Raw Rewind: 24 May 1993

Craig Wilson

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 1993. Today we cover the episode from 24 May. Adam Bomb debuts and we hear from Razor Ramon.

Champion Roll Call:

WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Marty Jannetty
WWF Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (Million Dollar Man & I.R.S)

You can read the last Raw recap <a href="https://ringthedamnbell.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/raw-rewind-17-may-1993/herehere.

Vince McMahon alerts us to the fact we are, as always, in the Manhattan Centre. Crush will be in action, Money Inc. are here and Adam Bomb will be debuting. Furthermore, Doink the Clown will meet Mr. Perfect in a King of the Ring qualifier.

Match 1: Doink the Clown vs. Mr Perfect

Doink the Clown’s heel music was awesome. We cut to Lord Alfred Hayes as Doink makes his way to the ring. But, what’s this? Doink is with Hayes and sprays water in his eyes.

The evil clown attacks Mr. Perfect as he enters the ring before taunting Hennig with his own towel. Mr. Perfect fights back and drops Doink using the towel for a clothesline. They trade slaps and punches before Perfect works on the knee as we cut to a break.

We return as Doink pleads for mercy. The referee breaks them up in the corner and when Perfect goes back on the attack, he is felled with a big boot before being tossed to the outside. They briefly trade blows on the apron before a forearm to the face sends Perfect tumbling.

Back in, they trade wrestling moves – a fireman’s carry takeover and a headscissors – which puts the former Intercontinental champion back in control, and also gives him a nearfall. Mr. Perfect goes back to Doink’s injured knee, including a variation of a figure-four leglock that’s only broken thanks to an eye gauge.

Doink mounts a comeback, attacking Perfect’s arm as we head to another break. We return and the two are trading blows before Doink misses, takes an atomic drop and is felled by a clothesline as the crowd get firmly behind this one. Another counter sees Perfect driven headfirst into the turnbuckle but ducks a clothesline before one of his own sends Doink out of the ring. The second Doink rushes out to the ring and dives under. The two then swap position with the fully made-up clown heading into the ring.

Unsurprisingly, the rested Doink takes control of proceedings but puts his head down and Perfect hits the Perfect-plex to end this.

Winner: Mr. Perfect.

Overall: Excellent match, as you’d expect based on who was involved.

Post-match, Crush makes the save, forcing both Doinks to retreat to the back.

We cut to Mean Gene and a ‘King of the Ring Report’ where he’s joined, this week, by Hulk Hogan. We see the full schedule for KoTR: Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon, Hacksaw Jim Dugan vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, Tatanka vs. Lex Luger and Mr. Perfect vs. Mr. Hughes plus Hulk Hogan defending his WWF title against Yokozuna.

We hear from the Hulkster. He’s noticeably lost some of his muscle mass but goes on to say that Hulkamania has never been stronger and some stuff about prayers and vitamins as well as the rest of his muscles.

Match 2: WWF Tag Team Champions Money Inc. (Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase & I.R.S) vs. Mike Bell and Tony Devito

Dibiase starts by saying that “everyone has a price for the Million Dollar Man.” He pulls out $100 and calls out someone from the New York crowd to give the tag champions a shoe shine. A fan makes his way from the crowd and into the ring. Dibiase offers him $100 and I.R.S. takes it off him, taxes him and gives the young fan $30 much to the ire of McMahon and Savage.

An ICOPRO advert airs featuring Tatanka and a WWF figures advert featuring Macho Man. Dibiase and Bell finally start this one off. We hear that Money Inc will pair with the Headshrinkers to take on the Smokin’ Gunns and the Steiner Brothers at King of the Ring. We also learn there’ll be a special announcement from Razor Ramon later on in the show as the commentators talk about his humiliation at the hands of ‘The Kid’ last week, who is now known as the 1-2-3 Kid.

The tag champions continue to work away on Devito. I missed the tag… A flying clothesline from I.R.S gives the champs the win.

Winners: Money Inc via pinfall.

Overall: A fairly typical squash. Tag champs looked dominant but not much to see here…

WWF Mania advert airs. We learn that on this week’s show ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart makes his return to the ring and will face Mr. Hughes. We’re promised Crush after the break.

