Live from Hershey, PA

Airdate: December 17, 1995

Attendance: 7,289

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Before the match we see the ending to the opening match at Survivor Series where Sid assisted the 1-2-3 Kid to victory. From there we revisit the wild card match where the Kid interfered with Ramon.

Match 1: Razor Ramon and Marty Jannetty versus Sycho Sid and the 1-2-3 Kid (w/ the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase)


Rating: ***

Summary: Not a bad opener. The Goldust stuff in the middle was pure RAW fodder and should have been reserved as such.

After the match Ramon tries to deliver the Razor’s Edge to the Kid, but Sid saves him.

Call the WWF Superstar line to talk with Sunny, but DiBiase interrupts her.

Match 2: Ahmed Johnson versus Dean Douglas


REAL Match 2: Ahmed Johnson versus “Nature Boy” Buddy Ridell Landel


Rating: DUD

Summary: It’s fascinating that Douglas would substitute a “Nature Boy” for himself as his disdain for “Nature Boy” Ric Flair was well-known. The monster push of Ahmed Johnson continues.

After the match Johnson paddles Douglas. For the third time Lawler interviews Johnson while Jarrett stood by. Johnson refers to Jarrett as an “achy-breaky heart wanna-be.” Jarrett uses his plaque to nail Johnson from behind twice. Lawler held up a chair and Jarrett rammed Johnson into it. He then nailed Johnson with the chair twice then rammed him into the steel steps twice. Johnson started to no-sell, and they fought all the way to the back.

Todd Pettengill interviews Ramon at the AOL table. They discuss Ramon’s match tomorrow night on RAW against Yokozuna then Todd delivers the envelope to Ramon. Upon reading it Ramon crumples it up and leaves disgusted.

Match 3 (Hog Pen): Henry Godwinn versus Hunter Hearst Helmsley


Rating: *

Summary: Crowd-killing match with a finish nobody wanted to see.

After the match Helmsley gets into a shoving match with Hillbilly Jim. Godwinn then press slams Helmsley into the pen face-first. YUCK! Since the steel gate caused cuts in Hunter’s back blood is shown. To add insult to injury Godwinn slams him once more in the pen. As you would expect Helmsley gets up only to fall back down in the pen. He continued to have issues in the pen when a fan tossed a cup directly at him.

The WWF Royal Rumble will be on January 21 only on PPV.

We revisit the finish to the main event at Survivor Series along with Diesel’s comments from the subsequent RAW. Next we see Shawn Michaels’ collapse after Owen’s enziguri.

Match 4: Diesel versus Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette)


Rating: *

Summary: This encounter was more character development by Diesel as it wasn’t as much a match as it was a showcase of Diesel’s new persona.

Another fan at ringside held up an “SMW RIP 1991-1995” while another held up a “Diesel call 911.”

Call the Superstar line to speak to the mud covered Helmsley or Godwinn.

Santa Claus and Savio Vega are handing out gifts to the audience while DiBiase is in the ring claiming “everybody’s got a price for the Million Dollar Man.” Since he wants to prove that Vega can be bought both Vega and Claus enter the ring. DiBiase asks Vega if he believes in Santa Claus. After speaking in both English and Spanish Vega affirms that he does. Suddenly Claus nails Vega with his big red bag then gives him a clothesline. As it would seem even Santa Claus has a price for the “Million Dollar Man.” As Vega and Clause brawl in the aisle Claus’ wig and beard are removed to reveal Balls Mahoney. E-C-W! E-C-W! Officials come out to clear the mess. I hope the kiddies had been put to bed before this segment.

Pre-taped promo by King Mabel followed by one by the Undertaker and Paul Bearer.

From the locker room Dok Hendrix shills Akklaim’s WrestleMania the arcade game.

Match 5 (Casket): The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) versus King Mabel (w/ Sir Mo)


Rating: ½*

Summary: Mabel’s push finally appears to be over. Thank God.

After the match the Undertaker pantomimes that he wants to be WWF champion.

Backstage Jim Ross recaps the finish to Summerslam ’92 when Smith beat Bret for the Intercontinental title. He then interviewed Smith, his wife Diana, and Jim Cornette.

In a different part of the arena Todd interviews Bret.

Match 6 for the WWF title: Bret “Hitman” Hart (champion) versus the”British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette and Diana Smith)


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Now THAT’S a main event! Bret put Davey on his back and carried him to an excellent match. Check this one out if you’ve not already seen it.

Backstage Todd interviews Paul Bearer and the Undertaker. Diesel interrupts and is quite perturbed about the Undertaker’s title shot. The Undertaker and Diesel go eye-to-eye and nose-to-nose to end the show.

Conclusion: Say it with me—ONE MATCH SHOW. But that was one hell of a match. I cannot advocate watching the entire show because besides the opener the rest was utter tripe; however, that main event is a must-see.

The blood coupled with the suggestive behavior of Goldust on the show was another signal that the WWF was heading in a new direction. I wonder what else is on the menu in 1996. Stay tuned.

See you on the Monday Night War week 15!

Buyrate: 0.35 (Yikes!)

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