WWF Royal Rumble 1993 – January 24, 1993


WWF Royal Rumble 1993
January 24, 1993
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 16,000
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

The Beverly Brothers vs. The Steiner Brothers

This wasn’t a bad opening match featuring a superstar tag team in The Steiner Brothers, and a lower card team in The Beverly Brothers. A decent way to get the crowd warmed up for the matches that follow.

The Steiners dominated most of this match with some very stiff offence. At one point in the match, Rick nearly kills one of the Beverly Brothers with a release German suplex, and he lands on his head.

The finish comes when Scott hits a Frankensteiner, planting one of the Beverlys into the mat head first.

RATING: 2/5

Nothing spectacular, but not bad at all. The Steiners work really stiff in this one though, and that German suplex was worrying to see. There are certainlly worse ways to start your show though. Sold opener.

Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty – Intercontinental Title Match

This was a fantastic match. Shawn Michaels selling was a little over the top in places, but he and Jannetty worked really well together. Michaels worked over Jannetty’s arm throughout the match, and Marty sold it like a champ.

One of the questions heading into this match was which side was Sensational Sherri on? That question was answered definitively when she slapped Michaels, giving Jannetty a temporary advantage where he got several near falls.

The ref goes down towards the end of the match, and Sherri gets involved. She aims to hit Michaels again, but misses and hits Jannetty. Michaels takes advantage and hits a super kick for the finish.

RATING: 3.5/5

Great match from these two. I would have loved to see what they could do with 20 minutes. Jannetty and Michaels know what it takes to put on a great show and give the fans their moneys worth. This is a must see match, if you’re a fan of either man.

After the match, Jannetty and Michaels continue to fight backstage. Very intesne.

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man

A truly unspectacular match. There wasn’t really anything of note in this one. It wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t do anything to stand out among the rest. Both guys do compliment each other in the ring, and I think both (especially Bam Bam), are vastly underrated.

RATING: 1.5/5

Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon – WWF Championship Match

This was a great match. Bret sells Razor’s offence really well, making Razor look like a legitimate threat to his title, but Bret is the champ for a reason – it isn’t long before he turns it around and begins to work over Razor’s legs in an effort to chop him down and set him up for the Sharpshooter, and Razor sells it well, limping around the ring.

There was a really nice spot where Razor sends Bret towards the corner, and Bret slides below the ropes and smashes into the ring post side first. Razor, from this point onwards, works over Bret’s ribs, undoubtedly setting Bret up for the Razor’s Edge.

Toward the end of the match, Bret has a really nice spot with Razor where Razor put him on the top turnbuckle facing outside the ring, but Bret rolls backwards off the turnbuckle and onto Razor’s back, lands on his feet, and hits a back suplex.

The end comes when Bret and Razor are on the mat and Bret manages to hook his legs around Razor’s, turns over, and locks in the Sharpshooter. Great finish to a great match.

RATING: 4/5

It’s hard to get any better than this. Fantastic match between Bret and Razor.

Bobby Heenan Introduces Lex Luger

This segment was weird. And long. And weird. And long. Did I mention it was weird and long? Heenan introduces The Narcissist Lex Luger to the WWF.

Julius Caesar and Cleopatra come out, because wrestling. They invite the fans to WrestleMania 9 in Las Vegas.

The Royal Rumble – The Winner Goes to WrestleMania!

Draw

Entrant

Order

Eliminated by

Time

Eliminations

1

Ric Flair

4

Perfect

18:38

1

2

Bob Backlund

28

Yokozuna

1:01:10

2

3

Papa Shango

1

Flair

00:28

0

4

Ted DiBiase

13

Undertaker

24:55

4

5

Brian Knobbs

2

DiBiase

02:58

0

6

Virgil

7

Berzerker

17:08

0

7

Jerry Lawler

6

Perfect

14:35

1

8

Max Moon

3

Lawler

01:56

0

9

Genichiro Tenryu

10

Undertaker

13:17

0

10

Mr. Perfect

8

DiBiase and Ware

09:15

3

11

Skinner

5

Perfect

03:05

0

12

Koko B. Ware

11

DiBiase

08:31

1

13

Samu

9

Undertaker

04:49

0

14

The Berzerker

14

Undertaker

05:21

1

15

The Undertaker

15

Giant González

04:14

4

16

Terry Taylor

12

DiBiase

00:24

0

17

Damien Demento

17

Colón

12:27

0

18

Irwin R. Schyster

19

Earthquake

16:00

0

19

Tatanka

20

Yokozuna

17:34

0

20

Jerry Sags

24

Hart

21:50

0

21

Typhoon

16

Earthquake

05:12

0

22

Fatu

18

Backlund

06:32

0

23

Earthquake

22

Yokozuna

11:00

2

24

Carlos Colón

21

Yokozuna

07:25

1

25

Tito Santana

23

Yokozuna

11:01

0

26

Rick Martel

27

Backlund

11:23

0

27

Yokozuna

Winner

14:53

7

28

Owen Hart

25

Yokozuna

05:39

1

29

Repo Man

26

Savage

03:33

0

30

Randy Savage

29

Yokozuna

09:01

1

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Notes on match:

The biggest pops of the match came for Mr. Perfect, The Undertaker, and Macho Man Randy Savage.

The fan in me wanted Macho Man to win. Could you imagine a Bret Hart vs. Macho Man Main Event at WrestleMania? Man, that match would have been awesome.

Bob Backlund had a great showing, proving that the old fella still had some left in the tank.

Yokozuna winning was probably not the best choice, but I do understand why they did it. They wanted a strong heel coming into WrestleMania to challenge for the title. With that being said, the finish was actually quite good, with Yokozuna throwing Savage over the top rope while Savage was trying to cover him for a pinfall (as Savage forgot that there were no pinfalls in the Royal Rumble),

RATING: 2/5

It wasn’t a good Royal Rumble match, but it wasn’t particularly bad either. Merely average, and maybe slightly below.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5/5

The rating would be higher if the Royal Rumble match was a bit better as we got two great matches in Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty and Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon.

Best Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon
Worst Match of the Night: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man
Highlights: Hart vs. Ramon, Michaels vs. Jannetty, and a really weird intro for Lex Luger, but I wouldn’t consider that last one a good highlight.

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