Hello my dears and welcome to the place where we put the Monday into Monday Night Raw as we cover Monday Night Raw episode by episode. This week it’s time for
Raw #9 (March 15 1993)
Due to a blizzard, we are not in the Manhattan Centre this week. Instead we are in the Mid-Hudson Civic Centre in Poughkeepsie, New York. I love the word “Poughkeepsie“. Our commentary tonight is Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan and something called “not Vince McMahon” (it’s Rob Bartlet pretending to be Vince, not even a blizzard can get rid of him).
. Razor Ramon vs Ross Greenberg
We kick things of with Enhancement Time! It’s our old friend Greenberg too. Razor literally kicks things off with a boot to Greenberg’s gut followd by a Right Hand. Razor pushes Greenberg into the corner where he unloads on him with a series of Chops before throwing Greenberg out of the corner and into the air where he crashes down on the canvas. Razor sends Greenberg off the ropes and he ducks a Clothesline before throwing himself at Razor with a Cross Body. Razor simply catches Greenberg and hits a Fallaway Slam. Razor stomps on Greenberg’s face before awkwardly applying an Abdominal Stretch that Razor releases when he gets bored. Razor then applies an STF which again he releases, this time it’s because he was busy slapping Greenberg repeatedly in the head. Razor hits Greenberg with a sort of Chokeslam/Rock Bottom hybrid that I’m calling a Choke Bottom before stomping on Greenberg’s gut. Razor hoists Greenberg to the top turnbuckle where he brings him back down with a Side Superplex. Razor hits Greenberg with the Razor’s Edge and this is over. Pity, I was rooting for Greenberg to get an upset here.
Winner: Razor Ramon
. Typhoon vs LA Gore
It’s Enhancement Time again! Hang on, wasn’t this supposed to be Typhoon vs Bam Bam Bigelow? Is the guy whose main gimmick is flames get caught in the blizzard? Ha! LA Gore sounds like 2018 star of WWE, Rhyno moved to California.
Tphoon uses his strength to push out of a Collar and Elbow sending Gore across the ring. Twice. Gore turns a third Collar and Elbow into a Headlock but Typhoon quickly gets out of it by sending Gore off the ropes and knocking Gore down with a Shoulder Block. Another Collar and Elbow ends in an Eyerake by Gore who hits Typhoon with punches that stagger Typhoon into the corner where Gore Shoulder Thrusts him in the gut. Gore tries an Irish Whip but it is reversed by Typhoon who follows Gore into the corner Avalanching him. Typhoon then Hip Tosses Gore out of the corner. Typhoon sends Gore off the ropes and knocks him down with a Back Elbow. Typhoon Suplexes Gore before picking him up sending him off the ropes and hitting a Powerslam that comes millimetres from giving Gore a serious neck injury. Typhoon steps over Gore’s chest before throwing him into the corner and…. thrusting into him. Typhoon hits an Irish Whip and again follows with an Avalanche before hitting the match winning Big Splash.
Action Figures ad.
Bobby Heenan is in the ring with Harvey Whippleman and Giant Gonzales. Harvey says people thougt he was joking when he said he had a big surprise for WWE. He says that opponents are running scared from Gonzales so he’s not been able to prove how good Gonzales is. Heenan says that Undertaker released a statement saying that he [Undertaker] is bringing the world’s largest coffin to Wrestlemania. Harvey says he’ll need it because Gonzales is going to put Undertaker AND Paul Bearer in it. Gonzales (whose voice sounds a lot like The Big Show) says at Wrestlemania he has a GIANT surprise for Undertaker.
We get an ad for Wrestlemania hyping the return of Hulk Hogan as he teams with Brutus Beefcake to face Ted DiBiase and IRS for the Tag Team Titles. The ad briefly mentions Bret and Yoko.
. Bob Backlund vs Papa Shango
Shango attempts a Collar and Elbow but Backlund avoids it, twice. Shango charges at Backlund who clips the back of Shango’s knee sending him flying. Shango easily wins a Test Of Strength. Backlund manages to roll his way out of the Test Of Strength and apply an Arm Wringer but Shango grabs a handfull of hair and uses it to throw Backlund to the mat. Backlund drops Shango with a Drop Toe Hold before jamming his elbow into the bridge of Shango’s nose. Backlund tries a Wristlock but Shango sends him of the ropes and catches Backlund with a Backbreaker (or is that Backlund Breaker?) In the corner, Shango drives his fingers into Backlund’s face in an attempt to gouge out his eyes before choking him with his foot. Backlund rolls to the outside and Shango follows. He grabs Backlund and Shoulder Tackles Backlund’s back into the ring apron. Shango shoves Backlund back into the ring and Headbutts Backlund in the abdominal region. Shango applies a Chinlock that Backlund breaks with an Armdrag. Shango hits Backlund with a Backbreaker and an Elbow Drop. Shango goes back to the Chinlock. Backlund fights out of it with Elbows to the gut but his momentum is cut short by an knee to his gut. A Bodyslam gets Shango a two count. Shango attempts a second Bodyslam but Backlund rolls him up in a Small Package for the three count
Winner: Bob Backlund
We get Mean Gene and a Wrestlemania report. He tells us that it has just been announced that Wrestlemania will be the world’s largest toga party with everyone from commentary, to the cameramen to the fans in the arena and at home all wearing togas. He hypes the matches for Wrestlemania including: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna, Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs Ted DiBiase & IRS, The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzales, Lex Luger vs Mr Perfect and more. For added giggles, Mean Gene accidentally calls Rob Bartlet “Bob Barker“.
