The Wrestling Time Machine: November of 1995

The table is set, the family is here, it’s time to turn off the big game, tell the kids to put down the Milton Bradley Karate Fighters and prepare to give thanks, it’s…November of 1995!!!

(Content Warning: Blood, Violence, Weapons)

It’s fun to stay at the…W-C-W!

We begin with the feast presented by the Turner Family’s World Championship Wrestling. While the patriarch of the Turner Family was out for a pack of smokes, everyone’s favorite Uncle Eric was left in charge. Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan had the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt taken from him by The Dungeon of Doom’s resident kaiju, The Giant at Halloween Havoc with the combined physical assistance of his Dungeon of Doom compatriots and the nefarious contract dealings of The Hulkster’s former agent, best friend in the whole world and Power Of Attorney, “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. Following through on his promise from the previous week following their victory over “The Immortal One”, The Giant defended the WCW

The Morse Code played for his entrance translates to “SQUASH MATCH.”

World Heavyweight Championship against…Cobra. The One-time rival of Seargent Craig “The Pitbull” Pittman, who had been working in a Tweener role, and hadn’t done anything of note, except for losing to Pittman two months prior at WCW Fall Brawl/War Games was named the number one contender for the illustrious championship by The Giant. The Giant lumbered to the ring with Jimmy Hart in tow. Once there, he wrapped his hands around the midsection of ring announcer Dave Penzer, until Penzer acquiesced to The Giant’s demands, and announced him as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. The Chokeslam made short work of the former marine, Cobra. While The Giant was successfully defending the championship in the ring of WCW Monday Nitro, Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage took the night off to

YOU make it make sense.

talk philosophy and strategy with a random homeless man in Venice Beach, all while a man in a turban on rollerblades played guitar. Hogan assured Savage that they’d replaced Jimmy Hart with this homeless person as the head of “War Games” or “War Crimes” and that he and Savage are together on the dark side, to take on The Dungeon of Doom. Savage questioned how much more was Hogan going to have to sacrifice in his quest. After all, Hogan had lost his mustache to “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, and Jimmy Hart had ripped Hogan between the seams of the red and yellow. Savage posited that he and Hogan should divide and conquer. Hogan should walk the dark side on the low road, while Savage could take the light side of the high road on WCW Monday Nitro and determine who amongst the ranks of the WCW roster could be trusted as a friend, rather than a foe. Later that evening, “Mean” Gene Okerlund was joined in the ring by The Giant, “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, and the leader of The Dungeon of Doom, “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan. Okerlund assured the WCW audience that The Giant was not the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, but Hart fought back. Hart set the record straight, that while Hulk Hogan was doing charity work with

his friends around the world, and out in Hollywood, making movies that never wind up on the silver screen and instead went straight to videocassette, Jimmy Hart was taking care of business. You see, while Hart was pretending to be Hogan’s friend and manager, he was really working under the sinister machinations of “The Taskmaster”. With Hogan globetrotting and shooting D-Grade films, The Dungeon of Doom was busy assuring their victory in obtaining the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with overcomplicated legalese. Said legalese guaranteed that if Hulk Hogan should lose the match via Disqualification, he would also lose the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. The Dungeon of

Honestly? This is what should’ve been in that iceberg. Kids. Ask your parents.

Doom was in for a rude awakening when Gene then introduced them and the WCW audience to actual World Championship Wrestling attorney, Nick Lambrose. Lambrose had been working closely with the WCW Championship Committee and while it was determined that Jimmy Hart was partially correct, The Giant was not recognized as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Lambrose explained that he’d been on the phone with WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel. Bockwinkel had further conferred with the various other WCW commissioners and they’d issued the following statement: “Notwithstanding that Hulk Hogan’s contract to wrestle The Giant contained a clause that provided he would lose the championship belt in the event of a disqualification,  because of the dubious nature of the disqualification, The WCW Championship Committee has determined that the WCW World Heavyweight title will be held up and will now be awarded to the winner of the three-ring, sixty man battle royal at World War 3 in Norfolk, Virginia.”

The following week on the 11/13/95 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Hogan followed through on his word, journeying deep into the abyss of the dark side as

He who fights with monsters, BROTHER, should be careful lest he thereby becomes a monster, BROTHER. And if the LITTLE MANIACS gaze long into an abyss, BROTHER, the abyss will also gaze into thee, BROTHER.

part of the extreme lengths he needed to go to. On a set that looked like WCW had raided a Hobby Lobby on November 1st and looking like a sexual predator lurking in the seedier corners of your local Renaissance Fair, Hogan soliloquized that Savage would bring him the head of Meng on a silver platter. Hogan questioned the loyalty of Sting due to his friendship with “The Total Package” Lex Luger. Should Sting find himself aligning with The Dungeon of Doom, Sting would be moved to the top of Hogan’s hit list. The Hulkster wondered what The Dungeon of Doom would do when he and Savage took the darkness of doom and turned it on their foes to destroy them. The whole segment was somehow worse than the prior week’s with the homeless “Head of War Crimes”. Hogan’s dialogue doesn’t fit the setting at all. Everything about it felt out of place. Following Hogan’s vignette, Meng made his way to the ring to face off against Randy Savage. For the third month in a row, WCW relied on some form of entrance shenanigans. As Savage’s entrance music played, Savage snuck in from the back through the audience and attacked Meng with a high knee. Savage prevailed over Meng with his signature Diving Elbow Drop, but the victory was shortlived. Dungeon of Doom members, The Shark and “The Total Package” Lex Luger assailed “The Macho Man”, targeting specifically his left arm.

Later in the evening, it was made official that Hogan would challenge Sting on the 11/20/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro. Gene Okerlund joined in the ring again by The Giant, “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan and “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, admonished Hart for his actions at WCW Halloween Havoc.

You heard him. FOREVER.

Sullivan declared that his plot to end Hulk-A-Mania stretched all the way back to 1985 and that now they’d done it, they’d beaten “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan. Sullivan assured Gene and the audience that The Giant was the odds-on favorite. The Giant threatened that at WCW World War 3, he would personally end the legend of Hulk-A-Mania and that The Giant would be the WCW World Heavyweight Champion forever. Following a match against “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko in the main event, Sting settled up with “Mean” Gene Okerlund in the ring, stating he had no problem with Hogan, but that they could get everything squared away, even if it took some time to do so in the squared circle.

