In watching this past week’s episode of NXT, we were informed by Triple H, Shawn Michaels & the Road Dogg that we were about to celebrate the 25ᵗʰ anniversary of the first WWF In Your House pay per view, so in it’s honor, the next TakeOver event would be named NXT TakeOver: In Your House! So to help jog the memory of those who watched and even those who maybe weren’t watching wrestling back in the spring of 1995, I’m here now to look back on that memorable night in 1995 and pay tribute to it!
So I’m pretty sure most of you reading this blog can tell…I’ve been a fan of professional wrestling for a fairly long time, and when you follow anything for the amount of time I’ve followed professional wrestling, you’re going to have a lot of memories of some very big events that have happened during that time span. For example, I can remember watching these major events that shaped the history of professional wrestling like it was yesterday: Hulk Hogan turning on Randy Savage and WCW to form the New World Order with Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, Bret Hart’s exit from the WWF in what is now known as the Montreal Screwjob, or D-Generation X storming the Norfolk Scope — the building WCW had been running that night, or how about when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin cut his infamous promo after winning the King of the Ring on a defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts, coining the phrase of “you talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16…Austin 3:16 says I just whipped you ass!”, or when Vince McMahon stood in a WWF ring on one side of the split screen while his son Shane stood in the middle of a WCW ring on the other side after the purchase of WCW.
Those were all notable moments in the history of professional wrestling where I’m sure if you were there watching, you can remember exactly where you were when you saw them. There’s another night I’d like to mention here now that I can also say I remember where I was and the emptiness I felt that night when it happened (and that same feeling of emptiness & sadness is rushing over me now as I relive that night while typing this), and that’s the night that Owen Hart fell to his death from the catwalk at Kansas City, Missouri’s Kemper Arena at the WWF Over The Edge Pay Per View, May 23rd, 1999…now 20 years ago last month.
So I’ve been a bit in the dumps lately specifically when it comes to watching professional wrestling. I believe a lot of it stems from the recent losses of Big Van Vader, Nikolai Volkoff, Brian Christopher Lawler and now the most recent addition to the list: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
Dee and I are back this week to talk about last week’s terrific (as always) NXT TakeOver: London WWE Network Special along with the Slammy Awards edition of Monday Night Raw that aired on 12/21/15 and also to reminisce about our earliest memories as wrestling fans, how this podcast came about and to talk about the excellent DVD set WWE just released, Owen: Hart of Gold. As always, if you have any questions, requests or ideas for the show…please inbox me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll probably even read your email on the air. Thanks for listening!
Davey Boy Smith — we knew him as “the British Bulldog” — passed away while vacationing in British Columbia, Canada. He was 39 years old.
At present, no official cause of death is known, though published reports have suggested either a heart attack or an accidental choking death may be possibilities. In any case, what is certain is this: the wrestling world has lost another performer at far too young an age.
Ok, well here I am with my WrestleMania XI recap, for those who haven’t seen this show…and for those of you who have, this should be a fun read for ya. Well, on to the WrestleMania XI recap.
This one’s live, on tape from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut on April 2, 1995. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry “The King” Lawler. Your celebrity guests for this WrestleMania are: Pamela Anderson, Jonathon Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement, Jennifer McCarthy from MTV, Nicholas Turturro from NYPD Blue, with musical guests Salt n Pepa. Also on hand tonite is Lawrence Taylor & his All-Pro Team. Geez, this is starting to sound like an episode of SNL with all the introductions in the beginning!
Ok, well here I am with my WrestleMania XII recap, for those who haven’t seen this show. BTW, I also did a WrestleMania X recap just the other day, so if you missed that, it’s right here. Well, on to the WrestleMania XII recap. Also, in case you’re curious, I’m doing this cuz I feel WrestleMania Sunday is as much a holiday as Superbowl Sunday. So on that note….on with the PPV.
This one’s live, on tape from the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California on March 31, 1996. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry “The King” Lawler.
I’ve just finished watching my tape of WrestleMania X & have some comments I just felt I had to show with all of you, my lovely readers…
Where to start…well, let’s start with the beginning, the Bret & Owen Hart match. Don’t ask me about Little Richard doing America The Beautiful, cuz I gotz nothin to say about that…he’s not much better than Salt-N-Peppa the following year. What I wanted to emphasize here was that Owen beat Bret in a great wrestling match, something we really don’t see a whole lot anymore & I highly doubt we’ll see this year in the main event.