DATE: June 25, 1995
VENUE: Corestates Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA)
COMMENTATORS: Vince McMahon & Dok Hendrix
1995 is considered one of the worst years in WWE history, with King of the Ring being the go-to when talking about the worst PPVs of all time. With 25 years’ worth of hindsight and history behind me, let’s see if that still holds true today.
- WWF CHAMPION: “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel
- WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “Double J” Jeff Jarrett
- WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Owen Hart & Yokozuna
- KOTR QUALIFIER: Savio Vega vs. Irwin R. Schyster (*1/2)
- KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Savio Vega vs. Yokozuna (*1/4)
- KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Bob Holly vs. The Roadie (**)
- KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Shawn Michaels vs. Kama (***)
- KOTR QUARTERFINALS: The Undertaker vs. Mabel (*1/2)
- KOTR Semi-Finals (**)
- KISS MY FOOT MATCH: Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler (**)
- KOTR Finals (*)
- Diesel & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Sycho Sid & Tatanka (**)
–Vince McMahon narrates B-roll footage of the Philadelphia skyline, courtesy of the official WWF Blimp. Remember when blimps were a thing? Me either.
–Stephanie Wiand segues into a COLISEUM VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Savio Vega vs. Irwin R. Schyster!
KING OF THE RING: QUALIFYING MATCH
Savio Vega [w/ “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon] vs. Irwin R. Schyster [w/ “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase]
This took place on the “Sunday Night Slam” pre-show portion of the show but they’ve included it on the WWE Network so we’re going to treat it as part of the show. Vega made his debut at the first In Your House just a month prior, coming to the aid of his friend Razor Ramon. Ramon qualified for this year’s tournament but suffered a rib injury, leading to Vega getting a chance to qualify against IRS, in what I believe is his final (sorta) PPV appearance for the WWF.
IRS goes for a slam, Vega counters with a small package and almost sneaks out the win. IRS with a whip, Vega with a sunset flip for another near fall. IRS with a corner whip, Vega dodges a splash and rolls him up for another two-count, then settles into a side headlock on the mat. Vega with a hip toss followed by a dropkick and lateral press, IRS kicks out once more and we’re back to a headlock. Hendrix threatens us with the possibility of a Kama/IRS final. GOD NO. Camera focus on the Spanish announce team and we miss IRS sending Vega to the floor. IRS rolls him in and connects with a scoop slam. IRS takes his time going to the top and his splash attempt gets countered with a big boot. Vega with a string of comeback offense, snap suplex gets him a two-count. Irish whip, IRS dodges a kick and bails to the floor. Vega throws IRS back in and hits a spinning heel kick for the 1…2…3!
Savio Vega defeated Irwin R. Schyster via pinfall (4:02)
- Vega throws a mean spinning heel kick; he must’ve spent some time training with Kwang or something. Match was a fine start for what will be the main story of this year’s tournament, but since it was a pre-show match there wasn’t a ton of energy here. Can’t blame Vega, he’s got a helluva night ahead of him. (*1/2)
-McMahon welcomes the home audience to the PPV proper, camera scanning the Spectrum crowd (what’s up, Hat Guy?). He and Hendrix hype the big tag team main event, plus the Kiss My Foot match.
–Yokozuna makes his way out for the opening match. Clip of his win over Luger to qualify.
–Todd Pettengill is with Savio Vega and Razor Ramon. Vega is HYPED THE F*CK UP to be the first Latin American in the King of the Ring tournament. Oh hey Matt & Jeff Hardy are doing the doors for the entrance area. THEY’RE BABIES.
KING OF THE RING: QUARTERFINALS
Savio Vega [w/ “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon] vs. Yokozuna [w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette]
Vega qualified for the tournament mere minutes ago by defeating IRS, while Yokozuna secured his spot in the tournament with a win over hated rival Lex Luger via count-out on the June 12th episode of Monday Night Raw.
