Survivor Series 1995
November 20, 1995
U.S. Air Arena
Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, & Mr. Perfect, who is making his surprise return tonight and gets an introduction of his own as the show goes on the air.
Marty Jannetty, Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly, Barry Horowitz & Hakushi vs. The 1-2-3 Kid, Skip, Rad Radford & Tom Pritchard
It's The Underdogs vs. The Bodydonnas. On a recent Raw, Razor Ramon was battling Sid and special guest referee, the 1-2-3 Kid, pulled Sid out of the Razor's Edge, allowing Sid to hit a quick powerbomb for the victory. With this, The Kid finally turned heel and joined Sid and his manager "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Razor comes down the aisle here at Survivor Series looking for revenge, but officials restrain him. The match starts and various matchups occur as everyone shows off their stuff. Bob Holly and Dr. Tom Pritchard, the future Boddydonna Zip, go at it, and Holly hits a crossbody off the top to pin him at 5:41. Skip is quick to sneak up from behind and roll him up to put Holly out at 5:47, however. D'oh! Hakushi enters, but a pump splash hits knees. Skip hurricanranas him off the top rope, (something basically never before seen in the WWF before then) then falls flat on his face. Heh. Hakushi teases a hot tag to Barry Horowitz, but can't make it there. Skip tags the Kid and Hakushi comes back with a handspring elbow and a shoulderblcok off the second rope for two. A springboard splash misses. Rad Radford, straight out of Seattle, Washington, tags in, and the Kid cheapshots Hakushi, allowing Rad to score the pin at 8:33. Horowitz goes next for his team, as the Kid runs through some offense on him. Horowitz slumps down into position for the bronco buster, and the Kid stands around as if he knows he should do something, but doesn't know what. Radford tags in for a gutwrench suplex and covers, but unwisely pulls him up at two. He starts to showboat and does a few push-ups to impress Skip, and Horowitz sees the opening and traps him in a three quarter nelson cradle to eliminate him at 12:48. Horowitz now unloads on Skip, who makes a blind tag to the 1-2-3 Kid. The Kid dropkicks Barry from behind and rolls him up for the quick three at 13:48.
Marty and Skip go, and Jannetty flips out of a powerbomb into a huricanranna for two. He hits the rocker dropper, and Perfect casually mentions, "'at'll break your neck". Oh shnap! Tell me he did not just say that. In 1991, jobber Charles Nelson broke his neck when Jannetty executed that very same move. Lawsuits ensued. Nice one, Mr. P. Sunny crotches Jannetty on the top rope to leave him open for Skip, but Marty ends up powerbombing him off the top rope at 15:25 for the easy pin. It was a nice powerbomb too. Vince: "Whatamaneuver!" That's how you know it's an impressive spot. The Kid and Marty, former Tag Team Champions, trade offense, and the Kid hits a top rope legdrop for two. He goes for a senton off the top (from very far away), but that misses. Marty mounts a comeback to little heat as Sid appears in the aisle. Marty gets two with another rocker dropper. DiBiase distracts the ref and Sid drops Marty's throat across the top rope, enabling the Kid to cover for the victory at 19:08. The 1-2-3 Kid is the sole survivor, and he celebrates with Sid and DiBiase as Ramon is shown destroying stuff in the locker room. Good match too. ***1/4
Todd Pettengill talks to Owen Hart, Yokozuna, Dean Douglas, Jim Cornette, and Mr. Fuji. They don't like the idea of having Razor Ramon on their team later tonight.
Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasegawa, & Chaparita Asari vs. Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe, & Lioness Asuka
Alundra has recently regained her Women's Title from Faye. The crowd of course could not care less about this match since five of the eight people in it have never been seen in the WWF before and are never intended to be seen again. The WWF never really cared about this match, so why should I? JR is the only one that really announced it because he was the only one that knew what was going on. Awkward match. It gets good at points, but there are lots of highspots and no real flow. The Japanese wrestlers come in long before their partners actually tag them, then make the tag after they're already in the ring. What's up with that? Without getting into to much detail, Blayze pins Asuka at 1:42, Kong pins Hasegawa at 3:58, Kong pins Asari at 4:24, Kong pins Inoue at 5:03, and Blayze pins Watanabe at 6:30. With Alundra's team down three-one, she beats Bertha at 7:11, but Aja Kong ends it by pinning Blayze at 10:02, and I'm happy because I get to hear her used the recycled Orient Express music. Stereotypical? Yes. Great music? Oh hell yeah. Kong was supposed to be Alundra's next big feud, but she went and tossed the WWF Women's Championship in the garbage on a live Nitro shortly after this and was never to be seen in the WWF again. As for the match, **1/2, I guess.
