This is the fist ever post-Wrestlemania Raw. The RAW after Wrestlemania has become a big deal over the years, as it is a big indicator of the direction the company is moving in for the next year. I don't think this will feel like that kind of Raw, but it's interesting to think about that going in. So think about it. I'm thinking about it.
Rob Bartlett is not on the show. YAY. We haven't seen the last of him yet, but I imagine they're testing the sound without him there. Just having Macho and Vince is a big improvement. I don't know where they go next but I wish it was a variation of the team that called Wrestlemania: Ross, Savage and Heenan. Loved that lineup.
VIRGIL vs. BAM BAM BIGELOW
Virgil has a terrible match. AWFUL. First it starts with him throwing a horrendous dropkick that almost doesn't reach the belt level of Bammer. A "Virgil Sucks" chant breaks out. Then he goes for a baseball slide under Bigelow's legs but doesn't slide. He just falls to the ground. Then he tries to scoot himself under Bigelow and Bam Bam just says, "Fuck it." And hoists him up for a body slam to take over. Bammer does a good job controlling him and eventually the crowd starts to get behind Virgil again. You can tell the difference in the voices. Once he starts coming back you can hear the "low bass Boos" and the "high pitched cheers". He was John Cena before there was John Cena. His top rope clothesline and drop kick are horrible looking. Just an awful night for Virgil and eventually Bam Bam has enough and ends it with the Top Rope Headbutt. Rough night for for the V-Man. Haven't seen him really lay a clunker like that before.
JERRY LAWLER vs. .....THE CROWD
This is Jerry Lawler's fist appearance on Monday Night RAW in any capacity. Jerry gets on the mic and has the crowd in the palm of his hand. They start in on the "Burger King" chant and he tells them that if they don't stop he's going to leave. They don't stop....so he leaves. AWESOME.
|Yokozuna's nipples are down right dainty....R.I.P.|
KIMCHEE vs. BOB BACKLUND
I don't think this is the same Kimchee that's been leading around Kamala. He looks a little bigger. So who knows who's under the mask. Really fun match that felt very...old school in structure. I really enjoyed this and the crowd ate it up. It's amazing what you can do with a few body slams and some pacing. Bob Backlund just does simple stuff and yet makes people care about it. I wish more people figured out how to do that, instead of doing complicated stuff to make people care about them.
DAMIEN DEMENTO vs. JUMPIN' JIM BRUNZELL
During the match, Rob Bartlett joins us over the phone, and they play up the idea he lost all his money in Vegas and is now stuck there. That segment bombs and they direct their attention at the match and realize it's a bomb too and try to talk about anything else. Brunzell fits in some good stuff on his comeback but he looks listless and apathetic. Demento wins and everyone in the crowd loses. Clunker.
JERRY LAWLER vs. ...THE CROWD AGAIN
Jerry goes 0-2 against the crowd, as they boo him to the back again. We then do Wrestlemania Replay promo that brings us back too.....
THE BEVERLY BROS. vs. THE STEINER BROTHERS
A really strong rematch to their Royal Rumble bout. Beverly's look a lot stronger in this than they did last time.. Lots of awesome underhanded tactics and classic heel tag team spots. Worth checking out. Between this and their Mania match, The Steiners are looking like gods in the WWF. Really fun finish as Scott tags Rick when he's thrown out of the ring. Scotty was so slick about it everyone missed it. Everyone but Scotty, and that's all that matters. He gives Blake nasty Frankensteiner. If Mike Enos has done anything it's take a great Frankensteiner bump. He makes that move look like death. Him and Masato Yoshino.
JERRY LAWLER vs. JIM POWERS
|Someone just told Jim Powers how Wrestlemania 9 ended.|
Jim Powers owns Jerry Lawler for most of the match. Every time Jerry tries to come back, Jim finds away to stop it. I was actually surprised at how much he got in. The best part was that every time Jim Powers succeed he'd slap his hands together and go "YEAH!" And he got to do this a whole lot.
Eventually he goes to the well one time too many with the backdrops and Jerry catches him with a pile driver for the win.
After the match Jerry cuts a little promo on Macho Man, who he'd been jawing with for most of the match. Lawler tells him he doesn't have the guts to step in the ring with a real King. Oh man, I'm ready for that match NOW.
One of the best RAWs in a while. They were really treading water for a few weeks, but this one had some fun matches and a nice story for Jerry Lawler. Even Bam Bam/Virgil wasn't an awful match, Virgil was just awful in it. For a post-Mania RAW, I think people would have rioted if this what they got nowadays. But back then it was a different beast. they are mentioning several different storylines outside of the show, which is a little different. They mentioned Yoko/Hogan and the protest, they mentioned Luger being a Knock Out Artists and how that needs to be investigated, and they have Macho Man and Lawler starting a little something. The last few weeks have been pretty light on interesting stories.
NEXT WEEK: They promise us Money Inc. vs. The Bushwhackers..... yay.