WWF Monday Night RAW 08-16-93

Live from Poughkeepsie, NY

Airdate: August 16, 1993

Attendance: 3.000 (sold out)

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

Can DiBiase show the Kid who’s boss by beating him on RAW? Will Jannetty survive and conquer the big Booger? What could Savage have in store for us this week? Let’s find out!

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening match, we revisit Wrestling Challenge from “two weeks ago” when the Kid upset DiBiase thanks to a distraction by Ramon.

Match 1: The “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/o IRS) versus the 1-2-3 Kid


Rating: *½

Summary: Just an appetizer for the IRS-Kid match at the PPV.

After the match, Money, Inc. double-teams the Kid until the Steiners rescue him. While Scott gave IRS a pair of Steinerlines, Rick delivers a back elbow to DiBiase. They then dispose of Money, Inc.

Promo airs for Summerslam Spectacular ‘93 this Sunday at 8pm ET on USA. Can someone please explain to me why this isn’t on the WWE Network?

Match 2: The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) versus Dave Moraldo & Mike Khoury


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for the Headshrinkers as they FLATTENED their opposition.

SUMMERSLAM REPORT: "Mean” Gene Okerlund runs down the card:

  1. Luger challenges Yokozuna for the WWF title.
  2. Bret faces Lawler in a battle of Kings.
  3. Undertaker squares off against Giant Gonzalez in a RIP match.
  4. Michaels wrestles Perfect with the IC title on the line.
  5. Borga makes his WWF PPV debut against Jannetty.
  6. The Steiners defend the WWF tag team titles against the Heavenly Bodies.

Match 3: Bastion Booger versus Marty Jannetty


Rating: *½

Summary: Showcase match for Jannetty who will have a tougher test when he faces Borga at the PPV.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO.

In the ring, Vince interviews Money, Inc. DiBiase runs down the Steiners while Vince promotes the steel cage match on a show I’ll never see.

Match 4: Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar) versus Barry Horowitz & “Iron” Mike Sharpe


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for MOM.

WHO IS LEX LUGER (part 3)? Luger speaks about the temptation of drugs and his “experimentation.” On the subject of anabolic steroids, Luger “emphatically” and “absolutely” denies taking anabolic steroids. He also mentions that steroids are not an issue in the WWF in 1993 and admits to taking steroids prior to their becoming illegal. This was, more or less, a PSA by the WWF.

Match 5: Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) versus Rich Myers


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Bigelow.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Slim Jim and WWF Royal Rumble: the video game.

SAVAGE’S SURPRISE: Throughout the show, Savage promises a surprise. In a unique way, he provides one as Mini-Macho makes a grand entrance along with four beautiful women.

Vince then shills Summerslam Spectacular this Sunday at 8pm ET on USA.

Conclusion: Since RAW was going to be pre-empted until 9/13 due to Summerslam ‘93 and the US Open, the WWF shilled both their free show as well as the PPV and finished with a little surprise.

Take a pass on this show and prepare for what both the WWF and WCW have in store for us.

TV Rating: 3.2

Stay tuned for WCW Clash XXIV!

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