WWF Monday Night RAW – May 31st, 1993

May 31, 1993

From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan

 

We see Hacksaw Jim Duggan starting up a USA chant outside of the building with the fans waiting to enter the building.

 

The announcers run down the show, including Marty Jannetty defending the Intercontinental Title with Sensational Sherri in his corner against Bam Bam Bigelow, who has Luna Vachon in his corner.

 

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Marty Jannetty (c) w/ Sensational Sherri vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon

Bill Dunn is replacing an apparently sick Howard Finkel this week. Dunn was lousy at his job. Sherri attacks Luna before the bell but that ends up allowing Bigelow to attack Marty. Bigelow hammers away as Marty bounces off of him a few times. Bigelow clotheslines Marty but soon after that Marty fights back. Marty uses a flying punch for two then hammers away. Bigelow backs Marty into the corner then hammers away then soon after that catches him in a bearhug. Bigelow rams Marty into the corner a few times but Marty blocks a punch then messes up what appeared to be a victory roll attempt. Marty uses a flying headscissors but Bigelow turns the second attempt into an electric chair drop then we head to break. The match returns with Bigelow working a chinlock. The announcers talk about the unpredictability on RAW over the past few weeks as Bigelow hammers away then hits a dropkick. Heenan says that Bigelow has turned himself into championship material as Bigelow crushes Marty with an avalanche that gets two. The crowd chants for Marty as he is able to catch Bigelow with a boot in the corner then hits a flying clothesline for two. After some back-and-forth Marty gets two with a mat slam then follows with a super kick. Marty gets two with a dropkick then uses a front facelock. Bigelow fights back and hits a double underhook backbreaker but Sherri grabs his leg. Bigelow tries to grab her hair but Marty takes him outside with a knee smash then knocks Bigelow into the guardrail with a baseball slide and flies out with a plancha. Bigelow yanks Marty down from the apron and sends him into the post. Bigelow rolls Marty inside but yells at Sherri instead of going into the ring and ends up getting counted out (9:04) ***. After the match, Bigelow attacks Marty from behind before leaving as Sherri checks on Marty.

Thoughts: The finish made Bigelow look like a moron both in theory and execution but up until that the action was good as Marty has not shown any signs of rust since returning.

 

We see New Jersey Nets Center Dwayne Schintzius in attendance.

 

Sherri is back in the ring and demands Luna return and Luna comes back but is held back by a referee. However, Sherri slips out and attacks Luna from behind then slams her on the floor before going back inside. We now see Bigelow come back and grab Sherri so Luna can attack then Tatanka runs out for the save.

 

Back from break as Sherri is helped backstage.

 

Steiner Brothers vs. Rich Myers & The Executioner

The Executioner lands a few shots but ends up getting caught in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Rick works the arm before hitting a clothesline as Vince talks about members of the King of the Ring eight-man tag match appearing on RAW next week. Myers is now in the match and gets driven into the corner. Scott tags in and hits an overhead suplex and tosses him around for a bit before tagging out. Rick works the arm of Myers as Vince says one of the Steiners will team with a member of the Smoking Gunns to go against a member of both Money Inc. and The Headshrinkers. Scott is back in to hit a pumphandle slam then busts out the Steiner Screwdriver for the first time in the WWF before the Doomsday Bulldog gets the win (4:14).

Thoughts: Seeing the Steiner Screwdriver was awesome as the announcers put over the eight-man tag at the PPV. The Steiners once again impressed in tossing around their opponents.

 

We now see New York Giants running back Lee Rouson in attendance.

 

An ad for WWF Mania airs. This week’s featured match is El Matador vs. Fatu.

 

The announcers plug the King of the Ring Hotline.

 

Mr. Hughes vs. Bert Centeno

Hughes tosses Centeno around as the announcers talk about his KotR Tournament match against Mr. Perfect. Heenan also tells us that Whippleman is home sick with the flu to explain his absence. Hughes toys with Centeno as the announcers talk about the winner of the tournament having to wrestle three times then Hughes finally ends this with a sidewalk slam (3:02). After the match, Hughes tosess Centeno outside.

Thoughts: Some basic hype for Hughes as one of the King of the Ring Tournament entrants but man was this match boring.
King of the Ring Report airs.

 

We get a plug for “All-American Wrestling” this Sunday with the featured match of Crush vs. Razor Ramon.

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Mark Thomas

Duggan catches Thomas with a slam then hammers away. Vince says that Finkel will return next week as he had an operation causing him to miss this week as Heenan jokes about that for a bit. Duggan stays in control then hits the Three Point Stance for the win (2:21). After the match, Duggan leads the crowd into reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

Thoughts: This is token stuff they’d do with Duggan for Memorial Day. The crowd was into it as well.

 

We now hear from 1-2-3 Kid, which is apparently the official name of “The Kid” who beat Razor Ramon two weeks ago. He talks about watching TV with his grandparents and seeing Razor Ramon offering him $5,000 but still cannot accept knowing that Razor is only trying to destroy him.

 

Razor Ramon vs. Tony Roy

Savage is standing up and joining the crowd with the “1-2-3” chants. Roy sneaks up behind Razor and rolls him up for two but then ends up getting clotheslined. Razor beats the crap out of Roy in the corner before hitting a fallaway slam. Razor now works a chinlock as the announcers talk about the Razor vs. Bret Hart 1st round match while acknowledging their title match at this year’s Royal Rumble. Razor yells at the crowd again as Roy uses another rollup for two but Razor goes right back on offense. Razor stretches out Roy as the crowd chants “we want the kid” then soon after that Razor uses the Razor’s Edge for the win (3:28).

Thoughts: They are really trying to get the “1-2-3” chants over to taunt Razor and Razor has sold the taunting and loss really well.

 

After commercial, Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji come out unannounced. Vince is irate that the Japanese flag is waving on Memorial Day then Fuji asks Vince about the holiday. Vince says its a day to honor those who paid a price in serving our country. Yokozuna then tells us at King of the Ring, Hulkamania will die as Vince plugs Yokozuna & Fuji being on the “King’s Court” next week. Fuji also says Yokozuna will beat Hogan because he’s bigger and stronger. Duggan is now shown in the crowd waving his flag as the crowd chant’s USA. The evil Japanese stuff with Fuji & Yokozuna does feel dated but again, the crowd gets into the USA chants.

 

Final Thoughts: The Intercontinental Title match was good and the rest of the show breezed by as RAW continued its streak of good shows.