Backstory: I was reading Scott’s Monday Night RAW
Season One on Kindle, and he mentioned the lack of hype for the main event
of WrestleMania IX. That seemed peculiar and very un-WWF-like. I wanted to find
out the scoop on this; therefore, I started watching the 1993 episodes of RAW and
noticed a missing week between March 22 and WrestleMania on April 4.
at 8pm EST on USA. I’d never heard of
it, so I thought I’d give it a look. Interestingly an abbreviated version of
the show was shown in place of RAW from the Manhattan Center the following
night. I will be reviewing that instead since I was unable to locate a copy of
the original show. Other matches on the card included:
Kamala pinned Kim Chee with a splash.
WWF Tag Team Champions Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase
and IRS) defeated Reno Riggins and Jerry Sabin after DiBiase locked Riggins in
the Million Dollar Dream.
Tatanka pinned George South with the Papoose To
Go. Shawn Michaels got involved afterwards but was chopped away by Tatanka.
The Bushwhackers and Tiger Jackson defeated the
Beverly Brothers and Little Louie when Tiger hit Louie with a high crossbody
have read my reviews in the past and noticed how DETAILED everything was (and
were subsequently bored from it) I have changed my style to a more
sports-entertainment type of recap. Let’s see what you think!
Center looking lost. The more lost you are, Rob, the better for us.
the championship match at WrestleMania. Yokozuna rams the table into Bret Hart’s
gut then avalanches him in the corner. A
double thrust to the throat and a stomp put Bret in position for the Banzai
Drop. And Yoko hits it.
face-first at the feet of Yoko. Moments later Bret rises again to the delight
of the crowd. Gorilla Monsoon remarks that Bret has a lot of “heart.”
McMahon as “Mr. Microphone.” They hype
the card featuring Yokozuna against “Macho Man” Randy Savage! Additionally the
Undertaker will square off against Bam Bam Bigelow! If that’s not enough the
MegaManiacs will be here too!
Mr. Fuji) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Bret had signed a contract or his last will and testament. Vince believes
Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji made a “Macho” mistake signing this match a week before
Say what you want about the legendary Randy
Savage in 1993, but he could still incite a crowd.
Yokozuna’s offense may have been methodical, but
he dominated Savage at the beginning.
The Yoko leg drop off the ropes looked
After a missed avalanche Savage took to the top
rope to assault Yoko, but a second attempt was thwarted by Mr. Fuji behind the back
of referee Earl Hebner.
Yoko’s belly-to-belly suplex puts Savage down
may have been a part-time wrestler for the WWF at this point, putting over
Yokozuna clean as a sheet before WrestleMania made Yokozuna look like a million
bucks in preparation for the title match.
Banzai Drop. Yoko goes up, but Savage escapes ”just in the nick of time.” A knee to the back from Savage knocks the big
man out of the ring! Yoko tries to re-enter but referees and agents prevent
that from happening. JJ Dillon is seen here instructing the #1 contender back
to the locker room.
Barber” Beefcake and Hulk Hogan with manager “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart). “Real
American” and the arrival of the Hulkster bring the people to their feet. Beefcake
wears his protective mask. Hogan’s promo against Money, Inc. is as nonsensical
as you would think. Bartender, I’ll have what they’re having.
WrestleMania. We then see the debut of “The Narcissist” at the Royal Rumble and
other Luger highlights. Vince calls Luger’s forearm “suspicious.”
Skinner wisely attacked before the bell since he
didn’t have a prayer in winning.
Skinner actually gave Perfect an eye-rake on the
After a mistake by Skinner Perfect took control
with chops, a knee-lift, and his trademarked running snapmare.
Heenan inferred that he paid off Skinner to take
out Perfect before WrestleMania.
Skinner poked Perfect in the eye with an
Perfect locked on the Perfectplex for the
allowing some offense from Skinner Perfect looks prepared for his match against
Luger in Las Vegas.
$1.49 for the first minute and 99¢ each additional minute.
of his fellow hosts which includes a bearable “Macho Man” impression.
WWF action figures featuring the fired British Bulldog and the retired Sgt.
Slaughter, along with Flintstones trading cards,
For the WWF title: champion Bret Hart versus
For the WWF tag team titles: champions Money
Inc. versus The MegaManiacs
Crush faces Doink the Clown.
And more on April 4 at 7pm EST!
Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) versus Bam Bam Bigelow
Bigelow received the jobber entrance.
Undertaker took down Bigelow with a drop toehold.
Sweet DDT from the Undertaker after Bigelow put
his head down.
Bigelow was unable to keep the Undertaker down
because UT continued to sit up like a zombie.
Bigelow missed the diving headbutt from the top
Undertaker gave Bigelow a flying clothesline and
Bigelow took a walk earning UT a countout win.
highlighted the Undertaker’s ability to take an extreme amount of punishment
and come back which would assist him in his match against Giant Gonzales. Bigelow’s walk-out keeps him from becoming a
JTTS for the time-being and lowers the rating ½*. However, his match against Kamala
at WrestleMania was canceled without
explanation according to Stephen LaRoche.
at the entranceway. The Undertaker makes his way toward him, but referees (including
Joey Marella & Bill Alfonso) and agents prevent any shenanigans before WrestleMania.
WrestleMania! Call your cable company or satellite provider now to order!
figures, Slim Jim endorsed by “The Macho Man”, and LJN wrestling video games
for all entertainment systems.
tribute to Bret “Hitman” Hart.
of a go-home show. All of the main matches at WrestleMania are hyped, and the
card looks STACKED. None of the three matches on this show were spectacular,
but they told the stories necessary to get to WrestleMania. Having seen the previous
RAW episodes and this show leading up to the big event I am looking forward to
revisiting WrestleMania IX in the near future. Last but certain not least, Rob
Bartlett’s involvement (or lack thereof) made this show very entertaining. Check
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