1995

Giant & Hulk Hogan (WCW Monday Nitro September 18th, 1995)

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R.I.P. Hulk Hogan’s motorcycle.

WWF In Your House 4: Great White North (October 22, 1995)

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Pre-Show Saturday Night Slam
Todd Pettengill is at home I guess. He has cardboard cutouts of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels in his living room that he greets when he sees them. His life seems the saddest. He has a giant pizza and sacks of snacks and a million cans of Coke to watch a mid-90s In Your House PPV alone.

A pair of women with lesbian haircuts who clearly hate Pettengill join him later as he highlights the most important matches of the upcoming show. This is actually pretty helpful if like me you are randomly watching an In Your House PPV from 1995 in 2017 completely devoid of context aside from some vague recollection of stuff you’d might have seen on TV 22 years ago. If it was 1995 and you’d been watching it as it happened and had been following WWF from week to week the only thing of any importance that happens here is Gorilla Monsoon talking about how Shawn Michaels had been attacked by a gang in Syracuse several weeks early and might not be able to compete but assured us an Intercontinental Championship match would take place. Oh shit this is that PPV?

Todd Pettengill wraps things up by shoving pizza in the face of a little girl who randomly appeared and the show gets underway.

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Fatu (WWF 1995)

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“Make a Difference” Fatu and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Color

Antonio Inoki & Ric Flair (WCW/NJPW Collision in Korea April 29, 1995)

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In an industry where weird occurrences are the norm, perhaps one of the strangest events of all took place in April of 1995, when WCW and NJPW went to North Korea to hold two days of grappling in Pyongyang headlined by Japanese wrestling legend, Antonio Inoki, taking on the dirtiest player in the game, Ric Flair.

Sports Illustration had a pretty decent oral history of the entire thing a while back that you can read here.

Xanta Klaus (WWF 1995)

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Before becoming one half of the The Hardcore Chair Swingin’ Freaks, Balls Mahoney had a stint in the WWF where he played a villainous version of Santa Claus named Xanta Klaus who lived at the South Pole and once a year roamed the Earth stealing presents from people.

He appeared a handful of times, allying himself with Ted DiBiase and messing with Savio Vega before disappearing from television and never being mentioned again when people realized that an evil Santa Claus was a stupid idea that at best only worked for a month out of the year.

Jeff Hardy vs. Waylon Mercy (WWF Monday Night Raw July 3, 1995)

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Jeff’s gotta be like 17 years old or something here which is just insane.

Mantaur & Aldo Montoya (WWF Royal Rumble 1995 January 22, 1995)

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The best Royal Rumble ever!  Seriously!  Just look how into this exciting action the crowd is.