Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘. Today we take in the episode of Raw from 21 February 1994. We’ll see The Quebecers defend their titles against Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid while Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart locks up with Dr. Tom Prichard
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.
As Vince McMahon welcomes us to Raw, the music of Macho Man Randy Savage and he heads out to join McMahon on commentary. A slight step up from the Bastion Booger covering the announcing last week. I say that, Savage promises to introduce us to the ‘President of the Macho Man Randy Savage fan club’ then reveals he is the President…
Match 1: WWF Tag Team Champions The Quebecers (w/ Johnny Polo) vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid
It was meant to be Marty Jannetty and Ramon teaming here but the Kid has stepped in. Pierre knocks Ramon off apron as he hands his IC title to the ring assistant and the tag champions attempt a double team but the Kid foils it and all four men fight it out. Near quick fall for the challengers after Ramon hits a fallaway slam on the Kid into Pierre for a two.
After that frantic start, we get going with Pierre and the Kid in. A quick tag and Ramon is in, much to the delight of the New York crowd. We learn that at WrestleMania X, Razor will face Shawn Michaels in a ladder match.
A shoulder tackle sends Ramon down but with the referee checking on Pierre, Polo trips Ramon allowing the tag champions to double team on Razor but it’s short-lived and he fells the Quebecers with a double clothesline.
Ramon goes for Polo who tries to run away but is caught by the 1-2-3 Kid. Ramon grabs Polo and hits a Razor’s Edge on the outside. Referees pour to ringside to check on Polo as we head to the break.
When we return, Ramon and Pierre are locking up in the middle of the ring with Polo nowhere to be seen. The Kid comes in off the top and continues to work on Pierre’s arm, including a series of kicks as well as an arm bar. Ramon gets the tag and is back in and twists the arm. Pierre whips him into the ropes and attempts to jump over him but Razor puts on the breaks and Pierre lands groin first on Ramon’s knee.
The Kid is back in and connects with a spinning heel kick for a two. The Kid, despite sporting an injured leg of his own, works on Pierre’s leg as McMahon praises the “tag team cohesiveness” of Ramon and the Kid. Ramon gets the tag and continues to work on Pierre’s leg.
Ramon attempts a twisting hold on the leg but Pierre kicks him into the turnbuckle and makes the tag. However, Jacques isn’t able to make much progress and soon finds himself having his leg worked over – first by Ramon and then the Kid, when he’s tagged back in. More quick tags and Ramon puts pressure on Jacques’ leg.
At this point, we can see Diesel making his way to ringside to take in the action. This distraction, allows the Quebecers to take control. McMahon begins to criticise the referee for allowing so much to go on, just as we head to another break.
When we return, we have a close up of Diesel and watch some of the action in the reflection of his sun glasses. The champions get a nearfall before a double team move is foiled when Ramon ducks and Pierre collides with his partner. The Kid attempts a dropkick but Pierre grabs the ropes, to prevent the move connecting. The pair then double team the Kid dropping him throat-first onto the top rope.
Jacques begins to work on the Kid’s injured leg with a series of kicks. Pierre is tagged in and is slammed onto the Kid for a two. It’s all the Quebecers at this stage with the Kid taking a pummelling at the hands of the champions.
Another double-team as Jacques attempts to back body drop his partner onto the Kid but he moves and makes the tag. Ramon cleans house, throwing both of the champions around the ring. He rams the pairs’ heads together before placing Pierre on the top rope and connects with a German suplex. He signals for the Razor’s Edge and somehow manages to get him up. He covers Pierre but Shawn Michaels hits the ring and breaks the pin.
Winners: Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid via DQ
Overall: Really strong match here with the finish protecting both teams and advancing the programme between Ramon and Michaels, leading to WrestleMania.
Post-match, Michaels and Diesel head back to ringside, teasing a brawl but backs off.
A video airs hyping next week’s Raw after an ICOPRO advert with Lex Luger. Yokozuna will defend his WWF title against Macho Man Randy Savage next week on Raw. Apropos of nothing, unsure what Savage has done to deserve a title shot… But he says he’s going to turn WrestleMania X upside down and face both Luger and Bret Hart.
Out comes James E. Cornette who addresses Savage’s title shot. Cornette says Yokozuna is going to snap Savage like a slim jim.
Match 2: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart vs. Dr. Tom Prichard (w/ James E. Cornette)
Big pop for Hart as he makes his way to ringside. Lock up to start and Prichard goes behidn before it’s reversed and Prichard takes the former WWF champion down. This should be a good little match, here.
Hart goes behind but they switch and switch again before Hart goes for the arm and takes his opponent down, as Prichard claims there was a hair pull. Nice start here as they trade lock-ups. Prichard takes Hart down with a drop toe hold but Hart counters and goes back to the arm.
Prichard retreats to ringside and some counsel from Cornette after being felled by a dropkick. Back in, they look up again and, again, Hart works on the arm, taking his opponent down. Vince begins to wonder if we’ll see the other Heavenly Body – ‘Gigolo Jimmy Del Ray. We see that Nikolai Volkoff is sat in the front row, watching tonight’s action.
Dr. Tom fights back and the pair trade headbutts, a contest quickly won by Hart, who again goes back to the arm as we head to a break. We return with Hart getting a nearfall. But he runs into a boot and has his eye gouged. Prichard then drives Hart head-first into the top turnbuckle.
