WWF Monday Night Raw September 27, 1993
-Jack Tunney announces that Shawn Michaels has been suspended and the Intercontinental Championship has been vacated! Next week will feature a 20 man battle royal to crown a new champion. Sounds good to me.
-Taped live at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT. Our hosts are Vince, Randy, and Bobby.
Tatanka vs. “The Model” Rick Martel
They tease a brawl but offer some chain wrestling instead. Tatanka delivers an atomic drop and sends Martel to ringside. Martel takes his time getting back, luring Tatanka to chase him into giving up the advantage. Tatanka slips on the ropes and misses the flying body press. Back suplex by Martel, who is now in firm control. After a commercial, Tatanka hits a desperate sunset flip, but Martel retains control. Tatanka nicely reverses an abdominal stretch, but Martel rakes the face. Martel is able to continually recover from Tatanka’s counters. Tatanka even goes on the warpath but Martel tosses him over the ropes anyway! They brawl at ringside and end up getting counted out at 10:46 (shown). This was pretty basic, but I liked the story of Martel overcoming all of Tatanka’s tricks, **½.
-Joe Fowler talks about next week’s Intercontinental Championship battle royal. The last two men in the ring will have a singles match the following week. The participants will be Irwin R. Shyster, Randy Savage, Adam Bomb, Giant Gonzalez, Mr. Perfect, Owen Hart, Rick Martel, Jimmy Snuka, Bob Backlund, Pierre, Jacques, Razor Ramon, Mabel, Diesel, MVP (Most Valuable Player), The 1-2-3 Kid, Bam Bam Bigelow, Marty Jannetty, Tatanka, and Bastion Booger. What a line-up.
Ludvig Borga vs. Phil Apollo
Borga is ruthless and doesn’t waste time knocking Apollo around the ring. Heenan shares some trivia about 2/3’s of American citizens reading the newspaper on the toilet while Borga nails a side slam. Borga takes the fight to ringside and plays to a handful of fans in the front row. Back to the ring, Borga delivers a delayed vertical suplex. Borga targets the kidney and applies a torture rack for the win at 3:15. Okay for a squash.
Winner: Ludvig Borga
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Paul Van Dale
The jobber attacks Snuka while he’s entering the ring. Snuka quickly turns the momentum, delivering a body slam. The jobber takes control as Bobby Heenan talks to Crush on the phone. Crush feels slighted that he’s not in the IC title battle royal and suggests that Savage is in the match by playing politics. Meanwhile, the crowd is taking a dump on a boring squash match. Snuka bounces Van Dale off the ropes for a suplex. Snuka hits the saddest looking backbreaker in history and goes high risk. Snuka splashes Van Dale for the win at 4:33. This was hard to watch, DUD.
Winner: Jimmy Snuka
-We take a look back at Razor Ramon costing Irwin R. Shyster a match against PJ Walker.
-IRS is sitting at his desk. Vince asks “Mr. Rotundo” for comment. IRS is furious and is auditing Razor Ramon. IRS is looking forward to the battle royal.
-Barry Horowitz is in the ring, apparently he was chosen to challenge the Quebecers for the tag titles. His partner, Reno Riggins, is at home. Barry asks for a substitute, and Polo says it depends on who it is. Barry says it’s the 1-2-3 Kid, to which the Quebecers accept.
World Tag Team Championship:
The Quebecers (with Johnny Polo) © vs. Barry Horowitz and The 1-2-3 Kid
The Kid starts against Jacques, who doesn’t look worried. The Kid throws a fast kick, but Jacques shrugs it off. The Kid cleans house with kicks, and Horowitz joins the fray to knock Pierre out. After regrouping, Jacques offers a handshake, but Pierre jumps The Kid from behind. The Quebecers keep The Kid isolated and double teamed. The Kid dodges a body splash and kicks Jacques to ringside, where he has seemingly been knocked out. Polo throws a panicky fit and calls for a stretcher. The plan backfires, as the referee announces that the match will continue with one Quebecer! After a commercial, Pierre is beating up a relatively fresh Barry Horowitz. The Kid gets a tag but Pierre continues to dominate. The Kid finally mounts a comeback but Pierre ducks a spinning heel kick and The Kid hits the floor! Polo puts The Kid back in the ring so Pierre can pin him at 9:52 (shown). Well, this was certainly different, **.
Winners and still World Tag Team Champions: The Quebecers
-Razor Ramon joins us for a very special interview. Ramon isn’t afraid of IRS, reminding him that the Bad Man is easy to find.
Final Thoughts: Since they were running a better venue in Connecticut instead of the Manhattan Center, there was a bit more effort to have a decent show. Two matches got time, and that’s more than I can say about some 2 hour episodes of Raw in recent years. The entire show was devoted to building up the battle royal for next week, and I must say I’m looking forward to it, so mission accomplished.
Thumbs in the middle, leaning up.