Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Raw Rewind‘. Today we take in the episode of Raw from 28 March 1994. We see Lex Luger, Doink the Clown, Crush and Owen Hart all in action.
Champion Roll Call:
WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon
WWF Tag Team Champions: The Quebecers
You can read last week’s Raw recap here.
We start with the Million Dollar Man in the crowd giving money to three members of the audience. It appears like he’s bought their front row tickets and declares “everyone’s got a price for the Million Dollar Man.”
Vince McMahon is joined by Jim Cornette on commentary this week. Vince starts by taunting Cornette about the fact that his man Yokozuna lost his title at WrestleMania.
Match 1: ‘The Model’ Rick Martel vs. Lex Luger
Martel gets the jobber entrance treatment. McMahon claims Luger was robbed at WrestleMania. This is a noticeably more aggressive version of Lex Luger. Martel displays his brand of aggression, too, as the pair trade blows. But Luger overpowers his older opponent and Martel heads to the outside after a series of clotheslines.
We see that Dibiase is sat behind the announce team. When we return to the ring, Martel has his face driven into the turnbuckle and we get a nearfall. An atomic drop staggers Martel before he’s clotheslined to the outside.
We head to a break and when we return, Martel drags Luger to the outside where the two brawl. However, Luger quickly gets the advantage and Martel heads into the ring, where he regains control. Martel stomps away in the corner and whilst is Irish-whip is reversed, he gets a knee up to Luger’s face. Martel gets his first nearfall before applying a reverse chinlock.
Luger is back onto his feet and breaks out of the chinlock but runs right into a knee to the mid-section. Martel drops a series of knees before going back to the chinlock, which McMahon asks if it’s a chinlock or a choke-hold.
Again, Luger fights out by driving Martel into the turnbuckle then catches ‘The Model’ coming off the top rope. However, he misses a dropkick when Martel hods the ropes. We get a backslide and Luger overpowers his opponent for a nearfall. But Martel is up first and attempts a suplex, which is blocked and reversed. Luger pounds away and connects with a back body drop. Luger hits a powerslam off the ropes and applies the torture rack for the win, a move McMahon calls a backbreaker.
Winner: Lex Luger via submission
Overall: This is a good match. Got a good 12 minutes or so and allowed the pair of them to put on a good match.
McMahon says after the match that Luger will reach his point of destiny soon and reiterates the fact he believes he was robbed at Mania – a point he uses to push the repeat showing of Mania which airs after Raw.
We see Owen Hart working out backstage and he says “after beating Bret, I’m ready to beat anyone.” We then get hype for next week’s Raw and its airing of the 10-man tag match that didn’t feature on WrestleMania in the end.
Match 2: Owen Hart vs. Mike Freeman
Cornette tries to sell to Dibiase McMahon’s seat on commentary. Dibiase promises some big surprises for McMahon and the WWF in the upcoming weeks. The crowd chant “We want Bret”
Some nice wrestling from both men, which ends with Owen slapping Freeman. Owen now dominates Freeman, throwing him about the ring. Owen connects with a bulldog then applies a Sharpshooter for the win.
Winner: Owen Hart via pinfall.
Overall: Pretty slow for an Owen Hart match but a quick and dominating win for ‘The Rocket’..
We hear, again, the clip of Burt Reynolds praising his WrestleMania experience.
Match 3: Doink the Clown (w/ Dink) vs. Eric Cody
Doink sprays water over the Million Dollar Man, much to the delight of the fans and Vince McMahon. Cody shakes Dink’s hand and is electrocuted. As Doink has a submission on Cody, Dink runs into the ring and over the jobber before heading back out. Doink gets a two from a bridging German suplex, as a furious Dibiase looks on.
We briefly watch the action over the shoulder of Dink, as Doink drops a knee to the throat of Cody. Doink comes off the top rope with his Whoopee Cushion finisher and that’s all she wrote.
Winner: Doink via pinfall.
Overall: Squish squash.
Jim Cornette is in the ring and introduces the WWF tag team champions The Quebecers and their manager Johnny Polo. McMahon reminds us that last week Lou Albano came out last week and issued a challenge to them, if he could find a team.
As Cornette says the pair have beaten everyone, out comes Captain Lou. He demands to know if they have accepted his challenge, Polo confirms they have and Albano heads to the back to get his team. He brings out the Headshrinkers. They refuse to face The Headshrinkers as they all argue in the ring.
A video airs hyping a rematch between Earthquake and Adam Bomb which will also feature on next week’s Raw.
Match 4: The 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Black Phantom
As a reader has pointed out, the Black Phantom is the future Gangrel. The Kid takes the Phantom down with a headlock. Nice couple of quick reversals from both men. The Phantom takes control with a hip toss and a thrust shot to the throat. The pair then trade blows, with the Phantom, the bigger man, gaining the advantage. However, he misses a corner charge and is taken down with a couple of kicks. The Kid follows up with a running leg drop but misses a dropkick when the Phantom holds onto the ropes.
The Phantom misses a clothesline and the Kid connects with a spinning heel kick for a two. The Kid connects with a running dropkick into the corner. The Kid goes up top and hits a moonsault/crossbody for the win.
Winner: the 1-2-3 Kid via pinfall.
Overall: Quick win for the Kid.
Match 5: Crush (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Ray Hudson
Crush spots Nikolai Volkoff in the front row and confronts him. Crush just decimates Hudson here, with chops, headbutts and punches. He gets the win with a running knee drop.
Winner: Crush via pinfall.
Overall: A slow and boring match.
Next week on Raw we’ll have the 10-man tag that didn’t air at WrestleMania and a rematch between Earthquake and Adam Bomb.
A nothing show.
Overall score – 2/5
Chet Coppock, who is the Chicago Bears stadium voice and a Chicago sports d.j., did the radio of Wrestlemania with Gorilla Monsoon.
The reason Stu & Helen Hart weren’t at Wrestlemania is because Helen Hart was hospitalized about a week before the show.
Both WWF Mania and All-American were done live Wrestlemania weekend from Madison Square Garden. WCW should copy that policy.
The Steiners, still under contract till the end of the year, have been sent to Memphis to work. Jacques Rougeau did an interview talking about how the Quebecers had run them out of the WWF.
It appears McMahon & Lawler will now host Superstars while Johnny Polo & Stan Lane (as play-by-play) will do Challenge.
Vince McMahon’s voice was totally shot doing the live Raw from Poughkeepsie, from both doing Mania and then early the next morning doing voice-overs for this coming weekend’s Superstars.
Savage did an interview over the weekend making references to someone who stabbed “us all” in the back which was obviously in reference to Hogan, although he didn’t use Hogan’s name.
The March to Mania special did a 3.5 rating on Sunday, although many think that number was greatly boosted by its movie-lead in on USA (Rambo) doing a whopping 6.0. The Monday replay did a 2.6, while All-American that weekend did a 2.3 and Mania a 1.4.
Rocko Gibraltar, doing a garbage man gimmick, is supposed to be heading in as a regular.
All ‘Raw Rewind 1993’ pieces can be found here.