Welcome to the latest edtion of ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 1993 as we hurtle towards WrestleMania 9. This week’s show is Raw from 15 March 1993, headlined by The Nasty Boys taking on The Headshrinkers.
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 last week’s Raw recap here.
Gorilla Monsoon is ringside tonight with Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan and Rob Bartlett billed as ‘Not Vince McMahon’. I fear it’s going to be one of those nights here…
A big blizzard has apparently played havoc with tonight’s card but Heenan tells us he’s interviewing Harvey Wippleman and Giant Gonzales while Papa Shango will clash with Bob Backlund and the Headshrinkers will face the Nasty Boys.
Match 1: Razor Ramon vs Russ Greenberg
Greenberg has a terrible mullet but a decent physique for a jobber. This won’t last long. Greenberg dodges a clothesline but throws himself into an overhead slam. Ramon stomps on the face before applying an abdominal stretch. It doesn’t last long, though, before he throws his opponent to the mat and slaps him about the head, drawing jeers from the fans in the arena.
Ramon no-sells a few shots and drives Greenberg almost through the mat with his chokeslam. Back-to-back suplex off the top rope and the Razor’s Edge is signalled for and hit. That’s it.
Winners: Razor Ramon.
Rating: Standard squash match here on Monday Night Raw.
Match 2: Typhoon vs. L.A. Gore
Gore has a tremendous moustache and a terrible mullet. What a look. Bartlett still doing a brutally frustrating impression of McMahon on commentary. Gore tries a side headlock but is thrown around by Typhoon. An eye gouge and several blows rock Typhoon but he catches Gore in the corner with a big clothesline and this is starting to look like business as usual. Typhoon hits a snap suplex before catching Gore with a clothesline off the ropes. A charge into the corner almost squishes Gore before a running slam does.
Rating: Another squash. Meh.
When we return from the adverts, Heenan is in the ring and calls out Harvey Wippleman and Giant Gonzales, after hyping his destruction of the Undertaker at the Royal Rumble. Wippleman says he had promised a big surprise and has delivered but says that he hasn’t been able to show off how “awesome” Gonzales is because opponents just flee him. Wippleman says The Undertaker better have a big coffin at WrestleMania because Gonzalez is going to put him and Paul Bearer in it. Gonzalez says he has a “giant surprise” for the Undertaker.
A promo clip for WrestleMania IX airs, heavily featuring the returning Hulk Hogan.
Match 3: Papa Shango vs Bob Backlund
Monsoon tries to say that the reaction Backlund got was a lot better than it was… A series of single leg takedowns have Shango flailing. Shango singles for a test of strength but Backlund isn’t sure. They eventually lock up and Shango easily dominates. Backlund rolls out of test of strength, somehow, and apples an armbar as Bartlett continues to be annoying on commentary. Drop toehold allows the former WWF champion to hit Shango with an elbow to the face. Shango catches Backlund, though, and hits a back breaker allowing him to dominate proceedings.
Shango attacks on the outside before taking it back in where he hits a headbutt to the groin. All Shango just now as he applies a reverse chinlock. This is very one-sided, leading to Heenan wondering what Ramon will do when he gets his hands on Backlund at WrestleMania. Out of nowhere, Backlund rolls up Shango and that’s it. Nothing like building him up to Mania…
Winner: Bob Backlund
Rating: Pretty boring. Very one-sided and a clear clash of styles, so it just didn’t work.
WrestleMania Report with ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund. This edition is brought to us by ICOPRO. Jeez, it’s less than a month away. Means I’m going to have to watch WrestleMania IX for you, lads. We learn that it’s going to be a big toga party. Gene runs through the card. We see Yokozuna nearly kill a jobber on WWF Superstars and a promo from Money Inc, as Gene hypes the double main event before rattling through the rest of the card.
Match 4: The Nasty Boys vs. The Headshrinkers
No Afa for Fatu and Samu as they challenge the former tag champions. “What a match this is going to be” declares Monsoon, in a very optimistic fashion. Heenan ponders as to the whereabouts of Afa. Samu and Brian Knobbs start this one off, Samu nearly killing Knobbs in the corner with a running clothesline. But the Nasty’s fightback and hit a double backbody drop. The Headshrinkers are foiled in a double team of their own when Saggs ducks their double clothesline and hits one of his own.
Quick tag from the former WWF tag champions as they exchange quick tags to remain in control. We return from the break as Fatu dumps Saggs to the outside where Samu slams him to the concrete – albeit mat covered concrete. Samu comes off the top rope with a headbutt but misses and we get two tags with Knobbs taking the fight to Fatu and then Samu. He slams their heads together, they no sell, and he’s dropped with a double headbutt. He’s able to recover and foils their double team attempt and hits a double DDT on them. All four battle their way to the concession stand, where Fatu dumps mustard over Knobbs before Samu is sent through snacks and has a bin smashed over his head. Knobbs attacks with a chair as the referee calls for the bell, disqualifying both sides.
Winner: Double DQ
Rating: A fairly fun main event, a messy brawl.
A promo clip airs showcasing all the great charity work that the WWF does. More than a touch indulgent. But good PR for Vince McMahon.
Back at Manhattan Centre next week as we see Tatanka vs Repo Man, Kamala vs Doink as well as Money Inc and the Bushwhackers in action. I, for one, can’t wait.
Overall Thoughts: Hampered by the weather, by all accounts, but this was a pretty poor episode of Raw, barring a main event that was a fun brawl.
Overall score – 2/5
You can now officially add Bob Backlund vs. Razor Ramon to the WrestleMania IX line-up.
DiBiase has herniated a disc which should keep him out until WrestleMania but there’s no way he can miss that match so will have to work the show.
On 3/15, Vince McMahon will be honoured by the Michael Landon Foundation for his philanthropic contributions to charity. At the same time, the U.S. Justice Department is continuing its investigation.
They are pushing Brutus Beefcake as being the bionic man because of the steel plates in his head from his surgery.
Night Stalker (future Adam Bomb), Killer Karl Wallace (Carl Ouellet of the Quebecers) Todd Champion (former WCW US tag champion) and Mike “Norman” Shaw (future Bastion Booger) got try-outs at the Charleston tapings. Wrestling Observer states that Stalker got the best reaction.
All ‘Raw Rewind 1993’ pieces can be found here.