Archive for the ‘1993’ Category

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1. The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)

The Steiners make their WWF PPV debuts in a very unimpressive fashion. A lot of sloppiness from the brotherly duo ruined a potential great tag match.
Grade: F+

 

2. WWF Intercontinental Championship
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Marty Jannetty

The Rockers had split a year prior and commenced the legendary career of HBK. Jannetty still had unfinished business with the IC champion and made sure he got his revenge. However, the match’s balance was determined with a third person, Sherri Martel. She was in dissension with her client Shawn Michaels and was the wildcard in this match in which she choose who’s corner will she partake. The match was alright but Jannetty at times was out of it so I wonder if this could’ve been a whole lot better than it was.Grade: B-

 

3. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man

Bigelow made his way back to the WWF with a huge mean streak while Boss Man was on his way out of the WWF in jobber fashion. Go figure.
Grade: DUD

 

4. WWF Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. Razor Ramon

Hart did the unthinkable and defeated Ric Flair for the title a few months back. Ramon was beginning his WWF career in great fashion as a second only to Ric Flair heel. Good match by both competitors but it looked too routinely for Bret Hart in this match doing pretty much the same in his any other day match instead of going an extra mile.
Grade: B-

 

Segment: Bobby Heenan takes the mic and goes bananas over the unveiling of the Narcissist Lex Luger who makes his WWF debut. Luger cuts a heel promo and flexes his body like he always has throughout his career and added little to know significance. Brain having perhaps his biggest orgasm in his life was definitely a moment to see in this segment.

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Ric Flair, Bob Backlund, Papa Shango, Ted Dibiase, Brian Knobbs, Virgil, Jerry Lawler, Max Moon, Genichiro Tenryu, Mr. Perfect, Skinner, Koko B Ware, Samu, The Berzerker, The Undertaker, Terry Taylor, Damien Demento, IRS, Tatanka, Jerry Sags, Typhoon, Fatu, Earthquake, Carlos Colon, Tito Santana, Rick Martel, Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Repo Man & Randy Savage

This marks in history as the first rumble to have it’s winner get a shot at the WWF title at WrestleMania. This was also one of the weakest rumbles in history. In comparison to 1992, this was horrible and I don’t blame it on the participants. The huge star power it had the year prior was gone. The absence of Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, British Bulldog, The Ultimate Warrior and others drained huge of the WWF’s power. On a side note, this marked the debut of Giant Gonzalez for those who’d care.Grade: C+

 

Final Thoughts:

Like I stated above in the rumble match, this was a very weak show as a whole with a lot of the star power not being present as they were all gone from the WWF and would start a recession within the WWF’s popularity. I sincerely don’t recommend this show unless you want to for the yearly rumble nostalgia.

Verdict: 5.5/10

1. Razor Ramon vs. Ted Dibiase

Decent match nothing special. This would be Dibiase’s last match before becoming a full-time manager.
Grade: C-

 

2. Tag Team Championship
The Steiner Brothers (c) vs. The Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette

WCW fame Steiners made an immediate impact in the WWF and managed to become champions in months. They face the team of Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray from Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Honestly this was the Steiners best match in there 1 year run in the WWF, really good tag team wrestling.
Grade: B-

 

3. Intercontinental Championship
Shawn Michaels w/Diesel vs. Mr. Perfect

This was built as the “Greatest Intercontinental Match in History”. Reality is that it was the biggest disappointment considering the amount of talent in this match. The IC titles matches in SummerSlam were stealing the show each year by now. Perfect after being shelved for over a year seemed like he never regained the momentum he once had.
Grade: C

 

4. I.R.S. vs. 1-2-3 Kid

The Kid is fresh on getting his big push so it’s interesting to watch an underdog perform. Mike Rotunda is a phenomenal worker but his typical squashes never brought anything to the table, especially when his strong point is tag team wrestling.
Grade: D-

 

5. Bret Hart vs. Doink the Clown

Bret was originally going to go against Jerry Lawler but he the latter claimed injury and out came Doink as a replacement. I’ve seen many squashes but the pounding poor Doink took is worth watching.
Grade: DUD

 

6. Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler

Lawler miraculously recovers from injury and attacks Hart so President Jack Tunney orders the match to continue. Hart does it again pulling a spectacular brawl match with Lawler. Lawler being the pesky heel is pure gold and against a super babyface like Bret Hart makes things even sweeter.
Grade: B

 

7. Ludvig Borga vs. Marty Jannetty

I never liked Ludvig Borga. He’s extremely sloppy and careless. Poor Jannetty
Grade: F+

 

8. Rest in Peace Match
The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Giant Gonzalez w/ Harvey Whippleman

For those who don’t know, the RIP is basically a NO DQ match. The former El Gigante from WCW made its way to the WWF thanks to Whippleman who was feuding with the Undertaker. If Gonzalez didn’t have the monstrous height, he’d have no business to be in the wrestling ring. The typical Taker vs. Monster formula kicked in.
Grade: F

 

9. The Smoking Gunns & Tatanka vs. The Headshrinkers & Bam Bam Bigelow

For being a filler it was quite enjoyable to sit through. Bigelow and the Shrinkers were headbutt specialists and that played a huge rule in the match pounding on Tatanka throughout the whole match while the Gunns were helpless. Nothing special but I like the heel strategy.
Grade: C

 

10. WWF Championship
Yokozuna (c) w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Lex Luger

Yokozuna was easily the fastest rising superstar in the WWF at the time by winning the Rumble and Championship in only a few months. Hulk Hogan immediately dethroned Yoko; however, Yoko regained the title at the King of the Ring. That is Impressive. Now Luger debuted at the Rumble and went on a mean streak but never accomplished much. After Hogan left the WWF for good, there was no American Hero the WWF could provide. So they decided to create their own with Luger. Luger bodyslams Yoko in the USS Intrepid that cause a huge roar by the fans and got him a crusade all over the nation leading up to the match. The match was going excellent with great ring general skills by Yoko playing the crowd and pounding Luger. Unfortunately the ending was less than impressive but it complimented Yoko in staying solid.
Grade: C+

In conclusion, the event was successful considering the huge change of roster since now Hogan, Savage, Flair, Warrior, Piper and others were all gone and now previous mid-carders were now the top guys. It was average with some good performances and some stinkers but it’s well received.

Verdict: 6.75/10