WWF Monday Night Raw | January 2 | 1995
The first edition of Monday Night Raw for 1995 kicked off with pre-recorded comments from Double J, Jeff Jarrett with The Roadie. Jeff Jarrett states that tonight Double J is going to become the new Intercontinental champion. The Raw video package plays and Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels welcome us to the show. Vince wishes everyone a Happy New Year. They plug the matches we will be seeing tonight.
Match 1: Intercontinental Title Match
Razor Ramon (c) vs Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett's music hits as he comes down to the ring with The Roadie. What a great opportunity this is for Jarrett as he could become the Intercontinental champion tonight. Razor Ramon's music hits and this place is going crazy. Vince: "This place is oozing machismo." Shawn said he got a bigger ovation than Razor which is a complete lie. Vince reminds Shawn that Razor defeated him at WrestleMania 10 in the ladder match. HBK said he certainly hasn't forgotten that and he vows to throw Razor over the top rope at the Rumble. Vince states that Owen Hart will be facing the winner of this match next week on Raw. Jarrett immediately jumps Razor before the bell and Razor reverses a whip and nails Jarrett with a big right hand and follows up with a clothesline sending Jarrett all the way to the floor. Razor does his taunt and The Bad Guy means business tonight on Raw. The fans start a Razor chant. Nobodys got a punch like The Bad Guy Razor Ramon. Roadie checks on Jarrett as Jarrett gets back in the ring. The bell finally rings and what a match this should be. They lock up and Razor gets a wristlock on Jarrett, Jarrett reverses and then gets an armdrag on Razor. Jarrett starts strutting in the ring. They lock up again and Razor whips Jarrett off the ropes, baseball slide by Jarrett and Jarrett starts pointing at his head thinking that he's outsmarted Razor but Razor levels Jarrett with a big right hand and follows up with a back body drop. Jarrett then ducks a clothesline and comes off the ropes and Razor catches him and drops him with a fallaway slam. Jarrett slides out of the ring and gets back in again. They lock up and Jarrett with a knee to the gut on Razor sends Razor into the ropes and hits a dropkick and gets a 2 count. Jarrett then starts taking control of the match wearing Razor down.
Jarrett gets a chinlock on Razor, the fans get behind Razor and Razor breaks the hold and hits a back suplex for the 2 count. Razor whips Jarrett into the corner and then runs into a boot and Jarrett hits a clothesline and gets a 2 count. The action goes back and forth with Razor whipping Jarrett hard into the turnbuckle and Razor goes for the Razor's Edge but Jarrett backdrops Razor over the top rope. Jarrett distracts the ref as Roadie gets some cheapshots on Razor. He sends him back in as Jarrett is taking it to Razor. The 123 Kid then came down to the ring to keep an eye on The Roadie. Jarrett went for the figure four and he has it locked in, 123 Kid tries to get the fans behind Razor as Razor makes it to the ropes. Jarrett then uses his quickness to stay in control and then delivers a swinging neckbreaker and gets a 2 count. Jarrett went up top but he wastes time and Razor catches him with a big right hand to the gut. Razor puts Jarrett up on the top turnbuckle and delivers a belly to back suplex. Razor signals for the Razor's Edge but Roadie gets on the apron but The 123 Kid gets him off and hits him with a spinning heel kick. Jarrett then rolls Razor up for an inside cradle and got a 2 count. Razor then blocks a right hand and delivers an atomic drop and Jarrett goes into the ropes and Razor kicks him to the gut. Here we go Razor lifts Jarrett up on his shoulders and drops him with the Razor's Edge.
He goes for the pin and gets the 3 count to retain the title. What a match up. Razor and Kid celebrate in the ring as they taunt Jarrett and Roadie who make their way up the entrance way and leave.
Winner: Razor Ramon
Vince McMahon interviews Razor and The 123 Kid outside the ring with Michaels standing beside him. Vince congratulates Razor on his victory and then discusses The Royal Rumble. It's every man for himself at the Rumble and it could very well come down to Razor and The 123 Kid. Razor said he's never competed in the Rumble match, but he's in it to win it. If that means he has to go through The Kid then so be it. The 123 Kid said everyone seems to underestimate him but he's going to cause another upset at the Rumble. He shakes Razor's hand and says may the best man win. Shawn Michaels cuts them off and tells them that they shouldn't be dreaming about winning the Rumble because The Heartbreak Kid is going to win. He tells Razor he needs to focus on his title match next week against Owen Hart because Razor may have got past Double J but he won't be getting past the man who beat him at the King of the Ring last year The Rocket Owen Hart. Vince said we will be hearing from Owen later on via phone. Razor then reminds Shawn of WrestleMania 10 and told Shawn that he hasn't forgotten about King of the Ring and he will avenge his loss against Owen Hart next week.
