Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Bashed In The USA
Opening Contest: Big Bossman vs. Razor Ramon: The first few minutes of the match is just both men stalling. Bossman kicks the middle rope into Razor’s groin as Razor was letting Bossman back into the ring. Razor wants a test of strength but Bossman messes around with him briefly. Ramon controls Bossman with the test of strength. Bossman gets out of it and hammers away on Razor before nearly winning with a rollup. In the corner, Bossman delivers right hands and Ramon misses a nightstick shot attempt. Bossman runs into a big boot and Ramon rolls Bossman up with his feet on the ropes to win the match. (DUD. Uh, that was just awful. Why would this one be on a Coliseum Video special release? The match was speciality bad, so I guess it makes sense.)
Second Contest: Tatanka, Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware vs. WWF World Tag Team Champions Money Inc. & Rick Martel: DiBiase and Owen kick off the six man tag match. DiBiase takes Owen down with an arm drag and taunts the fans. DiBiase casually works over Owen with a scoop slam but doesn’t follow up on it. Owen drops DiBiase with a dropkick and the tag champs are worked over by High Energy while Tatanka sends Martel to the floor. Martel tags into the match and turns his back to allow Tatanka to be tagged in. Tatanka chops the Model several times and scoop slams his rival. Tatanka comes off the middle rope to hit an overhand chop sending Martel to the floor but tagged in IRS. Koko tags in and comes off the top to axe handle IRS and nearly wins with a cross body. DiBiase knee lifts Ware from the apron to get the cheap advantage. DiBiase tags in and continues to work over Koko until Ware hits a swinging neck breaker. Tatanka works over DiBiase but runs into a boot in the corner. Martel tags in to get some offense in on a weakened Tatanka. IRS comes off the top rope to strike Tatanka as Tatanka is stuck in the corner getting triple teamed by the heels. DiBiase continues to work over Tatanka with a very loose sleeper hold. Koko gets the tag but the referee was distracted by IRS to allow the heels to maintain control on Tatanka. Tatanka counters a duplex attempt by IRS with a duplex of his own. Owen tags in and cleans house on the tag champs. All six men are brawling in the ring. Owen works over DiBiase on the floor. DiBiase trips Koko from the outside and IRS gets the pin. (*1/2. A rather uneventful match involving these six guys. They got plenty of time with twelve minutes, but the pace was slow and the action just didn’t entertain me.)
Third Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Kamala: Michaels avoids Kamala early on showing off his speed advantage. Shawn wants to shake hands with Kamala but the fans are screaming that he don’t do it. Michaels ends up hammering away on Kamala but is yanked down by the hair and ran over by Kamala sending the champ to the floor. Michaels begs off in the corner but comes off the middle rope to deliver a strike and is caught on a second attempt with a bear hug. Kamala blocks a scoop slam and head butts Shawn. Michaels avoids a splash in the corner and hits a top rope forearm strike. Michaels comes off the ropes but walks into a thrust kick from Kamala. Kamala scoops Shawn and dumps him over the top to the floor. On the floor, Michaels tosses Slick down and heads towards the backstage area. Kamala follows and grabs Michaels to deliver a kick and carries the champ back to the ring but they are counted out. (1/2*. Yeah, that was as bad as I was expecting it to be.) After the match, Kamala scoop slams Michaels and splashes the back of Michaels but incorrectly covers Michaels.
Fourth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Skinner: Michaels shoves Skinner and is met with a slap for doing so. Skinner scoop slams Michaels and punches the champ to the floor. On the floor, Skinner chases but the champ gets control as they rolled back into the ring. Skinner decks Michaels again and bites the forehead of Michaels. Skinner drops Shawn with a swinging neck breaker. Skinner continues his offense with a shoulder breaker but only manages to get a near fall. Michaels is back elbowed to the floor. On the floor, Michaels is able to send Skinner shoulder first into the ring post. Michaels dropkicks Skinner and decks Shawn with a right hand. Skinner drives Michaels face fist down into the canvas. Michaels is tossed over the top to the floor. Michaels rolls in and super kicks Skinner to win the match. (*. Skinner did a fine job controlling the match and it seemed like the fans were kind of buying into him as a face and wanting Michaels to lose. But, lets be realistic here that it was never going to happen. Michaels literally only hit a super kick to win the match.)
