WWF RAW 2/1/1993

Native American Superstar, Tatanka comes charging down to the ring as the show opens and we are immediately ready for action.

Tatanka beat Damian Demento (*)

These two had a competitive albeit very basic match. Demento faired a bit better here than he did in his last appearance on RAW when he was slaughtered by The Undertaker. He was controlling the match and then slammed Tatanka’s head into the turnbuckle. That seemed to wake Tatanka up. He began to do his Native American War Dance and then very quickly finished Demento off with a Samoan Drop.

Next, they showed highlights from the previous Friday night when they were at Madison Square Garden. WWF Champion Bret Hart presented the Red Cross with a check for $100,000 for WWF’s Headlock on Hunger Campaign.

After the commercial break, Vince McMahon is in the ring for an interview with Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. This is Beefcake’s return to the WWF since he had a very serious parasailing accident that nearly killed him. Beefcake announces that he will be returning to the ring. Brutus goes on to tell us at how bad his luck has been. Previous to the accident both of Beefcake’s parents died and his wife left him. If that is all true (this is wrestling, I reserve the right to be skeptical) that is probably the worst string of luck ever. As Beefcake begins to tell the story of how dire his situation was some guy in the crowd yells “go kill yourself”. Classy. Brutus goes on to tell us that the one person that was by his side during his whole ordeal was Hulk Hogan. This did not illicit the type of crowd reaction that you would think. Beefcake then tells us that the reason he is coming back is because there is nothing anything that anyone can do to him that is any worse than what he has been through recently. Beefcake let’s Vince know he has an open challenge out to wrestle anyone in the WWF.

The interview was done to get people to feel bad for Brutus and create sympathy for a babyface run but the crowd crapped all over it. It was a shame too hearing some of the derogatory things coming from the crowd considering that the man truly did almost lose his life.

High Energy defeated Mike Sharpe and Glen Ruth (SQUASH)

High Energy consisted of Owen Hart and Koko B. Ware. The match last all of a minute. Koko blasted Ruth with a top rope Dropkick while Owen was holding Ruth up.

Doink pinned Typhoon (1/2*)

Not much of a match. Doink surprised everyone with some nice technical ability but once you got past that there wasn’t much to watch. What could you possibly expect from a match featuring Typhoon? Not much. The big man charged Doink in the corner and missed. Then Doink hit a clothesline from the second rope and held the tights to pick up the win.

After the match, they held a Ten Bell Salute for Andre the Giant who had just passed away. I’m surprised they didn’t open the show with that considering how big of a star he was for Vince McMahon. It was odd seeing it just shoved in the middle of the show.

Yokozuna beat Bobby DeVito (SQUASH)

This was a total massacre. Yokozuna ate this poor kid for lunch. The match was mercifully ended after the Bonzai Drop.

The Tag Team Champions, Money Inc. head to ringside to chat with Vince McMahon. Ted DiBiase tells us a little nursery rhyme and then he tells Vince that a member of Money Inc. will take Brutus up on the open challenge. They flip a coin and determine that Ted DiBiase will face Beefcake. Money Inc.’s manager, Jimmy Hart comes to ringside to try and them out of the match. They make a joke of Beefcake and the match before Jimmy finally gets them to the back.

Lex Luger defeated Jason Knight (SQUASH)

This was Luger’s RAW debut after debuting in the WWF at the Royal Rumble. This was another yawner on a show full of them. Luger finished this jobroni off with two forearm shots and then pinned him with his pinky.

After the last commercial break, Vince informs us that RAW will be preempted next week but when they return there will be a 16 man Battle Royal and Brutus Beefcake will battle Ted DiBiase.

The Diagnosis

Later this year, WWE will be releasing a DVD set with the 20 best episodes of RAW. I can assure you this episode will not be on there. Five matches in an hour in not a good thing. That means they are all short. Short matches can be fun but these weren’t. Three were squashes and the other two were an insomniac’s dream. The only positive (and I’m using that term loosely) was the return of Brutus Beefcake and the setup up of his match with Ted DiBiase. This was the beginning of the build of Hulk Hogan returning to the WWF. The 2/1/93 edition of RAW gets a putrid 1.5/10. I know you can’t judge 1993 by today’s standards but this was really bad compared to the previous weeks of RAW.


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