A Royal Rumble Report plays with Todd Pettengill who runs down the card for the Royal Rumble. We hear comments from Jim Cornette with The Heavenly Bodies as The Heavenly Bodies will be defending their tag team titles against The Smoking Gunns. Cornette also states that Yokozuna is coming back as stronger than ever at the Rumble. He's a former Rumble winner and he's going to win the Rumble again. Todd then goes over the list of all 30 participants announced for the Royal Rumble Match. Superstars enter every 90 seconds (NOT DAMN 60 seconds like they did in real life at Royal Rumble 95)
Todd says that King Kong Bundy will be one of the big favourites to win the Rumble.
The King's Court
Special Guest: Bret Hart
Jerry Lawler is standing in the ring with the King’s Court set up. Lawler's running his mouth, running down the fans. Lawler states that next week Yokozuna will return to Raw and he will be the guest on the King's Court. Lawler then introduces his guest Bret Hart. Bret comes down to a great ovation. Lawler said last week he was insulted by Diesel and hoped that Bret has some decency to show some respect to The King. Lawler started mocking Bret Hart. Lawler brings up Bret's match at King of the Ring 94 and states that Bret got lucky by retaining the belt by disqualification. Lawler believes that Bret would have never kicked out of the jackknife. Lawler says if Bret loses to Diesel at the Rumble then it will be a long time till Bret receives a shot again. Lawler said guys like Bret and Diesel don't epitomise the new Generation. Everyone knows that Shawn Michaels is the real leader of the new generation. HBK on commentary said that's exactly right. His New Year's resolution is to win the Royal Rumble and win the WWF Title at WrestleMania. It doesn't matter to him who wins the WWF Title match at the Rumble because 1995 is HBK's year. HBK will win the Rumble and then Pamela Anderson will be escorting him down the aisle at WrestleMania and then HBK will walk out of WrestleMania as the new WWF Champion. Lawler hoped that Bret and Diesel tear each other apart. Bret tells Lawler to shut his mouth. Bret said Diesel is big, he's strong and he's got nothing but respect for him. He's been in the ring with many big guys before but Diesel has to be one of his most toughest opponents he's ever faced. This time Bret says we will have a winner and you're looking at him. He will give Diesel the match of his life. Bret said at the Rumble, he will become champion for a 3rd time because he is the best there is, the best there was and the best...Lawler cuts him off and told Bret that interview time is over. Bret takes the mic off him and starts a "Burger King Chant!!!" Lawler goes for a right hand, Bret blocks and knocks Lawler down with a right hand. Bret then throws Lawler over the top rope. Bret's music hits and Bret puts Lawler's crown on and does exactly the same thing which Diesel did last week by sitting on the throne.
A promo for the Royal Rumble is aired and Pamela Anderson will be there at the Rumble. She's going to escort the winner of the Rumble down the aisle at WrestleMania XI.
The British Bulldog and Tatanka vs Lex Luger and Bam Bam Bigelow
The British Bulldog's music hits as he makes his way down to the ring. Now here comes his partner for tonight, The Native American Tatanka. The Million Dollar Corporation members Bam Bam Bigelow and Lex Luger then came down with their manager The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. The match begins with Tatanka and Luger starting it off. Tatanka certainly hasn't forgotten about SummerSlam when Luger the sell out betrayed him and joined the Million Dollar Corporation. Tatanka gets the early upper hand by taking it to Luger but then Luger came back with a clothesline. He tags Bam Bam. Luger holds Tatanka and Bam Bam hammers away at Tatanka. Bam Bam comes off the ropes and Tatanka gets a hiptoss on Bam Bam and then tags The British Bulldog. Bulldog and Bam Bam lock up and Bam Bam with a knee to the gut sends Bulldog into the ropes and a shoulder block by Bam Bam. Bigelow misses a corner charge and then Bulldog delivers a bodyslam, now that's impressive. He follows up with a suplex and got a 2 count. Awesome power there from The Bulldog on the huge Bam Bam. Bulldog then tries a powerslam but Bigelow falls on top of him and got a 2 count. Bigelow then takes it to The Bulldog and then tags Luger. What a power match this would be between Bulldog and Luger. Luger starts taking it to The Bulldog, Luger comes off the ropes but gets caught by a clothesline from The Bulldog.
