Thursday, November 17, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT RAW REVIEW WEEK 23

6.28.1993


INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
SHAWN MICHAELS vs. KAMALA
Need Kamala to look awesome? Put him in the ring with Shawn Michaels. HBK keeps the pace up and Kamala keeps up which looks really impressive. They have a smart story with Kamala banging up his knee and Shawn being able to control him now that he has a bum wheel. They do some really neat stuff where Shawn does fine when he's stomping the leg, but when he goes for a toe hold or a figure four Kamala pops him in the face. It's really funny.

Kamala actually nearly gets the win, but of course pins Shawn wrong. Then Diesel gets on the apron leading to Kamala getting distracted. Shawn nails him with the superkick right in the back of the head for the win. This has to be the very best Kamala as a face match ever. Check it out.



VINCE MCMAHON XENOPHOBIA HAPPY FUN TIME
Vince brings out Fuji and Yokozuna and talks about the Body Slam Challenge coming up on July 4th.  Vince actually gets really heated here and tells Fuji that when you back America into a corner someone is going to stand up and someone is going to hit a HOME RUN. He even leads the crowd in a USA chant. Hulkamania is mentioned and you can tell they're building up this idea that Hogan is going to show up and save the day.

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. IRON MIKE SHARPE & BARRY HOROWITZ
What a tremendous jobber team this is. Barry takes some of the best armdrags and hiptosses. He just snaps into it and makes them look devastating. Horowitz and Sharpe actually were in control for a little bit, which is surprising sense the Gunns have been so dominant. I actually wouldn't mind seeing Horowitz and Sharpe always be a team going forward. Gunns did a different finish this time. Instead of the back body drop into a pile driver, Bart picked up Barry in an Argentinian Backbreaker position, and Billy elbow dropped him to the ground from the top rope. It was kind of neat looking.

TURNING RAZOR RAMON FACE
Money Inc comes out and talks with Vince McMahon. They talk about the Steiners and how they'll get the belts back. What's interesting is that they bring up Razor Ramon and how dumb he was for putting that 10,000 dollars up. They rip into him, and tell him he should go back to school, maybe that simpleton college known as Michigan University. Eventually the crowd starts chanting for Razor. Easy as that.

ADAM BOMB vs. PJ WALKER
Giants Running Back Joe Morrison plans on slamming Yokozuna DIG IT
It's funny watching Raven playing Johnny Polo and Justin Credible being the jobber in fake Rocker tights. Adam Bomb dominates him and PJ bumps really well for him. Nothing all that special, just another match to show how impressive he is.

BASTION BOOGER vs. CRUSH
Because I haven't seen enough Bastion Booger this week.
This isn't very good, but the crowd is really Pro-Crush. It's fun when WWF runs towns that have these crazy high strung Crush fans. He may not have been over everywhere, but there were places where he was getting some of the biggest reactions on the show.

The big story is actually about Crush and how he's planning on slamming Yokozuna. He struggles early on trying to lift the massive Booger, but in his big come back he manages a sloppy suplex followed by three big bodyslams for the win. The crowd understood what the bodyslams meant, thanks to the Fuji/Vince exchange earlier, so each one was getting big pops. You could feel them putting their hopes on Crush to do the thing on July 4th.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS:
A really good Kamala vs. HBK match, a decent Smoking Gunns match, and some interesting interviews. This felt like the modern format of RAW we're used to, with more in-ring interview time to push angles, as opposed to backstage promos in front of a back drop.

What I find interesting is that they're about to turn Lex Luger out of the blue AND they're turning Razor Ramon. Their heel roster was looking great, with a lot of variety. I understand that with Hogan leaving, they're looking for that next great face(because I've always contended that Bret is always the last guy Vince wants as champion), but I think it's kind of dumb to turn Lex Luger who has become one of the most over heels in the company almost immediately and can actually work. Razor, actually makes a little sense because the crowd has been wanting to cheer him for a while now.

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