September 13, 1993
From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan
This week, we will have a Tag Team Title match between The Quebecers and Steiner Brothers. However, Vince says the match will be under “Quebec Province Rules” meaning the titles can change hands via disqualification or by count out. Also, under these rules piledrivers, jumping off of the top rope, and throwing an opponent over the top rope are illegal and subject to disqualification.
“Quebec Province Rules” Match for the WWF Tag Team Titles: The Quebecers vs. Steiner Brothers (c)
Rick catches Jacques with a powerslam then nearly clotheslines him over the top roppe. Jacques bails and regroups with Pierre for a bit. Pierre runs in and also gets caught with a powerslam for a two count. Scott tags in and hits a Tiger Bomb for two then applies an arm bar. Scott hammers away but eats boot on a charge then Pierre hits a flying clothesline from the middle rope as that gets two. Pierre stays in control until Scott takes him over with a back drop. Jacques runs in and gets taken down as the Steiners are back in control. Rick his about to piledrive Jacques but Scott intervenes as to not get disqualified. We go to break and return with Rick running Jacques through the middle rope. Scott and Pierre are now in the ring with Scott working a side headlock on the mat. Pierre blocks a hip toss then flattens Scott with a clothesline before hammering away. Scott catches Pierre with an overhead suplex for two then uses a single leg crab until Jacques sneaks in to break it up. Scott drags Pierre into the corner and tags out with Rick now applying the hold. The ref sees Jacques attack from behind then Rick re-applies the hold and tags out. The Steiners use quick tags as we now see Johnny Polo at ringside sporting a hockey jersey with Montreal Canadiens colors that reads “We’re The Quebecers Jacques and Pierre, and I’m Johnny.” Jacques accidentally attacks Pierre attempting to break up a pin attempt as Polo, holding a hockey stick, huddles with The Quebecers before we go to break. The action returns as Pierre cheap shots Scott from the apron. The Steiners now use all sorts of cool double-team moves on Scott. The Quebecers continue to cut the ring in half as Pierre gets a nearfall with a Vader Bomb. Scott and Jacques collide but Scott still cannot make the tag. Scott tries to fight back but Pierre goes after Rick on the apron. Rick beats on Pierre but Scott gets dumped outside where Polo threatens to use the hockey stick. Jacques tries to turn over Scott for the Boston Crab but fails so Pierre comes off the middle rope with a leg drop. Rick runs in and tosses Pierre off of the middle rope. Scott now comes back with a double clothesline then makes the tag as Rick runs wild. Polo runs up on the apron and gets decked but Jacques has the hockey stick. The ref orders Rick back to the apron as Jacques tries to attack Scott but that fails then Scott whacks Jacques with the stick but the ref sees this and rings the bell for the DQ as The Quebecers are the new Tag Team Champions (17:43 shown) ***1/2.
Thoughts: The title change here was a shock, as was Johnny Polo suddenly becoming the manager of The Quebecers, but the match was really good and fit into the stipulations. Oddly enough, The Steiners hated working with The Quebecers and thought their matches sucked. And, Rick claimed in his RF Video shoot interview that Shawn Michaels came up with the “Quebec Rules” match stipulation. However, the bigger news is what was going on backstage with The Steiners. The team was unhappy about Vince not living up to his promises and the report from Dave Meltzer of the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” at the time was the title switch was done because of this and also the Steiners were reportedly pulled off of the booking sheets beginning on 9/24 for eight months (along with Doink) with initial reports was that it was due to Scott getting suspended. The company denied that it was a suspension, however.
Mr. Perfect vs. Tony DeVito
Perfect chases DeVito around the ring and backstage then drags him back and rolls him inside for some punishment. Perfect stays in control as the crowd chants “we want Shawn.” Perfect then calls out for the Perfect Plex and that draws some boos then Perfect uses the Perfect Plex for the win (2:47).
Thoughts: Perfect getting booed was something else but with the way he has been portrayed lately and the disappointing match at SummerSlam you can see how that would occur with the Manhattan Center crowd.
We see the clip of Ludvig Borga interrupting Lex Luger in the locker room after SummerSlam, calling him out in the process.
Razor Ramon vs. The Executioner
Duane Gill is under the mask as The Executioner. Surprisingly, Executioner hammers away to start. Razor fights back as the announcers talk about the Razor/IRS feud. Razor then spikes Executioner with an uranage as Vince says IRS will be here on RAW next week. Razor stretches out the Executioner before putting him away with a super belly-to-back suplex (2:36). After the match, Razor hits the Razor’s Edge as Vince says IRS could be on the receiving end of this move.
Thoughts: More hype for the Razor/IRS feud.
We get an ad with some dopey guy in bed with a gorgeous woman. He acts all tired and disinterested then when told its 9pm Monday night, perks up and turns on “Monday Night RAW” then the “WWF Unbelievable” logo appears.
Vince welcomes The Quebecers & Johnny Polo to the ring. He puts over the shock of The Quebecers as Polo says they have women and champagne in the back. Jacques said they made history by having two French Canadians become WWF Tag Team champs. Vince then asks about a rematch and how The Steiners deserve a rematch but the Quebecers & Polo huddle and say no as we see The Steiners come out as a few referees try to restrain them. Polo then says they will offer a singles match against Pierre and if a Steiner wins, they will get a rematch for the titles.
A clip of Jerry Lewis & Randy Savage on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day telethon airs.
Doink the Clown vs. Rich Myers
Doink tosses a couple of confetti buckets at the crowd as Heenan says its funnier with water. Myers attacks Doink from behind before the bell but Doink takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Doink stays in control as we now hear from Crush, calling in from Hawaii. Crush says he is will return to the WWF with more intensity and power than anyone else. Doink stays in control as we lose connection with Crush then Doink uses a flying sit-down splash for the win (2:10). Doink grabs a bucket as Heenan gets up and tells Doink to throw it on Vince and Savage. We see water in the bucket as Doink edges closer then turns towards Heenan. Doink hugs Heenan then turns back around to douse Heenan as Savage calls it “unebelievable.” Heenan slides around and eventually falls as Savage keeps grabbing the towel every time Vince tries to give it to Heenan in a nice bit of physical comedy.
Thoughts: Seeing that he was getting bashed by Lawler on commentary a face turn for Doink was expected. And dousing Heenan with water here was close to a complete turn.
Next week in action are Bam Bam Bigelow, Mr. Perfect, and IRS. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart. Vince then tells us he just heard Scott Steiner will face Pierre and if he wins, The Steiners will get a rematch. The show ends with a replay of Doink tossing a bucket of water at Heenan.
Final Thoughts: The title switch was a shock and we saw Doink throw a bucket of water on Heenan, who flopped around in another memorable moment for his career highlight reel as RAW returned from its near month long absence with a solid show. Next week we have Scott vs. Pierre with The Steiners getting another title shot if Scott picks up the win.