Todd is in the crowd with "President Clinton".
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Goldust
Bigelow's pyro goes off and "secret service" pounces on "Clinton". Ha! The Goldust character ruled from his debut a month earlier until the next summer when the WWF began to tone down his homosexual overtones and a lot of his controversial innuendos. His lengthy entrance eats up about three or four minutes. The match is completely non-descript and nothing notable really happens. It's just here for Bam Bam to put the newcomer, Goldie, over on his way out. Goldust works several restholds, then ducks a Bam Bam charge and hits the cross corner bulldog for three at 8:19. That bulldog spot may be commonplace today, but it was awesome back then. He's really the one that popularized it in the first place. * See ya, Bam Bam.
Bob Backlund, presidential hopeful, chills out with Todd and Clinton in the presidential box. I wonder how the president would feel if he knew Todd was doing voice impersonations of him on his cheesy radio show.
An Undertaker/Mabel video package is shown. Mabel pinned The Undertaker at King Of The Ring, then later put him out of action with Yokozuna by crushing his face with several leg drops on Raw a couple of months back.
The Undertaker, Savio Vega, Henry Godwinn & Fatu vs. Mabel, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jerry "The King" Lawler & Dr. Isaac Yankem, D.D.S.
The Dark Side vs. The Royals. Yep, Triple H was third or fourth string on a team with Lawler, Kane, and Viscera. And look at the other side; the Undertaker and Rikishi on the same team? Interesting stuff. Well, not really. The pop is huge for the Undertaker since this is his big return. He now wears a weird looking facemask to protect his face from further damage. On commentary, Perfect notes that Helmsley likes to be referred to as "Triple H", a nickname that wouldn't officially be given to him for another two years. In an odd moment, Savio takes Hunter out with a urinage (aka the Rock Bottom), a move Helmsley would end up receiving about three hundred times in later years. The Undertaker tags in for the first time all match more than ten minutes in and pins Lawler with a Tombstone Piledriver at 12:19. Yankem comes in seeking revenge. It's the Undertaker and Kane in there! Another Tombstone gets his future brother (try using that phrase correctly in any other context) at 12:50. Hunter is next, and wisely departs, trying to take the countout rather than face the assualt of the Dead Man. Unfortunately for him, Godwinn threatens to slop him, thus forcing him back to ringside, where the Undertaker chokeslams him in from the apron. There's another move he'd end up taking a lot in later years. Anyway, Helmsely is history after the monster chokeslam at 13:35. Mabel attacks, and belly to bellies Taker, but Undie sits up after a legdrop. Mabel bails and runs to the back, but the Undertaker does manage to chokeslam Mo as the ref counts Mabel out at 14:25. * The entire face side survives, no thanks to their pathetic selves. The Undertaker is the clear force here.
Todd Pettengill interviews the wildcard tandem of Shawn Michaels, The British Bulldog, Ahmed Johnson, and Sid. Ted DiBiase and Jim Cornette are also there with their respective proteges, Sid and the Bulldog.
Wildcard Match: Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, The British Bulldog & Sid vs. Razor Ramon, Owen Hart, Yokozuna & Dean Douglas
Gorilla Monsoon made this match with oddball pairings just to screw with everyone. That and there was an unbalanced number of heels and faces. It was actually a very cool concept, especially at the time. For those wondering, Shawn, Ahmed, and Razor are the only babyfaces and the rest are heels. Cornette has a conflict of interest, as he manages both Owen and Yokozuna, but also the Bulldog. Razor and Douglas had feuded, and Razor had past history with Owen and Yoko as well. Shawn and Sid of course had a lot of bad blood, and Shawn had wrestled Bulldog many times in the past as well. Razor is the Intercontinental Champion, and the Bulldog gets whomever the WWF Champion will be at the next In Your House coming up in December. And now that we've sorted all that out...
