Gleed's Retro WWE Raw Blog: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of the August 1993 television shows
By Haydn Gleed
With only three Raw episodes in August 1993, what did I enjoy, what I did not enjoy, and some other fun bits and bobs.
What you should watch from Raw's in August 1993
Lex Luger sit down interviews: Excellent way to get over his character and personality. Of course we would later learn that what he was saying was not the true Lex, but it did make him come across as likeable, and even made this viewer relate to him. Much better way of getting over Luger than some silly bus tour.
Jim Cornette debuts and stir's the pot: At the time, you have to remember that Jim Cornette was thought of as highly as Paul Heyman is in this day and age by the "smart" fans. They saw this as a slap in the face brought about the devil himself Vince McMahon jnr. Putting all of that aside, Jim was great at gathering heat for himself, the Heavenly Bodies and also the Yoko/Lex contract signing. Considering a lot of the casual fans at the time may not have known who he was, he certainly left a memorable impression right from the start of his run.
Yoko/Lex Contract signing: This was very well presented and it didn't end with tables and chairs flying around. From the board members standing in the background observing, to Cornette and Luger going back and forth on the mic, this felt professional and realistic. Really enjoyed it.
What you should avoid from Raw's in August 1993
Little Macho Man: My God, I hated this gimmick. I have a memory of a kid of being quite scared of little Macho because he didn't look real. With the Macho Man mask and the fact he could barely walk he just plain freaked me out. The fact he could barely walked means that the match with the Bushwhackers should never have happened. Even if he could walk properly, that match should never happen. Just very very poor attempt at comedy by WWF at the time. Put it this way, if I had been watching as an adult in 1993, I would have changed the channel, it was that groan inducing bad.
Bastion Booger: Just an awful gimmick, that had no upside, but yet they decided to feature him quite a bit in August 1993. I've ranted enough about him.
Who Was That Wrestler?
I've spent a lot of time this month moaning about Bastion Booger and prior to that Friar Fergusion, but just who was the man behind these characters? Mike Shaw was born in Michigan in 1957. At the age of 24 he made his debut as a wrestler for the NWA's Vancouver NWA All Star Wrestling promotion. He was a top heel in the Calgary Stampede promotion, where he worked as Makhan Singh and had a notable feud with Owen Hart.
In 1989 and 1990 he wrestled in WCW as Norman The Lunatic, where future Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long was his keeper. He joined the WWF in April 1993 and was saddled with the gimmick of Friar Ferguson. After negative feedback from the catholic church, this gimmick was dropped and the character of Bastion Booger was born.
Mike himself said in a 2004 interview that he didn't particularly care for the character, but he noticed towards the end of his run that the kids were starting to get a kick out of it. He attributed that to the fact the kids could chant booger.
Mike was released in 1994, and according to Shaw this was down to Shawn Michaels getting in Vince McMahon's ear. He said he was told by Bret Hart and a few others that an off the cuff remark that he made, that he can't remember, during a Razor/Shawn match got back to Shawn.
After leaving the WWF he made a few indie appearances before leaving the wrestling business altogether. In 2004 he was the Area Manager for the state of Michigan. He made a brief re-appearance on WWE TV in 2007 when he appeared on the 15th Year anniversary of Monday Night Raw. Mike Shaw died of a heart attack on September 11, 2010 at age 53.
-In the three Raw's of August 1993, there was one hour and 54 minutes of the Raw shows not including commercials.
-None of the Raw's went over 40 minutes in August 1993.
-In total, there was 13 matches on the three Raw shows, meaning over four matches per show.
-The longest match was the grudge match involving Macho Man Randy Savage and Doink, which clocked in at nine minutes and 54 seconds. Not one match went over ten minutes in the three Raws in August 1993.
-Not one wrestler wrestled more than once on Monday Night Raw in August 1993, although Ted DiBiase made several appearances and could be classed as the most active member of the roster.
-Current WWE Diva's Champion Paige was one day away from turning one years old after the last Monday Night Raw in August 1993 aired. The third and final Raw show in August was the 16th August, and Paige turned 1 years old on the 17th.
-Bastion Booger is one Retro Reviewers least favourite wrestling character of all time.
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