WWE Raw Retro Coverage - June 21, 1993: Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid rematch, new WWF Tag Team Champions open the show, Marty Jannetty vs. Doink in a best of three falls match, recommended episode for WWE Network viewing
By Haydn Gleed
WWE Raw on the USA Network
Poughkeepsie, New York at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Raw opened with a reply of the 1-2-3 Kid getting the upset victory against Razor Ramon 6 weeks ago. They showed the flip off the top that led to the pinfall and the victory celebration afterwards. This led straight into the opening graphics and music...
Retro Verdict: WWF needed to remind viewers of what happened because a lot of time had passed since the incident, and I'm guessing the feud will be featured a lot tonight.
The Raw sirens were blaring, and Vince McMahon welcomed us to Monday Night Raw. Vince introduced Macho Man Randy Savage and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. They reminded us that Razor was paying the 1-2-3 Kid $10,000 to get back in the ring with him. Vince also said that we would have a rematch from last week with Marty Jannetty against Doink in a two out of three falls match...
The Steiner Brothers music hit, and they walked down the aisle, with the tag team championships. Rick was holding his belt in the air as if it was his most cherished possession in the world, while Scott had his on his shoulder as if it was an irritant, weird contrast. As they got in the ring, Howard Finkel announced that the Steiners were the new World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champions. Their opponents were Barry Hardy and Reno Riggins. Before the match started, Bobby Heenan proclaimed that it was a disgrace that The Steiners were the tag team champions.
1. The Steiners vs. Barry Hardy and Reno Riggins. Vince said that The Steiners won the belts last Monday in a house show, only for Money Inc to win them again on Wednesday before they won the belts again the day before Raw. Scott started this match off, and hit a number of power moves. Reno tagged in Barry and more of the same punishment was being inflicted on him by Scott before he tagged in Rick.
In an impressive spot, Rick picked up Barry upside down and rammed him front first into the turnbuckle. He tagged in Scott who went for more mat based power holds to wear down his opponent before hitting a powerful looking belly to belly suplex. The finish came when Scott hit a Frankinsteiner which looked very very awkward...
The Steiners beat Barry Hardy and Reno Riggins in 3:50 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: Seriously, that Frankinsteiner looked really dangerous and I'm surprised no one got hurt coming out of that. The tag titles changing hands on three different house shows sounds to me that WWF were trying to boost attendances.
Doink made his entrance on a unicycle, which I would go out on a limb and say that hasn't happened a lot on Monday Night Raw. Doink was on the canvas and in a very creepy way, started manically laughing before stopping and looking into the camera. Seriously I hate clowns. Marty Jannetty made his entrance to his old Rockers music. Macho Man predicted Jannetty would win two straight falls...
2. Doink vs. Marty Jannetty in a two out of three falls match. Both men stared at each other from across the ring, before Doink started motioning him to come close. Marty went towards Doink, but then thought better of it. They finally locked up and Doink got Marty to the ropes and surprisingly there was a clean break. The second time this happened, Doink started pounding on Jannetty with clubbing blows before putting him in a headlock. Both men ran the ropes, Marty dropped down and Doink flipped over Jannetty. Marty applied an armbar, which Doink broke by grabbing the former Rockers man's hair.
Both men went to their corners and stared at each other again. They went to lock up but again Doink grabbed Jannetty's hair which infuriated Marty. The ref stood between them but Doink pushed him aside and offered Marty the chance to punch him square in the face. Marty looked to the crowd on whether he should do it, but Doink went to hit a clothesline which Marty ducked.
Both men criss crossed against the ropes, but after several passes, Marty stopped and held onto the ropes while Doink continued. Doink noticed this and angrily headed towards Jannetty who slid between his legs. Doink grabbed him and whipped him into the ropes, bent down, but Marty grabbed him and face planted him to the ground. Jannetty placed an armbar on Doink, but he eventually got to his feet and reversed the hold. Marty himself countered with a number of flips and reapplied the armbar which Doink broke by getting to the ropes.
Doink slid out of the ring for a breather, he re-entered the ring and both men locked up. Doink backed Jannetty in the corner and unleashed on him. He whipped him across the ring, but Jannetty reversed and flipped Doink out of the corner for a two count. Doink gained the upper hand with a thumb to the eye. He shot Jannetty into the ropes, but Jannetty countered and got him into a backslide for another two count. Doink was whipped into the corner, but moved when Marty went for a Bronco Buster type move. Doink went up top and hit a bumbomb and got the first fall...
