WWE Raw 1993
January 11, 1993
The Manhattan Center
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett
Sean Mooney opens the show introducing Raw as Bobby Heenan tries to get in the doors. Mooney says he isn’t allowed in, so Heenan say’s he’ll but a ticket, but they’re sold out. As he argues with Mooney, the intro starts.
Koko B. Ware vs. Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji)
A quick opening match, and Bartlett delivers this line as Koko dropkicks Yokozuna a few times: “It’s like trying to stop a battleship with a slingshot,” which was a good line, but then he followed it with this one: “Was that a butt drop?” when Yoko hit a legdrop. Yoko then hits a splash in the corner on Koko, climbs up to the middle rope, and hits a Banzai drop for the 1-2-3.
Yokozuna wasn’t the greatest wrestler, but I do think he was underrated. He could have a solid match with the right guy.
An ad airs for the Royal Rumble 1993!
A pretaped promo airs with Bobby Heenan hyping Narcissus (Lex Luger), and how Mr. Perfect will have to deal with him at the Royal Rumble.
The Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioners
Doink the Clown is running around in the background as the Steiner’s are destroying The Executioners. While this is a squash match, it’s fun to watch the Steiner’s destroy people. This one doesn’t last long, as Rick and Scott hit the Steinerizer.
Bobby Heenan tries to get in again dressed as a woman, claiming to be Rob Bartlett’s aunt.
Razor Ramon is in the ring, getting a fairly mixed reaction from the audience. Razor was a heel, but people wanted so badly to cheer him. Razor cuts a nice promo against Bret Hart about their upcoming match at the Royal Rumble. Razor says it took Bret 8 ½ years to climb to the top, and it only took him 8 ½ months and he had fun beating up his little brother Owen. At the end of the promo, he throws hit toothpick at Vince and gets a huge cheer from the audience.
Great promo from Razor here.
Tatanka does a quick promo for the Headlock on Hunger.
Max Moon vs. Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Title
Max Moon and Shawn Michaels have a very good match here. If every match was like this, Raw would be outstanding every week (even in 2015!). There was a really nice spot early in the match when both Moon and Michaels both go for a flying armdrag land flat in the ring, and Moon locks in a hammerlock. Bartlett, halfway through the match, begins impersonating Mike Tyson. It’s annoying, and takes away from what is a pretty good match. Towards the end of the match Michaels hits a superkick and after a quick exchange, hits a backsuplex for the win.
Solid match, but man, Bartlett is annoying. Comparing this to the commentary of WCW Saturday Night and WCW wins hands down. Outside of that, we get to see Michaels before he becomes Mr. WrestleMania.
Mean Gene has a segment hyping the Royal Rumble by announcing a few of the competitors. Shawn Michaels and Mary Jannetty cut promos against each other. The promo goes for quite long, but serves the purpose of letting the wrestlers cut promos hyping their participation in the Royal Rumble., however, we may have had more time for another match if they didn’t spend so much time on the promos.
Bobby Heenan keeps trying to get in, and this time he’s dressed as an Amish man.
They then show highlights of Kamala’s face turn.
The Undertaker vs. Damien Demento
Taker’s bell tolls and the crowd goes crazy (things haven’t changed in that regard, at least for me. Taker always makes me mark out). This match doesn’t last long, as Taker utterly destroys Demento. The Undertaker wins with a Tombstone Piledriver, and the crowd goes crazy.
For some reason, they announce that Woody Allen will face Mia Farrow in a cage match on Raw the next week.
Doink cuts a promo about enjoying making children cry, and he exchanges words with Crush.
The show closes as Bobby Heenan is finally let into the building.
Not terrible, but not fantastic either. 3 squash matches, and one decent IC title one, plus a few too many promos. It needs to be noted, however, that the flashes of brilliance that will eventually become the show that changed wrestling forever is there.
Highlights: Michaels vs. Moon
Line of the night: The Raw tagline (as the announcers sorta botched it more than once) Uncut, Uncensored, Uncooked
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