WWF Monday Night RAW - September 19th, 1995
Manhattan Center - New York, New York
Taped on September 12th, 1995
The rooftop opening kicks off, then we're to ringside with Vince McMahon, Jerry 'The King' Lawler and Roddy Piper as they go over the two huge matches tonight, plus other action. Lawler talks about how tonight we'll learn that “money always wins in the end – even over death” while Piper snarks “even the River Styx takes a coin at the end, King, so you better be ready when you're bloated belly is six feet under” before McMahon sends it to the ring.
The Smoking Gunns vs. Bert Centeno & Buck Quartermaine – Both Bert & Buck try some quick tags right at the start of the match to attempt to get some sort of advantage on the Gunns, but a double suplex is blocked by Bart who elbows out of it, then drops B with a big time side suplex. Billy comes in, hits a few big time moves of his own, including a body slam and big time lariat before both Gunns finish things off with the Sidewinder to pick up the victory.
The Smoking Gunns d. Bert Centeno & Buck Quartermaine – (Sidewinder – 2:47)
After the match, Billy Gunn picks up the mic and says, “ya' know, Ted DiBiase has been running his mouth about how Yokozuna deserves to keep the tag belts just because his fat kiester is still around. Well, the truth is, Bart and I don't care that Psycho Sid is Yokozuna's new partner. Sure, he's big, he's bad, and a little crazy, but we're blood and that'll always win out over two big guys thrown together by some rich SOB who thinks he should run things just because he has some cash to throw around.”
Bart takes the mic and says, “what my brother is saying, we know that you're looking for a team to fight at In Your House, Million Dollar Man. So, bring your sumo wrestler. Bring your psycho. We'll be your huckleberries!”
McMahon, Piper, and Lawler talk about the Gunn's challenge with Lawler saying it's some sort of suicide wish from the Gunns as he says, “this isn't a shootout at the OK Corral. You're not allowed to bring your six shooters in the ring with Psycho Sid or Yokozuna.” Piper responds, “well, it would be helpful. And I'm not going to criticize two young wrestlers for shooting rocks at some big targets. Would be kind of hypocritical from this galoot, don't ya' think?”
From there, we're backstage with Dok Hendrix who is standing beside Razor Ramon. Dok asks Razor if he's ready for the match tonight and Razor snatches the mic away from the former Freebird and says, “Mang, just walk away. Tatanka, you're nothing but a fraud. Yeah, I've been a bad guy in my life. I've done some pretty terrible things in my past. But, I was always upfront with who I was and what I did. Nobody could say I knifed them in the back.”
After a pause, Razor continues, “unlike you, ya' turncoat Injun. You took the money, thinking it'd fix all your problems, but let's be honest, mang. Da Bad Guy knows all the gold, all the women, all the riches in the world doesn't help you at night, when you're tossing and turning in your comfortable hotel bed. It doesn't get rid of that little voice in the back of your head, telling ya' what a sad sack you are. So, Tatanka, when you're going back to the hotel tonight in the back of Ted DiBiase's well acquainted limousine after getting your butt kicked from pillar to post by The Bad Guy, think if this is really the man you want to be, Jack. Or should I say Geronimo?”
At that, Razor simply walks away as McMahon throws it to commercial while talking about Razor Ramon looks very focused tonight.
Coming back from commercials, we get the same Ahmed Johnson video we've gotten for the past few weeks, involving Ahmed running up and down stairs, doing some work with the weights, tossing around tires, looking all buff 'n' strong and generally making Vince McMahon very, very happy.
Tatanka comes out first, with The Million Dollar Man as the crowd boos. Before Ramon can be introduced, DiBiase takes the mic and it looks like he has something to talk about. “Well, well, well, it seems like the little people of New York still don't understand that men such as myself will and always have ruled this city. So, just accept it!”
More boos as DiBiase says, “but, I'm not out here to point out the obvious. There is business to attend too. So, first of all, Smoking Dolts, you're on. You'll simply be the first victims among the tag team roster of the World Wrestling Federation for Psycho Sid and Yokozuna as they relcaim the World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Titles that should still belong to them.”
Mixed reaction as the crowd is receptive to the match, but less receptive to Sid & Yoko. DiBiase waits a moment, then says, “also, over this past weekend, that jailbird Crush decided that he wants to get involved in corporate business. So, Crush, at In Your House, you will face off against the hottest free agent in professional wrestling, as he makes his debut in the World Wrestling Federation.”
