January 25, 1993
From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Rob Bartlett, and Bobby Heenan
We open up the show with Sean Mooney standing outside in the street. Repo Man pulls up in the tow truck he drove off in to close out last week’s show and promises to repossess Randy Savage’s career.
Repo Man vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Repo Man comes out in the hat he stole from Savage last week. Savage runs in to attack Repo Man from behind. Savage heads up the aisle to bring Repo Man back into the ring where he chokes him out. The announcers mention how Yokozuna won the Royal Rumble then Repo Man rams Savage’s head into the steps. Repo Man heads back inside after whipping Savage into the post then hammers away. The announcers now talk about the Ric Flair vs. Mr. Perfect Loser Leaves WWF match for tonight as Repo Man uses a rear choke. Savage fights back as we head to break but the match returns with Repo Man back in control. Repo Man works another bodyscissors on the mat then lets go and hits a clothesline. Repo Man now uses a chinlock as we get more bad commentary from Bartlett. Repo Man hits a backbreaker then heads up to the middle rope but Savage gets up and takes him down. Savage then slams Repo Man and hits the flying elbow drop for the win (12:00) **. After the match, Savage tosses Repo Man over the top rope.
Thoughts: The match started out hot but really slowed down when Repo Man took it to the mat. The ending fell flat too as this mini feud should now be finished.
We get an ad for WrestleMania IX.
Kamala w/ Slick vs. Brooklyn Brawler
Brawler attacks Kamala from behind but ends up getting tossed into the corner. Kamala misses an avalanche but blocks a slam attempt as Brawler now tries to outsmart Kamala. Brawler walks into a thrust kick as Kamala now beats down Brawler in the corner. Kamala stays in control then hits a splash and finally turns Brawler over on his back and gets the pin (3:32).
Thoughts: The action sucked and despite the turn and addition of Slick there has not been anything different in Kamala’s presentation. Its an odd babyface pairing to say the least.
After the match, Vince interviews Slick at ringside. Slick tells us that the people are the ones who have converted Kamala then warns Kimchee & Harvey Whippleman to stay away because he cannot be held responsible for what happens. They are hyping up a Kamala vs. Kimchee match that I don’t think anyone cares to see.
Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund. We learn that the show will be available at video stores on February 11th. Okerlund tells us that Yokozuna won the Rumble Match and tentatively gives us a main event of Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX. We also learn that Narcissus was revealed as Lex Luger and the man who attacked The Undertaker is named Giant Gonzalez. Okerlund says we will learn more of what happened at the PPV this weekend. There were not any clips of the PPV shown but Okerlund went over the key points and we will hear more this coming weekend on the syndicated shows.
Loser Leaves WWF Match: Ric Flair vs. Mr. Perfect
Good reaction for Flair as Heenan now says he advised Flair to not take this match. We get some slapping and shoving in the corner then Perfect uses a drop toehold before slapping Flair down. Flair rolls out for a breather then we see Heenan try to give him the timekeeper’s hammer. Back inside, Perfect grounds Flair with a hammerlock. Perfect wins a chop exchange in the corner as Flair takes a delayed flop. Perfect once again chops Flair down this time after a stalemate as the announcers rag on Heenan over Perfect taking control to start. Flair knocks Perfect through the ropes then tries to hit Perfect with a chair but the ref takes it away and then we go to break. The match returns with Flair once again sending Perfect through the ropes as Perfect’s head hits the post. Perfect is busted open and Flair target the wound. Perfect fights back with punches and uses a jackknife cover for a two count. Flair hits Perfect low then the two fight over a backslide with Perfect winning and getting another nearfall. Perfect back drops Flair before slingshotting him out from the corner. Perfect uses mounted punches in the corner as Heenan is screaming how they are closed fists but Flair escapes. Flair uses a rollup for two then rolls outside but comes back on the apron and suplexed back inside. Flair boots Perfect in the gut before catching him with a sleeper. Perfect runs Flair into the corner after a struggle then Perfect catches Flair with a sleeper in a messy spot where it seemed Perfect was supposed to land behind Flair but instead they both fall to the mat. Flair escapes by using a back suplex as both men are down then Flair applies the figure four. Flair keeps using the ropes for leverage when the ref’s back is turned but eventually gets caught. Flair kicks out Perfect’s leg and stays on the attack. Flair gets on the top rope but Perfect slams him off as we go to another break. The match returns with Flair taking something out from his knee pad and using it to deck Perfect. Flair puts the object in his trunks then drops an elbow but Perfect was able to get his foot on the ropes. Perfect then kicks out of another pin attempt so Flair punches the cut on Perfect’s forehead. Flair tries a chop but Perfect just stares Flair down. Perfect keeps staring as Flair attacks then Perfect backs Flair into the corner and chops away. Perfect fires up then catches with a clothesline for a two count after Flair came off of the top rope. Flair tries a rollup and uses his feet on the ropes but gets caught by the ref. Flair now drops his head for a back drop but Perfect stops short and uses the Perfect Plex for the win as Flair is now gone from the WWF (23:00) ****. Heenan gets bleeped out on commentary and slams down the headset before going out to raise Flair’s hand and walks him up the aisle as Perfect celebrates.
Thoughts: These two had an excellent match. Perfect looked great and did exceptional work as a face while Flair did tons of cheating to live up to his dirtiest player in the game moniker. The crowd seemed burned out as this was the last match of the taping but did go nuts for the finish. This would be Flair’s last TV appearance for the company until 2001 but he still had about two weeks of house show commitments and his last match occurred during the final date of the European tour in Germany.
Next week we will see Typhoon vs. Doink the Clown.
Final Thoughts: The Perfect/Flair match was awesome and at least Savage/Repo Man had a storyline behind it making this another good edition of RAW. However, the ratings dropped a bit despite the advertisement of the Loser Leaves WWF match. Anyway, after a hit-or-miss debut RAW has seemed to find its footing. And Bartlett remains unfunny but is toned down.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 1/29/93 (Headlock on Hunger benefit show)
Thursday: WWF Superstars 1/30/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/31/93
Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 2/1/93
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/29/84
Monday: WWF Superstars 2/6/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/7/93
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 2/13/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/14/93