Monday Night Raw
July 12, 1993
New York City
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 World Champion Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Crush
We kick things off right with the main event. Yoko throws away the ceremonial bouquets given to him because he is PISSED tonight. The crowd is singing the American national anthem and chanting for “USA”. It’s quite an atmosphere. Crush knocks Yoko to the floor to start. Back in, Crush nails one Stinger Splash, but misses another to turn the tide. Yoko applies a nerve hold to take us into commercial. When we return, there’s more of the nerve hold. Yoko misses a buttalanche, causing a Crush comeback. Clothesline puts down Yoko and a Flying Shoulder Tackle does as well for 1-2-NO! Crush heads up again, but Fuji whacks him down to the floor with his flagpole. Yoko slams Crush on the floor. Back inside, we get the Belly to Belly Suplex and the Leg Drop. However, it’s the BANZAI DROP that secures the win. (11:09 shown) But that’s not all. Yoko proceeds to give him not one, not two, but THREE MORE Banzai Drops! Tatanka and later various jobbers tried to make a save, but failed instantly. Yoko wanted to give Crush a fifth Banzai Drop, but Randy Savage and Tatanka pull him out to safety. Savage scares Yoko and Fuji away with a chair as some trainers bring down a stretcher. **¼
After the break, Crush does the stretcher job. Heenan blames this all on Lex Luger.
- The Headshrinkers (w/Afa) vs. Aaron Ferguson & PJ Walker
While Savage is with Crush, Vince and Heenan take care of commentary. They get the jobbers mixed up. PJ Walker takes flight during a double backdrop and lands on his head. Samu takes his head off for certain with a clothesline and rolls him over to Ferguson. They give him the double face slam and the Flying Splash ends this whole thing at 3:23. Brutal squash! PJ still isn’t moving.
- Tatanka vs. The Brooklyn Brawler
Savage returns to the commentary table to tell us that Crush is having trouble breathing and he’s being taken to a hospital. Heenan and Savage have an exchange about why you should never care about people. You should be able to guess who is backing which viewpoint. After Brawler punishes Tatanka with a chinlock and chokes him with his NYY t-shirt, Tatanka starts up the WAR DANCE. Flying head chop is followed by the PAPOOSE-TO-GO for the win. (7:13) Way too long of a JTTS match. ½*
- Mr. Hughes (w/Harvey Wippleman) vs. Tony DeVito
Some man who resembles Gene Okerlund from behind carries out a black wreath and stands it up right outside the ring for this match. Hughes drills DeVito with a chokeslam of sorts to send a message to the Undertaker. That gets the win at 2:13. Afterwards, Hughes sees who sent him a black wreath and rips it apart. I mean, who else sends black wreaths but the Undertaker? Vince ribs on Hughes for taking so long to read such a simple card. Makes me wonder if that wasn’t why they ended his push?
- Adam Bomb (w/Johnny Polo) vs. Scott Atami
Savage tells Heenan to shut up about Crush once and for all. ATOM SMASHER is all this ham-and-egger can handle at 2:39.
NEXT WEEK: HBK vs. Jannetty III – for the IC title! 1-2-3 Kid will be in action! Plus, Men on a Mission debuts! Tiny Tim will be a guest in the King’s Court, but you don’t have to watch that.