WWF Monday Night RAW 11-08-93

Live from Bushkill, PA

Airdate: November 8, 1993

Attendance: unknown

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

Can Scott Steiner successfully defend America’s honor against the Finnish and evil Borga? Also, Savage returns to RAW, but how will he deal with Crush? In addition, wide receivers, Popes, hookers, and fire engines! Let’s rock!

OK, all four of those items may or may not appear within this reflection.

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening match, Heenan makes a parachuting joke in reference to the parachutist during the Bowe-Holyfield PPV. Vince then shills a 900 number to vote for next week’s main event.

Match 1: Ludvig Borga versus Scott Steiner


Rating: ***

Summary: Much better match than I anticipated; however, it morphed into a PPV appetizer.

After the match, Scott re-enters the ring to rescue his brother from a 3-on-1 attack. The Steiners then double-clothesline Borga before officials intervene.

Vince again shills the 900 number to vote for Pierre Ouellet’s opponent next week. Will it be:

  1. Marty Jannetty
  2. The 1-2-3 Kid
  3. Doink the Clown
  4. Lex Luger

Vignette #4 for J-E-F-F J-A-R-R-E-T-T. A pissed-off Jarrett complains about the Grand Ole Opry being closed for renovations.

And you wonder how that catchphrase originated.

Match 2: Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar) versus Cory Student & Steve Smith


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Men on a Mission.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO.

SURVIVOR SERIES REPORT: Joe Fowler Todd Pettengill runs down the card and begs us to watch Superstars this weekend to unveil Tatanka’s replacement. Bret then cuts a promo on Jerry “The King” Lawler.

We then revisit Superstars when the Headshrinkers got Doink’d.

Undertaker gives a PSA about drinking and driving. Perhaps too much Halloween punch at the funeral parlor?

Match 3: The “Model” Rick Martel versus John Paul


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Martel.

After the match, Martel sprays “Arrogance” on Paul to freshen him up.

In lieu of a match between Crush and Dan Dubiel, Savage, after being manhandled, tosses Vince aside and attacks Crush at ringside. Immediately, officials try to separate them, but Savage wants REVENGE. They then battle in the aisle, and the officials cannot control the chaos.

Match 4: Bob Backlund versus Barry Horowitz


Rating: NONE

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

According to Vince, Lex Luger won the vote with 62% and will face Pierre Ouellet next week.

Before RAW leaves the air, Savage and Crush brawl outside the arena. Allegedly, no parachutists were harmed during this altercation.

Conclusion: In addition to the decent Borga-Scott Steiner match, the angle between Crush and Savage continued albeit violently. We also found out that Luger’s patriotism earned him the nod to face Ouellet on the next episode.

TV Rating: 3.0

IN OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK: On 11/12, Lawler was indicted on statutory rape charges. While the whole mess turned out to be a complete yet elongated misunderstanding, it kept Lawler off WWF TV for a LONG time.

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 11-15-93!

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