Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 10-18-1993

Live from Poughkeepsie, NY

Airdate: October 18, 1993

Attendance: unknown

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

Will Savage and Crush reconcile their differences? Can Michaels be reinstated? Who’s the new guy in the WWF? Also, **BREAKING NEWS** included just for your amusement. Read on!

Opening montage.

Match 1: The Steiners versus Tony DeVito & PJ Walker

Highlights:

  • In typical Vince fashion, he confused Walker for Cory Student.
  • DeVito reversed an Irish whip and leap-frogged Scott.
  • On the other hand, he succumbed to a dragon suplex.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides, and Rick powerslammed Walker.
  • When he delivered a Steinerline to Walker, Rick tagged in Scott.
  • Speaking of Scott, he dropkicked Walker before DESTROYING him with a Steiner Screwdriver.
  • GET OUT THE SPATULA!
  • DeVito tagged in thanks to Scott dragging Walker to the corner.
  • As Scott provided DeVito with a tilt-a-whirl slam, he tagged in Rick.
  • The Steiners then delivered the Steinerizer to DeVito.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Steiners won.

Rating: ½*

Summary:  Showcase match for the Steiners.

After the match, Vince shills a 900-number vote to determine whether or not Shawn Michaels should be reinstated. According to Meltzer, since Michaels has already been reinstated, the poll was BOGUS. Nonetheless, Diesel pleads Michaels’ case while Mr. Perfect stands against the reinstatement.

A hilarious promo with stock Godzilla footage airs featuring Yokozuna.

Match 2: IRS versus Scott Taylor

Highlights:

  • IRS suplexed Taylor and followed with an elbow drop.
  • As IRS provided him with a back elbow, Taylor hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • IRS rebounded with a double underhook suplex while both Vince and Heenan shilled Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.
  • When IRS hooked a rope-assisted abdominal stretch, referee Jack Doan stopped the shenanigans immediately.
  • IRS then hit a Write Off and pinned Taylor.
  • As a result, IRS won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for IRS.

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

Vignette for “Double J” Jeff Jarrett airs. Ain’t he great?

Prior to the next match, we revisit Superstars when Tatanka and Ludvig Borga had a heated argument.

Match 3: Tatanka versus “Iron” Mike Sharpe

Highlights:

  • While Savage reiterated his tirade against Hulk Hogan from Radio WWF (more on this later), Tatanka no-sold Sharpe’s offense.
  • He then chopped Sharpe repeatedly before hitting the End of the Trail.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Tatanka won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Tatanka.

SURVIVOR SERIES REPORT: Joe Fowler shills the upcoming PPV which will be LIVE on 11/24 and its card:

  1. All-Americans (Steiners, Lex Luger, & Tatanka) versus the Foreign Fanatics (WWF champion Yokozuna, Borga, & WWF tag team champions the Quebecers).
  2. Hart Family (Bret, Owen, Bruce, & Keith) versus Jerry “The King” Lawler & his knights.

Also, Ray Combs will appear at the PPV.

Backstage, Heenan meets Crush as he finally arrives.

Match 4: Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna) versus Dennis Diamond

Highlights:

  • As Heenan returned to the broadcast table, Bigelow tossed Diamond around the ring.
  • While the Poughkeepsie faithful allegedly chanted “We Want Doink,” Bigelow suplexed Diamond.
  • He then dropped a series of diving head butts followed by an enziguri
  • According to Vince, 65% of the vote spelled the continuation of Michaels’ suspension.
  • Bigelow then gave Diamond a cross corner whip and a dropkick. Impressive!
  • When he migrated to the apron, Bigelow delivered a springboard splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bigelow won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Bigelow.

After the match, Vince shills the 900-number vote again. Diesel then begs for Michaels’ reinstatement and refers to Michaels as “the best wrestler in the WWF.” Like a good heel, he gave the same number for both “yes” and “no.”

SAVAGE-CRUSH SUMMIT: In the ring, Heenan interviews Crush who doesn’t come to the ring alone. Instead, he is joined by “Master Fuji.” In the meantime, Savage is DEVASTATED by this situation. Crush then states that Savage was his “best friend,” but he has “seen the light.” While he criticizes Savage for his taking the match against Yokozuna with a sore back (supposedly from the slam attempt on the USS Intrepid), he believes Fuji’s word is “like gold.“

Savage then enters the ring and tells Crush that he’s “making a mistake.” After Crush and Savage shake hands, Crush clotheslines Savage in the aisle. WE HAVE A HEEL TURN! He then pummels, gorilla-presses, and guillotines Savage with the steel railing. How dastardly!

Suddenly, Jim Cornette and Yokozuna come to the ring to celebrate their new protégé. Crush then rams Savage face-first into the steps, and Savage is BUSTED OPEN. Upon tossing Savage back into the ring, Crush delivers a savate kick. He then drags Savage to the corner so that Yokozuna can hit the Bonsai drop. When Yokozuna makes a second attempt, officials pull Savage from the ring to safety.

According to Vince, Savage lacerated his tongue when Crush guillotined him on the steel railing.

The final tally was 64-36% against Michaels’ reinstatement.

Conclusion:  Wow! Seriously, fast-forward through all the stuff in the beginning because YOU GOTTA SEE THIS! Yes, the angle with Crush’s heel turn completely changed a dull and boring babyface into an evil villian instantly. I can’t wait to hear Savage’s response in the coming weeks.

TV Rating: 3.0

IN OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK: As mentioned earlier, Savage was on Radio WWF completely discrediting Hogan. One of the topics Savage discussed was Hogan’s obvious LIE on the Arsenio Hall show about using steroids. Another was Hogan and his wife Linda Bollea’s involvement in Savage and Elizabeth’s marriage and divorce. While Meltzer speculated that it was all done as part of an angle to have them wrestle at WrestleMania X, I believe Savage’s insecurities about his marriage were validated by his comments on the show.

Stay tuned for WCW Halloween Havoc ‘93!

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