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WWF RAW
September 25, 1995
Taped 09/95/95 in Grand Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Hour 1Hour 2Hour 3Composite
1.931.93

Written by: Kevin Podsiadlik

KJP's MEDIUM-RARE RAW REPORT #47
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Date: 09/25/95. Taping date: 09/25/95. Location: Grand Center, Grand
Rapids, MI. Announcers: Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler.

-- "revolutionary" force animation --

We all knew coming in that the British Bulldog is to face the
Undertaker. But... coincidence of coincidences, the *very* *same*
British Bulldog ended up playing a key role in the Triple Header match
at IYH III. It would appear that Owen Hart, looking for downtown
Saginaw, blinked and blew right past it. As a result, he was neither
present nor accounted for at match time. Now, any manager worth his
salt would have had it so that this would have resulted in a forfeit of
the tag team titles, but, no one has ever accused Shawn or Diesel of
that talent. So the Bulldog was allowed to play the role of substitute
tag title holder, when, just as the match was getting good, Owen
finally arrives, runs in, and does his Bob Backlund impression, getting
pinned by Diesel in about eight seconds flat. This, decided the
referee, meant that the match was over and Diesel and Shawn had won.

Not so, said Jim Cornette and his Johnny Cochran-wannabe attorney. And,
a few minutes of discussion later, the belts were restored to Owen and
Yokozuna once again, thus making Shawn Michaels the first person in WWF
history to have a title stripped from him on three separate occasions.
Monsoon, a sore loser, responded by spitefully adding to tonight's
card: Yokozuna and Owen Hart vs. the Smoking Gunns for the WWF Tag
titles.

-- titles --

And as if all that weren't enough, look who's back, again:

Marty Jeanetty vs. Skip Bodydonna (w/Sunny, no music)

Okay, so Marty's still a face, and now Shawn's a face again. This
could make for a very interesting confrontation in the weeks (if not
minutes) to come, but let's leave that for now to ponder the plight of
poor Skip, who it seems will never recover from his Horowitz encounter.

To the match (I'm making a big exception to a rule here, mind you):
Lockup, Skip gets the headlock, Marty slips out and Skip is off to the
races. Jeanetty ducks, then leapfrogs, then finds his level and hits two
hip tosses and a drop kick before Skip rolls out to embrace his dear
manager. The referee is about to throw a little cold water on these two
when Skip finally decides to get back in the ring. Jeanetty, now
having the crowd at just the volume he likes, takes time out to blow a
kiss in Sunny's direction before re-engaging. Skip responds to this
little insult with a face rake, an uppercut, and a few more head shots
to the now corner-bound Jeanetty. Skip with a very weak cross-corner
whip, giving Jeanetty all the clearance he needs to backflip over Skip,
then leapfrog him again, and finally kick Skip in the gut before
another sudden lockup occurs. This time it is Jeanetty who is off to
the races, only this time Marty puts on the brakes and gives Skip a
back body drop. Skip steps out again for another hug and the referee
starts looking around for a garden hose. Sunny, suddenly annoyed that
a few thousand onlookers can't keep silent during an obvious tender
moment, turns around to yell at the crowd. Meanwhile, behind her back,
Marty slugs Skip and marches up behind Sunny. Feeling the tap on her
shoulder she goes to resume her embrace, but that only lasts about a
second. Worse, when she goes to slap Marty, he ducks and Skip gets
slapped! Gee, with the Bodydonnas around, who needs the Bushwackers!
Or Doink! After things settle down, we have yet another lockup and we
go into some mat wrestling. Jeanetty gets the upper hand with a half
nelson. Finally, seeing this is going nowhere, they starts another
racing sequence, once again featuring Marty as the runner, only with
the added twist of Sunny grabbing Marty's ankle and seriously
distracting him. Hey, what can he say, the girls just can't keep their
hands off him! Neither can Skip, who promptly kicks him in the gut and
hits a gut-wrench suplex. Then a back suplex, and we cut to Dean
Douglas, carefully taking notes on on this newcomer, er, well, not
exactly new, but you know what I mean. This in turn prompts McMahon to
mention that Douglas did in fact defeat Razor Ramon, and that the 1-2-3
Kid was involved somehow, but other than that we learn little. Back to
the match, Skip is currently applying a scoop and slam, and follows
that up with a leg drop. And now this word from Ring Ziebart.

