WWE Raw Retro Coverage – April 26, 1993: A surprisingly good match between Lex Luger and Crush, Bobby Heenan on commentary, Shawn Michaels promo, Mr. Perfect vs. Damien Demento, Mr. Hughes, a sweet moment
By Haydn Gleed
WWE Raw on the USA Network
New York City, New York at the Manhattan Center
We opened immediately with the show's opening credits followed by a shot of The Manhattan Center. Vince McMahon reminded us that the show was live. He introduced "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. The crowd chanted weasel at Bobby, which Bobby exclaimed made the crowd very rude.
In the ring, from the outer reaches of your mind, was Damien Demento. His opponent made his entrance, Mr Perfect. He got a great reaction...
1. Damien Demento vs Mr. Perfect. Macho Man mentioned Rob Bartlett, and Vince joked that Bartlett said he didn't want to be on the same team as Heenan. Awww shame. After about 30 seconds of Demento talking to the voices, they locked up. Quick back and for, which Perfect got the advantage of with a dropkick which sent Damien to the outside. On the outside Damien starts talking to himself again.
Back in the ring, Damien caught Perfect with an elbow which he sold like a demon. Perfect came back with a kick to the face, and then got thrown to the outside. In fact it was straight at the camera man. I don't know if it was intentional, but it looked awesome.
Damien was in control back inside the ring and whipped Perfect into the turnbuckle. Perfect sold back pain. The Brain commentated that Perfect had "an achy breaky back", brilliant. The crowd were chanting at Damien LSD.
Damien was in complete control and beat on Perfect in the corner until Perfect blocked a punch and came back with his signature maneuvers. Demento cut him off with an elbow to the mid section. Damien went for a splash but Perfect got his knees up. Bobby asked Vince if they could get rid of Savage. Perfect set Damien up for the Perfect Plex which he hit for the 1-2-3.
Mr Perfect beat Damien Demento in 4:56.
Retro Verdict: Decent for a five minute match. Both men looked strong. Good stuff. On a side note, this week was the first time I had listened to the commentary in several shows, because Heenan is just so damn good.
Vince threw to a video package title "There's no hope in dope"... Back in the arena, Bobby says that one of the crowd is going to propose to his girlfriend, and Heenan is going to make her say no.
"The Narcissist" Lex Luger made his entrance. He did his usual shtick of standing in front of a mirror to de-robe. Vince said that Jack Tunney made a decision on the weekend that there was nothing he could do about the metal plate in Luger's forearm. His opponent Crush made his entrance...
2. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger vs Crush. The bell rang and both men stared at each other before circling the ring. They locked up and Crush got the upper hand in the power department. Bobby went on a rant about why marriage was bad. Crush and Lex locked up in a test of strength, which Crush was getting the upper hand of, until he got kicked down by Lex.
Luger only got Crush down to his knees before he made a comeback. Crush picked Lex up in a bench press position. Very impressive feat of strength. Lex bailed to the outside. Back in the ring, they locked up and Lex caught Crush with a cheap shot to the face. Lex had the upper hand and tried to whip Crush into the ropes but it was reversed. Crush hit a nice looking dropkick and we headed for a break.
We came back and Crush had the upper hand. He hit a belly to belly suplex for a close 2 count. Luger was shot into the corner, Crush went for a splash but missed. Lex threw Crush to the outside and followed with an axe handle. He scooped up Crush and rammed his back into the ring post. Lex threw Crush into the ring and stomped him down. Luger targeted the back and got Crush into a bear hug. Crush broke the hold and caught Lex with a number of punches. He bounced off the ropes, but Luger caught him with a powerslam.
Luger tried to suplex Crush but was blocked, and Crush hit a supplex of his own. Crush hit a back suplex and Luger begged off. Scoop slam by Crush followed by a leg drop. Very very close 2 count. Crush setup for head squash, he got it in and it looked like Lex was out. Crush released the hold as he got distracted by Doink who was on the second tier. He held the rope down for Doink, but Doink didn't move. The camera panned to the other side of the arena, and we saw another Doink. Luger came up from behind and caught Crush with his forearm in the back knocking Crush to the outside. Tim White counted him out...
Lex Luger beat Crush in 13:00.
