December 19, 2007
WWF Monday Night Raw
January 18, 1993
Live from the Manhattan Center in New York, NY
The second episode of Raw comes on the air with Vince McMahon welcoming us to the show along with "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Rob Bartlett, who rips up a picture of Bobby Heenan saying "Fight the real enemy" (just like Sinead O'Connor did with the Pope's photo on Saturday Night Live). Vince begins to hype tonight's card when Savage is nailed from behind by Repo Man, who laughs at his deed before grabbing Savage's cowboy hat and running off through the crowd. Savage tries to recover from the hit-and-run just before they show the intro.
Match #1: Mr. Perfect vs. "Terrific" Terry Taylor
The former Red Rooster is back in the WWF after his stint in WCW. Just before the bell rings Vince mentions that Savage is not at the announcers' table since he's looking for Repo Man. After both men exchange words to start, Taylor takes two steps toward Perfect and quickly gets taken down. Perfect hops around the ring while slapping Taylor in the face. They lock up and Taylor forces Perfect into the ropes and shoves him after the break. (At this point Savage rejoins the announcers.) They go for another lock-up when Perfect spin Taylor around and pops him in the mouth. Terry stalls then locks up with Perfect before forcing him into a corner and getting in some punches and chops. Terry goes for a whip but Perfect reverses and hits a hip-toss, followed by a drop kick. Terry rolls out of the ring but Perfect's right behind him so he dashes back into the ring and tries to come off the ropes but Perfect's already back in, causing him to hesitate. Terry instead rolls out to the floor to regroup while Perfect poses to the crowd. Terry comes back into the ring and locks up with Perfect. Perfect quickly applies a headlock and rolls Taylor to his shoulders but only gets a two count. Terry gets to his feet and shoves Perfect into the ropes but Perfect counters with a bodyblock that sends him reeling. Perfect chops Taylor in a corner but gets jabbed in the eye.
At this point Bobby Heenan calls in, screaming about Bartlett tearing up the picture of him earlier. Heenan says that Bartlett's lucky that he doesn't want his job on Raw, plugging his hosting duties on All American Wrestling before threatening him if he tears up anymore pictures. Savage asks Heenan if he had anything to do with Repo Man attacking him, and Heenan replies by saying that Repo Man's going to repo his career.
Back to the match. Taylor goes for a whip but Perfect reverses and hits an armdrag into an armbar. Terry shoves Perfect into the ropes and plants him with a hiptoss. However Perfect kicks him away and slams him to the mat but Terry kicks him away as well. Perfect hits an arm drag before applying another armbar before we go to commercial.
Back from break Perfect is chopping Taylor into a corner when Taylor pulls him through the ropes to the floor. Terry goes out and rams Perfect into the guardrail. Terry rolls in and out of the ring to break the count and pops Perfect before rolling back in. Terry pulls Perfect back into the ring and hits a jawbreaker. Terry lays the boots to Perfect while Bobby Heenan, who's still on the phone, has some words with Rob Bartlett before he hangs up (but not before he tells Vince it's a collect call). Terry hits a backbreaker for a two count. Perfect tries to fight back but Terry jabs him in the eye. Terry headbutts Perfect before he snapmares him into a chinlock. Perfect fights out of it and comes off the ropes but runs into a spinebuster for a two count. Terry plants Perfect with a gut-wrench suplex for another two count. Terry lands some hard right hands but Perfect starts to fight back. Perfect places Terry's head between his knees and stomps the mat, ringing the ears. Perfect rams Terry into the turnbuckle then whips him into the ropes for an inverted Atomic drop. Perfect drops Terry with a hard right hand and snaps his neck. Terry is begging Perfect off just as Ric Flair makes his way to ringside. Flair gets Perfect's attention, allowing Taylor to hit a high knee to the back, sending Perfect tumbling through the ropes to the floor. Terry then distracts the referee while Flair rams Perfect into the ringsteps and lays into him with chops before rolling him back into the ring and leaving the area. Terry sets Perfect up for a suplex but Perfect counters with the Perfectplex that gets him the three count.
Winner: Mr. Perfect (10:30)
After the decision, Perfect immediately rolls out of the ring and storms off to the back in search of Flair.
