Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City, NY
Show Length: 47:19
Total Wrestling: 25:10 / 53.2%
TV Rating: 1.8
Hosts are Randy Savage, Bobby Heenan and Vince McMahon, who promises history in the making as the Quebecers challenge the Steiner Brothers for the WWF Tag Team titles under “Province of Quebec Rules”. That means the title can change hands on a count-out or a disqualification, and the piledriver is illegal, although that doesn’t include the Frankensteiner for whatever reason.
WWF Tag Team Titles, Province of Quebec Rules: The Steiner Brothers (c) vs. The Quebecers
The rules are somewhat slanted against the champions, which is kind of a cheap way of getting the belts off them. Sadly, it’s the beginning of the end for them in WWF, as despite another nine months in the promotion, their push never reaches quite the same level. Rick batters Jacques to start and they immediately work in the psychology of the match with the former Mountie trying like hell to bump a weak clotheslines over the top rope in an attempt to draw the disqualification and force the title change. Top rope moves are also illegal here, so Pierre blasts Scott with a clothesline form the middle rope instead. They even play up Rick’s somewhat scatterbrained character as he completely forgets the rules and goes for a piledriver, with Scott having to convince him not to hit the move.
Aside from playing around with the new rules, the match is built around the Steiners’ strengths, which means plenty of hard-hitting suplexes, which the heels game for taking a load of big bumps. It’s delightfully stiff too, as Pierre wallops Scott with a lariat right across the jaw and Scott responding with one of his delayed belly-to-belly suplexes. A twist in the tale comes as Johnny Polo arrives at ringside for seemingly no particular reason, and Rick goes up top with Scott again having to remind him that it’ll be a DQ and a title change. The Quebecers end up double teaming Scott ad nausea, using Rick’s idiocy against him as he continually attempts to make the save only to get blocked off by the referee every time. The heat on Scott is actually pretty extensive until he gets a desperation DDT, which is apparently legal despite the fact you could argue it as a form of a piledriver.
The hot tag finally follows, and in one of the major flaws of the bout, Scott is suddenly fresh as a daisy despite having taken a complete kicking for the last few minutes. He even hits a Frankensteiner, which Heenan complains is the same as a piledriver and should be a DQ. Not to worry though, as Polo throws his hockey stick into the ring only for a fed-up Scott to intercept and use it, getting his team disqualified. So after all his barracking of Rick, it was Scott’s absent-mindedness that cost them the titles. Another good Steiners match from their relatively brief WWF run. For all my criticisms of tag team wrestling in 1993, the matches really weren’t bad at all.
Time: 17:37 / Final Rating: ***1/2
Mr. Perfect vs. Tony DeVito
Perfect gives DeVito the opening reverse shine where he lands a few punches, but DeVito quickly realises all he’s done is piss Perfect off, so he legs it to the back where Perfect has to retrieve him. Even after that, DeVito still gets a chunk of the match and even hits a dropkick, which Perfect responds to with one of his lowest ever dropkicks. The New York crowd have completely changed their stripes since SummerSlam too, with Vladimir the superfan leading a change of “Perfect sucks!” and another of “We want Shawn!” Wow. Perfect knees DeVito in the head a bunch of times and finishes with the Perfectplex.
Time: 2:47 / Final Rating: 3/4*
- Backstage, Ludvig Borga threatens to crush Lex Luger.
Razor Ramon vs. The Executioner
Just how many masked Executioners have there been in wrestling? In the WWF alone, John Studd and Killer Kowalski used the name as a team in the 70s, Buddy Rose wore the hood at the first WrestleMania, and Terry Gordy worked the gimmick in 1996. I believe the Executioner in question here is Duane Gill or Barry Hardy since they’d actually been doing TV jobs for the WWF as a team of Executioners around this time. Razor makes short work of him either way but saves the Razor’s Edge for the post-match.
Time: 2:36 / Final Rating: 1/2*
- Interview Time: Johnny Polo officially announces himself as the new manages of the Quebecers, who huddle to discuss a rematch before Polo pitches a singles match instead, which if the Steiners win, they can have their rematch. Shouldn’t they get a rematch anyway as the former champions? Maybe Rick made another boneheaded mistake and signed a no-rematch clause in the contract.
- Video Control takes us to the Jerry Lewis telethon where Heenan made fun of Lewis. Entertaining enough.
Doink the Clown vs. Rich Myers
Myers has gained a blond dye-job, which is a mistake. Jobbers should only change their look if they stop jobbing. Doink, who’s been one of the MVPs of RAW in 1993, dismantles the poor kid. This includes a glorious German suplex that folds Myers up like an accordion. Vince gets bored and takes a phone call from Crush, who promises to return with “an intensity no one can match”, which is technically true as nobody could look as lazy and unmotivated as Crush, brah. Doink continues to boss Myers and finishes with the Whoopie Cushion. Post match, Heenan baits Doink into throwing water over Vince, drawing a priceless reaction. His beaming smile seems entirely genuine, even moreso when Heenan ends up getting soaked and bumbling around ringside. We hit the break and Doink comes back out with another bucket, this time with confetti in it. Erm… I’m not really sure what the point of that was, but whatever.
Time: 2:10 / Final Rating: **
THE RAW RECAP
Most Entertaining: Doink, for freaking out Vince McMahon on live TV.
Least Entertaining: Ludvig Borga. He didn’t even appear apart from a backstage segment, but he was just horrible. To think they sacrificed Marty Jannetty to this guy.
Quote of the Night: “If the ref don’t catch you, that’s the universal rule” – Bobby Heenan explains where cheating figures into Province of Quebec Rules.
Match of the Night: The Steiner Brothers vs. The Quebecers. Clearly the WWF were happy with the match as it made its way onto Monday Night RAW: Prime Cuts. Too bad they didn’t keep feuding the Steiners with the Heavenly Bodies and the Quebecers with the Headshrinkers though.
Verdict: A decent show, made so by an opening match that took up nearly 20 of the allotted 45 minutes. The rest was all squash matches but at least Doink made his fun. I know Matt Borne was eventually let go due to his personal issues but it’s amazing to think they had a guy like him who was crazy over and they just thought anyone could slip into the gimmick.
The RAW Files: 1995
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