Donnie Wahlberg, of ‘New Kids on the Block’, phones in as he’s a guest ring announcer at WrestleMania X. Vince asks him about professional jealousy between him and his brother, which segues neatly into a discussion about Owen Hart and Bret Hart, a feud that Donnie can ‘relate’ to.
In the ring, Prichard has a reverse chinlock on but Hart fights back to his feet and breaks the move by dropping to the ground, connecting his head with Prichard’s chin. Hart then gets a nearfall with a roll-up but Prichard is up first and pounds away on ‘The Hitman’.
Hart looks in a lot of trouble, with Prichard working away on the arms. Hart, however, reverses it but it’s then countered by the Heavenly Body, who rakes Hart’s face. At ringside, Cornette tries to drill Hart with the tennis racket but Savage is up onto his feet and grabs the racket, sending Cornette tumbling into the ring steps.
Back in the ring, Hart connects with a Russian legweep for a two count. A side breaker sets Hart up for his driving second rope elbow drop, for another two. The pair then trade blows in the corner before Hart rolls up Dr. Tom for another two.Cornette attempts to trip Hart but when Hart turns to face him, a high knee from Dr. Tom sends him tumbling to the outside.
Owen Hart heads up and demands that Bret get back up on his feet. He offers to help his brother up and tosses him back into the ring before declaring “he (Bret) always needs my help.” Hart regains the advantage, hits a suplex then applies a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring and Prichard taps out, much to Owen’s disgust.
Winner: Bret Hart via submission.
Overall: A rather enjoyable match-up between two very sound in-ring competitors.
Post-match, Bret urges his younger brother to step into the ring but a second referee gets in the way.
We get a ‘WrestleMania Report’ with Todd Pettengill. We’re just four weeks away from WrestleMania X at the sold-out Madison Square Garden. Todd goes through the celebs attending: Little Richard, Burt Reynolds, Donnie Wahlberg, Jennie Garth and Bucky and Vinny. A list that sort of tails out at the end, doesn’t it? We then run down the card.
When we return to Vince at ringside, Yokozuna’s music hits and he makes his way out with Cornette and Mr. Fuji. Cornette appears to be angry about the theft of his tennis racket and Savage’s assault on him. Savage heads into the ring and Yokozuna tries to enter the ring too as we go off the air.
Overall Thoughts: Less is more this week as despite only having two matches, this was one of the better Raws in a long time, from an in-ring standpoint.
Overall score – 3/5
The Bushwhackers appear on the 2/18 “Family Matters” television show on ABC and the network is said to be contemplating a Saturday morning television show for next season featuring them as regulars.
Monday Night Raw on 2/7 drew a 2.6 rating, while All-American did a 2.3 the day before and WWF Mania did a strong 1.7.
In syndication on the WWF update segment, they did a feature on all the titles won by Bret Hart and ran them down. When mentioning Bret winning the WWF title, it was never acknowledged the name of who he won the title from (Ric Flair).
Little Richard was announced as singing the National Anthem at Wrestlemania and Cy “Hair Club for Men” Sperling was announced as a guest celeb doing a hair weave on Howard Finkel. It’s kind of sad to see a loyal employee like Finkel having to be publicly humiliated for the sake of people’s weird sense of humor. It’s the kind of stuff we all used to do in elementary school but when it’s middle-aged men who are bullying loyal employees, it’s really quite sad.
It’s expected that George Steinbrenner will be announced as a guest timekeeper or ring announcer and rumor has it the main celebrity involved will be Burt Reynolds.
Matches announced for Mania this week were Quebecers vs. Men on Mission for tag titles (Steiners won’t even be on the card) and Alundra Blaze vs. Debbie Combs for the women’s title.
WWF held a press conference on Friday and announced Japanese wrestlers Genichiro Tenryu, Masao Orihara, Nobukazu Hirai and Yuji Yasuraoka (WAR), Masashi Aoyagi (NSBW), Ginsei Shinzaki (Michinoku Pro) and Bull Nakano, Kyoko Inoue and Sakie Hasegawa (All Japan women) would be working the WWF Japan Mania tour in May. The big surprise from the announcement was that Atsushi Onita’s name wasn’t on that list. Madusa (as she’ll be called in Japan) will be wrestling Nakano twice, Kyoko once and Hasegawa once on the tour. Apparently the way the deal is structured is she’ll split the matches with Nakano and win her other bouts with Kyoko doing the Hiroshi Hase role of being the good company person and carrying the big name on the major show and putting them over.
1-2-3 Kid returns at the 1/24 tapings in Poughkeepsie.
Ted DiBiase is negotiating for either a possible manager or announcer role. He won’t be wrestling until 1995 at the earliest due to neck injuries.
The WWF show on 2/3 in Fredricton, New Brunswick Canada had to be canceled because the ring was mistakenly sent to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The show was rescheduled for 2/14.
There were no shows this week in the United States and nothing until the 2/24 Poughkeepsie taping which includes a live Raw show.
Bastion Booger will feud with Earthquake.
Gorilla Monsoon & Stan Lane are hosting Wrestling Challenge since Jim Ross has been sidelined with Bells Palsy (paralysis on one side of the face). Vince McMahon & Todd Pettengill did the radio show on 2/5.
Titan made a motion to get the Cole lawsuit dismissed, but the judge ruled against them.
All ‘Raw Rewind 1993’ pieces can be found here.