Monday Night Raw – November 27, 1995: Be Thankful That It’s Over

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 27, 1995
Location: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 4,500
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler

Things have certainly changed a lot in a week as Shawn Michaels is now on the shelf with a head injury and Diesel is suddenly awesome as a much more realistic character. Tonight is more of a lighter show though as Undertaker is trying to get back the golden chain that Kama melted the urn into because that’s still a thing. Let’s get to it.

We open with a somber look back at Shawn’s injury.

Opening sequence.

Rad Radford vs. Ahmed Johnson

Radford (Louis Spicolli) hammers away to start and gets dropped with an elbow to the jaw. We cut to Bob Backlund walking around the crowd campaigning for President (thank goodness this wasn’t during the Trump campaign) as the guys head outside with Radford sending Ahmed into the apron. Back in and a scissors kick drops Rad and a spinebuster sets up the Pearl River Plunge to end this quick.

Lawler goes to talk to Ahmed and makes some lame you’re stupid jokes before Dean Douglas comes down to say the road to superstardom takes place in his classroom. Ahmed wants to go right now but nothing happens.

We get an update on Shawn, who was attacked by a bunch of thugs back in October, leaving him with a severe concussion. Things got even worse at Survivor Series when his head was banged up even more, setting up last week’s enziguri to really put him out.

Aja Kong/Tomoko Watanabe vs. Alundra Blayze/Kyoko Inoue

O…….k. Blayze is Women’s Champion and Kong is a monster who beat Blayze at Survivor Series. It’s a brawl to start and they actually CUT OFF THE MERCHANDISE PLUG. It’s Kong vs. Inoue to start with Aja running her over in the corner and hitting a splash for no cover. Instead it’s off to Watanabe who is quickly caught in a surfboard. Blayze comes in and is quickly ignored to talk about an online chat with Mr. Perfect. The fast tags continue as Kong suplexes Inoue for two as we take a break.

Back with Watanabe superplexing Inoue for two but Kong breaks up Blayze’s German suplex. Instead a missile dropkick puts Kong down but a second attempt misses, only to have Kong miss a middle rope splash. Kong blocks a powerbomb attempt so Vince starts talking about, for reasons I don’t want to know, Kong being an advocate of safe sex, though unlike Princess Diana, she won’t be on a Norwegian condom commercial. Lawler: “What are you talking about McMahon?” Kong backfists Inoue for the pin.

Rating: C. This didn’t go anywhere and was really just everyone bouncing around Kong. For some reason this never went anywhere as Kong would have one more match and then never be seen again. It was a cool change of pace but that doesn’t mean it’s something I’d want to see every week.

We recap Diesel destroying Bret and the referees on Sunday and his comments the next night.

Here’s Brother Love of all people to interview Bret Hart. This feels so totally out of place that I don’t know where to start but at least it gets Bret back on TV. Love talks about Diesel and of course won’t let Bret get in a word (Brother Love trademark). He brings up Undertaker, who he brought into the WWF (which feels like forever ago at this point) and Owen Hart as potential challengers but won’t let Bret respond. Bret finally grabs the mic and says he’s ready for Bulldog until Bob Backlund runs out to put him in the crossface chickenwing. Love and that piano music just do not need to be here and it shows badly.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. John Crystal

The announcers talk about Bret being attacked as Helmsley finishes with the Pedigree in just over a minute.

Owen Hart has put out an open contract for a match at In Your House.

Kama vs. Undertaker

And never mind as Kama is on crutches so we need a replacement.

Sir Mo vs. Undertaker

Undertaker still has his big gray mask on. Ring announcer: “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, THE UNDERTAKER!” For those of you unfamiliar with Mo, just picture the most worthless person called a wrestler this side of Eva Marie. Mo sends him outside to start so Undertaker grabs DiBiase by the throat, only to have Kama come over and save his boss. Vince thinks he sees Mabel coming down as we take a break. Back with Undertaker sitting up as there’s no Mabel in sight. Undertaker gets all ticked off and stares at DiBiase, which sends Ted and Kama bailing to the back. The chokeslam ends Mo with ease.

Rating: D-. Mo sucks and I don’t know what else there is to say here. This was a pretty lame bait and switch, especially when Kama never actually had his big blowoff with Undertaker. Kama would leave the company soon after this with the Royal Rumble being his last major appearance for over a year.

Post match Undertaker gets the chain back but Mabel and Yokozuna come out to steal it right back. Can we please get to Wrestlemania so Mankind can debut and make this interesting?

A preview of next week’s show wraps it up.

Overall Rating: D+. They really can’t string two good shows together these days. Last week was great and this week featured a total of nothing interesting, save for a decent women’s match that meant absolutely nothing. They hadn’t figured out the formula yet and it was showing badly. Nitro kicking into mega high gear would do wonders for Raw but we’re a long way off from that.

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