WWE Raw 1993
January 18, 1993
The Manhattan Center
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett
The show opens with Rob Bartlett tearing up a picture of Bobby Heenan, saying fight the real enemy, and Randy Savage is attacked by the Repo Man, who then repo’s Savage’s hat.
Terry Taylor vs. Mr. Perfect
Mr. Perfect comes out to a huge pop. Part way through the match, Bobby Heenan joins by phone and complains about Bartlett. Perfect has a very good match with Taylor, and it proves to be a solid way to open the show. As Heenan is hanging up, he tells McMahon that he called collect, so they have to pay the bill. Classic. As a point of interest, during the match, some fans start chanting “We Want Flair!” while others chant “Ric Flair sucks!” Towards the end of the match, the first group of fans get their wish. Ric Flair comes (to a large pop) out and attacks Flair while the referee’s back is turned. Attack aside, Perfect manages to turn it around and hit a Perfectplex for the win.
Great opening match between Perfect and Taylor.
Bret Hart comes out and is interviewed by Vince. Bret cuts a great promo here about Razor, and how Razor made it personal by attacking Owen and threatening Stu Hart.
A promo airs for the Headlock on Hunger event.
Marty Jannetty vs. Glen Ruth
Another solid match here. Not as good as the first one, but it’s not bad at all. During the match, Michaels phones in and offers his thoughts. Jannetty gets the win after about 5 minutes.
I rated this one because it was even enough to not be called a squash match, and it was quite solid.
A highlight video is shown from Superstars when Doink attacks Crush with a fake arm.
Sean Mooney is outside, and he runs into Repo Man (who is wearing Savage’s hat). He claims that Savage was late on his payments for the hat. Sure Repo Man. Sure. Repo Man and Savage argue back and forth a bit.
Mean Gene delivers another Royal Rumble report.
Randy Savage heads outside to chase after Repo Man.
Tito Santana vs. Ric Flair
Flair gets another huge pop. You wouldn’t think he was a heel, but man, is he ever over with the NY crowd. Santana and Flair put on a great technical match, showing why Flair is the man and Tito is one of the greats. Flair and Santana trade holds back and forth for about 7 or 8 minutes and the crowd eats it up, and just when Santana gets the advantage, Flair starts to cheat and then sabotages himself by going to the top rope. We know how that ends.
Soon enough, Flair is sent over the top rope, and Santana hits him with a hard clothesline on the floor. As they get back in the ring, Santana goes for a flying body press, but Flair ducks and Santana crashes to the floor outside the ring. Mr. Perfect comes out and pulls Flair out of the ring and they start brawling all over the place. They go backstage, and back to the ring.
Great match that left me wanting to see more.
Flair grabs a mic and says that the WWF isn’t big enough for him and Mr. Perfect so he challenges Perfect to a loser leaves town match.
Mr. Perfect comes out and accepts Flair’s challenge.
The show ends with Repo Man stealing Rob Bartlett’s car.
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
Solid show that sets up both the Royal Rumble and the next episode of Raw. The current day WWE could learn from this formula. Set up the PPV and the next TV show. Keep them wanting more.
Best Match: Ric Flair vs. Tito Santana
Worst Match: Marty Jannetty vs. Glen Ruth
Highlights: Good lord, the promos from Flair and Perfect.
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