June 14, 1993
From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan
We start off with footage from last night with Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji celebrating after defeating Hulk Hogan for the World Heavyweight Title. After that we are shown an interview from after the show as Fuji talks about celebrating Yokozuna’s title win on July 4th and at a “historical landmark” in America as the camera zooms in on Yokozuna’s menacing face. Okerlund kept going on about Fuji trying to desecrate an American holiday.
Mr. Perfect vs. LA Gore
The announcers put over Perfect’s match last night against Bret Hart. Gore stalls for a bit then Perfect runs him over. Gore bails after getting dropkicked as the announcers talk about Yokozuna becoming champion. Gore cheap shots Perfect in the corner as Heenan talks about no one ever being able to slam Yokozuna. Perfect fights back and uses his neck snap as Heenan rants about this being a new era with Yokozuna as champion. Perfect chops away as Vince asks Savage about Bret getting a title shot against Yokozuna then Perfect uses the Perfect Plex for the win (2:47).
Thoughts: While they briefly mentioned last night’s Bret/Perfect match, most of the focus was on Yokozuna as champion. And notice how Hogan was never mentioned here as getting a rematch and how Heenan talked about a new era with Yokozuna as champion.
The announcers talk about Marty Jannetty vs. Doink the Clown later on in the show. Plus, we will see what happened to the Undertaker on “Superstars.”
Vince welcomes Razor Ramon to the ring. Razor has a bag of money with him. Vince asks Razor about being frustrated with the 1-2-3 Kid. Razor then tells “Stick Man” he has figured out the problem before offering Kid $10,000 for a rematch and with this money he can buy a life. And tells Vince that money can give him the personality transplant he always wanted. Razor then tells Kid to take the money and prove what happened last time was just a fluke. Vince now wants to know what will happen if the Kid wins again but Razor says everyone will know that he is the main man in the WWF and no one can stop him. Its clear Razor is just going to offer more money until Kid accepts and this feud is really fun as we saw the 1-2-3 chants work with the crowd.
Vince does the voice over of an ad selling the King of the Ring PPV replay on June 22nd.
Doink the Clown vs. Marty Jannetty
Doink comes out drinking a can of Pepsi. He crawls underneath the ring and squirts Vince. We also saw that Doink was now wearing a jacket, something he did not have on during his entrance. Doink does not let Marty enter the ring and takes him out with a kick from the ring. Doink brings Marty back into the ring and fires away. Marty floats over in the corner and soon after that uses a bulldog for two. Marty works the arm until Doink gets out and runs him over. Doink runs Marty face into the post but Marty blocks a second attempt then covers after Doink whiffed on a kick and gets two. Marty works the arm as we go to break then we return as Marty hits a dropkick. Marty goes back to the armbar until Doink tosses him outside. They slug it out on the outside then Marty rolls Doink back inside and hits a flying body press for two. Doink catches Marty with a powerslam then follows with a back suplex. Doink slaps around Marty before grounding him with a half nelson. Doink heads up top and hits a seated senton then starts laughing. Doink now hits a neckbreaker that gets two then goes back up top but Marty slams him off. Marty punches Doink in the gut a few times before hitting a jumping back elbow smash. Marty hits a suplex for two then fires away as the announcers talk about the possibility of seeing a second Doink underneath the ring. The announcers now shit on Marty for not hooking the leg on his pin attempt then both men spill outside and brawl until they are counted out (8:47 shown) ***1/4. After the match, Marty uses a hurricarana then fires away then the bell rings again and Finkel says its been a double count out. Doink keeps trying to get back inside of the ring but is stopped by the refs and escorted backstage.
Thoughts: Good action to set up a rematch between the two. I also liked the story of the second Doink being teased to come out throughout the match but it never happened. Marty really has looked good since returning and Borne could really go in the ring.
We get a plug for WWF Mania with the featured match of El Matador & Bob Backlund vs. The Headshrinkers. That show will be recapped either tonight or this weekend.
Vince then says we might hear from the 1-2-3 Kid via telephone.
“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Dan Dubiel
Owen is back in his High Energy gear. He puts Dubiel in a hammerlock as Vince says he is attempting to reach the 1-2-3 Kid, who is in Osaka, Japan. Owen still works the arm as Kid is now on the phone. Kid talks about how promoters from all over the world have called him since he beat Razor. Vince then asks Kid about Japan’s reaction to Yokozuna being champion as Kid is surprised he is champion. Kid is even more shocked over Razor’s cash offer of $10,000 then says he will accept because that is too much money to pass up. Back to the match as Dubiel attacks Owen in the corner but runs into a spinning heel kick. Owen follows with a missile dropkick then uses a Northern lights suplex for the win (3:49).
Thoughts: The match was a backdrop for the Razor/Kid angle with Kid accepting the $10,000 offer for the rematch. Owen has been treated like a complete afterthought since returning from injury.
Vince then plugs All-American Wrestling this Sunday as Owen will face the debuting Bastion Booger. Savage says his money is on Owen while Heenan says “when it comes to boogers, I gotta pick him (Bastion).”
The announcers talk about Mr. Hughes attacking the Undertaker and stealing his urn. We see the match and attack. Back to the announcers as Savage believes even without the urn and Paul Bearer that Undertaker can get revenge.
Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Mark Thomas
Lawler trashes the crowd before the match and says they have to kiss his feet and next one who chants “Burger King” will get a fist down their throat. Heenan then leaves in protest over the crowd chants. The crowd amps up the chants Lawler punches Thomas in the corner as the announcers say how Bret deserves to be the one facing Yokozuna for the title. Lawler hammers away then hits a DDT as Heenan has returned. Heenan tells us that Fuji has planned a celebration on July 4th and will issue a challenge for any American professional athlete to try and slam Yokozuna. Heenan says Fuji wants to do this to embarrass America. Thomas uses a back drop but ducks his head again and gets elbowed then Lawler uses a piledriver and follows with a fist drop for the win (3:51).
Thoughts: Great job at working the crowd by Lawler here as he gets a win on TV to hype up his new feud against Bret Hart. Plus, Heenan’s breaking news of this American athlete July 4th Bodyslam Challenge of Yokozuna, which we will hear a lot more about in the coming weeks.
Next week RAW will be in Poughkeepsie, NY as an ad flashes about getting tickets.
And next week on the show will be Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty vs. Doink the Clown in a Best of Three Falls Match.
Final Thoughts: Marty vs. Doink was good and it will lead to a rematch next week plus we had a lot of the King of the Ring fallout and learned that the 1-2-3 Kid accepted Razor’s offer of a rematch that will also happen next week. And not to mention the Bodyslam Challenge. Solid show to set up for what looks like an even better one next week. RAW has really given us quality programming over the past several weeks.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Monday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Enzo Amore
Monday: WWF Superstars 6/19/93, WWF Challenge 6/20/93
Tuesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 6/21/93, WWF Mania 6/26/93
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 6/26/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/27/93
Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 6/28/93
Friday: WWF Superstars 7/3/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/4/93