The action goes back and forth and now Bam Bam is in control of the match against Tatanka after a cheapshot from Luger. Tatanka breaks out of a chinlock and delivers a chop across the head of Bam Bam. Tatanka does his rain dance but Bam Bam stops him with an insiguri and tags Luger. Luger then missed a charge in the corner and Tatanka makes the hot tag to The Bulldog. Bulldog and Luger trade lefts and rights, he sends Luger into the corner and runs into an elbow. Clothesline by Luger and he gets a 2 count. Luger delivers a suplex and gets a near fall. Luger comes off the ropes and Bulldog catches him with a clothesline and then tags Tatanka. Tatanka hits his fallaway slam finisher on Luger but Bam Bam breaks up the pin. All hell breaks loose. Both teams are in the ring brawling and now Bulldog and Bam Bam fighting it outside the ring. Ted Dibiase distracts Tatanka and Luger rolls Tatanka up for the win to win the match. Luger and Bigelow celebrate their win. The Million Dollar Corporation are going to be a strong force at the Rumble. Lex Luger co-won the Rumble last year and this year Lex Luger is one of the favourites to win the Royal Rumble.
Winners: Lex Luger and Bam Bam Bigelow
Vince McMahon states that next week we will see the Raw debut of Hakushi. We've seen him in action on WWF Superstars but next week Hakushi will make his first appearance on Raw. Shawn Michaels said he can't wait to see Hakushi in action next week. Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels then talk to Owen Hart on the phone. Owen said next week he will win the Intercontinental title and then he will go on to defeat The British Bulldog, he's way better than him. Owen states that not only will he throw Razor out, he will also throw The Bulldog out of the Rumble match. Vince brings up the possibility of a WrestleMania 10 rematch at WrestleMania 11 between Bret annd Owen if they end up being victorious at the Rumble? Owen was hoping that his brother Bret wins the WWF title at the Rumble so he can defeat him for the belt at WrestleMania. Then he will be holding two titles. Vince asked Owen is he that confident that he will win the Intercontinental title and Royal Rumble? Owen said he was so proud of himself when he cost Bret the WWF Title at Survivor Series. He will do everything better than his brother did. He beat him at WrestleMania 10. Then just like Bret won a King of the Ring, Owen said he did it better in 1994 by becoming King. As Bret won the Rumble last year, Owen said he's going to do it better by winning the Rumble. Owen hangs up and Shawn said he agreed with Owen being better than Bret but there's only one man who's going to win the Rumble and that's The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels.
A vignette is aired for the mighty Yokozuna who will be returning back to action at the Royal Rumble in the 30 man Royal Rumble match.
Match 3: WWF Title Match
Diesel (c) vs Mr Bob Backlund
Mr Bob Backlund makes his way down to the ring. Backlund is getting his rematch for the WWF Title. Will Bob Backlund win back the WWF title tonight? Diesel then comes out to a great ovation and Shawn Michaels doesn't like this at all. Backlund definetely won't be making the same mistake as he did the last time he met Diesel as that match ended in 8 seconds and Diesel became the WWF Champion. Backlund believes no one can escape the crossface chickenwing. The bell rings and Backlund with a knee to the gut gets a wristlock on Diesel. Diesel escapes the hold and sends Backlund into the ropes and hits a clothesline. Diesel takes it to Backlund in the early going until Backlund avoids a charge as Diesel goes shoulder first into the post. Backlund wears Diesel down and sends Diesel into the turnbuckle and delivers a suplex and got a 2 count. Backlund tries to get the crossface chickenwing on Diesel but can't quite get it on as Diesel quickly gets to the ropes. He didn't lock it in and if he did then we could have seen a new WWF Champion. Diesel then reverses a whip and delivers a big sidewalk slam and got a 2 count. Diesel then puts Backlund on the ropes and comes running in and jumps right on Backlund's back. Elbow drop Diesel and a kickout at 2 by Backlund. Diesel signals for the jackknife but Backlund quickly gets away from Diesel and rolls out of the ring. Diesel tries going after Backlund but Backlund gets back in and stomps away at Diesel. He gets an armbar on Diesel. Diesel gets back up on his feet and sends Backlund into the ropes and delivers a back body drop. Diesel starts pummeling Backlund in the corner.
