Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT RAW: REVIEW WEEK 26

07.19.1993

THE MOTHER F'ING LEX EXPRESS IS ON THE WAY
We kick off the show showing Lex Luger meeting with kids saying that being patriotic is cool and that America is awesome. The then show a nice shot of the big ass bus that's going to be barreling down the highways and byways of this great nation, spreading the seed of America all over people's faces.

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
How dare that van use the right lane to pass the Lex Express?
SHAWN MICHAELS(c) vs. MARTY JANNETTY
I wouldn't say this was as good as the Rumble match or the big Raw title switch, but it's still pretty good. The energy just doesn't seem there. Marty is fired up early but loses it as the match goes on and Shawn looks a little disinterested. Still, these guys threw down some pretty neat stuff. The final three minutes or so had some tremendous near falls that had the crowd rocking.

The finish was pretty interesting. Marty went for a flying forearm, missed, flew over the top rope to the floor. Diesel then picked him up immediately and rolled him in the ring to get pinned. Marty really sailed and took a nasty bump to the floor, and the idea that he lost because he didn't have a 10 count to recuperate from the fall is a cool one. It reinforces the risky nature of going to the outside, and reinforces why there's even a 10 count in the first place.

Note: The crowd kept chanting "Woop There It Is." Fantastic.

MONEY INC. TALKIN' SMACK ABOUT THE BAD GUY
Ted and Irwin play down loosing to the Steiners by saying they're not as bad as Razor Ramon who lost to the scrawn punk, 123 Kid. This of course brings Razor out. DiBiase tells Razor that it's all good and that since they've got big hearts they're willing to offer Ramon a job working for them. Razor tells them he works for nobody. Ted, and this is the best part, shows him some $100 dollar bills and tells him to think about it, before SLAPPING HIM IN THE FACE WITH THEM. How bad ass is that? Dude just smacks another man in the face with a stack of hundreds.

Razor loses his cool and ends up tossing both DiBiase and IRS before leaving. Ted, incensed, tells Vince that he's going to embarrass Razor Ramon by beating up the 123 Kid and showing him how a real man gets it done. Great segment.

MEN ON A MISSION vs. HANK HARRIS  & RICH MEYERS
Crowd was really into the team. Mo and Mabel came through bring lots of energy, and Oscar was good at setting the tone with his MC act. There was one dumb flub on the directors fault where they focused on Oscar talking to the camera instead of capturing the finishing maneuver. They didn't even replay it. Basically Mabel bodyslams a guy and stands in front of the turnbuckle. Mo then jumps from the top rope onto Mabel's back and they both come crashing down on the victim. Fun.

BASTION BOOGER vs.SCOTT DESPRES
Booger wins after dropping his balls on Scott's face. Yep.

JERRY LAWLER CHATS WIT TINY TIM
WWE: Putting Smiles on Faces. And Balls. Fat man balls.
Jerry Lawler rips into Tiny Tim with some singers. Eventually the crowd starts chanting "We Want Bret." Jerry Lawler then tells Tim about how these clowns call him the Burger King, asks Tim if he thinks Lawler is a "Burger King." Tim responds, "You're not a Burger King. You're a Dairy Queen.". Lawler responds by breaking his ukulele. Because that's how he rolls.

123 KID vs. CHRIS DUFFY
Kid dominated this one, not doing any of the underdog stuff, and it's a good thing too. He's moving up the card and he needs to show he can handle people effectively with his moveset. Kid's kicks were killer and we got to see those unique legdrops. During the match, Money Inc came out to watch and Razor came out to watch Money Inc. Kid didn't really lose focus, and took Duffy to school before finishing him off with a great top rope legdrop.

OVERALL SHOW: Decent show. We got a good match from Jannetty/Michaels who put in about 17 minutes or so. Men On a Mission look fun and the crowd is digging it. And we have an interesting angle revolving around Money Inc/123 Kid/Razor Ramon. It's almost reaching a point where you wish there was more time so they could fit in more wrestlers.

NEXT WEEK: We get Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow in a rematch of the King of the Ring finals. AWESOME.

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