April 28, 2013
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

Monday Night Raw
May 17, 1993
New York City
Manhattan Center

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Hulk Hogan (4/4/1993)
Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels (10/27/1992)
World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (10/13/1992)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan.

From WABC, we see Savage and the “new to the WWF” Smoking Gunns support a Special Olympian dead lifting some poundage.

Let Us Take You Back: Monday Night Raw, 5/10/93. The HBK-Perfect Manhattan brawl where Finkel’s windshield on his car gets a little messed up.

Over to live action, Lord Alfred Hayes is standing outside the Manhattan Center telling us he saw somebody showing up to the building in disguise. You won’t believe who it is! Hmm, what do you want to bet that this man in disguise has *something* to do with Shawn Michaels and/or Mr. Perfect?

The Smoking Gunns vs. Tony Vajda & Glenn Ruth
This is the Gunns RAW debut. Bobby’s humorous reaction to the gun play before the match pretty much sums up my feelings on the recent gun control issue. People really just need to chill out. Vajda starts the match, but Ruth sells better for the Gunns, and works the rest of the squash. The Gunns have clearly watched a lot of the Midnight Express. For the finish, Billy backdrops Ruth into a piledriver (!!) from Bart at 3:43.

After the break, Vince McMahon brings out WWF IC Champ Shawn Michaels. He says he’s a man of his word and has accomplished what he has said he would. Shawn makes the mistake of saying he’ll defend the IC title anywhere, anytime, against anybody. That’s the cue for some stranger to jump the rail and hop in the ring. Oddly enough, neither Shawn nor Vince seem too concerned. Off comes the hat and sunglasses, it’s MARTY JANNETTY. He certainly has a score to settle with Shawn and challenges him to an IC title match – here tonight. HBK tries to get out of it naturally and backpedals what he just got through saying about defending his title. Nevertheless, Vince McMahon – who is just a commentator at this point – takes it upon himself to announce an IC title match for later in the show.

Razor Ramon vs. The Kid
As Razor’s music hits, Vince gets in the line: “Anything can happen on Monday Night Raw.” He’s gone from the Kamikaze Kid to the Cannonball Kid. Now, he’s just The Kid. After being squashed on Raw the last two weeks by Doink the Clown and Mr. Hughes in two minutes each, the Kid now finds himself against Razor Ramon. He’s still Da Bad Guy here. I’m not being a funny mark here, I really mean that he’s still at this point a heel. Ramon throws Kid around to start. He works the ab stretch and catches Kid with the Fallaway Slam. Razor misses a corner charge, allowing Kid to break free and land a Moonsault Press for 1! 2! 3! (2:12) And the 1-2-3 Kid was born. In the following weeks, Ramon would offer more and more money to the Kid to get a rematch. As it turned out, Razor wouldn’t get his win back until 1996! ½*

Tatanka vs. Scott Taylor
Tatanka chops Taylor inside the ring. Tatanka chops Taylor outside the ring. Just a real chopfest. Taylor gets in few shots, but it’s only so Tatanka can GO ON THE WARPATH. More chops. PAPOOSE TO GO finishes him off at 3:44.

Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Kamala
Sumo standoff to start. Kamala rocks Yoko off the charge and tries to knock him off his feet with head chops. Nothing doing though, as Yoko jabs the throat. As for commentary, Heenan tells Hogan that to look at what Yoko can do. Yoko hits the legdrop, but Kamala fights back. Fuji grabs Kamala’s leg as he comes off the ropes to distract him into a thrust kick. Avalanche, Buttalanche, and the BANZAI DROP ends Kamala. (3:42) Hmm, I’ve seen worse. The crowd was really behind Kamala here. ½*

WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty
Early on, Shawn starts up the turnbuckle smashes. Marty has enough of that and tries for a quick pin. Nothing doing. Next up, Marty flips out of a hiptoss and clotheslines Shawn to the floor. He follows up with a baseball slide and skins-the-cat for a pescado! As Shawn starts to leave, Jannetty brings him back into the ring as Shawn begs away. Marty telegraphs a backdrop, but then Shawn misses with SWEET CHIN MUSIC and takes a Japanese armdrag. Old school headscissors takedown gets two. Marty whips Shawn into the corner for the Ray Stevens bump that takes him back out to the floor. Once again, Shawn tries to leave this time with his IC belt in hand. Just as he reaches the curtain, Mr. Perfect backs Shawn to the ring. Commercials! After the break, Marty flips Shawn from the apron into the ring. He tries another old school headscissors, but Shawn falls back and drops Marty on the top rope. Mr. Perfect is still watching on from ringside to make sure everything stays real legitimate like. Bossman straddle to Jannetty. Shawn grabs a chinlock. As Marty starts to punch out, Shawn catches him with a dropkick. He tries another, but Marty catches him and delivers a catapult all the way to the post. HERE COMES JANNETTY! Big jumping back elbow followed by a powerslam gets 1-2-NO! Off a corner whip, Marty fakes a crossbody block out of the corner and then nails HBK with one anyway once he stands up for 1-2-NO! Shawn rolls through an O’Connor roll with a handful of tights to show off some extra flesh for 1-2-NO! Superkick to Jannetty! Instead of covering him, Shawn looks over and points at Perfect. Once Michaels gets up on the ropes yelling at him, Perfect throws his towel in Shawn’s face to make him lose his balance and slip back into a small package by Jannetty for 1-2-3! (8:56 shown) With the way things were headed as far as HBK-Perfect, this really threw a monkey wrench in those plans. ***½

Next Week: Mr. Perfect meets Doink the Clown in their (third) KOTR qualifying match!

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