-- ad break --

Skip is celebrating something or another, then adds to whatever it was
by hitting a big clothesline which sends Jeanetty into a spin. Since
this is going to be boring technical stuff for a while, let's go back
and see the kissing incident once again. Back to the match, Skip gets
a two-count, and picks up Jeanetty to deal more punishment. Marty
kicks his way out of the corner and staggers off to clear his head, and
Skip struts over to fog it up again. McMahon and Lawler take this
moment to wish the Jewish population a happy Rosh Limbaugh, and I'm
glad I didn't make that up. Skip with the cross-corner whip, Jeanetty
reverses weakly, and Skip sees the chance to do the back flip trick
Marty did earlier. Marty shows Skip what he should have done, which
would be to catch Skip on the downswing, thus putting him in perfect
position for the running power slam, if he were the British Bulldog.
But neither of them are, so Skip slides off and tries to do a back
suplex. Ever the instructor at heart, Marty turns around and shows
Skip how to do it. Sunny gets a demented look on her face and starts
pounding the canvas in a sharp staccato, which somehow gets her man up
in time to beat the three-count. Skip with the whip (I love saying
that!), and tries to leapfrog but Jeanetty gets in the way again and
drops Skip flat on his back. Insert 900 line plug here. Time for the
"I block, you don't" routine, which of course Marty wins, then a
clothesline, and a rope shaking tribute to the Ultimate Warrior, who,
we have learned, did not die last week. Jeanetty's next move is an
odd-looking one, a sort of spinning-elbow cross-body-block hybrid. And
a bunch of other moves which go a bit beyond my wrestling vocabulary,
but trust me, Skip's losing streak is showing no sign of ending.
Finally, a cross body block and Jeanetty covers, but now Sunny is on
the apron, making her soprano voice a real nuisance of itself. Jeanetty
wanders over in her direction, but still generally ignores her, and
when Skip charges in to take advantage of the "distraction", Marty
calmly tosses him out of the ring. Jeanetty's attempts to suplex Skip
back inside nearly meet with disaster, but disaster's train had just
pulled in and the attempts were left standing in the ticket line. Marty
hits a leg-up DDT-like move, then climbs the ropes to totally miss the
prone Skip, but this is to be Jeanetty's match, so the cover is counted
thrice.

Now on to the sordid details of exactly why Shawn and Diesel were
stripped of the tag belts. Monsoon, it seems, was adamant that a
Triple Header match, with all three titles on the line, take place that
night, "to preserve the integrity of the WWF". You can stop laughing
now. So, Jim Cornette was allowed to substitute in for Owen, and, just
to make it official, Monsoon declared him to be tag team champion in
Owen's place for the evening, with all rights and privileges therein
blah blah blah. So Owen jumps in and gets himself pinned. Aha! says
the lawyer. Yoko and the Bulldog were tag champs that evening, not
Yoko and Owen. Ergo, Owen getting pinned may have been too bad for
him, but it shouldn't affect who owns which belts. All of this is
based on the sacred principle that There Cannot Be Three Tag Champions,
a principle I think the members of Demolition would be quite surprised
to hear about. And the rest is:

Yokozuna and Owen Hart (w/Cornette and Fuji) vs. Dok Hendrix

Hey, guess what folks! Barry Didinsky is out, and Dok Hendrix is the
new merchandise hawker! So let's all cheer now: Hip! There, that's
enough. Our first item is this lovely Triple Header T-shirt, featuring
the match's participants... well, no, not exactly that, since the
Bulldog isn't on the shirt, and Owen was only in a tiny part of the
match right at the end... well, I'm sure we can get a good discount on
the shirts. And they'll throw in a videotape for free. Nothing on it,
just a videotape.

Yokozuna and Owen Hart (w/Cornette and Fuji) vs.

