Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 11-08-1993

WWF Monday Night RAW 11-08-93

Live from Bushkill, PA

Airdate: November 8, 1993

Attendance: unknown

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

Can Scott Steiner successfully defend America’s honor against the Finnish and evil Borga? Also, Savage returns to RAW, but how will he deal with Crush? In addition, wide receivers, Popes, hookers, and fire engines! Let’s rock!

OK, all four of those items may or may not appear within this reflection.

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening match, Heenan makes a parachuting joke in reference to the parachutist during the Bowe-Holyfield PPV. Vince then shills a 900 number to vote for next week’s main event.

Match 1: Ludvig Borga versus Scott Steiner

Highlights:

  • Borga attacked Scott at the bell while the Bushkill faithful chanted “U-S-A.”
  • When Borga gave him a cross corner whip, he clotheslined Scott.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a flying clothesline.
  • As Scott rebounded with a double underhook powerbomb, he hit a pumphandle slam.
  • Vince then warned Savage about his broadcasting responsibilities, and any interference with ring action would subject him to disciplinary action.
  • After Scott delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex, he got 2.
  • Borga rebounded with a flying shoulder block for 2.
  • When he slammed Scott, Borga missed an elbow drop.
  • Scott then dropkicked Borga out of the ring while the Quebecers came to ringside.
  • Following a commercial break, Scott suplexed Borga from the apron into the ring.
  • He then hooked a Boston crab, and Rick came to ringside to support his brother.
  • As Borga grabbed the bottom rope to escape, he reversed a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Scott then rolled up Borga for 2.
  • After he secured an inside cradle, Scott got another 2.
  • He then dropkicked Borga again but couldn’t get 3.
  • When he slammed Borga, Scott mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a missile dropkick for yet another 2.
  • Borga then reversed an Irish whip and powerslammed Scott for 2.
  • As he nailed Scott sending him to the floor, Borga was BUSTED OPEN hardway from the nose.
  • Rick then got up on the apron to distract referee Earl Hebner.
  • To punish him for the interruption, Borga brought Rick into the ring via a head lock, but Rick countered with a belly-to-back suplex.
  • Suddenly, the Quebecers jumped into the ring and double-teamed Rick.
  • Hebner then called for the bell to throw the match out.
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: ***

Summary:  Much better match than I anticipated; however, it morphed into a PPV appetizer.

After the match, Scott re-enters the ring to rescue his brother from a 3-on-1 attack. The Steiners then double-clothesline Borga before officials intervene.

Vince again shills the 900 number to vote for Pierre Ouellet’s opponent next week. Will it be:

  1. Marty Jannetty
  2. The 1-2-3 Kid
  3. Doink the Clown
  4. Lex Luger

Vignette #4 for J-E-F-F J-A-R-R-E-T-T. A pissed-off Jarrett complains about the Grand Ole Opry being closed for renovations.

And you wonder how that catchphrase originated.

Match 2: Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar) versus Cory Student & Steve Smith

Highlights:

  • You mean before he donned the Carolina Panther uniform, Smith wrestled in the WWF?
  • Sorry, Chester.
  • Mabel backdropped Smith and tagged in Mo.
  • As Men on a Mission double-dropkicked him, Student tagged in but ate a clothesline from Mo.
  • Speaking of Mo, he hooked a sunset flip on Student for 2.
  • When Mabel tagged in, Student received a Mabel-assisted Mo avalanche in the babyface corner.
  • Mo tagged in, and Men on a Mission delivered a double back elbow to Student.
  • After Mabel tagged in, Student received a Mo-assisted Mabel avalanche. I mean, he got SQUISHED.
  • Mabel then hit a DDT, and Men on a Mission provided Student with a Mo-assisted Mabel splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Men on a Mission won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Men on a Mission.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO.

SURVIVOR SERIES REPORT: Joe Fowler Todd Pettengill runs down the card and begs us to watch Superstars this weekend to unveil Tatanka’s replacement. Bret then cuts a promo on Jerry “The King” Lawler.

We then revisit Superstars when the Headshrinkers got Doink’d.

Undertaker gives a PSA about drinking and driving. Perhaps too much Halloween punch at the funeral parlor?

Match 3: The “Model” Rick Martel versus John Paul

Highlights:

  • Wait a minute! First, a guy named Steve Smith wrestled, and now a guy named after the Pope?
  • Paul reversed an Irish whip, leap-frogged Martel, but fell victim to one of Martel’s patented cartwheels. I hate when that happens.
  • When Paul secured a head lock, Martel countered with a belly-to-back suplex.
  • He then delivered a gutwrench suplex, gave Paul a cross corner whip, but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • As Paul dropkicked him, he got reversed on a cross corner whip, leaped to the second turnbuckle, but missed a cross body block.
  • Martel then hooked a Boston crab, and Paul submitted.
  • As a result, Martel won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Martel.

After the match, Martel sprays “Arrogance” on Paul to freshen him up.

In lieu of a match between Crush and Dan Dubiel, Savage, after being manhandled, tosses Vince aside and attacks Crush at ringside. Immediately, officials try to separate them, but Savage wants REVENGE. They then battle in the aisle, and the officials cannot control the chaos.

Match 4: Bob Backlund versus Barry Horowitz

Highlights:

  • While nothing worthwhile transpired in the ring, Savage returned to the broadcast table and gave Heenan a tongue-lashing.
  • We then get a shot of “Crush’s dressing room” according to Vince. If you can read that sign, you don’t need glasses.
  • As Crush exploded from the room, Savage stormed backstage to continue the brawl.
  • No match.

Rating: NONE

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

According to Vince, Lex Luger won the vote with 62% and will face Pierre Ouellet next week.

Before RAW leaves the air, Savage and Crush brawl outside the arena. Allegedly, no parachutists were harmed during this altercation.

Conclusion:  In addition to the decent Borga-Scott Steiner match, the angle between Crush and Savage continued albeit violently. We also found out that Luger’s patriotism earned him the nod to face Ouellet on the next episode.

TV Rating: 3.0

IN OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK: On 11/12, Lawler was indicted on statutory rape charges. While the whole mess turned out to be a complete yet elongated misunderstanding, it kept Lawler off WWF TV for a LONG time.

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 11-15-93!

Comments? Suggestions? Send them to me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter (@rockstargary202). Also, please check out all of my reflections at rockstargary.com.