WWE Raw Retro Coverage – May 24, 1993: The debut of Adam Bomb, followup to the shocking 1-2-3 Kid win over Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect vs. Doink in a King Of The Ring qualifying match
By Haydn Gleed
WWE Raw on the USA Network
New York City, New York at the Manhattan Center
The opening video and music played to start the show, followed by the Raw sirens. Vince McMahon welcomed us to Monday Night Raw and introduced "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Vince ran down what we can expect from the show, including an interview with a disgruntled Razor Ramon, Money Inc. and Adam Bomb making his debut. Brain talks about how Johnny Polo had really built up this guy as something special. Vince then hyped a King Of The Ring qualifying match between Doink and Mr Perfect...
Retro Verdict: Sounds like it's going to be a fun show. Looking forward to Razor Ramon reaction, and Doink vs. Perfect.
Doink made his entrance and instead of his usual smiley then sad self, he was sporting a very serious look on his face and brushing off the fans who were trying to touch him. He immediately climbed under the ring, as Vince announced that Lord Alfred Hayes was outside demanding to come on the air.
Alfred was outside in the street, and he said that he had seen who walked down the aisle and who crawled under the ring. But he said look who's standing by the side of him. The camera pulled back and there was Doink with a confused look on his face.
Doink said he is not standing outside with Alfred, he's under the ring, and it's all an illusion. With that he stole Lord Alfred's flower and squirted water in his face.
Retro Verdict: Interesting, but we can sort of see where this was going. I feel sorry for poor Alfred, they make him stand outside in the street all night and not let him in the building.
Back in the arena, the ref was checking under the ring when Doink popped out with Alfred's flower.
Mr Perfect made his entrance as a graphic reminded us that this was a King Of The Ring qualifying match.
1. Donk vs Mr Perfect in a King Of The Ring Qualifying match. Doink charged at Perfect to begin the match and wrapped Perfect's towel around his neck to get the early advantage. Doink stood in the middle of the ring and used the towel to clean his crotch. This seemed to anger Perfect who came back and used the towel to choke him. We went into the commercial with Perfect on the offence.
Back from the break, Doink was in the corner with Perfect pounding on him focusing on his leg. Doink gained the advantage with a big kick to the chest. He threw Perfect to the outside. Doink came down with axe handle but sold his leg upon landing. He pulled Perfect back onto the apron by Perfect's hair and knocked him back down with a forarm.
Perfect managed to get a head scissors on Doink, but he managed to leverage his way out of the hold and caught him with a few more kicks. He applied an arm bar and was wearing down Perfect, who after a minute got out of the hold by attacking the bad wheel of Doink. A few chops and Perfect applied a leglock which Doink broke with a thumb in the eye. Doink got heated and really attacked Perfect on the outside including throwing him into the ring post. The action descended into a brawl .
Doink was on top and wrapped Perfect's arm around the ring post. Doink continued punishing the arm with stomps on the shoulders and a powerslam with Perfects arm behind his back. Back from another break, and both men were exchanging blows. Perfect got the advantage with a clothesline off the ropes. Perfect then clotheslined Doink over the top rope. Another Doink ran down to the ringside area and climbed under the ring.
With Perfect and the ref talking inside the ring, the second Doink swapped under the ring. The fresh Doink came into the ring and immediately got the advantage. Vince finally caught on that it was a different Doink when he noticed the difference in the face paint. Despite the switch of Doinks, Perfect hit the Perfect Plex and got the 1-2-3. Straight after the bell rang, the original Doink ran in and attacked Perfect. Both Doinks continued their attack for at least a minute until Crush ran out and made the save...
Mr Perfect beat Doink via pinfall in a King Of The Ring qualifying match in 11:44 (TV Time).
Retro Verdict: Pretty good match, not the best you will see from Mr Perfect, but definitely passable. Could have done without the two Doink business, but whatever.
Back from the commercial, Money Inc. made their way to the ring. Their opponents already in the ring were Mike Bell and Tony Devito. Before the match, DiBiase got on the mic and said that everyone's got a price, especially you New Yorkers. He said he wanted to once again prove his point, and he had a $100 note and was looking for his shoes to be shined. Ted looked around the ring and pointed out a member of the audience. The person they choose looked about 12 years old. The kid got in the ring and started shining IRS's shoes before doing DiBiase's. IRS pointed out that this was earned income so said your cut is $30 and gave that to the kid...
Retro Verdict: Random but fun segment before the match. Only problem is, DiBiase made his point that people will do anything for a quick buck, and he's the heel.
2. Money Inc. vs Mike Bell and Tony Devito. It was Ted and Bell starting this one off. DiBiase got the early advantage and tagged in IRS who came off the top rope with an elbow into the chest. The crowd got right on IRS's back with "Irwin" chants. IRS threw Bell into his corner so he could tag in DeVito.
Money Inc. tagged in an out before DiBiase clotheslined DeVito over the top. IRS worked over Tony with a number of chops and elbows. The commentators talked about what happened with Razor Ramon the week before with Sean Waltman, and announced that he was now going by the name of 1-2-3 Kid. Back in the ring, DiBiase was tearing DeVito apart and making an attempted pin, but pulling him up at the two count. The finish came when IRS came flying off the ropes with a big flying clothesline.
Money Inc. beat Mike Bell and Tony DeVito in 3:50.
Retro Verdict: I hate to say this about a Money Inc. match but that was a very boring near four minutes. Unlike other squash matches that they have been involved in, it didn't particularly do anything to them, and in fact just felt thrown out there to enable Vince and co to get over the other storylines. A bit disappointing, really.
