WWF Monday Night RAW – August 16th, 1993

August 16, 1993

From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

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

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase vs. 1-2-3 Kid

We see the clip of Kid pinning DiBiase two weeks ago on “Wrestling Challenge.” Vince also says that both Razor Ramon and IRS are barred from ringside. Kid gets attacked as he is entering the ring. DiBiase beats down Kid in the corner then chokes him out on the ropes. Kid rolls outside after a knee smash to the gut as we now hear from Razor via telephone. DiBiase stomps Kid as Razor puts over Kid’s moves and that he has even spoken to Kid, who has some surprises for DiBiase. Razor also said he told Kid to leave some of DiBiase for him at SummerSlam. DiBiase is back to beating on Kid in the corner then follows out after him but Kid went back in quickly and nearly overshot a crossbody that got a two count. Kid lands a pair of dropkicks but runs into an elbow smash as DiBiase is back in control. The crowd now chants “Razor” as DiBiase fires away. DiBiase misses a corner charge then Kid goes up top with a flying body press that gets two. Kid goes back up top but this time IRS runs out and pushes him off of the top rope for the DQ (4:46) **. Money Inc. then beat on Kid until the Steiners make the save.

Thoughts: This was about Money Inc. roughing up Kid before SummerSlam. The Razor stuff was interesting as he put over Kid’s offense and mentioned he spoke with him as it seems like they are going towards Razor & Kid vs. Money Inc. but that was not the case.

 

Back to the announcers as they tell us Bastion Booger vs. Marty Jannetty will be tonight then Savage tells us about his surprise later on in the show.

 

We get another ad for the “SummerSlam Spectacular” show this coming Sunday night on USA.

 

The Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Mike Khoury & Dave Muraldo

The Headshrinkers ambush their opponents as the announcers talk about whether or not Elvis Presley is still alive. They now beat on Khoury then Samu rolls him over to his partner for the tag and tosses Muraldo into the ring. Both Khoury & Muraldo are out on the mat then the Headshrinkers use a double facebuster on Muraldo and continue to destroy him to Heenan’s delight. Afa yells about wanting a shot at the title then Fatu puts Muraldo away with a top rope splash (3:08).

Thoughts: The Headshrinkers destroy another set of opponents as they now want a shot at the titles.

 

SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

We see Bastion Booger eating a WWF Ice Cream Bar backstage right before his match against Marty Jannetty.

 

Bastion Booger vs. Marty Jannetty

Marty has a few of the Luger wristbands on each arm. Booger challenges for a test-of-strength and Marty finally accepts and ends up on his knees. Marty escapes and sends Booger into the corner. They lock up then Marty uses his speed to his advantage. Marty hits a few arm drags then a pair of dropkicks as Booger eventually gets over the top rope but got caught in the ropes. Marty flies out with a flying punch then takes Booger out with a pescado. Marty works the arm as we go to break then return with Booger sending Marty through the ropes. Marty drags Booger outside then rams his head off of the apron. Marty tries to ram Booger into the post but ends up getting shoved into it himself and does so with a tremendous twisting bump. Booger drags Marty back inside and skies him with a back drop. The crowd chants for Marty as he tries a sunset flip but Booger blocks that with a sit-down splash. However, Marty ends up taking Booger over right before the three count and gets the win (5:01) **.

Thoughts: Match wasn’t bad but the goal here was to make Booger a disgusting goof.

 

Vince welcomes Money Inc. to the ring. IRS tells us “tax cheating morons” that Kid got a taste of what to expect at SummerSlam. DiBiase hopes that both Razor and The Steiners were watching what happened to the Kid tonight but Vince reminds him of the dangers of the steel cage match. Money Inc. then promises to take the titles and say the Steiners will enter SummerSlam like they came into the WWF, as losers, with DiBiase saying the Steiners have a combined IQ of 10. Vince then talks again about the grueling cage match stipulations as DiBiase laughs at Vince thinking they do not know how to use a weapon. Money Inc. were brought back out to hype up the cage match at the SummerSlam Spectacular.

 

Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Barry Horowitz

Savage reminds us about our surprise as Heenan makes fun of MoM’s neighborhood. Mo works over Horowitz to start then Mabel tags in and hits a leg drop to the back of the neck. Vince plugs the USA premiere of “Outrageous Fortune” as MoM stays in control. Mabel then hits Sharpe with a falling slam then Mo gets up top and pushes Mabel on top of Sharpe for the win (2:10). After the match, Oscar raps as Heenan calls it “Country Western rap.”

Thoughts: MoM was not that over here and the commentary focused on other things besides the team.

 

Another “Who is Lex Luger” segment, this time on drugs in sports. He talks about temptations of this and having money at a young age makes you vulnerable. Luger said he experimented as a young athlete but never had a problem. Vince then asks point blank if he is currently taking steroids as Luger says no then Luger talks about steroids being prevalent in sports but not in the WWF. Luger said he used them when they were not considered illegal. Luger then says training hard and eating right can build “good, quality muscle.” Luger then says he is proud to say to kids that they can have a great physique without steroids. I thought this was pretty good to be honest and that it humanized Luger more than most of these segments.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. Rich Myers

Bigelow hits a back suplex before running over Myers. Bigelow then hits an avalanche in the corner before yelling at the crowd as Heenan puts over Luna’s beauty. Bigelow beats on Myers while taunting the crowd then Vince asks Savage about his surprise as Savage says its going to be electric when we find out. Bigelow then drops Myers with a delayed vertical suplex and shortly afterwards hits a flying headbutt for the win (3:13).

Thoughts: A longer than normal squash match for Bigelow as they built up suspense for Savage’s surprise.

 

We return from commercial and see the Macho Midget lead the RAW girls to the ring. That was Savage’s surprise. It could have been worse.

 

Vince runs down the “SummerSlam Spectacular” that will also feature Shawn Michaels defending the Intercontinental Title against Bob Backlund and an interview with The Undertaker to go along with the previously mentioned steel cage match and Yokozuna vs. Jim Duggan.

 

Final Thoughts: This show hyped up the SummerSlam Spectacular about as much as it did the PPV. The action wasn’t much this week and the big segment was the Luger interview. This would also be the last RAW until 9/13 as next week featured a condensed airing of the SummerSlam Spectacular then the next two weeks were off due to SummerSlam (It was airing on a Monday night still) and Labor Day.