Monday, May 4, 2020

RAW After Mania (April 3rd, 1995): Getting There

Third time's a charm, right?

Matches aren't all that great, but it's getting there. Hakushi (Japanese Guy With Ink On His Face) beat Bob "Sparky Plugg" Holly in a boring match with lots of rest holds, Lex Luger and the British Bulldog (the Allied Powers, if you will) defeated Well Dunn (some job team unrelated to Kevin, because they're not bucky beavers) in a squash, Alundra Blayze beat Women's Champion Bull Nakano to win the title in the only really good match on the show... only to be beat up by the debuting Bertha Faye a.k.a. Rhonda Singh, a hefty woman dressed up as a clown, and Mabel and Mo beating some other job team whose name I can't be bothered to remember.

There's a promo with WWF champion Diesel, who offers Shawn Michaels another shot at the title due to the ref's spraining of the ankle and Sid being Sid costing ol' HBK the match at Mania. This would be followed up on by Shawn Michaels cutting a promo accepting Diesel and telling Sid that his services as bodyguard are no longer required, only for Sid to lose his cool and beat up Shawn for a bit, prompting Nash to come out and make the save.

I'll give the show this much; they planted the seeds for the next several months worth of storylines and turned HBK into a beloved figure (well, the girls loved him anyway) and also, in a way, supplanting Diesel as the people care about. It's still not a great show, but it's getting there. If nothing else, check it out for the promos and the Madusa/Nakano match.

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