Live from Omaha, NE

Airdate: April 28, 1996

Attendance: 9,563 (8,273 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

For those who enjoy the Free for All, here is “Wildman” Marc Mero versus the 1-2-3 Kid.

Prior to the first match, we revisit the aftermath of the Roberts-Owen match in Germany that involved both Smith and Jake’s snake Revelations.

Next, Jake cuts a pre-match promo.

Match 1: The “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette and Clarence Mason) versus Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Ahmed Johnson


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Hot opener held together by Smith and Owen.

After the match, Johnson made Owen taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like Floyd’s skinny plate at M’s pub.

Mero and the Kid are both on the Superstar line. Sable sat beside Mero.

Match 2 for the Intercontinental title: Goldust (champion w/ Marlena) versus the Ultimate Warrior


Rating: NONE

Summary: Colossal waste of time. While I understand that, for the sake of name value, the WWF needed both Warrior and Goldust on the show, Goldust was in no condition to compete. Hence, there should have been an injury angle or quick pin instead. Methinks Vince doesn’t trust Warrior with the IC belt.

After the “match,” Warrior chases Mastino into the ring. I would be remiss if I didn’t inform you that Mastino is wearing a suit rather than wrestling gear. Once inside, Mastino tries to attack the Warrior but comes up empty. After two clotheslines, Warrior hits Mastino with a flying shoulder block. After Warrior slams the 400 pound Mastino, the latter runs for cover. Warrior puts on Mastino’s hat then Goldust’s wig and resembles Dee Snider of Twisted Sister.

Back in the locker room, Dok Hendrix informs us that Smith is irate and wants to enter Shawn Michael’s dressing room. Should Michaels retain his title in the main event, I smell next month’s PPV match-up.

Prior to the next match, we revisit Vader’s demolition of Yokozuna.

Match 3: Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) versus Razor Ramon


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Those WCW rumors must be true as Ramon did the honors for Vader here. In fact, this would be the last WWF PPV that Hall performed for another six years.

After the match, Dok interviews Vader and Cornette at ringside. He informs them that WWF President Gorilla Monsoon has scheduled Vader to face Yokozuna at the PPV next month. Cornette is furious and cuts a promo on his former meal ticket.

Back in the AOL room, Paul Bearer and the Undertaker chat with the creatures of the night.

From the WWF Store, Todd Pettengill shills golf shirts and hats featuring Michaels, Warrior, and the Undertaker for only $39.95 plus shipping and handling.

Match 4 for the WWF tag team titles: The Bodydonnas (champions w/ Sunny) versus the Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim)


Rating: **

Summary: Two things: a) there was no heat for this match for the crowd to get behind the Godwinns; and b) that is the third heel victory in three competitive matches. That will certainly kill what was a raucous crowd early on.

After the match, Phineas removed the picture from the slop and slipped it into his overalls.

Promo for In Your House VIII on May 26 only on PPV.

Back in the dressing room, Dok interviews Marc Mero with Sable. We see highlights of the match during the Free for All when Helmsley interfered.

Prior to the main event, a promo for the bond and then the break-up of the two Dudes with Attitudes. In an act of tremendous hyperbole, Pettingill refers to Bret Hart as “the legend many consider to be the greatest WWF champion of all time.” You make the call! Quick snippets from Michaels and Diesel close the promo.

Match 5 for the WWF title (no holds barred): The “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels (champion w/ Jose Lothario) versus Diesel


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Wow! I didn’t know that Diesel could be involved in a match this good. Michaels worked magic to make the monster 7-footer look good.

Conclusion: Similar to IYH V, this is a one-match show, and that match delivers in spades. The interesting thing about the main event is that while Diesel did the honors for Michaels, he didn’t look bad. Most people at the end of their contracts get booted with a boot imprinted upon them. I guess Nash’s connection in the Clique helps. Regardless, if you’ve never seen this show, check out the main event and skip the rest.

See you for week 34 of the Monday Night War!

Buyrate: 0.65

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