Continuing on from the series of WWF Monday Night Raw reports I have done here on TheWesker.com, I am going to review the WWF Summerslam 1995 event. This will be a slightly different review than usual because I want to be less wordy in my reviews of the matches, with only the major points highlighted. With that said, let’s get to the review!
WWF Summerslam 1995
August 27, 1995 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ah, Summerslam 1995. An interesting show for a variety of reasons. Diesel’s only Summerslam as the company’s top babyface. The second Shawn vs Razor ladder match. The last WWF PPV before the Monday Night War. A wave of change is in store for the WWF and professional wrestling in general and this show is smack dab in the middle of it all.
The show opens up with a recap with Todd Pettengill, going over the two main feuds of King Mabel vs Diesel and Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon. Jerry “The King” Lawler tells us he believes the other king on the show, Mabel, will succeed. Vince McMahon tells us that Dean Douglas will be reviewing the matches on the show, so get ready for that.
123 Kid vs Hakushi
In a quick recap, we’re shown that Barry Harowitz beat Hakushi earlier today on WWF Action Zone. What a loser The Kid will look like if he doesn’t win here. I will say that Hakushi had a hell of an entrance, especially for a preliminary gimmick. King says that Hakushi’s tattoos symbolize something for 123 Kid, but he’s not sure what. Vince tells us that meant nothing. I will say Hakushi’s tattoos look ridiculous. Decent action early, with lots of kicks from The Kid. Hakushi’s offense was not very impressive and got very little heat. Unfortunately, Hakushi’s offense took most of the match and it suffered big time as a result. Hakushi did have a somewhat impressive Vader Bomb, I guess. Crowd chanted for 123 Kid a bit. At one point, Kid is out of the ring and Hakushi did a cool looking flip on The Kid. Hakushi then hit a flying headbutt that missed by a country mile. Eventually, Hakushi hits a Nenbutsu Bomb for the pinfall win at 9:27. I guess The Kid is a chump.
Dok Hendrix is backstage with King Mabel. Mabel called Diesel “Big Daddy Fool” and then ended the interview with “Long Live The King.”
Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs Bob “Spark Plug” Holly
Vince predicts Bob Holly will win here. Fun fact: This is Triple H’s PPV debut. As Hunter removes his shirt, a few girls in the crowd squealed. King and Vince bicker about quail and squab for a while with no real point. Hunter is also undefeated, and takes the first part of the match with plenty of punches and slams to Holly. Match is really nothing special with a ton of holds, dropkicks and hip tosses. Vince reminds us of Hunter’s devastating finishing move known as “The Pedigree.” Vince fears Hunter may use this move in the match. Eventually, Holly tries for a back body drop but Hunter blocks and hits the Pedigree for the pinfall win at 7:10. The Pedigree used to look much more devastating.
Todd Pettengill shows us the WWF Superstars helping out a local firefighter charity in a game of tug of war.
Jacob & Eli Blu (w/ Uncle Zebekiah) vs The Smoking Gunns
A little weird to be seeing Zeb all these years earlier in the WWF. I wonder who’s winning this match, the guys who got an entrance, or the ones who didn’t? Looks like they’re probably short on time, so I don’t expect this one to go long. Not that I’m hoping they’re saving time for Mabel vs Diesel later. Vince keeps saying the Gunns are real cowboys. The Blu brothers take most of the match with sloppy offense. Best part was Zeb outside stroking his beard. I will say the Blu brothers got way more offense and near falls than I would have expected. After a miscommunication between the Blu brothers, The Smoking Gunns hit the Sidewinder for the pinfall win at 6:09.
A video package is shown next highlighting Barry Horowitz’s wins over Skip.
Skip (w/ Sunny) vs Barry Horowitz
Barry Horiwitz’s theme music is certainly something else. Barry is a house of fire early on, destroying Skip with his offense. Skip gains the advantage with cocky punches and taunts. Sunny slams on the mat, cheering Skip on. Sunny eventually throws a fit and jumps in the ring to throw in the towel for Skip but Earl Hebner will not allow her to. Skip continues trying to do exercises as taunts. Skip throws a fist drop from the top rope that didn’t come close to hitting Barry but he sold it anyway. Horrowitz’s offense consists of the most basic lariats and suplexes. Vince is cheering Barry on, saying that his perseverance might pay off. If Barry wins, he may apparently gain a contract with the WWF. After Hakushi comes down, Barry Horowitz is able to roll up Skip for the pinfall win at 11:21.
Dean Douglas is backstage, and says that Horowitz’s win is disgraceful and that he gives the referee an ‘F’ and Horowitz an S for Slacker. Todd Pettengill is in Shawn Michaels’ locker room. Todd recaps the last ladder match they had, saying that everyone is still talking about it today. Shawn says it’s not possible to prepare for this type of match but the only two people who can are him and Razor Ramon. Shawn says he is the best WWF Intercontinental Champion of all time.