Yoko waves the Japanese flag to boos, Vega shows off his combo US/Puerto Rico flag to cheers. Three guesses on which one the white people were actually cheering for. They lock up, Yoko with a whip, Vega dodges a roundhouse but eats a back elbow. Vega dodges an elbowdrop and goes to work on the wrist. Yoko escapes with a right, Vega with rights of his own and count-a-long buckle shots but he misses his spinning heel kick and Yoko is back in control. Owen Hart, Yoko’s tag team partner, is shown backstage jabbering away on the Hotline while not really paying attention to the match. Snapmare and, UGHHHHH, nervehold. Vega almost passes out from the pain but wakes up at the last second as we go to a P-I-P of the Spanish announce team. Vega escapes, Yoko uses the momentum to throw him right to the floor. Work smarter, not harder. Ramon helps his friend back in, Vega dazes Yoko with a series of rights and a chop so hard the sweat flies. Yoko blocks a right and connects with a chop of his own. Vega dodges a legdrop and hits a series of clotheslines, finally knocking Yoko off his feet with a spinning heel kick. Cornette climbs the apron, Vega knocks him off. Out comes Owen Hart to attack Ramon from behind, Vega climbs out to back his friend up. Yoko attacks Vega but misses a splash and goes right into the ring post, Vega rolls in and beats the count to get the win.
Savio Vega defeated Yokozuna via countout (8:23)
- OH BOY this already feels like it’s gonna be a long PPV to get through. Yoko at this point is just too large to do anything particularly interesting, and nothing kills my buzz like a nerve hold spot. I did like Vega sneaking out the win though and Yoko losing in the same manner that he won his qualifying match. Some poetry to that. (*1/4)
–Jerry “The King” Lawler is shown backstage spraying down his gross foot/dirty sock in preparation for the Kiss My Foot match. Lawler vows to be Bret Hart’s Achilles heel.
KING OF THE RING: QUARTERFINALS
Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. The Roadie [w/ “Double J” Jeff Jarrett]
The Roadie managed to qualify for the tournament by defeating Doink The Clown on the June 3rd episode of Superstars, one-upping his employer Jarrett who lost his qualifying match to The Undertaker. Holly qualified with a win over the illustrious and legendary MANTAUR on the May 15th edition of Monday Night Raw. We were robbed of a Doink/Mantaur Quarterfinals match, folks. That’s the biggest sin of this year’s King of the Ring tournament.
Roadie charges, Holly catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count, followed by a whole lot of near falls until Roadie finally bails to the floor to get advice from Double J. Holly backs Roadie into the corner but decides not to cheap shot, allowing his less-moral opponent to do it instead. Roadie blocks a hip toss, Holly turns it into an armdrag and connects with a scoop slam another two-count. Holly tries a leapfrog, Roadie counters with a power bomb and Jarrett celebrates like he was the one who did it. What a supportive boss. Roadie works Holly over with hammer throws into the corner, but decides to strut and dance instead of pin. Roadie with a snapmare into a chinlock, digging his knee into his opponent’s spine. Holly fights out and counters a knee with a roll-up for the 1…2…Roadie kicks out and drops him with a clothesline. More dancing, elbowdrop for the 1…2…Holly gets his foot on the rope. Another chinlock. Holly counters a piledriver with a backdrop and counters another move attempt with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Roadie charges, Holly connects with a PICTURE PERFECT dropkick. Holly connects with a powerslam for the 1…2…Roadie kicks out. Roadie goes for a superplex, Holly fights him off but flies right into a boot and Roadie covers for the 1…2…3. Even Vince McMahon is shocked.
The Roadie defeated Bob Holly via pinfall (7:30)
- During the match Dok called this one the “dark horse match” which is pretty apt as Holly and Roadie are much lower on the star totem pole than the rest of the folks in the tournament. Obviously that also means this is the match I was most excited to watch because that’s how my brain works. I enjoyed this one, a big win for Roadie as he transitions from manager to wrestler. Poor Spark Plugg. (**)
-Todd Pettengill is standing by with “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. Clip of Michaels beating King Kong Bundy five weeks ago on Monday Night Raw to qualify. Michaels says size doesn’t matter and is not scared in the slightest to face Kama.
KING OF THE RING: QUARTERFINALS
“The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels vs. “The Supreme Fighting Machine” Kama [w/ “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase]
Kama is currently engaged in a feud with The Undertaker, having melted down his urn to turn into a gold chain and messing with Undertaker’s weird gothy funeral fans. He defeated Duke “The Dumpster” Droese to advance and get the right to face Michaels. DiBiase is 0-1 so far in the tournament, with Bundy and IRS both losing in the qualifying rounds so Kama is his big chance to get the gold. No pressure bubba! Michaels turned face the night after WrestleMania XI, his bodyguard Sycho Sid turning on him and taking him out of action for a little while. He’s got to be one of the odds-on favorites to win this one going in, dude is OVER.
