Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Poughkeepsie, NY
1.) Hakushi defeated Bob Holly
2.) Allied Powers defeated Well Dunn
3.) Alundra Blayze defeated WWF Women’s Champion Bull Nakano to win title
4.) Men on a Mission defeated Ben Jordan & Tony Roy
1. Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette talk about Yokozuna returning last night to win the WWF World Tag Team Championships with Owen Hart.
2. Holly got the early advantage against Hakushi with a few dropkicks and follows up with a hip toss. Hakushi missed a splash in the corner but Holly couldn’t take advantage because he missed a top rope cross body as the WWF World Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna came down to ringside. On the floor, 1-2-3 Kid spin kicked Owen Hart for some reason. Yokozuna attacked Kid from behind while Holly shoved Hakushi off the top rope to the canvas and hit a top rope clothesline. Holly looks to get the win following a dropkick but isn’t able to put Hakushi away. Yokozuna tripped Holly as he ran the ropes and Hakushi hit a senton splash to pick up the win. That was a rather boring contest. I was hoping for some high risk, fast pace action but instead got the complete opposite of that.
3. Jim Ross hosts the WrestleMania XI Report. We saw stills of the Taylor vs. Bigelow main event, Hart vs. Backlund I Quit match, and Undertaker vs. Bundy which saw Kama steal the urn.
4. WWF World Champion Diesel made his way down to the ring to be interviewed by Vince McMahon. McMahon asks about HBK wanting a rematch. Diesel has viewed the video tape and says that if Sid hadn’t interfered things could’ve gone differently. So, he thinks HBK deserves a rematch against him. Diesel thought he could stay focus but admits that a certain amount of gratitude played a part in last night. Diesel warns HBK that Sid is not his friend and is only looking out for himself.
5. Lex Luger is briefly worked on by Well Dunn as Steven Dunn hit a top rope clothesline as one of the brief highlights for Well Dunn. Luger and Davey Boy Smith were able to pick up the win by hitting a version of the Hart Attack on Timothy Well.
6. The WWF Women’s Championship is on the line when Bull Nakano defended against Alundra Blayze. Nakano attacked Blayze before the bell and kept control by hitting a clothesline and throwing Blayze across the ring by her hair. Nakano hits a bulldog off the middle rope but Blayze quickly comes back with a few hair yanks to the mat, which McMahon calls as being clotheslines. Blayze leaps off the middle rope to hit a couple of dropkicks for a near victory. Nakano counters a sunset flip by sitting down for a two count. Nakano plants Blayze with a pile driver but isn’t able to get a three count. Blayze dropkicks Nakano off the middle rope to the floor and leaps off the top rope to hit a cross body on the floor. Nakano counters a hurricanrana with a power bomb for a near fall! Nakano hits a top rope leg drop but Blayze kicks out at two! Blayze nearly counters a German suplex into a roll up for a near fall. Blayze hits a German suplex of her own for a two count, two times. Nakano missed a suicide dive on the floor and Blayze connected with a German suplex on the floor! Nakano recovers to send Blayze into the ring steps! Nakano missed a top rope moonsault and Blayze hit another German suplex this time to win the title! After the match, Bertha Faye attacks Alundra Blayze. Well, that was a really good women’s match. It was fast, a lot of near falls with some very good moves put together. I was impressed with that.
7. The recently turned bad guys Men on a Mission were in action to finish off the action portion of the show. As expected, they simply destroyed their opponents for a few moments. Mabel pinned Jordan following a belly to belly suplex.
8. Vince McMahon introduces Shawn Michaels and Psycho Sid for an interview to close the show. Michaels says his back is screaming and he is sore from head to toe. He feels like he has been rolled over by a steam roller. Michaels says that he also had trouble focusing but he says that there is nothing more important than the WWF World Championship. Michaels accepts Diesel’s invitation for a rematch. Michaels says he will win the title this time but he will return the favor for a rematch. Michaels says he can live his life without a bodyguard and says he doesn’t need a bodyguard. Michaels appears to be blaming Sid for his loss last night. Michaels is going to give Sid the night off when it comes to the rematch. Sid calls Michaels a puke and says Michaels must really believe what he says. Sid tells Michaels he should give him respect. We go to commercial but when we come back, Michaels has been knocked out and Diesel runs down to make the save. During the break, Sid had power bombed Michaels. That’s it!
Two big segments here, one that you probably remember and one you might not think as being that big of a deal. But, to me the women’s match and final segment were big segments. The women’s match was actually really good and proved that they are capable of putting on a good match. I think that is huge for the future of the division. Secondly, and more importantly the final segment obviously turned Michaels into a baby face. It was quite effective even though we missed the power bomb, which sucked. That should’ve been aired as it happens but oh well.
Overall, not a bad episode but there was quite a few boring segments other than the women’s match and final segment. Other than that, it wasn’t all that entertaining. Thus, I’ll give it a thumbs in the middle.
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