WWF: Monday Night Raw (02.15.93)

Monday Night Raw
February 15, 1993
New York City
Manhattan Center

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (10/12/1992)
Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels (10/27/1992)
World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (10/13/1992)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett.

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Glen Ruth & Bobby Who

Is this guy named Bobby Who merely for Abbott and Costello references? Randy Savage has trouble with his headset during this match. Not much to report though as the Steiners throw these two jobbers around like nobody’s business. STEINER BULLDOG gets the win at 3:33.

  • Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Ross Greenberg

Savage still can’t get his microphone right. Vince informs us that Yokozuna did a number on Jim Duggan last week on Superstars. They’ll give us an update on the man after this match. BANZAI DROP ends Greenberg at 2:03. Finally, Savage just takes Bartlett’s headset and ends this charade. No more Bartlett for the night!

Time for a Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes: He takes us back to WWF Superstars, 2/6/93. After Jim Duggan became the first man to knock Yokozuna off his feet, Yokozuna threw salt in his eyes and gave him a pair of BANZAI DROPS! The second one had the American flag covered over Duggan! Needless to say, Duggan did the stretcher job and we may never see this man again.

Back to Raw, Vince tells us that everybody who said they would compete in the 16-man battle royal heard that Giant Gonzales would be one of the sixteen entries, the other fifteen refused to be a part of the match. So now for the sake of the battle royal, Gonzales will no longer be involved.

Let Us Take You Back: Superstars, 2/13/93. Giant Gonzales destroys Louie Spiccoli in a 3-on-1 handicap match that sends the other two jobbers running scared.

  • 15-Man Battle Royal

The competitors include: Owen Hart, Kamala, Kim Chee, Tatanka, El Matador, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Koko B. Ware, Iron Mike Sharpe, Damien Demento, Bob Backlund, Typhoon, Berzerker, Terry Taylor, and Skinner. It’s a total gimmick battle royal if there ever was one. Shawn and Razor take their sweet time getting into the battle royal, which should point out who will be around for the end. From the list above, you can probably guess who the first four eliminated are. Sharpe, Koko, Skinner, and Demento. Surprising or maybe not so surprising, Owen is the next one out. Berzerker takes a “superkick” from Kamala that sends him flipping out to the floor. Kim Chee assists Typhoon to get rid of Kamala. That turns ugly as Kim Chee puts the bad mouth on Kamala once he’s gone. Being the uncontrollable Ugandan giant that he is and how Slick is absolutely powerless in his efforts to stop him, Kamala jumps back in the ring and tosses Kim Chee out. Kamala continues to go after Kim Chee through the crowd and back towards the concession stand as we go to commercial. Awesome. When we come back, the spotlight catches Kamala now chasing Kim Chee up in the balcony. Now Taylor and Backlund are gone. Out goes Typhoon thanks to HBK. Now it’s down to the final four: Santana, Tatanka, Michaels, and Ramon. They split up into face-heel teams. Shawn goes after Tatanka while Razor and Matador duke it out. Ramon takes a Flying Jalapeno, but Santana decides to help Tatanka with HBK instead of tossing out Razor. While Ramon rests in the corner, Tatanka and El Matador deliver double-team turnbuckle smashes to HBK, allowing him to show us his best Curt Hennig overselling. He eventually gets caught up on the top turnbuckle and punted out by the babyfaces. Razor tries to attack from behind, but the numbers game catches up to him. As Tatanka and Santana try and toss out Razor, in comes GIANT GONZALES! He pulls Tatanka and Santana off Razor and give them DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKERS! While Razor rolls out to the floor, Gonzales throws the other two out and then hops over the top rope himself thinking that he’s won the battle royal. Since everyone else is completely out of the match except for one man, Razor Ramon wins by default. (13:37 shown) Good bit of nostalgia I guess, but this one sucked if you were looking for any kind of story to follow. *½

  • Ted DiBiase (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Brutus Beefcake

This is Beefcake’s in-ring return match to the WWF since his parasailing accident on July 4 1990. According to Vince, Jimmy Hart says he didn’t want to split up his tag team champs to have this match. From ringside, Jimmy continually reminds DiBiase that Beefcake is NO push over. Savage is worried about Beefcake’s facial type situation. His words. Beefcake struts around to avoid tying up early on here. DiBiase finally hits him with a knee to the gut, but Beefcake fires back and punches him out to the floor. They go through that song and dance once again, but this time Beefcake tells DiBiase that he can kiss his rear end. Here comes Irwin R. Schyster complete with briefcase! Jimmy walks over and asks him what he’s doing out here while Beefcake grinds on a headlock. As DiBiase shoves Beefcake off into the ropes, IRS blasts him from behind with the briefcase in plain sight of the ref for the DQ. (4:26) Now here’s where Money Inc. REALLY shines. After they put the boots to Beefcake, DiBiase holds him up for IRS to BASH the briefcase into Beefcake’s reconstructed facial situation! Jimmy Hart PLEADS for IRS not to do it, but he gets shoved away. BAM! Briefcase to the face! Jimmy Hart jumps on Beefcake and shows him some mercy. Now DiBiase wants a turn, but Jimmy Hart begs him to stop. As Money Inc. walks to the back laughing, Jimmy Hart stays in the ring with Beefcake until he’s carted out on a gurney. It’s like he’s holding his face together! Once he’s carted out, Savage points out that there’s a big bunch of blood on the mat. Big angle-driven TV match, but nothing much else. *

Next week: Money Inc. will be in action. It also wouldn’t surprise Vince if Hulk Hogan shows up either! Plus, a special six-man tag with Tatanka and the Nasty Boys taking on Shawn Michaels and the Beverly Brothers.

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