Michaels with a hammerlock, Kama counters, Michaels flips over and connects with a couple of jabs, sticking and moving against his much larger opponent. Kama backs Michaels into the corner, Michaels floats over and connects with more stick & move jabs, backing off and playing mind games with the Supreme Fighting Machine. Michaels ducks a clothesline, Kama throws him out but he skins the cat and backdrops Kama out to the floor. There is not a lot of urgency to this one, I’m fearing for the worst. Michaels works Kama’s arm over with a wristlock, wringing it repeatedly. Michaels ducks another clothesline but this time Kama catches him with a kick to the ribs followed by a clothesline out to the floor. DiBiase gets in some cheap shots, Kama rams Michaels spine-first into the ring post and re-enters the ring, ready to accept a countout victory. It doesn’t happen so he goes back to work, using his power while Michaels over-sells it beautifully. “Smokin” Joe Frazier is shown in the crowd. Cool!
Michaels fights back with rights to the midsection but easily gets clubbed down, Kama lays him across the top buckle and connects with a series of uppercuts to the ribs followed by a kick that sends HBK flying. Kama picks Michaels up in an overhead backbreaker Sammartino-style (the real Supreme Fighting Machine), Michaels manages to counter it into a backdrop and cover for the 1…2…Kama kicks out. Hammer throw into the corner, HBK flips over the buckles and out to the floor right at the feet of a cheapshotty DiBiase. Michaels almost gets counted out but makes it back in at 9.5. Kama connects with a series of backbreakers, bending Michaels over his knee to increase pressure on the spine. Michaels pokes Kama in the eye, Kama pulls back down and avoids HBK’s attempt to pull his hair by barely having any. Michaels finally breaks the hold, dazing Kama with a series of rights. Another corner whip, Michaels dodges a splash and hits a springboard forearm (that looked like it was supposed to be a crossbody) and both men are down. Michaels plays possum, dodging Kama’s elbowdrop. McMahon brings up the time limit drawing near, uh-oh.
Michaels drops Kama with a clothesline at the announcer gives a two-minute warning. Michaels kips up and connects with a series of ground & pound rights. Michaels with a double axhandle from the top for the 1…2…Kama kicks out. Corner mount rights as we’ve got one minute remaining. Michaels with a crossbody, Kama rolls through into a lateral press for the 1…2…HBK kicks out. Michaels counters a backdrop with a small package for the 1…2…Kama kicks out. Michaels with a sunset flip but the time runs out.
Shawn Michaels and Kama fought to a time-limit draw (15:00 officially, 15:05 by my count)
- Michaels is one of the hottest stars on the WWF roster and the first really big name in the tournament so obviously you take him out early with a time-limit draw. They had to do it for the story they’re telling with this tourney but OH BOY that’s a big way to get people to divest for the rest of the show. Surprisingly despite it being telegraphed for a draw I actually liked this match a lot; for some reason I was expecting something way worse but it flew by after the feeling out process. The result sucks but the match itself is not as bad as you’d think. (***)
Kama attacks Michaels, Michaels drops him with Sweet Chin Music to stand tall, despite being disappointed.
-VIDEO: Undertaker beats Jeff Jarrett to advance in the KOTR, while Mabel defeated Adam Bomb at the first In Your House last month.
-McMahon and Hendrix talk about the next match. Hendrix says Mabel can use his finisher on Undertaker, but can Undertaker pick him for a Tombstone? NOPE.
-EARLIER TODAY: Mr. Bob Backlund walks the streets of Philadelphia, using big words out of context and threatening to put a carrot in a Philly Cheesesteak as part of his Presidential platform. This is great. Bob Backlund’s heel brief heel run is one of the bright spots of the New Generation. Just a great reinvention. McMahon asks Spanish & French broadcast teams about Backlund but they speak in their native languages so McMahon has no idea what’s going on.
–Mabel is stopped mid-entrance by Stephanie Wiand for some pre-match comments. Mabel says Undertaker is going down and he’s going straight to the finals. MANIACAL LAUGH. MANIACAL LAUGH.
