WWF Monday Night RAW - November 28, 1993
by Samoa Rowe
-From White Plains, NY. Our hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan.
Scott and Rick Steiner vs. Mike Curry and Reno Riggins
Scott shows off some amateur skills before connecting with a double underhook suplex on Curry. Riggins tags but gets rammed into the turnbuckles by Rick. Riggins gets trapped in Steiner territory and eats a Scott Brainbuster. Scott drags Reno into a tag to Curry and finishes with the Frankensteiner at 3:24. The Steiners continue to look fearsome in a good squash.
Winners: The Steiners
-Jeff Jarrett continues to terrorize the Nashville area, this time invading a record label office. Jarrett and his portly companion create a stir and get escorted out. The segment cleverly ends with Jarrettís flashing tooth on a security monitor.
Diesel vs. Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon
Dieselís size advantage factors in heavily as he shoves Ramon down. Diesel begins targeting the kidney area with strikes. Razor is in big trouble as he suffers some side slams, leading to a BEAR HUG!! Ramon fights free and rallies with a bulldog off the turnbuckles. Razor signals the Razorís Edge, but Shawn Michaels runs in and puts him down with Sweet Chin Music! The ref calls for the DQ at 5:15. These two best buddies displayed great chemistry in the short time they had.
Winner via DQ: Razor Ramon
-Michaels continues his assault on Razor Ramon, but the 1-2-3 Kid runs in for the save! Whereís Teddy Long to make a tag team match when you need him?
Bam Bam Bigelow (with Luna Vachon) vs. John Crystal
Bigelow tosses Crystal through the air, but misses an elbow drop, giving the jobber some hope. Bigelow quickly ends any chance of an upset with a back drop and methodically picks Crystal apart. The beat down slows down to the point where Bigelow just stands around, waiting for Crystal to drag himself up. Bigelow knocks Crystal down for the pin at 3:10. I know itís a squash, but 3 minute matches should never be this boring.
Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow
-On Wrestling Challenge, Doink was so excited for Christmas that he brought Santa out early. Santa has a gift for Doink: a mini-me named Dink! My favorite part about Christmas is seeing everyone get exactly what they wanted. And yes, this is about where the Doink character jumped the proverbial shark.
-Vince McMahon is in the ring to announce the Superstar of the Year and award a giant trophy. The voting was close, so Vince takes a moment to recognize the runner-up: Lex Luger! Lex is a good sport and thanks the fans. Bobby Heenan thinks heís the winner and hilariously feigns shock and disappointment when the award goes to Bret Hart! Bret thanks the fans for always believing in him and dedicates the trophy to all of them. Hart will make good on this award by once again becoming WWF Champion. Great promo from a guy who frequently got criticized for lack of promo skills.
-We are treated to footage form Survivor Series. During the Hart Family elimination match, Owen accidentally knocked Bret off the apron, leading to getting pinned by Shawn Michaels. Bret won the match anyway, resulting in some petty, jealous behavior from Owen. Helen Hart looks distraught in the audience as Stu tries to calm the brothers down.
Owen Hart vs. Chris Duffy
Owen enters like a baby face hero, blowing off the fact that he was booed heavily at Survivor Series. Duffy cheap shots, but Owen teaches him a lesson with a series of hip tosses and a spin heel kick. Owen suplexes Duffy into place for the dreaded CHINLOCK! Duffy comes back with an elbow shot and rakes the face. Enziguri by Owen sends Duffy tumbling to ringside for a flying cross body! Owenís missile drop-kick leads to the Sharpshooter for a submission at 2:47. Owen looked like a million bucks here.
Winner: Owen Hart
-Bobby Heenan tries to interview Owen after the match, but Owen has nothing to say.
Ludvig Borga vs. Scott Taylor
Borga wastes no time knocking Taylor off his feet. Borga misses an elbow drop, allowing Taylor some token jobber offense, which Borga mostly no-sells. Borga nails a clothesline to establish his dominance. The Torture Rack ends it at 2:26. Borga wins, but only because Taylor hadnít learned The Worm yet. Very good squash here, made Borga look talented.
Winner: Ludvig Borga
-Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid talk to Vince and Heenan on the monitor. The Kid promises to give it 100% against Shawn Michaels next week. Thatís code for ďIím going to lose.Ē
Final Thoughts: Iím so happy that we can move past Survivor Series that I enjoyed pretty much everything here. The Bret/Owen rivalry is a breath of fresh air, as is all the stuff going on with the Kliq. Thumbs up for an overwhelmingly fun show.
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