WWF House Show 1/12/1996
Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: Montreal, Quebec
Opening Contest: The Bodydonnas vs. Bob Holly & Aldo Montoya: Holly and Zip kick off the opening contest. Zip walks over Holly’s back and taunts the crowd for doing so. The person holding the camera has it too high so I don’t see what happens. The camera returns to a proper level to see Skip hammering away on Aldo with right hands. Montoya comes off the ropes with a shoulder block to get a near fall. Aldo takes both men over with a head scissors and a head lock. The Bodydonnas drop Montoya with a double flapjack. Aldo fights back with a series of chops but is soon double teamed in the corner to put a stop to his offense. Aldo is taking a lot of punishment by Skip, I think. I can’t tell since the camera is blurry at the moment. Holly tries to get involved but the referee stops him and Aldo suffers a double suplex as a result. Aldo takes Zip out with a slingshot cross body on the floor. Holly gets the hot tag and cleans house with clotheslines. All four men are brawling in the ring. Skip and Zip are sent into each other and dropkicked down to the floor. Holly powerslams Zip and Aldo goes up top to hit a cross body but can’t get a three count. Zip nearly wins with a German suplex. Aldo plants Zip with a bulldog off the middle rope for a near win. Montoya goes to the top but is cut off by Zip and he hits a superplex! Skip pins Montoya after a sit down powerbomb. (**. An alright opening contest. The camera work hopefully improves because it was blurry for most of the match. Montoya worked the majority of the match and did a good job with what he had to do. As I’m typing this the picture is a lot clearer.)
Second Contest: Barry Horowitz vs. Duke Droese: Great, now I can see a Droese vs. Horowitz match with no problems. A slow start to the match as they go the route with headlocks and rest holds. Droese tries to surprise Barry with a school boy but only got a two count. Duke drops Barry with a right hand out of the corner. Droese follows up with a snap suplex for a near fall. Droese runs into a big boot in the corner. Barry hits a jaw breaker and right hands. Droese wins with a side slam. (1/2*. That was simply boring.)
Third Contest: Dr. Isaac Yankeem vs. Ahmed Johnson: Yankeem tries a few shoulder blocks but they don’t work. Johnson with an atomic drop and a leaping shoulder block before hitting a cross body that sends both men over the top to the floor. Yankeem works over Ahmed in the corner briefly. Johnson hits a bicycle kick to stop Yankeem’s offense. Yankeem counters a backdrop with a swinging neckbreaker. Yankeem dropkicks Ahmed over the top to the floor. They brawl on the floor where Yankeem sends Ahmed into the ring steps. Ahmed is over the top rope on the apron and Yankeem hits a top rope axe handle. Johnson sends Yankeem into the ring steps to fight back. Johnson brings Yankeem back into the ring with a vertical suplex from the apron. Johnson misses a somersault leg drop off the top. Yeah, that literally just happened. Yankeem hits a powerslam for a two count. Ahmed nails Yankeem with a short arm clothesline. Ahmed with a spinebuster, which could spell the end for Yankeem. Ahmed hits the Pearl River Plunge and wins the match. (**. Not a bad match between these two. Surprised Yankeem got as much offense as he did. The crowd was really behind Ahmed at this time. Had Ahmed not faced so many injuries, I wonder what he could have accomplished in the WWF.)
Fourth Contest: WWF World Tag Team Champions the Smoking Gunns vs. Owen Hart & The British Bulldog: Owen and Bart start off the title match. Owen gets a few shots in while they are in the corner. Bart fights back with a hip toss and arm drag. Billy tags in and comes off the middle rope with a double axe handle. Bulldog gets a tag into the match. Bulldog hip tosses Billy but Billy comes back with a drop toe hold. Bart tags in and runs the ropes with Bulldog until Owen trips Bart from the floor. Bart pulls down Bulldog’s trunks on a roll up attempt, which Bulldog didn’t notice and when he did he attacked Bart some more. Owen hits Bart with a kick to the side of his head for a two count. Owen gets another near fall after a neckbreaker. Bart is being double teamed in the corner. Owen gets out of an inside cradle and hits Bart with a clothesline. Owen misses a top rope diving headbutt. Bulldog tags in and so does Billy, who is hitting several clotheslines and right hands. Billy scoop slams both challengers. All four men are brawling in the ring. Billy counters a running powerslam attempt with a roll up to pin Bulldog. (*1/2. A lackluster tag match between these two teams. It shouldn’t be surprising since it’s a house show, I guess. It was a good clean win for the champs, though.)
