WWF Monday Night RAW 5-24-93

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: May 24, 1993 (taped 5/17)

Attendance: 1,000

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

Will either Doink or Perfect qualify for the tournament? What does Ramon have up his sleeve? Could he be calling for a strike? Let’s find out!

Opening montage.

Match 1 (KOTR qualifier): Mr. Perfect versus Doink the Clown


Rating: ***½

Summary: Solid wrestling by both wrestlers accompanied by some good workrate earns a positive recommendation from me.

After the match, Doink #1 re-enters the ring, and the Doinks double-team Perfect. Suddenly, Crush hits the ring and clears the Doinks from committing any further chicanery.

KING OF THE RING REPORT: "Mean” Gene Okerlund runs down the pairings for the tournament. Next, he shills the WWF title match, and Hogan cuts a pre-taped promo on Yokozuna. Allegedly afterward, Hogan went to play with his “toy.”

Match 2 (non-title): WWF tag team champions Money, Inc. versus Mike Bell & Tony DeVito


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the tag champs.

Promo airs for WWF Mania each Saturday at 10AM ET on USA. I can’t stress enough how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast.

Match 3: Crush versus Bobby Who


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Crush. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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

In the ring, Vince interviews Razor Ramon. We then revisit last week’s episode when the 1-2-3 Kid upset Ramon. According to Ramon, “nobody beats the bad guy.” While the Manhattan faithful chant “1-2-3" at Ramon, their nemesis offers the Kid $2500 for a rematch. Vince then mentions Ramon’s quarterfinal opponent for the PPV, and Bret comes to ringside. As Bret starts another “1-2-3" chant, he dismisses Ramon for not doing his homework.

After a commercial break, Heenan’s changing channels again until Polo appears and introduces Bomb.

Match 4: Adam Bomb (w/ Johnny Polo) versus Phil Apollo


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Bomb. Recently, I spoke with Apollo’s corner man who tried to offer his charge some advice:

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: WWF action figures.

Backstage, Bigelow cuts a promo noting that Luna Vachon will be in his corner next week against Marty Jannetty. A decent big man-little man match-up that should make you rise from your seat out of excitement.

Conclusion: After the awesome episode last week, this episode started off hot and fizzled as it continued. Hopefully, next week’s show won’t disappoint us.

TV Rating: 2.7

Stay tuned for WCW Slamboree '93!

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