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WWF Raw – May 17, 1993 Review

May 17, 1993
New York, NY
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, & Bobby Heenan

The show opens with a highlight video showing Macho Man cheering some Special Olympians on, which is quite cool.

The recap the brawl between Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect from the week before.

Lord Alfred Hayes is outside talking about someone being there today that will surprise everyone.

The Smoking Gunns vs. Glenn Ruth & Tony Vajda

The Smoking Gunns make their Raw debut, taking on these two jobbers. Bart starts but quickly tags out to Billy. They both beat both men all around the ring until they hit a ridiculous piledriver where Billy hits a back drop and Bart catches Ruth and hits a piledriver. I don’t think that finish will last long. They almost killed Glenn Ruth.

Vince McMahon is in the ring and he brings out Shawn Michaels for an interview. The fans chant a rather vulgar chant at Shawn, but Shawn ignores it. Shawn says that he’s a man of his word and that he told everybody that he would be the IC champion. He also told everyone that he was better than Mr. Perfect, and he’s still champ. Michaels says that he will defend the title against anyone. A guy gets in the ring to challenge Michaels, and it’s Marty Jannetty! Vince asks Shawn if he’s a man of his word, and Shawn replies with yes and reluctantly accepts the challenge for later tonight. Great segment.

Razor Ramon vs. The Kid

The Kid still has the L on his tights, so why not call him The Lightning Kid, Vince? Razor throws the Kid around to start the match, and hits a massive chop that makes the whole crowd scream “Ohhhh!” Even though he’s a heel, the crowd chants Razor. Razor hits a big fall away slam. Razor tries to hit The Kid in the corner, but Razor misses and stuns himself. The Kid hits a moonsault and The Kid gets the 1-2-3! The crowd goes nuts for the The Kid!

RATING: 2/5 – I only give this a 2/5 because of how short it was. However, this was a really memorable moment on Monday Night Raw, and one of the great moments in the show’s history. This basically launches the career of X-Pac, and leads to a long and successful run in the WWF/E.

Tatanka vs. Scott Taylor

Tatanka smashes Taylor with several hard chops and gets the win with a Samoan Drop after a few minutes.

Mean Gene talks about who has qualified for the King of the Ring Tournament. A few matches of the first round have been decided, with Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon being the biggest one.

Kamala vs. Yokozuna

Oh dear. This should be horrible. It was. Yokozuna wins in a few minutes with a Banzai Drop, and it’s a few minutes too long.

Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty – WWF Intercontinental Championship

This match starts fast with Jannetty taking to Michaels. Jannetty counters a hip toss by flipping onto his feet. He hits a baseball slide dropkick, skins the cat, and then hits a tope on Shawn. Marty is on fire in this match. Jannetty dodges a superkick and hits an arm drag followed by a head scissors. Jannetty sends Michaels to the corner, and Shawn flies over the top rope, grabs his belt, and tries to leave.

He gets to the curtain, but Mr. Perfect is there to chase him back to the ring. They go to break, and when they come back Jannetty is still in control. Michaels hits a huge hotshot on Jannetty and Shawn starts to get the heat on him. Shawn slows it down a bit and locks on a headlock on Jannetty.

The pace pick up and Jannetty hits a huge body slam. Jannetty hits a huge flying body press, and Shawn kicks out. Jannetty rolls him up, but Shawn rolls through and pulls the tights, but Jannetty kicks out. Shawn hits a huge superkick and taunts Mr. Perfect. Perfect throws his town in Michaels’ face, and Marty rolls up Shawn for the 1-2-3! We have a new Intercontinental Champion!

RATING: 4/5 – Awesome match from these two. If there was any doubt that Shawn Michaels is one of the best wrestlers of all time, look at the last three Monday Night Raw episodes where he stole the show every time, each week with a better match than the last.

OVERALL RATING: 3.75/5 – Another very good episode of Raw with two great surprises with the 1-2-3 Kid beating Razor Ramon (and thus earning the name 1-2-3!), and Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty tearing the house down.

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WCW Saturday Night – May 15, 1993 Review

WCW Saturday Night
May 15, 1993
Atlanta, GA
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyzsko

Maxx Payne vs. Unknown Jobber

This lasts less than a minute with Payne tapping the jobber out with an armbar.

Bulldog cuts a promo against Vader, promising to win the WCW Heavyweight Championship from him at Slamboree.

A video airs showing Rick Rude winning the United States Championship from Dustin Rhodes in a controversial way.

The Cole Twins (w/ their hair) vs. The Blackhearts

The match starts with the Cole Twins sending the Blackhearts to he outside of the ring. The Blackhearts can’t get the upper hand as the Cole Twins send them to the outside of the ring. This match wasn’t very good, to be honest. As it turns out, after doing some research, one of the Blackhearts is actually Gangrel. This factoid is more interesting than the match. The Cole Twins win by DQ when one of the Blackhearts sends one of the Cole Twins to the outside of the ring.

Eric Bischoff is back to talk about Slamboree where he announces that Scott Norton is going to wrestle Sting. Bischoff runs down the rest of the matches too.

