Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: New York, NY
Opening Contest: Adam Bomb vs. Kwang: Kwang attacks Bomb before the bell with strikes in the corner. Bomb fires back with a few right hands to stagger Kwang. Bomb hip tosses Kwang coming out of the corner followed by a scoop slam. Kwang rolls to the floor to regroup. Kwang punches Bomb on the floor, but Bomb sends Kwang face first into the ring steps. Bomb stands on the apron to hit a slingshot clothesline. Bomb tries to remove the mask, but Wippleman gets on the apron to distract Bomb. Kwang nails Bomb with a kick to the head. Kwang powerslms Bomb but misses an elbow drop. Bomb dropkicks Kwang, but Kwang hits a spinning heel kick in the corner. Wippleman chokes Bomb over the bottom rope while the referee is distracted. Kwang keeps Bomb on the mat with a nerve hold for a few moments. Bomb ducks a spin kick to hit a crossbody for a two count. Kwang drops Bomb with a throat thrust for a near fall. Kwang keeps Bomb on the mat with a nerve hold. Bomb breaks free and attempts a sunset flip, but Kwang avoids that with a strike. Bomb drops Kwang with a clothesline. Bomb heads to the top rope, but Kwang stops Bomb with a few more strikes. Kwang hooks Bomb for a superplex and hits it! Kwang has the cover, but Bomb kicks out at two. Bomb avoids a somersault splash. Bomb hammers away on Kwang a few times and hits a backdrop. Bomb clotheslines Kwang several times. Bomb is sent into the ropes and knocks Wippleman to the floor. Bomb spikes Kwang with a DDT to win the match. (**1/4. That was much better than I was expecting it. Bomb using the DDT instead of the powerbomb was a little bizarre. Regardless, these two appear to have put together match on the house show loop.)
Second Contest: The Heavenly Bodies vs. The Bushwhackers: Well, just knowing this match is eleven minutes terrifies me. As per usual with my reviews, when it comes to Bushwhacker matches this is going to get a long story short treatment. The Bodies got sent to the floor early on into the contest and the Bushwhackers played to the crowd. It’s so frustrating watching the Bodies have to work with these guys. It appears they are going for a comedy match which is to be expected from the Bushwhackers. The Bodies are made to look like complete fools in the match. Prichard is clotheslined from behind and Del Ray gets hit with a battering ram, but the referee is distracted. Prichard knee drops Butch and allows Del Ray to pin Butch for the win. (DUD. Well, at least the Bodies were the winners, I guess.) After the match, the Bushwhackers get revenge by hitting a backdrop and clothesline.
Third Contest: WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano: Nakano drops Blayze with a clothesline to start and tries for a powerbomb. Blayze gets free and dropkicks Nakano, but misses a second attempt. Nakano tosses Blayze across the ring by her hair a few times. Nakano delivers a leg drop and keeps Blayze on the mat with an abdominal stretch. Nakano rubs Blayze eyes across the top rope. Blayze hits a standing hurricanrana for a two count. Blayze delivers a spin kick but misses a standing spin kick. Nakano drops Blayze to the mat by her throat. Nakano locks in a Boston Crab, but Blayze isn’t giving in. Luna drops Blayze across the top rope. Nakano locks in a modified death lock elevating Blayze off the mat, but isn’t able to get a submission. Blayze knocks Nakano down by her hair a few times for a two count. Blayze hooks Nakano for a powerbomb. Nakano backdrops Blayze to avoid the move. Blayze nearly wins with a rollup. Blayze powers out of a pin after a slam. Nakano clotheslines Blayze, but Blayze gets a backslide out of the corner for a two count. Nakano powerbombs Blayze for another near fall. Nakano scoop slams Blayze and heads to the top rope. Nakano leaps off but misses a leg drop. Blayze tries for a rollup, but Nakano kicks out. Blayze ducks a clothesline to hit a German suplex for the clean win. (**1/2. A fun match between these two, which was just a sample of their SummerSlam showdown the following day.) After the match, Blayze beats on Luna Vachon. Vachon clotheslines Nakano on accident. Blayze scares Luna from the ring to end the segment.
