WWF: Monday Night Raw (06.28.93)

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Monday Night Raw
June 28, 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)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan.

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels (w/Diesel) vs. Kamala

This is Kamala’s last match on RAW as a regular competitor. Michaels plays into the whole “Kamala” shtick to start. If you’ve ever seen Kamala, you know what I mean. Kamala works a bearhug on the mat taking us into a commercial break. When we come back, Kamala misses a corner charge and runs his knee into the top buckle to turn the tide. Michaels tries to apply a spinning toe hold, but Kamala is biting and clawing and punching and kicking him off. Kamala throws Shawn to the floor so he can work the kinks out of his leg. Back in, Kamala hits Shawn with the double thrust to the throat and hits AIR AFRICA on Shawn’s back. Of course, everybody and their mom including the ref are desperately trying to help Kamala understand what he should do. That’s when Diesel hops up on the apron to be a distraction, allowing Michaels to get back up and deliver the Superkick to the back of Kamala’s head for the 1-2-3. (8:51 shown) Savage – “I am so disappointed!” When Kamala attacks Shawn after the bell, Diesel put the boots to Kamala and then he has to hold Shawn back who is all, “LEMME AT ‘EM!”. Randy mentions this is the first time Diesel has ever gotten physically involved. *½

Vince McMahon introduces the WWF Champ Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji to the ring. Vince explains to the viewing audience Mr. Fuji’s intent to demean and discredit American athletes. We saw what his Yokozuna did to Hulk Hogan at the King of the Ring, but now he is out to prove that Yokozuna is better than ALL American athletes. Come July 4 on the USS Intrepid, Vince is certain that somebody will slam Yokozuna because America always wins and prevails. USA! USA! USA! Remember when people were patriotic about America? There’s just not a whole lot to be proud of anymore. Savage is of course certain the Red, White, and Blue will slam Yokozuna. Heenan feels that American pride will be its downfall because Yokozuna is just too massive. 550 POUNDS? It is pretty crazy. Was there still a chance that this was all going to be set up for the Hulkster?

  • The Smoking Gunns vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Barry Horowitz

Greatest jobber team of all time? Horowitz ducks a crossbody from Bart and proclaims, “Now we go to school!” He gets a nearfall off a Northern Lights suplex though. Hot tag to Billy, they finish with that move where Billy falls on a guy who is up on Bart’s shoulder at 4:29. I’ve never heard a name for it.

Next up, Vince brings out Money Inc. He stirs the pot bringing up how they are no longer the WWF tag team champions and the Steiner brothers are. IRS tells us that they have a rematch clause in the contract they signed when they lost the tag belts, which they will be exercising. We switch gears over to Ted DiBiase who mentions Razor Ramon being stupid with his money. He lets some nobody beat him on national TV and then lets the Kid work him up to $10,000 just to get in the ring with him. Then when Razor gets the match with him, he lets the Kid get away with robbery. DiBiase thinks Razor should go to college where the dumb Steiners went: Michigan University. Once he gets a letter jacket, he can come back to the WWF and team with the Steiners. We’ll call them Moe, Larry, and Curly. *Cue signature DiBiase laugh.* Crowd is already chanting “Razor”, ensuring a face turn for the guy.

  • Adam Bomb (w/Johnny Polo) vs. PJ Walker

Quick squash for Adam Bomb. He destroys Walker with a short-arm clothesline out on the floor. Back in, the Slingshot Clothesline leads to the ATOM SMASHER for the win in 2:11.

  • Crush vs. Bastion Booger

Heenan notices some fat on Booger’s shoulders that looks like a hump. Heenan – “At least you can’t pin him!” Is that a Ding Dongs reference? Anyways, Booger turns the tide when he avalanches Crush against the ringpost. We go back inside for a bearhug that lasts forever. McMahon and Heenan make comments on a strange stench in the arena. When it’s time for Crush’s comeback, he lands a suplex. Three slams later and Crush is your winner. (5:40) Obviously trying to build up the Stars & Stripes Challenge, even though Yokozuna is 150 pounds heavier than the Booger. ¾*

Retired running back for the NY Giants Joe Morris hangs out with Randy Savage at an empty Giants Stadium to hype the S&SC on July 4.

NEXT WEEK: 1-2-3 Kid will be here, Bam Bam Bigelow returns to RAW, and Mr. Perfect appears! Also, exclusive footage from the Stars & Stripes Challenge!

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