WWF Monday Night RAW 5-31-93

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: May 10, 1993

Attendance: 750

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

Can Bigelow become IC champion AND King of the Ring? The first part of the question’s answered TONIGHT. Let’s rock!

Duggan wants to thank and honor veterans on Memorial Day before beginning a “U-S-A" chant outside the Manhattan Center.

Opening montage.

Match 1 for the WWF Intercontinental title: Marty Jannetty (champion w/ Sensational Sherri) versus Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon)


Rating: ***½

Summary: Really good opener showcasing the big man-smallr man dynamic. The finish made sense because Jannetty needed to retain the title for credibility, and Bigelow’s featured in the KOTR tournament.

After the match, Bigelow re-enters the ring and attacks Jannetty. Following a slam, he delivers a senton splash. Bigelow then exits to a chorus of boos while Sherri checks on Jannetty.

Among the Manhattan faithful, New Jersey Nets center Dwayne Schntzius somehow avoids getting posterized by wrestling fans.

Suddenly, Sherri grabs the microphone and calls out Luna RIGHT NOW. I smell a catfight. Luna emerges, and Sherri jumps her from behind. She then slams Luna on the floor before re-entering the ring. While egging on Luna, Sherri gets restrained by Bigelow. Luna and Bigelow then double-team her until Tatanka saves Sherri’s bacon, but not before she was BUSTED OPEN.

Promo airs for the WWF title match between Hulk Hogan and Yokozuna at King of the Ring ‘93.

Match 2: Steiners versus the Executioner & Rich Myers


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the Steiners who made mincemeat out of Myers. Hopefully Myers’ long-lost cousin doesn’t seek revenge.

Also in attendance, but quite posterized, was former New York Giants kick returner Lee Rouson. Allegedly, he limped out of the arena before retiring.

Promo airs for WWF Mania airing each Saturday morning at 10AM ET.

Match 3: Mr. Hughes (w/o Harvey Wippleman) versus Bert Centeno


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Hughes.

After the match, Hughes tosses Centeno over the top rope to the floor.

KING OF THE RING REPORT: "Mean” Gene Okerlund runs down the card for the PPV:

  1. WWF champion Hulk Hogan faces Yokozuna.
  2. In the first round of the KOTR tournament, Bret Hart faces Razor Ramon. Mr. Perfect squares off against Mr. Hughes. Also, Duggan wrestles Bigelow, and the “Narcissist” Lex Luger challenges Tatanka.
  3. The “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels faces Crush.

Prior to the next match, Vince shills Ramon versus Crush on All-American Wrestling this Sunday.

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

Match 4: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Mark Thomas


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Duggan.

After the match, Duggan grabs the microphone and encourages the Manhattan faithful to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

After a commercial break, Vince acknowledges that Ramon increased his offer to the 1-2-3 Kid to $5000 for a rematch.

Following that, a pre-recorded interview by the 1-2-3 Kid airs. Obviously, he’s astonished by the offer yet rejects it on principle.

Match 5: Razor Ramon versus Tony Roy


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Ramon.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: WWF action figures and WWF Royal Rumble on Super NES.

Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji come to ringside to incite nationalism from the Manhattan faithful. Fuji then refers to June 13 as Memorial Day in honor of the death of Hulkamania. Meanwhile, Duggan waves Old Glory up in the balcony to close out the show.

Conclusion: For the most part, the table for King of the Ring ‘93 is almost set. A few finishing touches on the next episode should do the trick. Check out that Jannetty-Bigelow match if you’ve not seen it.

TV Rating: 2.6

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 6-7-93!

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