Fourth Contest: WWF Tag Team Champions the Headshrinkers vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Diesel & Shawn Michaels: Fatu and Michaels start off the match. Fatu atomic drops Michaels and Michaels gets dropped chest first over the top rope and then clotheslined to the floor. Michaels got major elevation on that one. Diesel knocks both Fatu and Samu down with a clothesline. Headshrinkers hammer away on Diesel in the corner after Diesel tried to ram them into each other. Diesel comes off the ropes and is met with a clothesline. Headshrinkers continue to work over Michaels and Diesel on the aisle. Fatu backdrops Michaels to the floor. Michaels appears to have had enough of the match, but Diesel brings him back to the ringside area. Samu works over Diesel’s hand with headbutts and tags in Fatu to chop Diesel to the mat. Fatu headbutts Diesel in the lower midsection area. Fatu decks Michaels off the apron, but Diesel knocks Fatu to the floor. Michaels drops Fatu chest first over the guard railing. Diesel delivers an elbow drop to Fatu. Diesel continues with elbow and knee strikes in the corner. Michaels clotheslines Fatu from the apron.
Michaels elbow drops Fatu and Samu tries to get involved, but Fatu gets double teamed in the corner. Fatu plants Michaels with a backbreaker. Diesel elbow drops Fatu for a two count. Diesel nails Fatu with a big boot for a two count. Michaels dumps Fatu over the top to the floor while Samu distracts the referee. Michaels leaps off the apron to axe handle Fatu on the outside. Fatu makes the tag to Samu, but the referee was distracted. Fatu is slammed and Diesel rocket launches Michaels, but Fatu moves. Fatu runs the ropes and collides heads with Michaels. Samu gets the hot tag and goes after Michaels with strikes. Michaels flips in the corner and lands on the apron. Samu slingshots Michaels into the ring and punches Diesel. Diesel and Michaels are sent into each other. Diesel clotheslines Fatu after colliding with Michaels. Samu scoop slams Michaels on the floor. Michaels sends Samu into the steps. Fatu side slams Diesel and climbs the top, but Michaels trips Fatu! Michaels has the tag title and decks Diesel on accident! Fatu savant kicks Michaels! Fatu covers Diesel after a few moments and nearly wins the match. Fatu has an inside cradle on Diesel, but the referee is still struggling. Michaels turns the pin over and Fatu kicks out at two! Samu decks Michaels, who lands on the referee. Diesel is met with a double headbutt and Fatu hits a top rope splash. Michaels rams Samu into the ring steps. Michaels whacks Fatu over the back with the championship. Fatu no sells that and Michaels begs off. Fatu hits Michaels with the tag belt, which the referee sees, and the bell is rung. Headshrinkers lose by disqualification. (***1/4. The crowd was eating this up and I thought these two teams produced a really fun contest. Sign me up for wanting to see these two teams battle it out again.)
Fifth Contest: Mabel & Doink vs. Jeff Jarrett & Bam-Bam Bigelow: Doink and Jarrett start the match with Doink hitting an atomic drop and tossing Jarrett across the ring. Bigelow tags in to try his luck against Doink. Mabel tags in and Bigelow works over Mabel with right hands. Mabel fights back with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Mabel misses a splash. Mabel shoulder blocks Bigelow. Doink enters and elbows Bigelow to the mat. Doink clotheslines Jarrett and then Bigelow gets tripped over Jarrett’s body. Doink gets met with a double clothesline. Jarrett dumps Doink over the top to the floor. Bigelow continues to work over Doink with strikes. Jarrett comes off the middle rope to drop Doink with a right hand. Doink takes Jarrett over with a snap suplex. Jarrett knocks Doink into the corner and Mabel tags in. Mabel clotheslines Jarrett and knocks Bigelow to the floor. Mabel slams Jarrett to the mat and misses a clothesline. Jarrett tries for a crossbody, but is slammed to the mat. Mabel splashes Jarrett in the corner and Bigelow was hit and knocked to the floor. Bigelow appeared to have gotten the tag and clotheslines Mabel leading to the three count. (*1/4. The finish was done well since many people didn’t realize that Bigelow managed to get the tag. I think the right team went over here, as well. The action was mostly basic and wasn’t all that fun or interesting.)
