Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: Anaheim, CA
Opening Contest: Techno Team 2000 (Watts & Fortune) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Prichard & Del Ray): Del Ray and Watts start the match with Watts hitting a hip toss, dropkick and arm drag. Del Ray works over Watts in the corner with right hands, but Watts hits a backdrop and another arm drag. Fortune is tagged in and splashes down onto Del Ray’s arm off the top rope. Del Ray stops Fortune with right hands before tagging in Prichard. Fortune arm drags Prichard to keep control of the contest. Prichard shoulder blocks Fortune and runs into another arm drag. Watts enters and slams Prichard leading to a double elbow drop. Prichard backs off and is taken down to the mat quickly. Watts stomps on Prichard’s lower midsection before tagging in Fortune leading to a near fall. Watts returns to the match and they somersault before dropkicking Prichard. Watts splashes down onto Prichard’s arm and tags in Fortune. Fortune leaps over Watts to splash down onto Prichard’s arm. Prichard knee lifts Fortune from behind to send Fortune crashing to the floor. The referee is distracted while Fortune is rammed into the post. Prichard slams Fortune and tags in Del Ray back into the match. Bodies hit an assisted standing moonsault for a two count.
Fortune is worked over while the the referee is distracted again and the Bodies keep control. Bodies prevent Fortune from tagging out and ram Fortune into the corner back first several times. Del Ray gets out of a sunset flip and superkicks Fortune for a near fall. Prichard tags back in and is assisted on a leg drop for a two count on Fortune. Prichard slams Fortune before going to the top rope and missing a moonsault. Watts and Del Ray get the tags with Watts cleaning house. Watts nails Del Ray with a spinning heel kick. Prichard is met with a double backdrop and is dropkicked to the floor. Fortune slams Del Ray and Watts hits a twisting crossbody, but Del Ray rolled through for a two count. Watts has a backslide on Del Ray after countering a piledriver to win the match. (*1/2. A standard and formula match seemingly kept simple for Fortune and Watts. Watts surprised me with his heat segment when he got the hot tag and he popped the crowd rather well. I’m thinking they were made to look this good in large part to the Bodies being pros and bumping around for them.)
Savio Vega makes his way out and cuts a promo. The microphone is hard to hear, but Vega is talking about his friend Razor Ramon to get a cheap pop. It sounds like he’s speaking in Spanish. Vega notes that Ramon is hurt from a recent match with Jarrett. Vega says he has all the people in his corner to combat the Roadie being in Jarrett’s. Vega assures the fans that the WWF Intercontinental Championship will be his. I’d say that promo was completely unnecessary.
Second Contest: Aldo Montoya vs. Skip: Early on, Skip arm drags Montoya and does a few jumping jacks as the crowd boos him. Skip hip tosses Montoya and does a few pushups before giving Sunny a high five on the floor. Skip shoulder blocks Montoya, but Montoya comes back with a hip toss, slam and a dropkick to send Skip to the floor. Montoya mocks Skip with his own workout routine. Skip punches Montoya in the corner to maintain the advantage. Montoya monkey flips Skip and keeps arm control on the mat. Skip counters a leapfrog with a powerslam and does some more jumping jacks. Skip takes Montoya over with a snap suplex and a quick leg drop for a two count. Montoya counters a slam with a rollup for a two count. Skip avoids a middle rope crossbody attempt. Skip heads to the top rope and hits a diving headbutt. Skip keeps a sleeper on Montoya to maintain control of the contest. Montoya shoulder blocks Skip, but then gets thrown to the floor.
Skip hooks Montoya on the apron, but Montoya actually suplexs Skip to the floor. Montoya takes Skip out with a slingshot crossbody to the floor! Montoya backdrops Skip and delivers a chop. Montoya continues with a leaping forearm. Montoya heads to the top rope hitting a missile dropkick! Montoya is fired up and misses a clothesline. Skip nearly wins following a German suplex. Montoya counters a suplex with a northern lights suplex for a two count. Montoya boots Skip in the corner and plants Skip with a twisting bulldog off the middle rope. Montoya heads to the top rope and is stopped by Skip. Skip hooks Montoya and hits a superplex for the win. (***. I really enjoyed that and was not expecting it to be that good. They incorporated some big spots and Montoya looked the best I’ve seen him during this run in WWF. Skip bumped around well and kept my interest when he was in control. That was just a fun, solid match on the undercard.)
