WWF Monday Night RAW 2-22-93

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: February 22, 1993

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

Hulk Hogan makes his triumphant return to the WWF! Also, can Tatanka and the Nasty Boys defeat Michaels and the Beverly Brothers? Let’s find out!

Opening montage.

Match 1: Bam Bam Bigelow versus Scott Taylor


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Bigelow.

Next, a pre-recorded interview airs while Vince asks Hulk Hogan about a return to the WWF. Hogan wants to “do as I do” and be “a leader of the 90’s.” His fifth “demandment” is “believe in Hulk Hogan.” Oh, brother.

Match 2: The Nasty Boys & Tatanka versus the Beverly Brothers & WWF Intercontinental champion the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels


Rating: ***

Summary: With two pinfall victories over Michaels, Tatanka has the opportunity to pull a trifecta on Michaels at WrestleMania IX and win the IC title.

Promo airs for WrestleMania IX LIVE on PPV on 4/4. Order NOW!

Outside the Manhattan Center, Sean Mooney interviews fans about Hogan.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO and WWF action figures. Despite his appearance at WCW SuperBrawl III last night, the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith was featured in the advertisement.

Match 3: Crush versus “Terrific” Terry Taylor


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Crush.

We then revisit last week’s episode when Money, Inc. DEMOLISHED Beefcake’s reconstructed face. Savage then mentions Beefcake’s broken nose.

In the ring, Vince interviews Hogan, and the Manhattan faithful goes APESHIT. Hogan can’t believe what happened to Beefcake last week and actually thanks Jimmy Hart. As Hogan declares his return to the WWF, the Manhattan faithful ROARED.

He then introduces “Brutus ‘The Bionic Barber’ Beefcake” whose nose is taped. Beefcake truly believes his ears are still ringing from the “ultimate wake-up call.” When he thanks Hart for his assistance, Beefcake is ready to get revenge against Money, Inc. Hogan then introduces their new manager—Jimmy Hart. In reality, Hart’s Hogan’s business manager so the on-screen relationship makes sense. Hart comes to the ring and calls today “the greatest day of (his) life” because he’s proud to wear the “red and yellow.” WE HAVE A FACE TURN! Although he’s managed several teams, Hart believes Beefcake and Hogan will be the “greatest tag team of all-time.” If that’s not the definition of hyperbole, I don’t know what is. Hart then strongly advises Money, Inc. to “say (their) prayers.” Following that, Hogan refers to the team as the MegaManiacs.

Promo #2 for WrestleMania IX airs.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Slim Jim

Match 4: Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) versus Skinner


Rating: NONE YET

Summary: Stay tuned to the next episode for the conclusion of this match.

Conclusion: With the decent six-man tag and the Hogan interview, I recommend this episode. Although I must heed warning, don’t drink too much of the Hogan Kool-Aid. It might have more than ICOPRO in it.

TV Rating: 2.5

IN OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK: Kerry Von Erich committed suicide on 2/18. With Jack, David, Mike, Chris, and Kerry gone, the lone remaining Von Erich brother is Kevin. RIP Kerry 1960-1993.

Stay tuned for WCW SuperBrawl III!

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