Fifth Contest: WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Diesel in a steel cage match: Hart walks around the ring while Diesel stands in the middle of the ring. Diesel works over the champ with several blows in the corner and rams Hart in the midsection with a knee lift. Diesel chokes Hart in the corner to maintain the early advantage. Hart fights back with a series of kicks out of the corner and begins to kick Diesel’s knee. Diesel hammers away on Hart but the champ continues to kick Diesel’s knee. Hart low blows Diesel to avoid being sent into the cage and sends Big Daddy Cool into the cage! Diesel fights back with a series of blows and a side slam. Hart continues to work on Diesel’s knee. Hart tries to escape through the door but Diesel stops that from happening. Bret tries to escape over the top but Diesel get sup to prevent Hart from leaving again. Diesel slams Hart off the top rope down to the canvas! Diesel tries to escape through the door while Hart escapes over the top at the same time. Hart hits the floor before Diesel to win the match. (*1/2. Well, this was clearly just a cage match to draw a crowd and not produce anything too memorable. It didn’t last all that long and it protected Diesel in a loss. These two would have a much longer, and better cage match in February on PPV.)
Sixth Contest: Sir Mo vs. Marty Jannetty: Jannetty and Mo exchange shoves before going at it. Marty with a dropkick and arm drag in the early moments of the contest. Mo starts to work over Jannetty in the corner with right hands and stomps in the corner. Mo clotheslines Jannetty in the corner. Jannetty avoids Mo in the corner and works over Mo with an arm bar. Marty drops Mo with a series of right hands until Mo hits a spinning heel kick. Mo connects with a standing kick on Marty for a two count. Mo plants Jannetty with a DDT and heads to the top rope. Mo hits an elbow drop but only gets a near fall. Jannetty comes off the ropes to hit the Rocker Dropper for the win. (**. Mo controlled a lot of the match and it wasn’t all that bad. I wouldn’t believe you if you said this would be better than the previous match.)
Main Event: Hunter Hearst Helmsley & Jeff Jarrett vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon & Savio Vega: Vega and Hunter start the tag match. Hunter takes Vega down to the canvas but Savio hits a cross body coming off the ropes. Ramon tags in and hammers away on Hunter. Hunter stops Ramon with a clothesline and Jarrett tags in only to be met with a few right hands. Ramon punches Hunter off the apron and tags in Vega. Vega strikes Jeff from the middle rope a couple of times. The referee is distracted by Ramon as Hunter pulls the top rope down and Vega crashes to the floor. Jarrett drops Vega across the guard railing. Jarrett sends Vega into the ring post. Hunter continues with a baseball slide to knock Vega to the floor again. Hunter hits a knee drop on Vega. Jarrett tags in and hammers away on Vega. Jeff plants Savio with a swinging neckbreaker. Hunter nails Vega with a knee lift. Hunter pokes Savio in the eyes but Vega chops Hunter a few times. Vega runs into a big boot in the corner. Vega is double teamed because Ramon is distracting the referee. Vega nearly pins Jarrett with an inside cradle. Ramon drops Hunter with a right hand on the floor and tries to tag in but Jarrett pulls Vega away from the corner. Jeff misses a splash across the middle rope. Hunter enters to prevent Vega from tagging in Ramon. Vega gets his boot up as Hunter leaps off the middle rope. Ramon and Jarrett tags in and hammers away on Hunter and Jarrett. Ramon cleans house and hits a fallaway slam on Jarrett. The same for Hunter who lands on Jarrett. Ramon goes for the Razors Edge but Jarrett saves Hunter and Hunter knocks Vega to the floor. Vega holds Hunter from the floor and Razor hits the Razors Edge on Jarrett to win the match. (**1/2. There was some good crowd energy and all four men did a good job of keeping a good pace to the match. Out of the matches taped, this was the best one of them all.)
There were three matches not taped. They were the following matches.
Fatu defeating Bob Backlund
Goldust defeating Henry Godwinn
the Undertaker defeating Yokozuna in the main event.
I don’t see the three matches not taped helping this house show out at all. I have to give this one a thumbs down.
Thanks for reading.