Third Contest: Henry Godwinn vs. Doink the Clown: Doink avoids Godwinn sending Godwinn into the corner chest first. Doink keeps arm control with a wrist lock until Henry reaches the ropes and delivers a right hand. Doink hip tosses Godwinn followed by a scoop slam. Doink keeps Godwinn on the mat with a spinning toe hold. Doink splashes down onto Godwinn’s left leg a few times and drives his knee down to the mat. Doink kicks Henry’s leg and continues to put pressure on the knee. Godwinn kicks Doink into the corner chest first. Henry works over Doink with strikes to keep him on the mat followed by a knee drop. Godwinn sends Doink through the ropes to the floor. Henry sends Doink hard into the corner back first. Henry delivers an axe handle strike to keep Doink on the mat and follows up with stomps. Henry chokes Doink over the middle rope. Henry keeps control with a sleeper on the mat for a few moments. Doink breaks free and runs into a knee lift. Henry uses the ropes for leverage on another sleeper.
Doink breaks free with a back suplex and right hands to stagger Godwinn. Doink follows up with a leaping back elbow strike. Doink drops Godwinn with a standing dropkick for a near fall. Godwinn counters a backdrop attempt with the Slop Drop to win the match. (DUD. That sucked. Godwinn didn’t do anything to hold interest when he had offense and Doink wasn’t exciting, either. A poor followup to the fun previous match.)
Fourth Contest: Bob Backlund vs. Man Mountain Rock: Backlund was cutting a promo and Rock cut him off with right hands and a hip toss out of the corner. Rock splashes Backlund in the corner and plays to the crowd. Rock scoop slams Backlund and Backlund rolls to the floor. Backlund drops Rock over the top rope throat first. Backlund yanks down on Rock’s arm over the apron. Backlund gets a few shots in and tries for the chicken wing, but Rock counters with a rollup for the win. (DUD. At least the match was quick, I guess. That was just awful.)
Bam-Bam Bigelow reveals that he didn’t come alone and brings out the WWF World Champion Diesel to be in his corner. I believe Diesel is nursing an arm injury at this point and that’s why he’s not wrestling. However, he is in gear.
Fifth Contest: Psycho Sid vs. Bam-Bam Bigelow in a steel cage match: Bigelow starts off with right hands on Sid and rams Sid into the top turnbuckle a few times. Sid runs into an elbow in the corner and Bigelow drops Sid with a clothesline. Bigelow shoulder blocks Sid a few times, but Sid only staggers. Bigelow misses a splash against the ropes and hits the cage face first. Sid stomps on Bigelow to take advantage. Sid stands on Bigelow’s back to keep him on the mat. Sid climbs the cage quickly as DiBiase hit Bigelow with a cheap shot through the cage. Diesel stopped Sid, though. Sid gets a running start and kicks Bigelow a few times. Sid beats on Bigelow with several kicks to the midsection. Sid works over Bigelow with right hands in the corner. Sid climbs the cage again and Diesel is standing on the floor waiting. Sid must not be the smartest man. Sid tries running the ropes to get away, but Bigelow pulls Sid down and onto the ropes groin first. Bigelow climbs the cage and is stopped by Sid. Sid press slams Bigelow off the top rope. Sid heads for the door, but Diesel slams the door. Bigelow has a rollup, but the referee takes a moment to get into the ring and only gets a two count.
Diesel is getting the crowd behind Bigelow as Sid kept a headlock on him. Bigelow manages to send Sid into the cage and they both fall down. Sid hammers away on Bigelow with right hands in the corner. Sid chokeslams Bigelow off the middle rope! Sid signals for a powerbomb. Bigelow counters and sends Sid into the cage face first. Sid is laid out. Bigelow begins to climb the cage, but Sid gets up and stops Bigelow at the top. Sid is yanking on Bigelow’s boot, but gets kicked away and Bigelow drops down to win the match. (*1/4. Well, I was not expecting this to be the midway main event of the show. The action wasn’t very good as there were only a few spots that caught my interest or were entertaining. Diesel coming out pretty much spoiled the outcome for Bigelow to win. The finish was silly as Sid looked like an idiot. It’s a good win for Bigelow, but the action was lackluster and I’m not surprised by that at all.)
