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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.03.93

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – May 3 1993

– Taped from New York

– Your hosts are Vince, Macho & Bobby.

Intercontinental title: Shawn Michaels v. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Nearing the end of Duggan’s WWF run here. Shawn does the big stall to start and Duggan finally gets a series of clotheslines to begin things, as Shawn runs away again. Another attempt to run and this time Duggan drags Shawn back in as we take a break. Back with Shawn getting a necksnap on the top rope to take over, then slugging Duggan down and choking him out on the ropes. Double axehandle from the top follows and he does more choking and a chinlock. That goes on for a while, until Duggan fights back up, so Shawn clamps on another exciting chinlock. Duggan fights up again and slugs away in the corner, then hits the three-point clothesline, so Shawn takes a walk. Duggan chases him back to ringside, but then clotheslines him into the crowd and takes the countout win anyway at 11:04. This was all chinlock. 1/2* Duggan is upset at the countout decision, even though he could have thrown Shawn back in and didn’t, and stages a sit-down strike in protest.

Doink the Clown v. The Kamikaze Kid

Doink immediately attacks and runs the Kid into the turnbuckle, then hits him with a belly to belly suplex and stomps him down. STF follows, but he releases and elbows him down again. The Kid’s tights contradict his name, saying “L. Kid”. Stump Puller finishes at 2:00. I think the Kid was some indy guy from Minnesota. Maybe he’ll have better luck next week!

Ironic commentary aside, the online community in 1993, such as it was, had a collective orgasm when Sean Waltman signed with the WWF (it would be like, I dunno, Bryan Danielson signing today) and then nearly had a collective heart attack when he was jobbed so hard in his debut match, and with the wrong name to boot. In retrospect, Vince played it quite well.  (Well, at least we know that Vince is never gonna sign that Danielson guy!)

Bob Backlund v. Dwayne Gill

Backlund controls on the mat, but Gill reverses him to a cross-armbreaker. Bob rolls him up for the pin at 3:38.

Jim Duggan returns to announce that next week, he gets another shot at the title, this time in a lumberjack match. Goody.

The Headshrinkers v. Jay Bell & Jim Savage (?)

Didn’t really catch the jobber names, don’t really care. The Shrinkers destroy the black jobber while Captain Lou joins us on commentary and talks about how he used to manage another pair of Samoans and how he might like to get these ones on the right track again. Double faceplant and they toss the jobber, and back in for a superkick from Samu. White jobber comes in and gets superkicked by Fatu, and they hit him with a spike piledriver. Flying splash finishes at 5:26.

Kamala v. Rick Meyers

The jobber takes a run at Kamala and runs into an elbow, then Kamala chokes him out with a pair of two-handed chokes and more choking. What is he, the Red Wings? Superkick and big fat splash finish at 2:26. Slick is absent, so the fans inform Kamala how to roll the guy over and pin him. Sex with Kamala must be awkward.

Next week: Bam Bam Bigelow v. Typhoon in a King of the Ring qualifier! Plus Sean Waltman tries it again!