WWF Monday Night RAW 5-17-93

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: May 17, 1993

Attendance: 1,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Who will be the mystery man on tonight’s show? What does Ramon have in store for the Kid? Since this reflection’s pretty loud, you might want to clean out your ears. Let’s rock!

Opening montage.

As the show begins, highlights of the Special Olympics are shown. Yes, Federal Government, Vince McMahon is a charitable soul. You needn’t crucify him.

We then revisit last week’s episode when Perfect attacked Michaels outside the Manhattan Center at the expense of Howard Finkel’s car.

Following that, we return to live action as Lord Alfred Hayes promises a “surprise” later in the show. I bet that was his pick-up line too.

Match 1: The Smoking Gunns versus Tony Vadja & Glenn Ruth


Rating: **

Summary: Impressive debut for the Gunns despite the “crippling” finisher.

Promo airs for WWF Mania each Saturday morning at 10 ET on USA. Please be sure to eat a healthy breakfast beforehand.

In the ring, Vince interviews Michaels. For the third week in a row, the Manhattan faithful chants “Shawn is Gay” at the IC champion. After Michaels cuts a promo on Perfect, a mysterious man enters the ring. Upon removing his hoodie and sunglasses, the mysterious man reveals himself as—Marty Jannetty. Holy third chances, Batman! Jannetty then challenges Michaels for the title TONIGHT, and the Manhattan faithful eats it up with a spoon.

Match 2: Razor Ramon versus the Kid


Rating: *½

Summary: One of the biggest and most memorable upsets in pro wrestling history as this match launched Waltman’s career.

Match 3: Tatanka versus Scott Taylor


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Tatanka.

KING OF THE RING REPORT: "Mean” Gene Okerlund shills the WWF title match between Hogan and Yokozuna. In the first round of the tournament, Bret Hart faces Razor Ramon. In addition, Bam Bam Bigelow wrestles “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Last, but not least, the “Narcissist” Lex Luger squares off against Tatanka. On Superstars this week, Michaels faces Crush in a KOTR qualifier. Also, on Wrestling Challenge, Mr. Hughes battles Kamala in another qualifier. Let’s hope they don’t resort to cock-fighting.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO and Slim Jim.

Match 4: Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) versus Kamala (w/o Slick)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Kamala.

Promo airs for All American Wrestling each Sunday at noon ET only on USA.

Match 5 for the WWF Intercontinental title: The “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels (champion) versus Marty Jannetty


Rating: ***

Summary: While the pace of the match was frenetic and exciting, the time constraint kept the wrestlers from unloading their complete arsenals against one another. Let’s hope we see a rematch soon without any limitations.

Conclusion: Wow! What a fantastic episode! With the spontaneous challenge and victory by the returning Jannetty along with the unfathomable upset by the Kid over Ramon, this show earns my highest recommendation. Don’t be caught without a disguise!

TV Rating: 2.9

IN OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK: A Current Affair ran a 2-part story on the Von Erich tragedy:

Also, the WCW US title will be held up due to the controversial match between “Ravishing” Rick Rude and the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes.

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 5-24-93!

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