-- ad break --

Yokozuna and Owen Hart (w/Cornette and Fuji) vs. The Smoking Gunns for
the WWF Tag titles

And of course this is a rematch from Wrestlemania XI, when the Gunns
put their titles on the line against Owen and his mystery partner. The
partner turned out to be Yokozuna, and the belts changed hands.

-- promotional considerations --

And we're off. Bart and Owen are running around like mad, covering
every cubic inch of ring volume up to five feet deep, and still
managing to completely avoid one another, until Bart slips up and
catches Owen by the toe. Bart with the arm drag takedown, then a bunch
of arm twisting leading to a tag-in of Billy. Now, you might not
expect the Gunns to have much of a chance, but Owen and Yoko just had a
major title defense the night before, so... never mind. Billy twists
the arm around some more until Owen finally elbows him in the face.
Owen launches in to the attack, tries a cross-corner whip, gets
reversed, and tries the flip technique as displayed in the previous
match. Billy does both Marty Jeanetty and Skip one better by staying
completely behind Owen, then slugging him when he sets back down. Billy
with the whip, reversed, and Owen gets a drop toe hold and tags in
Yokozuna. Vince reminds us that back at Wrestlemania, the Gunns were
expecting Owen to bring in an extraordinary partner, so they cannot be
seriously faulted for being surprised by Yokozuna. Billy gets a
headlock on Yoko, which doesn't mean a heck of a lot, as Yoko
demonstrates by casually tossing him off and clotheslining him on the
rebound. Cut to, guess who, Shawn and Diesel, intently watching, well,
we really have no way of telling. Back to the match, Billy takes his
life into his hands and slides between Yoko's legs. Fortunately he
makes it, delivers a drop kick on the other side, and then runs back
around behind Yoko in order to take him down the hard way. Arm twist,
which Yoko ignores (all that fat twists quite independently of anything
else, thank you), and sends him for the ride. Yoko misses a
clothesline, and on the rebound Billy climbs up on Yokozuna's back, in
order to attempt some sort of crucifix. This is known in most
wrestling circles as a Really Bad Idea, as Yokozuna turns it into a
papoose-to-go. Billy decides outside the ring would be a fine place to
be at this moment in time. Owen steps in to try to convince him
otherwise, and conveniently the referee is chatting it up with Bart.
Gee, you'd think they'd planned this or something. Owen deposits Billy
back inside, and Yoko complains silently that Billy's too close to the
ropes for Yoko to be able to bend over and pick him up. So instead he
just steps on his throat and gets the referee even angrier than before.
Finally Yoko tags in Owen to see what he can do with Billy. They
start out with a double headbutt, which is good, and then Owen applies
a reverse chinlock, which is not. Billy elbows out soon enough, then
comes off the ropes and makes a mammoth leap over a startled Owen, and
grabs him by the legs for a sunset flip and a two-count. Owen responds
by quickly handing Billy his foot and half-a-second later has the other
one planted in Billy's temple. Owen drops the leg, covers, one, two...

