Written By: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents RAW
From: Utica, NY
RAW opens up with the Million Dollar Corporation coming down to the ring for the featured match between Bam-Bam Bigelow and Lex Luger!
RAW opening video
Opening Contest: Lex Luger defeated Bam-Bam Bigelow: Luger is cornered by Bigelow, Volkoff and Tatanka. Bigelow is able to control Luger with right hands and a few head butts to start the match. Bigelow stomps away on Luger and delivers a shoulder block. Scoop slam by Bigelow for a two count. Luger sends Bigelow into the ropes and nails Bigelow with a back elbow, which sends Bigelow to the floor. Luger hammers away on Bigelow in the corner and wrenches on Bigelow’s arm with a wrist lock. Arm bar by Luger to keep control of Bigelow. Bigelow trips Luger but misses a standing elbow drop. Luger continues to punch Bigelow’s arm and goes back to a arm bar. Bigelow is backed into the ropes and eye rakes Luger. Bigelow power slams Luger as he comes off the ropes and gets a near fall. Bigelow with a falling head butt and heads to the top rope. Bigelow leaps off but misses. Luger knocks Volkoff off the apron and nails Bigelow with a running forearm smash for a near win! Luger continues to control Bigelow with a arm bar as King Kong Bundy makes his way down to the ringside area. Bigelow attacks Luger from behind and drops Luger throat first across the top rope as RAW goes to commercial. Mabel and Adam Bomb make their way down to the ringside area to even up the odds. Bigelow chokes Luger across the top rope for a few moments. Bigelow plants Luger with a DDT but only gets a two count on the cover. Bigelow clotheslines Luger and gets another near fall. Bigelow leaps up and kicks Luger on the side of the head with both feet and gets a another two count. Bigelow has a sleeper hold on Luger to maintain control of the contest. Luger battles to his feet and elbows out but runs into a knee lift from Bigelow. Bigelow nails Luger with a falling head butt. Luger blocks a right hand and battles back with a few of his own. Bigelow rakes Luger’s eyes and chokes Luger across the middle rope. Bigelow runs into a big boot in the corner, twice. Luger with a flurry of right hands and comes off the ropes with a few clotheslines to knock Bigelow down. DiBiase is on the apron as Tatanka grabs Luger’s leg. Luger kicks Tatanka into the guard railing! Bigelow runs into Tatanka on the apron and Luger rolls Bigelow up for the win! *¾
After the match, Mabel and Adam Bomb celebrate the win with Lex Luger. Also, Bigelow and Tatanka have a brief argument on the floor.
A video from WWF Superstars where Bob Backlund was on the Heartbreak Hotel. Michaels says that Backlund is a mad man and wants to party with Backlund. Backlund doesn’t want to hang with them, though. Backlund claims to be the WWF World Champion and has been waiting for ten years to get back his belt. Backlund wants WWF World Champion Bret Hart to wrestle him.
Second Contest: Mabel defeated Reno Riggins: Mabel wins the squash following a leg drop coming off the ropes.
A video hyping up next weeks featured match which will see Jeff Jarrett taking on Doink the Clown.
Third Contest: Owen Hart defeated John Crystal: Owen wins the squash with the Sharpshooter.
Another video from WWF Superstars where the Undertaker cut a promo on Yokozuna. Taker asks if Yokozuna honestly thought he could end the Undertaker. Taker tells Yoko that the time has come for Yokozuna to pay for his crimes. Bearer chimes in and gives Yokozuna a sneak peak at his final resting place.
Fourth Contest: King Kong Bundy defeated Mike Khoury: Bundy wins his return squash match following a big splash in the corner.
Another video from WWF Superstars where Doink the Clown and Dink messed with Jerry Lawler. Dink had a pie as Lawler was distracted by Doink. Dink puts the pie on Lawler’s chair and Lawler ends up sitting on the pie.
Jerry Lawler is standing in the ring for another edition of Kings Court. Lawler is going to talk about short people and how much he hates short people. Lawler brings up Dink and his dislike for Dink. Lawler introduces his guest who will take care of Dink. Lawler introduces his own small person, Queasy. Queasy is dressed up like Lawler and makes his way down to the ring. Queasy says he is going to squash Dink like the bug that he is. A rather quick Kings Court, for once.
Main Event: the New Headshrinkers defeated Corey Student/JS Storm: Sionne pins Storm following a big boot to win the squash.
Doink the Clown and Dink come down to the ringside area to be interviewed by McMahon and Savage. Doink gives the announcers Burger King crowns. Doink says he has a surprise on WWF Superstars. It is a little surprise.
End of show
My Take: Luger/Bigelow was another lackluster contest. I thought the match was boring as they kept everything simple and their were quite a few rest holds. Seems like an odd choice to have Adam Bomb and Mabel as Luger’s backup. Bomb and Mabel do appear to be in line for pushes, though. Just seems kind of odd. Lastly, I am not liking the possible split of Bigelow from the Corporation. He hasn’t been with the Corporation for very long and I think teasing a breakup of the group, or even just one guy, is premature. I really believe the Corporation needs to be a dominate force in the WWF for at least a year, and then they can split up or something.
The only other thing to mention on this show is the Kings Court. I’ll keep it simple. As every week that passes, the more hate I feel for the Lawler/Doink feud. Now that are bringing in small people into the feud. Ugh.. I know its suppose to be funny or whatever, but it really isn’t. I don’t see any kind of entertainment value from the use of small people. At least not in a wrestling ring.
Overall, a standard lackluster show. WWF seems to be struggling to provide entertaining material on a consistent basis at this point. Hopefully we will get some good shows to close out the year.
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