WWE Raw Retro Coverage – June 14, 1993: Fallout from King Of The Ring…..Sort Of, Marty Jannetty vs. Doink, 1-2-3 Kid answers Razor Ramon’s challenge, Mr. Perfect, Jerry Lawler, and Owen Hart in action
By Haydn Gleed
WWE Raw on the USA Network
New York City, New York at the Manhattan Center
Raw opened with a video of Yokozuna winning the WWF Championship from the night before at the King Of The Ring. An advertisement was plugging that the VHS would be available on the 12th August. An interview was shown conducted by Mean Gean Okerlund the previous night after the King Of The Ring PPV.
Mean Gene asked Fuji why he wanted to hold a celebration in the USA. Fuji said that they won the belt in America so he will show it off in America. Mean Gene asked when this celebration would take place, which Fuji replied 4th July.
Geno wasn't happy about this and asked why they would hold it on that day of all days which Fuji brushed off. Oakland asked where would it be held and Fuji replied it will be a historical landmark. Mean Gene was disgusted and started shouting at Mr Fuji as the Raw graphics and music played.
Retro Verdict: Nice tease to show the viewers what happened who didn't buy the PPV without giving away what actually happened to lead to that moment.
The Raw sirens blared as Vince McMahon welcomed us to Monday Night Raw. Vince said he was with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage... Mr Perfect made his entrance as the commentary team talked about how fantastic the match between him and Bret Hart was the night before at King Of The Ring. Perfect's opponent was L.A. Gore...
1. Mr Perfect vs L.A. Gore. L.A. Gore got cocky at the start after he escaped a mat hold from Perfect, and actually had a good chunk of offence at the start, but Perfect soon took over with a number of chops in the corner. Perfect hit a big knee to the face and he played to the crowd to a big pop. Perfect hit a chop which echoed in the Manhattan Center. He whipped L.A. Gore into the ropes, Gore reversed the whip and bent down, but Perfect stopped himself, put him in position for the Perfectplex and got the 1-2-3.
Mr Perfect defeated L.A. Gore in 3:02 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: No big shocks here, everything Perfect did looked good.
They showed the announcers at ringside who promoted that later would be Marty Jannetty against Doink The Clown... Back from the commercials, Razor Ramon was walking down the aisle with a bag full of money over his shoulder. In the ring, Vince was holding a microphone, and said over the last couple of weeks, Razor has become increasingly frustrated with the loss to the 1-2-3 kid. He said 1-2-3 slowly which the crowd picked up on and started chanting.
Vince said it doesn't appear that the Kid will get back in the ring for any amount of money. Razor said, oh chico, he thinks he's figured it out. Stick man, you don't have to try and beat me, because everybody knows that nobody can beat the bad guy. Vince asked how does it feel that everywhere he goes since he lost, he has 1-2-3 chanted at him.
Razor got back on track and said that he has upped the amount of money to $10,000. He said with this kind of money you could go out and buy a life, which made Bobby laugh out loud. Razor said to Vince with this kind of money you could get that personality transplant you've been wanting. Razor said stick man that he hears him talking about helping his family, but help yourself chico. Get back in the ring, in front of your fans, and let the bad guy prove that last time was a fluke.
Vince asked what happens if they have the rematch and he beats you again. Razor said yeah lets have a good laugh at that, ha ha ha. Everybody knows that Razor is the main man, and he will prove it as soon as the kid steps into the ring.
As Razor went to leave the ring, he got a handful of cash out of his bag, and gestured he was going to throw it into the crowd, but at the last second stopped and laughed. Simple heel tactics there ladies and gentlemen.
Retro Verdict: I was slightly confused by this, as last week Razor said that Kid had agreed to fight him for $7,500 but this week he upped it to $10,000. I went back to check, and yes on last week's show, Scott Hall said that he had agreed to fight him. That aside, which was just a silly wee mistake by the looks of it, Razor was always entertaining on the stick so I enjoyed this. It's getting to the point now though that the Kid has to get into the ring otherwise these promos will start wearing out their welcome.
Back from the break, and Doink's music played. Doink made his way down to the ring while drinking a can of Pepsi, and then went underneath the ring. Finkel and the ref were looking around looking confused. Doink came out the other side of the ring and he sprayed the announcers. Marty made his way down to the ring to his old rockers music.
2. Doink vs. Marty Jannetty. Bobby commentated on Jerry Lawler's "crowning" of King Of The Ring winner Bret Hart, which Macho Man didn't find particularly funny. Marty tried to get in the ring, but Doink kept swiping him away. Marty grabbed his leg from outside the ring, but Doink pushed his foot into Marty's face.
Doink attacked Marty outside the ring before throwing him back in. Chops in the corner from Doink and he whipped Marty to the corner. Doink tried to follow up but ran into Marty's elbow. Marty went up to the top rope, jumped off and looked like he was going for a bulldog, but missed him, but the camera angle sort of made up for it.
Marty had Doink down in an armbar, but Doink made it to his feet and threw forarms into Marty's face. Off the ropes and a shoulder charge, and Doink is very much on the upper hand. Doink mocked him by fake crying. Jannetty was on the apron and Doink went to smash his head into the turnbuckle but Marty blocked it.
Jannetty came back into the ring by diving between Doink's legs. Doink went for a drop kick but Jannetty moved and he got a 2 count. Jannetty had Doink in a facelock as we went for a commercial break. Back from the break and both men were on their feet. Marty jumped over the top of Doink and hit a dropkick. Marty went into the arm bar, but Doink threw him outside the ring. Both men slugged it out outside the ring, which Jannetty got the better of and threw Doink in the ring. He went up top and hit a crossbody for a close 2 count.
