WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Bret Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc.
WWF Royal Rumble
January 24th, 1993
Commentary: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan
The Beverly Brothers vs. The Steiner Brothers
So this is fun, Scotty and Rick get the better of both Beverly brothers, who keep complaining that the Stieners are cheaters, which I love when heels do that. Beverly are awesome bumpers, but I guess that have no choice when the Stieners just throw you around. They eventually hit an illegal double team on Scott to takeover. They both work the lower back, singular and double teams, mixed in with cheating. Everything is just solid, nothing feels wasted and old school. Rick has a dope hot tag just suplexing both men around it's great, everything looks so brutal. Scotty recovers and fucking murders one of them with a standing frankenstiener dropping him right on the top of his head for the win. **3/4
Shawn/Marty video package airs.
Sensational Sherri comes out to sit at ringside in a neutral corner.
WWF Intercontinental Championship: Marty Jannetty vs. Shawn Michaels
Monsoon dubs Shawn the wrestler of the 90's here, and he quickly proves him right with his awesome Shawn pinball bumping, god damn Shawn is a great bumper, he out here making knee lifts and hair throws look like it's the most vicious thing in wrestling. Marty tries 1 high risk move too many and Shawn hit him in the mid-section to takeover, he follows up by ramming Marty's shoulder into the ringpost and begins working over it and it's really good, looks of stomps, punches and just throwing Marty's hurt arm into parts of the ring. Marty's selling is really good too, he keeps the arm close to his body the entire heat period. Shawn takes too long on the middle rope, which allows Marty to get the bootup and mount a comeback. Sadly Marty stops selling the arm like at all, and they move into trading big moves. On the floor, Sherri slaps Shawn, and Marty brings him back in with a suplex for two. Shawn again goes into bumping god mode, and Marty gets a series of near falls. Marty ducks Shawn's superkick, and drills one of his own for two. The ref accidentally gets elbowed, and Marty holds Shawn up for Sherri to hit him with her shoe, but Shawn ducks and Marty gets hit with the shoe. Shawn talks down to her but then hits Marty with a superkick as he sees him getting back to his feet and covers for the win. ***
Backstage: Sherri runs to the back, and Shawn goes after her. But Marty attacks him from behind. Agents and refs break it up.
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Bossman
This starts off really well, with Bam Bam attacking Bossman from behind before the bell and pretty much beats on him for a couple of minutes until Bossman makes a comeback with punches and clubbing blows of his own. Sadly it slowly dies once Bam Bam regains control and he slows it down with holds, stomps and lots of taunting. Bossman has another really solid comeback, but it gets cut short with a big boot and Bam Bam hits the diving headbutt off the top for the win. If they would have cut this to 6 instead of 10 it would have been so much better. **
Backstage: Mean Gene is with World Champion Bret Hart, Gene asks him being a fighting champion means a lot, but asks about how personal this match tonight it. Bret says Razor will pay for everything, and he will defend his families honor.
WWF World Heavyweight Championship: Razor Ramon vs. Bret Hart
Bret falls into Razor's trap of making him slug it out to start, so Razor gets the early momentum until Bret avoid the corner charge and Razor goes knee first into the top turnbuckle, that allows Bret to work the legs. It's Bret working the leg so it ruled. Razor sells it really well but gradually forgets once he takes over again after sending Bret rib first into the ring post. Razor's rib work is dope, he slowly stalks Bret and finds his opening with kicks and knee. Softening Bret up for the big throw moves. Bret busts out the brutal looking sternum turnbuckle spot, which always looks nasty. Razor fills a lot of his heat with an abdominal stretch like 4 minutes of it, Bret hip tosses out and makes a comeback, and now it's Bret who doesn't sell
Bret has a pretty awesome Tope Suicida though, they have a solid finishing stretch with Razor having the sharpshooter scouted and even uses the ref to accidentally break it up, so he can go back to attacking the ribs/kidneys. Bret counters the Razor's edge into a backslide for two, he then randomly busts out the test of strength hold but Bret counters into a sunset flip pin, Bret then locks in the Sharpshooter from the mat and Razor taps. Lack of selling really hurt this. **3/4
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan leaves commentary and introduces the moment we've all been waiting for. The unveiling of THE NARCISSIST LEX LUGER! Lex poses in front of a bunch of mirrors as Heenan hypes him up. Heenan asks Lex to say something to that goofball in the back, who is truly not perfect. Lex says he's truly incredible and will be without a shadow of a doubt, the most dominant force in WWF history and all other wrestlers will bow down before the most metamorphically magnificent specimen in the world, and he's BEYOND perfection. He knows everyone is impressed with him, but I know Mr. Perfect will find out how perfect he really is, and that's only if he has the guts to accept his challenge.
WrestleMania IX @ Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The winner of the Royal Rumbler gets a WWF title match at WrestleMania.