Early in the broadcast of the 11/20/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro; with the match between Hulk Hogan vs. Sting scheduled for the main event; “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart did his best to further sew dissension and chaos

Somewhere a burger joint is missing its mascot.

amongst the ranks of Hogan and his allies. Hart declared that Hulk Hogan had lost the support of the little Hulk-A-Maniacs and that Hogan purposefully failed to invite Sting to be on the illustrious show, Baywatch. Hart encouraged Sting to beat his former client. The two former allies squared off against one another in the main event. In an effort to appeal to the good nature still dwelling deep within Hogan’s soul, Sting was attired in the classic Hogan colors – Red & Yellow. Savage; his arm in a sling; was there to support his best friend, Hulk Hogan. Hogan came out through the crowd, still wearing his strange black sex dungeon

Bloodthirsty WCW Fans

mask, black tights with the words “Giant Killer” airbrushed down the legs and bloodred boots. While Bischoff asserted that with the competition, you’d be watching commercials, in WCW you were getting to watch Sting vs. Hulk Hogan, arguably a match worthy of Pay-Per-View for free on WCW Monday Nitro. A wave of boos aimed at Hulk Hogan emanated from the WCW audience in attendance as the two exchanged preliminary blows. Sting went for the patented Scorpion Deathlock early in the match-up. “The Hulkster” managed to power out of the hold. Following the release of the hold, Hogan hulked up but missed the Atomic Leg Drop as Sting moved at the last second. Sting capitalized on the opening and locked the Scorpion Death Lock on deep. As Hogan was just about a half-arm’s length away from the bottom rope, pleading for mercy with the referee, The Dungeon of Doom made their presence known. Led by “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, The Shark, Zodiac, Meng and latest member, Hugh Morris reached the ring and attacked both Sting and Hulk Hogan. On commentary, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan stated this was the first time that the Dungeon of Doom had laid a hand on Sting. This comment is interesting and faulty because The Giant Chokeslammed Sting on the 10/23/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Sting defended the WCW United States Championship against The Shark on the 10/09/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro and Sting was a part of the Hulk-A-Maniacs team at WCW Fall Brawl/War Games on 9/17/1995. As Hogan & Sting fought off the Dungeon of Doom, The Giant made his way to the ring. The Giant went for a Double-Chokeslam with his honey-baked ham sized hands, but the injured Randy Savage made the save with a chair. With an opening in their sights, Sting and Hogan used the chair to push The Giant out of the ring. Back from commercial break, the Dungeon of Doom closed out the broadcast invading the commentary booth and demolishing Bobby Heenan’s headset.

At WCW World War 3, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage revealed their cunning plan, Savage faked the severity of his arm injury! Hogan declared this was all a ruse to fool The Dungeon of Doom The Wrestling Observer. Still, even with his arm in working condition, Savage wasn’t able to defeat “The Total Package” Lex Luger at WCW World War 3. Luger forced “The Macho Man” to submit with an arm wrench, that he refused to release upon the bell ringing. Sting came to the ring and convinced his longtime friend to release the hold. With the battle lines drawn, Hogan and Savage launched their attack against the ranks of the other 58 wrestlers in the World War 3 three-ring, sixty man battle royal. As the number of competitors dwindled down and switched to the final ring, the final six competitors in the match were Sting, Lex Luger, The Giant, One Man Gang, Hulk Hogan, and Randy Savage. As Luger and Sting worked together to try and lift the elephantine Giant out, Hogan took advantage – managing to eliminate Luger, Sting and The Giant. The Dungeon of Doom’s mammoth of a man wasn’t done with Hogan and pulled him out of the ring by his feet under the bottom rope. The referee’s attention was focused elsewhere as Randy Savage singlehandedly eliminated One Man Gang from the match. With Hogan outside of the ring, Savage was declared the victor and awarded the illustrious WCW World Heavyweight Championship. This was Savage’s first championship victory in WCW. Additionally, by this time, Randy “Macho Man” Savage held the distinction of being a former two-time WWF Champion. Savage certainly deserved better than to have his first WCW championship victory tainted by a technicality that meant Hogan was never actually eliminated from the match, and Hogan’s post-match tantrum didn’t do anything to further endear “The Hulkster” to the crowd who was firmly in the Savage camp.

BUT I WAS NEVER ELIMINATED, BROTHER!

This was the 4th month of the year to feature a main event that had a strange and over-booked finish. With the month’s prior WCW Halloween Havoc’s main event stipulations outlined earlier in this article, Hulk Hogan being granted a win in a leather-strap match against Vader by dragging Ric Flair around the ring and touching the 4 turnbuckle posts at WCW Uncensored in March of 1995,  and with Ric Flair involving himself in the match between Big Van Vader and Hulk Hogan at SuperBrawl V in February of 1995. Savage hadn’t seen what happened with Hogan and The Giant either but assured Hulk Hogan that he didn’t want his victory tainted, and the two would meet later in a one-on-one match-up for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

The following night on WCW Monday Nitro in an interview segment with “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Randy Savage declared that by becoming the WCW World Heavyweight Champion that he was the ONLY world champion. Savage further proclaimed that he would start a reign of terror, one that could last a single day or forever and a day, because he was ready at the top of the mountain to face his challengers, one by one. On cue, Hulk Hogan came out to stake his claim on the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, but as the tape of WCW World War 3 ran, the tape cut out right at the crucial moment of Hogan being pulled out under the bottom rope. As Hogan and Savage argued back and forth, The Giant capitalized on the opening with a massive double-axe handle to the back of Hogan, and a Chokeslam to Savage on the concrete floor. The Giant pushed Hogan to the ring with several blows. As The Giant prepared to pounce on the wounded Hogan, Sting came out for the save, grabbing the treetrunk leg of The Giant from the outside of the ring. The Giant lifted Sting by his hightop blonde locks into an elevated Chokeslam, but with his eyes off Hogan, Hogan attacked with a steel chair. The Giant acquiesced and dropped Sting.  Hogan pummeled The Giant with several additional strikes from the steel chair to knock The Giant out of the ring. With The Giant on the outside, Hogan continued to drive The Giant back up the ramp, before The Giant eventually retreated to the depths of The Dungeon of Doom. Later that evening, Hulk Hogan returned the favor to Sting. A tag-team match between Sting & Lex Luger versus Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman of The

10/9/1995: Sting is a LIAR.

Four Horsemen devolved into a 3-on-2 situation when the patriarch of The Four Horsemen, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair made his presence known. Clad in a baby blue sweater, “The Nature Boy” unleashed an assault worthy of a drunk dad at a softball game, but Hogan came out to make the save. Having cleared the ring of The Four Horsemen, Hogan attempted to confront his former compatriot, Lex Luger. Forgetting his lecture from last month, Sting inserted himself between the two, leading to an argument with Hogan, while Luger exited the ring. After some heated words were exchanged, Hogan and Sting ended the night shaking hands.

WCW continued to make strides in professional wrestling television innovation, as the 11/6/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro featured the option for the at-home audience to call in and vote on a main event that would feature a selected

Is there anything more American than voting on Pro-Wrestling?

option of wrestler(s) from a blue (read: face) lockerroom versus wrestler(s) from a red (read: heel) lockerroom. Your red lockerroom featured “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Meng, Diamond Dallas Page, Big Bubba Rogers, Shark, “Flash” Scott Norton and The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Earl Robert Eaton) while your blue lockerroom featured Sting, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Johnny B. Badd, Dave Sullivan, Alex Wright, Mr. JL, and The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs & Jerry Sags). While the audience was invited to vote to determine the main event matchup, really this was a new way to build-up additional tension for the Sting/Flair war that had been brewing since Flair had turned on Sting at WCW Halloween Havoc, just a week or so prior. The two rivals were chomping at the bit to square off against one another as Gene Okerlund attempted to interview wrestlers in either locker room. Sting was livid that Flair had used him and used The Little Stingers to his advantage. Sting and Flair locked up against one another, with Flair resorting to several dirty tricks, including an attempt to wail on Sting with a steel chair, using the ropes for leverage while having Sting tied up in The Figure Four Leglock, eye gouges, a rope-leveraged pin attempt, and a pair of knuckles. Sting faced an uphill battle against the chicanery of Flair, but after a big superplex to “The Nature Boy”, Sting wrapped the legs of his opponent up in The Scorpion Deathlock. Flair was forced to submit to the ruinous hold, but even after the bell was rung in Sting’s favor, the painted icon would not release the hold. Sting looked to make good on his promise, leaving a broken albeit evil man in the ring for dead. Additional World Championship Wrestling referees couldn’t convince Sting to release the hold, and so several other wrestlers came out to talk some sense into Sting.

