WWE Raw Retro Coverage – August 2, 1993: Jim Cornette makes his surprise debut, Randy Savage vs. Doink, and the first of the personal Lex Luger interviews
By Haydn Gleed
WWF Raw on the USA Network
Alexander Bay, New York at the Castle Recreation Center
We opened with highlights from last week of Doink confronting The Macho Man Randy Savage after his match, and challenging him to a match. This led into the usual graphics and opening music...
Retro Verdict: As I'm guessing this will be the major angle coming out of this show, it was a good idea to replay how we had got up to this point.
We saw a wide shot of inside Castle Recreation Center in Alexander Bay, New York which was the host of this edition of Monday Night Raw. Vince welcomed us and introduced Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Vince explained the absence of Macho Man Randy Savage, and that he would be taking on Doink on the show.
They went backstage where Macho Man was in the locker room. Macho Man said he is expecting Doink to have a 1,000 surprises out there, but he has a little one of his own. He then threw air punches and said he was pumped up.
Retro Verdict: As Macho Man was talking they still had the siren going, so I could barely hear him, but that's just a small nitpick on my part.
Back at ringside, the tag team champions The Steiner Brothers made their way down to the ring. Their opponents already in the ring were Duane Gill and Barry Horowitz...
1. The Stenier Brothers vs. Duane Gill and Barry Horowitz. Scott and Barry started this match. As you would expect, Scott got the early advantage with a powerful looking hip toss. Vince asked Bobby how Barry and Duane would win this match, and his response was with a chainsaw.
Horowitz moved out of the way of a splash attempt in the corner and cockily patted himself on the back, but Scott had stopped himself from hitting the turnbuckle and Barry turned around into a belly and belly suplex. Scott tagged in Rick who stalked Barry and smiled at him. Rick backed Barry into Barry's corner and Duane tagged himself in.
Rick beat on Duane for 30 seconds and tagged in Scott. Scott wound up and hit the frankensteiner on Gill for the 1-2-3...
The Steiner Brothers beat Duane Gill and Barry Horowitz in 2:45.
Retro Verdict: Match was how you would expect, with the Steiners going over strong. They have really dimly lit the arena, and it has the effect that the show looks somewhat strange. I guess its because I'm used to seeing the well lit Manhattan center that this sort of jars me.
Vince threw to an interview conducted with Lex Luger by Vince McMahon. The graphic on the screen said "Who is Lex Luger?", followed by "Academics". Lex said that his dad wasn't a sports man, he was more of an artistic person. He said his dad told him unless he got straight A's he wouldn't be allowed to do athletics. He said looking back it made him a better individual.
The next graphic said Identity & Self Esteem. Lex said that he has always used athletics as his calling card, as his social tool for acceptance. He said that he grew up really shy. He told a story that back in high school he never asked a girl to the dance as he was far too shy. He said that was mistaken for arrogance. He said he still struggles with his shyness even to this day despite what he does.
Retro Verdict: Lex came across really well here in all fairness. When he talked about being shy, something I've had to deal with all my life, I did start feeling sympathy for him. Then I realised who I was feeling sympathy for and it went away. The point I'm trying to make though is even with all his faults pre and post 1993, and there are many, this video package made me feel sympathy for the guy and made him relatable to most people, so for that I commend them on doing a wonderful job at the time.
Back in the arena, Vince announced that next week Lex Luger would grace Monday Night Raw for the official contract signing with Yokozuna. Adam Bomb made his entrance to music. It was generic, but much better then him just appearing from nowhere. His opponent already in the ring, was Tony Roy...
2. Adam Bomb (w/Johnny Polo) vs. Tony Roy. They showed a kid in the front row who looked terrified of Adam Bomb, good shot! As you would expect, Adam Bomb dominated this match from start to finish.
He manhandled Tony Roy on the mat, and followed up throwing him from one turnbuckle to the other. He stalked Tony Roy and kicked him before hitting a suplex which he executed by bouncing Tony Roy off the top rope on landing. Adam went to the top and hit a flying clothesline. He followed this up with the Adamsmasher for the 1-2-3...
Adam Bomb beat in 2:18 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: Impressive showing from Adam Bomb. That shot of the kid in the front row probably did more for his character than the wrestling, but it looked like he was gathering some momentum at this point.
A video promoted Tatanka vs. Mr Hughes for next week on Raw...
Retro Verdict: Oh goody. Tatanka was a fun gimmick, but Mr Hughes is actually making me yawn just thinking about him right now.
Back in the arena, Doink made his entrance on his unicycle before Macho Man made his entrance to a huge pop...
3. Doink vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Macho Man was wearing one of his custom outfits, but was in the red, white and blue of the American flag playing along with the huge patriotism theme at the moment in the WWE.
Before the match, Randy went to the outside to check under the ring to ensure there were no other Doinks. Vince mentioned the history between Doink and Crush, and Randy and Crush's friendship. Both men locked up which Macho got the better of, but Doink was mocking Randy's mannerisms. Macho would get the advantage of the lock ups, but Doink would just stand their laughing at Macho. Bobby pointed out that someone like Doink wouldn't be laughing with a competitor like Macho Man across the ring from him unless he had something up his sleeve.
Inexplicably, Randy went to the outside grabbed a chair, tried to bring it in the ring and use it on Doink but the ref stopped him. As a result Doink cheap shotted him from behind. Doink was in complete control, and put Randy in a Boston Crab.
Doink broke the hold and started to attack the leg of Macho Man after injuring Savage's back. Doink continued to attack Randy's knee and attacked him in the corner. Macho had a few hope moments, but Doink would regain control quite quickly. Macho knocked Doink to the outside and followed after him, Doink recovered and knocked Savage into the ring post as went to a commercial.
