Raw Rewind: 13 September 1993

Craig Wilson

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 1993. We return from a bit of hiatus, Raw had been off for a few weeks but I’ve now got a couple to catch up on. Let’s take in this episode from early September 1993.

Champion Roll Call:

WWF Champion: Yokozuna
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
WWF Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott)

You can read the last Raw recap here.

Vince McMahon welcomes us to the Manhattan Centre. It’s like nothing has changed, by his side is Macho Man Randy Savage and Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. The Steiners will defend the tag team titles against the Quebecers under Quebec Province Rules – which allow count out wins to change titles while piledrivers, top rope moves and others are banned. History being made, as Vince proclaims.

Match 1: WWF Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers vs The Quebecers

I love the Quebecers theme. But I did love The Mountie’s theme. Rick and Jacques start this one off. Rick counters a leapfrog with a powerslam being nearly clotheslining the Quebecer to the outside, which would have been a DQ. Jacques drops to the outside where the challengers regroup. Well, hug.

Pierre is in and runs straight into a back elbow. Another slam and it gets the champions a nearfall. Scott gets the tag and hits a double underhook powerbomb for a two as Heenan claims it was a piledriver. Armbar time as the champions work on Pierre’s right arm.

A huge dropkick from Scott gets a two as Rick looks on. Pierre catches Scott rushing into the corner and fells the champion with a clothesline off the second rope. He pounds away on Scott, including driving him headfirst into the turnbuckle.

Scott mounts a comeback with a backbody drop and now Rick and Jacques are in. Rick attempts a piledriver but is reminded that’s a DQ as we go to a break. Back from the interval, Jacques has Rick against the ropes and connects with several knees to the gut but is sent tumbling to the outside.

Scott and Pierre both receive a tag. A sideheadlock takes Pierre down as Vince compliments Scott’s “guns”. A hiptoss attempt is blocked and big Pierre smashes the younger Steiner down to the matt. Coming off the ropes, Scott catches Pierre and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then applies a single leg crab.

But with Rick distracting the referee, Jacques enters the fray and breaks the hold with a clothesline to the back of Scotti’s head. Rick is in, though, attempts a pin then returns to the single leg grab. Jacques breaks that also but it is Scott, who then makes his way into the ring, who gets the telling off. Rick is back on his feet and tags in Scott, who drops an elbow for a two.

A quick tag and Rick comes off the second rope onto Pierre’s knee. Johnny Polo makes his way out to ringside in a Quebecers top and carrying a hockey stick. Jacques tries to break up another pinfall but can only connect with an elbow to his partner. We go to another break as Polo and the Quebecers have a conference at ringside.

Scott is pounding on Jacques but is blind-sided by Pierre on the apron and now the challengers have the advantage. Jacques slams Pierre onto Scott with Pierre returning the favour by flap jacking his partner on the prone Steiner.

The Quebecers connect with a double team manoeuvre, dropping the champion throat first onto the top rope. Another double team, a leg sweep coupled with a shoulder charge, has Scott down but he kicks out at two. Pierre follows up with a slam off the second rope for another two before Jacques tags in and connects with a running back elbow.

Jacques’ attack is foiled when he puts his head down and eats a big boot. However, Scott can’t tag out and Pierre connects with a series of hard-hitting shots to the face. Jacques back bodydrops his partner onto Scott.

Scott attempts a comeback and connects with a DDT and both men are down. Scott nearly makes the tag but Pierre drills him with a clothesline. Pierre gets the tag and with Jacques holding Scott’s legs, Pierre hits a leg drop off the second rope. They attempt another double team but Rick breaks it up and only Rick is on his feet as the crowd are firmly behind the champions.

The Quebecers manage to their feet first but are felled by a double clothesline and makes the tag. Rick cleans house with a series of powerslams before Scott connects with a dropkick for each Quebecer. Scott hits a frankensteiner but Jacques breaks it up. Polo is up on the apron but is felled by Rick. Jacques has the hockey stick but Scott grabs it off him and drills Jacques with it, costing the Steiners the match and their tag team titles.

Winner: The Quebecers via DQ.

Overall: This was an excellent bout. A really great tag team match. The Quebec Province Rules were always going to come into play and it was a bit of a shitty ending in that regard but only means there’ll be another clash between the two teams.

Savage is furious at ringside as Heenan brags that he told them so.

Match 2: Mr. Perfect vs. Tony Devito

Devito attacks from the outset with several punches before taunting Perfect from outside the ring. It leads to a chase and Devito rushes to the back. He’s caught, however, by Perfect and dragged back to the ring. Devito is pleading for mercy but takes a series of chops. An Irish whip into the corner is followed up with a clothesline before Perfect connects with an atomic drop. More chops in the corner before Devito manages to hit a dropkick. However, it’s quickly followed up by Perfect hitting one of his own, albeit a poor one.