Sixth Contest: WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna vs. The Bushwhackers: Owen and Butch start the match with Owen beating on Butch with strikes and stomps. Owen rams Butch face first into the corner and continues with stomps. Butch ducks a clothesline and delivers several strikes in the corner. Luke gets a few shots in from the apron and Owen trips over Butch leading to a near fall. Luke tags in and keeps arm control on Owen keeping Owen on the mat. Owen kips up out of a wrist lock, but Butch tags back in and delivers a kick to the arm. Luke wrenches on Owen’s arm in the ropes. Luke hammers away on Owen with right hands and keeps wrist control. Bushwhackers are making quick tags to deliver strikes. Owen stops Luke with an eye rake but collides with Yokozuna on the apron. Owen is held in the corner and avoids a strike, but not a double clothesline from the Bushwhackers. Owen bails to the floor to regroup.
Owen returns to the ring and is met with right hand from Luke. Yoko elbows Luke as he entered without a tag and beats on Luke with strikes. Yoko drops Luke with a headbutt. Yoko beats on Luke while Owen holds him from the apron. Luke is double teamed as Butch distracts the referee. Owen rams Luke into the corner head first, but Luke tries to make the tag after a strike. Owen stops Luke and sends Luke hard into the corner back first. Owen drives Luke down with a backbreaker. Yoko chokes Luke over the middle rope. Yoko misses a back splash in the corner. Owen gets the tag and isn’t able to stop the tag. Butch hammers away on Owen and delivers a clothesline. Owen is sent into Yoko and the Bushwhackers knock Yoko down in the corner. Owen is met with the battering ram, but the referee is distracted by Luke allowing Yoko to hit a leg drop and Owen gets the three count. (1/2*. Of all the tag teams the WWF has they put the Bushwhackers in this spot. Owen is the only guy who can work at this point as Yoko is hardly mobile for the most part. A poor tag title match and it’s largely due to who they put in there as challengers.)
Seventh Contest: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Bob Holly: Helmsley hip tosses Holly to start the match and taunts Holly in the corner. Helmsley shoulder blocks Holly but runs into an arm drag. Holly hip tosses Helmsley followed by a scoop slam and Helmsley begs off in the corner. Helmsley beats on Holly, but is driven face first to the mat as Holly countered a backdrop. Holly drop toe holds Helmsley to the mat and keeps arm control. Helmsley stops Holly with a right hand and chops in the corner followed by an uppercut and knee lifts. Helmsley sends Holly hard into the corner back first. Helmsley sends Holly hard into the corner again. Helmsley drives Holly down with a backbreaker for a near fall. Helmsley puts a chin lock on Holly, but doesn’t get a submission. Helmsley jumps down onto Holly’s back and goes back to a chin lock to prevent Holly from getting any momentum. Holly fights his way out of a headlock and head scissors Helmsley to the mat. Holly hammers away on Helmsley, but a knee lifts stops him. Holly backdrops Helmsley coming out of the corner.
Holly nails Helmsley with a standing dropkick for a two count. Helmsley kicks Holly and is backdropped again. Holly powerslams Helmsley for a two count. Helmsley blocks a backdrop attempt and plants Holly with the Pedigree for the win. (*1/2. There wasn’t much going on here and the only thing the crowd popped for was the finish.)
Eighth Contest:WWF Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett vs. Savio Vega: Jarrett stalls on the floor as Roadie sneaks into the ring but bails. Jarrett gets in the ring, but doesn’t deliver a strike. Vega backs Jarrett into the corner, but backs away. Roadie climbs to the top rope and falls to the floor. Jarrett beats on Vega with strikes. Vega hip tosses Jarrett coming off the ropes. Roadie grabs Vega’s leg, but Vega keeps hammering away on Jarrett. Vega avoids a double boot in the corner and drops Jarrett with a middle rope right hand. Vega slams Jarrett to counter a leapfrog and delivers right hands. Vega grabs Roadie and Jarrett accidentally knocks Roadie off the apron. Vega clotheslines Jarrett over the top to the floor. Jarrett stalls on the floor to regroup from the offense. Jarrett keeps returning to the ring before the ten count. Vega hammers away on Jarrett causing the champ to bail to the floor. Vega rolls Jarrett into the ring and gets decked by Roadie from behind. Jarrett keeps control with stomps. Jarrett chokes Vega over the middle rope. Roadie chokes Vega over the middle rope and Jarrett stomps on Vega.
