WWF RAW 1/16/1995
1. Ron Simmons & Diesel Confrontation: Vince McMahon is in the ring looking to interview Diesel to start the show, but instead Ron Simmons made his way down to the ring and doesn’t appear to be in a friendly mood. Simmons is pissed about being power bombed last week by Diesel and says that the big man should have minded his own business last week. Simmons tells McMahon that the Movement has only just begun with the tag team titles and it will continue when he wins the Royal Rumble and wins the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania. For far too long the African Americans in this business have been held back by the white owner and that is all going to change. McMahon is clearly uncomfortable with the direction of the interview as Diesel makes his way down to the ring to confront Simmons. Diesel tells Simmons that he tells a great story, but the reality is that Big Daddy Cool is going to walk out of the Royal Rumble as the number one contender. Diesel offers to give Simmons a title shot when he wins but assures Simmons that he will be flat on his back, just as he was last week. Simmons tells Diesel to laugh it up because this is far from over with and the Movement will not be stopped. Simmons goes to leave but attempts to attack Diesel only to be backdropped over the top to the floor. McMahon notes that if that happens at the Rumble that Simmons would lose! Simmons has a tirade on the floor while Diesel plays to the crowd to end the segment.
2. Owen Hart defeated Greg Valentine in 2:43 with the Sharpshooter. During the match, Chris Benoit shared pre-tape comments saying that he is better than Owen and Bret. He also hopes they beat the crap out of each other.
3. Kings Court w/ Ted DiBiase: Jerry Lawler brings out Ted DiBiase for an interview and he is extremely happy to have someone like DiBiase back in the WWF. Lawler talks about DiBiase ending his career in 1994 after a memorable feud with the Hart Family and nearly winning the WWF World Championship from the Undertaker. DiBiase says that he made the lives of several WWF superstars a living hell as a wrestler and he is transitioning into a manager role. DiBiase is going to bring wrestlers together in the WWF and dominate the business. DiBiase knows that there is a stable of wrestlers known as the Dynasty but his collection of wrestlers will be far better and ruthless to give him wins and championships. DiBiase has an open checkbook and he is going to do whatever it takes to be a manager of champions in the WWF. Ted finishes off the segment suggesting that this could all begin at the Royal Rumble this weekend. “Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has a price for the Million Dollar Man!”
4. The British Bulldog defeated Jimmy Del Ray in 4:05 following a running power slam.
5. The Undertaker Attacked: Vince McMahon introduced Paul Bearer and the Undertaker to talk about the upcoming casket match this weekend at Royal Rumble, however during the entrance Scott Norton ran down the aisle and attacked Taker. Norton dropped Taker chest first across the guard railing and delivered a short arm clothesline on the floor. Norton stalked towards Bearer and would knock Bearer over the ring steps. Taker tried to sit up but was attacked again by Norton who rammed a chair into the ribs of the Undertaker before several officials ran down to escort Norton to the backstage area.
6. Rick Martel defeated IRS in 4:13 with the Boston Crab. During the match, Brian Lee and Tamara cut a promo stating that when Lee gets in the ring with Martel, the Model will be sent to the retirement home where he belongs.
7. WWF Intercontinental Champion Scott Steiner defeated Hughie The Clown in 6:18 with a double under hook power bomb. After the match, Rick Steiner appeared on the aisle way and had a family picture which he proceeded to tear up and say that at the Royal Rumble family means nothing to him.
8. Hulk Hogan & King Yokozuna Confrontation: Vince McMahon brings out both the WWF World Champion King Yokozuna and the number one contender Hulk Hogan for a confrontation leading into the Royal Rumble. Yokozuna had the Japanese flag with him so naturally Hogan comes out with the American flag, which gets a great response from the fans. Jim Cornette is out to be the mouthpiece for Yokozuna. Cornette tells Hogan that the Royal Rumble is not America against Japan. It is about the present and future eliminating the past once and for all. Cornette says that Hogan has never competed against a man like Yokozuna and won’t be able to overwhelm Yokozuna with his Hulking Up or anything else. Cornette says everything must come to an end and at the Royal Rumble Hulkamania will finally come to its demise. Hogan comes back saying that he has heard that several times before and each time with the help of the Hulkamaniacs he has came out on top. Hogan says that the WWF World Championship is everything to him and he wants it back at the Royal Rumble. Hulk knows he is the underdog going into the match, which isn’t normal, but King Yokozuna hasn’t competed against a guy who has his strength and his determination. Hogan assures Cornette and Yokozuna that he will not give up and he will run wild on King Yokozuna to reclaim the WWF World Championship!
9. Arn Anderson & Jeff Jarrett defeated the Headshrinkers in 8:15 when Anderson pinned Samu following a spine buster.
10. Bret Hart Sit-Down Interview: Jim Ross had a sit down interview over the weekend with Bret Hart regarding his match with Owen Hart this weekend at the Royal Rumble. Bret says that he is aware of how good Owen is and he isn’t entering the match underestimating Owen. Bret knows how much this match means to Owen and how badly Owen wants to rise up the ranks. Bret says that it will be a competitive match and says that he intends on getting the WWF World Championship back and beating Owen is one step closer to that. Bret also notes that he is in the Royal Rumble match and will have to quickly get prepared for that, as well. Bret hopes after the match, no matter the outcome, he and his brother will be able to shake hands and continue their careers together.
11. Bob Holly defeated Duane Gill in 3:15 following a dropkick.
12. WWF World Tag Team Champions Tatanka & Carlos Vega defeated Marty Jannetty & The Kamikaze Kid in a non-title match in 9:11 when Tatanka pinned Jannetty after a Samoan Drop.
13. Shawn Michaels Interview: Jim Ross conducted an interview with Shawn Michaels who discussed being forgotten about in recent months and how it has been frustrating to see Diesel get all the praise while Michaels is on the sidelines. Michaels says that he is the best wrestler going today and when he wins the Royal Rumble this weekend, he will show the world at WrestleMania that he should have never been forgotten about and he will be the top dog in the WWF when he becomes the WWF World Champion.
14. Randy Savage fought Bam-Bam Bigelow to a no contest in 8:49 as they wrestled outside the ring and used chairs on each other before being separated by officials and enhancement talents.
WWF Superstars 1/21/1995
1. Ron Simmons defeated Tim Thomas in 2:08 following a spine buster.
2. The Smoking Gunns defeated Greg Carpenter & Mike Woods in 2:14 when Billy pinned Carpenter.
3. Razor Ramon defeated Paul Walker in 2:04 following the Razors Edge.
4. WWF World Champion King Yokozuna defeated Virgil in 3:14 following the Bonzai Drop. After the match, Yokozuna did a second Bonzai Drop on Virgil with the American flag draped over him.
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