Retro Verdict: Okay, be honest with me here. If I had told you that this was one of the best matches I had seen on Raw in 1993, you would call me crazy right? Just looking at the wrestlers, Lex Luger and Crush, they don't scream entertainment, do they? But I promise you this, I was more entertained by this match then any other since Bret Hart vs. Fatu at the beginning of March 1993. Seriously. Crush looked a bit stupid letting go of his hold to go after an enemy who was on the second tier of the arena, but the visual of the two Doinks on opposite sides of the arena was great. All round, probably the best 15 minutes or so of Raw since the first episode in January 1993, and no I haven't been drinking.
Vince announced that the King Of The Ring qualifiers start next week on various WWF shows... Mr Hughes made his way down the aisle with no music. Mr Hughes aka Curtis Hughes, went on to stay in the WWF until just after the King Of The Ring tournament, before going to ECW as a bodyguard for then World Champion Shane Douglas. He would make a return to WWF in 1997 & 1999 as a bodyguard for HHH and then Chris Jericho.
3. Mr. Hughes vs. Jason Knight. Mr Hughes didn't take his glasses off for a second during the match. He knocked Jason Knight down with several kicks to the mid section. He picked him up for a slam but threw him halfway across the ring.
Bobby was shown watching live TV at ringside, including a music video where Heenan started singing along. Mr Hughes picked up Jason Knight and hit about three consecutive back breakers. The ending came when Mr Hughes shot Knight into the ropes and caught him with a chokeslam.
Mr. Hughes beat Jason Knight in 2:07.
Retro Verdict: Nothing really to the match, decent debut by Mr Hughes showing off his power. Heenan just cracked me up.
Vince was in the ring and he introduced the Intercontinental champion Shawn Michaels who made his entrance. He was carrying the title belt with the white strap, which I always loved. Vince pointed out that at some point, his path will have to cross Mr Perfect. Shawn Michaels acted scared. Vince announced that next week Shawn Michaels would be putting his belt up against Hacksaw Jim Duggan, to no response.
Shawn Michaels said that he can't explain or describe how fed up he is of coming to New York City, he got good heat for that. Shawn held up the belt and said he doesn't need anyone to stand behind him he won it by himself. He turned his attention to Hacksaw who he said doesn't know if he's coming or going. The crowd were chanting something at Shawn. It got the attention of Vince and Shawn, but I couldn't quite understand what they were saying.
Shawn said it doesn't matter who you are, everybody will get a chance at the belt. Vince turned the conversation back to Mr Perfect as footage was shown of the backstage beat down at WrestleMania. Shawn started to run his mouth when Perfect was making his way down the aisle. The ref's held him back as Shawn was in the ring motioning him to get in the ring. As Perfect tried to get in the ring Shawn kicked him in the head. By the time he recovered, Shawn had ran to the back.
Howard Cross and Joey Smith were shown in the crowd when we got back from the break. Typhoon made his entrance to almost no reaction. His opponent in the ring was Von Krus...
4. Typhoon vs Von Krus. Von Krus tried to trash talk Typhoon before they locked up. Von Krus caught Typhoon with a couple of shots but got reversed into the corner and got back body dropped. Hacksaw Jim Duggan was on the line. He said he would be worried if he had a young daughter or had a photo shoot, but Shawn should be worried. Duggan said be prepared to get beat up tough guy hoooooo! Him and Heenan then shot barbs at each other.
Back in the ring, Von Krus was actually in charge and hit Typhoon with a shot to the groin. Typhoon recovered and squash Krus in the corner. He came off the ropes and hit a big splash...
Typhoon beat Von Krus via pinfall in 2:37.
Retro Verdict: Best way to describe this? Meh! It wasn't all that bad, just action in the ring while they let Duggan have the spotlight on the phone.
Bobby walked up to the couple, where the bloke was going to propose to his girlfriend. The guy asked the lady to marry him. She said yes. That was a really sweet nice moment fair play... Back from the break, Vince ran down next weeks show including the main event of Shawn Michaels vs Hacksaw.
Retro Verdict: Probably my favourite Raw so far. Call me crazy, and no it's not just because Bobby Heenan was on commentary instead of Rob Bartlett.......okay, maybe a little. We had a good match between Lex Luger and Crush, we had a decent match between Demento and Perfect. Two squash matches which did what they had to do, a lot of laugh out loud moments with the interaction on commentary, and a really sweet moment. I do wonder if that couple is still together.
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