Episode 42 - December 5, 1993: Two Kids for the Price of One

These early episodes of Raw have a strange habit of booking the most interesting match first and then just throwing together whatever else they feel like in the rest of the show. When your show only has 45 minutes of content, you’d think they could manage to make the whole thing good, or at least interesting. Well, at least they manage to do that for the first match. Our show today leads off with a Shawn Michaels promo where he tells the 1-2-3 Kid that his career ends tonight. We’ll soon see if he’s just boasting or if he can back that up in the squared circle.

 It was cool of Vince to get some glamour shots for Shawn as a welcome back gift.

It was cool of Vince to get some glamour shots for Shawn as a welcome back gift.

As Shawn Michaels makes his way to the ring for the first match of the night, he’s wearing his Intercontinental Championship belt around his waist. The 1-2-3 Kid isn’t impressed though. As the match starts, he catches Shawn Michaels off guard with a series of kicks, but the Heartbreak Kid manages to turn the tide and just wail on the Kid. As HBK tries to gain momentum for a clothesline by bouncing off the ropes, The 1-2-3 Kid surprises him with a huge roundhouse kick that sends Shawn flying. He follows that up with a big moonsault, but HBK manages to kick out and then plant a superkick right on the Kid’s kisser and then hits him with a Razor’s Edge, clearly meant as an insult to Razor Ramon. Shawn covers the kid and the ref starts the count, but HBK decides he hasn’t punished the Kid enough and yanks him back up before the count finishes and delivers another Razor’s Edge. As he sets up for a third one, Razor Ramon has had enough and comes out from the locker room area to pull the Kid out. Shawn confronts Razor and then slaps him square in the face, provoking Razor to chase Shawn back to the locker room. Just as Razor gets to the curtain though, Diesel suckerpunches him through the doorway and lays him out. HBK then hits Razor Ramon with his own finisher twice in a row on the concrete before the staff can break it all up. Man, this feud is getting really crazy and really interesting.

 Razor Ramon's dropped toothpick represents defeat as well as the camera man getting a little too artsy fartsy.

Razor Ramon's dropped toothpick represents defeat as well as the camera man getting a little too artsy fartsy.

We then move on to a short video interview between Vince and “The Rocket” Owen Hart who has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to his brother Bret. He seems jealous that Bret’s always the one getting all the attention, including winning the Superstar of the Year trophy. Owen tells Vince that he has a surprise in store that will have everyone talking about him instead of his brother for once. Maybe the surprise is that he’s gonna take everyone out for ice cream.

The next match features Tony DeVito against Doink, accompanied by his little friend Dink who he is pushing in a baby stroller. Even for a midget dressed up as a clown, this seems pretty demeaning. While Doink wrestles, Dink spends most of the match honking his clown horn at everyone’s butt, much to the chagrin of the ref who has his butt honked at many a time.

 Let's hope he at least got his mom's brains or something.

Let's hope he at least got his mom's brains or something.

Following that up, Jeff Jarrett delivers another one of his grating promos. I honestly don’t even believe that he’s a real wrestler anymore since he’s done nothing to prove it yet.

Now that most of the show is over, they decide to casually slip in the fact that Macho Man Randy Savage will be returning to the program next week, not as a commentator but as a wrestler! His first match back will be against Fatu of the Headshrinkers. I can’t fathom why they would just bury this information so deep into the episode, but it’s good news nonetheless. Seeing how his first opponent is a real wrestler and not Doink or the Repo Man, this bodes well for our chances that he will be wrestling more often. 1994 is fast approaching and starting to shape up nicely!