Shawn and Owen start with an awesome lightning quick sequence that ends with an Owen powerslam. Owen tags in Douglas, who not surprisingly opens up with several fists to Shawn. Perfect makes an all too real assessment of Shawn Michaels that really hits home: "He forefited the Intercontinental Championship because he didn't want to get pinned for it." Shawn moonsaults a standing Douglas for two then tags out to Ahmed. Douglas tags Yokozuna and Ahmed stupidly tries to slam him. Idiot. Razor joins his heel teammates in triple teaming Ahmed behind the referee's back. Ahmed comes back with a sloppy powerslam on Douglas and tags Shawn. Douglas dodges a Superkick and ends up on the floor where he starts a shoving match with his partner, Razor Ramon. Douglas rolls in and Ramon nails him. Shawn rolls him up for three at 7:32 to send him packing. Owen gets in, so Shawn tags in his buddy and brother in law, the British Bulldog. Smart ass. In one of the most simple, yet in-depth character showings ever, they both offer a handshake with the left hand, then go to punch the other with their right at the same time. It's impossible not to love that bit. They proceed to do a quick sequence ending with the Bulldog giving Owen the highest monkeyflip I've ever seen. Owen comes back with a roundhouse kick for two, then he tags Razor and Bulldog tags Shawn. Now two babyface friends (and former rivals) will be forced to go at it. They provide some quick action, and Razor hits the Razor's Edge. He covers, but Ahmed makes the save. Sid tags in and nails Ramon, then tags Shawn right back in and holds Razor in place for the Superkick. Razor obviously ducks, and Shawn hits Sid, then shrugs as if to say, "Eh, oh well." Razor covers, but the Bulldog saves, then goes back to his corner, and Razor covers for three on Sid anyway at 16:21. Um… okay. Good move, Davey. Ross: "What's he doin' in there?!" A furious Sid gets up and powerbombs Shawn before he leaves. Razor crawls over and covers him for two.
Razor tags Owen in to work on Shawn's back, then Owen brings in Yokozuna to really do some damage. Shawn does the Flair Flip and Yoko goes to his nerve hold. Owen tags back in for a suplex, but a headbutt off the top rope misses. Shawn hot tags Ahmed Johnson, who promptly pins Owen with the Pearl River Plunge (his double underhook powerbomb finisher) at 21:49. Geez, they jobbed Owen to Ahmed Johnson? Razor gets back in the ring and goes to the second rope for his bulldog, but just to showcase how much he sucks, Ahmed walks to the other side of the ring so he can't do it. Sheesh. Ahmed hits a spinebuster but showboats, and Razor gets the Razor's Edge on him. Bulldog saves him from the cover, and they switch without a legal tag. Sid and Ted DiBiase return to ringside with the 1-2-3 Kid to keep an eye on Razor. Ramon nails the Kid off the apron, but walks into a Bulldog running powerslam as a result and is pinned at 24:08. Yokozuna is now left all by his lonesome, down three on one. He leg drops Shawn Michaels and drags him to the corner for the Banzai Drop, but Shawn avoids it by moving out of the way. Shawn tags Ahmed who actually bodyslams Yoko (wow). He covers… and the British Bulldog, his own teammate, actually makes the save for his fellow Cornette goon. Shawn and Ahmed respond by clotheslining Bulldog to the floor. Shawn Superkicks Yokozuna and Ahmed follows up with a splash for the cover and the winning pinfall at 27:25. Shawn, Ahmed, and the British Bulldog survive, so now Jim Cornette and the Bulldog have a sudden change of heart and decide to celebrate their victory along with their teammates. A very unique, very fun, very good match. ***3/4 Vince mentions the Record Book, as he used to many times…
Todd interviews Bill Clinton, now with Sunny. Is that a stain on her dress?…
No DQ, No Countout, WWF Title: Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. Diesel (Champion)
Mr. Perfect goes with Bret to win, aware of his abilities having gone up against him several times in the past, while JR plays his foil and picks Diesel to prevail. Diesel is wearing white on top and black on the bottom (does this become important later?), while Bret is wearing all pink for one of only a few times a la Wrestlemania VIII, where he regained the Intercontinental Title. Speaking of which, it occurs to me that the two situations in question are very similar. In 1992, Bret lost the IC Title to the Mountie who dropped it to Roddy Piper just two days later. Bret eventually regained it from Piper at Wrestlemania VIII. Here, Bret lost the WWF Title to Bob Backlund, who dropped it to Diesel just three days later. Can Bret regain the Championship from Diesel here? Let's find out...