Having psyched out his fellow wrestlers, Sting ran back to the ring, locking Flair back int the hold.  Sting, an intense fire burning in his eyes gripped the hold tighter as officials and wrestlers pleaded with him until Lex Luger finally intervened. That’s right, it took the elegant diplomacy of Lex Luger to convince

Sting to release the hold. The following week on the 11/13/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, in the midst of his bitter dispute against The Four Horsemen, the preparation of facing his friend, Hulk Hogan, Sting also had to be ready to face off against New Japan Pro Wrestling star, Kensuke Sasaki for the WCW United States Championship. Kensuke Sasaki would walk away with the WCW United States Championship, having beaten Sting at WCW World in Japan. While Sting was preparing for a match against Hulk Hogan, Flair refused to face off against Eddie Guerrero on the 11/20/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, instead, he sent rookie Four Horsemen, Brian Pillman to the ring to handle what he called his ‘light work’. “The Nature Boy” seriously underestimated Guerrero, and Eddie managed to pick up a pinfall victory over Brian Pillman following a Frog Splash from the top rope.

In a stronger match-up than their earlier WCW Monday Nitro outing in November of 1995, Ric Flair and Sting locked back up in a rematch at WCW World War 3. Earlier in the evening, Flair accused Sting of trying to end his career in their last WCW Monday Nitro match. The two men battled out across the three rings in a match that was interesting enough to catch the attention of Colonel Robert Parker and Sister Sherri. Despite Flair’s best and questionable efforts, Sting was able to secure a second victory over “The Nature Boy” with The Scorpion Deathlock.

The grudge against The Four Horsemen spilled into the following Monday, in a tag-team match as Sting & Lex Luger fought against the combined efforts of “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Despite Sting & Luger’s best efforts, they weren’t prepared for Flair to turn the tables, as the three members of The Four Horsemen brutally assaulted their foes. Thankfully, Hogan made the save.

Newly crowned WCW World Television Champion, Johnny B. Badd defended his title against Eddie Guerrero in a match featuring fantastic offense and sportsmanship from both competitors on the 11/13/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro. Former WCW World Television Champion, Diamond Dallas Page wasn’t ready to give up the championship belt he felt was rightfully his. DDP and Johnny B. Badd faced off in a rematch for the WCW World Television Championship at WCW World War 3, with the added stipulation of the managerial services of Kimberly being on the line. Kimberly had grown sick of the treatment she was experiencing at the hands of Page and put her services on the line. Having caught her eye the month prior, Badd earned 10 and a +10 from the former “Diamond Doll” with his impressive offense against the challenging Page. A Slingshot Leg Drop allowed Badd to retain the WCW World Television Championship. Being a stand-up guy, Badd then gave Kimberly the opportunity to decline to be his manager. The following night on WCW Monday Nitro,

r/Relationships fixing to have a field day with this one…

Diamond Dallas Page attempted to appeal to the forgiving nature of his former manager and valet. Page brought her a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a show of good faith, but with Badd in the ring distracted by the whole display, Page flattened Badd with a devastating punch. With her nose in the flowers, Kimberly discovered a steel chain in the gift. A crisis of conscience overwhelmed Kimberly as she struggled to determine the right thing to do. The action in the ring continued until an exasperated Page called for the chain. Conflicted, Kimberly tossed the chain to the ring, with Badd catching the chain, punching the lights out of Page and winning the additional rematch.

Other highlights in World Championship Wrestling during November of 1995 include a stellar match between Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero on the 11/06/1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro and Benoit joining The Four Horsemen. Kensuke Sasaki successfully defended the WCW United States Championship against Benoit at WCW World War 3. Sonny Onoo was in the corner of Sasaki as he defended the title. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan continued to work with the higher-ups responsible for bringing in the Japanese talent to World Championship Wrestling, further setting the stage for a possible invasion angle. Several Joshi wrestlers were on hand for WCW World War 3 and the following night’s WCW Monday Nitro, with Bull Nakano & Akira Hokuto accompanied by Sonny Onoo taking on the team of Mayumi Ozaki and Cutie Suzuki. While Eric Bischoff and others in World Championship Wrestling had been working diligently to repair the relationship and talent exchange program with New Japan Pro Wrestling since May of 1995, this match stands out as one of the best matches of the month, and as one of the too-few women’s matches of 1995.

At the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment table, the organization was gearing up for it’s November smorgasbord, Survivor Series. Interim-President Gorilla Monsoon announced on the 10/23/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, the event would be predicated on a wild card theme. As part of this theme,

This may not have been as intimidating as Bret intended…

the scheduled main event match for WWF Survivor Series featuring Bret “The Hitman” Hart challenging “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel for the WWF Championship would be contested in a match without disqualifications,  or a time limit. Hart would promise that he would be the “truck stop”‘ that would put an end to Diesel’s WWF Championship reign. Additionally, following the ending of the Diesel/British Bulldog match for the WWF Championship at WWF In Your House 4: Great White North, Jim Cornette’s retained attorney, Clarence Mason sent a memorandum over to Interim-President Gorilla Monsoon. As a result of the memorandum, The British Bulldog would face-off against the winner of the scheduled WWF Survivor Series main event Diesel/Bret Hart match at the following WWF In Your House in December of 1995 for the WWF Championship. Before Bret could square off against “Big Daddy Cool”, “The Hitman” would team up with his new friend and former rival, Hakushi with Hakushi’s new friend, Barry Horowitz in their corner, against the team of Isaac Yankem, DDS and Jerry “The King” Lawler on the 11/6/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW. As the match began to turn to the favor of Hart & Hakushi, Lawler attempted to use a chair against his opponents. Fearing the worst, Barry Horowitz inserted himself into the match, wresting the chair from the grasp of “The King” – all while the referee was otherwise distracted. Once the referee returned their attention back to the match, they saw Horowitz threatening Lawler with a chair. With no context, the referee disqualified the team of Hart & Hakushi, handing the victory to Jerry “The King” Lawler & Isaac Yankem, DDS.

In an interview segment the following week on the 11/13/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night Raw, both competitors presented their case to be named WWF Champion. Hart took Diesel to task, accusing Diesel of dodging the smaller, technical wrestlers present in the World Wrestling Federation. While Diesel faced off against Shawn Michaels at WWF WrestleMania XI, the rest of Diesel’s challengers throughout 1995 had consisted of Sid, King Mabel, and The British Bulldog – not exactly lithe opponents. Additionally, Bret pointed to the fact that their match in January of 1995 at the WWF Royal Rumble didn’t have a decisive winner due to interference, there was no rematch between the two following this match, and prior to that, the manner in which Hart lost the WWF Championship to Bob Backlund was dubious at best. Diesel asserted that when he became WWF Champion, he was a fighting champion – willing to take on all challengers, and this included the likes of Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Owen Hart. On 11/19/1995 at WWF Survivor Series, WWF Champion “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel defended the championship in a No-Disqualification Match against Bret “The Hitman” Hart. With the strength and size advantage, Diesel dominated early on. Diesel tried to put the challenger away early with a Jackknife Powerbomb, but “The Hitman” zeroed in on the legs of the 18-wheeler-themed champion, countering and locking in a Figure Four Leglock. As Hart went to the outside to catch his breath, Diesel shoulder-tackled Bret, launching him through the Spanish announce table. Diesel rolled a seemingly unconscious Hart back into the ring for an easy 3-count, but Hart had been playing possum! He rolled up Diesel in a small package for the win. Understandably upset about the deception, and losing the WWF Championship, Diesel Jackknife Powerbombed the new champion before leaving the ring.