Another mixed reaction, then DiBiase finishes off by saying, “Jailbird, you will see that everybody has a price for the Million Dollar Man, but Razor Ramon, you get to know that right now! HA HA HA HA!”
Razor Ramon vs. Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase – Ramon comes down to the ring, a house of fire, going right after Tatanka with forearms and kicks sending Tatanka into the corner. A quick Irish whip later and Tatanka's spine gets slammed into the turnbuckles, followed quickly by a running knee from Da Bad Guy. Razor waits for the turncoat Indian to stumble out and takes him down with a bulldog to a pop from the crowd but only gets a two count. Ramon tries to lock on an abdominal stretch, but Tatanka powers out of it, helped quite a bit by Tatanka going low on a kick. The big Indian then takes Ramon down with a big kick, then locks on a sleeperhold. Tatanka has Da Bad Guy in the center of the ring and the referee goes to check, but Ramon elbows out of the hold, but then the Million Dollar Man's charge drops him again with a few big Tomahawk chops followed by a huge high knee, then as Ramon slowly gets up, Tatanka dives off the second rope with a shoulderblock that gets a near fall again. While the crowd boos, Tatanka goes to lift Razor up for the Renegade drop, but the big man from South Beach nails Tatanka with an elbow, slips out and takes the big Native American down with a clothesline to the back of the head. Slowly, Tatanka gets up and walks straight into a scoop slam from the former I-C Champ, who then grabs Tatanka in posiiton for The Razor's Edge, but as he goes to pick Tatanka up, IRS runs in a clubs him from behind with a chair shot to the back and the referee calls for the bell!
Razor Ramon DQ Tatanka - (7:56 - Tatanka DQ's for IRS' interference)
Tatanka & IRS immediately begin the beatdown on Ramon as the crowd boos and Lawler congratulates the Million Dollar Corporation on softening up Ramon before In Your House. The boos turn to raucus cheer as Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels head out from the locker room to save Ramon, but it's just a moment too late as Tatanka nails Razor with a RENEGADE DROP ON THE CHAIR!
The Million Dollar Corporation clears out quickly, with DiBiase cackling like a madman as medical officials tend to Ramon, putting him on a stretcher as WWF Officials try to calm down HBK and Savage at ringside.
McMahon says they'll keep fans updated, then throws it to a repeat of the Hector Garza video from last week before we cut to commercials.
Coming back from commercials, we see video of Razor Ramon being loaded up on the ambulance, while Diesel, Shawn Michaels, and The Smoking Gunns watch on. Cut to the ring, where The King's Court has been built and Jerry Lawler is standing inside the ring with a pacing Macho Man. Piper says, “Lawler's a braver man than I thought if he's getting in that ring beside Savage while he's amped up like that.” McMahon cooly responds, “no, he just doesn't get paid for the segment if it doesn't happen.” Piper deadpans, “ah, that makes a lot more sense.”
Lawler starts off by saying, “Yes, yes, we're all sad about a guy with more gold around his neck than at a Brighton Beach community meeting is injured. But, it's on to the important matters now, which means The King's Court and my guest at this time – 'The Macho Man' Randy Savage!”
Big pop for Savage who looks less than enthused to be in the same ring as Lawler. “Now, last week, Macho Man, you explained to the WWF fans why you were back and who you wanted to face at In Your House. But, let's be honest here, Savage. Let's talk about the real reason you've come back, crawling, hat in hand, to the World Wrestling Federation.”
Savage, who has been pacing around the ring, immediately turns around and stares a hole through The King, who looks cool as a cucumber. Savage steps up right to the mic, and grabs it from Lawler and says, “Burger King, you better be careful. There may be a throne, you may have a scepter, but we both know brother, this isn't your Kingdom. So, say what you want to say, but ya' better walk carefully or else, Vinny Mac and Piper will have to get Lord Alfred out of cryogenic storage cause you'll be in traction. Dig it?”
Lawler seems momentarily taken aback, but then continues, saying, “you're right, Savage. But, this isn't your kingdom any more, either. You walked away, thinking you could claim fame and fortune somewhere else, but it didn't work out that way, did it? Because you ran into the same problem you always do and you always have, going way back from when you started in this business, Macho Man. That you always come up...just....that...short.”
'Oooohs' from the crowd as Savage gets right in Lawler's face and says, “Lawler, you think I've come up short. You think I came up short when I held the WWF Title in my hands? You think I came up short when I elbow dropped The Million Dollar Man in front of God and everyone? You think I came up short when I beat Ric Flair – yeah, I said his name – at Wrestlemania? Yeah, I walked away for a bit. Cleared my head. Took some time to wander around the grass that I thought eas greener. Because people in this company here thought The Macho Man should be put out to pasture. And oh yeahhhhh, I know in the back of their head, they still got that feeling. But until somebody stronger, faster, or smarter than myself comes around, the Madness will be in the World Wrestling and brother, that's a promise you can take to the bank.”