Bret gets the bigger entrance pop, showing that the crowd is a bit antsy for him to get his damn Title back already. Diesel removes the turnbuckle pad in his corner since it's no DQ and all, and Bret responds by removing his. Diesel starts off in control, hammering the smaller Hitman with fists. Bret bails to take a breather, but Diesel stays on him and drops him throat first on the railing in the aisle. Diesel chokes him out with his boot on the floor, then whips him to the steps and rams his back into the ringpost. Diesel uses a steel chair to a mixed reaction. He continues his domination in the ring, whipping Hart into the exposed turnbuckle and clotheslining him. This match has been all Diesel thus far and Bret is clearly out of it. Diesel goes for the Jackknife, but Bret holds onto his leg for dear life and won't allow himself to be lifted off the ground. Bret, now in full sympathetic babyface mode, slugs back at Diesel to a big pop, and intelligently targets his knee to attempt to negate Diesel's height advantage. He hooks the Figure Four but Diesel reaches the ropes and the hold is broken. Hey, it's no DQ, why listen to the ref and break the hold just because the guy grabbed the ropes? Bret continues to work the knee. Perfect tries to sound like Heenan on commentary, but it's just not working. He then, however, redeems himself while referring to his pick, Bret, being in full control of the match: "I'm not the type of guy to say I told ya so, but I told ya so." Bret goes for the Sharpshooter, but Diesel kicks him right into the exposed turnbuckle. Bret retorts by introducing Diesel's knee to the post a few times. He then ties Diesel's feet together and hits his second rope elbow with ease since Diesel is now unable to move away. Bret grabs a chair and the crowd pops since turnabout is fair play. He chairshots him in the back, then does it three times in the knee. He hits the backbreaker and heads up top with the chair. Diesel crotches him, then tosses him off and unties himself. Diesel side suplexes Bret for a two count. Diesel, now firmly in control again, whips him into the steel turnbuckle. Perfect: "Bret Hart has been at every Survivor Series since the start; this may be his last." McMahon wholeheartedly agrees. Nah, give it two more years, Vince. They then throw out a statistic that this is Bret Hart's 41st WWF PPV. I did a quick count and I think this is only #39 as far as ones he wrestled in, but that's close enough. Besides, in those 39 he probably wrestled about 45 different matches which is pretty impressive. Diesel hits his rope splash and drops Bret face first on the exposed top turnbuckle, but Bret won't stay down. He answers back with a Hart Attack type clothesline and a second rope bulldog for two. His side russian leg sweep gets two. Bret clotheslines Diesel to the floor but misses a twisting plancha.
Diesel rolls into the ring while Bret slowly struggles onto the apron, as they prepare a spot that would change the face of WWF PPV forever. As Bret finally stands up on the apron, Diesel shoulderblocks him, sending him flying off the apron and crashing through the spanish announce table. Now not one PPV goes by where that damn thing isn't broken. This was the first time it happened, and since it was unprecedented at the time, it's sold as if Bret is completely out of it. Diesel throws him back in and shows a slight bit of sympathy before signaling for the Jackknife. Diesel puts Bret's head between his legs, but before he can lift him up for the move, Bret collapses back to the ground. Bret is out on his feet, completely limp. Diesel hesitates, then goes for it again, but this time Bret explodes with a sudden burst of energy and takes him over with a quick small package to score the surprise three count at 24:54 and become a three time World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion. Diesel immediately sits up and very clearly mouths two words, the first of which is mother, but the second of which is not father. He shoves the ref down and Jackknives Bret in frustration. He nails a few more refs that rush the scene, then Jackknives the Hitman again. Diesel leaves Bret laid out then drops the Championship Belt on him in a disrespectful manner. The crowd has now completely turned against him, as he has rediscovered his old attitude and turned heel. This match was awesome, as it weaved the intra-match storyline with Diesel's gradual heel turn the whole way. I like the action in their Rumble match a bit better, but this one made up for it with the beautifully crafted detail and the smart finish. ****1/4 Diesel stares out at the crowd intensely, and pulls the straps of his white top down, leaving him standing in the middle of the ring in only his black leather pants. In literature black and darkness often represent evil, and white and light signify purity and everything that is good. This is symbolism at its best, as Diesel does away with his good guy image and returns to the dark ways that really never completely left him, but were merely overshadowed and manifested themselves in this match, in front of our very eyes. Or maybe I'm just looking to much into it; I don't know. Either way, Bret is the new WWF Champion and Diesel is a new monster heel.
Highlights of the show are shown even though Bret hasn't even been announced as the WWF Champion yet. I guess they were running out of time. Ah, for the days when WWF PPV's actually lasted three hours instead of two hours and thirty five minutes.
Survivor Series 1995 Key Stats
Total Wrestling: 105:02
Average Match: 17:30
Average Match Rating: **3/4
Top Moments: Marty's top rope powerbomb, Wildcard madness, Bret's Title win, Diesel's turn
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