We get the new ad for Mania.
. Brian Knobbs & Jerry Saggs vs Samu & Fatu
Samu and Knobbs start. Samu attacks Knobbs with clubbing Rights before an Irish Whip into the corner and a follow up Avalanche Clothesline. Samu Irish Whips Knobbs a second time but this time Knobbs comes firing out of the corner with a Clothesline. Knobbs hits a second Clothesline before tagging Saggs. Together they Back Drop Samu. As the referee clears Knobbs from the ring, Fatu attacks Saggs and they attempt to Back Drop Saggs only for him to Clothesline both men. Saggs gets a two after he covers Fatu. As the referee tries to get legal man, Samu out of the ring, Knobbs makes a legal tag behind the referee’s back and hits Fatu with a Single Arm DDT. Knobbs applies an Arm Wringer and tags Saggs (yes I know it rhymes and if anything I’ll use it more) and continues to hold the Arm Wringer before turning it into a Hammerlock (I’ll be honest, I never knew Knobbs or Saggs knew what a Hammerlock was). Fatu breaks it with a Right Hand followed by a Headbutt. Fatu whips Saggs off the ropes but he counters a Hip Toss by Fatu into one of his own. Saggs wrenches on Fatu’s arm before he tags in Knobbs who drops an Elbow onto Fatu’s shoulder. Knobbs twists Fatu’s arm with an Arm Wringer, punches Fatu’s shoulder a few times and tags Saggs who bites Fatu’s shoulder before going back to the Arm Wringer. Fatu manages to break it by sending Saggs off the ropes and catching him with a Superkick.
Back from the ads and Samu & Fatu drop Saggs with Chops to the chest. Fatu grabs Saggs and applies a Chinlock (really? Samoan savages know a Chinlock? Really?) Sorry, my bad, it’s an Eye Gouge set up to look like a Chinlock in order to fool the referee and online reviewers. Fatu follows this with a choke. Fatu then tosses Saggs out of the ring and discusses with the referee the difference between a choke and a chinlock (I presume anyway, they talk about something) As they converse, Samu Bodyslams Saggs onto the ringside mats. As Knobbs protests about Samu’s interference, Samu Headbutts Saggs before rolling him back into the ring. Fatu tags Samu in and they both Headbutt Saggs before Samu hits Saggs with a World’s Strongest Slam. Samu climbs to the top turnbuckle and drops a Headbutt on Saggs. Only thing is, Saggs moved out ofthe way and all that Samu hits is canvas. Both men tag their partners and Knobbs enters like a house on fire hitting Fatu with Right Hands and a Back Drop before Clotheslining Samu. Knobbs grabs both men and hits a Double Noggin Knocker but they are Samoan and it has no effect (racist) so they headbutt Knobbs. They send a dazed Knobbs off the ropes and try another Back Drop. Instead, Knobbs manages to DDT both men (which apparently does have an effect on hard Samoan skulls). Fatu rolls to the outside and Knobbs follows. Saggs throws Samu to the outside and he follows. They brawl to a conveniently placed catering table and are all counted out. They have a bit of a food fight.
Winners: Double Count Out.
We get a video narrated by Sean Mooney covering all the good causes and charity work that WWE do. Gorilla Monsoon tells us we’ll be back at the Manhattan Centre next week and Money Inc (enhancement probably), Kamala vs Doink, Tatanka vs Repo Man and the Bushwackers (probably enhancement too) will all be on the show. We go to black.
Post Show: This felt a slightly better show even if it was just the same formula of star v enhancement matche with one star vs star match as other weeks. Maybe hearing Monsoon and Heenan was just the rest the show needed. Rob Bartlet is normally a pain on the ears, but he’s attempting a Vince McMahon impression here and it is nonsensical gibberish to the point that even Monsoon tells him to shut up.
Match Of The Night: Bob Backlund vs Papa Shango. It could have been the tag match but the finish let it down.
MVP: Gorilla Monsoon. I have no idea how he put up with Bartlet for the whole show.