KING OF THE RING: QUARTERFINALS
The Undertaker [w/ Paul Bearer] vs. Mabel [w/ Mo]
Taker avoids a cheap shot and tees off on Mabel with uppercuts and rights, taking the big man off his feet with three clotheslines. Up top, rope walk, forearm across the back. Hey Taker’s glove matches Mabel’s ring gear. Best friends. Mabel drives Taker to the canvas, Taker sits right up and gets clotheslined to the floor but he lands on his feet. Mabel tries a forearm, Taker drops him throat-first across the top rope. Taker tries to re-enter, Mabel clocks him and he gets tied up in the ropes, leaving him open to some kicks from the big man. Back in the ring Mo distracts Taker, Mabel takes advantage with a belly-to-belly suplex and follows up with a seated camel clutch, putting all of his weight on the spine of the Deadman. Taker almost fights out, Mabel tosses him to the floor and sends him into the ring steps. Taker rolls in, Mabel stands on his spine to further injure the back. Mabel with a vertical suplex into a lateral press for the 1…2…Taker kicks out. Mabel slams Taker and sits on top for the 1…2…Taker escapes once again. Corner whip, Taker counters a splash attempt with a bit boot followed by a clothesline. Taker goes for a backdrop, Mabel counters with a piledriver for the 1…2…shoulder up. Taker ducks a clothesline, both men knock into each other and fall to the canvas. Mabel is up first but misses most of Taker. Taker gets to his feet, corner splash (Stinger style!). Mabel reverses a corner Irish whip, squashing the ref. Taker ducks a clothesline and hits his patented leaping clothesline. Taker goozles Mabel and connects with a chokeslam. Mo tries to interfere, eats a right hand. Taker goes for the pin, Kama hits him from behind and Mabel follows up with a legdrop for the 1…2…3.
Mabel defeated The Undertaker via pinfall (10:45)
- First Shawn Michaels, now The Undertaker; this year’s KOTR is trying to make new stars and I commend them for it but losing your two biggest stars is a real buzzkill. Not a lot happened in this one action-wise but it didn’t feel 11 minutes long so it had that going for it. (*1/2)
Kama slaps Taker, Taker sits up and stalks him to the back.
-VIDEO: Pettengill narrates highlights from the 1995 WWF Hall of Fame ceremony the night before. Old stars mingle with old. Inductees: Pedro Morales, The Grand Wizard, Antonio “Argentina” Rocca, The Fabulous Moolah, George “The Animal” Steele (who received a special message from Bill Murray), “The Big Cat” Ernie Ladd, & “Polish Power” Ivan Putski. Ah the good ol’ days when the Hall of Fame was actually important-seeming.
–Savio Vega makes his way out for his third match of the evening. Razor Ramon continues to try and find some enthusiasm but fails once again. Probably my low-key favorite part of the show.
-Cut backstage where Pettengill is with The Roadie and Jeff Jarrett for some pre-match comments. Roadie says there will be two statues in Philadelphia in the end: Rocky Balboa and himself. Jarrett calls Roadie the “Road Dogg”. Eh that’s a dumb name, I doubt that’ll ever stick.
KING OF THE RING: SEMI-FINALS
Savio Vega [w/ “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon] vs. The Roadie [w/ “Double J” Jeff Jarrett]
Vega peppers Roadie with rights, corner Irish whip and hip toss followed by a clothesline out to the floor. After some stalling Roadie re-enters and Vega controls him with an overhead armbar. Hendrix accuses Vega of stealing his hubcaps, gross. Roadie catches Vega with a knee followed by a spinning neckbreaker for the 1…2…Savio kicks out. Jarrett tries to get a cheap shot in but gets chased away by Ramon. Roadie with a snapmare followed by a flying headbutt from the middle buckle for the 1…2…Vega kicks out. Roadie works over the back, Vega starts “Savio-ing Up” and fires back with a series of strikes but gets stopped with a hammer throw into the corner. Roadie misses a second flying headbutt, Vega mounts a comeback. Scoop slam into an immediate lateral press but Roadie kicks out. Big boot off the Irish whip, Vega covers again but can’t get the pin. Jarrett hooks Vega’s ankle to distract him, Roadie attacks from behind. Jarrett climbs the apron, Vega sends Roadie into him with a knee and rolls him up for the 1…2…3!
