WWF Monday Night RAW – November 1st, 1993

November 1, 1993

From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan

 

The show starts off with a shirtless Bastion Booger covered in the food that he is eating. Bobby Heenan asks him about the food as Booger yells that it is “raw.” Booger will be facing Razor Ramon tonight. The Booger stuff is absolutely terrible to everyone not named Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

 

Also tonight we will see Well Dunn vs. Smoking Gunns, Virgil vs. Adam Bomb, and a special interview with the Foreign Fanatics Survivor Series team.

 

Razor Ramon vs. Bastion Booger

This is a non-title match. Razor messes with Booger as Vince hypes up the Booger vs. 1-2-3 Kid match this coming weekend on “Wrestling Challenge.” We go to break then return with Booger hitting a splash for a nearfall. Booger dances to taunt the crowd but that allows Razor time to get up and send him outside with a clothesline from behind. Booger returns as Heenan says today it is birthday. Booger gets tied up in the ropes as Razor pats his gut. Booger gets out and takes a breather on the outside before dragging Razor outside. Booger then avalanches Razor against the post before ramming his back into the ring apron. We head back inside where Booger applies a bearhug. Razor escapes but hurts his back again trying a slam as Booger fires away. Vince wishes Tatanka well as Booger uses a powerslam for a two count. Booger goes back to the bearhug but then eats boot on a charge in the corner. Razor staggers Booger with a clothesline then hits a slam and signals for the Razor’s Edge but Booger counters with a back drop. Booger wiggles and hits a sit-down splash but Razor reverses into a sunset flip and gets the win (7:21) *1/4.

Thoughts: This was not a good match. The work was sloppy until the final 90 seconds. And even though Booger is a goof I did not like the finish as a 400 lbs guy splashing you should not lead to an immediate reversal for the win. This also gave us the show long bit where Heenan kept talking up his birthday party. And for the record, this show aired on Heenan’s 49th birthday.

 

Survivor Series Report with Todd Pettengill. They’ve decided that Fowler was too shitty to even do this gig. Look, Pettengill is really corny but that’s what he is supposed to be and at least he comes off in tune with the product unlike Fowler.  After plugging Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield on PPV this coming Saturday Night we see the replay of Yokozuna and Ludvig Borga attacking Tatanka this past weekend on “Superstars.” Pettengill said we will learn more about Tatanka’s condition this weekend on “Superstars” before cutting to the ring where Vince is with the Foreign Fanatics. They are now keeping us in suspense as to whether or not Tatanka will be able to compete on the PPV.

 

Vince is with the Foreign Fanatics. Cornette says he is sure that “Tatonto” will not return to the ring and that makes it 4 vs. 3 and elimination is the name of the game. Borga then talks about what he did to Tatanka was a “pleasure”and will do the same to Scott Steiner next week. He also said Scott was too dumb to read or write. This ends with chants of “survive” as Heenan says they will all be at his party, where we will not be able to attend. The promo was alright I guess but honestly these guys are not strong enough to be a main event heel Survivor Series team. Borga is not over (they tried but he just did not have what it took) and neither are The Quebecers to be honest. Plus, Yokozuna has almost been presented as an afterthought since a few weeks after SummerSlam ended so he has lost a lot of heat. Its also the result of a roster short on star power and talent in general. The theme is that the Fanatics will take out Luger’s team one by one though as we will see how that develops heading into the PPV.

 

We get a video package to hype up next week’s Borga vs. Scott Steiner match next week on RAW.

 

Mr. Perfect vs. The Executioner

Vince talks about Perfect’s involvement in the Survivor Series as Perfect chops Executioner in the corner. Executioner comes back with a hip toss but misses a corner splash and ends up across the top turnbuckle where he gets punted. Perfect takes it to the mat as Heenan talks about his party. Vince tells us that Randy Savage will be calling in later on tonight as Perfect works the leg. Perfect asks for some competition after hitting a neck snap then uses the Perfect Plex for the win (4:51).

Thoughts: A long squash match but the big news was learning Savage would be calling in tonight. Perfect has nothing to offer as a babyface wrestler at this point. His stock has taken a big hit.

 

We now see Jeff Jarrett in front of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN. Jarrett once again talks about the politics and lack of talent in country music today then calls out Razor Ramon, Men on a Mission, and the 1-2-3 Kid. Jarrett then says after that everyone will want to buy his album. Shorter than the other two vignettes he’s had but also nowhere near as good.

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Well Dunn w/ Harvey Whippleman

Billy and Well start it off as Vince guarantees a lot of action in this match. We get some punches then Well hugs his partner before tagging out. Billy and Dunn repeat the same headlock takedown/headscissor reversal sequence three times before we get a stalemate. Billy takes control then the Gunns work over the arm of Dunn. Well breaks up a double-team move as Vince says the Quebecers will have to face one of these teams soon. The announcers talk about Rick Steiner vs. Pierre this weekend on “Superstars” as Well hotshots Bart from the apron. Dunn covers for a two count as Well Dunn now takes control of the match. The announcers talk about the Survivor Series main event as Well Dunn uses quick tags and double-team moves to maintain control. Heenan then stumps Vince by saying how its ironic to watch Well Dunn on RAW as Dunn applies a chin lock. Bart manages a reverse rollup but Dunn sends him back to the mat then chokes him out. Dunn ducks his head and gets taken down with a mat slam and Bart finally tags out. Billy runs wild until Whippleman trips him up and after that the ref rules the match a DQ (7:44) *1/2. The Gunns then clear the ring.

Thoughts: Well, Vince lied about there being a lot of action here. Well Dunn did some okay double-team moves and Billy showed fire on his hot tag but the work in this match was subpar for the most part. The end seems designed for these teams to feud, which does not bode well for the Smoking Gunns since Well Dunn is a bottom feeder team.

 

Savage now calls into the show with Heenan mocking his lacerated tongue. Savage promises he will be back at RAW next week. Heenan then wants him to say “suffering succotash” 30 times fast as Savage says nothing will keep him away.

 

Adam Bomb w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Virgil

Vince plugs “In the Line of Fire” as this Wednesday’s movie on the USA Network. We get a mild chant for Virgil then a messed up criss-cross sequence. They do a correct criss-cross now that ends with a terrible crossbody from Virgil that gets two. Bomb rolls out and gets advice from Whippleman but Virgil attacks from behind. Virgil then chases Harvey around for some reason then flies out of the ring with a pescado onto Bomb. Virgil now works a hammerlock until Bomb elbows out. Bomb now chokes out Virgil against the ropes as the announcers continue to hype Savage returning and that Crush will be wrestling next week too. Bomb beats on Virgil for a bit then Virgil mounts a comeback that includes an incredibly fucked up spot where Bomb did not duck a crossbody and almost gets kneed in the face but the announcers sell it as Virgil bouncing off of Bomb and after that Bomb uses the Atom Smasher for the win (5:31) 1/4*.

Thoughts: A horrific performance by Bomb in this match. The only thing he did in this match correctly it seemed was a standing dropkick. Virgil tried but this was brutal.

 

The announcers then hype up next week with Borga vs. Scott Steiner and Randy Savage returning, with Crush also in action too.

 

Final Thoughts: This show was not very good but it sets up for an interesting show for next week with Scott Steiner vs. Borga and a tease of another Crush/Savage confrontation.