With that I am done. I can be found on Twitter @Callaweasy2220 where I live tweet Raw, Smackdown, NXT and (when there is one on) Pay Per View. Also feel free to tweet me if you think this review was a steaming pile of horse manure or if you just want to talk wrestling.
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Chairshot Classics: Raw #11 (April 5 1993)
Welcome to the Granddaddy of them all in it’s infancy years as we put the Monday into Monday Night Raw as we cover Monday Night Raw episode by episode. Last night (in 1993) was WrestleMania 9. Here are the results:
. Tatanka beat Intercontinental Champion, Shawn Michaels by Count Out
. Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner beat Samu & Fatu when Scott Steiner pinned Samu after a Frankensteiner
. Doink beat Crush when a second Doink hit Crush with a fake arm
. Razor Ramon beat Bob Backlund after a Small Package
. Ted DiBiase & IRS beat Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake to defend the Tag Team Titles by DQ
. Lex Luger beat Mr Perfect after a Backslide
. The Undertaker beat Giant Gonzales by DQ for using chloroform
. Yokozuna beat Bret Hart to win the WWE Title after Mr Fuji threw salt in Bret Hart’s eyes
. Hulk Hogan beat Yokozuna to win the WWE Title after a Legdrop Of Doom
Also, one of my colleagues was nice enough to review it so I don’t have to. Here it is.
All caught up? Good. This may be the night after WrestleMania but it’s not going to be the big deal that it is today. Is it any good though? One way to find out.
Raw #11 (April 5 1993)
Vince and Savage welcome us to Raw (no Bartlet!!!!!! *streamers*) and they run through some of the matches on tonight’s show.
. Bam Bam Bigelow vs Virgil
While this wasn’t an enhancement match, there really was only ever going to be one winner of this. To his credit Virgil got some offence in. Probably enough so he’s not considered Enhancement. To make things worse, Vince and Savage spend half the match discussing the events of WrestleMania and basically ignoring this match. I know it’s a post PPV Raw but they should find a way to give an equal cover to the match AND last night’s show. Bigelow won this following a top rope Headbutt.
Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow
Jerry Lawler is supposed to wrestle but he decides not to as the crowd refuse to stop chanting “Burger King”
We see a backstage interview that was clearly taped at WrestleMania with Mr Fuji, Yokozuna and Mean Gene. Gene points out that Fuji is unhappy at the result of last night with Fuji feeling that Yokozuna’s WWE Title match with Hulk Hogan was unsanctioned and as a result Yokozuna should still be champion. Talk about leading the witness, neither Fuji nor Yokozuna spoke a word here.
. Bob Backlund vs Kim Chee
I don’t know if this is Enhancement or not. Granted that is due to my not knowing that Kim Chee wrestled. As matches go this was fairly even but I feel that, like the last match, only one was ever going to win. Backlund won with a Bridging Roll Up. Or at least that’s as good as I can describe it. If you have a better name, Tweet me.
Winner: Bob Backlund
. Damian Demento vs Jim Brunzell
I thought Brunzell left years ago! Worse still, Rob Bartlett calls in. Apparently he’s ran out of money and is still in Vegas. What’s even odder is that I’ve seen WrestleMania a few times over the years and I have no recollection of ever seeing him to the point that I thought last week was HIS last week (still hopin’). This match was alright. It screams filler but that doesn’t make it bad. Demento looked quite good on offence and got the win here after a Neckbreaker followed by a Knee Drop
Winner: Damian Demento
Bret Hart IcoPro ad.
Randy Savage Slim Jim ad.
We get an ad for the Encore Presentation of WrestleMania.
. Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner vs Blake Beverley & Beau Beverley
This is a better match. This match SHOULD have been the main event. This was a proper match between two name teams. Scott’s power and suplexes looked good as they usually do. Beverly’s slowed it down and worked on face in peril until the hot tag. Basic tag team formula but if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Scott got the pin after a Frankensteiner on Blake.
Winners: Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner
The “hyperactivity” ad for Mania airs.
. Jerry Lawler vs Jim Powers
Another one sided match with only ever one winner. Not a lot I can say. It was decent, it was basic. I still say the Steiner’s match should have been the main event. To prove how much of a basic Jerry Lawler match this is, Lawler won wth a Piledriver.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
We get the action figure ad.
Jerry Lawler says it’s easy to be tough when you’re in a seat. It looks like Savage and Lawler may have an altercation. Vince plugs Money Inc vs Bushwackers next week and we fade out.
Post Show: For a post WrestleMania show this was bizarre. The debuts, the chanting crowds, the party atmosphere that we take for granted in 2018 are non-existent here. Tat said, this was a better show than the previous ten. I don’t know if it’s because WWE have found the right balance for the show, if it’s due to a lack of Bartlett or a lack of enhancement matches. Either way it was better and long may it continue.
