Gleed's Retro Raw Blog – June 1993 Raw: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
By Haydn Gleed
What you should watch from Raw's in June 1993
Mini-Feuds: During the month of June 1993, we had two mini feuds that played themselves out on Raw, and I enjoyed the hell out of them. Obviously, there was the Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid feud, which was just great storytelling, and we had two matches between Marty Jannetty and Doink. The first match was very good and the double countout finish led logically to a two out of three falls match for the week after, and boy did they nail it. The emotional and real response from the crowd after the referee reversed his decision showed how much the crowd were into the 2 week feud and cared, and all this was achieved by wrestling and telling a story in the ring, who would have funked it? I remember from when I was a kid not really getting why this good wrestler wanted to dress up as a clown, and looking through the lens as an adult, I can see how fantastic Matt Bourne was.
Shawn Michaels: He managed to drag a good match out of Kamala, need I say more?
Jerry "The King" Lawler: The way he had the crowd in the palm of his hands during the King's Court segment on the Raw before King Of The Ring, and also the Raw after King Of The Ring, was outstanding. They hated this man. I've heard a lot about the territory days in the US from the 70s and 80s when heels were physically threatened by the fans outside of the arenas, and you could see from the way Jerry whipped this crowd into a frenzy, why that would happen.
What you should avoid from Raw's in June 1993
Crush vs. Bastion Booger: My god, this was awful. Crush was never the most elegant man in the ring, but as the Hawaiian Crush character, he always seemed to be competent and could hold up his end of the bargain in the ring. Mike Shaw seemed to have a long career all over the U.S. and Canada in various different promotions so people must have seen something in him, so I don't know why this match was so horrible. It could very well be that both men were having a very bad night and it just came together to create this vacuum of crap. In the interest of fairness, I did re-watch the match again before writing about this to make sure I wasn't being harsh, or that I wasn't just having a bad day when I reviewed it, but no it was terrible.
King Of The Ring follow up: I know that Raw was not the flagship show that it is now, but at the same time, the show after Raw they made mention of the King Of The Ring once when Lawler came out to wrestler, but because it was a taped show before the PPV I could understand them not going into too much detail. However, apart from Yokozuna's championship win there was no mention of the event. Considering what went down on the PPV, you would expect an update at least on Bret Hart's condition after the vicious beat down by Jerry after the final match, but nothing. They literally moved from King Of The Ring hype into the stars and stripes challenge hype.
The use of Adam Bomb: As I wrote in one of my Raw reviews, how did WWF think they could get over a debuting character by coming back from commercial, have Adam Bomb already in the ring, and cut away to another commercial as soon as the ref hit the three count. Scott Levy (Johnny Polo, Raven) was his manager at the time, so I would have expected him to be given a bit of time to build up the monster of the man that Adam Bomb was, but all we got was short 3 minute matches and no followup.
Who was that wrestler? - Sean Waltman
Sean Waltman, Lightning Kid, 1-2-3 Kid, X-Pac, Syxx, whatever you want to call him is undoubtably a modern day legend in all of wrestling. A man who broke the mold when it came to what the big companies thought was the only way a successful wrestler could look. One day, I hope to write a full history of Sean Waltman, but for now let's take a brief look at the career of Sean Waltman.
Sean was trained by Boris Malenko, Joe Malenko, Masami Soronaka and Karl Gotch. He soon become a staple on the independent scene in the early 90s wrestling under the name The Lightening Kid. He became the PWA & GWF Light Heavyweight Champions and was earning rave reviews for his matches all over the country with Jerry Lynn.
Sean very nearly had to retire before his career began when he was wrestling Larry Sharpe, who botched a suicide dive and landed on Waltman's head causing a blood clot near the brain.
He signed for WWF in 1993 after a tryout match following WrestleMania 9, and as we have seen if you've been following my Retro Raw reports, made his debut the month after in May 1993 as a jobber to begin with, before being given the hot program between himself and Razor Ramon. Whilst in the midst of this feud, he ended up teaming with Razor against the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, and the Bray Wyatt's dad Irwin R Schyster (IRS).
Following Survivor Series in 1993, he would team up with Marty Jannetty and won the Tag Team Title's before losing them a week later. He would also have a one day tag title reign teaming with Bob "Hardcore" Holly. He turned heel in late 1995 and joined the Million Dollar Corporation, but was released in May 1996.
Sean joined WCW in September 1996 and debuted in a hot angle on Nitro where Waltman was sat in the front row, before revealing himself as the newest member to the hot NWO. Sean would stay in WCW until October 1997 when he was fired via Fed Ex. Eric Bischoff in his autobiography stated that Sean was a competent performer when sober, but sober periods were few and far between. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, who Waltman is best friends with, dispute that this was the reason for the firing. They state that it was Eric trying to show Scott Hall and Kevin Nash who was boss, and he thought he would strike fear into them by firing their best friends, but it had the opposite effect, but that's a story for another day.
In April 1998, he made a surprise and successful return to the WWF the night after Wrestlemania 14, when he came out to continue D-Generation X after Shawn Michaels was out injured, and Triple H had taken over as the leader of the group. Along with Road Dogg, Chyna and Billy Gunn, DX went on to huge success and fan adulation.
He continued with WWF/E until 2002 through various different incarnations of DX, and also formed a tag team with his long time friend Justin Credible and Albert called X-Factor. He was also part of the WWE version of the nWo which less said about that version of the faction the better.
Since being released in 2002, Sean bounced around a number of companies including TNA, Chikara, GLCW amongst others both on the national and independent stage. He was also part of Wrestling Society X which was a MTV series which to me was wrestling on speed........I actually quite enjoyed it but I know I am in the minority.
Sean signed a legends contract in March 2013 with WWE and makes the occasional appearance as well as working reguarly on the independent scene.
Sean has had his problems outside the ring, which are well documented online. However, for a number of years he seems to have gotten his life back together. His frequent appearances on podcasts and on the indy scene show a much happier and content Waltman, and long may it continue.
-In June 1993, there was a total of 1 hour, 39 minutes of 15 seconds of wrestling action.
-With the ad's taken out, the four Raw's totalled <enter time> of TV time. This meant that roughly <percentage> of the shows had in-ring wrestling content.
-There was a total of 16 matches on the four shows, meaning an average of exactly 4 matches per show.
-Out of the 16 matches, three of them were tag matches and 13 were single matches.
-There was also three screwy finishes, all other matches were won clean
-There were two matches that ended in countouts, one ref reversal, no DQ's and surprisingly no submissions. 13 of the 16 matches ended with a pinfall.
-Doink and Marty Jannetty are tied for the longest time wrestled on Raw's in June, mostly because both the matches they had were against each other. Their two matches totaled 31 minutes and 37 seconds. Shawn Michaels was the only other superstar to wrestle twice on Raw in 1993 - once against Kamala and one squash match.
-Alicia Fox turned seven years old in June 1993.
Agree or disagree with what I thought about June 1993? No problem, hit me up on twitter @haydngleed or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to talk about it.
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