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.
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