Raw Rewind: 25 October 1993

Craig Wilson

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘ from 1993. Today we take in the episode from 25 October 1993, featuring Crush, Ludvig Borga, Men on a Mission, the 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty 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.

Vince McMahon kicks off by welcoming us to Raw, where he’s joined by Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. Tonight we’ll see the 1-2-3 Kid face Marty Jannetty, Ludvig Bora in action and a tag match featuring Men on a Mission.

We go back a week and see footage from the Crush Macho Man Randy Savage summit from the last episode of Raw. We see Crush turning on Savage and Yokozuna flattening him with a Banzai Drop.

Match 1: Crush (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Phil Apollo

Crush comes out to the ring without music, to the sound of the crowd’s jeers. Apollo tries to take the fight to Crush but the big Hawaiin grabs his fist to foil a punch attempt and sends him to the mat with a sidekick. A spinning kick then fells Apollo before Crush drops a leg. Crush has Apollo up in a military press and drops him to the mat. Mr Fuji tells him to apply the ‘Cranium Crush’ for the win.

Winner: Crush by submission.

Overall: Standard squash but first match of heel Crush.

Post-match, he beats down Apollo as Heenan does a fairly terrible impression of Savage claiming he’s just phoned in.

They cut to Johnny Polo who shares his thoughts on the upcoming 1-2-3 Kid vs. Marty Jannetty match, although not entirely clear why… He does say he could beat both men – perhaps an indication that a feud is in the offing.

Match 2: The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Marty Jannetty

Babyface vs. Babyface here, which is a bit surprising. They shake hands to start. They feel each other out to start with Jannetty getting the advantage. The Kid works on Jannetty’s arm but a reversal is foiled as the Kid keeps the pressure on. Quite a slow start here, surprisingly.

The pace picks up with a speedy section that concludes with dual nip-ups. The Kid gets a two with a victory roll as McMahon cites the experience advantage that Jannetty has over his younger opponent. A spinning heel kick gets the younger wrestler another nearfall.

Series of kicks rock Jannetty but a hurricanrana attempt is foiled by a powerbomb as the former Rocker gets a nearfall of his own. At this, Johnny Polo is shown at ringside. Jannetty hits the ropes, is tripped by Polo and it gets the Kid a nearfall.

It’s all The Kid at this stage, hitting Jannetty with a running legdrop. He heads up top but misses a cannonball and that gives Jannetty a two. Kid puts his head down and has it driven into the mat for another two.

Polo says to the camera, once again, that he could beat either man. This time, when the Kid hits the ropes, Polo trips him an that gets Jannetty a two. As Jannetty remonstrates with Polo, Kid rolls him up for a two. The kid then gets another nearfall with a bridging German suplex.

Jannetty takes the fight to the Kid in the corner and it leads to the referee taking a bump before he’s sent to the outside in front of Polo. Kid attempts a suicide dive but Polo moves him out of the way, via driving him into the ring post, and both men are counted out.

Winners: N/A. Double count out.

Overall: Clearly about advancing the storyline involving Polo. On paper, I expected a better match.

Post-match, Jannetty grabs Polo and tosses him into the ring where he’s joined by the 1-2-3 Kid. They double team him with Polo taking a bulldog before a pair of superkicks sends him tumbling to the outside.

Another Jeff Jarrett video clip airs as he bemoans the corrupt nature of country music in America. Zzzzzzzzz.

Match 3: Ludvig Borga vs.Mike Bucci

Borga is all business and attacks before we can even hear the name of his jobber opponent. Heenan describes him as “all business”. He continues to beat away on Borga claiming “this is for you”, presumably aimed at Lex Luger. Borga hits Bucci with a flapjack and follows it up with a suplex then a running elbow. A side suplex is next as Borga taunts the crowd. Borga hits a series of punches to the ribs before returning to taunt the crowd. A flying clothesline is next and nearly takes the head off of Bucci. Borga applies the torture rack and that’s it over.

Winner: Borga via submission.

Rating: Meh. Borga’s style is so slow and plodding. His matches are very boring. It’s go away heat he gets.