Perfect looks to have had enough and drills his opponent with a series of knees to the face and a chop, which sends his opponent to the mat. Perfect sets up the Perfect-plex and that’s all she wrote.

Winners: Mr. Perfect via pinfall.

Overall: A pretty quick squash but it did its job.

We see footage from after SummerSlam of Ludvig Borga confronting Lex Luger, Tatanka, the Steiner Brothers and Macho Man Randy Savage and attacking the USA.

Match 3: Razor Ramon vs. The Executioner

The Executioner is from parts unknown. Difficult to find out which jobber is under the mask. The Executioner is driven into the corner but an eye gauge puts him briefly in control, sending Ramon to the outside where he’s driven into the steel steps. Back in, the Executioner connects with a punch but Ramon quickly takes control and hits a chokeslam. He follows up with a fallaway slam and an abdominal stretch, where he hooks the foot.

Ramon drops the Executioner groin first onto the top turnbuckle and hits a belly-to-back suplex and that’s it.

Winner: Razor Ramon via pinfall.

Rating: Surprised it wasn’t completely one-sided but Razor gets a quick one over the jobber.

Post-match, Ramon hits the Razor’s Edge to the delight of the fans in the Manhattan Centre.

Vince McMahon is in the ring for an interview and it’s with the brand new WWF Tag Team champions, The Quebecers, and their brand new manager, Johnny Polo. Polo looks absolutely thrilled as Savage slags the champions for their lack of singing ability – in tune to their theme song. After much gloating, Vince raises the prospect of the Steiners receiving a rematch. Polo announces that if a Steiner can defeat a Quebecer in a singles match then they would get a rematch. This brings out the now former champions. Polo says that next week on Raw a Steiner will face a Quebecer next week on Raw. Polo says that next week Pierre will face a Steiner next week on Raw and if the Steiner wins, the pair get a title shot.

Match 4: Doink the Clown vs. Rich Myers

Doink starts by throwing buckets of confetti over fans in the front row. With Doink having his back turned, Myers attacks but is quickly foiled and the evil clown hits a belly to belly suplex and running elbow. A pump handle slam is next before a sickening looking German suplex which drops Myers on the back of his head.

Crush calls in as Doink hits a backbody drop. Crush announces he is bigger than stronger than he has ever been. Savage attempts to talk to Crush but the signal drops… Doink goes up top and hits his butt drop and this is done.

Winners: Doink the Clown by pinfall.

Rating: A nothing squash with a typically interesting offence, in places, from Doink. It’s like the WWF have no idea what to do with Doink.

Post-match, Doink has another bucket and teases throwing it over the front row before Heenan walks over and urges him to throw it over Savage and McMahon. In the end, Doink throws the water in the face of Heenan to the delight of the crowd as well as Savage and McMahon.

Doink then makes his way back out and heads under the ring. He grabs another bucket and tosses the confetti over the front row and disappears to the back again.

An advert airs or the King of the Ring computer game available on the Gameboy and NES.

Vince announces that next week Bam Bam Bigelow, Mr. Perfect and I.R.S. will all be in action while we’ll also hear from Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Finally, we’ll have Pierre against Scott Steiner.

Overall Thoughts: An absolutely fantastic opening match followed y three pretty standard squash matches. I recommend you watch the tag title match, though, and skip the rest..

Overall score – 2/5

In other WWF news…

Lex Luger was injured in his match with Shawn Michaels at the 8/31 television tapings in Grand Rapids, MI. This injury is expected to be attributed to Ludvig Borga, however.

Reports indicate SummerSlam did between a 1.1 and 1.3 buy rate, which would be a Titan share estimated $3.1 million gross. Told it was about 10 to 12 percent down from Royal Rumble and about 35 percent down from last year’s SummerSlam, or roughly the same as King of the Ring.

Steve Lombardi was given a new alias as The MVP, doing a baseball player gimmick with face paint to make his head look like a baseball.

IRS, who was planning on having one month off, was put back on the road replacing Mr. Hughes, who is serving a six week suspension. Adam Bomb replaced Hughes originally, but Bomb was booked in tag matches with Bam Bam Bigelow against Steiners at the next run of house shows so he couldn’t replace Hughes in the singles matches against Razor Ramon, which is the role IRS will take.

It was evident from television this weekend that Doink the Clown is going babyface to feud with Jerry Lawler, who blamed Doink for losing the match to Bret Hart.

Harvey Whippleman is now managing Well Dunn after Giant Gonzales, his former charge, turned on him.

Mike Quinn, the WBF bodybuilder who finished in unofficial last place at the second contest, is suing Vince McMahon and Titan Sports for $750,000. Many of the ex-WBFers have been critical in recent muscle mag interviews of how the WBF was run. In his interviews, Quinn claimed he was fired after the second contest (and the WBF subsequently went out of business) for failing a cocaine test administered the day of the show and because Titan claimed a hotel employee had found syringes and Growth Hormone in his hotel room. Quinn is claiming innocence on both accounts.

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

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