REWIND-A-WAI #125: Monday Night Raw (Feb. 15 & 22, 1993)

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John Pollock & Wai Ting travel back to February 1993 to look back at two editions of WWF Monday Night Raw highlighted by Hulk Hogan’s return ahead of WrestleMania IX.

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Following his departure at WrestleMania VIII, Hulk Hogan returns by making his Monday Night Raw debut to address Money Inc.’s attack on Brutus Beefcake. John & Wai discuss a bizarre sit-down interview between Hogan and Vince McMahon where Hogan addresses “tabloid terrorism” amid the mid-90s steroid scandal.

Plus: Yokozuna’s destruction of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan leads to real-world controversy with the American flag, the awful commentary of Rob Bartlett, the Manhattan Center, Giant Gonzales, Crush, Bobby WHO?, Brian Knobbs outworks Shawn Michaels, and more news and notes from February 1993.

This event was chosen by Espresso Executive Producer, Ryan Charkow.

Feb. 15, 1993

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Glen Ruth & Bobby Who
  • Yokozuna vs. Ross Greenberg
  • 16-Man Battle Royal
  • Ted DiBiase vs. Brutus Beefcake
  • Money Inc. attacks Brutus Beefcake

Feb. 22, 1993

  • The Return of Hulk Hogan
  • Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Scott Taylor
  • Tatanka & Nasty Boys vs. Shawn Michaels & Beverly Brothers
  • Crush vs. Terry Taylor
  • The Undertaker vs. Skinner

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Another excellent Rewind-A-Wai.

FWIW, my guess about the commentary on the first show is that the live commentary was corrupted somehow, so they had to do re-do it in a VO booth. But they couldn’t get Bartlett and Savage at the same time, so Vince recorded the first half with Bartlett (with canned comments by Savage made to sound fuzzy) and with Savage for the second part of the show.

Is this reasonable? It’s my best guess.

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