Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 10-11-1993

Taped from New Haven, CT

Airdate: October 11, 1993 (taped 9/27)

Attendance: 5,500 (3,200 paid)

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

Will Martel or Ramon become the new IC champion? What’s up with Borga? All this plus an SMW surprise in included. Doesn’t this sound like fun?

Opening montage.

While Vince welcomes us to the show, he inadvertently refers to Martel as “former WWF champion.” I bet Martel wishes he had become WWF champion at some point in his illustrious career.

Match 1 for the WWF Intercontinental title (final): “The Model” Rick Martel versus Razor Ramon

Highlights:

  • Ramon reversed a cross corner whip, yet Martel floated over.
  • When Ramon reversed an Irish whip, Martel attempted a cross body block.
  • However, Ramon countered with a fallaway slam.
  • With Martel on the apron, Ramon brought him in the hard way.
  • Following a commercial break, Martel rammed Ramon back-first into the apron.
  • He then slammed Ramon on the floor before tossing him back inside.
  • As he gave Ramon a series of HARD cross corner whips, Martel followed with a belly-to-back suplex.
  • He then attempted to pin Ramon with his feet on the ropes, but referee Earl Hebner caught him before counting the pin. SNEAKY!
  • After Martel put a knee into Ramon’s back to send him into the turnbuckle, he hooked a Boston crab.
  • Will Ramon submit and make Martel the IC champion?
  • Nope, he made the ropes.
  • When Martel hit a sidewalk slam, he applied another Boston crab.
  • There’s no way Ramon won’t submit. Martel’s about to become champion.
  • Hold on! Wait a minute! Ramon powered out and got 2.
  • Suddenly, Martel secured a sunset flip for 2.
  • He then dropkicked Ramon for another 2.
  • As Ramon placed him atop the top turnbuckle, he attempted a belly-to-back superplex, but Martel elbowed him down to the mat.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a cross body block.
  • On the other hand, Ramon used momentum to land on top for 2.
  • Martel rebounded with a clothesline for 2.
  • After Ramon hit a knee lift, he delivered a Razor’s Edge.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Ramon won.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Rating: ***

Summary:  Martel’s psychology kept the match flowing, and Ramon’s comebacks maintained the New Haven faithful’s attention. For those keeping track, this was the first instance that Ramon won the IC title.

A “don’t fall for cheap imitations” ad by the WWF airs to discredit WCW’s Battlebowl PPV next month.

Match 2: The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) versus Sid Curtis & Tommy Morrison

Highlights:

  • The boxer? Shouldn’t he still be celebrating his victory over George Foreman?
  • Sorry, Chester.
  • Samu backdropped Morrison, and Curtis tagged in.
  • As Samu delivered a wimpy gutwrench suplex, Fatu tagged in.
  • He then hit a superkick followed by a diving head butt.
  • When Fatu tossed Curtis to the floor, he distracted referee Danny Davis.
  • Samu then slammed Curtis on the floor unbeknownst to Davis. How dastardly!
  • After Samu tagged in, the Headshrinkers practically beheaded Curtis with a double clothesline.
  • While Curtis was rightfully OUT COLD, Samu dragged him to his corner so that Morrison could tag in.
  • Fatu tagged in while Heenan teased McMahon with the same Morrison joke I used earlier.
  • As the Headshrinkers hit a double Stroke to Morrison, Fatu mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a flying splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Headshrinkers won.

Rating: ½*

Summary:  Showcase match for the Headshrinkers.

Promo for Survivor Series ‘93 airs. It will be LIVE on PPV on 11/24. Order NOW!

Match 3: The “Rocket” Owen Hart versus Scott King

Highlights:

  • Owen clotheslined King while the broadcasting trio shilled WWF Radio.
  • When he slammed King, Owen monkey-flipped him.
  • He then delivered a standing dropkick followed by a snap suplex.
  • As he hit a DEVASTATING gutwrench suplex, Owen delivered a vertical suplex.
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle and nailed King with a flying elbow.
  • After a knee drop, he backdropped King.
  • Owen then reversed an Irish whip and provided King with a SWEET belly-to-belly suplex.
  • When he mounted the top turnbuckle, Owen hit a missile dropkick.
  • He then hooked a Northern Lights suplex and got the pin.
  • As a result, Owen won.

Rating: *

Summary:  Extremely impressive showcase match for Owen with tons of workrate and some high-flying mixed in. Since Owen’s on RAW, do you think he’ll be involved at the upcoming PPV?

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

In the ring, Vince interviews Ludvig Borga. While the New Haven faithful chants “U-S-A,” Borga runs down America. He then cuts a promo on Lex Luger and refers to him as a “garbage truck driver.” Abruptly, Luger comes to the ring wearing Zubaz with the American flag on them. I guess that’s what all the garbage truck drivers were wearing in 1993.

Regardless, Luger puts Borga in his place while the “U-S-A” chant resumes. After he warns him about learning about respect, Luger tells Borga to “love it or leave it.” He then removes his shirt to assist Borga in leaving, but Borga exits stage left.

Match 4: Adam Bomb (w/ Harvey Wippleman) versus Ross Greenburg

Highlights:

  • This would be Wippleman’s debut as Bomb’s new manager.
  • As Bomb hip-tossed Greenburg twice, he followed with a standing dropkick.
  • From the apron, Bomb hit a springboard clothesline.
  • He then delivered a belly-to-back suplex and an Atom Smasher.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bomb won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Bomb.

Match 5 (non-title): SMW tag team champions the Rock’n’Roll Express versus Duane Gill & Barry Hardy

Highlights:

  • Holy turn-back-the-clock, Batman! This match marked the WWF debut of the Rock’n’Roll Express.
  • While the New Haven faithful chanted “rock’n’roll,” Gibson delivered an enziguri to Hardy.
  • Morton tagged in and hit a knee lift.
  • When Gill tagged in, Morton backdropped him.
  • Gibson tagged in, and the Rock’n’Roll Express delivered a Hart Attack to Gill for 2.
  • As Hardy gave Morton a cross corner whip, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • The Rock’n’Roll Express then broke Hardy’s wishbone and followed with a double dropkick.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Rock’n’Roll Express won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for the Rock’n’Roll Express.

We then revisit Ramon’s attainment of the IC title.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: WWF Royal Rumble video game.

Conclusion:  Despite being the third week of a taping cycle, this episode contained quite a bit chocolatey goodness. For all the Scott Hall fans out there, definitely check this out since it’s his first major title victory.

TV Rating: unknown

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 10-18-93!

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