OSR: WWE King of the Ring 1993 Review

King of the Ring 1993 review

OSR: WWE King of the Ring 1993 Review

In 1993, the WWE was under increasing pressure to to establish a new era of superstars following on from the 1980s Wrestling Boom, and the way this was conceived was through the establishment of the King of the Ring tournament. This event was effectively out with the old in the form of Hulk Hogan and in with the new in the form of Bret Hart. With a wave of new superstars hitting our screens in the run up to The New Generation Era, who would walk out the inaugural KOTR. The OSR looks back with the WWE King of the Ring 1993 Review…

The opening promo is narrated by Vince McMahon, welcoming us to the inaugural King of the Ring before previewing the KOTR tournament which will take place this evening, from the quarter-finals which will whittle down to the finals where the 1993 KOTR will be crowned. We then go inside the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio with our commentary team for the evening Jim Ross, Randy Savage and Bobby Heenan who preview some of the remaining matches of the evening including the Intercontinental and WWE Championship matches. Before long, we go to the ring for the first match of the evening;

King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Razor Ramon vs. Bret Hart

Both men make their way to the ring, with Bret receiving a tremendous reaction from those in attendance. The match gets underway as a very traditional wrestling match with both men exchanging a series of holds with one another, but it is Razor who gains the momentum when he sends Bret crashing into the ring post. Bret is able to make a comeback, and proceeds to exchange a series of near finishes with Razor which heighten the excitement of the match. Eventually, Bret is able to pick up the win after an aerial dive which gets him the pinfall. Really enjoyable opening match which could have being better had it being slightly longer.

Winner: Bret Hart

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Mr. Hughes (w/ Harvey Wippleman) vs. Mr. Perfect

Both men make their way to the ring, and it soon gets underway as Hughes is initially able to have control with his superior power but Perfect gains some brief momentum when he out-wrestles Hughes. But Hughes is able to regain the control once again when he uses his power again. This is a very weird contrast of competitors in the match, because Perfect is the one man who could wrestle with just about anyone but this match is pretty dire. The end of the match comes when Hughes uses the stolen urn of The Undertaker to nail perfect, in full view of the referee. This sees Hughes get disqualified and Perfect advancing.

Winner: Mr. Perfect, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Jim Duggan

Both men quickly make their way to the ring, and surprisingly it gets underway with Duggan in control who doesn’t actually look that bad throughout but the match is still slightly dull. Bam Bam is able to get the victory over Duggan when he sends him crashing into the turnbuckle and nails him with his signature diving headbutt to advance to the next round.

Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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