Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Utica, NY
RAW Opening Video
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage welcome everyone to RAW and go over what will be on this week’s show. McMahon mentions that Razor Ramon will be defending the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Diesel on Superstars.
Opening Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon defeated Jeff Jarrett via disqualification: This is a non-title contest. Jarrett takes Ramon down and taunts Ramon for being able to do so. Jarrett continues to control Ramon with a arm drag and drops a few knees to the elbow of Ramon. Ramon catches Jarrett coming off the ropes and takes Jarrett down with a fall away slam. Jarrett rakes Ramon to the floor and rams Ramon head first into the apron before sending Ramon back into the ring. Jarrett brings Ramon to the floor and rams Ramon head first into the ring steps and clotheslines Ramon down on the floor. Jarrett with a fist drop off the middle rope for a near fall. Jarrett with a face jam before the commercial break. Ramon with a sunset flip cover but Jarrett kicks out and clotheslines Ramon down to keep control. Jarrett locks in a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Ramon drops down to a knee and eventually sits down as he is fading. Ramon manages to keep his arms from falling three times and Jarrett doesn’t like to see that. Ramon fights out of the hold with a back suplex and gets a near fall. Ramon with several right hands but is once again sent to the floor by Jarrett. Shawn Michaels makes his way down to ringside taunting the fallen Ramon on the floor. Ramon nails Michaels with a right hand and nails Jarrett with a right hand as he comes off the apron and sends Jarrett face first into the ring steps. Ramon with a atomic drop and clotheslines Jarrett to the floor. Ramon flips Michaels into the ring and begins to work on Michaels in the corner. Ramon goes for the Razor’s Edge but Diesel enters the ring and nails Ramon with a big boot that causes the disqualification. **
After the match, Michaels and Diesel work on Ramon. Diesel plants Ramon with a power bomb, twice. Michaels hands Diesel the championship and Diesel taunts Ramon. Both men stand on Ramon at one point.
Shawn Michaels and Diesel are backstage. Michaels rips on Razor Ramon and says that Diesel is the real WWF Intercontinental Champion. Diesel asks “why not?” when he is asked why he attacked Ramon. Michaels guarantees victory for his bodyguard.
Second Contest: Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Tony DeVito: Bigelow with a dropkick early on to control DeVito. Jack Tunney calls in during the contest. Tunney says that he will be investigating what happened earlier on the show. Tunney says that the Quebecers will need to defend the titles against the Headshrinkers, next week on RAW. Bigelow wins the squash match with a head butt coming off the ropes.
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage hype up the tag team title match next week. Backstage, the Quebecers and Johnny Polo find that the decision by Tunney is unfair. Jacque says that they aren’t afraid of the Headshrinkers.
Third Contest: The Heavenly Bodies defeated John Paul/Jason Headings: Pritchard and Headings start the match with Headings actually slamming Pritchard down. His offense doesn’t last as he is stopped with a double super kick. Vince McMahon mentions that Mr. Perfect no-showed a match against Lex Luger and is suspended. Pritchard catches Paul and tags in Del Ray to connect with a nice double team cross body. Bodies continue with a power bomb/neck breaker combo on Paul. Bodies with a back suplex/moonsault on Paul for a near fall as Del Ray didn’t feel like winning the bout. Del Ray pins Paul following a moonsault off the top rope.
King’s Court with Jerry Lawler is up next. Lawler mentions that this week he has something different. Instead of having rich wrestlers, he will have a broke wrestler. Lawler introduces Nikolai Volkoff who is in the front row. Lawler is really making a point in making clear that Volkoff has no money. Volkoff says that he will tell the truth. Volkoff says that he is proud to be a United States citizen. Volkoff says that he made a few bad investments. Volkoff asks Lawler if he has ever had a job. Lawler calls Volkoff a filthy bum. Lawler wants Volkoff to beg for a job in the WWF. Volkoff says that he isn’t afraid of a war and would be ready to take on Jerry Lawler. Volkoff says that he is a honest, hard working man. Volkoff leaves to sit in the crowd.
Fourth Contest: 1-2-3 Kid defeated Duane Gill:Gill works on Kid early on with knees and right hands in the corner and follows up with a clothesline. Kid battles back with a springboard clothesline and several kicks to knock Gill down. Kid nails Gill with a spinning heel kick to pick up the win.
Footage of some guy in a meat packing shop. The guy says that the Undertaker ordered a 6ft meal. He says that the Undertaker proceeded to disappear when he went to get the pickles for the meal.
Main Event: Owen Hart defeated Rich Myers: Hart with a slap and a few chops. Hart drives Myers down with a running bulldog. Hart dominates Myers connecting with a gut wrench suplex and drops a leg across the chest of Myers. Hart avoids a dropkick attempt and locks in the Sharpshooter to pick up the win.
Capt Lou Albano is with Randy Savage and Vince McMahon to hype up next weeks WWF World Tag Team Championship match. Johnny Polo comes down to the ring and begins to shove and insult Albano. Savage steps in and holds Polo to allow Albano to punch Polo. The Quebecers run down and protect Polo from any further beating.
End of Show
My Take: Ramon/Jarrett was a pretty decent contest that saw Jarrett get some good offense in. I find Jarrett to be a great heel for the WWF who is being thrown into some uninteresting feuds. Not to mention Jarrett is a good in-ring wrestler, too. I do not like Volkoff getting air time and apparently being involved in the WWF again. This is the new generation, why would Volkoff be a featured wrestler for the new era? Doesn’t make much sense to me.