May 3, 1993
New York, NY
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, & Bobby Heenan
Shawn Michaels vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan – WWF Intercontinental
A great way to start of Raw – a Shawn Michaels title match. Hacksaw goes right after Shawn, but Shawn jumps to the outside. Duggan gets the crowd chanting. They lock up, and Duggan hits several clotheslines, sending Michaels down to the floor. Michaels bumps all over the ring for Hacksaw, making him look like the most dangerous wrestler ever. Shawn tries to leave, but Duggan brings him back to the ring.
Duggan goes to bring him into the ring, but Shawn pulls Duggan’s neck onto the ropes, and starts to get his own offence in. Duggan goes for a few punches, completely missing and walking forward like a robot, which was quite funny. Michaels keeps in control for a bit, staying on top of the action with face paced offense.
HBK manages to get a headlock on, taking Duggan down to the mat, but Duggan doesn’t tap out. Duggan gets up, hits 10 punches and a big body slam. Duggan hits a big clothesline, and Michaels falls out of the ring. Michaels tries to run away again, but Duggan is after him. Duggan clotheslines Michaels over the railing, and HBK is counted out!
RATING: 2.5/5 – Not a bad match at all. A good opener that leads to a great match next week.
Duggan throws a chair into the ring, and sits down. He refuses to leave until Michaels gets back into the ring.
Mene Gene is back with a King of the Ring report.
Doink vs. The Kamikaze Kid
The Kid might be fond of the numbers 1-2-3, but he doesn’t earn them in this match. Ironically, his tights have L. Kid on the back, indicating that he is the Lightning Kid. Apparently, the WWF didn’t think that was a good enough name. Doink beats the kid around the ring and locks in a submission for the win. Basic squash match.
Bob Backlund vs. Dwayne Gill
This is another quick squash, with Backlund winning handily. As the match is going on, Vince announces that next week Michaels and Duggan will be having a Lumberjack Match for the Intercontinental title.
Duggan comes out for an interview with Vince. Duggan talks about the Lumberjack Match, and Duggan promises to win.
A promo airs fir The Smoking Gunns.
Captain Lou Albano comes out and shakes the hand of the two jobbers in the ring, and comes over to the announcer’s table.
The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) vs. Jim Bell and Jay Sledge
The Headshrinkers notice Albano outside the ring, and talk among themselves about him. The Headshrinkers destroy the two jobbers quickly, and in spectacular fashion. As the beatdown is happening, Albano yells at the Samoans, telling them to play by the rules, but they won’t. Headshrinkers win shortly thereafter with when Fatu hits the flying splash.
Kamala vs. Rich Myers
This was pretty horrible. Kamala wins after a few minutes.
Bobby Heenan interviews Shawn Michaels. Shawn is angry about how he’s being treated, and complains that he doesn’t have Jack Tunney’s number, and is amazed that Duggan does. Shawn guarantees a win for next week.
RATING: 1.5/5 – Outside of the opener, the rest of this episode of Raw was pretty terrible. It’s clear that Vince is struggling to make new stars at this point, and Bret and Shawn are the two best he has. Shawn isn’t a main eventer yet, but that is on its way.