WWF Monday Night Raw - January 11 1993
-The show opens with Sean Mooney standing outside the
Manhattan Center. Bobby Heenan storms by, insisting on
being a part of the show, despite Mooney's claim that
he has been replaced. Heenan throws an entertaining
tantrum, and we cut to the intro package.
-Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett are our
hosts for the evening. Vince gives his now legendary
"Welcome to Monday Night Raw" introduction. Savage is
doing a good job pretending that he isn't pissed about
working on commentary.
Koko B. Ware vs. Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji)
I smell a squash. It feels strange knowing that this
was the first ever match in the history of Raw. There
is a bit of stalling in the early going, with Ware
playing to the rowdy NYC crowd. They finally lock up,
with Yokozuna tossing Ware to the mat. Ware responds
by playing to the crowd by clapping. I don't see how
that will help him win, but I digress. Yokozuna shoves
Ware down again. Ware attempts a shoulder tackle, but
bounces off the formidable Samoan sumo star. Since the
first tackle attempt worked so well, Ware tries again,
to similar results. Ware hits a series of drop-kicks,
but gets grounded. Yokozuna hits a fat leg drop.
Yokozuna chokes Ware and tosses him into the
turnbuckles. Running splash to the corner by Yokozuna,
who then climbs the turnbuckles and hits the banzai
drop for the win at 3:45. This was some boring
squashing, not the best way to kick this program off,
-An ad for the Royal Rumble plays. I bet you are all
looking forward to Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon for the
-Some awful looking skank with a dated early 90's
haircut shows off a "Raw" sign in the ring. This makes
me yearn for Maria and the kiss-cam.
-Backstage, Bobby Heenan has words for Mr. Perfect.
Heenan is hyping up the Narcissist, who is more
perfect than Curt Hennig. The Narcissist is making his
debut at the Royal Rumble, you'd better order it.
Scott and Rick Steiner vs. The Executioners
Scott destroys an Executioner. This is back before
Scott got carried away with steroids and freaks, so he
is actually capable of serving out an impressive
beat-down. Meanwhile, "Dork" the clown is in the
audience, enjoying this match, for some random reason.
It's actually Doink, but the commentators have fun at
his expense. In the ring, Rick tags in and continues
the massacre of the Executioners. Scott takes out both
Executioners at ringside, knocking their heads
together. Back in the ring, Rick slams one of the
masked jobbers and tags in Scott, who applies an
overhead belly to belly suplex. The Executioners make
a tag, but Scott doesn't care. Double underhook slam
by Scott kills the jobber. Scott positions the jobber
for the top rope bulldog by Rick, which picks up the
win for the Steiners at 3:04. Entertaining squash,
Winners: Rick and Scott Steiner
-Outside the building, a hideous looking woman
claiming to be Rob Barlett's aunt is trying to get
past security. The woman turns out to be Bobby Heenan,
who is still trying to get into the building. The
Heenan antics have been the highlights of the show
-After a bunch of commercials (starring WWF stars) we
get an in-ring interview with Razor Ramon, conducted
by Vince McMahon. Razor says he was "born ready" for
the chance to be the WWF Champion. Vince points out
that Bret Hart had a long road to the WWF title, and
Razor is a relative newcomer. Razor scoffs at this
fact and puts himself over as needing only eight and a
half months to catch up to Bret Hart. We take a look
back at Razor attacking Owen Hart during an interview.
Gee, that was harsh. Razor says that Bret can't do
anything about protecting Owen or about keeping his
WWF title at the Rumble.
-Backstage, Tatanka cuts a goofy promotion, putting
over the WWF's "Headlock on Hunger" campaign.
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Max Moon
I bet you didn't know that Konnan used to be a robot?
Armdrag by HBK, giving me hope that this match won't
be nonsense. Moon reverses a hammerlock, which is
broken right away. Moon goes for a back suplex, but
HBK counters. HBK goes off the ropes and finds himself
the victim of some arm drags by Moon. Scoop slam by
Moon sends HBK into the ropes to regain himself. The
match restarts with a lock-up. HBK takes control, but
Moon ducks and slams HBK and applies the hammerlock.