On the 11/20/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, Diesel interrupted a

Diesel 3:16 says: “You missed the ball on this one”.

match between Skip against Savio Vega to get in the face of…WWF Commentator Vince McMahon. Diesel stated that he was finally free of being Vince’s corporate puppet, and wouldn’t apologize for his post-match assault of the new WWF Champion, Bret Hart. This is arguably the first on-screen acknowledgment of Vince’s position in the WWF, outside of commentary, and an attempt at creating a superstar with a blue-collar theme, and a rebellious attitude that rejected a corporate norm. On the 11/27/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, it was announced that Diesel had formally been fined and reprimanded for his actions at WWF Survivor Series by Interim-President Gorilla Monsoon. Meanwhile, in his first interview as a 3-time WWF Champion with Brother Love, Bret Hart called out Diesel’s actions before being attacked by presidential-hopeful, Bob Backlund.

In keeping with the ‘wild card’ theme of 1995’s Survivor Series, a traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag-Team match was announced on the 10/23/1995 edition of Monday Night RAW. The idea would be that Shawn Michaels would captain a team consisting of himself, Sid, The British Bulldog, and Ahmed Johnson against a team captained by Dean Douglas consisting of himself,

BAH GAWD

Yokozuna, Owen Hart, and Razor Ramon. Newcomer, Ahmed Johnson made his presence known on the 10/30/1995 edition by slamming one of his opponents, the supersized sumo, Yokozuna. On the 11/6/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, Camp Cornette’s leader, Jim Cornette was furious about the wild card match but willing to go along with what he believed to be foolishness. Cornette promised Michaels that if he crossed The British Bulldog, Michaels’ Syracuse experience would look like a walk in the park. “The Heartbreak Kid” joined RAW via phone that night, assuring the audience that he was back in action, and thrilled to have Ahmed Johnson on his team. Questioned about the upcoming match between Diesel and Bret Hart for the WWF Championship, Michaels stated that he considered both competitors his friends. This will definitely be important for later in Michaels’ career. Opposing team members, Razor Ramon and Sid would face off against one

NO!

another on the 11/13/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW. This appeared to be an easy victory for “Da Bad Guy” with his close friend The 1-2-3 Kid acting as the Special Guest Referee. Scholarly superstar Dean Douglas had manipulated the duo over the past several weeks, but the two seemed to had reached an understanding. Accompanied to the ring by The Million Dollar Corporation’s benefactor, Ted DiBiase, Sid and Razor Ramon squared off. The 1-2-3 Kid started by calling the match pretty fairly, though DiBiase expertly created several distractions, opening opportunities for Sid to get in a cheap shot. Razor Ramon’s own Survivor Series captain, Dean Douglas came from the back, not to encourage his teammate, but to attack him as The 1-2-3 Kid was once again distracted by Ted DiBiase. Razor Ramon put up a fight, eventually lifting the massive Sid up for the Razor’s Edge. It was at that exact moment The 1-2-3 Kid turned on his now-former friend! Pulling the leg down of Sid allowed Sid to get the drop on “Da Bad Guy” with a Powerbomb of his own. Sid pinned Razor Ramon, and The 1-2-3 Kid cemented Sid’s victory with a lightning-fast count. Following the three-count, The 1-2-3 Kid stood triumphant as the latest acquisition of The Million Dollar Corporation with Ted DiBiase shoving a $5 bill in the mouth of the defeated Ramon…before The 1-2-3 Kid would pocket the money for himself. Razor wouldn’t take the betrayal of both his best friend and Survivor Series captain lying down, he’d close the broadcast out by interrupting Dean Douglas’ interview with Jim Ross and brawling with Douglas. At WWF Survivor Series, Michaels scored the first elimination over the opposing captain, Dean Douglas after Douglas’ previous efforts to antagonize Razor Ramon backfired on him. As “The Heartbreak Kid” was cocked to fire off a Sweet Chin Music, Douglas rolled to the outside, seemingly escaping certain elimination. After a heated exchange, Douglas went back to the ring, he and Shawn exchanging roll-up attempts before Michaels would propel Douglas into the ropes. With his right hand ready for a cheap shot at Razor, Ramon countered and struck his captain, allowing Michaels to score the first elimination for his team. The second elimination was scored for Douglas’ team when Sid held a vulnerable Razor Ramon for Shawn Michaels to hit with some Sweet Chin Music backfired. Ramon ducked at the last second, Sid’s lights were knocked out thanks to the misfired kick, and Ramon scored the first pinfall for Douglas’ team. The next elimination came as a desperate and exhausted Michaels tagged in a fresh Ahmed Johnson. Johnson cleared the ring of the opposing team and nailed Owen Hart with a Pearl River Plunge to score another elimination for his team. Feeling cocky, and posing in their corner for the crowd, Ahmed Johnson fell

WANT NO MORE, BIG E.

victim to The Razor’s Edge, but not before a fresh British Bulldog tagged in. Not realizing Bulldog was the legal man until too late, Razor was vulnerable to several thunderous blows from Davey Boy Smith. As “Da Bad Guy” looked to mount a comeback against The British Bulldog, a newly ringside 1-2-3 Kid accompanied by Sid and Ted DiBiase distracted Ramon, and although Ramon got the better of the exchange, The British Bulldog was able to still capitalize and nail The Running Powerslam for the next pinfall. After The British Bulldog broke up a pin by his own teammate, Ahmed Johnson over a freshly slammed Yokozuna; Shawn Michaels was able to strike the titan with some Sweet Chin Music, allowing Ahmed to get the final elimination. Shawn Michaels gave the World Wrestling Federation an audience a scare on the following night’s Monday Night Raw. Back in singles action against Owen Hart, Michaels was the victim of an enziguri kick. Following a Sharpshooter attempt and a series of counters by Shawn, Owen was clotheslined to the outside by Michaels who expertly skinned the cat back into the ring. Michaels was energized and performed his signature flexing pose before passing out in the ring. What followed was a scary scene to those in attendance, and fans at home, as doctors rushed to the fallen HBK to administer medical aid. The commentary stopped,

And The Oscar goes too…

and even Vince was seen worried about the wellbeing of Michaels. This was indeed a worked shoot, albeit a cheap one. Michaels’ selling of the injury felt frighteningly real. This concussion angle felt especially cheapened by the way it was addressed on the 11/27/1995 edition of Monday Night RAW. Though the broadcast began with a recap of what happened with Michaels’s collapse, Vince repeatedly made promises throughout the show that updates would be provided on Michaels’s wellbeing. The update was provided as Vince discussed the symptoms that Michaels had exhibited as pertaining to Post Concussion Syndrome. The angle was written so that Michaels looked great – just an athlete eager to compete who’d rushed his return to action, but more importantly it gave Michaels some needed time off to recuperate from other various injuries. Following Survivor Series on the 11/20/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, Razor Ramon talked about how close he and 1-2-3 Kid had been; Razor looked at The 1-2-3 Kid as a little brother; but that after his betrayal, The 1-2-3 Kid would pay. Dean Douglas also had his hands full, with Ahmed Johnson wanting a piece of Douglas, but Douglas being held back by officials.