Marty ran the ropes but ran into a powerslam. Doink kept Marty down with a few elbow drops and then applied a submission hold. Doink released the hold and stomped on Marty before hitting a back drop. He then re-applied another leverage hold. Marty got to his feet but was slammed back down. Doink went to the top rope and, not sure if this is the correct term but hit a bumbomb on Marty. If Doink was 400 pounds heavier it would have been a Yokozuna finishing move. He wasted too much time and only got a 2 count on the pinfall.
Doink went up to the middle ropes and came down with an axe handle. He then went to the top rope but Marty caught him and he threw him across the ring. Punches to the mid section and he fired him into the ropes. He hit a flying elbow followed by a dropkick and a suplex.
The finish came when both men fell to the outside, and they had a slugfest on the floor, followed by a superkick by Jannetty. The ref called for the bell as both men were counted out. After the bell rang, they both continued fighting as Finkel made the official announcement of the double count out. Doink tried to jump back in the ring, but the referees were holding him back.
Doink and Marty Jannetty fought to a double count out in 10:03 (TV Time).
Retro Verdict: Pretty good showing by both men. You had Marty doing the high flying moves, and Doink with the ground based co-ordination, I enjoyed that match.
3. Owen Hart vs Dan Dubiel. Owen Hart was on offence for 90% of the match. Vince announced at the beginning of the match that they were attempting to get hold of the 1-2-3 Kid. Halfway through the match they managed to get hold of him, and 1-2-3 Kid sounded nervous and asked, "Are we on TV right now? Are we live?". Vince asked what has happened to his career since he beat Razor Ramon. 1-2-3 Kid said since that day he's had phone calls from all over the world from promoters wanting him to come into their companies. He said he was in Japan right now. Vince asked what they think about Yoko winning the belt, and the kid said that it was all over the newspapers.
Vince then asked the million dollar question asking if he would take the $10,000 to face Razor next week. 1-2-3 Kid said "excuse me? £10,000?", he asked if it was cash. Vince said yes or no? The Kid said he will do it! The finish of the match came when Owen went to the top rope and hit a big drop kick followed by a bridge suplex...
Owen Har beat Dan Dubiel in 3:36 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: The match was second to the interview with the 1-2-3 Kid. Owen looked decent against the jobber. Sean Waltman sounded nervous by design on the phone and it was a good humble likeable interview.
They showed the announcers at ringside, and they talked about what happened to The Undertaker when Mr Hughes attacked him to steal the urn. They showed footage from Superstars of Harvey Whippleman bringing down the Giant Gonzalez to ringside to distract The Undertaker. With The Undertaker fighting off Gonzalez, Whippleman's other man Mr Hughes came down to the ring and beat on Paul Bearer. Mr Hughes took the Urn and started to beat The Undertaker down with it. They showed pretty much the same footage that they showed at the King Of The Ring PPV.
They went back to the announcers and Macho Man offered his analysis. Macho Man said he wanted The Undertaker to take out Mr Hughes, and that he believes in The Undertaker. Back from the commercials, Jerry Lawler made his way to the ring. He was wearing a bright pink and black robe and singlet. Macho Man pointed out that he was wearing the same colours as Bret Hart who he beat on the previous night at KOTR.
Before getting in the ring, Lawler got a microphone and said, "If you idiots knew how much I hate each and every one of you. When I walk down the aisle, you should get down on your hands and knees and kiss my feet." He said the next person to call him Burger King he is going to come out there and shove his fist down their throats. This of course prompted the crowd to chant Burger King. Bobby Heenen walked out of commentary in protest.
4. Jerry Lawler vs. Mark Thomas. Jerry's pink singlet is hurting my eyes, so glad this is not in HD! The crowd were getting on Lawler's back. Lawler and Mark locked up, and Jerry backed him into the corner and hit a cheap shot when they broke. All the way through the match the crowd chanted Burger King, this is real heat ladies and gentlemen. Lawler hit a DDT on Thomas. All of a sudden Bobby came over the air and said you will never guess the scoop that Mr Fuji had just told him. He said Mr Fuji has planned Yokozuna's celebration party at a US historical venue, and he has issued a challenge to any American professional athlete, not just wrestling, to slam Yokozuna.
Vince asked why would Fuji do that? Heenen said that Fuji wants to embarrass all American athletes in the world. Back in the ring, Mark Thomas had a hope spot, but it was cut short by Lawler. He hit a piledriver for the 1-2-3 pinfall...
Jerry "The King" Lawler beat Mark Thomas in 3:55 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: A lot happened in that segment. Jerry Lawler was fantastic and once again showed why he was one of the best heels in the business. He managed to get the crowd to hate him more than they did already by his talking and mannerism's. The announcement by Bobby Heenen was newsworthy at the time. Having other athletes outside wrestling taking part in a worked angle was quite the novelty back then. Looking forward to re-viewing it in a couple of weeks.
Back from the final commercial, Vince gave the sales pitch for next week's Raw by announcing a 2 out of 3 falls match between Marty Jannetty and Doink, and also Razor Ramon vs The 1-2-3 Kid. Going to be good!
Retro Verdict: I'm not sure if this was a taped show or if it was live, but it certainly had the feel of a taped show. Everything just seemed sort of filler and didn't flow from the PPV the night before. That being said it wasn't a bad way to spend 40 minutes of your time watching it. Marty Jannetty and Doink put on a decent match and the feud between Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid developed nicely, with both mini-feuds looking to continue next week
I can't think of anything particularly bad that I want to moan about, which is not like me. Everything was either good or acceptable so I can't exactly recommend the show if you have the Network, but you won't be bored if you do decide to watch it.
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