Savio Vega defeated The Roadie via pinfall (6:38)
- The Cinderella story continues, robbing us of a Roadie/Mabel finals that would have been an all-time WTF choice. Granted this whole show is considered one giant WTF choice but you know what I mean. Match was okay, best one Vega has had so far though that’s not saying much. Savio/Mabel is going to be a MATCH. (**)
Vega gives an interview with one of the Spanish announce team members while Hendrix “translates” saying he’s talking about how he’s going to lose to Mabel.
–PRE-RECORDED PROMO: Bret “The Hitman” Hart discusses his history with Jerry Lawler. He looks forward to seeing it come to an end tonight, but he’s mentally and physically prepared to deal with whatever The King brings to him. Hart feels like he let everyone down by losing to Lawler last month at In Your House which is why he agreed to this ridiculous stipulation so he could get redemption.
–Jerry “The King” Lawler makes his way out, stopping with Stephanie Wiand for some pre-match comments. He tries to get her to kiss his stinky feet but she refuses because this job ain’t worth that humiliation. Lawler finishes his entrance then gets on the house mic and threatens to make EVERYONE kiss his feet.
KISS MY FEET MATCH
Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
Hart and Lawler have been feuding for two years now, dating back to the first King of the Ring when Lawler attacked Hart during his coronation following the tournament win. Since then Lawler has antagonized Hart and his family, and even picked up a win the month prior at In Your House thanks to interference from Hakushi. Hart wanted a rematch after this and Lawler agreed as long as it was a Kiss My Feet match, and since the Hitman agreed he’s been going out of his way to make his feet as gross as possible to make Hart suffer. I hated typing out those last few sentences. 1995 is a weird year for Bret.
Hart hammers away in the corner and drops Lawler with a right hand. Lawler bails to the floor, Hart follows and sends him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Hart continues the aggressive offense as McMahon fears it’ll get him DQed which is what Lawler wants. Back to the floor, Lawler sends Hart into the ring steps. “BURGER KING” chant from the Philly crowd, Lawler connects with a right hand and sends him into the guardrail (err “retaining barrier” according to Vince). Back in the ring Lawler connects with three Piledrivers to the abhorrence of the audience, but he takes too long to cover and Hart kicks out much to the King’s (and Dok’s) surprise. Hart with a right, Lawler rakes the eyes and tosses him back out to the floor. Lawler removes his right boot, revealing the dirty hole-filled sock. BLEHHHH. Lawler hits Hart with his boot behind the ref’s back (shouldn’t that be legal?) and covers for the 1…2…Hart kicks out again! Lawler tries to drive the bad foot into Hart’s mouth, Hart trips him up and connects with a headbutt to the midsection. Lawler crawls back over to his boot, Hart delivers a series of elbows but gets a boot right to the eye. Lawler grabs the legs, Hart uses his strength to send him head-first into the ring post. Out comes Hakushi and Shinja to interfere. Shinja distracts the ref, Hakushi accidentally hits Lawler! Back in the ring Hart with a side Russian legsweep and backbreaker into the flying elbow from the middle buckle. Hart locks in the Sharpshooter and Lawler submits!
Bret Hart defeated Jerry Lawler via submission (9:21)
- It was fine I guess but mehhhhhh. I don’t know. Hart had some fire to him but this one just felt very bland the whole way through. Maybe it’s the dumb stipulation hanging over everything like a dark cloud. (**)
Hart relinquishes the Sharpshooter in time to avoid getting DQed, then removes his boot and sock. Lawler hugs the ref trying to avoid it. Hart headbutts Lawler, Hakushi and Shinja return. Lawler attacks from behind and holds Hart but Hart moves and Hakushi knocks him out with a springboard shoulderblock. Hart removes Hakushi from the ring and sticks his foot in Lawler’s mouth. BLEH. Hart teases leaving then puts Lawler’s own gross foot into his own mouth. Whoa who knew Lawler was so flexible? Lawler leaves the ring, gagging and acting like he just drank poison.
-VIDEO: WWF will be in town for the 1995 Special Olympics to assist the athletes.
-VIDEO: The previous two King of the Ring winners (Bret Hart & Owen Hart).
