WWE: Monday Night Raw (06.21.93)

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Monday Night Raw
June 21, 1993
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mid-Hudson Civic Center

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Yokozuna (6/13/1993)
Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels (6/6/1993)
World Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (6/19/1993)

To kick off the show, we go back six weeks ago to the 1-2-3 Kid getting the surprise pin on Razor Ramon. WILL HE DO IT AGAIN TONIGHT? We shall see.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan. When they mention the Doink/Jannetty match, Heenan takes a peak under the ring apron and stands back up laughing.

  • WWF World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers vs. Reno Riggins & Barry Hardy

Hey, we’ve got NEW tag team champions. Word on the street was, both the Steiners and Money Inc threatened to walk if they didn’t have the tag belts, which is why the belts were traded back and forth on house shows over the past week, so Vince decided to put his money on the fresher pair of the Steiners. What a bunch of marks! Amirite? There were other rumors that Money Inc would be heading over to WCW, but of course that never came to be. In other news, the “Stars and Stripes Challenge” where any American athlete can come and slam Yokozuna will take place on July 4th on the USS Intrepid in NYC. Both Rick and Scott will be a part of that. Vince shills the KOTR replay scheduled for Tuesday night at 8PM. Scott puts away Riggins with a botched FRANKENSTEINER at 3:51.

  • Marty Jannetty vs. Doink the Clown – 2/3 Falls

After a double-countout at the previous week’s Raw, these two go at it again and up the MADNESS. Doink plays mind games with Marty to start. Of course, Jannetty is fairly reluctant to lock up. Doink gets him up against the ropes and unloads, but Jannetty shoves off a headlock to do a criss-cross, which ends with Doink taking a monkey flip. Jannetty grabs an armbar, but Doink yanks Marty down by his hair to immediately get out of that. MAN, he’s good. Jannetty tries the armbar again and when Doink makes the same escape, Jannetty KIPS right back up. Now Doink is trying to provoke a closed fist punch. Marty is too nice of a guy to let that happen. Another criss-cross and Doink is left running the ropes for no reason as Jannetty stands off to the side. Doink shoves off an armbar and tries a monkey flip, but Jannetty sees it coming and drops a fist on Doink for two. Doink counters an armbar for one of his own, but NOBODY ARMBARS JANNETTY as he floats over Doink with the armdrag to escape. Jannetty delivers another monkey flip and backslides Doink for 1-2-NO! He tries a corner charge, but Doink moves and Jannetty takes the Bobby Eaton corner bump. As Jannetty bounces back out of the corner, Doink hits the WHOOPIE CUSHION for the 1-2-3 to win the first fall at 7:15.

Doink meets Jannetty in the corner with a barrage of punches as we start the second fall. He whips Marty for a cross-corner whip so hard, it makes Doink fake cry all over him while he’s slapping him across the face. As Jannetty rolls to the floor, Doink delivers a double-sledge from the top. Doink throws Jannetty back inside for a two-count, but Jannetty slides back out to the floor to hopefully get a break. On the apron, Jannetty shoulder butts Doink back, but no sunset flip in sight. Doink sets Jannetty up by making him think he’s telegraphing a backdrop as he just moves out of the way during Jannetty’s field goal kick. AWESOME. Cover, 1-2-NO! Jannetty fights out of a chinlock and counters a suplex for one of his own. He waits on the top rope for Doink to get up, but he’s only got until the count of five and Doink is STILL not totally on his feet. He comes down and drills Doink with a Superkick instead, but no cover since Doink is in the ropes. FLYING FIST DROP scores the second fall for Jannetty at 12:10.

AND NOW THE CLIMACTIC THIRD FALL! Doink is begging off with most of his clown makeup sweated off. Jannetty delivers an atomic drop and a clothesline for two. Doink rolls out and trips up Jannetty in order to post his leg. Back in, Doink applies the FIGURE-FOUR! WOOOOO! Has everyone in New York already forgotten about Flair? Ultimately, Jannetty reverses the hold for the break. Jannetty fires back and delivers a back drop, but that’s hard on your hurting knee. Doink busts out an STF. Probably the first one ever in the WWF? When that doesn’t get the submission, Doink heads up top…and gets slammed down. Here comes Marty’s desperation comeback as he’s still selling the knee. As he’s pounding Doink in the corner, another Doink (believed to be Steve Keirn) runs down and hides underneath the ring. The entire front row tells Marty to look under the ring, but he doesn’t see nothing and gets kicked in the head by Doink from inside the ring! CRAP! Doink sends Jannetty into the ring post and brings him back inside, but Jannetty dropkicks him out to the floor where the Doinks tease a switcheroo. Either that, or they screwed it up. To the other side of the ring and a freshly painted Doink crawls out from under the apron. After they trade quick nearfalls, Doink catches Jannetty and delivers a piledriver for the 1-2-3. (21:13) Randy Savage has enough of Doink’s shenanigans as he attacks the second Doink and pulls out the REAL Doink from underneath the ring to give ref Dave Hebner all the evidence he needs to reverse the decision in the favor of Marty Jannetty. Bobby Heenan goes over to console the Doinks until Savage comes over and yells at him. Another classic Raw match with loads of neat storytelling and general ’80s-style awesomeness. ***½

  • Mr. Hughes (w/Harvey Wippleman) vs. Bobby Who

You better believe they have the urn with them. Bobby Who’s name starts up a short “Who’s On First?” routine between Heenan and Vince. Hughes slams Bobby around and lifts him up on two-counts. Finally, the ANGRY BLACKMAN SLAM wins in 3:02. I think with a guy like Hughes, I would put him in shorter squashes.

This weekend on All-American Wrestling: Bobby Heenan and Gene Okerlund will tour the USS Intrepid. That sounds like fun. Vince – “The Steiners, Crush, and You Know Who (not Bobby Who or even Hulk Hogan for you CRZ fans, Vince is pointing at Randy Savage) will be some of the participants for the “Stars & Stripes Challenge”. Savage feels this will be a victory for the USA, but Heenan shakes his head in disagreement.

  • Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid

Razor brings the $10,000 with him in a sack that’s labeled “$10,000″. The 1-2-3 Kid still has his L. Kid tights on. He’s super reluctant to get into the ring with Razor, but that’s understandable. He waits for Razor to make a mistake by swinging at him while he’s on the apron. Two different hope spots pop the crowd HUGE thinking Kid was going to upset Ramon again. He leaps into the Fallaway Slam though and it’s business as usual for Ramon. He doesn’t just want to beat the Kid though. Oh, no. When it’s time for the Razor’s Edge, he tosses Kid out to the floor and lifts up the ringside mat. He wants to drop him on the concrete, but Kid backdrops out. He heads up top, but slips and splats his face on the cement. Just nasty. Back inside, Kid avoids a corner charge and hits Ramon with the Moonsault Press just like before for 1-2-NO! When that doesn’t win, Kid lunges for the sack of money and heads for the exit. Of course, Razor goes after him as they both get counted out. (5:15) As they head backstage, Kid runs straight out the door and hops in a car waiting for him as they drive away, leaving Razor with minimal revenge and zero dollars. But who was driving the car?! For what it hoped to accomplish, this was VERY well done. **

When we return, Razor tells us that the “stickmang” can run, but he can’t hide.

NEXT WEEK: Yokozuna will be here for a special interview, Shawn Michaels will defend the IC title against Kamala! Tune in tomorrow night for the KOTR encore!

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