After the commercial break Vince is in the ring ready to interview Bret Hart about his WWF Title defense against Razor Ramon at the Royal Rumble. Vince mentions the comments Razor made last week on Raw about his family and Bret says he can take it when somebody insults him, but he has no respect for anyone who attacks his brother and talks about slapping his 78-year-old father. Bret calls Razor the lowest scum in the WWF, even below the bottom of the barrel. Vince asks Bret if his match with be a typical technical match or will he use a different strategy. Bret says technically he's the best, but at the Royal Rumble, he may throw the rulebook out, promising to beat Razor from one end of the ring to the other. Bret adds that the Hart family name will be redeemed at the Royal Rumble before finishing with his "Best There Is.." motto.
An Undertaker promo is shown plugging the special "Headlock on Hunger" benefit show on January 29th.
Match #2: Marty Jannetty vs. Glen Ruth
Marty shakes Ruth's hand to start, but when he goes to remove his vest Ruth attacks him from behind. Ruth hammers Marty in a corner then whips him into the opposite corner. Ruth charges but eats an elbow. Marty hops off the middle rope and drives Ruth into the mat with a bulldog. Ruth backs into a corner but Marty whips him into the opposite corner. Ruth staggers out and Marty hits an armdrag into an armbar.
At this point Shawn Michaels calls in with some words of wisdom for his Royal Rumble opponent. He says the Rockers were a successful tag team because he (Shawn) was a part of it and he always knew what was going on in Marty's head. Shawn claims that has not changed; he still knows what Marty's thinking, calling him a "simpleton". The Rockers used to shake, rattle and roll, and Shawn promises to shake Marty's world, rattle his bones, and roll him out of the Royal Rumble. Vince asks about Sensational Sherri, and Shawn calls Sherri "a dime a dozen" but claims Sherri's madly in love with him so she'll do what ever he ask he to do. Vince whish Shawn luck at the Royal Rumble and Shawn says he doesn't need luck before hanging up.
Back to the match. Ruth manages to get to his feet and get in some shots. Ruth goes for a whip but Marty reverses and leapfrogs over him. Marty goes for a leg, Ruth catches it and spins Marty around but misses a clothesline and Marty connects with his own clothesline. Marty hits another armdrag into another armbar. Ruth again gets to his feet and again whips Marty into the ropes but lowers the head and Marty hits a snap suplex. Marty applies yet another armbar and rolls Ruth to his shoulders for a two count. Ruth reverses the hold into an armwriger but Marty counters into a chicken wing. Marty rolls Ruth to his shoulders for another two count. Ruth manages to force Marty into a corner and lays in some shots but Marty escapes and punches Ruth into the corner. Marty whips Ruth into the opposite corner hard before applying yet another chicken wing. Ruth backs Marty into the ropes and lands a series of shoulderblocks. Ruth whips Marty into the ropes but Marty slides under him and hits the Rocker Dropper for the three count.
Winner: Marty Jannetty (5:10)
After a Royal Rumble promo, a clip is shown from this weekend's Superstars showing Doink's sneak attack on Crush. Basically Doink, who was wearing his arm in a sling, tried to make peace with Crush by offering him a flower, but then pulled his supposed 'injured' arm out of the sling and proceeded to beat Crush down with it. Vince mentions that as a result of the attack Crush may have a concussion and will most likely not be at the Royal Rumble.
After the commercial break we cut outside the building where Sean Mooney has found the Repo Man, who's parading around with Savage's hat. Repo gloats about the attack, saying Savage never paid any attention to him, but he's aware of him now. Savage demands to speak to Repo Man so Sean hands Repo his earpiece. Savage gives Repo his two cents before challenging him to a match, and Repo promises to get him again, this time worse. Repo continues laughing about having Savage's hat, prompting Savage to leave the table.
We then go to the Royal Rumble report with Mean Gene Okerlund. Gene reminds us the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is this Sunday before he runs down the card:
- Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon for the WWF Championship
- Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty for the Intercontinental Championship. Sensational Sherri will be at ringside in someone's corner.