Fifth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Virgil: Early on, Michaels snap mares Virgil and taunts him for doing so. Virgil hits a fist drop on the champ and an atomic drop. Virgil knocks Shawn off his feet with a dropkick for a near fall. Virgil nearly wins following a middle rope cross body. Michaels avoids a rollup and nails Virgil with a super kick! Michaels continues to work over the challenger with a sleeper hold. Virgil nearly wins with a backslide and is met with a quick clothesline by the champion. Shawn follows up with a vertical duplex and plays to the camera. Virgil whiplashes Michaels after coming off the ropes. Michaels walks into a boot and Virgil hits a running clothesline from behind. Virgil delivers several jabs to knock the champ down and gets a two count. Virgil nearly wins after a clothesline from the middle rope. Virgil misses a knee lift in the corner and Michaels plants Virgil with the teardrop duplex for the win. (*1/2. The quick sequence by Virgil nearly winning the title was entertaining, but outside of that the match wasn’t exciting.)
Sixth Contest: 40 Man Battle Royal: Shockingly, Earthquake and Typhoon are the first guys eliminated, even before the jobbers in the match! The final four is Tatanka, IRS and the Beverly Brothers. The heels work over Tatanka thinking they are all set. Beau Beverly misses Tatanka while IRS was holding him and falls over the top to the floor. Blake and IRS continue to work together and try to toss Tatanka over but Tatanka counters and sends IRS over the top to the floor. Blake remains on the apron and is chopped off to give Tatanka the win.
Seventh Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart vs. Rick Martel: Martel starts off with a knee lift and cartwheels to avoid a punch from the Hitman. Hart sends Rick to the floor to plays to the crowd. Model works over the champ with strikes on the floor but is sent shoulder first into the ring post. Back in the ring, Martel works over Hart with a few strikes. Martel misses a spear and hits the post in the corner. Hart almost wins with a backslide and keeps control with an arm drag. Martel drops Hart throat first across the top rope. Hart almost gets a three with a sunset flip. Rick hits a gut wrench slam but Hart kicks out before three. Martel keeps control with a back breaker. Hart gets his knees up to block a splash. Hart atomic drops Rick and follows up with a clothesline. Bret hits a side Russian leg sweep for a near fall. Bret delivers a back breaker and goes for the Sharpshooter but the referee gets knocked down due to Martel. Martel hits Hart with the cologne and locks in the Boston Crab. Here comes Shawn Michaels to punch Hart and that gets Martel disqualified. (*1/4. Basic as you can get. I expected more from these two, but my expectations should have been limited.) After the match, Shawn and Martel argue briefly.
Eighth Contest: The Natural Disasters vs. The Beverly Brothers: The Beverly’s attack just after the bell but the Disasters battle back with a couple of clotheslines. Disasters splash them in the corner a couple of times. Beau misses a splash in the corner and Typhoon continues to splash Beau in the corner. Beau bails to the floor but Earthquake is there to deliver a clothesline. Blake whacks Typhoon with a scroll handed to him by the Genius. Typhoon fights out of the corner with a clothesline but the Beverly Brothers keep control of the match. Beau leaps over Blake to splash down across Typhoon’s back. Typhoon misses a splash in the corner and Blake stomps away on Typhoon. Typhoon knocks Blake down and tags in Earthquake! Quake hits a belly to belly suplex for a near fall. Quake power slams Blake and delivers an elbow drop for a two count. Quake goes for the sit down splash but Blake bails to the floor. All four men are brawling on the floor and Beau is rolled into the ring to win the match by count-out. (*. Nothing special of a match as the offense was basic and uninteresting. They did have some fine double team moves, but as a whole the match just didn’t deliver anything.)
Main Event: Yokozuna vs. The Undertaker: Yokozuna delivers a few shots on Taker and sends him into the ropes but Taker plants Yoko with a DDT. Yoko clotheslines Taker over the top, but Taker lands on his feet. Mr. Fuji jabs Taker with the flag and allows Yoko to send Taker into the ring steps. Yoko goes for a splash in the corner and hits it! Yoko scoop slams Taker and drops a leg on the Deadman. Yoko plants Taker with a belly to belly suplex. Yoko grabs the salt bucket and hits Taker a few times with it to cause the disqualification. Yoko goes for the Bonzai Drop but Taker sits up to avoid it! Taker drops Yoko with a leaping clothesline! Taker follows up with a choke slam causing Yoko to bail to the floor. (DUD. I was going fine but they only went four minutes and clearly neither man was going to lose thus the finish to protect both men.)
Honestly, this is probably one of the worst Coliseum Video releases I’ve ever sat through. Somebody had to review it, though. I’ll never have a desire to re-watch this release, that’s for sure.
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