Sixth Contest: Tatanka vs. IRS in a strap match: IRS goes on the attack from behind after Tatanka was held back by the referee. IRS sends Tatanka through the ropes to the floor and rams Tatanka face first onto the steps. IRS clotheslines Tatanka and keeps control with a nerve hold. IRS has attached the strap and taunts the fans on the middle rope. Tatanka yanks IRS off and delivers a few strikes. Tatanka clotheslines IRS with the strap. Tatanka chokes IRS with teh strap. Tatanka ties IRS hands together and begins to touch the corners. Tatanka touches two corners and leaps off the middle rope, but is met with a strike to the midsection. IRS whips Tatanka with the strap a few times. IRS dumps Tatanka to the floor and then yanks Tatanka into the apron rib first. Tatanka uses the strap to low blow IRS a few times. Tatanka atomic drops IRS. Tatanka continues with a scoop slam. Tatanka begins to drag IRS around the ring. Tatanka touches three corners. IRS takes Tatanka over with a snap suplex to break the momentum. IRS touches three corners, but Tatanka stops IRS. Tatanka tries to lunge for it, but IRS stops him. Tatanka apparently never stopped IRS momentum and knocks IRS into the corner to win the match. (*. Well, the fans didn’t like that finish at all. Tatanka can’t even win a heated match with a guy like IRS?)
Main Event: WWF World Champion Bret Hart & Razor Ramon vs. Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart: Bret and Owen start off the main event. Owen goes to the ropes to avoid Bret’s early offense. Owen controls Bret with a hammerlock. Bret counters with a hammerlock of his own. They counter each other on the mat with Bret getting the advantage. Bret takes Owen down with a crucifix pin attempt for a two count. Bret hip tosses Owen to the mat followed by an arm drag. Bret nearly wins with a rollup from behind. Ramon enters the match to try his luck with Owen, but Neidhart tags in instead. Neidhart sends Ramon into the corner back first show his apparent strength advantage. Neidhart shoves Ramon to the mat, as well. Neidhart shoulder blocks Ramon and then slaps Razor’s head. Ramon drop toe holds Neidhart and slaps the back of Neidhart’s head. Neidhart tries for a slam, but Ramon rolls through. Owen enters and is met with a right hand from Ramon and falls through the ropes to the floor. Owen ducks a clothesline and tries for a dropkick, but Ramon tries to catapult Owen into Neidhart, which doesn’t work very well. Ramon counters a backdrop and tries for the Razors Edge on Owen. Owen and Neidhart clothesline Ramon to the mat and Owen keeps control with a stomp to the lower midsection.
Neidhart keeps control with a sleeper hold on the canvas. Neidhart clotheslines Ramon. Neidhart lifts Ramon up and drops Razor to the mat by his hair. Owen nails Razor with a kick to the side of the head. Owen uppercuts Ramon a few times. Neidhart enters and back elbows Ramon for a two count. Neidhart and Ramon awkwardly collide in the middle of the ring as it looked like Ramon was going for a colliding spot while Neidhart went for a clotheslines. Bret goes after Owen on the floor while Razor is in the corner trying to make a tag. Neidhart nails Ramon with a shoulder ram in the corner. Owen comes off the middle rope with a fist drop. Ramon has an inside cradle on Owen for a two count. Owen leg drops Ramon for a near fall. Ramon plants Owen with a chokeslam. Razor tries to make the tag, but is stopped. Owen accidentally dropkicks Neidhart to the floor.
Bret gets the hot tag and clotheslines Owen after an atomic drop for a two count. Bret drives Owen down with a backbreaker and an elbow drop. Neidhart misses a splash and hits Owen. Bret rams Owen into Neidhart and they are sent into each other. Bret hammers away on Owen, but is caught by Neidhart. Owen comes off the ropes to hit the Hart Attack on Bret! Bret rolls through a pin attempt by Owen after Neidhart knocked them over and Bret pins Owen! (**1/4. The closing sequence was done pretty well as the transition into the Hart Attack was very good. Neidhart had a few blown spots and it hurt the flow for the match, I’d say.)
For a house show, I’d say there was some decent action here. I’m surprised to say that I’d probably feel like I got my money worth had I gotten an upper deck seat and watched this show. Headshrinkers vs. Diesel/Michaels was easily the match of the night.
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