3. Crush vs Bobby Who. Crush made his entrance with a big smile on his face. In a cool impressive spot at the beginning of the match, Bobby Who put a full nelson on Crush, who used his power and strength to get out the hold. Vince recapped that on a show the weekend leading up to this Raw, Crush and Shawn Michaels had competed to a double countout so neither men advanced to the King Of The Ring. Crush lifted Bobby Who for an impressive vertical suplex.
On the outside, Bobby Who was trying to recover, but got knocked down with a big clothesline. Back in the ring, Crush applied a bear hug followed by a big belly to belly suplex. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was having some fun with the name Bobby Who on commentary. Crush motioned that he was going for his finish, and applied his crush submission hold for the win...
Crush beat Bobby Who in 2:54.
Retro Verdict: I did actually enjoy Crush when I was a child, as he did look relatively impressive, and back in 1993 he did have some good flashy moves. However, looking through the lens of an adult, I can see why Crush was always seen as a weak big man. That's why I enjoy doing these, because I get to revisit something that I saw through kids eyes with a new critical adult perspective. Bobby Heenan cracked me up, despite the jokes being somewhat cheesy.
Back from the break, Heenan and Macho Man were discussing the All American show that Heenan and Oakland did at the time. They threw to Vince who was in the ring and introduced Razor Ramon. Razor made his entrance but he looked disgruntled and didn't have the usual cocky, arrogant aura about him. Once in the ring Vince recapped what had happened the week before with the 1-2-3 kid as we saw a video of the moment Razor got pinned.
Vince asked Razor how he felt. Razor told everyone to shut up as he had something to say. He said that stickman, that cockroach did not beat Razor Ramon and no one beats the bad guy. Vince said that it was unquestionably an upset and goes to show that anyone can lose at any time in the WWF. The crowd started chanting 1-2-3 which infuriated Razor. He looked straight at the camera and said, "Hey stick man, I don't even know your name, and I don't care. I am somebody important chico, now I have a deal for you. $2,500, these people here would sell their mothers for this kind of money." He said all he had to do was come down to the ring for a match, and the money would be his. Razor said that he won't have anyone call him a loser.
Vince shifted to the King Of The Ring tournament, and reminded Razor that his first match would be against Bret Hart. With that Bret made his way down the ring. Razor said Hitman this is my interview time. Bret got a mic as the crowd started chanting 1-2-3 again. Bret said that everybody loses, it happens to the best of us. He said for someone who's supposed to be getting psyched up for the King Of The Ring, you'd think Mr Machismo would have the wrestling ability to beat one of the bottom guys. Bret rubbed it in further by saying one of the rookie's beat Mr Machismo. Bret said he thinks that at the King Of The Ring tournament, it's going to be 1-2-3, as Razor hadn't done his homework. Vince rubbed it in further to conclude the interview, as Razor was going crazy in the ring.
Retro Verdict: I really enjoyed the followup to one of the big angles last week, and Razor sold how irritated he was by the whole situation really well. When Bret first came out, I was worried that they would talk about their match as if nothing else had happened, but they played the angle nicely into their King Of The Ring match talk.
Back from the commercials, Bobby Heenan was watching cartoons on his monitor which made me laugh far too much. All of a sudden, Johnny Polo (Raven) came on the TV and told Heenan, don't change the channel, Adam Bomb is about to make his debut.
I don't know if it's my copy of the show or whether this actually happened, but it appeared that they went to a commercial, and when they came back Adam Bomb was already in the ring. I would have imagined as this was his debut, they would have given him an entrance.
His opponent, who wasn't even announced, was Phil Apollo.
4. Adam Bomb vs. Phil Apollo. Adam Bomb looked like an absolute beast, and early in the match he hit a very impressive looking drop kick. Adam Bomb continued to hit big powerful looking moves which Phil Apollo, in all fairness, sold very well. He threw Apollo to the outside and threw him in the metal fences before throwing him back in the ring. Adam went to the top and hit a flying clothesline. Johnny Polo screamed into the camera "Total Destruction" followed by his distinctive laugh. Bomb hit Apollo with a big powerbomb for the easy 1-2-3.
Adam Bomb beat Phil Apollo in 2:34 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: Adam Bomb did look impressive, but at this was his debut, I was really disappointed with how he was presented. Firstly, as I wrote about, there didn't appear to be any kind of entrance of any kind. Secondly, during the match, which only lasted 2:34, Vince promoted firstly the what the live experience of WWF is like, and also a TV show on USA network. You would have thought, that if they wanted to get the guy over they would focus on what he was doing in the ring. Just seemed like a mess to this viewer.
To conclude the show, Vince promoted that next week Marty Jannetty will defend his title against Bam Bam Bigelow with Luna in the corner of Bam Bam and Sherri in the corner of Jannetty.
Retro Verdict: Decent hook for next week, looking forward to reviewing that. What I didn't enjoy reviewing was this show. The show was only 37 minutes long after you take out the commercials and I really found myself struggling to get through it. Aside from the follow up by Razor Ramon on the big angle from last week, everything else was just there.
The Perfect/Doink match was ok, but I think they were banking on it being better than just ok. The three jobber matches were just filler. Adam Bomb's debut was underwhelming and felt rushed. I'm somewhat disappointed with this show. The perfect word to sum up this show would be boring.
If you have seen the show and you disagree, hey no worries, difference of opinions make the world go around. If you want to share why you think it wasn't a bad show hit me up on twitter @haydngleed or drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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