Lawler laughs and says, “I wonder what some people from your past would say about prom – UGHHHK!”
MASSIVE POP AS SAVAGE GRABS LAWLER'S NECK, then says, “YOU DON'T GET TO MENTION HER! YOU DON'T GET TO THINK OF HER! THAT'S MY FAILURE! THAT'S MY BURDEN!”
Then Savage tosses Lawler down to the mat and The King rolls out of the ring to safety as Savage kicks away the accoutrements of the King's Court and then says, “I got one more thing to say, then the Burger King can take back his fake set, his fake throne, and his fake teeth. Ted DiBiase, I know you're back there, feeling reallllllll goooooood about what you just did. Well, I can't get my hands on you yet, brother, because you decided to retire. But at In Your House, I'm sick 'n' tired of the games. Bring on the Taxman. Irwin, you're ass is about to pay a refund for all the crap the Corporation has been dishing out. OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHH!”
Savage slams down the mic and walks back to the locker room as Lawler complains about Savage's actions.
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Avery – So, on another week, this would be the opportunity of a lifetime for Avery. Not tonight. For perhaps the first time in his World Wrestling Federation career, Shawn Michaels looked dangerous. Not talented. Not charismatic. Not flashy. But dangerous. Shawn, along with Diesel for the ride didn't allow his theme music to get thirty seconds in, as he ran in, dived into the ring and absolutely nailed C with a flying forearm. The I-C Champion's opponent slowly got up, only to get driven into the corner with a Slingshot Suplex, then as he stumbled out, absolutely drilled with a SWEET CHIN MUSIC that immediately KO'd Avery for the pinfall.
Shawn Michaels p. Chris Avery – (Sweet Chin Music – 1:40)
After the match, Shawn Michaels didn't even wait for The Fink to make the announcement of his victory, taking the mic from him and saying, “I'm sorry Finkmeister, but we'v got some business to attend too.”
The Heartbreak Kid then continued, saying, “Earlier tonight, Ted DiBiase, along with his little cronies thought they'd finished the job. Ooops, take out Razor Ramon, give him a back injury so that WWF Officials won't clear him for Sunday. Job finished. Easy victory on Sunday. After all, ole' HBK and Diesel aren't so crazy they'd show up a man down against three mystery members of the Million Dollar Corporation, right?”
Mixed cheers and confusion from the audience as Michaels continues, “I mean, it could be anybody being paid off by Ted DiBiase. Hell, he might be giving money to Vinny Mac under the table. Now, the truth is, of course we would. Diesel and I, we're the top dogs in this company for a reason. We're the main event. We're what everybody else in this business has to measure themselves against, whether they're wrestling in front of 100 folks in a high school gym or over on that 'other show' pretending to care about what happened with a bottled blonde and his chubby best friend.
SHOOT POP FROM THE NEW YORK FANS!
“Ya' see, Big Daddy Cool and I would walk into the firing line on Sunday night, live on Pay Per View, against The Million Dollar Corporation, all by ourselves. Not because we're stupid, but because we're just that good. However, we aren't stupid, so thankfully, we're allowed a substitution. So, New York, give a warm welcome to our new third man, who will be every happy to help us eat the rich....BAM BAM BIGELOW!”
Bigelow's theme music hits to a pop as Bigelow comes out to the ring and joins Diesel and Michaels. As the crowd cheers, The Heartbreak Kid says, “that' right, you got The Beast from The East, Big Daddy Cool, and me, The Showstopper! Bring whoever you want, DiBiase, it won't be enough!”
Diesel raises his fist and Shawn does a little shimmy as his theme music plays again while the announcers react to Ramon's replacement. We then cut to
file footage from various riots in the 60's, civil rights marches, Malcolm X speeches, and Black Power salutes before 'Natural Born Killaz' (a highly edited version) cuts in as there's newer video footage of the L.A. Riots, various street gangs, cops busting down a door, high speed chases, and people arguing with cops in the streets during a protest before a graphic that says – 'THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED.' Then, another pops up the says 'THE GANGSTAS ARE COMING NO MATTER WHAT THE WWF WANTS'
Coming back from commercials, a graphic comes up that says 'MOMENTS AGO', showing Diesel, Savage, and Michaels leaving in an oversized truck to join Ramon at the hospital, while The Steiners are in the parking lot. As they turn to head back to the arena, the camera suddenly shudders and stumbles and when the video is steady again – THE NASTY BOYS ARE ATTACKING THE STEINERS IN THE PARKING LOT!
