Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 1993. Today we cover the episode from 31 May. Marty Jannetty defends his IC title against Bam Bam Bigelow and the Steiners are in action.
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 .
Jim Duggan dedicates this episode to soldiers who have kept America free. Vince McMahon is with Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan and Randy Savage. Mr. Hughes and the Steiners will be in action while Marty Jannetty will defend the IC title against Bam Bam Bigelow.
Match 1: WWF Intercontinental Champion Marty Jannetty (w/ Sensational Sherri) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon)
Sherri attacks Luna to start until Jannetty pulls her off. That allows Bam Bam to attack, a man Vince deems “the favourite”. Bigelow dominates the early proceedings here. The champion mounts a comeback. But is overpowered. Jannetty counters a back body drop but runs into a bearhug and it’s resthold time.
It’s Jannetty time with a series of headscissors but gets dropped with an electric chair drop as we head to a break. When we return, Bigelow has the resthold applied. Back on his feet, a dropkick, generously to the chest, knocks Jannetty down before a corner splash nearly flattens him. That should have been enough, but the champion gets his feet on the rope.
Jannetty gets a two count with a clothesline off the top and it’s his time for a comeback. A flying back elbow staggers the champion before he drives him face-first into the mat for a two. Jannetty nails a superkick, a clothesline and a dropkick for a two.
Bigelow goes for the kill but Sherri grabs a foot, that distracts the challenger and allows Jannetty to drive him to the outside. Out there, Jannetty hits a top rope crossbody. The pair brawl at ringside and although Jannetty is tossed back in, Sherri distracts the challenger and allows her man to win the bout via countout.
Winner: Marty Jannetty via countout.
Overall: OK. A bit of a clash of styles which didn’t massively work and included a silly finish.
Back from a break, Sensational Sherri calls out Luna Vachon. This brings out Luna but the referees get in the way. The pair eventually brawl at ringside. Bam Bam attacks Sherri but Tatanka makes the save.
Match 2: The Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioner & Rick Myers
Rick and the Executioner start this one off. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from the Steiner has the duo in control. Rick tosses the Executioner into his tag team partner then beats the piss out of him when he enters the ring.
Scott is in and catches Myers in a bearhug and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Quick tags from the Steiners leaves Myers isolated from his partner. Scott has Myers up in a hanging vertical suplex and transitions it into a piledriver then we get the trademark bulldog off the top rope and that’s all she wrote.
Winners: The Steiner Brothers via pinfall.
Overall: Some great looking offence but a squash nonetheless.
We go to a break but not before we hear that Mr. Hughes is up next.
Match 3: Mr. Hughes vs. Bert Centeno
They talk about Wippleman being Hughes’ manager but has been ordered to stay at home due to illness. Hughes throws about Centeno to start this one off. This doesn’t last long at all, Hughes hits his sideslam for the win to virtually no reaction from the fans in attendance.
Winner: Mr Hughes via pinfall.
Rating: A nothing squash. Am not buying into Mr. Hughes at all.
Here’s our weekly ‘King of the Ring Report’ brought to you by ICOPRO. We learn that the bracketing for the Quarter Finals on the night is now complete. We also learn Shawn Michaels will also be in singles action against Crush as well as the WWF title match.
This week on ‘All American Wrestle’, Crush will take on Razor Ramon.
Match 4: ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan vs. Mark Thomas
In honour of Memorial Day, we get a Jim Duggan match. Great. Thomas attacks as Dugggan is laying down his 2×4 but after a crisscross, runs into Duggan and is slammed before being hit with a running kneedrop. Duggan encourages the fans to chant “USA, USA”. Duggan dedicates the 10 punches in the corner to Yokozuna. Duggan picks up Thomas and drops him with a series of clubbing blows before hitting a suplex. Duggan hits the three point charge and that’s all she wrote. It’s a shame ‘she’ wrote any of this.
Winner. Jim Duggan via pinfall.
Rating: Garbage. Utter garbage.
Post-match, Duggan gets everyone to pledge Allegiance to the United States of America. McMahon describes that match as “one of the great victories”. Um…OK.
We learn that after previously offering the 1-2-3 Kid $2,500 to step back in the ring with him, Razor Ramon has increased the sum to $5k. The Kid turns down the $5k in a pre-recorded video interview that airs.
Match 5: Razor Ramon vs. Tony Roy
From the commentary table, Savage leads the crowd in a “1, 2, 3” chant. Ramon taunts Savage and is rolled up by Roy for a nearfall. Ramon is furious and beats away at the local jobber. Hall hits a fallaway slam before applying a STF and slapping away at the back of Roy’s head. Roy again rolls up Ramon but once again gets a two. Ramon goes for an abdominal stretch as the crowd chant “we want the Kid”. Ramon is furious and chokes out Roy on the second rope.
Ramon dumps Roy on the top rope and hits a pretty sick looking back suplex before hitting the Razor’s Edge and that’s it.
Winner: Razor Ramon via pinfall.
Rating: OK. Nice little continuation of the issues between Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid but that’s about it.
Next week, El Matador will take on Adam Bomb in what Vince McMahon describes as a “great match”. Yokozuna will be on the ‘King’s Court’ – a segment making its debut. Also, a Smoking Gunn and a Steiner will take on a member of Money Inc and the Headshrinkers. An advert airs for next week’s Raw, with tickets still on sale.
Here comes Yokozuna with Mr Fuji. At ringside, we get an impromptu interview with Vince McMahon at ringside. McMahon takes offence at Fuji waving the Japanese flag on Memorial Day. Yokozuna says “Hulkamania will die” at King of the Ring. We see Duggan in the crowd waving the American flag as we go off the air.
Overall Thoughts: A pretty poor, squash filled, episode of Raw. All filler, very little killer.
Overall score – 1/5
The first Sherri-Luna singles matches took place recently with Luna winning when Bigelow interferes, and they have wild post-match brawls with all the agents having to pull them apart.
Mike Shaw, formerly Friar Ferguson, is booked as an underneath heel on the road in July under his real name, although that could be changed.
Sean Waltman, whose ring name seems to change every week, is booked on house shows after his Japan tour starting late June under the name Cannonball Kid, against Terry Taylor.
Typhoon was pulled from all cards for unknown reasons on an immediate basis. Predator (Mike Bollea) will be returning to take some of those bookings.
Nasty Boys will be on their suspension or hiatus or whatever the technical term is for about another eight weeks so, as was announced on television, Smoking Gunns will be taking their place on the PPV in an eight man tag teaming with Steiners against Money Inc. & Head Shrinkers.
The Raw show with the Kid/Ramon and Michaels/Janetty matches did a 2.9 rating on 5/17, while All-American inexplicably had a major rise to a 2.6 and Mania did a 1.0.
Del Wilkes, who works for All Japan as The Patriot, got a try-out at the 5/10 Raw taping under the name Del Rios doing a magician/mime gimmick.
Ramon challenged Kid on television to a rematch, which obviously won’t be taking place for several weeks, but somehow this has to be part of Ramon’s babyface transition.
All ‘Raw Rewind 1993’ pieces can be found here.