By Haydn Gleed
What you should watch from Raw in April 1993
Lex Luger vs. Crush: This was the match of the month. Yes, you read that right, Luger vs. Crush. It was obviously not the most high flying or fastest pace match you'll ever see, but the psychology was great, the action was good, and despite the screwyish finish with Doink coming out, the visual of two Doinks on two different balconies was really well done. It played in well with the feud between Doink and Crush. It was also a nice continuation of the storyline with the metal plate in Luger's arm with the count out finish. I really enjoyed this.
Bye Bye Bartlett: I'm not sure if this was completely the end of Rob Bartlett, but it sure is moving towards that. I know I have given the man a hard time in my reviews, but he simply didn't have what it took to be a commentator in the whacky world of wrestling. This was never more obvious than when Bobby Heenan stepped into the commentary position in the last episode of April 1993. The Brain was fantastic and as a result everything about the product was elevated.
Build up to mini-feuds: The build up for the mini-feud between Money Inc. and The Beverley Brothers was a Raw exclusive mini-feud, which was natural and different to what we are used to these days. The simple premise that they were helping each other out and one team got mad at the other for a mistake and it escalated into a match was good. The build up was just so sports like I really enjoyed it.
Luna vs. Sherri: Talking of simple, logical feuds, Luna and Sherri simple hated each other and wanted to tear each other to pieces, and this led to some fun moments on Raw in April 1993.
What you should avoid from Raw in April 1993
Friar Ferguson: Quite simply, one of the worst gimmicks I have ever seen. I've watched so much wrestling over the last 25 years, but for the life of me I could not remember this gimmick before going back and watching these shows again. As I said in my review, I honestly believe I locked this gimmick away in a box labelled "do not touch." From the whole monk wannabe gimmick, to putting the bottom of his Monk costume over the face of the opponent and dropping down so his perceived exposed crotch is in his opponents face, to Vince remarking that God is Friar's manager so he will be a force to reckon with... everything just made me cringe.
Whatever happened to that wrestling personality?
Rob Bartlett: Poor Bartlett, I've given him such a hard time over my last three months worth of reviews. I would feel bad if I didn't feel I was justified what I've written. With his time appearing to be up on WWF television in 1993, let's take a look at the man that single handily made it difficult for me to go back to'93 and bring you lovely people these reviews.
Robert James Bartlett was born on May 18, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. His most notable role was appearing on Imus In The Morning on national radio in the United States, where he has been performing impersonations of celebrities such as Dr Phil, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, and others. Bartlett also appeared in TV shows such as Law & Order, Ugly Betty and voice of Marty The Dog on Kenny The Shark.
Rob has been battling Crohn's disease since being diagnosed 1971. In 2008, he was rushed to hospital with a pulmonary embolism after a blood clot lodged between both lungs. Since his recovery, he has become a print spokesmen for the hospital that treated him, and his face can be seen on the posters around New York City.
In 1993, we obviously saw him take up a co-commentators role on the first four months of WWF Raw, and he is universally regarded as one of the worst commentary experiments in wrestling history. In researching for this piece, I read an interview that he did in 2013 where he said that he went up to Kevin Dunn and resigned, because the chemistry wasn't here. He felt that they wanted to try and make it work, but he didn't want to hang around when it simply wasn't. When I read that, I was quite impressed that he recognized that fact.
I've given Rob a hard time, but reading up on him he does come across like a good guy. He realized quite early on that it wasn't working, which is why over time I think he had less to say at the broadcast table. The low point for him was obviously the Vince McMahon impression, which I think is probably one of the worst and most annoying pieces of commentary in WWF history......only comparable to Mike Adamle perhaps.
-There were four WWF Raw shows in April 1993 with a total of 1 hour, 47 minutes and 1 second of wrestling. Since the beginning of Raw in January 1993, this is the most wrestling we have had in one month during the shows. In comparison, March 1993 had nearly 6 minutes less, and February 1993 had nearly 40 minutes less. This was the month with the return of Brutus Beefcake and Hulk Hogan with a lot of promo time.
-We had 18 matches in April 1993, ten of which were jobber matches, and eight were what you could class as competitive matches between established names.
-14 of the matches had defined heels wrestling in them, 12 matches with babyfaces and ten with jobbers.
-The most active wrestlers on the Raw TV show were the Beverley Brothers, who wrestled a total of 22 minutes and 34 seconds over the course of two matches. The most active singles wrestler was Virgil who wrestled for 14 minutes and 12 seconds.
As well as The Beverley Brothers, Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigalow, Damien Demento & Virgil had two matches. Von Krus was also jobbed out twice during April 1993.
-The longest match was Crush vs. Lex Luger at 13 minutes in length on the April 29, 1993 show. The Steiners vs. Beverley Brothers was the longest tag match at 11 minutes and 30 seconds.
-16 of the 18 matches were won clean and two had screwy finishes.
-Randy Orton turned 13 years old on April 1, 1993 and former TNA wrestler Jessie Sorensen would have been four years old this month.
-One fool thought the Crush vs. Lex Luger match was great from April 1993 when he was reviewing it 21 years after it took place.
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