Back from the break, Doink had the upper hand over Randy Savage. He hit a dropkick on Macho then stood up, looked at the crowd and asked what? Doink continued his attack and hit a belly to belly suplex. Vince said that Macho Man very rarely wrestlers anymore. Macho Man made a brief comeback, but air punched towards Doink who then regained the advantage. Vince made the point that Doink has holds that wear the opponents down.
Doink went to the top rope and went for the butt bomb but Randy moved. Doink managed to regain the control and threw Macho over the top rope. Macho climbed under the ring, and from the other side came out a midget version of Macho Man Randy Savage. Vince cracked up as Doink went to the outside and chased the midget around the ring until the real Macho Man tripped up Doink. He threw Doink back in the ring and followed. Macho rolled up Doink into a small package for the 3 count...
"Macho Man" Randy Savage beat Doink in 9:54 via pinfall.
After the match, there was some silliness involving the small Macho, including him biting Doink on the rear end and running around the ring when Doink was chasing him. The real Macho Man hit Doink to the outside, who was met by the ref's who stopped Doink getting back in the ring.
Retro Verdict: Meh. The match was alright I guess. I did enjoy the psychology from Doink targeting all the different areas of Randy's body, but it didn't really do anything for me. The crowd seemed to love little Macho Man, but I just found it cheesy and tacky, but I guess that's my tastes. At one point though, and it did make me laugh, Vince McMahon said that Randy Savage was a sure fire future hall of famer.
They talked about Ted DiBiase against 1-2-3 Kid on Wrestling Challenge the previous weekend. They were joined by Ted on the line, and Vince asked if he was upset with what happened on the weekend. DiBiase stated that upset is not even the word, and that he was beating that "snot nosed punk" before Razor got involved.
Vince said we are going to roll some footage of the match, which caused Ted and Bobby to go crazy and demand that it's not shown. Ted was so upset that he hung up the phone. They showed the ending of the match with Razor making his way down to the ring while the 1-2-3 Kid was in the Million Dollar Dream. Before the kid was beaten, Ted let go of the hold and turned his attention to Razor. Ted arrogantly, while staring at Razor, went for a cocky cover, but Kid hooked the arms and got the shoulders down for 1-2-3. Razor was shown laughing and celebrating at ringside...
Retro Verdict: Fun continuation to a great feud.
Back in the arena, Jim Cornette made his way down to the ring. Bobby screamed do you know who that is? He then made his way into the ring with Jim inviting him in. They hugged and shook hands. Vince acknowledged that Jim Cornette ran Smokey Mountain Wrestling.
Bobby got a microphone, and asked the crowd if they knew who this man is, to which they boo'd. Bobby proclaimed that Jim Cornette was the best manager in the sport of wrestling. He asked Cornette what he was doing here. He said he knows everyone would be upset that Jim would be there on WWF. Jim said for all you genetic defects, he has had done everything in professional wrestling, but he has never been in the WWF. He said now he has decided to be there because he has the knockout blow. He put over Smokey Mountain Wrestling and that he had formed the greatest combination he has ever managed, The Heavenly Bodies.
He said that he is full of surprises but he has another one, not just that he manages the greatest tag team in the world. He said he believes they have some fish in this company called The Steiners. He said they may be the World Tag Team Champions, but they are not the best tag team in the world. He issued a challenge to the Steiners on behalf of the Heavenly Bodies. He said if they didn't accept they would be cowards...
Retro Verdict: This was huge in terms of the politics behind the scenes back in the day. Cornette had been very outspoken about WWF policies for years, and no one ever thought that he would "sell out" to the big boys. But with the economic times the way they were, he felt that it was too good an opportunity of cross promotion to turn down. Really enjoyed this segment, and Bobby's over the top joy was just delicious to watch.
Back from the break, Cornette made his way to the commentary table as Mr Perfect made his way down to the ring. His opponent already in the ring was Rich Myers.
4. Mr Perfect vs. Rich Myers. This match was pretty much the back drop for Vince and Jim Cornette to speak about Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Perfect hit a beautiful dropkick and the crowd went crazy. He suplexed Rich over the top ropes to bring him back in the ring.
Perfect hit a number of chops to the chest which echoed in the arena. Jim mocked Vince about his hair. Perfect announced you are going to see a Perfect Plex and he of course hit it for the 1-2-3...
Mr. Perfect beat Rich Myers.
Retro Verdict: There literally wasn't much to the match. It looked like a blown spot to me just before Perfect hit his finisher. He looked like he was looking to hook Rich by grabbing his leg, but Myers bumped to the mat instead of bending forward. That's why I think Perfect shouted now you are going to see a perfect plex.
As for Raw overall, well the big news coming out of it at the time would have been Cornette making an appearance. No one ever thought Cornette would show up in the WWF and there was somewhat of a backlash towards him. Everyone feared that this was a sign that the end of Smokey Mountain Wrestling was nigh, but they did go on for another 2 and a half years.
There was a lot crammed into Raw between Adam Bomb, Mr Perfect and The Steiners having squash matches, the relatively long Doink against Macho match, Jim Cornette making an appearance, Lex having a backstage interview and recapping the 1-2-3 Kid win over Ted DiBiase the weekend prior to the show. With all that to fit into 39 minutes, the show didn't drag at all. Good episode of Raw, you should check it out on the network if you can.
Didn't enjoy Raw as much as I did? Or you just want a chat about wrestling? Hit me up on twitter @haydngleed or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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