending Hakushi to the floor. Kid follows up with a somersault dive and rolls back into the ring to play to the fans. Kid is distracted for a moment but avoids being attacked from behind. Kid kicks Hakushi in the corner but Hakushi flips out of another corner and kicks Kid down into the corner. Hakushi charges towards Kid and connects with a bronco buster. Hakushi taunts the fans as he stands on the middle rope. Hakushi works on Kid’s left arm for a few moments now. Hakushi drives his knee across the arm of Kid and wrenches on Kid’s arm with help from the top rope. Hakushi locks in a arm bar to keep control of his opponent. Kid fights back and comes off the ropes but is stopped with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Hakushi follows up with a dropkick and leaps off top rope with a shoulder block which gets him a two count. Kid blocks a hurricanrana with a sit down power bomb and almost gets the win! Kid with right hands and a backdrop. Kid sends Hakushi into the ropes and knocks him down with a spinning heel kick. Kid scoop slams Hakushi and heads to the top rope where he connects with a leg drop which gets him a near fall. Kid leaps off the top again and misses a Swanton bomb! Hakushi goes up top and connects with a flying head butt to win the match! **½
Before the next match, Lawler briefly cuts a promo on the fans before being cut off by the music of Davey Boy Smith.
Main Event: Bret Hart/Davey Boy Smith defeated Owen Hart/Jerry Lawler: Smith and Owen start off with Smith being backed into the corner by Owen but Smith spins it around and shoves Owen back. Owen with a side headlock but is sent into the ropes and lifted into the air by Smith’s feet. Smith arm drags Owen and wrenches on Owen’s arm before lifting Owen up in the air and driving him down to the mat. Owen yanks Smith down by the hair and wrenches on Smith’s arm for a second. Owen kips up out of a wrist lock and pulls Smith down again by the hair. Smith with a hammerlock but Owen flips over and slaps Smith in the face. Owen attempts a dropkick but Smith catches him and catapults Owen into the corner. Bret gets the tag and hammers away on Owen in the corner. Bret sends Owen chest first into the corner and lifts Owen up by the hair and slams him down to the mat. Bret clotheslines Owen over the top to the floor and plays to the crowd. Owen tags out to Lawler who is worked on by Bret with right hands. Bret rams Lawler face first into Smith’s boot and is back dropped by both Smith and Hart. Lawler quickly crawls to his corner but Smith grabs Lawler by the feet and drags Lawler away. Smith hammers away on Lawler until Owen leaps off the top with a double axe handle to the back of Smith. Owen tags in and stomps away on Smith for a moment. Owen with a nice kick to the back of Smith’s head for a near fall. Owen with a snap suplex and a standing leg drop for another two count. Owen rubs Smith’s eyes across the top rope and tags out to Lawler. Lawler leaps off the middle rope with a fist drop and tags out to Owen. Owen and Lawler double team Smith for a brief moment. Owen with a backbreaker but only gets a two count and sends Smith into his corner where he is double teamed by Owen and Lawler as Bret distracts the referee. Owen has a sleeper hold locked in on Smith in the middle of the ring. Smith gets to his feet and elbows out of the hold but is met with a spinning heel kick as he comes off the ropes. Owen covers and only gets a two count. Owen goes back to a sleeper hold to wear Smith down some more. Smith with a crucifix pin on Owen but is only able to get a near fall. Owen backs Smith into his corner and stomps away on him and tags in Lawler. Lawler with a front face lock on Smith as Smith makes his way to his corner to tag in Bret, which he does! However, Owen came in and distracted the referee. Lawler accidentally dropkicks Owen and is unable to stop Smith from tagging in Bret. Bret rams Lawler and Owen into each other head first and sends both men into the corner. Bret sends Owen to the floor and connects with a side Russian leg sweep on Lawler. Bret leaps off the middle rope with a fist drop and signals for the sharpshooter! Bret has it locked in but Owen rolls in and plants Bret with a running bulldog! Smith tags in and hammers away on Lawler and connects with a clothesline. Lawler rolls to the floor and walks up the ramp way. Smith runs up the ramp way to grab Lawler and throws him back into the ring. Smith gorilla press slams Lawler and Lawler again rolls to the floor. Bret meets him on the ramp way and throws Lawler back into Smith waiting in the ring. Lawler quickly crawls to his corner to tag in Owen but the referee didn’t see the tag. Smith drives Lawler down with the running power slam and picks up the win as Bret prevents Owen from breaking up the pin! **½
After the match, Davey Boy Smith and Bret Hart celebrate their win.
End of show
My Take: A basic tag team match to kick off the show. The fans were really behind Watts and Fortune for the contest. I think this has to be considered the loudest pop Watts has ever gotten in his career. As I said the match was pretty basic but they did everything pretty well and the fans were really into the match. So, it was a good start, but the match was overly amazing or even all that good, really.
A decent tag team title match on this house show. The action was pretty basic tag team match but the action was pretty good for what it was. Everything flowed pretty well and the Gunns looked pretty good. Tatanka was incredibly over as a heel here as I hadn’t ever realized he was booed so heavily. Funny note, that their was about three guys near the camera that were heavily in favor of Tatanka and Kama winning the match. They had a few funny comments that is for sure.
Well, Backlund vs. Bomb was a pretty bad contest. The fans still bought the chicken wing as a deadly finisher so it shows that the finisher had been built up incredibly back then. I would have to think that by losing to Backlund Bomb lost a lot of heat with the fans. When Bomb left their were actually a few boos directed towards him. Bomb needed to beat guys like Backlund to be a successful baby face.
Bigelow cut a pretty good promo on LT, I thought. Bigelow did a good job of getting heel heat and was able to maintain it throughout the show leading into his match with Undertaker. After watching Bigelow on this show I am really thinking that Bigelow’s 1995 run in WWF would have been a lot better off had he just remained a heel. Oh well.
Diesel/Ramon vs. Jarrett/Michaels was a fantastic contest. Michaels and Jarrett did a great job selling for Ramon and Diesel. The only thing I didn’t like was all the restarts to the contest. I am kind of surprised that Jarrett didn’t eat the pin fall here. Oh well, still a action packed contest as I had expected considering all the guys in the ring were good at the time. If their was a clean finish this could have easily been four stars. Crowd loved it as well, as you could expect.
Taker/Bigelow was a decent brawl of sorts really. They seemed to work fine with each other as this was the first time I had seen them wrestle and given enough time to actually do something. Bigelow was really over as a heel here, so it kind of makes me wonder why he would be changed to a baby face in two months.
Hakushi/Kid was a pretty solid contest as well. I’m actually kind of surprised these two didn’t open up the show. I’ve always been a fan of fast paced singles matches to open up shows. That seems like it would have been a better fit for this show. Both men looked pretty good throughout the contest. You can clearly tell though that the 1-2-3- Kid is starting to lose his crowd reaction.
A good main event between four good workers. Bret didn’t do much in this one as we got to see what Smith could do with Owen and Lawler. I am just amazed at how built Smith is, he was always incredibly jacked. Good way to close out a rather good house show, one of the better MSG ones I have watched.
Overall, their were only two bad matches in my opinion as they were the opener and Backlund/Bomb. Everything else was either decent or a good all around contest. I can’t complain about this. A entertaining show heading into WrestleMania XI.
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