October 25, 1993
From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan
Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Phil Apollo
Crush is now wearing black and purple gear with face paint as Heenan makes fun of Savage for not being able to talk. Crush cheap shots Apollo in the corner but Apollo fights back. Crush then brings Apollo to his knees with a test-of-strength before kicking him down in the corner. Crush hits a poor excuse of a spin kick and follows with a clothesline as Heenan makes more tongue jokes at Savage’s expense. Crush roughs up Apollo then drops him with a press slam before using the head vice for the win (2:49). Heenan does an impression of Savage trying to speak as Vince plugs Sruvivor Series partners, Marty Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid, facing off next.
Thoughts: Crush wrestled the same he did while a babyface as the only thing that has changed is the look. I was listening to some of the “Something to Wrestle With” podcast and according to Bruce Prichard, Vince wanted Crush to get a big push and Savage, who was legitimately good friends with Crush, wanted to get his friend over and up for the task.
Johnny Polo makes fun of Jannetty & Kid for being wimps and says he can beat these losers.
1-2-3 Kid vs. Marty Jannetty
Heenan makes fun of Ross as Vince brings up Ross having Kid & Jannetty as guests on Radio WWF. We get a lockup to start then they trade holds on the mat as we get a scientific match to start, as expected. Things pick up with a reversal sequence that ends in a stalemate that wakes up the crowd a little bit. Kid grabs a side headlock then nearly puts Marty away with a victory roll. Kid then hits a spinning heel kick for two and follows with several more kicks but gets caught in a powerbomb trying a hurricarana. Polo is now at ringside as we go to break then we return to see Polo trip up Marty as Kid covers for two. The announcers want to know why Polo is even out here and hint that he might want to manage Kid due to tripping Marty. Kid heads up top but whiffs on a somersault senton as Marty covers for two. Polo now trips up Kid as Marty yells at him before covering for two. Marty continues to motion over at Polo but gets rolled up by Kid for a two count. Marty is pissed and takes it out on Kid then works a hammerlock. Marty hits a suplex then glances over at Polo before hitting another suplex but tries it again as Kid floats over and uses a bridging German suplex for a nearfall. Marty elbows Kid in the corner but Kid reverses an Irish whip and inadvertently sends Marty into the referee. Kid dropkicks Marty outside then flies out with a somersault plancha but misses as Polo shoved Marty out of the way and into the ring post. Both men then get counted out as Polo laughs while walking up the aisle but he gets dragged back into the ring where Marty & kid work together to beat him down (10:41 shown) **1/2. Polo is then sent through the ropes with a double super kick as the fans cheer.
Thoughts: The stuff with Polo was weird as why would he mess with these two guys since they are not feuding with his team or even on opposite teams at the Survivor Series. Comes off like a contrived way to build towards Kid & Jannetty vs. The Quebecers. The match itself was decent but the Polo dynamic was just odd and I liked the match on All-American wrestling during the Summer better.
The Jeff Jarrett vignette from “Superstars” airs.
Ludvig Borga vs. Mike Bucci
Borga attacks Bucci before the bell. The announcers put over Borga vs. Tatanka this weekend on “Superstars” with both undefeated streaks on the line as Borga stays in control. Borga is talked up a lot on commentary as Heenan says Mitch Williams should be MVP of the World Series for helping Toronto win the game. Borga then yells at the crowd before punching Bucci then uses a torture rack for the win (3:45).
Thoughts: A segment to hype the Borga/Tatanka match this weekend on “Superstars.”
After the break, Heenan conducts an interview at ringside with Borga. Heenan congratulates Borga for still being undefeated but Borga says he will always be undefeated and that Tatanka’s streak will end this weekend. And, Borga says he will also end Tatanka’s career then after that end the American Dream. What a bad man.
Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Todd Mata & Steve Greenman
Mo and Greenman start off the match as the announcers hype up MoM’s title match against The Quebecers this weekend on “Wrestling Challenge.” Mabel tags in now and works the arm of Greenman as the announcers debate his weight. We get another “womp, there it is” chant from the crowd as MoM stays in control. Mata tags into the match as Mabel puts him in a surfboard. MoM continue to work over Mata as the announcers put them over then Mabel uses a front bulldog for the win (5:33).
Thoughts: Much like the previous match this was also used to hype up a match on TV this weekend. I really don’t know why a squash with MoM had to last over five minutes long though.
Diesel vs. Dan Dubiel
Vince brings up how the fan vote was not in favor of Shawn Michaels being reinstated despite Diesel’s plea. Diesel beats on Dubiel as Heenan talks about the tension building for the Survivor Series. Diesel continues to beat down as Vince & Heenan plug the new episode of “Silk Stalkings” as Heenan says Diesel is sending a message to Razor Ramon. Heenan says what Diesel does in the ring is not pretty but he gets the job done as Vince puts him over for having the best right hand in the company. Diesel now drops Dubiel with a big boot then picks him up and uses an overhand right for the win (4:02).
Thoughts: They’re giving Diesel a bit of a push now and not a surprise given his size and look.
An ad hyping the Borga vs. Tatanka match for “Superstars” airs.
Next week on RAW will be Mr. Perfect, Well Dunn vs. Smoking Gunns, Razor Ramon vs. Bastion Booger in a non-title match, and an interview with the Foreign Fanatics Survivor Series team. Vince then adds Savage will return as Heenan cracks himself up with another impression of Savage trying to speak.
Final Thoughts: This time, RAW was used to push the syndicated shows as it was sweeps month after all. The new angle was involving Polo and Kid & Jannetty and we saw Crush’s new look but it was not a particularly strong show.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Saturday: WWF Superstars 10/30/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/31/93
Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 11/1/93
Monday: WWF Superstars 11/6/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/7/93
Tuesday: WWF All-American Wrestling 11/7/93, WWF Monday Night RAW 11/8/93
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 11/13/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/14/93
Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries 1983 WWE Timeline with Don Muraco
Thursday: WWF All-American Wrestling 11/14/93, WWF Monday Night RAW 11/15/93
Friday: WWF Superstars 11/20/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/21/93