KING OF THE RING: FINALS
Savio Vega [w/ “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon] vs. Mabel [w/ Mo]
Just in case the story wasn’t clear we cut to the Rocky Balboa statue outside of the Spectrum. Thanks guys, I was losing the thread there. Vega dodges a corner splash and hammers away at Mabel with a series of rights and chops. Count-a-long rights, Mabel reverses a corner Irish whip but misses another splash. Mabel catches Vega with a strike the connects with a scoop slam but misses the follow-up elbow and he gets clotheslined out to the floor. MABEL HAS BEEN ELI-wait wrong PPV.
Mabel pulls Vega out, throws him into the steps but both make it in before the count of ten. Crowd is SUPER INVESTED, you can tell by their eerie silence. Their silence is rewarded with a goddamn bear hug, the OTHER move that bores me to death. Nerve holds and bear hugs, Mabel is TRYING to get me to hate him. Ramon does his damndest to wake everyone up by slapping the mat and it sorta works. Vega almost passes out but gets his OTHER arm up so Mabel rakes the eyes to prevent offense. Vega gets whipped into the corner and GODDAMMIT WE’RE BACK TO THE BEAR HUG. Vega boxes Mabel’s ears to break it, Mabel clubs him down with a forearm and hits a clothesline for the 1…2…shoulder up. Switching things up to a chinlock, I’m going to get a snack be back later.
LOL Hendrix slips up and says “Ramon is trying to get the crowd into it…I mean they’re into it” as Vega wakes up. Cue the “ECW” chants as Vega rolls Mabel up for the 1…2…not yet. Vega with the spinning heel kick and lays on top for the 1…2…Mabel gets the shoulder up. Mabel catches Vega mid-crossbody and slams him down for the 1…2…VEGA KICKS OUT. Mabel with a splash for the 1…2…3!
Mabel defeated Savio Vega via pinfall to win the 1995 KING OF THE RING (8:34)
- Both men were exhausted going into this, Vega with somewhat of an excuse having wrestled three matches and Mabel just being a BIG BOI, and that led into a real bore of a finals match. Also way to push the big underdog narrative only to have Vega lose anyway, that’s pretty funny. Did not like this one outside of Hendrix’s slip-up and the ECW chants. (*)
Ramon tries to defend Vega but the DAMNED NUMBERS GAME and his injured ribs leave him open to an attack by Mabel and Mo. Mo holds Ramon’s legs and Mabel drops another elbow from the middle buckle. In comes The 1-2-3 Kid to defend his best friend but again the DAMNED NUMBERS GAME and all that. Mabel wants to splash him but a series of officials get in the way to prevent it.
STAGE SEGMENT: THE CORONATION
Mo puts all of the goofy king stuff on Mabel as royal music plays in the background. Mabel takes a seat, sword in hand, Mo reads the royal scroll and says from this day forward Mabel is now KING Mabel. Eventually anyway it takes him what feels like is ten minutes to get there. Mo places the crown on Mabel’s head and King Mabel stands up, holding the sword high. Officials force Vega, Ramon, and Kid to the back. Well that was certainly a PPV huh-OH MY GOD WE ARE STILL GOING!
-Jerry Lawler is shown in the locker room bathroom throwing up from the effects of having feet stuck in his mouth. Honestly dude same. Lawler gargles toothpaste and mouthwash to get the stench out and McMahon calls it “TOE-mane poisoning”. BAH BAH BAH.
-EARLIER TODAY: Stephanie Wiand interviews Ted DiBiase, Sycho Sid, and Tatanka. Sid brags about injuring Diesel’s elbow last month at In Your House. Lots of evil laughter. Tatanka mocks Bigelow for being fired from the Million Dollar Corporation and today is pay day.
-After Sid & Tatanka make their entrance, we go to an interview taped earlier today between Pettengill, Diesel, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Diesel says his elbow hasn’t healed yet but even if it’s at 50% that’s more than Sid is at his best. Bigelow says they aren’t going for a waltz they’re going to have a street fight, their confidence makes them 220%. Diesel proves his “Big Daddy Cool” status by tucking his t-shirt into his jeans.