- The 30-man Royal Rumble match, with the winner to receive a WWF Championship match at Wrestlemania IX. Confirmed Entrants so far include Ric Flair, Tatanka, Irwin R. Schyster, Bob Backlund, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Mr. Perfect, Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, Yokozuna, Randy Savage, Papa Shango, Earthquake, The Berzerker, The Undertaker, Carlos Colon, Repo Man, The Great Tenryu, Tito Santana, Typhoon, The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu) and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, with seven more names to be added.
We also get comments from Razor Ramon, who's confident about his shot at the WWF Title.
Following the update Sean Mooney again reports from outside, this time showing Randy Savage frantically searching the street for Repo Man.
Match #3: Ric Flair vs. "El Matador" Tito Santana
Before the match starts Randy Savage rejoins the announcers' table, unsuccessful in his attempts to hunt down the Repo Man. Both men have a staredown to start, with Flair doing his usual strutting. They lock up, Santana applies a headlock, Flair shoves him into the ropes and Santana hits a shoulderblock. After a staredown they lock up a second time and Santana applies another headlock. Flair shoves Santana into the ropes again and Santana hits another shoulderblock. Santana slams Flair to the mat then rolls him with a headlock onto his shoulders for a two count. The crowd starts chanting "Let's go Flair!" Flair manages to get to his feet but Santana runs up a corner post and rolls Flair back to the mat for another two count. Flair gets to his feet, shoves Santana into the ropes but Tito hits another shoulderblock. Santana comes off the ropes with a clothesline then follows up with a dropkick. Santana applies the headlock again and Flair gets to his feet as we go to a commercial break.
Back from break Flair goes for a whip but Santana reverses, sending Flair into a corner. Santana goes for a monkey flip but Flair holds onto the ropes. Flair quickly rolls Santana into a cover but only gets two. Flair jabs the eyes and Santana staggers back into a corner. Flair pummels Santana in a corner then rolls Santana with a snapmare and drops a knee to the face. Flair hits another kneedrop then props Santana in a corner and lands several chops and punches. Flair goes for a whip but Santana reverses him into a corner, and Flair staggers out into a backdrop. Flair backs into a corner and Santana lays the boots to him. Santana then goes to the middle rope and hits the count-along punches before Flair jabs his eyes again. Flair climbs to the top rope but Santana cuts him off and throws him to the mat (as usual). Flair tries begging off but Tito won't have it; he whips Flair into a corner and Flair flips over the top rope and tumbles off the apron to the floor. Santana goes out and nails a clothesline before throwing Flair back into the ring. Flair continues begging but Santana whips Flair into the ropes and hits another backdrop. Santana follows up with a running kneelift to the face, then connects with the flying forearm. As Flair gets to his feet, Santana charges at him but Flair ducks and Santana sails over the top rope to the floor. Suddenly Mr. Perfect charges the ring and pulls Flair out to the floor. The two start exchanging punches as several officials try to separate them. Flair flees to the backstage area and Perfect refuses to be held back as he charges after him. Apparently the match has been thrown out as they go to commercial.
Winner: NO CONTEST (8:40)
Back from break Vince is readying for an interview with Ric Flair when Flair and Mr. Perfect emerge from the back still going at it. As several referees hold Perfect back, Flair speaks with Vince and says the WWF isn't big enough for both himself and Mr. Perfect, so he challenges Perfect to a match next week on Raw. However he adds a stipulation; the loser of the match has to leave the WWF! Flair claims Perfect doesn't have the guts to accept the match and will never see the day he beats Ric Flair. After Flair leaves, Vince asks Mr. Perfect about Flair's challenge for a "loser leaves WWF" match next week. Perfect happily accepts, promising that Flair will be gone from the WWF. Vince asks why he or Ric Flair would risk their careers, and Perfect answers by saying if that's what it takes for them to go at it, he'll take the chance.
So Vince hypes the match for next week, and also mentions that Savage has his shot at Repo Man next week as well. Just as Vince is about to sign off, we cut to outside and see Repo Man towing away Rob Bartett's car. Bartlett is flabbergasted and Savage promises to get Repo Man as Raw goes off the air.
CONCLUSION: An improvement over the first show, though Raw would have a ways to go before truly finding its groove. That said we got two solid matches as well as an okay squash, plus it did a decent job getting us ready for the Royal Rumble, so it gets a good recommendation.