Doink won the first fall via pinfall.
Back from the commercial, Doink went on the attack with Jannetty still in pain following the missed move. Jannetty was whipped to the turnbuckle with authority and he bounced off the corner. Doink started screaming I'm sorry as he pounded on Jannetty on the mat. Jannetty rolled to the outside, but Doink went up top and came down with an axe handle to the back. Doink laughed manically.
Doink rolled Marty into the ring and went for a pinfall but only got 2. Marty went back to the outside to recover. Doink dragged him onto the apron by the hair, but Marty shoulder charged him in the mid section. As Marty tried to get in the ring, Doink caught him with a boot. Doink was on offence for a number of minutes wearing down Jannetty as the crowd tried to get behind Marty. Marty managed to catch Doink attempting a back body drop and setup for the superkick. Doink landed close to the ropes so the pin was broken. Marty went up top and hit a punch to the face for the 1-2-3...
Marty Jannetty won the second fall to make it 1-1 via pinfall.
As the bell rang for the third fall, Doink was in the corner begging off. Marty went straight after him and hit an atomic drop followed by a flying clothesline. Doink bailed to the outside, but grabbed Marty's leg as he came after him and wrapped his knee around the ring post three times. He rolled Jannetty into the ring and applied the figure four leglock. Jannetty sold it as if he was in agony. Macho Man suggested that he rolls over onto his stomach. Vince and Macho Man mentioned that this match was a gut check. Marty managed to roll over onto his front but Doink dragged himself over to the ropes.
Jannetty sold his knee as Doink went straight after the same knee and continued the attack. Marty managed to hit a back body drop but his knee gave way so Doink went back on the attack. The crowd started with another loud Marty chant. Doink went to the top but Jannetty got to his feet and threw him half way across the ring. Jannetty hit a flying elbow into the face of Doink before hammering on him in the corner with 10 punches. Another Doink ran down and headed under the ring. The crowd started pointing under the ring. Marty started to have a look but Doink caught him with a kick to the face before throwing him face first into the ring post.
Back in the ring, Marty recovered and hit a drop kick on Doink which sent him to the outside. With the ref not looking he climbed under the ring. Both Marty and the ref were looking the otherside of the ring. Doink tried to sneak attack but it didn't work and he dropped back to the outside and under the ring. This time the new Doink appeared from under the ring and pretended he was in pain. Jannetty got Doink in a small package but only got two. The fresh Doink attacked Marty with clubbing blows. The new Doink laughed manically before he hit a piledriver which got the 1-2-3.
Macho Man was furious and ran into the ring and attacked the new Doink. He leapt over the top ropes and grabbed the original Doink from under the ring and threw him in. The crowd were literally going crazy. The ref saw this and told Finkel that he had reversed his decision as Bobby Heenan comforted both Doinks the other side of the ring. The ref and Macho Man raised the arm of Marty in the ring...
Marty Jannetty beat Doink 2-1 in 21:34 after the referee reversed his decision.
Retro Verdict: Really good match, you have to go out of your way to watch. The fact the crowd were going crazy at the end shows how well they got the audience and the viewers into the story of the match. I'm not a particular fan of screwy finishes where the ref reverses his decision due to someone else pointing out his error, but this one sort of worked so I'll overlook it.
Mr Hughes made his entrance, holding the Urn in the air. Mr Hughes screamed into the camera, if you want it, come and get it! His opponent Bobby Who was already in the ring, which led to a fun exchange between Bobby Heenan and Vince on commentary...
3. Mr Hughes (w/Harvey Whippleman) vs. Bobby Who. The whole match was essentially a vehicle to show how aggressive Mr Hughes was. Harvey Whippleman was on the outside trash talking about the Undertaker. At one point, I could swear I heard a boring chant start, granted it sounded like two people, but to you sirs I tip my hat and concur. Mr Hughes kept picking up Bobby Who when he was clearly going to get a three count, and kept up the level of aggression. The finish came when Mr Hughes hit his finisher for the 1-2-3...
