WWE Raw Retro Coverage – June 6, 1993: New Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels, Adam Bomb vs. El Matador
By Haydn Gleed
WWE Raw on the USA Network
New York City, New York at the Manhattan Center
The show opened with Bill Dunn standing in the ring introducing the new Intercontinental Champion, Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels danced down to the ring with Diesel (Kevin Nash) in tow. As he got into the ring, and danced some more, the opening of Raw was shown...
After the intro, Vince welcomed us to Monday Night Raw. Alongside him were Bobby The Brain Heenan and Macho Man Randy Savage.
As Vince was trying to introduce the show, Shawn Michaels came up from behind and told everyone that he was back on top of the world. He said that it's thanks to his insurance policy, his bodyguard. He told Vince that he will never ever know what it feels like to be him.
Vince said that we would see one man from Money Inc, The Steiner Brothers, The Headshrinkers and The Smoking Guns in a tag match tonight as the main event. Macho Man slipped in a congratulation for now to Shawn Michaels, before Vince cut back to the ring. Bobby asked if he gets to talk?
1. Shawn Michaels vs. Russ Greenburg. Russ was wearing hideous looking pink wrist band. Both men traded armbars. Vince explained that last night Shawn Michaels beat Jannetty for the Intercontinental championship thanks to his insurance policy. Bobby pointed out how tall Shawn's bodyguard is.
Shawn was in total control of the match, and broke out the Flair strut randomly. Greenburg rolled him up for a small package, but only got a 1. Shawn caught him and then hit a beautiful vertical suplex. Shawn Michaels hit a backbreaker and then lay down confidently in the ring while the women in the crowd squealed. He wore Russ down further as the commentators talked about King Of The Ring, and promoted The Kings Court with Yokozuna for later in the show. Michaels went to the second rope and sailed half way across the ring with an elbow before hitting a safe looking piledriver for the 1-2-3. The women continued to scream after the match...
Shawn Michaels beat Russ Greenburg in 4:05 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: Match was a formulaic squash but I thought the whole segment was a good way to start the show. I liked the fact that they addressed why Shawn Michaels was the IC champion, and I liked his interruption of the commentators before the match.
After the commercials, Shawn Michaels walked over to the announcer's desk and started jawing at Vince McMahon. Shawn shouted that Vince was jealous of him. He questioned why he was being thrown in a match with Crush at the King Of The Ring. He called Diesel the great wall of China and said that he would take care of anyone who puts in him a corner.
Retro Verdict: That was a good intense promo, but I have to say huh? He was fine before the match with the commentators, and during his match there was no mention of Crush, but he blows up on them for making him wrestle a match that wasn't announced during or after his match. Weird. Did get a kick out of Michaels calling Kevin Nash the great wall of China.
Graphic was shown hyping El Matador against Adam Bomb after the break...
El Matador was in the middle of his entrance as we returned from the commercials, Adam Bomb again didn't get an entrance and was already in the ring with Johnny Polo...
2. El Matador vs Adam Bomb. El Matador got the early advantage by reversing an armbar. Adam Bomb dragged Tito over to the ropes so he would break the hold. They locked up properly and Bomb got the early advantage after hitting a huge powerslam. He tried twice to hit an elbow but missed so Tito reapplied an armbar. After Bomb missed a splash in the corner Tito hit a hiptoss to get Adam down and reapplied the armbar.
Tito nearly got a 3 count with a rollup but only got 2, and eat a shot to the face for his trouble. Adam Bomb was in total control at this point. Bomb slammed Tito's face into two of the four corners before hitting a sideslam. Tito made a comeback and had the big man reeling and hit his flying forearm. Adam kicked out at 2 and a half . Both men were back on their feet, Tito was hitting punches and kicks to Bomb but he wasn't going down. He tried to push Bomb into the ropes to attempted a rollup but Bomb held onto the ropes. This gave Adam the chance to go to the outside. He stood on the ring apron and used the ropes to slingshot himself over the top and hit a flying clothesline. This was enough for the pinfall victory.
Adam Bomb defeated El Matador in 5:43 via pinfall.
As soon as the ref counted to 3 they went to commercials....