The BodyDonnas captained a team at Survivor Series in a traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag-Team match, consisting of Skip, Rad Radford, Dr. Tom Prichard, and The 1-2-3 Kid with Sunny and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase in their corner against The Underdogs, a team consisting of Barry Horowitz, “Spark Plug” Bob Holly, Hakushi and Marty Jannetty. After The 1-2-3 Kid made his way to the ring, Razor Ramon tried to gain a measure of revenge against his former friend but was stopped by officials. Holly scored the first elimination for The Underdogs with a diving crossbody against Prichard. Before Holly could enjoy the victory, Skip ran in and rolled him up for a three count. The 1-2-3 Kid and Hakushi faced off in a great display of kicks, chops, and dives. With both men exhausted, The 1-2-3 Kid made a tag to Radford and before he exited the ring, The 1-2-3 Kid nailed a cheap kick to the back of the head of Hakushi. Rad Radford capitalized and scored an elimination for The BodyDonnas. Horowitz ran into the ring but was quickly met by the offense of Rad Radford. Radford controlled much of the exchange but wanted to be a BodyDonna so badly that he let an attempt at several push-ups allow

He’s doing better than I would at push-ups.

Horowitz to roll him into a cradle for a 3-count. Horowitz and Skip came to blows in the ring, as the two had been at odds for the past several weeks. After whipping Skip into the ropes, Skip was able to tag The 1-2-3 Kid in. With Horowitz’s attention still on Skip, The 1-2-3 Kid nailed a high knee to the back of Horowitz, followed by a short running leg drop and the next pinfall for The BodyDonnas. An uphill battle in front of him, the fresh Marty Jannetty was able to get the better of the exchange against Skip. Jannetty drove Skip to the mat with a top rope powerbomb and scored a pin for The Underdogs. As Jannetty fought back against the offense of The 1-2-3 Kid and appeared to be gaining an upper hand, The Million Dollar Corporation’s insurance policy, Sid appeared from the back. As Jannetty sought to pry The 1-2-3 Kid away from the ropes following two 2-counts, Ted DiBiase distracted the referee. Sid stunned Jannetty by bringing his throat down on the top rope. An exhausted 1-2-3 Kid rolled over on Jannetty to score the final pinfall and was the sole survivor of The BodyDonnas team. The following night on the 11/20/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, The 1-2-3 Kid faced off against Hakushi in singles action with Ted DiBiase in the kid’s corner. After some shenanigans from “The Million Dollar Man” helped The 1-2-3 Kid secure a victory, Ted DiBiase declared that his latest acquisition, The 1-2-3 Kid had singlehandedly won at Survivor Series. DiBiase’s claim brought out Marty Jannetty to challenge the claim and The 1-2-3 Kid. As Jannetty had his attention focused on The 1-2-3 Kid, Sycho Sid came out to protect The Million Dollar Corporation. With the numbers game against him, Jannetty fell victim to an assault by The 1-2-3 Kid and Sid, ending with a Powerbomb on the outside from Sid.

There’s nothing scarier than…*checks notes* a PIG FARMER?

On the 11/06/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, it was revealed that King Mabel had issued a challenge to The Undertaker. The Undertaker who’d been out of action since having his face flattened by the combined efforts of Yokozuna and King Mabel sought vengeance for the pain he suffered and thus accepted the challenge. The match would see The Undertaker captain “The Darkside” – a team consisting of himself, Fatu, Henry O. Godwinn, and Savio Vega with Paul Bearer in the team’s corner – go against King Mabel’s “Royals” – a team consisting of himself, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Isaac Yankem, DDS, and Hunter Hearst Helmsley with Sir Mo in their team’s corner – in a traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag-Team match at WWF Survivor Series. Interestingly, Undertaker’s team here was basically just members of what would later be called The Bone Street Krew. The WWE Universe was curious about what The Undertaker would look like come WWF Survivor Series, as he suffered a crushed orbital bone. The Undertaker remained out of action until WWF Survivor Series, where he returned with a

Why do people hate the color gray so much?

gray mask, sculpted with a permanent scowl. Though Undertaker had a team behind him, he dominated the match from the beginning, scoring every elimination in the match. First eliminated were Jerry “The King” Lawler and Isaac Yankem, DDS, as they fell victim to Tombstone Piledrivers. Hunter Hearst Helmsley tried to escape the grasp of “The Phenom”, but Henry O. Godwinn was waiting, threatening Helmsley with a slop bucket should he try to leave to the back. The Connecticut Blueblood, in his attempt to not get slopped, turned around into a gigantic Chokeslam from The Undertaker for The Darkside’s third elimination. Entering the ring to try to succeed where the rest of his team failed, King Mabel attacked The Undertaker with a behemoth Belly-to-Belly Suplex and followed that up with a running legdrop, but “The Deadman” was unphased and sat right back up. In a flurry of fumbling fear, King Mabel reeled out of the ring and ran to the back, being

It’s dangerous being a FootLocker employee.

eliminated in a countout. King Mabel’s righthand man, Sir Mo was the victim of a Chokeslam for his efforts to try and distract The Undertaker while King Mabel made his getaway. Following The Darkside’s slamdunk victory at WWF Survivor Series, The Undertaker set his sights on The Million Dollar Corporation, and more specifically the member Kama. Back in April of 1995, Kama had stolen The Urn, a source of The Undertaker’s power from his manager, Paul Bearer. Making off with The Urn wasn’t enough for Kama, as he had his new funerary furniture melted down into

Do the kids still say “Bling”?

a set of chains to wear as a trophy necklace. The Undertaker faced off against Sir Mo on the 11/27/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW. Per The Million Dollar Corporation’s benefactor, Ted DiBiase, Kama was unable to compete due to injuries. This was all a ruse, as The Undertaker faced off against Sir Mo, Ted DiBiase and Kama would take every opportunity to distract and attack The Undertaker. “The Deadman” was eventually able to drive off The Million Dollar Corporation to the back, Chokeslam Sir Mo for the win, and regain the former Urn, or so he thought. As The Undertaker held the chain up, King Mabel would come out and capture the focus of The Undertaker. With The Undertaker distracted, Yokozuna entered the ring, seemingly challenging “The Phenom”. The chain was handed off to Paul Bearer who was then attacked by King Mabel. King Mabel absconded to the back with the chain in his hands and The Undertaker at his heels.