Diesel then whips Backlund into the turnbuckle and comes charging in but Backlund avoids the charge as Diesel goes face first into the turnbuckle. Backlund sets up for the crossface chickenwing as he gets Diesel by the neck but Diesel's hanging onto the rope as Backlund's trying to pull Diesel off. He's trying to take Diesel down but Diesel uses his power to throw Backlund down. Diesel then nails Backlund with a big boot and signals for the jackknife. Diesel then drops Backlund with the JACKKNIFE
and went for the pin and gets the 3 count to retain the title. What a victory for Diesel as he celebrates his win. Diesel then taunts Shawn Michaels by raising the WWF Title in the air. Shawn said the fun and games for Diesel will be coming to an end soon but Vince thinks at this moment the WWF is running on Diesel power. He is the leader of the new WWF generation. A graphic appears on the screen showing that next week on the 2nd anniversary of Raw, Razor Ramon will defend his Intercontinental title against Owen Hart. Will Razor avenge his loss at King of the Ring or will The Rocket become the new Intercontinental Champion? We will find out next week on Monday Night Raw. Vince wishes everyone goodnight as Raw comes to a close.
WWF Superstars | January 7 | 1995
The Heavenly Bodies defeated Men on a Mission
Kwang defeated a jobber
Aldo Montoya defeated Barry Horowitz
The Undertaker defeated Irwin R. Schyster
Also on the show, Vince McMahon conducted an Interview with Diesel and Bret Hart. Vince brings up their match at King of the Ring. Vince said Bret hasn't wrestled since losing the title at Survivor Series, he talks about the ring rust. 1994 was the year of The Hitman but Diesel also accomplished a lot that year. Diesel made history by winning the Intercontinental title, tag title and WWF Title in one year, unbelievable. Bret will be back in action on the 2nd anniversary of Raw because he will be teaming with Diesel and they will take on the massive duo of Bam Bam Bigelow and King Kong Bundy. Bret said he has a lot of respect for Diesel, he's achieved a lot since coming here to the WWF. Bret feels that the way how he lost the title was not the right way. At the Rumble he will give Diesel the match of his life and he will win back the WWF Title. Diesel said a month ago when he wished Bret a speedy recovery, he promised to be a fighting champion like Bret Hart was. Diesel never turns down any challenge and since becoming champion, he's been going non stop while Bret's been recovering. Diesel said he had Bret beat at King of the Ring and Diesel believes that Bret wouldn't have kicked out of the jackknife. This time at the Rumble, he will put Bret out with the jackknife. No one gets up from the jackknife. Diesel states that he's walking in with the gold and walking out with the gold as WWF champion because 1995 is the year of Big Daddy Cool Diesel. Bret said may the best man win. The interview ends with a handshake.
WWF Wrestling Challenge | January 8 | 1995 The Headshrinkers defeated Well Dunn
Henry Godwinn defeated a jobber
A vignette is aired for Man Mountain Rock who will be making his debut on Superstars next week.
Doink the Clown over Duke the Dumpster Droese - During Doink's entrance, the creatures of the night were sitting in the front row. Doink threw a pie at them and started laughing wildly. He will certainly pay for this. Following Doink's match, The Undertaker appeared on the screen and Doink started freaking out. Undertaker said Doink's time of playing fun and games will be over soon. At the Royal Rumble Doink will rest in peace.
The 1-2-3 Kid defeated Jerry Lawler
Also on the show, Vince McMahon conducted an Interview with The Million Dollar Corporation. Ted Dibiase states that the Corporation will dominate the Royal Rumble and one of his men will win the Rumble. They already have the co-winner of the 1994 Rumble in the Corporation and that's Lex Luger. Luger went on to WrestleMania to compete for the WWF Title. Since Luger joined the Corporation he has yet to be defeated and Dibiase takes credit for not only reviving Luger's career but all the rest of the Corporation members careers. Dibiase said there are big guys like Yokozuna and Mabel who are bigger than King Kong Bundy and Bam Bam but they aren't smarter than them. He states that Bundy and Bam Bam will eliminate Yokozuna and Mabel. No one can stop his Corporation. Dibiase said he's so confident that a Million Dollar Corporation member will win and he will reward him with a huge pay cheque for winning the Rumble.