WWF Monday Night Raw June 14, 1993
-We open with footage from Sunday’s King of the Ring. We see Yokozuna celebrating with the WWF Championship, standing over a fallen Hulk Hogan. This leads to a post match interview with Mr. Fuji and Yokozuna. Fuji says they are going to have a ceremony on July 4th, which is a nice way to slap America across the face. Mean Gene is on to Fuji and they bicker, while Yokozuna just yells at the camera. Change is in the air.
-They are airing from the Manhattan Center. This was taped a week ago, so commentators Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan are acting like the King of the Ring had already taken place.
Mr. Perfect vs. L.A. Gore
Hennig goes for the waist but Gore blocks. Perfect works the head and nails a shoulder block. Drop-kick by Perfect sends Gore fleeing to ringside. Gore returns and takes control by driving Perfect’s skull into the turnbuckles. Perfect reverses some chops. Snapmare by Perfect who snaps the head. Knee lift by Perfect. The Perfect-plex finishes Gore at 2:46. Not really a squash, just really short, ˝*.
Winner: Mr. Perfect
-Razor Ramon comes to the ring with a sack of money taken directly from a cartoon (it has a big $ sign on it). McMahon asks him about the 1-2-3 Kid. Ramon says that no one can beat the bad guy, and the Kid doesn’t need to beat him to get the money for wrestling him again. The crowd chants “1-2-3.” Razor says he’s now offering $10,000 to the Kid for another match. With that type of money, The Kid could buy a life. Ramon keeps referring to The Kid as “Stickman” which is just great. Vince asks what happens if The Kid accepts and ends up beating Razor again. Razor says that everyone knows he is the main man in the WW(bleep) and no punk like The Kid can stop him.
Doink the Clown vs. Marty Jannetty
Doink hides under the ring immediately, hinting that there might be more clowns under there. Doink climbs out by the announce table and squirts water at the commentators. Vince points out that Doink didn’t have a jacket when he went under, adding to the suspicion that there are more evil clowns. Jannetty rushes out but Doink kicks him from the apron and directs back to the ring. Jannetty slingshots over Doink and elbows the face. Top rope bulldog by Jannetty barely connects. Armdrag into an armbar by Jannetty. Doink reverses and chops. Shoulder tackle by Doink. Jannetty takes a turnbuckle shot but blocks another, sliding under Doink’s legs and dodging a drop-kick. Jannetty stretches the arm, time for a break.
After the break, Jannetty hits a drop-kick and works the arm. Doink pulls the tights to send Jannetty crashing to ringside. They brawl on the floor and Jannetty directs the action back to the ring. Flying cross body by Jannetty gets 2. Power slam by Doink. Elbow drop by Doink sets up an arm lock. Back suplex by Doink, who stretches the arm. Scoop slam by Doink, who goes high risk. Seated senton by Doink! Cover by Doink gets 2. Doink works the head before hitting a Neckbreaker. Cover by Doink gets 2. Double axe handle by Doink. Doink goes high risk again and slips a little, allowing Jannetty to reverse. Elbow shot by Jannetty, who’s cleaning house. Drop-kick by Jannetty and a suplex gets a cover for 2. Clothesline by Jannetty gets another near fall. Jannetty slams Doink for yet another near fall, but just can’t seem to win. They both tumble to ringside and slug it out. Atomic drop on the floor by Jannetty and a super kick. Both men are counted out at 8:44 (shown). Typically solid outing from Jannetty, **˝.
-Doink and Jannetty keep brawling at ringside. Jannetty dives off the apron onto the evil clown. Referees rush out to prevent Doink from any further attack.
Owen Hart vs. Dan Dubiel
They lock up and trade hammerlocks. Dubiel complains to the referee and shoves Hart. Owen responds with a slap and works the arm. Meanwhile, the commentators are talking to the 1-2-3 Kid on the phone, who is currently in Japan. The Kid talks about how much recognition his victory over Razor Ramon has earned him while Owen keeps targeting Dubiel’s arm. Back body drop by Hart who blocks a hip toss. More arm work by Hart, while 1-2-3 Kid can’t believe that Ramon is offering him 10,000 dollars. The Kid says he’s going to do it! Yay! Back to the match no one is paying attention to, Owen is stretching the arm. Dubiel rakes the face and slams Owen’s skull into the turnbuckles. Owen goes high risk and nails a missile drop-kick! Owen hits a bridged suplex for the win at 3:49. The match mainly served as a backdrop for the phone conversation with The Kid, *.
Winner: Owen Hart
-They take some time to play footage from Saturday’s episode of Superstars, where Mr. Hughes and Harvey Wippleman attacked The Undertaker.
The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) vs. PJ Walker
Taker kicks the gut and uppercuts Walker off his feet. Taker drives Walker into the turnbuckles and chokes. Big boot by Undertaker and a flying clothesline. Undertaker finishes Walker with the chokeslam at 1:30. Squash, DUD.
Winner: The Undertaker
-Just as Undertaker was winning the match, Giant Gonzales and Harvey Wippleman come to the ring. Gonzales enters and proceeds to brawl with the Dead Man. Mr. Hughes joins the fray, slamming Paul Bearer to the mat. Mr. Hughes grabs the urn and clocks the back of Undertaker’s head. Undertaker goes down and Mr. Hughes repeatedly nails him with the urn. Mr. Hughes takes the urn and leaves with Wippleman.
Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Mark Thomas
There’s a whole row of fans wearing Burger King crowns to spite Lawler. He takes the microphone and proclaims his hatred of the fans. They should all kiss his feet. Bobby Heenan shows his solidarity by leaving the announce table to protest the Burger King chants. Lawler beat up the King of the Ring winner, Bret Hart, so he’s wearing Bret’s colors. The match finally begins, but Lawler is still too distracted by the fans to lock up with the jobber. They tie up but Lawler takes control with a snapmare. DDT by Lawler. Lawler chokes with his boot and drops a knee. Lawler stalls for time by bickering with the fans some more. Thomas reverses a whip and nails a back drop. The King rebounds with an elbow shot. Piledriver by Lawler is enough to finish Thomas at 3:50. Nothing match, DUD.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
-During the match, Heenan is back, and announcing that Yokozuna is challenging any American citizen to step forward and slam him during his Fourth of July celebration.
-The commentators pimp next week’s show, featuring Doink vs. Marty Jannetty in a 2/3 falls match, and Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid for $10,000. Sounds like a good show to me.
Final Thoughts: Even though it was taped a week earlier, the changes of the King of the Ring already made this episode feel fresh. The Mr. Hughes squashes finally paid off as he targeted the Undertaker, Owen Hart is now getting a nice singles push, Doink and Jannetty brought the work-rate, and the Ramon/Kid rivalry continues to be a highlight. They set the stage for a potentially great episode next week, so I have trouble finding ways to complain. Except for that Lawler match. What a piece of crap that was.
Thumbs mildly up.
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