Into the Vault: WWE Survivor Series 1995
Another week and another dive Into the Vault 1995. This weekend, we’re going to end 1995 with the final two WCW and WWE shows. Let’s get started with WWE Survivor Series 1995! Before we get into it, WWE Survivor Series 1995 is brought to us by the Karate Fighters game. Marvelous. The only way this could’ve been better is if Snickers, Crossfire, or Slim Jim presented it.
This is a hard one as Survivor Series 1995 had a couple of solid at the minimum matches. This is mainly because most of the show was Survivor Series matches. Remember when WWE did all 4v4 matches for this event and you had maybe two non-tag bouts? What a time to be alive.
The women’s 4v4 featuring Aja King, Bertha Faye, Lioness Asuka, and Tomoko Watanabe against Alundra Blayze, Chaparita Asari, Kyoko Inoue, and Sakie Hasegawa was pretty good but needed a little more time. It’s the second shortest match on the card. The shortest match honors went to Goldust vs Bam Bam Bigelow.
Could that match have used more time? Maybe. I will say that it was placed perfectly on the card and broke up the amount of Survivor Series matches you’ll watch back to back. The third 4v4 featured The Darkside team of The Undertaker, Fatu, a Godwinn, and Savio Vega defeating The Royals. That team featured Lawler, Kane DDS, Hunter, and Mabel.
Note that this is probably the only Mabel match that will make it beyond the Low-Tier. Young Vis was hard to watch. That said, this wasn’t bad at all. It had enough of the right players in it to make it work. For those involved, the match’s length was perfect.
The opening was great. WWE’s midcard in 1995 and 1996 had a ridiculous amount of talent. As mentioned before, this is thanks in part to Smoky Mountain Closing, Jim Cornette joining WWE, and a couple of good hands coming along. The match featured The BodyDonnas team of…The BodyDonnas, 1-2-3 Kid, and Rad Radford.
Across the ring from them were The Underdogs team of Barry Horowitz, Bob Holly, Hakushi, and Marty Jannetty. The midcard and uppercard crew really show out on PPVs in tag action. Of the Survivor Series matches, I enjoyed this one the most and it was the second best-paced 4v4.
The semi-main event 4v4 saw Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, British Bulldog, and Sycho Sid against Razor, Owen, Yokozuna, and Dean Douglas. This one had a mixed pace which was fine. Some parts were explosive, and you had some lulls in the action. It ran a bit long, but it was an extremely fun match.
Our main event saw Bret Hart defeat Diesel for the WWE World Title in a No DQ bout. This was the kind of opponent Diesel should’ve been facing on PPV throughout 1995. Guys like Bret, HBK, Jarrett, Jannetty, Bulldog, and Razor Ramon. It’s not that he needed someone who pulls a good match out of him, he needed someone he could work with and the match doesn’t end up bad or awkward.
I don’t know if creative just ran with “Well, Diesel is big and he’s a face, let’s give him a monster or a hoss.” They ran smaller guys as heels, run one against Diesel! Get those dope matches in! They did so for WWE Survivor Series 1995 and the result was a well-paced, exciting match.
WWE Survivor Series 1995 Verdict: 8/10
What an incredible comeback for WWE, holy hell! I couldn’t say there was a bad match on the show! Mind you, WWE was OK with their bigger events in 1995 outside of Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
WWE In Your House 4 Score: 5/10
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