WWF kicked off 1993 with its annual Royal Rumble PPV. The dominant newcomer Yokozuna won the Royal Rumble match and secured his spot in the main event of WrestleMania IX. Royal Rumble in the 90s wasn’t known for its undercard, but the 1993 edition was different. Find out in this post as we rank all the matches of the show from worst to best.
5. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man
I didn’t like the match at all and it was the only match from the show which is absolutely dreadful. They were building up Bam Bam Bigelow and he obviously went over but I hate how they basically fed Big Boss Man when he himself got good reactions from the crowd. Boss Man quickly was gone from the company after this event which was a shame. Bad match and went for too long. (*)
4. 30-man Royal Rumble Match For A WWF Championship Match At WrestleMania IX
You know it’s disappointing when the Royal Rumble match itself is one of the worst matches of the show. This match is a clear example of what difference a year makes. The previous rumble was the best ever and had such a star studded roster and this was completely opposite. The fact that names like Ric Flair, Undertaker didn’t last very long makes matters worse. Oh, and also Giant Gonzalez made his debut which would lead to the godawful feud with Undertaker. Randy Savage also looked quite stupid when he went for the pinfall toward the end. Bob Backlund’s performance was good but he didn’t do a lot in the match and was just kinda there. Yokozuna was a good winner and looked dominant but I still believe Savage should have won the match. Very disappointing especially since the show had a solid undercard. (**1/2)
3. The Steiner Brothers vs. The Beverly Brothers
This was the WWF PPV debut of The Steiner Brothers and they were great here. They brought in the energy in their comeback and the Beverlys also did a good job here and it was their best match in quite some time. A fun opener which always sets the tone and makes you excited for the rest of the show. (***)
2. Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon (WWF Championship
This was Razor Ramon’s first singles PPV match. It was a pretty solid match with some nice psychology as Bret constantly attacked Razor’s legs to take the bigger man down. Razor also had a good showing for his first singles match on PPV. Given the talent, the match could have been better but I enjoyed it. (***1/2)
1. Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (WWF Intercontinental Championship)
Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty had been tag team partners for a long time, but in 1992, Michaels betrayed Jannetty and that was the end of their tag team. Thus, their Royal Rumble encounter was one year in the making and they delivered. Obviously they would have a better match down the line but I think this was a great match too. The first half isn’t that special but the second half of this match makes it special and overall made for a classic encounter. (****)
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 WrestleMania IX. Have a nice day!