Jarrett continues to choke Vega over the middle rope and taunts the crowd before leaping onto Vega’s back. Jarrett kicks Vega in the gut and delivers a swinging neckbreaker. Jarrett knee lifts Vega to the mat and goes to the top rope. Jarrett hits a crossbody, but Vega rolls through for a two count. Jarrett drops Vega to the mat and soon locks in an abdominal stretch. Jarrett is using the ropes for leverage. The referee sees Roadie helping and Vega hip tosses Jarrett. Roadie clotheslines Vega from the apron leading to a two count. Jarrett knee lifts Vega, but Vega almost wins with a rollup. Jarrett runs over Vega with a clothesline. Jarrett hammers away on Vega with right hands. Vega fires back with chops, but Jarrett eye rakes Vega. Jarrett tries to splash Vega over the middle rope, but misses. Vega plants Jarrett with a back suplex for a two count. Vega hammers away on Jarrett followed by a Rock Bottom! Jarrett begs off, but Vega is fired up and delivers more strikes. Vega clotheslines Jarrett followed by a side slam for a two count as Roadie put Jarrett’s foot under the ropes. Vega big boots Jarrett and decks Roadie off the apron. Vega nails Jarrett with a spinning heel kick to send Jarrett to the floor. Jarrett doesn’t return and Vega wins by count-out. (*1/2. I guess that since Vega did the promo earlier in the show he’d look foolish to lose to Jarrett on the show. The count-out finish is lackluster and protects Vega, but I’d almost just have Jarrett win since he is the champion and a heel who needs some momentum and more heat.)
Main Event: Tatanka vs. Davey Boy Smith: Tatanka works over Smith with right hands and stomps. Smith hip tosses Tatanka followed by a scoop slam. Smith delivers a running clothesline, but Tatanka bails to the floor. Tatanka knee lifts Smith a few times followed by right hands. Smith gets arm control for a few moments. Smith shoulder blocks Tatanka and counters a backdrop with a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Tatanka sends Smith to the floor. Smith rams Smith into the ring steps while the referee is distracted by DiBiase on the outside. Smith gets into the ring and is met with a stomp to the head. Tatanka delivers another boot to Smith’s head a few times. Tatanka sends Smith back first into the corner and follows up with more stomps. Tatanka gets a two count following a clothesline. Tatanka keeps Smith on the mat with a sleeper hold. Tatanka knee lifts Smith coming off the ropes and chokes Smith on the mat for a few moments.
Tatanka chops Smith followed by a DDT leading to a two count. Tatanka keeps Smith on the mat with a sleeper hold. Smith elbows free and gets a crucifix pin on Tatanka for a near fall. Tatanka stomps on Smith to keep control. Tatanka slams Smith and misses an elbow drop. Smith hammers away on Tatanka and connects with a few running clotheslines. Smith gets distracted by DiBiase allowing Tatanka to deliver a strike from behind. Smith catches Tatanka in the corner, but Tatanka holds onto the ropes and lands on top of Smith for a near fall. Tatanka misses a knee lift and Smith gets a rollup for the win. (*. If you’re going to have Tatanka lose just have him lose to the running powerslam. Tatanka is involved in a main event match on PPV while Smith isn’t heavily featured in the main events. A poor booking decision and the action was subpar for the placement on the card.)
It’s a bad show and probably a great example of why people hate 1995 WWF. The only match that had any redeeming quality to it was Skip/Montoya, but I’m not going to suggest you go out of your way to see it. A major thumbs down from me for this one.
Thanks for reading.
31-year old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Longtime fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Vikings. Avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on the old school wrestling.