Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Royal Ramble: 1993

So, we're rolling around the Royal Rumble next year and that means we might as well get up to speed on these Royal Ramble things. Hence, why I'm starting early in late-December... also, it saves me the trouble of cooking up cute little banners and I can just use the generic Royal Ramble banner instead.

I know there are Christmas stuff on the Network, but let's save that for next year, yes?

The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated The Beverly Brothers (Beau Beverly and Blake Beverly). The only noteworthy bit about this match is that the referee for this match is none other than former ECW manager Bill Alfonzo, but other than that, this was a thing that happened.

WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Marty Janetty to retain the title. Sherri, who was Shawn's former manager, tried to hit Shawn with her shoe, but ended up hitting Marty instead, allowing Shawn to land the superkick for the win. This was alright, but not as good as their RAW matches I think.

Bam Bam Bigelow defeated the Big Boss Man in a slow and plodding match that put me to sleep. Boss Man would be gone from WWF in a short while.

WWF Champion Bret Hart defeated Razor Ramon via submission to retain the title. I often wondered why Razor never got more World title shots than he did because this was a pretty good match. Some nice back and forth action. Sadly, Razor wouldn't sniff World title contention for a long while after this and that's a bit of a shame.

Bobby Heenan introduces the Narcissist Lex Luger, fresh off a stint in the failed World Bodybuilding Federation... and then we get a promo for Wrestlemania IX from costumed Cleopatra and Caesar cosplayers. Eh.

Yokozuna won the 30-Man Royal Rumble, last eliminating Randy Savage who attempted to PIN the man and was prompted bumped out of the ring for his efforts. No wonder why Vince wanted Macho to stick with commentary; the senility was hitting back then! Not a good Rumble in general since Yoko was all but certain to win it and outside of Undertaker, nobody had any real chance of getting him out of there. A strong showing for Yoko, but not a very interesting one.

The 1993 Royal Rumble show has one good match: Bret vs. Razor. You could probably make a case for Shawn vs. Marty, even though those two have had better matches elsewhere. But the rest is forgettable fare. Maybe just to see how Yoko got the title shot, but that's about it, really. Not much else to say here.

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