The World Wrestling Federation is about to embark on a new journey, something that no one thought would happen and that is to appear weekly, live, on national television. Last night, January 11th 1993, Monday Night Raw had its debut show on the USA network and received positive results. It was only a one hour show to get a feel of what national television is like and what sort of feedback they would get from it. After the WWF put their feet in the waters they want more and plan on continuing this weekly wrestling spectacular as we head ever closer into the Royal Rumble.
The first show featured Bobby Heenan trying to get into the arena to kick off the show; he was replaced as an announcer for the evening and tried throughout the night all he could to get into the building and who was he replaced by? None other than comedian Rob Bartlett. Nonetheless, the show got underway with the trio of Bartlett, Vince McMahon and the Macho Man Randy Savage welcoming us to the show.
The opening contest for the first ever Monday Night Raw saw Koko B. Ware face off with the ever so dominant Yokozuna who is on a roll as of late, unstoppable, a wrecking machine. Yokozuna was accompanied to the ring by his handler and mouth piece, Mr. Fuji who aided in his victory with heel like distractions and tactics. It should be noted that Yokozuna has yet to be knocked off of his feet, much less defeated in the WWF.
Soon later Hennan was seen again but this time cut a promo from the outside, directing his attention to Mr. Perfect and telling him that he has a mystery man for him, one that he calls the Narcissist. The identity wasn’t revealed however the hype was there and it was clear that this individual was going to make an impact in the WWF upon his arrival that Hennan promised would be at the Royal Rumble.
From here the second match of the night took place as the Steiner Brothers, the heavy fan favorites locked horns with the Executioners. In what would be an exciting back and forth wrestling match, the Steiner Brothers came out victorious with their hands raised up high by the referee and they mouthed to the monitor that they are gunning for the champions. Also during the match Doink the Clown was seen pulling tricks and miming in the front row gaining the crowd’s attention.
After the matchup came to a close we were once again sent back to the parking lot where Bobby Heenan once again tried to get his way into the arena, this time by dressing up as a large woman in drag. Hennan claimed to be the aunt of a wrestler and needed to get in there to see him right now but was stopped before he could enter the building.
On a more serious note, in the ring was waiting Razor Ramon as he was ready to cut a promo that was talked about and hyped the entire night. The cocky newcomer, Razor Ramon was interviewed by Vince McMahon in the center of the ring about his intentions to enter the Royal Rumble, face Bret Hart for the coveted WWF title and leave the same night with the belt. Razor Ramon ranted on about how it is his time to shine and how he is going to be the champion, Vince however steered the subject over to Owen Hart and asked Razor why he jumped him from behind on Saturday during an interview on WWF Mania. Razor simply answered that there is nothing anyone can do about it before leaving and throwing his toothpick at Vince McMahon.
For the first time ever the Intercontinental title was defended on Monday Night Raw with Max Moon facing off against Shawn Michaels, the champion. This match was excitement all over and was back and forth throughout until the final moments where Shawn got the upperhand and retained the title. Also during this bout’, Doink the Clown made another appearance at ringside but did nothing of importance or cost anyone the victory.
In one more attempt to reach the arena before the night was over, Bobby Hennan once again came up to the building’s entrance this time in a Rabbi suit but unfortunately for him his fake beard fell off of him while talking and his cover was blown before being escorted back away.
And to close off the show in the Main Event, the Undertaker fought Damien Demento and defeated him after a devastating Tombstone Pile Driver.
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“El Matador” Tito Santana
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WWF Champion | Bret Hart | since, October 12th 1992
WWF Intercontinental Champion | Shawn Michaels | since, October 27th 1992
WWF Tag Team Champions | Money, Inc. | since, October 13th 1992
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