Royal Rumble Match
#1 Ric Flair, #2 Bob Backlund, they have a pretty okay 2-minute interaction, it's built around Flair bumping around. #3 is Papa Shango, Shango goes right at Backlund, which allows Ric to sneak up from behind and dump Shango to the floor. #4 is Ted DiBiase, #5 is Brian Knobbs, #6 is Virgil. Ted and Virgil have a fun little fight, Knobbs goes charging in but Ted low bridges the top rope and sends him to the floor. #7 Is Jerry Lawler and we get Lawler/Flair AWESOMENESS! #8 is Max Moon, Moon goes right at Lawler and Flair before charging again at Lawler in the corner and Lawler dumps him to the floor. #9 is Genichiro Tenryu, he and Flair have this awesome chop-off
Flair again being the MVP of the Rumble so far. #10 is Mr. Perfect and he goes right for Flair, and shocker it's awesome. They brawl all around the ring. #11 is Skinner. Perfect then pie-faces Flair out.
And in an amazing callback, Heenan yells out "THAT'S NOT FAIR TO FLAIR"
#12 is Koko B. Ware, and he goes at everyone. Perfect dropkicks Skinner out, #13 is Samu, #14 is The Berzerker. Perfect/Lawer/Backlund have these awesome little interactions until Perfect backdrops, Lawler, out, Ted then jumps Perfect on the apron and tries to kicks him off. Lawler then gets involved and helps pull Perfect to the floor. FUCK YEAH! King and Perfect fight on the floor, as Virgil gets dumped out. #15 is The Undertaker. Berzerker and Backlund brawl on the floor and Berzerker hits him with a chair and slams him on the concrete. Taker tosses Samu and Tenryu out. #16 is Terry Taylor who goes right at Koko, RACIST!
Ted allows them to fight, before sneaking in and dumping both men out. Ted then turns around and Taker chokeslams him before throwing him out. Taker then eliminates Berzerker but NEVERMIND THAT!
HARVEY WHIPPLEMAN LEADS OUT GIANT GONZALEZ, MOTHERFUCKER!
#17 is Damien Demento but he stands on the floor and watches on, Gonzalez chops Taker a few times before throwing him out. Gonzalez beats up Taker on the floor before, bringing Taker back in and dropping him with his own Chokeslam. #18 is IRS as agents and refs finally pull Gonzalez away. Damien and IRS bring Backlund back in and stomp on him before turning on one another, Taker says laid out in the corner. #19 is Tatanka. PAUL BEARER COMES BACK OUT WITH THE URN AND TAKER SITS UP! AND THEY GO TO THE BACK! #20 is Jerry Sags, #21 is Typhoon, #22 is Fatu, #23 is Earthquake. YO FUCK THIS RUMBLE NOW! Earthquake and Typhoon start fighting right away like morons, and Quake eliminates him. #24 is Carlos Colon and throws Demento out. #25 is Tito Santana, as Backlund throws Fatu out. #26 is Rick Martel. Tito/Rick have like the 3rd best pairing of the match. IRS charges in at quake, but he ducks and IRS goes out. Backlund has been in for 50+ minutes and has some awesome tease moments. #27 is Yokozuna who quickly throws Tatanka and Carlos out.
YOKOZUNA/EARTHQUAKE FACE OFF!!!!!!
#28 is Owen Hart, FUCK YEAH! Quake hits the corner charge on Yoko, but as he goes for it a 2nd time Yoko avoids and tosses him out. #29 is Repo man, and #30 IS RANDY SAVAGE! Savage goes right after Repo, as Yoko hurls Santana over the top to the floor. Owen dropkicks Sags over the top to the floor, but Yoko then throws Owen out as Savage throws out Repo. We're down to Bob Backlund, Rick Martel, Yokozuna, Randy Savage. Backlund has been in for over an hour now. Rick/Backlund pair off as does Savage/Yoko. Rick has Bob on his shoulders, but Bob slips free and crotches Rick on the top rope before punching Rick out. FUCK YEAH! Backlund begins throwing dropkicks at Yoko, before sidestepping a 3rd and he THROWS BOB OUT!
Yoko/Savage is fun for a couple of minutes, they tease someone finally being able to get Yoko off his feet. He gets him down to one knee with double axes off the top but as Savage comes charging in, Yoko drills him with a superkick and he begins beating him down. Yoko misses a backsplash in the corner and falls down, which allows Savage to hit the Flying Elbow, but out of instant he tries a cover, and Yoko shoves him off. The momentum takes Savage over the top, and Yokozuna wins.
Real fun first half, until Gonzalaz and the other fat fucks, ruined it. But it picked up with the final 4 onwards. Great showing by Mr. Bob Backlund.
In the back, Yoko is getting his pictures taking for the press when Bret Hart comes over and gets in his face to end the show.