Retro Verdict: Decent enough match. Adam Bomb looked so clumsy in this match, but Tito did a lot of the work that was needed to make this passable. The commentators sold the finishing move like it was the most amazing thing they ever saw.....it was very clunky as far as this viewer was concerned. They cut away straight after the 3 count and when we came back Bomb and Polo were nowhere to be seen. Would have been nice to have some sort of post match celebration time to get over Adam Bomb, but they did a pretty poor job of introducing this character into the world of Monday Night Raw 1993.
Back from the break, and Tatanka's music was blaring out. He came charging out and did his war dance in the ring. His opponent was Peter Weeks.
3. Tatanka vs Peter Weeks. Tatanka went to each corner and played to the crowd. Tatanka was on the offence almost immediately. Weeks hit a few hope spots in the form of chops, but Tatanka came back with his own. Tatanka hip tossed Peter Weeks over the top rope which was quite impressive as Weeks wasn't a small man. On the outside Tatanka hit a few chops before throwing Peter back in the ring where he continued in the corner with a few more chops.
Tatanka hit a bodyslam and followed this up with a big elbow off the ropes. Tatanka played to the ground as the commentators made mention of Tatanka's match at King Of The Ring against Lex Luger. In the ring, Tatanka was still on top until Weeks got a few shots in. He tried to bounce Tatanka's head off the turnbuckle, but this caused him to Hulk up and no sell any shots that were being hit. After yet more chops he went to the top rope and hit a downward chop like movement on Peter Weeks for the 3 count.
Tatanka beat Peter Weeks in 3:46 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: Another really clunky match, everything didn't look smooth in this one. I don't know if it was Tatanka's or Peter Weeks fault, but there looked like there were a few spots that were blown.
After the match Tatanka war danced around Peter Weeks and then played to the crowd. After the break, Jerry The King Lawler was introduced, who was also wearing shockingly loud pink pants. Jerry wanted to introduce us to the king court. He said he knows by now people are tired of listening to Macho Man Randy Savage and Vince The Mouth McMahon because neither one of those idiots could entertain a thought.
He said he wanted to talk about New York City, the rotten apple as he put it. He said that he spent the entire day in this stinking city, in New York City he said the most common cat is a cockroach on a leash. Not sure I get that. The King said he is here, and he'd be back after the break with the next WWF champion Yokozuna..
We came back and Jerry said that he guesses everyone wants him to talk about The King Of The Ring tournament coming up on Sunday, but he won't, because whoever wins it will be an imposter to him as he is the only true king in the WWF. Jerry introduced Yoko as the next WWF Champion and Bobby could be heard clapping away. Jerry said unlike here in New York City, the Japanese know how to show respect. The crowd started chanting Hogan. Jerry apologised to Mr Fuji and Yoko as they moved onto Sunday. Jerry took a few cheap shots at Hogan, saying he had been away to Hollywood making movies instead of in the WWF and how he has got a part in the new Frankenstein movie.
Jerry asked Mr Fuji what it will be like on Sunday when Hogan stares across the ring at a man weighing 500 pounds. Fuji stopped him and corrected him saying Yoko is now 550 pounds. Fuji said that he goes through 15-20 meals a day...
Retro Verdict: Bah, that's nothing, I eat that before I even get out of bed...
Fuji continued by saying that he's looking forward to hearing every bone in Hogan's body cracking when Yoko comes down on him from the second rope. Jerry agreed, and said that he hopes Yoko squashes him so bad that they send him home in an envelope. Jerry asked Yoko what he wanted to say to Hulk. Yoko said Hogan, and then just screamed into the microphone.
They showed the announcers, with Vince asking Bobby to provide an unbiased opinion on the match for once. Bobby said, quite rightly, that this time he won't be facing Yoko when he was tired after a gruelling match. He said Yoko will be fresh and Hogan will lose. Vince asked Macho the same thing, Macho said it's a big time match and we will see who will win on Sunday.
Retro Verdict: Decent enough interview segment, although Fuji does seem to talk in riddles. I know that's his spiel, but I find myself tuning out and having to rewind what he just said. Lawler was fantastic. You could call some of the tactics he was using as cheap heat, but it worked as the crowd were booing the crown off his head. I'm sure Vince said on a previous week that Hulk would be on Raw tonight, but I must have imagined it.
