Raw Rewind: 20 September 1993

Craig Wilson

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 1993. We’re still playing catch-up but here we go from Monday Night Raw from 20 September 1993 featuring Scott Steiner, Mr Perfect, Bam Bam Bigelow and I.R.S in action.

Champion Roll Call:

WWF Champion: Yokozuna
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
WWF Tag Team Champions: The Quebecers

You can read the last Raw recap here.

We start with Vince McMahon describing the action from last week which saw the Quebecers defeat the Steiners, under Quebec Province Rules, to win the WWF tag team titles. Under these rules, a series of normal manoeuvres, including pile drivers and top rope attacks, would result in a DQ with a DQ also being enough to see the titles change – which duly happened.

That leads to McMahon reminding us that if Scott Steiner defeats Pierre of the Quebecers, the former champs get a rematch and that match is up first.

Match 1: WWF Tag Team Champion Pierre Oulett vs. Scott Steiner (w/ Johnny Polo)

A slugfest starts this as McMahon reiterates that this is being fought under traditional rules. Early on, Scott comes off the top rope with a clothesline, which would have resulted in a DQ last week – as would the move he followed it up with, by tossing Pierre over the top rope to the outside.

Pierre is thrown back up before Scott squares up to Polo at ringside. Piledriver time, as Scott races through a range of moves that would have forced a DQ last week. Polo breaks up the pin, to the fury of Steiner. Scott applies an STF in the middle of the ring before continuing to work on Pierre’s leg. A half crab is applied but Pierre makes the ropes.

Scott places Pierre on the top rope and just manages to belly-to-belly suplex him before Pierre retreats into Polo’s arms at ringside. Scott takes the fight outside the ring, grabs the hockey stick and chases them to the back.

When we return from the break, the referee is still counting but Pierre returns at seven, accompanied by Polo and Jacques Rougeau. This prompts Rick Steiner to make his way out. Pierre attacks Scott from behind and gains the advantage and follows up with a DDT, much to Jacques delight.

Pierre drapes Scott throat-first on the second rope and drops on his back. This is followed up by a running diving headbutt as Jacques, with a hockey stick, squares up to Rick, with a chair, at ringside. Inside the ring, Pierre drops Scott with a clothesline for a two count.

Scott hits a sunset flip by Polo distracts the referee and can only get a two. Pierre cuts the comeback off and applies a reverse chinlock as we enter the resthold period of this bout. Pierre uses the ropes to increase the leverage on the move with Tim White, the referee, distracted by Jacques. On commentary, Bobby Heenan tells us all how interesting Johnny Polo is. A knee to the midsection gives Pierre another two count.

In the corner, Scott is slammed to the mat and Pierre connects with a corner slingshot splash but it only gets a two. Back to reverse chinlock as we watch the action over Polo’s left shoulder.

It’s comeback time and Scott is on his feet and drives Pierre into the corner. It’s short-lived, however, and Pierre gets a nearfall with a leg drop from he second rope. Test of strength and Scott gets a two with a backslide. A small package, albeit botched, secures another nearfall.

Pierre attempts another corner slingshot splash but it misses. Scott connects with a couple of punches then a backbody drop. He fells Pierre with a Steinerliner and then hits a double underhook suplex. He hits a Frankensteiner and that’s it.

Winner: Scott Steiner via pinfall.

Overall: This was really good. There were a couple of occasions Scott struggled with Pierre’s bulk but still a very good match.

Match 2: Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) vs. Laverne McGill

Bam Bam pounds on McGill but misses a dropkick. McGill barely connects with one then sends the big man tumbling with another. A series of chops in the corner keeps him on top. Bam Bam misses a charge and stumbles onto the apron but Bigelow dodges a dropkick and stomps away on his jobber opponent.

Crush calls in again and we have technical difficulties when Randy Savage tries to talk to him. Crush then says he won’t ever speak to Savage again and hangs up the phone. All whilst this is going on, Bam Bam is beating away on McGill. Savage has no idea why Crush won’t speak to him. He sounds surprised by it all.

Bigelow tosses McGill outside the ring where Luna Vachon pounces. Back inside, Bam Bam misses another charge into the corner but catches McGill coming off the top rope. He hits a hanging suplex then a running senton and that’s McGill done.

Winners: Bam Bam Bigelow via pinfall.

Overall: McGill got a surprising amount of offence but a fairly straightforward win for Bam Bam.

We see footage from last week of Doink the Clown throwing a bucket of water into Heenan’s face. An amusing skit. We cut to ringside where Heenan is acting like a man with the sniffles.

Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart is out, in ring gear, for a special in-ring interview with Vince McMahon. A good reaction for the WWF Champion. They discuss the issues between Hart, and his family, and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. We see stills of Lawler being unable to compete at SummerSlam and Hart defeating Doink instead then Hart facing Lawler, including refusing to release the Sharpshooter – prompting the referee to reverse the decision.

Hart demands to know why anyone can describe Lawler as ‘The King’ in the WWF having never beaten anyone. Hart says people have asked if he has regrets, he says he regrets not keeping the Sharpshooter on Lawler even longer.

Match 3: Mr Perfect vs. Mike Bell

Some decent amateur wrestling and reversals to start this before Perfect slaps his opponent across the face. Perfect follows up with some chops in the corner but is caught and hiptossed by Bell. Sideheadlock is countered by Bell tossing Perfect into the ropes but the jobber is felled by a shoulder block then sent to the outside with a dropkick.

Outside, Perfect connects with a couple of chops to the chest. Back in, Bell attempts a series of chops to the chest but that angers Perfect and prompts him to hit a couple of his own before his running neckbreaker.

Mr Perfect hits a high knee and follows it up with a kick to the midsection and a standing dropkick. A visibly more aggressive Mr Perfect hits a series of punches to Bell’s face. It’s Perfect-plex time and a straightforward win for the former Intercontinental Champion.

Winner: Mr Perfect via pinfall.

Rating: Pretty quick win for Perfect here. Standard squash.

We get a promo from Ludvig Borga who appears to be hating on the USA due to environmental concerns. It’s a fresh approach, I guess…

Match 4: I.R.S. vs. PJ Walker

I.R.S. starts, as ever, with a speech accusing the local crowd of being tax cheats. He then says that Razor Ramon doesn’t have the guts to face him so will show the crowd what he does to tax cheats as he faces PR Walker.

Walker attempts to attack from behind but is tossed to the outside by Shyster. Back in, I.R.S. puts the boots in but Ramon makes his way to ringside. Shyster finally notices him and is distracted from the ongoing match. Walker rolls I.R.S. up and grabs the win.

Winners: PJ Walker by pinfall.

Rating: The WWF definitely enjoy the distraction/jobber win finish. Too short to warrant any sort of a rating.

Post-match, Ramon poses in the ring and taunts I.R.S.

We head to the back where Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan is with the Quebecers and Johnny Polo. Polo says that the Steiners don’t deserve a title shot next week but is offering an opportunity to another WWF tag team.

Overall Thoughts: Similar to last week, watch the first match and skip the rest.

Overall score – 2/5

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

One thought on “Raw Rewind: 20 September 1993

  1. Because Polo reneged on his promise, it seemed that the plan was to have the Steiners continue chasing the Quebecers until they finally got their obligated rematch at WrestleMania 10, eventually winning back the gold.

    But *SPOILERS*, that plan went straight out the window when Vince found out in January/February 1994 that the Steiners wanted to also wrestle for New Japan while renewing their WWF contracts.

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