Recently there has been talk on here of the worst years in wrestling and as always when that topic comes up i will automatically point to 1993 which for large parts was awful and 1995 which outside of anything that Shawn Michaels did was even worse but i have been looking back at some of 1995 on Youtube and Dailymotion today seeing how it has been a long time since i watched anything from back then. What i noticed was that there were a lot of missed opportunities in 1995 which could have made the year a lot better than it was although the booking played a large part rather than just bad wrestling.
For some reason i always liked In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks as a PPV although i couldn't tell you really why as the geniuses in WWE thought it would be a great idea to have Bret Hart and The Undertaker working dark matches for that PPV and outside of the match for the Intercontinental title between Shawn Michaels and Jeff Jarrett the rest of the PPV was awful. So what i did was go from that PPV onwards and i came across a six man tag team match between Shawn Michaels, Diesel and The Undertaker against Yokozuna, The British Bulldog and Owen Hart which is what made me think about the missed opportunities in that year.
This was the match in which the feud between The Undertaker and King Mabel began after King Mabel had come down and attacked The Undertaker after the match whilst Shane Douglas attacked Shawn Michaels and the trio from Camp Cornette laid out Diesel. Now i had no problem with Shane Douglas being involved in that because as a mid carder he couldn't do too bad but i think WWE missed a HUGE opportunity there to push Owen Hart and The British Bulldog as main event wrestler's that year, i don't mean they could have been long term main event wrestler's but at least through until 1997 when others had come through.
Later on in the year we saw Diesel have to feud with King Mabel going into SummerSlam in which was quite possibly the worst feud and match i have ever seen as a top level main event feud but they had already began to make The British Bulldog look credible by that time and if memory serves me right he had pinned Diesel before as well as that six man tag team match. A year before we had seen Owen Hart as the top heel in WWE whilst feuding with his brother Bret Hart over the WWE title and main eventing PPV's together so he was another viable option for main eventing PPV's.
As i said earlier obviously the booking was a major problem at this point in time because they were having The Undertaker and Bret Hart working dark matches on PPV's and this happened more than once but over the course of the year i believe they missed many opportunities to help 1996 be a better year financially. A lot of people put 1996 being a horrible year financially down to Shawn Michaels not being able to draw but the reality was that he was being fed mid card wrestler's that he had beaten the year before a lot of the time and had WWE built people like The British Bulldog and Owen Hart up in 1995 things would have surely turned out better in 1996.
I understand that WWE love to push a monster heel and attempted this with King Mabel by having him feud over the WWE title with Diesel and feud with The Undertaker but after having pushed smaller wrestler's in 1993 and 1994 in the main event scene surely pushing Owen Hart and The British Bulldog up against Diesel or The Undertaker would have been a better way to go and produced better matches. People already knew who Owen Hart and The British Bulldog were as they were fully established in WWE and had been involved in major storylines before whereas King Mabel came from nowhere as he had been a tag team wrestler previously before.
Off the top of my head i can't say for sure but i believe that Owen Hart and The British Bulldog were not even on the card for SummerSlam and after The British Bulldog had actually turned heel by attacking Diesel surely Diesel/Bulldog would have been a million times better an option that Diesel/Mabel. If not that then surely Diesel and Owen Hart would have worked seeing how Owen Hart had worked the main event scene a year before and there had already been interaction between the pair as well, it all just seems as if WWE really had no direction or creativity at all back then and just put people in feuds together for no reason