WWF Monday Night RAW 3-8-93
Taped from New York, NY
Airdate: March 8, 1993 (taped 3/1)
Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)
Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett
Can Martel thwart Mr. Perfect’s momentum? Will Santana and Virgil pull an upset over the tag champions? Let’s find out!
To begin the program, the MegaManiacs along with Jimmy Hart accept the title shot at WrestleMania IX. Hogan then performs his own karaoke version of Julie Andrews’ “Getting To Know You,” and it’s like nails on a chalkboard.
Match 1 (non-title): WWF tag team champions Money, Inc. versus Tito Santana & Virgil
Summary: I’m glad to see babyface teams utilizing the same tactics as the heels just to gauge a positive crowd response. I believe it neutralized the #heel trending Manhattan faithful.
Prior to the next match, we revisit Superstars from “three weeks ago” when Tatanka upset Shawn Michaels in a non-title match. We then revisit RAW from two weeks ago when Tatanka pinned Michaels in a six-man tag match.
When we return to the arena, Martel trades places with the ring girl much to the chagrin of the Manhattan faithful. He truly is a model!
Your friend and mine, Todd Pettengill, shills WWF Mania. Let’s hope he bought the first round of bloody Marys.
Match 2: Tatanka versus Phil Apollo
Summary: Showcase match for Tatanka. Let’s hope Apollo’s OK.
Aw. Too bad for Apollo.
WRESTLEMANIA IX REPORT: "Mean” Gene Okerlund hypes the WWF tag team title match followed by the WWF title match. Bret then cuts a pre-taped promo on Yokozuna. Afterward, Mr. Fuji responds but not kindly. Next, Okerlund promotes the Undertaker-Gonzalez match. Bearer and Undertaker then try to terrify Gonzalez.
Again, Martel comes to the ring, angers another ring girl, and exhibits the RAW placard in her place. Meanwhile, Bartlett sings the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song with some lyrical modifications.
Match 3: Papa Shango versus Mike Edwards
Summary: Showcase match for Shango. Edwards looked more like Vince’s accountant than Shango’s opponent. Perhaps he didn’t give Vince enough deductions.
Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO and more Davey Boy Smith.
Match 4: Bob Backlund versus Tony DeMoro
Summary: Showcase match for the beloved Backlund.
Vince then plugs the WWF Headlock on Hunger campaign.
Backstage, Bartlett interviews Martel who personifies class.
Match 5: The “Model” Rick Martel versus Mr. Perfect
Summary: Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago, on a live broadcast, the main event didn’t finish by the end of the program. This week, on a taped show, the finish gets completely missed when a commercial break gets inserted. Aren’t the tape machines rolling? Can’t they rewind the tape to include the Perfectplex? Fire the director!
Of course, they show the finish ON REPLAY. This director had better have his résumé ready for distribution in the morning.
Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Slim Jim and WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game.
Perfect then returned from backstage with the two ring girls whom Martel disparaged. According to Vince, Kamala and Razor Ramon will be in action next week. Also, Typhoon battles Bam Bam Bigelow. Don’t hold your breath or suffer the effects of oxygen deprivation.
Conclusion: With the role reversal in the opener and the decent main event, this show is watchable but pales in comparison to last week’s show.
TV Rating: 3.0
Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 03-15-93!
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