Match 3: Crush vs. Bobby Who

Bobby Heenan talks about how sorry he feels for Shawn Michaels while Vince McMahon feels sorry for Crush also as this past week the pair fought to a double count-out so don’t advance in the King of the Ring tournament. Crush hits a hanging vertical suplex and a leg drop on Bobby Who before mowing him down at ringside.

Back in the ring, Crus applies a bearhug on Who which he turns into a belly-to-belly suplex. Vince asks Heenan about Adam Bomb just as Crush hits a military press slam on Who and signals for the Kona Clutch and that’s all she wrote.

Winner: Crush via submission.

Rating: A basic squash. Nothing much to see here.

An advert airs for ‘All-American Wrestling’ with Mean Gene Okerlund and Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan.

Vince McMahon is in the ring for an interview with Razor Ramon. Ramon claims ‘The Kid’, “that little cockroach” didn’t beat him and claims to be the main man in the WWF. The fans chant “1-2-3”, much to Ramon’s ire. Ramon offers “stick man” $2,500 to come down to the ring and step into the ring with him one more time.

Out comes Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Hart grabs a mic from ringside and restarts the “1-2-3” chants. Hart questions how Ramon could lose to one of the “bottom guys” when he should be preparing for the King of the Ring tournament. Hart claims Razor hasn’t been doing his homework and it’ll be “1-2-3” again at King of the Ring.

Match 4: Adam Bomb (w/ Johnny Polo) vs. Phil Apollo

Bomb dominates proceedings early doors and shows his athleticism with a dropkick. Not bad for a big man, etc etc. Bomb hits a flying clothesline off the top rope (neutron bomb) then a powerbomb (Atom Smasher) for the win

Winner. Adam Bomb via pinfall.

Rating: Typical debut squash match.

Next week, Bam Bam Bigelow will face IC Champion Marty Jannetty, the Steiners are in action and so is Razor Ramon. Vince McMahon interviews Bam Bam, who is in the back. McMahon raises fact Sensational Sherri will be in Jannetty’s corner while Luna Vachon will be in Bigelow’s.

Overall Thoughts: This week’s Raw was never going to be as good as last week’s. But still some good stuff. As well as the debut of Adam Bomb, we also got a very good match between Doink the Clown and Mr. Perfect.

Overall score – 3/5

In other WWF news…

According to a Hollywood trade journal, Hogan will be starring in a movie called “Bad Company,” a $9 million film to be shot this summer, which once again seems to be a limiting factor in his working too many house shows.

Razor Ramon has been wrestling as a face on the house show circuit.

Also on the house show circuit, Mr. Hughes has been coming to the ring with Harvey Whippleman. The only issue here is that these shows predate the TV angle where various managers were jostling for his signature. Oops.

On the 5/10 Raw, the car windshield that Michaels went through wasn’t gimmicked. Actually, it was Howard Finkel’s car and they did a number on the car, unbeknownst ahead of time to Finkel. It was pretty much done as a practical joke on him.

King of the Ring tourney will go like this. First round is Hart vs. Ramon, Hughes vs. Perfect, Duggan vs. Bigelow and Luger vs. Tatanka.

All ‘Raw Rewind 1993’ pieces can be found here.

2 thoughts on “Raw Rewind: 24 May 1993

  1. Heel Doink is one of the highlights of 93 WWF. His music, his matches with Mr Perfect, Marty Jannetty, Bret and Macho Man showing how great of a wrestler Matt Borne was. Same with how Matt played the gimmick in general that on paper should never have worked. all of which sadly led to Vince completely misreading why people were reacting to Doink and basically doing everything to destroy him with what we eventually got.

    Adam Bomb, Christ did he go nowhere for two years in WWF despite his size and not too bad ability in the ring. Never herd of any stories of Adam being a victim of the Kliq like Bam Bam and others were. But you suspect their influence played a bit of a role or simply Vince again not knowing what to do with the man. Since fans were reacting to him a bit in 94 when he turned face.

    I think the next few Raws were where the show started to find it’s groove with some decent matches that follow on with what the last two weeks showed. Helps that they had people like Perfect, Shawn, Matt Borne Doink and others that could wrestle. Come 94, it would be more squash type stuff with the likes of Bundy, Mable and others who were not so exciting to see in the ring.

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    • Agreed, and no, there’s definitely no love lost between Bryan Clark and the KLIQ so that answers that one. Damn shame indeed that he went nowhere in the WWF despite his size and talent. At least WCW managed to fix that.

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