February 27, 1993
From the San Jose State Event Center in San Jose, CA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
The show starts off with Raymond Rougeau interviewing Doink the Clown in the backstage area. Rougeau tells Doink that his opponent, the Big Bossman, will not put up with his jokes but Doink begs to differ and promises a “big surprise” then proceeds to blow his nose with Rougeau’s hankerchef.
The announcers talk about the show with Savage talking about Hogan’s return on RAW like he saw Jesus Christ himself.
Yokozuna vs. Brian West
West charges and gets clotheslined then Vince says we will hear from Jim Duggan’s father later on in the show. Yokozuna continues to beat on Yokozuna as the announcers speculate as to whether or not Hogan will be at WrestleMania. Yokozuna stays in control then hits the Bonzai Drop for the win as Savage says for the first time, the champion will be the underdog when Bret Hart faces Yokozuna at WrestleMania (2:02).
Thoughts: A few things here. First, they talked more about Hogan and started off the storyline of how he will get on the WrestleMania card. Also, at the end of the match they said how despite being champion, Bret will be an underdog against Yokozuna at WrestleMania. And they are continuing the Duggan storyline as we will hear from another one of his family members.
Duggan’s dad, a retired Glens Falls police chief, calls into the show and speaks with Vince. The chief is “damn proud” of his son and wants him to return to the ring. With dad on board for Duggan returning but Duggan’s wife wanting the opposite we will now have a conflict for Duggan to overcome.
Raymond Rougeau welcomes Harvey Whippleman and Giant Gonzalez to the interview platform. Whippleman talks about Undertaker ruining his relationship with Kamala and now believes its fitting that like Kamala, The Undertaker never be the same again. Whippleman credits Undertaker for being a big man but he is not a giant and when Gonzalez puts his hand on the Undertaker again it will be a giant humiliation, defeat, and funeral. Gonzalez then grabs the mic and says he will bury Undertaker. The interview itself was basic as the story is Whippleman wants to make Undertaker suffer like he did after the casket match at Survivor Series with a beating courtesy of Gonzalez.
An ad for the WWF Fan Club airs.
Nasty Boys vs. Mark Ming & Jim Gorman
Vince and Savage keep talking about Hogan as the Nasty Boys beat on Ming. Gorman tags in and gets hit with a pumphandle slam courtesy of Sags then the Nsaty Boys use the running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo for the win as the announcers talk about Money Inc.’s attack on Brutus Beefcake (2:35).
Thoughts: More hinting at Hogan & Beefcake vs. Money Inc. at WrestleMania, which seemed like a given due to Money Inc. attacking Beefcake being the catalyst for Hogan’s return.
Hogan’s return entire interview from this past edition of “Monday Night RAW” is shown.
Big Bossman vs. Doink the Clown
This is from “Wrestling Challenge” with Gorilla and Bobby the announcers, which was quite odd seeing how this match was hyped up last week as being part of this show and that the match was never broadcast on Challenge. Doink holds up a box for Bossman then uses it to hit him in the face. Doink then hits a neckbreaker and then uses a STF. Bossman tries to fight back but Doink takes him down and goes back to the hold. Doink then hits a back suplex for two then keeps Bossman grounded with a chicken wing. Doink heads up top but Bossman slams him off. Bossman pumps up the crowd then sends Doink into the corner with a clothesline. Bossman hits mounted punches after a big boot and stays in control until Doink reached into his clown suit and sprays Bossman in the face then covers for the win (4:17) *. We then see Bossman roll around on the mat with a green substance all over his face as Doink attacks and shoots a disturbed look into the camera before laughing.
Thoughts: Doink dominated Bossman for most of the match then won by cheating. Bossman did the job on his way out as he did a few matches in the USWA then went on tour with All-Japan in the Summer. This was the final televised match of this run. He gained all of the weight he lost after turning face it seems and really did look like a goof on the way out.
WrestleMania IX Report with Gene Okerlund.
We then see Mr. Perfect sink a bunch of shots on the court with Minnesota Timberwolves center Felton Spencer, who was in awe. Perfect ends by hitting a no look shot.
“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. Jim Powers
Powers poses in front of Luger’s mirror and ends up getting clotheslined. Luger boots Powers in the ribs and taunts the fans with various flexing and posing before hitting a running forearm smash for the win (1:30). After the match we see a few officials and medical personnel check on Powers.
Thoughts: Luger knocks another person out with his running forearm smash but his posing gimmick does not seem to be getting much heel heat.
Next week in action are Crush, Razor Ramon, Steiner Brothers, and The Headshrinkers. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart and more!
Final Thoughts: The major story was Hogan’s return and if he will get on the WrestleMania card. Besides that we saw Doink get a dominating win in the featured match and hyped up a few other major WrestleMania matches as we are just five weeks away from the PPV.