Episode 39 - November 7, 1993: Macho Man Goes Savage

Today’s episode is live from Bushkill, PA. This may be the first Raw outside New York state, but I also haven’t been paying attention so who knows. At the top of the show, Vince and Bobby Heenan waste some time talking about nothing in particular despite the fact that Randy Savage is back in action. They finally turn their attention to him and mention Crush’s name at which point the Macho Man goes berserk, promising that “all hell will break loose” if Crush shows his face in the arena. Sounds like Macho Man isn’t done with Crush by a long shot. The only other thing worth mentioning from the top of the show is another call-in vote line. They must have made a pretty penny with the last one and have decided to do it again. This time we’re voting on who Pierre the Quebecer should face next week on Raw: Marty Jannetty, the 1-2-3 Kid, Doink, or Lex Luger. It all seems pretty frivolous to me, but maybe we’ll get the 1-2-3 Kid back in the ring and have some fun!

The first match of the night is Ludvig Borga VS Scott Steiner. The show opened with these two delivering dueling promos in order to give some semblance of stakes to the match.

 This is an optical illusion. It's either 2 guys or 1 vase.

This is an optical illusion. It's either 2 guys or 1 vase.

Right out of the gate, Ludvig attacks Scott before he’s even had a chance to remove his jacket. These dirty foreigners are always ambushing people! Not too long after, the Quebecers come out to confer with Ludvig while he’s outside the ring. Whatever their plan was though gets quickly thwarted by a Boston Crab delivered by Scott Steiner. At this point, Rick Steiner decides to come out to the ring as well for no particular reason. Now we’ve reached critical dude mass so naturally an all out brawl gets triggered, leading to the disqualification of both men. This is probably the best possible outcome for Borga and Steiner since it leaves them both still looking strong going into Survivor Series, but it doesn’t make this holding pattern we’re in any less annoying.

 This is quality word play right here.

This is quality word play right here.

This is the point in the show where we get another Jeff Jarrett promo. Thanks Jeff. See you next week. Not wrestling of course. Just kind of talking about wrestling.

Next we take a break from the action for a Survivor Series update from Todd Pettengill. Apparently the beating that Tatanka took at the hands of Ludvig Borga has put him out of commission for Survivor Series, leaving his spot on the “Love It or Leave It” American team a mystery. Honestly, I never understood why Tatanka was on the US team to begin with. Last I checked, Native Americans didn’t really end up with a fair shake from the United States.

The last scheduled match for the night is Crush VS Dan Dubiel. As Crush’s name is announced though, the Macho Man makes a move to go intercept Crush as he comes down the aisle, but Vince manages to restrain him. That is until Savage goes completely crazy and shoves Vince to the ground and charges Crush. In the midst of the melee, we cut to commercial and inexplicably come back to Bob Backlund about to square off against Barry Horowitz. During this match, Randy Savage comes back to the announcing table and just sits down like nothing had happened. Out of nowhere we cut from the match to a door in a wood-paneled backstage area. After a long time, Crush suddenly bursts out of the room and I guess that’s Randy’s cue to run backstage and fight him. It really doesn’t make any sense at all. This whole segment is just a cluster. The writing for this show can be so painful at times.

 Uh oh. Somebody's getting fired.

Uh oh. Somebody's getting fired.

Oh, and the votes are in. Next week, Pierre faces Lex Luger to literally no one’s surprise.