WWF hosted a total of 5 PPVs in the year 1993. In addition to the usual Big Four PPVs, WWF also held the first-ever King of the Ring PPV in 1993. How good were all those PPVs? Find out in this post as we rank all the PPVs from worst to best.
5. WrestleMania IX
- Date: April 4, 1993
- Attendance: 16,891
- Buyrate: 430,000
- Main Event: Yokozuna(c) vs. Hulk Hogan (WWF Championship)
- Match of the Night: The Steiner Brothers vs. The Headshrinkers (***1/2)
Let’s start off with the worst PPV of the year, WrestleMania IX, which is also considered to be one of the worst ‘Manias ever. I am not quite sure if this is the worst WrestleMania but it is definitely one of the worst. It started off very well with two solid matches in Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka and The Headshrinkers vs. The Steiner Brothers, but then we had a number of mediocre matches with retarded finishes up until the main event between Yokozuna and Bret Hart. It was a good match but unfortunately, it gets overshadowed by the post-match Hogan bullsh*t. Hogan had no right to win the belt here. It was horrendous booking and one of the worst PPV endings ever.
Overall Rating: 3.5/10
4. Survivor Series
- Date: November 24, 1993
- Attendance: 15,509
- Buyrate: 180,000
- Main Event: The All-Americans vs. The Foreign Fanatics (4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match)
- Match of the Night: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Heavenly Bodies (***1/2)
It seemed like the theme of this show was every match being changed. We got none of the originally promoted survivor series matches, and there were changes in all of the matches. Coming to the match quality, the show had mostly decent matches along with one completely bad match, which was the Four Doinks Survivor Series match. The opening Survivor Series match was the best Survivor Series match among the four. We got a good tag team match between The Heavenly Bodies and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express which ended up as the best match of the night. The other two survivor series matches weren’t very good but overall decent. The show saw the beginning of two feuds in Bret/Owen and Undertaker/Yokozuna. Overall, a watchable show but not recommended.
Overall Rating: 5/10
3. Royal Rumble
- Date: January 24, 1993
- Attendance: 16,000
- Buyrate: 300,000
- Main Event: 30-man Royal Rumble match for a WWF Championship match at WrestleMania IX
- Match of the Night: Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (****)
If we go by the undercard of this show, it had some really good matches. The Steiners had a great WWF PPV debut against The Beverly Brothers. The WWF Title match between Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, and the IC Title match between Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty both were also good. The only bad part of the undercard was Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man. Despite the great undercard, the PPV’s main part which made up for most of the show- the royal rumble match didn’t deliver at all. Yokozuna was a good winner, but the rumble match was very boring. The undercard makes this PPV watchable but overall, it was disappointing.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
- Date: August 30, 1993
- Attendance: 23,954
- Buyrate: 250,000
- Main Event: Yokozuna(c) vs. Lex Luger (WWF Championship)
- Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler (***3/4)
I didn’t have high expectations from the show, but I enjoyed it and it was easy going through the event. There were only two bad matches on the show, and the rest of the matches ranged from being okayish to good. The whole Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler stuff was my favorite part of the show. The two tag team matches were also great. Post-match aside, the main event between Yokozuna and Lex Luger was also a solid WWF title match. The only problem with this show is probably the fact that it didn’t have a GREAT match which would be talked about for years. Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. Perfect had the potential of being that match, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype. All things considered, this was a solid PPV and deserves more love among the people as it seems to be underrated.
Overall Rating: 7/10
1. King Of The Ring
- Date: June 13, 1993
- Attendance: 6,500
- Buyrate: 245,000
- Main Event: Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (King of the Ring Final match)
- Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (****3/4)
This was really the Bret Hart show. He had three really good matches, each of them being with opponents who worked completely different styles and the matches also ended up being very different from each other with unique finishes. His match with Mr. Perfect was the match of the night, and in fact, also the match of the year. Other than Bret’s matches, the rest of the card was fine, but nothing was very good and memorable. The only bad part of the event was Hogan/Yokozuna but that also had a positive which was Hogan losing the belt and leaving the company for good.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
And that’s all for today’s post, thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for the next post where we will talk about the top 5 wrestlers of 1993. Have a nice day!
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