June 21, 1993
From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan
We get a video package about the Razor Ramon/1-2-3 Kid saga to hype up tonight’s rematch.
The Steiner Brothers vs. Barry Hardy & Reno Riggins
We see that the Steiners are champions again as Heenan says its a disgrace as Vince says they won them two nights ago in St. Louis. Scott starts off by overpowering Riggins. The announcers talk about the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” as Rick is now in the ring with Hardy. Rick rams Hardy into the corner as the announcers talk about the King of the Ring PPV. The Steiners stay in control then Scott uses the Frankensteiner on Riggins for the win (3:51).
Thoughts: The big news is that the Steiners are once again Tag Team Champions as the belts switched three times in a five day span. Also, behind the scenes, Ted DiBiase gave notice to the company to go work for All-Japan Pro Wrestling. According to the “Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter,” DiBiase was finishing up with WWF at SummerSlam then working 20 weeks for AJPW.
Best of Three Falls Match: Doink the Clown vs. Marty Jannetty
Doink comes to the ring on a unicycle. This match was set up after last week’s double count out. Doink stalls for a bit then attacks Marty as the announcers put over his wrestling ability. Marty takes Doink down with a monkey flip after an Irish whip sequence then Doink retreats to the corner. Doink gets in Marty’s face and eggs him on but Marty ducks a clothesline then fakes him out after a criss-cross and this leads to a mat slam as Marty now uses head games to mess with Doink. Marty works the arm as the announcers talk about the two Doinks then Vince says Mr. Hughes will be in action later on in the show. Marty uses a monkey flip in the corner for two but Doink comes back and rakes the eyes. Marty fights back but misses an attack in the corner then Doink climbs up top for a sit-down splash and the first fall (7:16). Doink hammers away then kicks him in the face. Doink whips Marty hard into the corner then mockingly says he is sorry before slapping him around. Marty rolls outside then Doink flies out with an attack. Doink knocks Marty back outside as Vince mentions that Bill Fralic will take part in the “Stars & Stripes” Challenge and all professional sports league will be represented. The crowd gets behind Marty as he is in a chinlock. Marty escapes then they fight over a suplex until he wins that battle and Marty heads up top but gets down after ordered by the referee. Marty then drills Doink with a super kick but Doink got his foot on the ropes. Marty then uses a mat slam and heads back up top for the flying fist drop and captures the second fall (11:54). Doink is begging for mercy then Marty hits a clothesline for two. Doink rolls out and drags Marty down and rams his leg against the post a few times. Doink now uses the figure four as the crowd is chanting for Marty. The hold is reversed but Doink crawls to the ropes as the announcers say Marty cannot use any high flying now since his leg has been injured. Doink targets the leg then heads up top but Marty is able to slam him off. Marty hits a jumping back elbow smash then lands mounted punches in the corner. However, we see the second Doink run down the aisle and crawl underneath the ring as Heenan claims to have not seen what happened. Marty then listens to the fans as they point underneath the ring then heads out and wanders around until Doink boots him down. Doink then whips Marty into the post but they head back inside where Marty dropkicks Doink out of the ring. Doink then crawls underneath the ring as Marty was talking to the ref then the Doink heads back in the ring but Marty kicks him in the gut then outside. Doink rolls underneath and the other Doink comes out then Marty uses a small package for two. However, Doink rakes the eyes then hits a piledriver for the win. We then see an irate Savage get up and exposes to the refs that there were two Doinks and the decision is reversed as Marty wins the third fall (20:38) ****
Thoughts: Both guys worked great here and the psychology was tight. They played up last week’s focus as to whether or not the second Doink would appear and it did but ultimately the Doinks got exposed and Marty got the win. And unlike Crush, Marty did not look like a moron against Doink. Another fun exclusive to RAW mini-feud. This was also featured on the “Best of RAW: Seasons 1 & 2” DVD.
Mr. Hughes w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Bobby Who
Hughes beats down Who then busts out a dropkick. Hughes pulls up Who after a gutwrench suplex as we hear a “boring” chant from the crowd while Vince plugs how all three of the “Porky’s” movies will be on USA this weekend. Hughes stays in control then uses the sidewalk slam for the win (3:01).
Thoughts: Hughes’ look is cool but like some in the crowd I found this match on the boring side as Hughes is not getting a chance to showcase his athleticism.
Heenan talks about “All-American Wrestling” taking places aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid. Vince also says the Steiners and Crush will also take part in the “Stars & Stripes Challenge.”
Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid
Razor carries the bag of money to the ring. The crowd chants “1-2-3” then we see the Kid duck a swing on the apron and come in with a top rope sunset flip for a nearfall. Kid then gets two with a spinning heel kick and lands a few more kicks until he is caught with a fallaway slam. Razor now beats on Kid and plants him with an uranage. Razor toys with Kid before using a powerslam. Razor now pulls up the floor mats to set up for a Razor’s Edge but Kid counters with a back drop then heads up top but crashes and burns after a plancha. Razor rolls Kid back inside but misses a charge in the corner then Kid uses a moonsault block for a nearfall, the same move he used to beat Razor. Kid then rolls out and grabs the back of money and runs backstage with Razor chasing after him. Kid leaves the arena and into a car waiting outside and leaves as Razor is pissed as the match is ruled a no contest (5:14) **1/2.
Thoughts: Another fun match with strong psychology as Kid kept trying to get a quick pin as he was fearful of Razor trying to end his career then the finish was great with Kid fleeing with the cash before Razor could cause harm. It also extends their feud.
After the break, Razor is with Vince and tells “stick man” he can run but not hide.
Next week is the “Night of Champions” with Shawn Michaels defending the Intercontinental Title against Kamala. I guess a title match counts as a night of champions.
Final Thoughts: The best of three falls match was awesome and the Razor/Kid stuff was fun plus we learned that the Tag Team Titles have once again switched hands as RAW continues as must-see TV.
Late tonight will be my recap of the 6/26 edition of WWF Mania, which has Owen Hart vs. Lex Luger as the featured match.