In 1993, WWF decided to add another PPV which was “King of the Ring”. We had seen King of the Ring tournaments before, but they were never televised. For the first time, we saw the King of the Ring tournament televised. Also, this PPV is known for being Hulk Hogan’s last appearance in WWF, before his eventual return later. Find out how good all the matches were in this post.
9. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (King Of The Ring Quarter-Final Match)
This was just a regular quarter final match in the tournament. Jim Duggan never had good matches, and this was no exception but it was kept short and it only went for 5 minutes. It never went long enough to be boring, which is a positive. Bam Bam Bigelow obviously won the match and advanced in the tournament. (*)
8. Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (WWF Championship)
If you have kept up with our reviews and rankings, you might have seen that all the WWF title matches had been good since 1992. This match broke the streak and is the first BAD WWF title match on PPV since the beginning of 1992. It was very slow and boring with the fireball finish being extremely stupid. The only positive that comes out of this is the fact that Hogan lost the belt and was out of the company. (*3/4)
7. Mr. Perfect vs. Mr. Hughes (King Of The Ring Quarter-Final Match)
The match was obviously carried by Mr. Perfect who did excellent bumping all around, but Mr. Hughes also did a better job than expected. It was still not a good match but it was watchable. The DQ ending was quite stupid though. (**)
6. The Steiner Brothers & The Smoking Gunns vs. Money Inc. & The Headshrinkers
The match was quite pointless and didn’t really belong on the card. The match ended up being OK but nothing exciting. They weren’t really given much time anyway so I can’t complain much. Wish the Steiners were involved more though as it would have made the match more entertaining. (**)
5. Lex Luger vs. Tatanka (King Of The Ring Quarter-Final Match)
It wasn’t a good idea at all for these two men to go for 15 minutes. The match is fine but really boring and lacks intensity apart from the final moments. I guess doing the time limit draw was better than doing a lame double countout. (**1/2)
4. Shawn Michaels vs. Crush (WWF Intercontinental Championship)
They had a better match before this at UK Rampage. This match had a lot of Diesel interference and was basically Shawn using his heel tactics to beat the big Crush. Another OK match here with not much to talk about. The finish with Doink doing his “tricks” was never exciting to me and made Crush look stupid once again. Crush also no sold the finish completely post match running behind Doink full speed. (**1/2)
3. Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon (King Of The Ring Quarter-Final Match)
Here we go with the Bret Hart show. Bret Hart and Razor Ramon had a better match at Royal Rumble earlier in the year, but this was a good match as well. The match had good nearfalls and the finish was also very good. Great start to the show. (***1/4)
2. Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (King Of The Ring Final Match)
The story here was simple: Bret Hart had already wrestled two matches on the show and was hurt whereas the bigger Bam Bam Bigelow was fresh and had only wrestled one short match. The match itself ended up being a really good David vs. Goliath contest which I enjoyed throughout. Bret’s selling was awesome and Bam Bam’s offense was also very good. The finish with the Victory roll was also very well worked, and Bret was a good choice to be the King of the Ring winner. (****)
1. Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (King Of The Ring Semi-Final Match)
Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect were two best WWF wrestlers at the time, and thus a great match was expected from them. The match ended up being just as expected. It was an excellent evenly matched contest with great counters. The match operated on a great pace and it could have really gone either ways. In my opinion, they managed to even top their SummerSlam 1991 encounter. (****3/4)
And that’s all for today’s post, thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for the next part of this series where we will take a look at SummerSlam. Have a nice day!
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