Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Utica, NY
A video hyping up the Tatanka vs. Razor Ramon contest for the WWF Intercontinental Championship kicks off the show.
RAW opening video
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage welcome everyone to a LIVE edition of RAW! McMahon and Savage hype up what will be on the show. British Bulldog will be on the Kings Court and the WWF World Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels and Diesel will be in tag action.
Opening Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon defeated Tatanka by count-out to retain the title: Tatanka attacks Ramon from behind with right hands and chops away on the champ in the corner. Ramon battles back with a few chops of his own in the corner and sends Tatanka back first into the corner a few times followed by a hip toss and clotheslines Tatanka over the top to the floor. Tatanka knee lifts Ramon a few times and delivers several over hand chops across Ramon’s back to gain the advantage. Tatanka nails Ramon with several forearms to Ramon’s lower back. Ramon comes off the ropes and punches Tatanka a few times before Tatanka drops Ramon with a short arm clothesline and stomps away on the champ. Ramon blocks a backdrop and face plants Tatanka followed by a series of shoulder blocks. Ramon controls Tatanka on the mat with a arm bar. Ramon switches into a hammerlock but Tatanka elbows out of the hold rather quickly. Tatanka chops away on Ramon and connects with a scoop slam followed by a elbow drop coming off the ropes for a near fall. Tatanka continues his attack with overhand chops but Ramon is able to toss a charging Tatanka over the top rope to the floor. Ramon punches Tatanka off the ring apron a few times, preventing Tatanka from getting back into the ring. Tatanka ducks a right hand and drops Ramon throat first across the top rope. Tatanka stomps away on Ramon for a few moments, knocking Ramon to the floor. Tatanka chops Ramon as RAW goes to commercial. Tatanka continues his attack on the floor by ramming Ramon back first into the ring apron several times. Tatanka scoop slams Ramon back in the ring several times for only a two count. Tatanka back elbows Ramon as he comes off the ropes. Tatanka has an abdominal stretch locked in and grabs DiBiase’s hand to gain some extra leverage. Tatanka is forced to let go of the hold and goes back to stomping away on Ramon. Ramon comes off the ropes and is able to get the abdominal stretch on Tatanka, but Tatanka hip tosses Ramon. Tatanka misses a standing elbow drop and both men struggle to their feet. Ramon with a series of right hands and knocks Tatanka down following a discus right hand. Ramon crotches Tatanka on the top rope and connects with a back suplex! DiBiase gets on the apron as Ramon signals for the end. Ramon goes to the floor and is attacked by Tatanka from behind. Lex Luger walks down but is attacked by Bam-Bam Bigelow from behind. Tatanka sees this and attacks Luger as Ramon rolls into the ring. Ramon wins by count-out as Tatanka attacks Luger on the aisle way. *½
After the match, Razor Ramon runs p the aisle way and helps Luger by fighting off Bigelow and Tatanka.
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage go over what just happened between Razor Ramon and Tatanka.
A video form WWF Superstars where Paul Bearer and the Undertaker cut a promo on Yokozuna. During the Hart Attack Tour, the Undertaker will be squaring off against Yokozuna. Taker tells Yokozuna that he was warned as Taker said he would never rest in peace until he got Yoko’s soul. Taker is going to put Yokozuna in a casket and he will rest in peace.
Second Contest: Kwang defeated Rich Myers: Kwang wins the squash match following a spinning heel kick.
Jerry Lawler makes his way down to the ring for another edition of Kings Court. Lawler wants to talk about pets this week. Lawler mentions there is a new dog in the WWF, the British Bulldog. Bulldog makes his way out with some small pyro display. Lawler is whistling at Bulldog like he is actually a dog. Lawler cracks a few dog jokes. Lawler turns his attention to Diana Hart and asks if it was puppy love when Bulldog met Diana. Bulldog tells Lawler if he has one more smart remark, people will be picking Lawler up with a pooper scooper! Jim Neidhart makes his way down to the ring and says he doesn’t know what Bulldog was at Summer Slam. Neidhart tells Bulldog that he isn’t a family member. Neidhart challenges Bulldog to a match next week on RAW. Bulldog is a part of the Hart Family and says that WWF World Champion Bret Hart invited him to Summer Slam. Bulldog accepts Neidhart’s challenge for next week. Neidhart tells Bulldog that will be the worst decision of his career. Bulldog says that it is the best decision of is WWF career.
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage hype up a women’s tag match that will see Alundra Blayze and Heidi Lee Morgan taking on Bull Nakano and Luna Vachon.
Footage from last week where Bob Backlund used the chicken wing submission on a WWF Magazine writer, Louie.
Third Contest: 1-2-3 Kid defeated Kenny David: During the bout, Bob Backlund handed a letter to Vince McMahon directed towards Randy Savage. Kid wins the squash match following a top rope leg drop.
A video of a man hyping up the return of King Kong Bundy. Bundy is coming soon to the WWF.
Main Event: WWF World Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels/Diesel defeated Bob Starr/Chris Kanyon: Diesel power bombs Starr and Michaels just runs the ropes before pinning Starr to win the squash match.
After the match, the New Headshrinkers come down to the ring and Sionne nails Michaels with a title belt. Fatu super kicks Michaels and sends him to the floor.
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage interview the New Headshrinkers. Lou Albano says that the New Headshrinkers are Fatu and Sionne. Lou says Samu has some kind sickness that is only cured in Africa, or somewhere. Shawn Michaels is trying to hold Diesel back from getting at the New Headshrinkers to close out the show.
End of show
My Take: Tatanka/Ramon was a fairly boring contest that consisted of a lot of chops and punches. It was obvious that their wasn’t going to be a clear cut winner, considering Ramon just recently regained the strap and Tatanka is fresh off a heel turn. The aftermath was done nicely, as I like the thought of Bigelow actually working with guys that fans actually care about instead of working with Doink the Clown.
It is great to have the British Bulldog back in the WWF. Bulldog looks to be in fantastic shape, as he usually is. Bulldog could be another leader for the New Generation as he is fairly young and hasn’t been given a main event push during his other runs with the WWF.
I’m not excited about the return of King Kong Bundy. WWF tries to promote itself as a younger company but they have Backlund, Neidhart and now King Kong Bundy returning to the company. Not a fan of that, and the video promo for Bundy was quite corny.
Diesel and Michaels feuding the New Headshrinkers? Talk about wasting away Diesel and Michaels in a depleted tag team division. Yikes.
Overall, the matches this week were not good. The only slighting entertaining stuff were the things happening after the matches and that usually lasted all of two minutes. So, not a good show.
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