In a match with little to no build, WWF Survivor Series 1995 featured it’s own women’s Survivor Series Elimination Tag-Team match as a team captained by Alundra Blayze, with Chaparita Asari, Kyoko Inoue, and Sakie Hasegawa went against a team captained by Bertha Faye, with Aja Kong, Lioness Asuka, and

An absolute lesson in physical brutality

Tomoko Watanabe with Harvey Wippleman in their corner. While there was some build-up to this in the previous months, insomuch that Bertha Faye was chasing Alundra Blayze, having lost the WWF Women’s Championship to her in October of 1995, there was little to no mention of this upcoming match on WWF Monday Night RAW throughout the month of November, and none of the competitors were featured in any action or vignettes leading up to this match on WWF Monday Night RAW.  Blayze was trying to get an angle started with some of the Joshi competitors, as Blayze and Kyoko Inoue faced off against Aja Kong and Tomoko Watanabe in a tag-team match on the 11/27/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW.

And while WCW and WWE had big, fancy tables with lots of wrestling of varying quality, the card table of the extreme, Extreme Championship Wrestling, offered a smaller selection, but a higher quality of wrestling. Mikey Whipwreck was

Mikey Whipwreck especially has a lot to be thankful for.

celebrating his victory over The Sandman, having beaten him in October of 1995 in a Ladder Match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. One of Mikey Whipwreck’s first challengers was Rey Mysterio, Jr. (Billed in ECW as Rey Misterio, Jr.). Highlights of this contest were made available on the 11/07/1995 edition of ECW Hardcore TV. The Sandman, however, wasn’t keen on being denied championship gold. Rocco Rock faced off against 2 Cold Scorpio, in a Winner-Takes-All Singles Match, wherein 2 Cold Scorpio put the ECW World Television Championship up against The Public Enemy’s ECW World Tag Team Championships. Should Rocco Rock win, he’d win the ECW World Television Championship. Should 2 Cold Scorpio win, he’d win half of the ECW World Tag Team Championships with the freedom to name his own partner as the other half of the ECW World Tag Team Champions. Joey Styles used this match as an opportunity to take a shot against The World Wrestling Federation and their previous efforts at a Winner-Takes-All Match from 1995 wherein Diesel & Shawn Michaels as the WWF Champion and WWF Intercontinental Champion respectively, faced off against The British Bulldog/Owen Hart & Yokozuna for the WWF Tag Team Championships in September of this year that led to no championships changing hands in a confusing finish.

As “Flyboy” Rocco Rock attempted to live up to his nickname, he would miss The Drive-By (a diving somersault senton) onto a flaming table as 2 Cold Scorpio moved at the last second. 2 Cold put out his smoldering opponent and appeared to offer a show of respect to the challenger. 2 Cold Scorpio handed 1/2 of the

Not quite as confusing as Steiner Math

ECW World Tag Team Championship to Rocco only to clothesline Rocco while The Sandman clotheslined Johnny Grunge on the outside. Scorpio pinned Rocco for the 3-count and announced the-just-decrowned Sandman as the other half of the ECW World Tag Team Champions.  2 Cold Scorpio would then insist on being billed as 2 GOLD Scorpio. The Public Enemy would challenge 2 Cold Scorpio & The Sandman for the ECW World Tag Team Championships in another Winner-Takes-All Match at ECW November To Remember, wherein if either member of The Public Enemy pinned 2 Cold Scorpio, they would win the ECW World Television Championship and the man that scored the pinfall in this match for either team would face off against Mikey Whipwreck later that same night for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

On 11/18/1995 at ECW November to Remember, as the battle between The Public Enemy and 2 Cold Scorpio & The Sandman raged on, an exhausted Rocco

A win IS a win

tagged in a bloodied Johnny Grunge. The fresher Grunge was a house of fire, taking on both 2 Cold & Sandman. With The Sandman out on his feet, leaning against the ropes, Grunge held up 2 Cold Scorpio for a Drive-By from “Flyboy” Rocco Rock. As Rocco dove from the top turnbuckle, 2 Cold Scorpio ducked out of the way at the last second, with Rocco catching his partner with the move, and The Sandman finally falling forward, barely conscious onto Grunge for the pinfall. The Sandman had failed upwards into another championship opportunity. Having secured a re-match against ECW World Heavyweight Champion, Mikey Whipwreck later that evening, The Sandman went to the back to rest up for the match. The Sandman made his way to the ring first, only to be attacked by “Superstar” Steve Austin! Austin assaulted

Who knew explosive tempers, beer, and middle fingers, would be the commercially successful recipe for professional wrestling?

The Sandman from behind, attacked him with The Sandman’s own signature Singapore cane, dropped The Sandman into a stun gun over the guardrail, hurled a chair at the #1 Contender, before he drank a beer on his way to the ring and saluted the crowd as only Steve Austin could. With The Sandman out of commission for the evening and carted off to the back by medical professionals, “Superstar” Steve Austin took his place at the top of the heap, ready to face off against ECW World Heavyweight Champion, Mikey Whipwreck. Wearing a blue t-shirt featuring a wizard worthy of being airbrushed onto the side of the van of a heavy

AustinMania Is Runnin’ Wild!!!

metal enthusiast, the champion was was denigrated by his challenger, before Austin exploded into smashmouth offense, hammering the champion with right hands. Austin’s attire meanwhile was a jab at WCW and more specifically Hulk Hogan. Wearing an orange tank top, with his bright blonde hair, and black tights adorned with “Austin” on the right and “Rules” on the left. To further drive the point home, Austin later hit a Big Boot and Atomic Leg Drop combination of his own, attempted a pin, but only got a two-count, followed by a familiar signature finger-wave. Mikey Whipwreck wouldn’t go down without a fight though and capitalized with some offense on the outside. Back in the ring, as Austin whipped Mikey into the ropes, Whipwreck rolled over the challenger into a hard-fought Sunset Flip pin for the three-count victory.

Cactus Jack opened the 11/14/1995 edition of ECW Hardcore TV, discussing how proud he was of his former tag-team partner, Mikey Whipwreck, how he tried to celebrate with Mikey in the ring following his championship win over The

*GUITAR RIFF*

Sandman, but that the ECW fans had taken that special moment from him, and told them to go to hell. Cactus then said if it was up to him, he’d have the tv tuned to TBS to watch Movies for Guys Who Like Movies (another jab at WCW and the Turner ownership). While Cactus Jack felt he had been given a higher purpose, his instincts told him to “slap the shit” out of Tommy Dreamer. Cactus knew the sick pleasure this would give the ECW audience though and would fight against those instincts to intentionally give them the most boring match they’d ever seen. Cactus declared Raven his spiritual guide before Tommy Dreamer with Terry Funk made their way to the ring. We cut to Tommy Dreamer waxing rhapsodic about his past, that the one constant in his life was professional wrestling. That

Not quite the hard-hitting action ECW is known for

the best night of his life was watching Night of Champions with his father at the meadowlands, cheering for such acts as The Road Warriors, Ric Flair, and Ricky Steamboat. Cactus Jack started the match with a few collar-and-elbow tie-ups, backing Dreamer into the ropes…only to break the holds clean. Dreamer desperately wanted to drag the fight out of Cactus Jack, begging for his former friend to slug him, only for Cactus Jack to lock on a standing side headlock. As the action spilled to the outside, fans offered Cactus a chair, as they too wanted the old Cactus Jack back, but Jack refused, and instead took Dreamer down with a side headlock takeover on the outside. Joey Styles followed an arm wrench in the ring up from Cactus Jack by stating that if he wanted to call bad matches, he’d get a new color man – maybe Steve Austin in that goofy black wig. Dreamer nailed a Cactus Clothesline

Physically PAINFUL to watch.

