Today we return with a ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 15 February 1993 after a week off. Last week Monday night was all about the Westminster dog show but on 15 February, it was all about WWF Raw. Strap yourselves in…
Champion Roll Call:
WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
WWF Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (Million Dollar Man & I.R.S)
You can read the Raw recap from two weeks ago here.
We start with a video clip of Beefcake saying he’s back and ready for action. We then hear from Dibiase. Jimmy Hart is very unhappy about all of this…
Vince McMahon, Rob Bartlett and Randy Savage are on commentary again this week. Vince runs down the card, including return of Beefcake and the 16-man Battle Royal. Savage says Beefcake is making “comeback of the century”.
Match 1: The Steiner Brothers vs. Glenn Ruth and Bobby Who.
Scott Steiner and Ruth start. Full nelson slam on Ruth, nearly breaks him in half. Bobby Who is in and eats a suplex from Rick Steiner. We have problems at the announce desk and can’t hear Randy Savage. As problems go…
Steiners hit a powerbomb/elbow from top rope combo which probably would have done it. A running clothesline takes out Who then Scott is in, double underhook release suplex before top rope bulldog for the win.
Winners: The Steiners.
Rating: Average squash match.
We go to Mean Gene for ‘WrestleMania Report’, brought to you by ICOPRO. We learn that in addition to Yokozuna challenging Bret Hart for the WWF title, also announced for WrestleMania is Crush vs. Doink and The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzales. Who wouldn’t buy a PPV based on those additional two matches?!
Match 2: Yokozuna vs Ross Greenberg
Raw is looking increasingly squashy these days… Yokozuna’s belly-to-belly suplexes look absolutely savage. As do his running leg drops, which he followed up said suplex with. Running charge in corner, thrust chop to throat and banzai drop.
Rating: N/A. Squash.
Lord Alfred Hayes promotes the WWF Magazine, feature colour photos of all your favourite superstars. We see Hacksaw Jim Duggan basically being murdered by Yokozuna on WWF Superstars after he had become the first man to knock the giant Samoan off his feet. Video clip airs of an interview with Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji. Tough to work out really what was being said…
Vince announced that Giant Gonzales wanted to be in the Battle Royal but then all other 15 superstars said they then didn’t want to be. We see him massacring three jobbers on Superstars, including Louie Spicolli
ICOPRO ad airs then one for Hasbro WWF figures then Slim Jim.
Match 3: 16-man Battle Royal.
In this are: Razor Ramon, Owen Hart, Koko B. Ware, Kamala (w/ Slick), Kimchee, Shawn Michaels, Iron Mike Sharpe, Bob Backlund, Typhoon, Damien Demento, Berzerker, Terry Taylor, and Skinner.
What an odd mix of guys… Kamala vs. Kimchee probably the big feud in this one. Sharpe is first out then Koko, who is tossed by Backlund. Really can’t go Battle Royals at all. Too messy at the start until the ring starts to clear. Typhoon eliminates Skinner with a clothesline before Kamala throws out Demento. Owen Hart is out next, by the Berskerker who is then superkicked, of all things, out by Kamala. Kimchee and Typhoon then eliminate Kamala before Kamala reenters and tosses out Kimchee, which starts a chase around the arena. Michaels then dumps out Typhoon leaving the heels Michaels and Ramon as well as the babyface pair of El Matador and Tatanka. Matador and Tatanka double-team Michaels and ram him headfirst into the turnbuckles then eliminate him.
Giant Gonzales enters the ring and smashes Tatanka and El Matador’s heads together before eliminating the pair, giving Ramon the win.
Winner: Razor Ramon.
Rating: Pretty average Battle Royal with a dud ending.
Match 4: WWF Tag Team Champion ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake.
Vince highlights the concerns that Hart has over this match even taking place. Brutus struts to start this one off. On two occasions Dibiase tries to attack but Beefcake dodges with a strut. They lock up before ‘The Barber’ drives Dibiase headfirst into the turnbuckle. We see Hart at ringside warning Dibiase to be careful. Worth noting, Beefcake has terrible attire on. Standard stuff, really.
Beefcake hits several shots to the face, which sends the co-holder of the tag titles to the outside. Dibiase tries to drive Beefcake face-first into the buckle but it’s blocked. Here comes I.R.S. with a briefcase. Hart tries to send him to the back but is shoved away. As Beefcake applies a headlock, Savage says he’s looking “so good” in the ring. Chants of “Irwin, Irwin” from the fans. Beefcake is sent ot the ropes and I.R.S. drives the briefcase into his back and the ref calls for the DQ.
The tag champs then attack as Hart tries to get them to stop. Dibiase holds Beefcake as I.R.S. smashes the briefcase into his face. Hart had tried to stop this but was shoved to the outside. Hart dives back in and checks on Beefcake. They try to do it again as Hart pleads for leniency. Vince claims Beefcake is “holding his face together” as Hart demands that someone does something. A stretcher is eventually brought out as we see the canvas is covered in blood.
Winner: Brutus Beefcake, via DQ.
Rating: A nothing match but it’s all about this storyline. An apparent babyface turn from Hart and setting up a future angle involving Money Inc., Beefcake and Hulk Hogan.
We see several replays of the shot to the face before we go to a break. When we return, we hear that Beefcake is alright. Next week, Money Inc will be in action and Vince says it won’t be a surprise if Hogan turns up. Tatanka and the Nasty Boys will also be in action against Shawn Michaels and the Beverley Brothers.
Overall Thoughts: Started a bit squashy then we got an average Battle Royal followed by a pretty poor main event. In defence of the main event, it was all about storyline purposes so it certainly advanced that. I wonder who will ride to Beefcake’s rescue… Guess we’ll see next week.
Overall score – 2/5
News from the house shows, Mr. Perfect blew out his knee on the 6th of Feb during a match with Razor Ramon. Tatanka would fill in from him, including a forthcoming main event run against Shawn Michaels.
Monday Night Raw on 2/1 (Doink vs. Typhoon) did a 3.0 rating, which is the highest rating for any regular cable show in more than 10 months and even higher than the last Clash of Champions. There’s a point that was made when Doink drew a 3.0 and a Flair-Perfect loser leaves town match the day after a PPV did a 2.6. Yup…
KTTV (Ch. 13) in Los Angeles refused to air the Yokozuna vs. Jim Duggan match on Superstars because of heavy protests from the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists (AAPAA), Japanese American Citizens League and Media Action Network for Asian Americans. A KTTV spokesman said: “We’re not in the business of perpetuating stereotypes.” When the show aired, Lord Al Hayes said because of the graphic nature of the match, it couldn’t air. Instead, they put the Flair-Hennig loser leaves town match in its place.
Marty Janetty was fired because at the San Jose tapings, he was asleep in the dressing room. Although he claimed to be sleeping, others believe he was passed out. It’s believed that Ray Stevens was the one who complained to the company and he’s drawing heat from the boys as a result.
Terry Taylor is jobbing to Jim Powers on house shows. Also, Yokozuna has been facing Randy Savage every night and winning when Fuji pushes Savage off the top rope.
All ‘Raw Rewind 1993’ pieces can be found here.