Van Hammer vs. Unknown Jobber

As Van Hammer is beating the jobber up, Col. Parker comes out with a stretcher. Van Hammer wins with a slingshot suplex.

Van Hammer is upset about the stretcher because he thinks it’s disrespectful to Cactus Jack because of what happened a few weeks ago. Parker says it’s not about Cactus Jack, but it’s for Van Hammer. Parker promises to bring someone into WCW that will beat Hammer. Good promo from Parker.

Thunderbolt Patterson cuts a promo about Slamboree.

A Flair for the Gold

Flair is going to interview The Hollywood Blondes in this edition of A Flair for the Gold. Anderson is sitting by the bar again this week.

Missy Hyatt rushes into the room claiming that Flair left her on the side of the road. Hyatt says Anderson couldn’t be a 60-minute man, and she throws her shoes at Flair and Anderson.

The Hollywood Blondes come out and shake hands with Flair and sit. Anderson told Flair that Austin could be the man someday (which I don’t actually doubt as real), and my goodness, was he ever right. But that’s a few years down the road. Pillman asks for Flair’s autograph for his great grandmother. Austin & Pillman pretend to not know who the Four Horseman are, and call them a relic of the past. Anderson didn’t like that.

The Hollywood Blondes begin to insult the legends that will be at Slamboree, including Arn, and Arn stands up and gets upset. Anderson takes off his watch and is getting ready to fight, while Flair tries to keep the peace. They call Flair old, and Ric takes off his coat looking like he’s ready to fight. Oh my goodness, I want to see The Horsemen vs. the Hollywood Blondes. That would be so awesome. Austin and Pillman leave with Flair clearly still upset.

The Blondes cut a promo with Schiavone and call The Horsemen old news again. Austin called it A Flair for the Old. Pillman is upset that WCW has allowed Steamboat and Douglas to wrestle them again.

Bobby Eaton vs. Arn Anderson

Anderson and Eaton are set for the main event of this episode of Saturday Night, and this should be good. Anderson climbs to the top rope, but gets caught by Eaton. Anderson, however, manages to lock in a sleeper hold, but Eaton gets out and continues to assault Anderson’s leg, which Erik Watts hurt a few months back.

On the outside of the ring, Anderson hits a huge back drop on Eaton, sending him crashing to the concrete floor. Eaton somehow gets up and continues to work over the knee. Eaton goes for a kick back inside of the ring, and Anderson hits a huge DDT. Arn Anderson has one of the best DDTs in wrestling, and it’s vastly underrated. Eaton kicks out, and runs at Arn from the corner, but Arn hits the spinebuster and gets the 1-2-3!

RATING: 2/5 – Solid match here. I’d love to see them wrestle for 10 to 15 minutes rather than 4, as it would probably be an awesome match. Got to love Arn Anderson. He’s a legit star and main event level talent that never got a world title run.

Barry Windham comes out and talks to Tony Schiavone. Windham finally comes out and talks about Flair. He says Ric’s time is up, and it’s Windham’s time. Windham says that Flair wants to start the Horsemen again, but that they are a thing of the past. Windham says Anderson isn’t ready to take the title away from him. He’s a lone wolf, and not a Horseman anymore. Good promo from Windham here.

OVERALL RATING: 2.75/5 – Good episode of Saturday Night here. Great promos from The Hollywood Blondes and the Horsemen, and a great promo from Barry Windham, all setting up Slamboree. The 1-hour edition of Saturday Night moved quickly, and was pretty entertaining throughout.

ECW – May 11, 1993 Review

Eastern Championship Wrestling
May 11, 1993
Philadelphia, PA
Commentators: Jay Sulli & Stevie Wonderful

Tod Gordon opens the show with Jay Sulli, and Gordon runs down the matches of the night.

Paul E. Dangerously comes out and says that the chain match between Funk & Gilbert isn’t going to happen. Gordon claims that the contract is signed, and Paul can deal with his lawyers, and he will be disappointed. Paul then cuts an amazing promo, saying the only one who ever disappointed him was Gordon’s wife. He then talks about how this is personal, and he’s going to take the whole promotion apart. This was an absolutely killer promo, and you can hear the buzz in the crowd after it. Things are picking up. Continue reading ECW – May 11, 1993 Review

WWF Raw – May 10, 1993 Review

May 10, 1993
New York, NY
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, Bobby Heenan

Shawn Michaels is cutting a promo outside about how he’s going to beat Jim Duggan, and Mr. Perfect attacks him! Perfect throws him onto the hood of a car, breaking the windshield, and security comes and tries to pull them apart. Awesome open to Raw. Continue reading WWF Raw – May 10, 1993 Review

WCW Saturday Night – May 8, 1993

WCW Saturday Night
May 8, 1993
Atlanta, GA
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyzsko

The show opens with an interviewer catching The British Bulldog leaving the airport, back from his world tour. He asks how Cactus Jack is doing, and the interviewer lets him know that he’s hurt pretty badly. Bulldog leaves looking worried. Continue reading WCW Saturday Night – May 8, 1993