-- ad break --

And we have to assume Billy kicked out, as the match is still in
progress. Owen has had the reverse chinlock on (excusable since this is
now SOP during live ad breaks), and Billy now elbows out, only to get
put in a neckbreaker instead. Up to the top rope, Owen nails the
flying body press -- all too well, as Billy rolls them over and scores
a two-count. Billy now stretches for the tag, something is holding him
back, and I think it's called friction. Billy gives Owen a kick to
keep him at leg's length, then tries again, but leg's length puts Owen
precisely at the spot of Billy's foot, which he uses to drag the
unfortunate Gunn over towards Yokozuna. Yoko is tagged in, and he and
Owen make a wish. Ouch, even Bart felt that. Yoko settles Bart into a
corner and whales away, and Bart gets riled momentarily until he sees
what's happening. What is Yokozuna thinking, McMahon wonders, and
Lawler and I agree that it almost certainly involves food. Yoko with,
sure, why not, the nerve hold, so called because it takes a lot of
nerve to assert that it actually does anything. Well, it goes on like
that and the announcers' chatter totally distinterests me, so let's
scan forward a bit... okay, now a bit more... Finally, Billy, totally
bored by this, stands up and elbows out. Now, with free rein to go tag
in Bart, Billy of course comes off the ropes and charges right back to
Yokozuna. Yokozuna misses a clothesline, but still has his arm up when
Billy comes back the other way and gets himself elbowed. Yokozuna,
clearly badly winded by all this action, waddles into a corner, gets a
head of steam, and evaporates his side's advantage by missing the leg
drop. Cornette starts the crowd going with his mat pounding, and Billy
returns the favor by missing a leg drop of his own. Yoko, now up, goes
for the big splash... boy, nobody can hit anything tonight, can they?
I guess you could call it time for the race to tag, but "race" sort of
implies speed, or at any rate, movement. Eventually Yoko makes it to
Owen's corner, and Owen races in to stop the imminent hot tag at the
other end. Owen grabs Billy by the jeans and starts hauling him
back... and Billy makes one last desperate dive and tags Bart's
outstretched hand. Here we go, clothesline, back body drop, Yokozuna
feels uninclined to enter, but Bart hits him anyway. Press slam,
cover, one, two, and now Yokozuna gets himself inside and makes the
save. Billy, not to be left out, steps in and gets Yoko out of the way.
Bart takes Owen off to a quieter corner to remove the rest of the
fight from Owen, and then the Gunns send Owen over to go meet
Yokozuna's chest. This time Yoko goes down as well. So, we've got
Yoko sitting in one corner, Owen out cold in the middle of the ring,
sounds like a good time for the Sidewinder! Bart holds, Billy jumps,
nailed it. Billy celebrates, but the ref, a stickler for detail, asks
if we would terribly mind doing that outside the ring? Yokozuna,
meanwhile walks up to Bart, and Bart, very courteously, rolls out of
the way so Yokozuna can splash Owen. Billy, taking this as an
invitation to get right back in, sends Yoko sprawling with one mighty
drop kick, and Bart hooks Owen's leg, though that was probably quite
unnecessary. One, two, three, we have new tag champions.

Time for the run-in, but happily, it's Diesel and Shawn Michaels, and
there is nothing but smiles and handshakes, so there is nothing left
but for Yokozuna Owen to bask in the record of having lost the same
title on two consecutive nights. (With nothing happening, I am truly
tempted, though I promised myself I wouldn't. Finally, I can stand it
no longer, and flip the channel. And I catch the other show at a good
moment: the Lions just went up 10-0.)

Next week: Bret Hart vs. Jean-Pierre LaFitte. I thought we already had
that match. Also, next week, Razor Ramon vs. the 1-2-3 Kid. Doctor,
I'm experiencing major deja vu here...

And as the celebrants finally decide to take it backstage, their
presence is replaced by that of Dok Hendrix, sporting that worried look
I'm sure he wears in his sleep. He's got Gorilla Monsoon with him, and
apparently the only thing that's up is it's time for Gorilla to
announce the card of IYH IV, in Winnipeg. Goldust debuts, Bulldog vs.
Diesel for the big belt, winner to defend it against Bret Hart at
Survivor Series, and Michaels vs. Dean Douglas for the IC belt. Wow,
Hendrix has replaced both Didinsky AND Pettengill on Raw! This is a
good thing, I think.

The British Bulldog (w/Cornette, no flagbearer) vs.

-- ad break --

British Bulldog (w/Cornette) vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)

Hmm. The Bulldog is clearly in the middle of a major push, and we all
know about the Undertaker's policy on doing jobs. So, what happens
when the #1 Push Force meets the Unjobbable Object? Watch and find
out...

