Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 06-21-93

Live from Poughkeepsie, NY

Airdate: June 21, 1993

Attendance: unknown

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

Who will win the rematch between Doink and Jannetty? Can the Kid survive against Ramon for the sake of $10,000? Let’s find out!

As the program begins, we revisit the 5/17 episode when the Kid upset Ramon. Can lightning strike twice?

Opening montage.

Match 1 (non-title): WWF tag team champions Steiners versus Reno Riggins & Barry Hardy

Highlights:

  • While RAW was taped last week, in a dark match prior to Wrestling Challenge in Columbus, OH, the Steiners defeated Money, Inc. for the titles. On 6/16, Money, Inc. regained the titles in Rockford, IL, but on 6/19, the Steiners regained the titles in St. Louis, MO. What a wild, wacky week!
  • Scott applied a spinning toe hold to Riggins, but following a leap frog by Riggins, he delivered a T-bone suplex.
  • When tags were exchanged on both sides, Rick gave Hardy an inverted atomic drop.
  • He then sandwiched Hardy in the corner and tagged in Scott.
  • As Scott hit an overhead belly-to-belly suplex on Hardy, he followed with an elbow drop.
  • Riggins tagged in, but Scott delivered a belly-to-belly suplex to him.
  • After he DESTROYED Riggins with a Frankensteiner, Scott pinned Riggins.
  • Steiners won.

Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the NEW WWF tag team champions.

Promo airs for the replay of King of the Ring ‘93 on PPV tomorrow night at 8PM ET.

Match 2 (2 out of 3 falls): Doink the Clown versus Marty Jannetty

Highlights:

FIRST FALL:

  • As Doink made his entrance, he rode a unicycle. Nifty!
  • Following a criss-cross, Jannetty leap-frogged and monkey-flipped Doink.
  • Jannetty then out-smarted Doink on a second criss-cross by applying the brakes.
  • When he countered a back drop attempt with a face plant, Jannetty nailed Doink for 2.
  • He then reversed a cross corner whip and monkey-flipped Doink again for another 2.
  • After he countered a hip toss with a backslide, Jannetty almost got 3.
  • He then gave Doink a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • As Doink mounted the top turnbuckle, he delivered a Whooppee Cushion.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Doink led 1-0.

SECOND FALL:

  • Doink gave Jannetty a HARD cross corner whip to injure the back.
  • When Doink feigned remorse, he slapped Jannetty. Evil!
  • Jannetty then sought refuge outside the ring, but Doink mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a double axe handle. Savage rightfully yet subtly screamed “gimmick infringement.”
  • Back in the ring, Doink got 2.
  • While the Poughkeepsie faithful chanted “Mar-ty,” their hero hooked a roll-up for 2.
  • Each wrestler then attempted a suplex, and Jannetty ultimately took Doink over.
  • After he mounted the top turnbuckle, Jannetty altered his strategy because Doink was more than halfway across the ring.
  • Instead, he delivered a superkick that could be heard all the way in Montauk.
  • Doink then reversed an Irish whip, but Jannetty face-planted him.
  • As he mounted the top turnbuckle again, Jannetty gave Doink a flying fist drop.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The match was tied 1-1.

THIRD FALL:

  • When Jannetty gave him an atomic drop, he clotheslined Doink for 2.
  • Doink then sought refuge outside the ring, grabbed Jannetty by the leg, and rammed it into the ring post repeatedly.
  • After Doink applied a figure-four leg lock, the Poughkeepsie faithful LOUDLY chanted “Mar-ty.”
  • Jannetty then reversed the hold, so Doink made the ropes.
  • As Jannetty backdropped him, he sold the injured knee well.
  • Doink then hooked a single-leg crab yet switched to an STF.
  • Will Jannetty submit?
  • No, but Doink mounted the top turnbuckle only to be caught and slammed down to the mat.
  • Jannetty then gave Doink a flying back elbow followed by the ten-punch count-along.
  • Suddenly, a second Doink crawled under the ring.
  • Jannetty then hip-tossed Doink #1 and pursued Doink #2 under the ring.
  • When Doink #1 joined him, he made Jannetty HIT THE POLE.
  • Back in the ring, Jannetty rebounded with a leap frog and dropkick.
  • Doink #1 then sought refuge outside the ring and crawled under the ring.
  • After a mid-ring collision sent Doink #1 to the floor again, he crawled under the ring again.
  • Doink #2 emerged, crawled into the ring, and got 2.
  • As Jannetty countered a slam with an inside cradle, he got 2.
  • Doink #2 then rebounded with a piledriver.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Doink won.

