In 1993, we saw many different champions holding different championships. The 3 championships in the year were the WWF Championship, Intercontinental Championship and the Tag Team Titles. Let’s review all the title reigns from the year and find out which title reigns were good, and which were bad.
WWF Tag Team Championship
Money Inc. – Ted Dibiase & IRS (October 13, 1992 – June 14, 1993)
Money Inc. won the tag titles for a 2nd time from The Natural Disasters in late 1992. They held the titles for a long time and had a pretty decent reign. It was quite similar to their previous title reign. They were entertaining champions but didn’t have many good matches. This reign could have been better if they had a series of matches with The Steiners on PPVs.
The Steiner Brothers – Scott Steiner & Rick Steiner (June 14, 1993- June 16, 1993)
The Steiners won the tag team championships from Money Inc. for the first time at a house show, only to lose it back to them 2 days later….
Money Inc. – Ted Dibiase & IRS (June 16, 1993 – June 19, 1993)
After winning back the titles from The Steiners, Money Inc. had a grand title reign of 3 DAYS! They lost it to Steiners once again at a House Show. Yeah…
The Steiner Brothers- Scott Steiner & Rick Steiner (June 19, 1993 – September 13, 1993)
- Vs. Money Inc. in a Steel Cage match – SummerSlam Spectacular 1993 (****)
- Vs. The Heavenly Bodies – SummerSlam 1993 (***1/2)
- Vs. The Quebecers in a Quebec Province Rules match (***1/2)
It is really unfortunate this title reign didn’t last longer. The Steiner Brothers were on fire and were having great matches. However, the reign came to an abrupt end as they lost the titles to The Quebecers. This title reign could really have been historic if they hadn’t lost, because for the time it lasted, the reign was absolute fire.
WWF Intercontinental Championship
Shawn Michaels (October 27, 1992 – May 17, 1993)
- Vs. The British Bulldog – SNME #31: November 14, 1992 (***1/2)
- Vs. Marty Jannetty – Royal Rumble 1993 (****)
- Vs. Tatanka – WrestleMania IX (***1/2)
- Vs. Jim Duggan in a Lumberjack match – RAW: May 10, 1993 (***1/4)
- Vs. Marty Jannetty – RAW: May 17, 1993 (***1/2)
Shawn Michaels won his first singles title against The British Bulldog and started 1993 as the Intercontinental Champion. And what a reign he had! Having great matches with the likes of Marty Jannetty, Tatanka, Jim Duggan among others. Yes, you read it correct, he actually had a good match with Jim Duggan of all people. He even managed to carry Kamala to a decent match during this reign. Even though Shawn was a heel, he defended the title on free TV, and actually felt like a workhorse champion. The end of this title reign was also very good as he lost the title to Marty Jannetty in a very memorable moment. This reign really showed the potential of Shawn as a singles star, and we all know how much he achieved in his career. This was the beginning of it, and it was the absolute perfect beginning.
Marty Jannetty (May 17, 1993 – June 6, 1993)
- Vs. Shawn Michaels – RAW: May 17, 1993 (***1/2)
- Vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – RAW: May 31, 1993 (***1/4)
This title win is a very iconic part of RAW, as it was the first-ever title change on RAW, and also one of the first shocking moments to take place on RAW. However, it didn’t last long as Marty Jannetty lost the title just 20 days after winning the title. I wish this reign lasted more, because this had a lot of potential.
Shawn Michaels (June 6, 1993 – September 27, 1993)
- Vs. Marty Jannetty – RAW: July 19, 1993 (****)
After the brilliant first reign with the Intercontinental Title, this reign is a bit of a stepdown, but this was also quite entertaining. Shawn continued to impress more and more as he had another banger with Marty Jannetty. The two wrestlers he feuded with mainly during this reign were Crush and Mr. Perfect, and the feuds were decent. During this reign, Shawn also hired a bodyguard who was Diesel. The reign came to a disappointing end as Shawn had to vacate the title as in storyline, he hadn’t defended the title in 30 days. In reality, he was suspended for testing positive for steroids. Unfortunate end as this reign could have been better had it continued.
Bret Hart (October 12, 1992 – April 4, 1993)
- Vs. Ric Flair – House Show: October 12, 1992 (****1/4)
- Vs. Shawn Michaels – Survivor Series 1992 (****1/2)
- Vs. Ric Flair in a 60-Minute Iron Man match – House Show: January 9, 1993 (****1/2)
- Vs. Razor Ramon – Royal Rumble 1993 (***1/2)
- Vs. Fatu – RAW: March 1, 1993 (***1/4)
- Vs. Yokozuna – WrestleMania IX (***)
This reign didn’t really set the world on fire or anything, but it felt quite different than the previous title reigns. Bret Hart was constantly promoted as a workhorse champion and he was really defending the title a lot, even on free TV. Bret felt different than the others because he was someone who didn’t win the title because of his charisma or over the top character but because of his wrestling ability. He was really the perfect choice to be the face of the company after the steroid scandal. As far as his promos are concerned, he was weaker in that aspect compared to the previous titleholders, but an argument can be made that fans could relate more to a guy like Bret Hart in that cartoonish era and which is why he gained the support of fans. This reign is quite overlooked which I feel is not fair, obviously Bret would go on to have better reigns but this first reign of his had quite a different feel to it and cemented his place as a main eventer for years to come.
Yokozuna (April 4, 1993)
- Vs. Bret Hart – WrestleMania IX (***)
Well, this “reign” existed is all that I can say. Everyone knows what happened and I don’t even want to talk about it because the decision was so bad.
Hulk Hogan (April 4, 1993 – June 13, 1993)
I seriously want to know what WWF was thinking putting the title once again on Hulk Hogan, when clearly no one wanted him as the champion. He didn’t even show up on RAW after winning the title and then lost it to Yokozuna at King of the Ring and left the company. Good riddance.
And that’s all for today’s post, thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for the next post where we will rank all the matches from WWF Royal Rumble 1994. Have a nice day!
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