Mr Hughes beat Bobby Who in 3:35 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: Same old thing from Mr Hughes. I literally had to keep my eyes open watching that match. It was slow, plodding and boring. Even the supposed power moves looked sloppy and lame.
They went to the announcers, who plugged the Star and Stripes challenge that would involve American athletes trying to powerslam Yokozuna on the USS Intrepid.
Razor Ramon's music played in the arena, and Mr Machismo made his way down to the ring with the swag bag carrying $10,000. The crowd started chanting 1-2-3 at Razor. The 1-2-3 Kid was announced and he made his way to the ringside.
4. Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid. The Kid stayed out of the ring to begin with, staring nervously at Razor who had a confident smile in the ring. The Kid got onto the apron and Razor charged at him but Kid ducked and rammed Razor's head into the turnbuckle. With Razor stumbling in the ring, The Kid went to the top rope, jumped and flipped over the top of Razor and had him rolled up for a two count. Both men got back to their feet, Razor charged and missed with a clothesline, and turned around to have a flying roundhouse kick in the face. Another close two count.
Another couple of kicks by The Kid, but a crossbody attempt backfired when Razor caught him and slammed him hard into the canvas. Razor had The Kid in the corner and he threw him halfway across the ring. Kid got shot into the ropes and Ramon was waiting with a clothesline which flipped the kid in the air. Razor stomped The Kid on the ground and hit a devastating choke slam when The Kid tried to counter a hiptoss.
Razor got The Kid in a stretch hold and had a big smile on his face. He talked trash to The Kid before throwing him to the canvas like a piece of trash. Razor attempted to humiliate The Kid with slaps to the back of the head. Razor hit a running powerslam on the Kid who was not moving. Razor placed Kid on the top rope and hit a big back suplex. Razor motioned that he was done. He threw The Kid to the outside, and started to take up the protective mats on the ground. Bobby Heenan guessed correctly that he was going to perform the Razor's edge on the exposed concrete.
He tried to lift The Kid but Kid reversed and back body dropped Razor. The Kid went to the top rope and looked like he was going for a crossbody, but it looked to me that he slipped and landed nearly face first onto the concrete. Razor covered by throwing The Kid into the ring whipped him into the turnbuckle. He charged at the corner but the Kid moved. A glazed looking Kid went to the top rope and hit the same moonsault flip that he did in the first match. This time Razor kicked out at two. The Kid ran to the outside, grabbed the swag bag and started running towards the back. Razor gave chase, and the camera's chased after them. The Kid went outside and Razor chased. The Kid got into a waiting car and the car sped off.
Razor Ramon and The Kid fought to an apparent double countout 5:03.
After the break, Razor was back at ringside. Vince reminded Razor that The Kid took his money and ran off. Ramon told the crowd to be quiet. Nobody rips off the bad guy, hey stick man, you can run chico, but you cannot hide. Razor is after you. Vince asked if he would catch him as Ramon walked off.
Vince gave the plug for next weeks show, by announcing it was a night of champions with Yokozuna in attendance and Shawn Michaels defending the Intercontinental title.
Retro Verdict: Apart from the botched slip off the top rope, that was a damn fun 10 minutes. Seriously, that slip onto the exposed concrete was scary stuff, and you could tell from the look in Sean's face that he wasn't 100% sure where he was. Sean Waltman was incredible at selling, but the faraway look was far too real to be an act. Credit to him and Razor for coming up with, what I assume, was a finish on the fly.
I have to admit, I had completely forgot how great this angle was. I know I've said it before, but it just felt more real than anything else that was on the show, and both men played their parts perfect. The 1-2-3 Kid got more offence in this time, mostly cause of confidence I guess, but not too much to make it look like he wasn't really a jobber in the first place. Razor's actions from the brutal beat down, to wanting to really hurt the young man on the concrete was perfect for his character. I really can't say enough good things about this angle and these performances.
If you watch this show, you have to watch the Doink against Jannetty match, as it was just a good match in itself. Even the silliness couldn't ruin it, and in fact probably enhanced it because the crowd felt that justice had been done in the end. Mr Hughes bored me, and The Steiners weren't as dynamic and as exciting as they usually are in their jobber matches, but the show was good. Clocking in at about 44 minutes after commercials taken out, it flew by and was very enjoyable. Find this episode on WWE Network!
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