After they leave The Steiners laying, they come up to the camera and Sags says, “Steiners! We heard you talking about wanting some competition here in the WWF. Well, we didn't want you to be lonely all the way up here in New York, so we'rrrrrrreeeeeee baaaaaaaccccckkkkk!”
Knobbs then adds in, “Welcome back to Nastyville, WWF!”
Coming back from that video, McMahon says tonight has truly proved that anything can happen in the World Wrestling Federation, then throws it to the ring for the introductions of the main event.
The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Psycho Sid w/ Ted DiBiase – Now, let's be honest here. This match would be no good. And it'd be really boring to write. So, let's pretend I did. We all know what would happen here – some chokes, some clubbering, a ropewalk by 'Taker, some blatant interference by DiBiase, Bearer getting involved, Sid going for a Powerbomb and failing, then a spot where 'Taker sat up and Sid freaked out. Sounds good? Good.
Anyway, after a commercial break, the finish of the match is The Undertaker hitting the big running clothesline on Psycho Sid and it beginning to look like he's going to go for the Tombstone. However, the moment he goes to lift Psycho Sid up for the finish, IRS, Tatanka, and Yokozuna head out to ringside...with a CASKET!
Seeing what's happening, The Undertaker drops Sid to the mat with a slam and readies himself for a fight. Tatanka comes in first, and gets some Soupbone's for his pleasure as the referee rings the bell and ends the match officially, but things are just getting started here on Monday Night RAW. As soon as Tatanka is laid out, IRS runs in, who also gets beatdown, but then Sid nails 'Taker from behind with an axehandle. The Man from the Darkside tries to fight off both men, but then Yokozuna hits the ring and well, it's not just fair. The numbers game overwhelms Death Valley's favorite son and he is quickly laid out on the mat, thanks to kicks, punches, stomps, and a big waistlock suplex from Yokozuna.
Ringside, McMahon explains to the thickest of fans that Ramon is injured, The Steiners are being looked at, and the trio of Savage, Diesel, and Michaels have left to join Ramon at a local medical facility. The boos from the crowd turn to cheers as The Smoking Gunns and Bam Bam Bigelow head out to ringside, but before they can get to the ring, the five evil SOB's beating down The Undertaker take the time to block their way, then take all three men down temporarily. Meanwhile, The Million Dollar Man has slapped Paul Bearer down and grabbed the urn from the pale faced mortician. While the Manhattan Center continues to boos, The Undertaker slowly sits up to a pop, only to get NAILED RIGHT IN THE SKULL BY THE URN!
The Deadman still slowly gets up, only for Psycho Sid to kick him in the gut - RING SHAKING POWERBOMB! Then, Psycho Sid drags 'Taker's body over – BANZAI DROP! DiBiase cackles at ringside as Yoko slowly climbs back to the 2nd rope – ANOTHER BANZAI DROP! While IRS, Tatanka, and Sid make sure neither The Gunns or Bigelow can get to the ring, Yokozuna slowly gets to the 2nd rope one more time – A THIRD BANZAI DROP!
The boos turn to a hush as the heels slowly drag 'Taker over to the side of the ring and deposit him into the casket. For a moment, the Million Dollar Corporation laughs and celebrates at their accomplishment, when suddenly the LIGHTS GO OUT IN THE ARENA!
The Undertaker's gong sounds and LIGHT COMES OUT OF THE URN FOR ONLY A MOMENT, then the arena is shrouded in darkness once again. After a second, the lights come back on. Immediately, almost sensing something, DiBiase goes over and opens up the casket – ONLY THE UNDERTAKER IS NO LONGER THERE!
As The Million Dollar Corporation question where 'Taker went, we get one final hard sell for In Your House, then the credits come up!
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IN YOUR HOUSE : MILLION DOLLAR TAKEOVER
Diesel, Shawn Michaels, and Bam Bam Bigelow take on Three Members of The Million Dollar Corporation!
The Macho Man returns to the WWF ring and faces off against Irwin R. Schyster!
Crush will face Ted DiBiase's newest client!
The Smoking Gunns will face the challenge of Yokozuna & Psycho Sid!
The Nasty Boys return to the WWF and face off against The Steiners!
Fatu takes on Jacques Rougeau, only on the Free for All!