-- promotional considerations --

For reasons which aren't too hard to imagine, the Bulldog decides to
start the match on the outside of the ring. Not one known for his
patience, the Undertaker follows, so the Bulldog runs around to another
side and gets back in. Again, the Undertaker follows, and the Bulldog
takes the obvious advantage. The Undertaker, rising incessantly as
always, is nearly vertical, so the Bulldog switches gears and sends the
Undertaker for the ride. The Undertaker shows his gratitude by turning
the Bulldog's hoped for back body drop into backwards head spike. The
Bulldog crawls into a corner, and the Undertaker says, no, I think I'd
like you better over there, and moves him. In darts the hand and a few
precious moments of choking. The referee dares to object and is
quickly sent scurrying to the outside under the intense glare of the
Undertaker. The Bulldog, seeing a chance to reassert himself, sends
'Taker for the tide, but his clothesline is ducked, and the Grim Reaper
delivers a flying clothesline in kind. Lawler chooses this moment,
oddly, to bring up the success Europe had in the Ryder Cup. Not
helping out the Bulldog much here. The Undertaker takes the Bulldog's
hand, and indicates it is time to go for a rope walk, but Cornette
thinks not, and subtly jiggles the ropes to make the Undertaker's perch
quite a precarious one. Finally, balance is lost, and the Bulldog
scores the biggest arm drag takedown in history. Paul Bearer is
understandably desiring to interject himself as well, but the referee
says no, he has to wait his turn. Meanwhile, the Undertaker sits up,
adjusts his glove, turns around and stands up. Bulldog sends him for
the ride, but gets reversed into a big boot that would have made Diesel
proud. Next comes a scoop and slam, followed by a... well, no telling
what kind of drop it would have been, but it missed so I guess it
doesn't matter. The Undertaker sits up, adjusts his glove, turns
around and stands up. Bulldog runs in with the big clothesline, no
doubt having forgotten the Undertaker's feline tendency to land on his
feet. Jim Cornette runs up to the Undertaker. I can't imagine why.
Neither can the Undertaker, but he takes what is offered to him,
specifically Cornette's throat. So much does the Undertaker enjoy
this, however, that he totally misses the fact that the Bulldog is
rushing in to make a good old-fashioned rugby clip. The Brit
punctuates this by sending the Grim Reaper reeling into the post and
the steel steps all at once, then re-enters the ring to see what will
happen. The Undertaker slowly rises, and the Bulldog, taking full
advantage of the high ground, stomps on the 'Taker's shoulder to set
him back down again. The Bulldog poses, and meanwhile, we focus in on
a couple of audience members who are inconsiderately blocking part of
the big screen. On closer inspection, the pair are none other than Mo
and Mabel. This revelation is surely worth an

