Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 10-25-1993

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY

Airdate: October 25, 1993 (taped 10/18)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can the Kid pull off another upset by defeating Jannetty? How will Polo be involved? Let’s find out!

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening match, we revisit last week’s episode when Crush aligned himself with Fuji and CRUSHED his friendship with Savage.

Match 1: Crush (w/ Master Fuji) versus Phil Apollo

Highlights:

  • Why do I get the feeling that Apollo will go down here?
  • Apollo dropkicked him, but Crush retaliated with a superkick.
  • When he delivered a jumping side kick, Crush gave Apollo a whip that sent him back to the original corner and clotheslined him.
  • He then hit a standing leg drop before military-press-dropping Apollo.
  • As Crush hooked the Kona Crush, Apollo submitted.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for the freshly heel-turned Crush.

After the match, Crush delivers another leg drop while the Poughkeepsie faithful chants “Mach-o.”

In a pre-taped promo, Johnny Polo besmirches both Jannetty and the Kid.

Match 2: Marty Jannetty versus the 1-2-3 Kid

Highlights:

  • Although this was a rare face versus face matchup, the purpose of the match was to showcase both of them as they team together at the PPV.
  • Jannetty countered a hip toss with one of his own, and a stalemate occurred after a double nip-up.
  • As Jannetty leap-frogged him, the Kid hooked a victory roll for 2.
  • He then hit a spinning heel kick for another 2.
  • When the Kid attempted a huracanrana, Jannetty countered with a powerbomb.
  • Suddenly, Polo came to ringside while Jannetty got 2.
  • Following a commercial break, Polo tripped Jannetty coming off the ropes while referee Joey Marella was distracted allegedly by the smell of fresh popcorn.
  • The Kid then unleashed a series of kicks and delivered a pair of leg drops.
  • Upon mounting the top turnbuckle, the Kid missed a somersault senton.
  • Due to the miscue, Jannetty got 2.
  • As the Kid reversed an Irish whip, Jannetty face-planted him for another 2.
  • Polo then tripped the Kid coming off the ropes while Marella allegedly got a whiff of cotton candy.
  • Since Jannetty was distracted by Polo, the Kid rolled him up for 2.
  • Jannetty then gave the Kid a HARD cross corner whip to injure the back.
  • When he suplexed the Kid twice, Jannetty made a third attempt.
  • However, the Kid escaped and hooked a German suplex with a bridge for 2.
  • The Kid then reversed a cross corner whip sending Jannetty into Marella.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Marella wasn’t in a food-induced coma.
  • Nevertheless, the Kid landed a kick that sent Jannetty to the floor.
  • He then attempted a somersault plancha, but Polo pulled Jannetty out of harm’s way while making him HIT THE POLE.
  • After Polo notified him about both wrestlers being outside the ring, Marella counted both Jannetty and the Kid out.
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: *

Summary:  While energetic, the lack of high-flying coupled with Polo’s involvement told a different story than should have been written.

After the match, Jannetty catches up to Polo and tosses him into the ring. Jannetty then doubles Polo over so that the Kid can hit a bulldog. When they double-superkick him, Polo falls out of the ring. They then join Polo and BREAK THE WISHBONE.

Vignette #2 for J-E-F-F J-A-R-R-E-T-T.

Match 3: Ludvig Borga versus Mike “Don’t call me NOVA yet” Bucci

Highlights:

  • Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I totally WHIFFED on Bucci the first time around, but NOT THIS TIME!
  • Borga, predicting that Bucci’s involvement in the Blue World Order was merely circumstantial, gave him a cross corner whip followed by a clothesline.
  • While Vince promoted a match between Borga and Tatanka on Superstars (aired 10/30, taped 9/28), Borga flapjacked Bucci.
  • He then suplexed Bucci and delivered an elbow drop.
  • When Borga hit a sidewalk slam, he followed with a lariat.
  • He then applied the Torture Rack, and Bucci submitted.
  • As a result, Borga won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Borga.

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

After the match, Heenan interviews Borga who promotes his match against Tatanka and vows to end his career.

Match 4: Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar) versus Steve Greenman & Todd Mata

Highlights:

  • Was that his real name or was he so GREEN that he’s destined to become cannon fodder for Mabel?
  • Regardless, Mo made him taste the top turnbuckle a few times, mounted the second turnbuckle, and clotheslined Greenman.
  • Mabel tagged in and hit a flying shoulder block to Greenman.
  • While the Poughkeepsie faithful imitated the New Orleans faithful by chanting “Whoop, there it is,” Mabel slammed Greenman.
  • Men on a Mission then double-dropkicked Greenman. Wow! Somehow I don’t think the Rock’n’Roll Express have anything to worry about when it comes to their finishing move.
  • As tags were exchanged on both sides, Men on a Mission delivered a double back elbow/elbow drop combo to Mata.
  • Mabel tagged in, and Men on a Mission hit a drop toe hold/elbow drop combo to Mata.
  • When Mabel provided him with a Mo-assisted avalanche, he clotheslined Mata.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Men on a Mission won.

Rating: *

Summary:  Showcase match for Men on a Mission.

SURVIVOR SERIES REPORT: Joe Fowler shills the upcoming PPV LIVE on 11/24. Here are the four matches signed thus far:

  1. The All-Americans (Luger, Tatanka, & the Steiners) versus the Foreign Fanatics (Borga, Yokozuna, & the Quebecers)
  2. The Hart family (Bret, Owen, Keith, and Bruce) versus Jerry “The King” Lawler & his Knights
  3. Doinks versus Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger, & the Headshrinkers
  4. Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect, Marty Jannetty, & the 1-2-3 Kid versus the “Model” Rick Martel, IRS, Adam Bomb, & Diesel

“Unbelievable” promo for the World Wrestling Federation airs.

Match 5: Diesel versus Dan Dubiel

Highlights:

  • Wait a minute! Kevin Nash wrestled on RAW? Oh, this was before his ego got the best of him.
  • Diesel supplied some knees to the midsection until Dubiel booted him in the midsection and mounted the second turnbuckle.
  • When Dubiel leaped, Diesel caught and SQUISHED him in the corner.
  • He then “delivered” a gutwrench suplex and followed with a pair of short-arm clotheslines. Trust me, no one will ever accuse Nash of being a ring technician.
  • As Heenan plugged Silk Stalkings, Diesel bored the Poughkeepsie faithful.
  • He then hit a backbreaker and a knee lift.
  • After he delivered a big boot, Diesel signaled for and hit a solid right.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Diesel won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Diesel who could really use a legitimate finishing maneuver.

Promo for the Borga-Tatanka match on Superstars airs.

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

Conclusion:  The only worthwhile portion of the show was the Jannetty-Kid match, so I wouldn’t rush to watch this episode if I were you.

TV Rating: 2.6

IN OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK: Ever travel a really long distance, grow tremendously weary, and take it out on your travel buddies? Add plenty of alcohol, and that’s what transpired in Blackburn, England on October 27. For the full story, I recommend grabbing a copy of Gary Michael Cappetta’s book. However, I will reveal that after a brief yet heated argument, Sid Vicious and Arn Anderson had a brutal fight involving Arn’s beard-trimming scissors. Needless to say, but both wrestlers were injured severely and required immediate medical attention. Their employment status with WCW will be determined at a future date. Stay tuned!

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