We head to a commercial.
After the break, HBK has Moon in the corner. Irish
whip with authority by HBK, but Moon escapes the
follow-up. HBK catches Moon on his shoulders and drops
him on the ropes. Drop-kick by HBK, who then gloats
for the crowd's enjoyment. Meanwhile, Doink is hanging
out at ringside again. Back in the ring, Moon rolls up
HBK for a near fall. The commentators are busy
pretending to talk to Mike Tyson about the show. I'm
amazed that they thought this would be funny. It still
beats Katie Vick, so I'll stop whining. HBK has been
in control of the match and has just been punching and
stomping, really vanilla stuff if you ask me. HBK hits
an elbow and goes for the cover. Cue the chinlock by
HBK. Moon fights to his feet and slingshots HBK over
the ropes to the floor. Moon hits a senton off the
apron onto the dazed HBK. Moon hits a flurry of
high-flying offense, complete with a cradle pinning
predicament. Moon hits a body slam, but misses a
splash. HBK comes back with the Sweet Chin Music. Moon
escapes a suplex, but HBK hits another one right away,
giving him the win at 8:08 (shown). This was really
uninspiring stuff, *1/4.
Winner and still Intercontinental Champion: Shawn
-Royal Rumble report: Mean Gene shills the upcoming
pay-per-view. They announce Shawn Michaels vs. Marty
Jannetty at the show. This transitions into an HBK
promo, who is willing to give Marty a title shot even
though he doesn't deserve one. HBK feels that
Sensational Sherrie will be in his corner. Next, we
get a Marty Jannetty promo, who promises a title win
and the end of HBK's career. Jannetty is confident
that Sherrie will be in HIS corner. Wow, how puzzling.
Next, Mean Gene talks about the Rumble, and goes
through some of the participants, which includes Ric
Flair, Jerry Lawler, Bob Backlund, IRS, and Mr.
Perfect. We get some words from Mr. Perfect, who we
should all miss badly. You know, it wouldn't be a
terrible idea for WWE to use this format to hype
pay-per-views now. It would work better than what they
do now, with only having the same two people trying to
sell the entire show.
-Outside the building, fans are already in line to buy
tickets for the next Raw taping. Bobby Heenan tries
sneaking in again, this time as a stereotypical Jewish
man, complete with a fake beard.
-We take a moment to look back at WWF Superstars,
where Reverend Slick stood up for Kamala against his
handlers. Kamala got all fired up and turned face.
Damien Demento vs. The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)
Wow, Damien is pretty much the 1993 version of
Snitsky. I'm glad that some things never change.
Damien throws a couple of shots, which Undertaker
proceeds to no-sell. Taker slams Damien's head into
the mat. Taker does his "old-school" spot, even though
this is 1993, so this was cutting edge at the time.
Taker chokes Damien in the corner. Taker charges, but
Damien gets a boot up. Damien goes to the second rope,
but Taker blocks him. Shoulder block by Damien sends
Taker to the mat, but he gets right back up. Running
shoulder block by Undertaker crushes Damien. Taker
hits the tombstone piledriver, keeping things
mercifully short at 2:26. Had this gone any longer, it
would have gotten ugly, 1/4*.
Winner: The Undertaker
Next week: Woody Allen faces Mia Farrow in a cage
match. More stupid pop-culture humor.
-Vince McMahon interviews Doink. He asks Doink about
Crush being angry over the way that he makes children
cry. We are joined by Crush, who tries to verbally put
Doink in his place. Doink doesn't seem to give a rat's
ass, so Crush chases him around the ring.
-Outside, Sean Mooney lets Bobby Heenan know that he
is finally allowed to go into the building. Sadly, the
show is over. Better luck next time, Brain.
Final Thoughts: This is worth watching for historical
reasons, being that it was the first ever Monday Night
Raw. It also helps put things into perspective to see
the similarities to the 1993 product and the 2007
version. The wrestling itself is nothing memorable,
being as this was filled with squash matches, and the
one match that got time was really sloppy and dull. So
avoid if you want to watch a good show, but watch if
you are interested in the history.
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