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Chairshot Classics: WWF SummerSlam ’95

Open: “Tonight, one man hopes to implement the final phase in his royal plan, the reigning WWF Champion running on high octane is determined to set that plan aflame. Tonight, one man still suffering the shame of defeat hopes his demented dentist can extract revenge, but this so-called patient claims to be master to the art of dentistry as well. Tonight, one man has foolishly entered a cryptic world of shadows and darkness. After the Casket Match, will he ever revel in the land of the living again. Tonight, the Intercontinental belt dangles above the ring, one man hoping to climb the ladder and recapture gold. One man has designs of reaching the highest echelons of excellence. Tonight, these WWF Superstars must all face the heat. This is SummerSlam.”

Backstage: Dean Douglas scratches his fingers across a chalkboard and defines the word “Dean”, stating it is a man who disciplines and councils his students. Douglas says tonight he will be conducting summer school on SummerSlam for everyone in the arena.

Match #1: The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Hakushi
Collar & elbow tie-up to begin, The Kid hooks on a side headlock and switches to a hammerlock, Hakushi counters to one of his own, works to a side headlock, but 1-2-3 Kid reverses to a top wristlock. The White Angel grabs a handful of hair to counter to one of his own, Kid kips up to his feet, flips over using the ropes, scores with an arm drag and kips to his feet again as we have a stalemate. They lock back up and Hakushi goes back to a side headlock, gets pushed off to the ropes and scores with a shoulder block, hits the ropes, The Kid drops down, leapfrogs over and delivers a hip toss, The Modern-Day Kamikaze kicks him away, they both kip-up and we get another stalemate.

Another tie-up and The 1-2-3 Kid grabs a side headlock, Hakushi pushes him away to the ropes, Kid with a shoulder knockdown, hits the ropes, The White Angel drops down, leapfrogs over, looks for a spinning wheel kick that misses, The Kid attempts the same, but Hakushi side-steps it for yet another stalemate. Kid goes back in for another lock-up and The Modern-Day Kamikaze strikes with a shot to the throat, delivers uppercuts in the corner, shoots him hard across, then sets for a powerbomb. 1-2-3 Kid flips out of it into an arm drag, hits the ropes and ducks a shot, but gets planted by a tilt-a-whirl slam.

Hakushi puts the boots to The Kid, hammers him with overhand chops, whips him into the corner, then comes in with a back handspring elbow. He stomps away at Kid in the corner and chokes him with his foot, charges in for a seated senton to the sternum, then plays to the crowd and gets a round of boos. The White Angel measures 1-2-3 Kid for kicks to the back of the leg, buries kicks to the back of the head, executes a body slam, then springs off the 2nd rope with a slingshot splash for a count of 2. He snapmares The Kid over and grabs a nerve hold on the trap muscle, 1-2-3 Kid fights his way to a standing position, takes an overhand chop to the spine, Hakushi sends him to the ropes and tosses him with a high back body drop.

He clobbers Kid with a spinning back kick to send him to the outside, builds a head of steam, flies over the top with a back handspring moonsault, but it takes something out of himself in the process. The Modern-Day Kamikaze finds his footing, rolls 1-2-3 Kid into the ring, heads up top and connects with a flying shoulder tackle, lateral press and he only gains a 2 count. He plants The Kid with a body slam and goes back upstairs for a splash, Kid rolls out of harm’s way, both guys stagger back to their feet and 1-2-3 Kid starts to build momentum with right hands. He whips Hakushi to the ropes, The White Angel reverses it, elevates him into the air, Kid surprises him with a dropkick and Hakushi falls to the outside.

The 1-2-3 Kid staying aggressive, springs off the 2nd rope over the top with a crossbody, rolls The Modern-Day Kamikaze back inside, slingshots in from the apron with a leg drop, but only gets a near fall. He scoops Hakushi up for a body slam, ascends the corner to the top turnbuckle, scores with a frog splash and hooks the leg, but still can’t put it away. The Kid hits the ropes for a head of steam, looks for a spinning wheel kick, The White Angel catches him in mid-air, plants him into the canvas and covers for the win.
Winner: Hakushi (Spinning Wheel Kick Counter)

  • EA’s Take: Great way to start the show here with two technically-sound high-flyers giving the rest of the roster something to follow. Fast pace as you’d imagine, Hakushi pulling out more maneuvers that have rarely and possibly never been seen before here in America. Boy, I know I said it before, but this guy was really underrated looking back on it. Unforunately, neither of these guys had much going on in terms of storyline at the time, but showed here how supremely talented they are in the ring gave us a glimpse into what wrestling would look like in the future.

Backstage: Dok Hendrix is joined by King Mabel, The King informing Dok that he’ll have to wait until later tonight to find out his full plan. Mabel speaks to WWF Champion Diesel, says it’s like the old saying goes, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”. He claims The British Bulldog was just phase one of his master plan and tonight, Big Daddy Cool will learn that it’s long live the king.

Match #2: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Bob ‘Spark Plug’ Holly
Helmsley a little reluctant to start the action here and backs away from Holly, Spark Plug surprises him with a body slam, scores with an arm drag and Hunter cowers away to the corner, the official stepping in to create separation. The Connecticut Blue Blood takes the opening for a cheap shot, delivers stinging chops in the corner, irish whip across is reversed into a back elbow from Holly, he unloads with right hands and kicks in the corner, then shoots Helmsley across.

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He charges in and gets caught with a hot shot, Hunter drags him up, unleashes a barrage of fists and kicks in the corner, chokes away at Holly, then sends him across hard into the turnbuckles. Hunter takes a bow to a chorus of boos, hauls Spark Plug up and cracks him with a backbreaker for 2, then executes a vertical suplex. He lines up for a knee drop and covers for another 2 count, drives knees into the spine and we see The British Bulldog arriving to the arena backstage. Back in the ring Helmsley locks Holly in an abdominal stretch, uses the ropes for more leverage behind the official’s back, the referee catches him, Spark Plug reverses to one of his own, but Hunter powers him over the top to the floor with a hip toss.

Hunter reaches over the ropes to drag Holly back inside, shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop, Spark Plug puts on the brakes, spikes him with a DDT and they double down. The Connecticut Blue Blood staggers to his feet, pulls Holly up and whips him to the ropes for a side slam, Spark Plug flips through it, shoots him to the ropes and connects with a dropkick, but can’t capitalize on it. Both guys stumble back to their feet, Hunter charges in for a clothesline, gets split by an inverted atomic drop instead, Spark Plug starts to build momentum with a clothesline of his own and Helmsley crawls to the corner to try and beg off.

Holly won’t hear it and puts the boots to him, sends him across for a back body drop off the rebound, whips him back into the turnbuckles for another dropkick off the rebound and The Connecticut Blue Blood continues pleading with him to stop the onslaught. Spark Plug corners him for boots to the breadbasket, sends him to the corner for another back body drop off the rebound, Helmsley puts on the brakes, plants him with a Pedigree and that’s all she wrote.
Winner: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Pedigree)

  • EA’s Take: Solid showing here from both guys, but pretty standard stuff. The former Jean-Paul Levesque from WCW makes his WWF pay-per-view debut here and had been on an undefeated streak since arriving in late-April. You could see that Helmsley had a lot of potential which is why the WWF signed him, but the gimmick was extremely similar to what he had in WCW and it was hard to have the foresight to see what he could become in the future. For Holly, he was essentially a mid-carder at this time who was relegated to putting over other guys, not picking up too many wins at this point in his career.

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