Back 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.