Bertha Faye (w/ Harvey Wippleman) vs Alundra Blayze for the WWF Women’s Championship
Alundra Blayze got an eye-popping entrance with pyro. Bertha’s outfit could not get more ugly. Her offense might be uglier, with lots of bad body blocks and slams. Alundra tries a cool looking roll up but it doesn’t work. Sunny chased Harvey away by tearing his suit off. Bertha then hits a sloppy powerbomb for the pinfall to win the WWF Women’s Championship at 4:37. Jim Ross interviews Harvey and he says that Bertha just completed the makeover by winning the title. Bertha says she has a new belt for her “slim fast” waist.
A video package plays showing the feud between The Undertaker and Kama, including black wreathes, creatures of the night, and Ted Dibiase. Paul Bearer then tells us that in a few moments we will witness the end of the “Supreme Fighting Machine” in Kama. Undertaker tells us that Kama went over the line in attacking his creatures, and that the sands have slid through the hourglass and Kama’s day of reckoning is here. Undertaker says Kama’s fate is sealed and that his soul will belong to him. Rest in peace.
Kama (w/ Ted Dibiase) vs The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) in a Casket Match
A casket match? I must have missed that somewhere in the video package. I guess Kama’s gimmick is that he’s a legitimate fighter. Early on, Undertaker throws Kama over the ropes on the Casket in a scary spot. The usual spot with Kama hitting hard offense but Undertaker sits up. Undertaker is kicked into the casket but he manages to throw Kama in. Ted Dibiase distracts Undertaker so he can’t close the casket. Kama is doing a lot of “MMA” offense, which comes across as looking very fake by today’s standards. Eventually Undertaker is thrown outside and Ted Dibiase kicks him while he’s down. Bearer tries so hard to get over to the Undertaker but he’s restrained. Paul Bearer was so great at playing whatever alignment he needed to. Kama hits a scary suplex on Undertaker, landing on the casket. Kama attempts to piledrive Undertaker on the casket but Undertaker blocks it into a back body drop. At some point, Kama forgets the stipulation and tries to pin The Undertaker. King buries him and calls him an idiot for doing this.
Undertaker is put in a sleeper hold for a long time and it takes a long time for him to fight out. Undertaker makes a comeback, hitting the flying clothesline and then both participants fly over the top rope into the casket. The casket closed, and the referees don’t know what to do. Kama almost makes it out but Undertaker pulls him back into the casket. Undertaker hits a chokeslam and the Tombstone Piledriver and then rolls Kama into the casket for the win at 16:07. The crowd seemed to be really into The Undertaker.
A video package is shown featuring Bret Hart’s feud with Jerry Lawler and his dentist Isaac Yankem D.D.S. Todd Pettengill interviews Bret Hart, who says Lawler can send whoever he wants because he’ll knock a hole through them. He says he’s had enough of Lawler. Bret reminds us that he is the Best there is, best there ever was, and the best there ever will be.
Bret Hart vs Isaac Yankem D.D.S.
Yankem’s ring attire consists of nothing but blue sweat pants. Seriously. Yankem takes the early part of the match, offense is nothing special. Lawler makes plenty of dental jokes about Hart’s family. Hart nails a top rope shoulder block and goes for the sharpshooter but Yankem blocks it. You have no idea how hard it is not to type Kane instead of Yankem. Isaac Yankem tossed Bret Hart into the turnbuckle very hard, Lawler stood up and applauded. Lawler keeps demanding Yankem go for Bret’s teeth, and claims Yankem brought toothbrushes to the ring. Yankem hit a leg drop on Bret who was strung up on the top rope. Bret Hart hit an awesome tope on Yankem and then pummeled him on the ground.
Bret puts Yankem in the sharpshooter. Jerry Lawler helps Yankem reach the ropes but Bret had him in the hold for a long time. Bret ties up Yankem’s legs and beats him up. Lawler runs into stop it but Bret runs after him and beats him up as the crowd goes absolutely wild for this. Jerry assists Yankem in placing Bret’s head in the ropes, which causes the referee to call for the DQ at 16:07. Pretty exciting ending sequence up until the DQ finish. Yankem was trying really hard to put on a good match, and we at least got a decent one out of him. Bret eventually gets out of the ring ropes with help and walks off looking very annoyed at what has happened.
Razor Ramon is backstage with Dok Hendrix. Dok asks if history will repeat itself. Razor says he takes every chance he gets, and that Shawn’s pain brings him pleasure.
Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Dok Hendrix is on color commentary now, replacing Jerry Lawler. Shawn got an awesome entrance, with the silhouette standing in the entrance for a long time. Shawn climbs the ladder in the entryway. The referees protest that the title is too high in the air for anyone to reach it. Shawn adjusts the title so it’s sideways on the clevis. Fast paced action early on, with neither man gaining the advantage. Razor goes for the Razor’s Edge but Shawn gets out. The story of the match is that these former friends know each other very well, so it’s hard for either of them to get the advantage. Razor does get Shawn up for the Razor’s Edge but Shawn gets out of it. Both go down with a double clothesline.
Razor goes outside and gets the ladder and brings it down by the ring. Backstage, we see Sid watching the match on the smallest monitor that ever existed. Razor sets up the ladder inside the ring and begins to climb. Shawn tips the ladder over just in time. Razor pulls down Shawn’s pants as he climbs, exposing his butt. The cameras did not catch it. Razor pulls Shawn down but Shawn’s leg gets caught in the ladder. Razor works heel and stomps the ladder, hurting Shawn’s leg further.
Razor slams Shawn on the ladder so that his legs hit first. Razor places the ladder on the middle rope. Shawn flips Razor into the ladder, injuring Razor’s ribs. Razor picks up Shawn and drops him into the ladder. Razor continues to work on Shawn’s foot, racking it into the ring post several times. Razor picks up the ladder and throws it at Shawn. Dok Hendrix is delivering some of the most awful commentary ever to be recorded here. Razor climbs the ladder but Shawn manages to leap off the top and knock Razor down. Dok tells us this is the best match he has ever seen. Razor climbs again but Shawn atomic drops him off the ladder.
Shawn whips Razor into the ladder in the corner in an ugly spot. Shawn sets up the ladder and whips Razor into it again. The crowd seems to be mixed on Shawn here but mostly cheers. Shawn sets up the ladder, climbs it, and then moonsaults on Razor. Shawn goes for the top of the ladder splash like in the first match but fails to hit Razor this time. Dok says “Come on Shawn” and “Come on Razor” in succession several times, which makes me want to jam a drill in my ear. Both men climb to the top of the ladder, exchange blows, and then the ladder falls over so both men straddle the top rope. Sloppy spot as Shawn was supposed to fly over the top rope with the ladder but the ladder got in the way as Shawn tumbled to the floor.
Back in the ring, Shawn sets up the ladder as Razor brings in another ladder. Shawn climbs but Razor hits the Razor’s Edge off the ladder. Razor also collapses in exhaustion. Razor sets up a ladder, while Shawn sets up the other. Both men climb to the top, and Shawn kicks Razor off the ladder. Shawn tries to jump and grab the title but he just stumbles to the floor. Razor goes for another Razor’s Edge but Shawn reverses it. Shawn climbs the ladder and can’t grip the title and falls again. Shawn goes to the top of the ladder again and finally brings down the Intercontinental Championship at 25:03. Great match but the sloppy ending knocks it down several pegs for me. After the match, Razor grabs the belt, teasing dissention but then hands it to Shawn, the rightful champion.
Backstage, Dean Douglas tells us that Razor is a loser. Razor shows up and punches Dean, telling him he’s all talk. Todd Pettengill is backstage with WWF Champion Diesel, who says Diesel is gone but Big Daddy Cool is alive. Diesel says he’s going to get Medieval on Mabel. Sure you will, Kevin.
King Mabel vs Diesel for the WWF Championship
Dok tells us the arena is thundering. If that’s supposed to mean loud, he’s lying. Diesel does get a decent pop but I don’t think it was as strong as Bret’s or Shawn’s. The match is your typical Diesel/Kevin Nash match, complete with elbows, knees in the corner, and even the hair flip. Nash did an actually interesting move in flying over the top onto the floor on Mabel. Sloppy work outside as Mabel tries to run into Diesel’s boot. Mabel crushes Diesel’s back with a sit down splash. Sloppy interference from Sir Mo. Lex Luger comes out to try and help Diesel but Diesel knocks him out of the ring. Luger then takes out Sir Mo, leaving the ringside area with him as they battle to the back. Bye Lex, enjoy your time in WCW. Mabel gets a close near fall on a belly-to-belly suplex. Diesel hits a top rope clothesline on Mabel for the world’s slowest pinfall win at 9:14. Crummy, crummy match. You know it’s bad when the highlight is Lex Luger. The question was answered though: Diesel can’t powerbomb Mabel.
Conclusion: Summerslam 1995 is a decent show. The opening matches ranged from average to good, with the exception of the Smoking Gunns and Triple H matches. Bret carries Yankem to a pretty good match, while Undertaker and Kama have an entertaining one as well. Shawn vs Razor is a very good ladder match that barely falls short from greatness. Diesel/Mabel is probably the worst Summerslam main event of all time. The show is probably worth a watch but not a classic worth remembering for years down the line.