Post-match, Heenan interviews Borga at ringside with the latter saying this week on Superstars he will beat Tatanka and end his undefeated streak.

Match 4: Men on a Mission (Mo and Mabel w/ Oscar) vs. Todd Mata & Steve Greenman

Some excellent mullets on display from tonight’s jobbers. Vince loves Oscar, for some reason. Greenman and Mo start this one off. We learn that this weekend Men on a Mission will face the Quebecers for the tag titles on WWF Challenge.

Mabel is in the ring and gets the fans singing along as he clubs away on Greenman. A huge running tackle nearly kills Greenman. Literally, it looked like it nearly killed him. Mabel then slams him before tagging Men on a Mission exchange quick tags before Greenman makes the tag after being felled by a double dropkick and Mata is in.

Mata opts to try a test of strength and quickly finds himself in a full nelson. They trade armbars before Mabel takes Mata down with a drop toehold. Double team and Mata eats two enormous elbows as McMahon hypes the tag title match on WWF Challenge.

A Mo drop toe hold and Mabel elbow drop combo follows. Mabel hits an assisted avalanche in the corner an then a swinging clothesline, of sorts, for the win.

Winner: Men on a Mission via pinfall.

Rating: Went longer than I expected and was straightforward.

Survivor Series report with Joe Fowler. He announces four matches are in place for November’s PPV. All Americans vs. The Foreign Fanatics, The Hart Family vs. The King & His Knights, Four Doinks vs Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger and the Headshrinkers and Mr. Perfect, 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jannetty and Razor Ramon against I.R.S., Adam Bomb, Diesel and Rick Martel.

Match 5: Diesel vs. Dan Dubiel

Diesel punches away at Dubiel and hits a sloppy looking gut wrench powerbomb. Short-arm clothesline sends the jobber down but for good measure Diesel hits another one. Dubiel is just getting beaten down here as Diesel hits a couple of big forearms to the lower back before a clubbing forearm to the face and kicks to the side.

There isn’t much wrestling on display here but it’s effective. Oh wait, we get a move and it’s a backbreaker. Dubiel runs into a big boot and signals that the end is nigh. A big punch to the face and that’s it.

Winner: Diesel via pinfall.

Rating: No offence at all from Dubiel and a very limited offence from Diesel.

We get a promo clip ahead of two undefeated superstars facing each other on Superstars this week: Tatanka vs. Ludvig Borga.

Next week on Raw Mr. Perfect will be in action, Harvey Wippleman’s Well Dunn takes on the Smoking Gunns and new IC champ Razor Ramon meets Bastion Booger. Oh, we’ll also hear from the Foreign Fanatics.

Overall Thoughts: This is pretty grim. Five squashes and very little in the way of storyline development – bar the stuff between Johnny Polo and 1-2-3 Kid/Marty Jannetty.

Overall score – 2/5

In other WWF news…

Sabu got a try-out at the taping but didn’t look good beating Scott Taylor, who is one of the best of the face jobbers. Sabu was the only newcomer at TV the first night

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan taped a Domino’s commercial in Poughkeepsie at the show

They were hinting at another match for Survivor Series with Crush & Head Shrinkers & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Four Doinks, which will be Randy Savage & Men on Mission dressed in Doink costumes and another Doink

The most recent foreign tour was largely a success. Both Israel shows sold out and Germany dates all did big business. The only disappointment was a show in Lisbon, Portugal

Tokyo Sports reported the WWF will do two or three shows in Japan in April 1994 as part of a Far East tour. Vince McMahon was reported as saying that they wouldn’t be working with a Japanese office, but would use Japanese wrestlers and that he would be going to Japan for a press conference to make the announcement of the shows. It is believed they will all be indoor shows in 10-15,000 seat arenas

WWF held no house shows this past weekend, but starts the “B” crew this coming week

Monday Night Raw on 10/11 (Ramon-Martel IC title match) did a 2.9 rating, while All-American did a 2.1 and Mania a 1.2 that same weekend.

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

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