Live from Louisville, KY

Airdate: February 18, 1996

Attendance: 5,500

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Wearing a bikini Sunny kneels in the surf and informs us that viewer discretion is advised.

Prior to the first match highlights from Superstars are shown featuring the 1-2-3 Kid force-feeding a baby bottle and nailing Ramon with a stroller. Another highlight shows the Kid walloping Ramon with Jarrett’s guitar.

Match 1 (Cry-baby): Razor Ramon versus the 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted DiBiase)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Really good match that properly utilized the stipulation. Since these two had worked together so often their chemistry was very smooth.

After the match Ramon squirts milk from a baby bottle in the Kid’s face then puts baby powder in his hand for diaper application. DiBiase runs in only to have the powder tossed in his face. Ramon then puts a diaper on the Kid and sprinkles powder in the Kid’s face. The Kid wakes up, notices that he’s wearing a diaper, and begins to cry. Aw, poor Sean, is your heel character not working very well?

Ray Rougeau and Sunny are on the Superstar line. Previously, during the Free for All, Jake “The Snake” Roberts brought his new snake Revelation to the Superstar line area scaring the bejeezus out of Sunny.

Prior to his entrance Droese was interviewed by Todd Pettengill. Highlights of Helmsley’s attack on Droese from Superstars are shown. After delivering a Pedigree Helmsley cuts Droese’s hair. The scoundrel! Droese states that it’s “payback time.”

Match 2: Duke “The Dumpster” Droese versus Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/ Elizabeth Hilden)


Rating: *

Summary: Helmsley’s push continues. Moving along.

Call 1-800-TITAN-91 to access the WWF Store. Vince gets a dig in at Yokozuna regarding clothing size.

Highlights from RAW of Yokozuna’s loss to Michaels and the aftermath are shown.

Backstage Dok Hendrix interviews Yokozuna who surprisingly can speak English very well. He badmouths Cornette, Owen, and Smith. Hendrix warns us of the upcoming train-wreck. Insert your own joke here.

Match 3: The “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette) versus Yokozuna


Rating: *1/2

Summary: In spite of opposing one of Cornette’s men the face turn of Yokozuna doesn’t look too promising. Smith tried his best here with the limited big man.

After the match Cornette smashed his racket again across Yokozuna’s back twice more to zero effect. As Yokozuna stalks Cornette Vader, in street clothes yet wearing his mask, runs in and nails Yokozuna from behind. Smith and Yokozuna double-team Yokozuna until Vader pulls some handcuffs out of his jacket.

As Cornette blocks referee Jack Doan Vader cuffs Yokozuna. Both Smith and Vader pummel the big man until officials chase the heels away. Before that can happen though Yokozuna receives several racket shots from both Cornette and Smith. Clarence Mason talks some sense into Cornette’s men before they get into any more trouble.

Back in the AOL room Goldust sits beside Marlena while hugging the typist. Yikes! He whispers that he will defend his Intercontinental title against Ramon tomorrow night on RAW.

Highlights of Shawn Michaels’ tumultuous times at the end of 1995 are shown. Owen takes full responsibility for knocking Michaels out of competition, but Michaels holds a press conference detailing his involvement in the Royal Rumble. “Mr. Charisma” wins the Rumble then puts his title shot on the line.

Backstage Todd interviews Michaels who is ready for Owen and WrestleMania.

Match 4 (#1 contender spot to the WWF title at stake): The “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels versus the “Rocket” Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette)



Summary: Encore! Encore! Give me more! Awesome match that should have occurred more often in WWF/E history. Michaels retains his #1 contender spot for WrestleMania.

After the match a young female fan dances with Michaels in the ring.

Promo for WrestleMania XII on March 31 only on PPV.

While the cage is being erected Todd stands on a platform and interviews interim WWF President “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. He proclaims Michaels the #1 contender in the WWF title match at WrestleMania then wishes him luck. Next he addresses Yokozuna and tells him to smarten up. The next topic is Vader who Piper advises not to put his jock strap on his face. BURN! He makes the match between them and inserts “let the blood flow.” Whoa! McMahon had already bitched to WCW about blood and the Tommy Morrison tragedy was still fresh, so this was a misstep by Piper in my eyes.

Cornette and Mason join Piper on the platform. Before Cornette can utter six words Piper tells him to “shut up” then puts his hand over Mason’s mouth. After Piper chastises him Cornette sings Vader’s praises. Piper proposes that if Vader loses then Yokozuna can get his hands on Cornette Finally, Piper finishes his promo by spanking Cornette. Piper is nothing if not unique.

Match 5 for the WWF World title: Bret “Hitman” Hart (champion) versus Diesel


Rating: ***

Summary: Intriguing finish to a good cage match. However, since Bret won the title at Survivor Series he survived a bloodbath with his brother-in-law, kept his title due to interference at the Royal Rumble, and remained champion here due to the Undertaker’s involvement. To say Bret’s title reign has been lackluster would be putting it mildly.

Smoke emits from the hole in the ring as Diesel climbs out petrified. The Undertaker also crawls out as Diesel climbs out of the cage. Eerily the Undertaker points at Diesel from the top of the cage.

Conclusion: While the main event was pretty good the semi-main made the show. In just the first two shows of 1996 Shawn Michaels has become the workhorse in the WWF. I can’t wait to see his match against Bret at WrestleMania. With that being said the rest of the card was mediocre. Definitely check out that Michaels-Owen match when you get the chance and skip the rest.

See you on the Monday Night War week 24!

Buyrate: 0.75

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