Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Poughkeepsie, NY
Shawn Michaels is a guest commentator alongside Vince McMahon this week. The show opens up with the featured bout between Jeff Jarrett taking on Davey Boy Smith.
Opening Contest: Jeff Jarrett defeated Davey Boy Smith by count-out: Jarrett arm drags Smith to kick off the contest and struts. Smith puts a hammerlock on Jarrett, but Jarrett counters and walks on Smith’s back! Jarrett knee lifts Smith in the corner and tries for a hip toss but Smith counters with a hip toss of his own. Jarrett attempts a shoulder block but Smith doesn’t budge. Smith comes off the ropes to hit Jarrett with a shoulder block of his own. Smith shoves Jarrett away after several headlocks/head scissor spots. Smith counters a leapfrog attempt by connecting with a delayed vertical suplex. Jarrett runs into a big boot from Smith in the corner and gets his head rammed into the top turnbuckle several times. Jarrett connects with a superplex but only gets a two count. Jarrett stops Smith with a knee to the gut as Smith comes running off the ropes. Smith misses a shoulder block in the corner and Jarrett leaps off the top to hit a double axe handle for a near fall as RAW goes to commercial. Both men fall to the mat following a double shoulder block attempt. Smith nearly wins with a inside cradle. Jarrett ducks under a clothesline to put a sleeper hold on Smith! Smith rams Jarrett back first into a corner to break free. However, Jarrett plants Smith with a running bulldog for a two count! Smith nearly wins with a crucifix pin! Smith gets another near fall with a fisherman suplex. Smith fights out of a sleeper hold and atomic drops Jarrett followed by a backdrop. Smith comes off the ropes to hit Jarrett with several clotheslines. Jarrett bails to the floor and looks to head to the backstage area. Smith lifts Jarrett up on the floor and tosses him back into the ring. Smith tries to get back into the ring but the mystery ring attendant holds Smith’s foot to cause the count out. (**1/2. I thought this was a pretty solid match for television standards. There were moments of some quality wrestling but also several rest holds that slowed the match down a great deal. This also marked the debut of the Roadie, better known as Road Dogg.)
Footage of WWF World Champion Diesel hanging out at a Sportscasters Hall Of Fame. Several other wrestlers were in attendance.
Second Contest: 1-2-3 Kid defeated Barry Horowitz: Kid hits Horowitz with a spinning heel kick and gets the three count with a Oklahoma roll.
Third Contest: Kwang defeated Scott Taylor: Kwang gets the win following a spinning heel kick.
Jerry Lawler is standing in the ring for Kings Court. Lawler rips on a female fan saying she is ugly and does a great job of being a complete jerk. Lawler introduces his guest this week, Shawn Michaels. Lawler insults Diesel’s intelligence before giving credit to Michaels for Diesel being the WWF World Champion. Michaels asks if anyone ever heard of Diesel before Michaels brought him in, and Lawler agrees that Michaels made Diesel’s career. Michaels tells us that he put the cool in big daddy. He takes credit for putting the WWF Intercontinental Championship and WWF World Tag Team Championships around Diesel’s waist. He also takes credit for WWF World Championship even though he knows Diesel will never admit it. “As quickly as I made you, I can and will quickly dismember you.”
Footage of Bob Holly apparently doing an awful job at racing a car is shown.
Hakushi is coming to the WWF very soon.
Main Event: Well Dunn defeated the Bushwhackers: Steven Dunn pins Butch following a knee lift after Butch was distracted by Harvey Whippleman.
After the match, Howard Finkel flips out and tells the referee that Harvey got involved in the contest. They have an argument as the show goes to commercial.
Bob Backlund cuts a promo saying that he has never liked clowns and they do not deserve to be in existence. He believes that he will be the WWF World Champion once again.
Final Thoughts: I liked the overall show this week. The featured bout was a quality bout and the interview segment with Michaels did a pretty good job of setting up the eventual match between Michaels and Diesel. Sure, the jobber matches weren’t anything special but everything that needed to deliver this week did. Thus, this week gets a thumbs up from me.
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