The Steiners music played, and out walked the Steiners and The Smoking Guns. Billy Gunn and Rick Steiner would be teaming with each other. We went to a quick break...When we returned, both IRS and Fatu had made their entrances, and that's your second tag team.
Retro Verdict: I was going to say that this would be a good idea nowadays, but then I remembered that there are no tag teams left.
4. Billy Gunn (w/Bart Gunn) & Rick Steiner (w/Scott Steiner) vs IRS (w/Ted DiBiase) & Fatu (w/Samu & Afa). Bill Gunn and IRS started this one off. The crowd immediately started chanting Irwin. A shot was shown of Afa licking a WWF ice cream of Macho Man lovingly. Billy tagged in Rick, which prompted IRS to bail and he tagged in Fatu. He gave him some money and finally the match started. Billy had the upper hand to begin with and hit a decent looking dropkick and a reverse neckbreaker before tagging in Rick.
Rick whipped him across the ring, but Fatu caught him with an elbow. With his team in control, IRS tagged in and charged at Rick, who fell to the mat and Irwin went flying over the top rope. Billy Gunn threw IRS back in. Rick unloaded on IRS and hit a flying clothesline for a close 2 count. Billy tagged in and worked on Irwin's arm. Quick tags between the babyface team, until IRS got the upperhand. He took Rick into his corner, where Fatu held him. IRS came off the ropes and went for a punch but Rick struggled free and Irwin caught his own partner for the night, right in the face.
Irwin went to check on Fatu, but the other Headshrinkers were going to attack him. Ted DiBiase came around and gave a handful of money to Afa and Samu, who proceeded to eat the cash. Back in the ring, Rick and IRS were exchanging some neat mat wrestling moves. Rick came off the ropes and Irwin threw him between the top and middle rope. Bart Gunn and The Million Dollar man jawed at each other. Rick was back in the ring, but Irwin threw him again through the ropes to the heel side of the ring. DiBiase attacked him and threw him into the ring steps.
Back in the ring, the heels were dominating Rick Steiner, and hit him with a beautifully stiff looking clothesline. Fatu went to the middle rope and went to hit a splash but Rick got his knees up. Billy came in for the hot tag, and hit a back body drop on both the heels. He again hit some nice looking dropkicks on both Fatu and IRS. From behind, IRS hit an elbow to the back of the head which was enough to pin Billy Gunn for the 3 count...
IRS & Fatu beat Billy Gunn & Rick Steiner in 9:01 via pinfall.
Retro Verdict: I enjoyed that, and it built well to the four way match at the PPV. I'm not sure if I buy an elbow to the back of the head of the fresh man was the best way to get to the finish, but that's me simply being picky.
Razor Ramon made his way to the ringside area, for an interview with Vince. Vince said that rumour has it that the figure is now at $7,500 for the 1-2-3 Kid to climb back in the ring with Razor, is that correct? The crowd started chanting 1-2-3. Razor said, ha ha that's very funny, lets all laugh at the bad guy. Razor said that he has a scoop, next week on Monday Night Raw, the stick man, the 1-2-3 Kid will face him one on one for $7,500. Vince said that they didn't have any confirmation of that, to which Razor responded, for $7,500 he could get everyone in the Manhattan center stand on their head upside down naked.
Vince changed the subject to the King Of The Ring match between Razor and Bret. Vince said that on the hotline, only 7% thinks Razor is going to win. Ramon said do you know who cares what these people think? Nobody! Razor said that Bret is going to be another loser and another has been. As Razor was finishing the promo the Raw music played, and Vince grabbed the microphone and shouted join us on Sunday for the King Of The Ring PPV.
Retro Verdict: Well that was kind of awkward. Razor was just getting to his point about Bret, and Vince had to cut him off. Shame, as Scott Hall's promo's always had me fascinated and hanging off his every word, despite the bad accent. All in all, a decent enough show. Nothing really blew me away, but nothing really sucked either. Not one you should avoid on the network if you have a spare 40 minutes, but not one to go out of your way either.
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