(a clothesline against an opponent standing against the ropes, that results in both opponents flipping over the ropes to the outside) taking Jack back to the outside. Dreamer eventually struck Cactus Jack with a chair, hoping to awaken something inside the outlaw from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, but to no avail. Cactus Jack refused to fight back. Having rejected the chair a second time, Raven came to Cactus Jack’s aid, attacking Dreamer from behind with a chair of his own. Like the month prior, Cactus Jack teased the crowd with the opportunity to drop the signature Cactus Elbow but instead tried to lead the crowd in a WCW cheer. After the cheer failed to go over with the crowd, Cactus snapped, taking control of the match and striking the almost-delirious Tommy Dreamer with several big right hands. As Cactus Jack continued to strike Dreamer, he became increasingly concerned with his right hand. A defenseless Dreamer was laid out on the mat, and Joey Styles speculated that Jack may have dislocated a knuckle against Tommy’s forehead. Cactus grabbed a mic and declared that he vowed he would never again put his body on the line for the ECW fans, and that he had no choice but to rule the match a no-contest. Cactus Jack thanked the ECW audience for coming, wished that they had a safe drive home, and asked that everyone support The Turner family the following night. Referee Jim Molineaux wouldn’t allow Jack’s ruling to stand, declared that there were no no-contests in ECW, demanding Cactus Jack return to the ring to finish the match. Cactus Jack then commanded Molineaux to do his job, and count him out. Terry Funk grabbed a mic and hurled insults to egg Cactus Jack on back to the ring. The insults brought Jack and Raven back down to the ring, as the four battled it out in the ring. Stevie Richards and Beulah would come to the ring, giving The Flock the upper hand.

We’d cut to Tommy Dreamer in the back, revealing some more about how he and Raven bonded at camp over Jim Morrison. That when Raven quit the WWF/WWE and went on the road with Pearl Jam, and how it was a spiritual experience, but that this was all only the beginning, and he assured Raven that at

The annual Thanksgiving Tradition; Carving The Funker. Do you prefer white meat or dark?

November to Remember, Raven would feel the pain of Tommy Dreamer. In the main event of ECW November to Remember, Tommy Dreamer and Terry Funk teamed up to face Raven and Cactus Jack. In an effort to further troll the ECW audience, Cactus Jack began the match wearing a custom airbrushed Dungeon of Doom shirt and later revealed a shirt that had Eric Bischoff’s airbrushed visage on the front, and the phrase “Forgive Me, Uncle Eric” on the back. If you dig hardcore wrestling, this is the match for you. In a tornado-tag match that featured such weapons as, but not limited to:

  • Barbed Wire
  • Chains
  • Chairs
  • Cheese Grater
  • Crutch
  • Garbage Can
  • Golf Club
  • Metal Dust Pan
  • Paint Pan
  • Plate
  • Shopping Cart
  • Silverware
  • Snow Shovel
  • Speed Limit Sign
  • Toilet Seat/Toilet Seat Lid
  • TV Cable
  • VCR
  • VCR Remote

After a truly savage and bloody battle, Tommy Dreamer nailed Raven with a piledriver onto a folding chair and took to fighting Cactus Jack, while Terry Funk, wearing a crimson mask of his own, crawled over and pinned Raven for the three-count. Though Dreamer & Funk had won the battle, the war was far from over. A bloodied Raven ended the show in his signature crucifix pose, wearing a crown of barbed wire. Following ECW November to Remember on Hardcore TV, Raven revealed more about his and Dreamer’s childhood. Raven stated that if he lost the upcoming Ultimate Jeopardy Steel Cage Match at ECW December to Dismember, he’d lose Beulah, but she’d come back and had since they were 12. At 16 when Raven’s parents divorced, his best friend Tommy was nowhere to be found when Raven needed him. As Raven continued to poetically expound on the pain he’d deliver unto Tommy Dreamer, Dreamer assaulted Raven, and through clenched teeth claimed that he was there for Raven.

Closing the 11/28/1995 edition of ECW Hardcore TV Cactus Jack let down the facade, and presented himself to fans as just Mick Foley. Dressed as a used car

“Come on down to Crazy Mick’s! If you don’t drive off the lot in this 1989 Buick LeSabre, Mr. Bear is going to rip my other ear off!”

salesman, Mick stated that he wouldn’t be there for Ultimate Jeopardy at December to Dismember. Foley believed that the rift between himself and Tommy Dreamer had been caused by a misunderstanding. In a plea to the ECW audience, he asked the ECW audience to please not encourage Dreamer’s hardcore wrestling behavior, and that they accept Dreamer as the sweet, sensitive guy and technical wrestler he was. Mick Foley continued the vignette by showing off his mangled ear, missing teeth and all the things he could & couldn’t do, because “he’s hardcore”.

At ECW November to Remember, “The Extreme Rookie” El Puerto Riqueño stood ready to face off against Raven’s lackey, Stevie Richards. While Riqueño remained ready in the ring, Stevie made his way out to ringside. At ringside, Stevie was greeted by a large fan adorned with blue hair, a blue goatee, black face paint, and a white crop top with the name “The Blue Meanie” airbrushed on the front. The Blue Meanie presented “Dancin'” Stevie with a crop top of his own, a white crop top with “Flock of Seagulls” airbrushed on the front. Thus, the two became best friends for life. Richards invited The Blue Meanie to join him in his corner for his match against El Puerto Riqueño. After some early explosive offense from Riqueño, Stevie regained control with a debilitating low blow. With Riqueño laid out, Stevie invited The Blue Meanie to the ring to hit his first-ever MeanieSault, but the bulky blue wrestler missed, as El Puerto Riqueño rolled out of the way at the last second. A failed roll-up attempt by Riqueño allowed Stevie to nail the rookie with the patented Stevie Kick for the win.

He might be homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, and death-defying, but he’s also a gentleman.

The ECW audience received a big surprise when Sabu returned at ECW November to Remember to quickly defeat Hack Meyers. This return match was a bit of a squash, but it was meant to refresh familiar fans and educate new fans about Sabu’s capabilities and his brutality. The match accomplished this, and this was probably the best Hack Meyers match to date. Accompanied by Paul E. Dangerously, Sabu returned to the ring to thunderous applause and soundly defeated Hack Meyers. Sabu even extended a handshake to his opponent in a rare show of sportsmanship in the land of extreme.

Mexican superstar Konnan was introduced to the ECW audience on the 11/14/1995 edition of ECW Hardcore TV. In a backstage segment, Konnan talked about his work with AAA, and the work of some of his colleagues, Eddie Guerrero, Psicosis, and Rey Misterio, Jr. Konnan stated that he was here to earn the respect and admiration of the ECW audience. Later that evening, highlights of a 10/28/1995 match were provided wherein Konnan teamed with Rey Misterio, Jr. to take on the team of La Parka and Psicosis. The match featured dozens of dizzying displays, unique submissions, and La Parka dancing! The contest was scheduled for one fall and a one-hour time limit. As La Parka & Psicosis dove between the ropes to their opponents on the outside of the ring, they were greeted by steel chairs held by Konnan & Rey Misterio, Jr. Following that offense up with an additional diving maneuver, Misterio, Jr., and Konnan

Fresh off the “Sgt. Konnan’s Lonely Heart Club Band” Tour

were declared your winners via count-out. At ECW November to Remember Konnan faced off against “Sexiest Man Alive” Jason. While Taz had not yet been cleared to compete, he was on-hand as the Special Guest Referee for this singles match. Jason, ignoring any self-preservation instincts decided to get in Taz’s face, mock his injury, and most egregiously, put his hands on Taz. After confirming that both competitors were ready to go, Taz decked Jason with a big right hand, knocking Jason to the mat. Konnan followed this up with an elevated crucifix powerbomb into a pin for a win in a match that lasted 14 seconds.

