WWF Monday Night RAW – November 8th, 1993

November 8, 1993

From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA. And man is this place tiny.

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

 

We get a hype video for tonight’s Ludvig Borga vs. Scott Steiner match. Heenan is wearing some ridiculous parachute vest and talks about going to Las Vegas while Savage promises “all hell will break loose” if Crush shows up tonight. Heenan even worked in a John Wayne Bobbitt reference when Vince pulled the parachute and it went limp.

 

Vince then shills a 1-900 number to vote for who will face Pierre. Choices are: 1-2-3 Kid, Doink the Clown, Marty Jannetty, or Lex Luger. I can’t believe they had the balls to run this poll.

 

Ludvig Borga vs. Scott Steiner

Borga ambushes Scott before the bell as Heenan admonishes Scott for taking too much time to get ready. Borga then heads up top for a flying clothesline then taunts the crowd but takes too much time as Scott comes back with a powerbomb and a pumphandle slam. Scott celebrates as Borga rolls out for a breather as Savage is going mental on commentary about what he is going to do to Crush. Back to the match as Borga grounds Scott with a headlock while the crowd chants “USA.” Scott then catches Borga with an overhead suplex and covers for two but then ducks his head for a back drop and gets hit with body punches. Borga catches Scott with a clothesline for two but whiffs on an elbow drop. Scott sends Borga outside with a dropkick but we then see The Quebecers head out to ringside. Vince says this is “patently absurd” then we head to break and return with Scott suplexing Borga back into the ring. Scott then turns Borga over for a Boston Crab as Rick Steiner is now out at ringside. Borga finally reaches the ropes but then eats boot on a charge and gets rolled up for a two count. Scott uses a small package for two then hits a dropkick for another two count. Missile dropkick that hit Borga’s knees hit two then Borga catches Scott in a powerslam for a nearfall. Borga punches Scott through the ropes then off of the apron as we now see Rick on the apron. Jacques messes with Rick then Borga brings Rick inside. Rick hits Borga with a back suplex then everyone brawls as the ref rings the bell as it would eventually be ruled a double DQ (10:27 shown) **3/4. The Steiners then clean house as Vince hypes up the voting line.

Thoughts: This was actually a good match and easily the best from Borga in his WWF run. Also thought his flying clothesline looked great and he could have used that as a finisher. Despite the teams not being over enough for the main event they are doing everything they can to drum up interest and the booking itself is fairly decent. Savage was quiet throughout the match and would remain so on commentary until the end of the show.

 

We now see Jeff Jarrett being driven to the Grand Ole Opry. The chauffeur is played by longtime Memphis wrestler Tony Falk. Jarrett says he takes care of his property unlike the corrupt country music business as we see graffiti on the doors of the run down building. Jarrett says this is as dead as Conway Twitty and The Undertaker. Jarrett then says he will use The Undertaker and rest of the WWF and when he’s done, the WWF will be called the “Double J F” and the Grand Ole Opry will also be renamed.

 

Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Corey Student & Steve Smith

Oscar chants “whomp, there it is” on his way to the ring as Vince is in his glory. Oscar also sounds like he is sick. Smith taps Mabel from behind and mocks his hand waving then gets overpowered. MoM busts out a double dropkick as Vince asks Savage about remaining quiet while Vince brings up how Savage’s contract as a broadcaster does not allow him to get physical with talent. Student is now in the ring and Mo beats him down. MoM continue to work over Student then put him away after Mo bulldogs Mabel on top for the win (3:23).

Thoughts: With Vince bringing up how Savage cannot get physical as a broadcaster and how Savage is not known for being stable its not tough to see where they are going.

 

Survivor Series Report with Todd Pettengill. They keep hyping up the All-Americans new partner being revealed this coming weekend on “Superstars.”

 

Vince once again hypes up the voting hotline.

 

We see The Undertaker digging a grave saying if you drink and drive then sooner or later you’re gonna meet The Undertaker.

 

“The Model” Rick Martel vs. John Paul

Martel works the arm as the announcers speculate as to who will be the new member of the All-Americans. Martel and Paul then work a reversal sequence than ends in a stalemate as Heenan suggests the recently released quarterback Bernie Kosar as  the 4th member. Martel then counters a bulldog with a back suplex but misses a charge and rams his shoulder into the post. Paul hits a dropkick but whiffs on a crossbody then Martel uses the Boston Crab for the win (2:54). Martel then threatens to spray Paul with Arrogance.

Thoughts: The announcers hype the syndicated shows so we can see who the All-Americans pick as Tatanka’s replacement.

 

Once again, Vince tells us to vote. He also mentions that Luger is leading the pack to the shock of no one.

 

Vince now tells us that Crush is here and scheduled next as Savage says he’s living on the edge.

 

Crush now comes out for his match. Vince is standing next to the ring telling Savage not to touch Crush then tries to prevent him from doing anything but gets tossed down. Savage then attacks Crush in the aisle and they brawl at ringside. Vince goes back on commentary with Heenan asking if he’s okay as Vince said he was “just trying to help” and calls Savage a lunatic. All sorts of referees and officials are out but these two keep brawling and head up the aisle. Despite this being predictable it still came off great.

 

Bob Backlund vs. Barry Horowitz

Vince calls out Heenan for stirring up the Savage/Crush situation as Vince hopes Savage can rejoin them but then hears a report that Crush has been locked inside of his locker room to keep the two apart. Backlund and Horowitz trade holds then the crowd cheers as Savage comes back. Savage then says “let’s do it, brother” and yells at Heenan for making fun of his lacerated tongue. Backlund out wrestles Horowitz as Savage is all hyped up. Backlund frustrates Horowitz then we see the camera cut to a door that Crush busts open and now Savage runs backstage and attacks from behind then we go to commercial.

Thoughts: The match was just a back drop for the Savage/Crush feud. Savage was great on commentary here and running back for more brawling. Backlund had actually replaced Mr. Perfect on the road as Diesel’s opponent and according to reports sent into the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” and “Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter” where having horrendous matches.

 

We return from break with Vince saying Savage has been locked out of the building and that the results of the poll will soon be calculated.

 

We find out that Luger won the poll with 62% of the vote as he will face Pierre. What a sad number that was with the top pushed face against three midcard talents. We now cut to the outside with Savage and Crush brawling as officials once again try to stop them.

 

Final Thoughts: The Savage/Crush was as chaotic as any WWF TV brawl in recent memory while Borga/Scott Steiner was a good match making this a solid episode of RAW. The Pierre match poll was really, really dumb though and goes to show how Luger was not over in this role. And the way he handled this character on screen was the main reason. He never felt genuine.