Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 06-14-1993

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: June 14, 1993

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

What can happen during the fallout from King of the Ring ‘93? Can Jannetty overcome the nefariousness of Doink and defeat him? How will Lawler behave following his destruction of Bret last night? Let’s find out!

As the program begins, we revisit last night’s PPV as Yokozuna became a two-time WWF champion. Afterward, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Mr. Fuji with Yokozuna. Fuji then declares a celebration of Yokozuna’s achievement will occur on 7/4 at an historical landmark in America. Devious!

Opening montage.

Match 1: Mr. Perfect versus L.A. Gore

Highlights:

  • Perfect leap-frogged Gore before dropkicking him.
  • While some numbskulls among the Manhattan faithful act like Naughty by Nature, Perfect gave Gore a neck snap.
  • He then delivered a knee lift and followed with a Perfectplex.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Perfect won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Perfect.

Following a commercial break, Vince interviews Razor Ramon in the ring. While the Manhattan faithful chants “1-2-3″ at him, Ramon holds a bag of $10,000 in cash. How do we know it’s $10,000? Because it’s written RIGHT ON THE BAG. Nevertheless, Ramon has upped the ante for a rematch with the 1-2-3 Kid.

Order the replay of King of the Ring ‘93 scheduled for next Tuesday at 8PM ET only on PPV.

Match 2: Marty Jannetty versus Doink the Clown

Highlights:

  • As Doink made his entrance, he hid under the ring.
  • He then emerged in front of the broadcast table and sprayed Pepsi on Vince, Savage, and Heenan. How dastardly! Then again, Pepsi is the choice of a new generation.
  • Actually, the second Doink wore a jacket whereas the first didn’t. SNEAKY!
  • The match began on the floor with a brawl.
  • When Doink gave him a cross corner whip, Jannetty floated over.
  • Doink then reversed a cross corner whip but ate a back elbow on his follow-through.
  • Upon mounting the second turnbuckle, Jannetty bulldogged Doink for 2.
  • He then reversed an Irish whip but got steamrolled on a shoulder block.
  • Following a commercial break, Jannetty leap-frogged and dropkicked Doink.
  • Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan was spotted among the Manhattan faithful.
  • OK, maybe not.
  • Regardless, Doink tossed Jannetty down to the floor and joined him.
  • On the other hand, Jannetty rammed him face-first into the apron.
  • Back in the ring, Jannetty mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a cross body block for another 2.
  • Doink then powerslammed him and followed with a back elbow.
  • As he hit a belly-to-back suplex, Doink slammed Jannetty, mounted the top turnbuckle, and gave him a Whooppee cushion for 2.
  • He then delivered a hangman’s neckbreaker for another 2.
  • When he mounted the second turnbuckle, Doink hit a double axe handle.
  • He then remounted the top turnbuckle, but Jannetty caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • After Jannetty gave him a flying back elbow, he dropkicked Doink.
  • He then suplexed Doink for 2.
  • As Jannetty clotheslined him, he got another 2.
  • Doink then reversed an Irish whip but got face-planted allowing Jannetty to earn yet another 2-count.
  • When Doink attempted a slam, both wrestlers spilled over the top rope to the floor.
  • Jannetty then delivered an atomic drop on the floor followed by a superkick.
  • After referee Earl Hebner called for the bell, Jannetty hit a huracanrana.
  • He then mounted the apron and gave Doink another cross body block.
  • According to returning ring announcer Howard Finkel, Hebner’s decision was a double countout.
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: ***½

Summary:  Extremely good TV match that could lead to another encounter down the road. Doink not only brought workrate but also high-flying and some psychology. I believe Matt Bourne found his true wrestling identity.

After the match, officials prevent Doink from re-entering the ring.

Vince then shills WWF Mania this Saturday at 10AM ET as the Headshrinkers face Tito Santana and Bob Backlund.

Promo #2 for the replay of last night’s PPV airs.

Match 3: “The Rocket” Owen Hart versus Dan Dubiel

Highlights:

  • While the 1-2-3 Kid was on the phone, Owen hip-tossed Dubiel.
  • He then gave Dubiel an Anderson slam followed by a back drop.
  • When Dubiel reversed an Irish whip, Owen blocked a hip toss and delivered one of his own.
  • Meanwhile, the Kid contemplated the $10,000 offer by Ramon.
  • While Owen hit a spinning heel kick, the Kid finally accepted the challenge for next week.
  • Owen then mounted the top turnbuckle and gave Dubiel a missile dropkick.
  • As he hooked a Northern Lights suplex, Owen pinned Dubiel.

Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Owen.

Vince then shills All-American Wrestling this Sunday at noon ET as Owen challenges Bastion Booger. Who? For those unaware, Mike Shaw ditches the monk gimmick and transforms into Booger.

Well, not quite.

We then revisit Superstars when Hughes ANNIHILATED Bearer with the urn and help from Giant Gonzalez (aired 6/12, taped 5/24). In the process, Hughes stole the urn. During Undertaker’s destruction of PJ Walker, Vince shilled the July issue of WWF Magazine.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO and WWF action figures.

Prior to the next match, Lawler grabs the microphone and requests the Manhattan faithful to “kiss (his) feet.” Out of protest for the “Burger King” chant by the Manhattan faithful, Heenan leaves the broadcast table.

Match 4: Jerry “The King” Lawler versus Mark Thomas

Highlights:

  • As Lawler gave Thomas a DDT, Heenan allegedly returned to the broadcast table, yet no video evidence was shown.
  • Lawler then clotheslined Thomas while Heenan announced that Yokozuna issued a challenge to any American professional athlete to slam him on 7/4.
  • When Lawler backdropped him, he delivered a knee drop.
  • Due to distraction from the Manhattan faithful, Lawler got reversed on an Irish whip and backdropped.
  • Lawler rebounded by piledriving Thomas.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Lawler won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Lawler.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: WWF action figures.

Conclusion:  Well, something’s going down on Independence Day. I’m certain that in future RAW episodes that we’ll learn more. In the meantime, the Doink-Jannetty match is worth your time to watch this show. Since I’m done here, I’ll go watch a movie:

TV Rating: 2.8

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 6-21-93!

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