Later that same evening at ECW November to Remember, Jason accompanied his latest enforcers, The Eliminators (Saturn & Kronus) to the ring to challenge The Pitbulls (Pitbull #1 & Pitbull #2) with their manager, Francine. Saturn & Kronus moved pretty impressively for men of their size, and this tag-team match proved to be one of the best of 1995 thus far. The Pitbulls secured their victory over their rivals, The Eliminators, with their patented SuperBomb. As The Pitbulls and Francine celebrated their victory in the ring, ever the scumbag, Jason ran into the ring, grabbed Francine and began trying to kiss her. Pitbull #2 managed to pull Jason off of Francine, and ran him headfirst into a steel chair held by Pitbull #2. Saturn returned to the ring, dropkicking the chair Pitbull #2 was holding, before turning his attention to Pitbull #1. With Kronus joining him in the ring, The Eliminators hit both Pitbulls individually with their tag-team finisher, Total Elimination. The Pitbulls would get up, seemingly only upset about the attack, but otherwise unphased. The battle for tag-team supremacy between these two teams was far from over.

Rey Misterio, Jr. and Psicosis faced off again at ECW November to Remember in what was billed a Mexican Death Match; this was similar to a standard Iron

Misterio 6:19 Says “Acabo de patearte el culo”

Man Match with a 10-count in between each fall. The man who couldn’t answer the 10-count following a fall would be declared the loser. Misterio, Jr. captured the first fall early with a diving hurricanrana roll-up. The action spilled to the outside as Rey dragged Psicosis over the ropes with a hurricanrana. Psicosis whipped Rey into the steel guardrail, and in one of the nastiest spots of the night, Rey tried to counter by propelling himself off the guardrail but failed as his legs didn’t have enough surface to propel against. Psicosis drug Misterio, Jr. back into the ring and scored the second pinfall of the match with a moonsault. Psicosis took control of the match and scored the third pinfall with a pop-up powerbomb into a pin. Psicosis scored yet another pinfall with a moonsault senton. Taking to the hardcore style like a duck to water, Psicosis introduced a chair into the match. With Misterio, Jr. lying face down on the mat, Psicosis laid the chair on the back of his opponent and nailed yet another moonsault for another pinfall victory. Misterio, Jr. lured Psicosis in, playing possum, as Psicosis went to the top rope to hit another diving moonsault on his rival beneath the steel chair. Knowing what

Dios mío!

was coming, Rey bent his knees up and put the chair over them, so that Psicosis dove directly onto the chair. Once the action spilled to the outside, Rey Misterio, Jr. nailed a slingshot moonsault plancha that would leave you believing a man can fly. Rey took control of the match, dragging Psicosis from one end of the ECW arena to the other, and from the top of the commentary area to the area below, hit an outstanding diving hurricanrana on Psicosis for another 3-count fall. Misterio, Jr. and Referee Jim Molineaux made their way back to the ring, as ring announcer Joel Gertner counted down from 10. Psicosis failed to answer the count, and Rey Misterio, Jr. was declared the winner.

Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Referee Bill Alfonso and ECW Commissioner Tod Gordon came to blows at ECW November to Remember in a

You know this song…

singles match. Alfonso had spent the past several months at odds with everything that Extreme Championship Wrestling stood for (albeit somewhat hypocritically), having spent untold amounts of effort trying to shut down ECW. Their singles match was originally to feature Beulah McGillicutty as the Special Guest Referee. Alfonso started the match with a sneak attack against Gordon and pushed him into the front row of the crowd. Trying to control the heated chaos, Referee Beulah demanded Alfonso return to the ring, only for Alfonso to lay hands on McGillicutty and knock her to the mat. Gordon entered the ring and exploded with strikes against Alfonso. Tod gained an early upper hand after Alfonso’s sneak attack, and the ECW audience backed him in full, calling for Alfonso’s blood to be spilled. Alfonso countered with a dastardly low-blow. Gordon came back, denting a cookie sheet over the face of Alfonso, and busting Alfonso open by striking the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Referee’s head onto the seat of a ringside steel chair. As Alfonso sized Gordon up to be struck with a frying pan, the ECW Commissioner landed a low-blow of his own. Gordon followed this up with a clean shot to the head of Bill Alfonso with the frying pan. With Alfonso laid out in the center of the ring, an exhausted Tod Gordon counted his own pin, but without a referee to count the pin, the decision wasn’t final. Gordon called for a referee, and was seemingly in luck, as Taz rushed to ringside, appearing ready to secure the

Devastating.

victory for ECW’s beloved commissioner. In perhaps the biggest twist of 1995, Taz turned his back on ECW and after counting 2 for Tod, he picked up the ECW Commissioner and socked him with a big right hand. Taz rolled a barely conscious Alfonso on the knocked out Gordon and counted a quick 3 for Bill Alfonso. Over chants of “Sabu” from the ECW audience, Taz stated that he didn’t receive one letter or one phone call from ECW while he was injured and that everybody was more concerned over Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk, and Sabu. Taz discussed the lack of payment he experienced while injured and the man he felt responsible, Paul Heyman. Taz declared that Bill Alfonso cared about him and putting food on his table, and if the ECW audience didn’t care about Taz & Bill Alfonso, then they would return that disgust in kind. Taz spent the 11/28/1995 edition of ECW Hardcore TV berating and bullying Joey Styles over his comments about Taz’s decisions.

The Dudley Brothers spent the month of November preparing Buh Buh Ray for

That’s right, a Stuttering Powerbomb.

his ring announcing debut at ECW November to Remember. Buh Buh did a fine job taking a jab at WCW by stuttering his way through a “Let’s get ready to rumble” introduction of the first match of the night, Don E. Allen against The Broadstreet Bully. Buh Buh grew impatient and instead of trying to finish the introduction, clocked Don E. Allen with a big right hand. Buh Buh took Allen and drove him to the mat with a Buh Buh Bomb (a stuttering powerbomb). Not keen on having his match taken away from him, The Broadstreet Bully jumped Buh Buh from behind and was given a Buh Buh Bomb for his trouble. As The Dudley Brothers (Big Dick Dudley, Chubby Dudley, Sign Guy Dudley, and Dances with Dudley) looked on, Buh Buh fell on top of The Broadstreet Bully, and the referee counted a 3-count pin for Buh Buh in the impromptu match.

With that, wrestling fans, we can conclude November of 1995. As always, please check out the episodes of The Wrestling Time Machine covering ECW November to Remember, WWF Survivor Series 1995, WCW World War 3 1995 featuring Contesting Wrestling’s Doc Diamondfire, and November of 1995 featuring CHIKARA Profesional Wrestling Alumni and independent professional wrestler, Proletariat Boar of Moldova in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Keep an ear out for next episodes detailing December of 1995 starring myself, Liath, and Jo Crak. If you liked the article, please sound off in the comments!!!

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