Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Manhattan Center, New York City
RAW Opening Video
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage are commentating. They hype up the show which includes Bam-Bam Bigelow taking on Virgil and the Steiner Brothers battle the Beverly Brothers. Lastly, on tonight’s show Jerry Lawler will make his debut.
Opening Contest: Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Virgil: A “Virgil sucks” chant starts up. Virgil lives up to the chant by making several mistakes and looking very slow in the ring. Bigelow picks up the win after a flying head butt in nearly seven minutes of action.
Jerry Lawler makes his way out to the ring to cut a promo but the fans are chanting “Burger King” so he just leaves.
Gene is with Mr. Fuji and Yokozuna. Fuji believes that Yokozuna should still be the WWF World Heavyweight Champion as their was never a contract to fight Hulk Hogan last night at Wrestle Mania IX.
Second Contest: Bob Backlund defeated Kimchee: Another slow boring contest involving Backlund. Backlund rolls Kimchee up to get the three.
Third Contest: Damien Demento defeated Jim Brunzell: Rob Bartlett calls during the match saying that he is still in Vegas and is broke. The match is rather slow and dull. The crowd didn’t really care either. Demento surprisingly wins following a leaping knee drop.
Jerry Lawler comes out again, only to leave again because of the chants.
Highlights from Wrestle Mania IX is shown. “If you haven’t seen it, you got to get it. If you have, it’s worth seeing again”. That is a clear sign that they need buy-rates.
Fourth Contest: Steiner Brothers defeated Beverly Brothers: Scott Steiner and Beau Beverly start off the match. Scott with a arm drag takedown and Beau complains of a hair pull. Scott takes Beau down with a arm lock and Beau again complains for a hair pull. Scott with a side headlock to once again control Beau. Scott with a shoulder block but Beau blocks a hip toss by sending Scott down to the mat by the hair. Beau with a series of right hands and overhand strikes. Scott comes back with a double under hook power bomb and Beau rolls to his corner to tag in Blake. Rick Steiner ends up getting tagged in and backs Blake into the corner but is met with a knee lift. Blake with several stomps in the corner and sends Rick into the ropes and is able to power slam Rick. Rick ducks a clothesline and power slams Blake as he attempted a leapfrog. Scott tags back into the match and takes Blake down with a overhead belly to belly suplex. Beau yanks Scott down by the hair form the apron. Beau leaps over Blake as he holds Scott and Beau jumps across the back of Scott. Beau comes off the top rope with a double axe handle to the back. Back form commercial the Beverly Brothers continue their control of Scott. Beverly Brothers double tea Scott in the corner as they choke him in the corner. Beau covers Scott but isn’t able to get the three. Blake tags in and has Scott locked in a bear hug. Blake with a shot to the midsection and attempts a vertical suplex but Scott blocks and takes Blake down with a vertical suplex of his own. Scott isn’t able to make the tag to Rick, though. Beau misses a standing leg drop and Scott works on Beau with right hands. Beau stops Scott with a right hand but Scott plants Beau with a tilt a whirl side slam. Scott makes his way to his corner and tags in Rick. Rick cleans house with right hands and a backdrop on Blake. Rick with a clothesline on Blake but isn’t able to get the three. Rick is sent to the floor and Scott tags in. Beau double axe handles his brother on accident and Rick sends Beau to the floor. Scott with the Frankensteiner on Blake to pick up the win! ***
Main Event: Jerry Lawler defeated Jim Powers: Lawler was taunting some fans until Powers ran down and attacked Lawler from behind. Throughout the match, Lawler taunts Randy Savage. Powers attempts a back body drop, but Lawler reverses and connects with a pile driver for the win.
Jerry Lawler is still in the ring and eventually makes his over to the announcers area. Lawler says that Savage doesn’t have the guts to get in the ring with him.
My Take: Steiner’s/Beverly Brothers was a solid tag team bout for television standards. Jerry Lawler was a bright spot throughout the show with his heel tactics. I don’t get why Backlund and Demento continue to get wins or are on the show every week. Looks like they may be planting seeds for a Savage/Lawler feud. That could be a interesting feud for sure.
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