Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Poughkeepsie, NY
Footage from last week where Tatanka was beaten up again by Yokozuna and Ludvig Borga. Luger made the save for his Native American friend.
RAW Opening Video
Vince McMahon is with the guest commentators, the WWF World Tag Team Champions the Quebecers. They hype up the Johnny Polo/Marty Jannetty match. Jacque puts over Johnny Polo as the greatest manager and wrestler of all time. Lex Luger will also be in action this week.
Opening Contest: Lex Luger defeated Barry Horowitz: Jacque mentions that Lex Luger will be facing Jacque on Superstars this coming weekend. Jacque wonders why Luger puts oil all over his body, just like Bret Hart. Horowitz with a knee to the midsection and a knee lift. Luger sends Horowitz chest first into the turnbuckle. Horowitz is actually getting quite a bit of offense in. Horowitz with several right hands and even rams Luger head into Horowitz’s boot. Horowitz works on the back of Luger. Luger comes out of the corner connecting with a running clothesline. Power slam on Horowitz. Luger with a vertical suplex off the middle rope and it is over. *1/4
Vince McMahon plugs the Opinion Poll for people to share their opinion if they think Lex Luger should be able to compete in the Royal Rumble this year.
Footage from the 10-25-1993 RAW where Johnny Polo tripped both Marty Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid during the bout. Polo caused a double count-out and was soon beaten up in the ring. Tonight, Johnny Polo faces Marty Jannetty.
Backstage, Johnny Polo cuts a promo and repeats that he can and will beat both Marty Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid. Polo guarantees victory against Marty Jannetty.
Second Contest: Johnny Polo defeated Marty Jannetty: Polo with the advantage early on with a few hip tosses and arm drags. Jannetty sends Polo head first into the turnbuckle and soon connects with a back suplex. Jannetty is nearly caught in a crucifix pin, but Jannetty fights through and manages to rollup Polo for a near fall. Jannetty attempts a cross body but Polo ducks and Jannetty flies to the floor. Polo leaps over the top and connects with a cross body of his own. Jannetty with a cross body from the apron into the ring for a near fall. They both go for a cross body, which leads to a collision in the middle of the ring. Jannetty with a flying back elbow and a face plant. Polo manages to stop Jannetty on the top turnbuckle. Jannetty drops Polo chest first off the turnbuckle. Jannetty with a cross body for a near fall. Jannetty almost wins the match with a school boy. Jannetty dropkicks Polo over the top rope to the floor. Quebecer Pierre runs over and helps Polo up. Jannetty with a baseball slide to take both men out. Pierre drags Polo out of the ring avoiding the Rocker Dropper. Jannetty dives onto Pierre. Jannetty attempts a sunset flip into the ring, but Pierre grabs Polo and they manage to hold Jannetty down for the win. *1/2
After the match, Marty Jannetty is angry about the outcome and grabs a chair. The referee has thrown Pierre out from the ringside area.
Third Contest: Doink defeated Spike Gray: Dink pokes Gray in the eyes to help Doink. Doink comes from behind and connects with a German suplex for the quick win.
Todd Pettengill is back with another WWF Royal Rumble Report. Todd goes over the rules to the Royal Rumble match itself. Diesel, Adam Bomb, Bam-Bam Bigelow, Randy Savage, 1-2-3 Kid, Fatu, Samu, Rick Steiner, Bob Backlund and Greg Valentine have been added to the Rumble match. Todd says that he has a source that says Lex Luger’s chances to be involved in the Royal Rumble are looking better. Also added to the pay per view:
WWF World Tag Team Champions the Quebecers will defend against Bret Hart and Owen Hart. Bret Hart cuts a promo saying that everything is perfectly fine with the Hart Brothers. Owen says the same thing and that they will be the tag team champions.
Video package for the Smoking Gunns taking on Bam-Bam Bigelow and Bastion Booger next week on RAW.
Fourth Contest: Crush defeated Mike Moraldo: Crush with a gorilla press drop. Crush places the Kona vice on Mike and it’s over.
Undertaker and Paul Bearer are in their workshop. They are still constructing the casket for Yokozuna. Undertaker wishes Yokozuna a Merry Christmas.
Alundra Blaze and Heidilee Morgan cut promos saying that they are both worthy of being the WWF Women’s Champion. Footage of Blaze defeating Morgan with a German suplex to win the belt.
A promo video hyping up a new wrestler named Kwang. Kwang is a mixed martial arts master.
Main Event: WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon defeated Derrick Domino: Ramon with his usual move set. Ramon with a fall away slam and a abdominal stretch. Back suplex off the top turnbuckle and Ramon connects with the Razor’s Edge for the win.
End of Show
My Take: Jacque could one day be a pretty good heel announcer. The Hart Brothers making up for now will add to the story once Owen finally turns on Bret. Everything that involved wrestling this week was sub-par. I don’t get how Barry Horowitz dominating Lex Luger for a good portion of the match helps Lex Luger. How are the fans suppose to get behind Luger when Luger is unable to beat Yokozuna and is unable to beat Barry Horowitz in a matter of seconds.