–The usual broadcast team of Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are calling the action and they are concluding the tapings in Evansville, Indiana.
–Opening Contest: Hakushi (21-2) defeats Aldo Montoya (12-5) after a flying headbutt at 4:01:
As noted before, Shinja has left the WWF so Hakushi is now having to handle issues by himself. When Hendrix complains about Bret’s piledriver to Shinja that sent him out of the company McMahon hilariously responds “Well it happens to the best of us,” as if piledrivers are standard operating procedure in American workplaces. This is the second bout between these two competitors this year, as Hakushi defeated Montoya in March on this same show. And this match is better than that one, with Hakushi working a faster pace and both men trading quick near-falls from high impact and aerial maneuvers. Montoya catches Hakushi with his finisher but opts not to cover and go for a moonsault, and that is his undoing as Hakushi delivers an inverted suplex and stays undefeated against every WWF competitor not named Bret Hart. Rating: **½
–Stan Lane hypes tonight’s Madison Square Garden card. Diesel and Shawn Michaels use zoo references when discussing Men on a Mission, who they are booked to face in the main event on that show.
–Hunter-Hearst Helmsley (11-0) pins Brickhouse Brown after a Pedigree at 2:14:
McMahon announces during this bout that two additional matches have been added to SummerSlam as Helmsley will make his pay-per view debut and the 1-2-3 Kid will face Hakushi. Brickhouse does an awkward blind charge spot with Helmsley, culminating in a dropkick that whiffs – although Helmsley sells it anyway – but Helmsley does not go off his feet and he quickly catches Brown with the Pedigree and no one is kicking out of that, even in 1995.
–Goldust is coming at some point!
–A video package recaps the Barry Horowitz-Skip feud.
–The next scheduled bout is Barry Horowitz and Skip in a ten minute challenge, but Skip attacks Horowitz before the bell and gives him a snap suplex on the arena floor, apparently injuring Horowitz and necessitating a commercial break.
–Dean Douglas gives Aldo Montoya a grade of “AA” that stands for “absolutely abominable” as far as being a capable man-of-war.
–Adam Bomb (17-3-3) beats Nick Barberri after a Neutron Bomb at 2:23:
Bomb keeps grinding his wheels, awaiting something notable to do as he faces Barberri today. Bomb wrestles his usual squash, starting with technical holds before upgrading to a sidewalk slam and then topping things off with the Neutron Bomb.
–Bob Backlund is shown campaigning in the audience as he continues to experiment with a presidential bid.
–Footage of Mabel unfolding the first part of the “royal plan” by attacking Diesel and Shawn Michaels at the end of RAW is shown. McMahon and Hendrix then transition this into hyping Michaels against Jerry Lawler on the next RAW.
–Barry Didinski finds some young WWF interns playing WWF Mat Caps. Didinski shows people a non-cut sheet of mat caps that fans can buy for $19 (plus shipping & handling). You can get this, a slammer, and a WWF game pad. You will also get a free copy of WWF Magazine and if you are already a subscriber you will get three more months for free! Call 1-800-TITAN-91!
–Ten Minute Challenge Match: Barry Horowitz (1-13) defeats Skip (w/Sunny) (7-2) when the time limit expires:
The rules of this match stipulate that Horowitz can win the match if he defeats Skip within ten minutes or simply lasts ten minutes without being pinned or submitted by the bodydonna. The benefit of having this match take place later in the show is that Horowitz actually gets an entrance. McMahon freaks out on commentary when Hendrix suggests that Sunny tried to kiss him backstage before the show. Skip’s offense is not well aligned to the objectives of the match as he spends time placing Horowitz in submission holds or taunting after big moves instead of going for a quick victory. To the WWF’s credit, the match actually lasts ten minutes, with Horowitz milking time at the end by rolling to the floor and Skip beginning to panic by going for basic moves like bodyslams that are not enough to get a victory. At the end, Skip goes for a flying headbutt but misses and Horowitz intelligently kills time by going for multiple covers off of a dropkick, eventually causing the time limit to expire and he beats Skip for the second time. Overall, this match told a good story and it kept the feud going as Skip was too overconfident and Horowitz found the internal willpower to make a comeback and hang on. Rating: ***
–We get a replay of the Isaac Yankem x-ray vignette.
–Call 1-900-737-4WWF to find out what Sid thinks about getting replaced off of the SummerSlam card. Do we really need to do that considering that Sid already said what he thought on RAW a few days ago? Well, if you missed that you can phone in and hear the information for $1.49 per minute!
–Waylon Mercy (8-0) beats Buck Quartermaine via submission to a sleeper hold at 2:40:
Joshua Brice is our guest ring announcer, a very young kid but he does an okay job. Mercy makes sure to shake Brice’s hand and congratulate him on a good ring introduction, but Quartermaine does not fall for Mercy’s ploy and attacks him before the bell. However, this just results in him getting chokeslammed by the taller Mercy a couple of times and Mercy goes on to triumph in his most entertaining squash to date.
–Stan Lane hypes the Madison Square Garden card some more, with Men on a Mission telling the “stinky New Yorkers” that they will beat “Big Daddy Fool” Diesel and “Girly Boy” Shawn Michaels and make them bow before the new king of the WWF.
–Tune in next week to see King Mabel collide with Bam Bam Bigelow!
The Last Word: Both of the feature matches were pretty good this week and Skip-Horowitz continues to be a gem of a feud in the lower midcard. One wonders what they going to do for a first feud with Mercy, who continues to have some of the better character work in the entire company.
Up Next: The Action Zone for August 13, 1995!