WWF: Monday Night Raw (02.22.93)

Monday Night Raw
February 22, 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.

  • Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Scott Taylor

Boy, the NYC crowd loved seeing Bigelow tear into poor Scotty Too Hotty. Just a massacre. Bigelow wins after a pair of flying headbutts at 3:02.

Earlier in the week, Vince McMahon sat down with Hulk Hogan to discuss the future of Hulkamania. Hulk says it’s so exciting, that he can’t possibly put it into words, while looking down at the floor. Anyways, Hulk admits that he’s just a human being, then in the next breath thanks his Hulkamaniacs for not believing the blamescream media’s lies told about the Hulkster. So you’re admitting that you are a human being that makes mistakes, but you’re also saying that the MSM said things about you that aren’t true? Which is it? It can’t be both, Hulk. There’s now FIVE commandments to Hulkamania. Train, say your prayers, eat your vitamins, believe in yourself, and (blindly) believe in Hulk Hogan. Now what are you going to say on Monday Night Raw, Hulkster?

  • The Nasty Boys & Tatanka vs. The Beverly Brothers & Shawn Michaels

The Beverly Duo have turned into quite the JTTS team over the past several months. It’s insanity to start as the Nasties and Tatanka clean house on the heels. Shawn takes a backdrop to the floor where he winds up right in front of the announce table. Back inside, the Bevs receive a Pit Stop by the Nasties. Knobbs misses a corner charge and becomes *your* face-in-peril. Hot tag to Tatanka, he starts the arm work on Beau. There’s an ad break in here somewhere. Next thing you know, Knobbs is back in the ring and ruins EVERYTHING by taking a bump to the floor right next to the heel corner. Shawn and Beau have some fun with him around ringside. I really thought Tatanka would be the guy to get worked over for the most part since that would be more interesting, but nope. The heels cut off tags until Knobbs and Michaels KO each other. HOT TAG TO TATANKA! Take that, Jerry. He gets his hands on HBK and starts up the War Dance. Flying Chop gets 1-2-NO! PAPOOSE TO GO! Cover, 1-2-NO! Beau makes the save with a legdrop. As the match breaks down, the tag teams head to the floor. Inside, Shawn goes for the TEARDROP SUPLEX, which Tatanka counters into a sunset flip for the 1-2-3! (12:40 shown) WHAT A MANEUVER! Typical formula match with too much Brian Knobbs. **¼

Sean Mooney is outside in the cold hanging out with a bunch of Hulkamaniacs. Apparently by 1993, Hulkamaniacs are the type of guys who aren’t allowed to be in the Manhattan Center.

  • Crush vs. Terry Taylor

Speaking of JTTS, time for Terrific Terry Taylor. Lots of head psychology in this match. Crush gives Taylor a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker to set up the much lamer finisher = the KONA CLUTCH. It’s a head vice. Crush wins with the head vice at 3:41. I know you guys are pumped for Crush v. Doink at WrestleMania!

Let Us Take You Back: Monday Night Raw, 2/15/93. Against the wishes of their manager Jimmy Hart, Money Inc bashed a steel briefcase over Brutus Beefcake’s previously repaired face!

Time for the special interview In This Very Ring with Vince McMahon. Hulk Hogan is under the delusion that Hulkamania is running wilder than ever. He recounts the actions of Money Inc that we just saw a few moments ago and informs us that Brutus Beefcake is okay. That’s the good news, brothers. He also thanks the Big Man Upstairs and Jimmy Hart for sticking up for Brutus Beefcake. Oh by the way, Hulk announces that he’s back in the WWF. Actually a huge pop! Next, he brings out Brutus. The man’s face is BRUISED with makeup all over it! Seems that DiBiase and IRS forgot that nothing can shatter Beefcake’s titanium face. He takes a moment to thank the Big Man Upstairs and also Jimmy Hart. Haven’t we heard this already? As for Money Inc., Hulk says he wants to start ‘seizing their assets one at a time’ and brings out Jimmy Hart. Gee, what a shocker! Jimmy comes out in his red and yellow suit and deems the Hulkster and Beefcake as the greatest tag team of all time. Jimmy says he’s going to start taking his vitamins now (just now, but never would have before this) and Money Inc. better start saying their PRAYERRRRRRRRRRRRS. Hulk takes a moment to think up the team name – the Mega Maniacs – like it’s something new. Whatcha gonna do, Money Incorporated? Let the shirt tearing and posing begin!

  • The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Skinner

Apparently Hulk Hogan is an egomaniac the size of which would make Sigmund Freud blush and went a little long. That means that we just have only a few moments to bask in the glory of SKINNER! Time to go, folks.



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