Rating: ***½

Summary:  Exciting match that could have gone either way. Doink was able to neutralize Jannetty by grounding him, and the two Doinks out-smarted both Jannetty and the referee.

After the match, Savage enters the ring to protest. He then knocked down Doink #2 from the second turnbuckle, jumped to the floor, and discovered Doink #1 from under the ring. Upon seeing two Doinks, referee Earl Hebner reverses the decision. Jannetty won.

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

Match 3: Mr. Hughes (w/ Harvey Wippleman) versus Bobby Who

Highlights:

  • Hughes clotheslined Who before delivering a dropkick. Holy flying defensive tackles, Batman!
  • When he slammed Who, Hughes gave him an elbow drop for a 1-count.
  • He then hit a gutwrench suplex for 2.
  • As Vince shilled Porky’s, Porky’s 2: The Next Day, and Porky’s Revenge, Hughes powerslammed Who for another 2.
  • He then hit a Bossman slam and pinned Who.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Hughes.

Heenan then hypes All-American Wrestling this Sunday at noon from the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City. Vince then clarifies that the ship will be the setting for the Stars’n’Stripes Challenge to slam Yokozuna on 7/4.

Match 4 ($10,000 challenge): Razor Ramon versus the 1-2-3 Kid

Highlights:

  • As Ramon tried a sneak attack at the onset, the Kid rammed him into the top turnbuckle.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle and gave Ramon a sunset flip for 2.
  • When he delivered a spinning heel kick, the Kid got another 2.
  • Ramon then reversed an Irish whip, caught the Kid during a cross body block attempt, and hit a fallaway slam.
  • After Ramon clotheslined him, the Kid provided a 360° sell. Woohoo!
  • Ramon then gave the Kid an elbow drop and attempted a hip toss.
  • As the Kid blocked it, Hall responded with a chokeslam.
  • He then hooked an abdominal stretch, but the Kid wouldn’t submit.
  • When Ramon humiliated him, he powerslammed the Kid.
  • He then placed the Kid atop the top turnbuckle, joined, and delivered a belly-to-back superplex.
  • After he tossed the Kid to the floor, Ramon joined him and removed the mat from the concrete floor. Conniving!
  • He then attempted the Razor’s Edge, but the Kid countered with a back drop.
  • As the Kid mounted the top turnbuckle, he slipped and bit the concrete floor HARD.
  • GET OUT THE SPATULA!
  • Back in the ring, Ramon gave the Kid a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • The Kid then mounted the top turnbuckle, delivered a moonsault press, but only got 2.
  • When he crawled to the floor, the Kid swiped the bag containing $10,000 and hightailed it backstage. Clever!
  • Ramon then chased after him, so referee Earl Hebner called for the bell.
  • As a result, the match was ruled a double countout.

Rating: **

Summary: Ingenious ending to a match where at times it seemed that Ramon would flatten the Kid.

After the match, Ramon chases the Kid backstage and out the back door. The Kid then peels out in a Lincoln Town Car having successfully stolen the money from him.

Following a commercial break, Vince interviews Ramon at ringside. According to Ramon, “nobody rips off the bad guy.” He then cuts a promo on the Kid.

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

Conclusion:  With the exciting Doink-Jannetty rematch along with the thrilling Ramon-Kid main event, this show’s a no-brainer to recommend. Enjoy a beverage while viewing.

TV Rating: 3.1

Stay tuned for WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII!

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