Match Of The Night: Steiners vs Beverleys. Have you not been paying attention?
MVP: Bam Bam Bigelow. Vince and Savage may have ignored him but I like him
With that I am done. I can be found on Twitter @Callaweasy2220 where I live tweet Raw, Smackdown, NXT and (when there is one on) Pay Per View. Also feel free to tweet me your opinions on the new format I’ve been doing for the last two weeks. Do you like it? Hate it? If you just want to talk wrestling you can Tweet me about that too.
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Chairshot Classics: Raw #10 (March 22 1993)
Hello, hello and welcome to the place where we put the Monday into Monday Night Raw as we cover Monday Night Raw episode by episode. The snow has been cleared on the Road to WrestleMania. This week it’s the Go Home show. the last stop before WrestleMania. Well the last Raw anyway. Was it any good? Does it make you want to buy WrestleMania? Lets watch and find out as we cover
Raw #10 (March 22 1993)
We open with actual Vince McMahon, Randy Savage and (dammit is he STILL here?) Rob Bartlet. They run through the matches scheduled for tonight. I won’t spoil what they are though.
Bushwackers (Luke & Butch) vs Damian Demento & Repo Man
This is an odd match to have on this show. I said before that this is the Go Home show and none of these men are on the show so there is nothing to hype. This match perhaps should have been The Steiners vs Demento and Repo or even Bushwackers vs Headshrinkers to allow WWE to hype the upcoming Steiners vs Headshrinkers at Wrestlemania. Tat said, this was standard fare. Bushwhackers got in a comedy spot early on where Butch would bite Demento in the ass, Repo attempted to stop it and got bitten in his own ass by Luke. Demento and Repo are on offence for most of the match until Luke and Butch get their second wind and they hit Repo Man with their Battering Ram finisher. Butch makes the cover and gets the three count.
Winners: Luke & Butch
Tatanka vs Reno Riggins
It’s Enhancement time! That said this is more like what I wanted from the opener. We have Tatanka in the ring which allows commentary to talk about and hype his match at Wrestlemania with Shawn Michaels and (dare I say it) makes Tatanka look strong in the process by having him defeat a low ranking developmental talet. Tatanka gets the victory following a Samoan Drop.
We get an announcement that Andre The Giant is going into the newly formed Hall Of Fame. We will get a couple of Hall of Fames over the years but this is the last tme an entry to it happens around Wrestlemania time until 2004.
We get the Bret Hart IcoPro ad along with the action figure ad.
Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster vs Scott Rich and Jeff Armstrong
Time for another Enhancement Time! OK this was basically a tag team version of the Tatanka match. Ted and Irwin allow commentarry to discuss the upcoming match between Ted & Irwin vs Hogan & Beefcake. A nothing match ended when Irwin pinned one of them, maybe Scott Rich, after a Running Clothesline.
Winners: Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster
We cut to Mean Gene and a Wrestlemania Report. He reminds us about Not Vince McMahon from last week (I will rip that ‘tache from your face if you bring him up again!). He then hypes the matches at Wrestlemania including Bret Hart vs Yokozuna, The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzales and Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs Ted DiBiase & IRS. Then he spends a while discussing the toga concept and vestal virgins.
Doink vs Kamala
Not a great match but it allowed commentary to cover Doink vs Crush at Wrestlemania. It’s there to make Doink look good and I can’t help but feel that it can’t be long before we lose Kamala. Finish came when Kamala chased Doink around the outside of the ring which ended when Doink handed Kamala a present. Doink slipped back into the ring while Kamala was counted out while opening it to reveal…. an empty box.
I’s wild, It’s crazy, it’s an ad for Mania again. Personally I think it needs another name especially around Wrestlemania season.
Vince wishes Rob Bartlet “all the best” (this HAS to be the last of him) and introduces us to Rob’s fan club. It’s three heavy ladies that Bartet calls The Rea sisters, Seva, Pia and Dia. Vince says that’s not very nice but the ladies say they love him anyway. He kisses one of them.
We get a Slim Jim ad with Randy Savage.
Vince hypes a show coming on this Sunday called March to Wrestlemania and we fade out.
Post show: This is the last show before Wrestlemania (there’s another week but it’s probably pre-empted for the dog show) and it doesn’t feel like it. Maybe it’s because I’m used to how WWE works these days, I don’t know but it feels like WWE SHOULD be doing more here
Match of the Night: Doink vs Kamala. Not brilliant but it’s the best on the show. It will get better.
MVP: Rob Bartlet. Nobody really stood out and if this is his last (and dear God I hope it is) I’ll give him this as a going away present.
With that I am done. I can be found on Twitter @Callaweasy2220 where I live tweet Raw, Smackdown, NXT and (when there is one on) Pay Per View. Also feel free to tweet me if you liked or disliked the new format I tried out this week or if you just want to talk wrestling.
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