-- ad break --

The Bulldog lands on the leg again, and we quickly cut to another
member of the crowd, one Waylon Mercy. Now, Mabel has a match coming
with the Undertaker, so we can understand his presence, but what does
Waylon have to do with this match? The answer is, absolutely nothing,
so let's just forget him altogether. The Bulldog tries to cross-corner
whip the Undertaker, but the Undertaker simply collapses in mid-ring.
The Bulldog looks inquisitively at the referee, wondering how long the
referee is going to allow this match to go on. More work on the leg,
but if you think you're going to get a verbal submission from the
Undertaker, you have another thing coming, specifically a kick to the
gut from the supposedly wounded leg. This is followed up with a
headbutt and more staggering on the Undertaker's part. 'Taker tries to
steady himself using the Bulldog's head to lean on prior to bashing his
face in, but the blow is off the mark, and the Bulldog whips him into
the corner, and suddenly the Bulldog has the Grim Reaper hoisted up on
that famous right shoulder of his. Quickly borrowing a page from Skip,
of all people, the Undertaker slides out of there, picks up the
Bulldog, and gives him a side suplex. Somehow this hurts the leg even
further, though that limb was hardly stressed by the move. Once again,
Cornette slaps the mat, and gets the crowd started chanting again.
Then again, Cornette's been doing a lot of weird things tonight. The
Undertaker sits up, adjusts his glove, turns around and stands up. The
Bulldog is up, too, and blows are duly traded. The Undertaker finally
comes out on top in that, gives the 'Dog a short whip into the corner,
then tries the old ropewalking trick again. This really ought not meet
with any more success than last time, but you just try telling that to
the Undertaker, who executes it all flawlessly. Still, the landing
didn't do anything for that knee. The Undertaker collects himself,
pulls up the Bulldog and sends him for the ride. The Undertaker tries
a back body drop, but botches the timing. The Bulldog, with a taste for
irony, promptly picks up the Undertaker and tombstones him!! The
Bulldog covers, one, two, and suddenly Paul Bearer's piercing yell
interrupts everything. The Undertaker sits up, adjusts his glove,
turns around and stands up. The Bulldog plants a kick in the Grim
Reaper's gut, and hits a suplex. Two-count. The Undertaker doesn't
exactly kick out, more of a matter of pushing the Bulldog away, but
whatever, it works. The Undertaker sits up, adjusts his glove, turns
around and stands up. Another suplex, another cover, another push-off.
The Undertaker sits up, adjusts his glove, turns around and stands up.
Doctor, I'm experiencing major deja vu here... The Bulldog sends
'Taker for a ride, but misses the clothesline. Like a guided missile,
the Undertaker's hand does a one-eighty and makes a beeline for the
Bulldog's throat. The referee seems disinclined to break this up, so
it is soon converted into a choke slam. The Undertaker, down on one
knee, slowly wobbles to his feet, and seems to ponder for an eternity
how best to proceed at this point. Mabel walks down and enters the
ring, hoping to provide his input on the situation. The Undertaker,
grateful to be confronted with a standing opponent, moves in to engage
him, an unfortunate act which gives the Bulldog all the leash he needs
to clothesline the Undertaker from behind. This accelerates the
imminent engagement between the Undertaker and Mabel, and Mabel
finishes it off with a belly-to-belly suplex. The referee, having seen
enough, calls for the bell, but no one has much time for him. Cornette
and Mo greet each other warmly and discuss wheat futures. Meanwhile,
the Bulldog, badly wanting a second chance at his trademark move, loads
the Undertaker onto his shoulder and executes the running slam, which
Mabel punctuates with a leg drop. Enter a referee, but then the cheers
rise, so someone important must be entering -- ah yes, here's Diesel
and Shawn. And here's Owen Hart. And here's the Smoking Gunns. Now
all we need is Marty Jeanetty and Skip and we'll be ready for the
curtain call.

Wrestlemania Special promo.

Well, the bad guys have left the area, the Undertaker is back on his
feet, such as they are, and it's time for more mutual congratulations,
although few of the earlier celebrants are willing to get too close to
Paul Bearer, and the Undertaker is very significantly standing by
himself. All in all, a very nervous celebration indeed. Finally,
Shawn makes a token effort to break the ice by shaking the Undertaker's
hand, but that's about it.

-- ad break --

And now it's down to just Diesel and Shawn, who just don't seem to have
any idea about when it's a good time to just leave. While they
dominate the live action for the remainder of the show, let's go back
to earlier events, specifically, the Razor/Douglas match from IYH III.
Bob Backlund, realizing to his utter dismay that the only way to get
mileage out of "thinking about" running from President of the United
States is to be an Army general and have a book to promote, has been
wandering around randomly, trying to find an audience wherever he can.
And Saginaw, Michigan, is just about as random a place as you can get,
and the chosen audience just happens to be the referee charged with
officiating the current match. All this is just too bad, as the
referee misses out on a great Razor's Edge by the Bad Guy. Meanwhile,
the 1-2-3 Kid, sensing a void and filling it, rushes in to count the
subsequent pin. One small problem: Razor has no reason to think that
it *wasn't* the referee counting the pin, and so he stands up and is
quite displeased to see someone not dressed in black and white standing
behind him. Razor tells the Kid, as politely as he can, to kindly get
lost. And while Razor shoves the Kid to the floor, Dean Douglas sneaks
up behind Razor and pins him with, yes, a schoolboy. Needless to say,
there was considerable discussion between Razor and the Kid after the
match, and rumor has it, sayeth Jerry, the Kid has run away and joined
the cir... I mean, the Million Dollar Corporation. Okay, the circus, I
had it right the first time.

Diesel and Shawn still won't leave the ring, so we go to highlights.
Once again, a review of next week's main events, and finally, a replay
of the tag titles changing hands, for the third time in roughly
twenty-four hours. Doctor, I'm experiencing major deja vu here...

-- Kevin Podsiadlik




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