“Big Daddy Cool” Diesel & “The Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow vs. “Sycho” Sid & “The Native American” Tatanka [w/ “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase]
Bigelow started 1995 as a member of The Million Dollar Corporation but after a couple of embarrassing defeats he became a scapegoat for the stable’s incompetence and promptly fired, turning him babyface for the first time since his initial run in the late-80s. Diesel has been at war with the Corporation as well, Sid in particular, since the night after WrestleMania XI when Shawn Michaels was attacked and put out of action for a few weeks. Diesel and Sid met the month prior at the first In Your House, resulting in the injuries to the WWF Champ’s elbow. Bigelow got some new entrance gear for his face turn, pyro shooting from his wrist Max Moon-style.
Sid and Tatanka at the bell, faces clear the ring easy. After like a minute and change, when it should’ve been a countout, Tatanka finally enters the ring to start the match proper and gets dropped with an elbow from Diesel. Sid kicks the elbow from the apron and drives it into the ring post as Bammer accidentally distracts the ref by being a, ahem, hot head. Tatanka war dances and focuses his offense on the elbow with tomahawk chops and kicks. Tatanka wraps it around the top rope, Sid gets his licks in as Bigelow continues distracting the ref. Sid misses a legdrop, Bigelow tags in and immediately rains down clotheslines on the Corporation. Tatanka accidentally elbowdrops Sid and gets knocked out of the ring with a dropkick. Bigelow drills Sid with a DDT and a flying headbutt, but his cover is only visual as DiBiase distracts the ref. Bigelow tries a cover much later and Sid easily kicks out. DiBiase distracts Bigelow, Sid clobbers him from behind with forearms and takes him to the mat with a chokeslam off the middle buckle. Great bump by Bigelow on that one, hot damn. Sid goads Diesel into the ring for funzies, Tatanka tags in and covers Bigelow but Bigelow kicks out. Bigelow grabs a side headlock, Tatanka drills him with a belly-to-back suplex and goes a stompin’. Sid tags in, Tatanka holds Bigelow for a running boot, then hits another. Bigelow fights back but gets booted out to the floor. Bigelow sweeps the legs and goes for a slingshot move, but Tatanka grabs the legs and pulls him back down to the floor. Back in the ring Sid applies a chinlock, knee to the spine.
Sid moves to a front chancery, Diesel gets the “hot” tag and goes to work on Sid. He hits an elbowdrop but stupidly uses the wrong arm and writhes in pain. Bigelow tags back in, Tatanka charges and hits a crossbody for the 1…2…Bammer kicks out. Chinlock time. Bigelow escapes, Tatanka plants him with a DDT for the 1…2…once again Bigelow kicks out. Bigelow finds a second wind, Tatanka tries to talk him down and they knock one another to the mat with a double clothesline. Bigelow manages to drape over Tatanka for the 1…2…kickout. Tatanka applies another chinlock, Bigelow escapes and counters a drop-down with a senton! Awesome. Tatanka grabs the ankle, Bigelow counters with an enzuigiri and makes the tag to Diesel. Diesel drills Tatanka with a sidewalk slam and a big boot after countering an O’Connor Roll. Diesel hits the Jackknife and covers for the 1…2…DIESEL PULLS HIM UP and asks for Sid. Sid drops off the apron and refuses, WALKING AWAY FROM THE MATCH to the surprise of DiBiase. Trash is thrown at him, Diesel turns his attention back to Tatanka by dropping an elbow and covering for the 1…2…3.
Diesel & Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Sid & Tatanka via pinfall (17:35)
- This PPV needed a killer main event to save it and this was NOT that. Not awful or anything but real bland and slightly awkward. Finish was pretty goofy too but it was to build to a lumberjack match at next month’s In Your House so I get it I guess. (**)
Diesel and Bigelow celebrate under a pyro show as we end the PPV.
FINAL THOUGHTS: King of the Ring 1995 is considered one of, if not the, worst PPV in WWE history. After sitting through it twenty-five years later I can confidently say that its reputation is VERY much warranted. A total snoozefest of a show with nothing memorable and some of it outright bad. Just real lifeless sh*t here. Jesus. If you’re thinking about checking this out for historical purposes…don’t. Well okay watch King Mabel get coronated and maybe HBK/Kama but also don’t.
- MATCH OF THE NIGHT: Shawn Michaels vs. Kama
- MOMENT OF THE NIGHT: Savio Vega’s underdog run…until getting squashed by Mabel.