Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 1993. Today we take in the episode from 18 October 1993, featuring Crush confronting Macho Man Randy Savage with the Steiners, I.R.S. and Tatanka all in action.
Champion Roll Call:
WWF Champion: Yokozuna
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon
WWF Tag Team Champions: The Quebecers
You can read last week’s Raw recap here.
We kick off with a video package highlighting the meeting of political superpowers clashing. It was in order to hype Rick Martel clashing with Razor Ramon and Ludvig Borga tussling with Lex Luger but tonight it will be eclipsed as Macho Man Randy Savage comes face to face with Crush.
Vince McMahon is at ringside with his usual companies: Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan and Randy Savage. The Steiners will be in action as will Tatanka and I.R.S.
Match 1: The Steiner Brothers vs. PJ Walker and Tony Devito
Devito and Scott start this one off. Bit of toing and froing until Devito is dropped with a full Nelson German suplex and PJ Walker is in. Oh, so is Rick Steiner. A clothesline nearly takes the head off of Walker and Scott is back in. He hits a standing dropkick as Vince continues to refer to Walker as “Student”. Scott hits the Steiner Screwdriver, which he dedicates to Savage. and drags Walker over to his corner to help him tag in Devito, who eats a tilt-a-whirl side suplex.
Rick gets the tag and heads up top and we get the bulldog off the top and that’s all she wrote.
Winners: The Steiner Brothers.
Overall: Very one-sided squash but cool seeing the Steiner Screwdriver.
If you were watching this live, you could have voted on whether or not Shawn Michaels’ suspension should have been lifted. We’re not live, so, hey. We get pre-recorded clips of Diesel advocating the lifting of the suspension and Mr. Perfect supporting it.
Match 2: I.R.S. vs. Scott Taylor
Lock up to start but I.R.S. connects with a knee and then drives him face first into the turnbuckle. A back elbow fells Taylor as he struggles to get into this one. I.R.S. puts his head down as Taylor comes off the ropes and nearly doesn’t get out of the sunset flip.
I.R.S. connects with a series of forearms and clubs away on Taylor in the corner. Reverse chinlock in the middle of the ring as we get a rest hold from the former tag team champion. Abdominal stretch as Heenan and McMahon discuss how annoyed I.R.S. is by the “Irwin” chants. I.R.S. hits the write-off clothesline and that’s it.
Winners: I.R.S. via pinfall.
Overall: Dull and plodding.
We get a video of ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett who will soon debut. McMahon claims he is using the WWF as a launching pad for his music dreams. Jarrett blames the politics in country music for preventing him getting a break but WWF will help him get that break.
Match 3: Tatanka vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
Tatanka is still undefeated, certainly on WWF TV, and I’d be staggered if that recorded ended here… We see clips from a recent episode of Superstars as Ludvig Borga and Tatanka square up backstage. Sharpe applies a full nelson straight away but it’s quickly reversed and Sharpe hits the ropes. Heenan asks Savage why he’s so quiet and Macho Man replies that he’s preparing for his meeting with Crush before going on to lambaste Hulk Hogan.
Sharpe applies a headlock and drags Tatanka forehead first across the top turnbuckle. He pounds away on the Native American, who no-sells, and mounts a comeback. A running chop sends Sharpe to the mat as does a second one. A big chop also fells Sharpe. He hits ‘Papoose to Gol’ for the win.
Winner: Tatanka via pinfall.
Rating: A nothing match, really. Despite being over with the fans, Tatanka continues to fail to impress me..
A ‘Survivor Series’ report with Joe Fowler, hyping that year’s instalment of the Thanksgiving Tradition. The event sold out in one hour despite no matches being announced when tickets went on sale. By now he can announce matches. The All-Americans (Luger, Tatanka & The Steiners) will face off against the Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, The Quebecers & Ludvig Borga). The other half of the double main event pits The Hart Family (Bret, Owen, Keith and Bruce) against Jerry Lawler and his three knights.
Crush has arrived at the arena and is caught backstage talking to Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan.
Match 4: Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) vs. Dennis Diamond
Diamond looks like he was picked from the crowd for this one… Bam Bam pounds away before tossing Diamond across the ring. Bigelow pounds away on Diamond in the corner and hits an enziguri as McMahon states that the phone-in currently has 65% of viewers supporting the suspension. Bam Bam hits a dropkick in the corner as we see Luna screaming at fans. Bigelow hits a slingshot splash for the win.
Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow via pinfall.
Rating: A nothing squash.
Time for the Savage/Crush summit. Heenan brings Crush out with his new evil goatee and new manager: Mr Fuji. Crush’s grip is that Savage taught him everything as they travelled up and down the road but when the student surpassed the teacher, Savage sent Crush into face Yokozuna and left him for dead. Fair enough.
Savage squirms under the accusations and makes one more attempt to make amends with his former friend. They appear to make up and walk to the back where Crush attacks and lays out Savage. We have a new super heel on our hands as he leaves his former friend bleeding on the ground as Yokozuna joins in on the action.
Overall Thoughts: From an in-ring perspective, this was utterly woeful with three squash matches but the Crush and Macho Man summit was very, very good and a very powerful heel turn from Crush..
Overall score – 2/5
Pretty well confirmed for Survivor Series is a match with Bret & Keith & Bruce & Owen Hart against a team called Lawler’s Knights which will consist of Lawler and apparently three masked wrestlers.
Hart and Lawler are scheduled for main event singles matches after Survivor Series (some in cages, others with Big Bossman as referee) so this will just continue things.
Hart was also on Jim Ross’ radio show 10/9 reiterating his remarks regarding drug use in WCW and Ric Flair. It turned into a cheap shot since they kept phoning the Jacksonville Coliseum (where WCW was that night) to get a hold of Flair to give the impression that Flair wouldn’t defend himself against the remarks knowing full well WCW wouldn’t allow of one of its wrestlers to appear on the rival promotions’ broadcast. Hart’s remarks did cause a lot of heat in the WCW dressing room, although comments I heard were people laughing off the remarks about Flair. The comments that got people hot were the ones about the company’s wrestlers being all drug abusers.
It appears the situation with Shawn Michaels has been resolved and expect him to make a “surprise” return shortly the same way Marty Janetty always does when he’s let go and comes back. Michaels will be working USWA starting 10/21.
Ross’ show will start on KSAC in Sacramento (1240 AM) in a few weeks.
Monday Night Raw on 10/4 did a 2.9 rating, while All-American did a 2.0 and Mania 1.3.
Both shows in Israel sold out, with Tel Aviv on 10/7 drawing 12,000 and Haifa on 10/8 doing 4,000 with Luger-Borga and Undertaker-Bomb as the headline matches.
Giant Gonzalez appeared in this past weekend’s “Baywatch” (which is the most popular television show in the world) playing the part of a normal very tall man being cruelly exploited by a sleazy sideshow promoter who markets him as a subhuman heel freak. The music on the show as produced by Jimmy Hart.
All ‘Raw Rewind 1993’ pieces can be found here.