King of the Ring 1993 Thoughts

20130604_article_JUNE_KOTRBack in 1993 there was a much longer gap between PPVs than there is now, but since I’m currently only track­ing RAW and the show back then only ran for 45 minutes (with­out ads) it doesn’t take long to move on to the next big event. Which was the first ever King of the Ring tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment makes up the bulk of this PPV, but there were a few other matches:

Shawn Michaels (with body­guard Diesel) defended his Inter­con­ti­nen­tal Cham­pi­onship against Crush in what was a good match albeit one with a screwjob ending. At this point in his career Michaels was play­ing the cowardly heel role and the story of the match played out nicely.

Hulk Hogan mean­while defended his WWF Cham­pi­onship against Yokozuna who finally “killed” Hulka­ma­nia (Hulk was leav­ing the company). Hogan gets a lot of stick and some of it deservedly so. Certainly his Big Boot move rarely looks good. But he knew how to sell to his audi­ence and he performed it perfectly here getting beaten up for most of the match only to Hulk Up and be on the verge of victory when we get another screwjob ending. Great wrestling no, but certainly fun.

I really don’t have anything to say about the 8 man tag match of The Steiner Broth­ers and the Smok­ing Guns vs. Money Inc. and the Head­shrinkers. It was there…

But this PPV is all about The King of the Ring tour­na­ment and I have always enjoyed that sort of format. For a start it gives the oppor­tu­nity to book wrestlers that you don’t usually see going against each other.  The high­light this time out was easily Brett Hart vs. Mr. Perfect in what was an excel­lent match that mixed tech­ni­cal wrestling and some brawl­ing.

More surpris­ingly perhaps was how much I actu­ally enjoyed watch­ing Tatanka wrestling Lex Luger. Not a combi­na­tion I expected much from. And certainly it started very slowly. But because they were both booked so strongly (Tatanka was in the middle of a winning streak and WWF had plans for Luger) the dizzy­ing succes­sion of near pins and the clock running out made for a really good match up.

While there was a lot less spec­ta­cle in this PPV than there was in Wrestle­ma­nia IX, I enjoyed King of the Ring 1993 far more.

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