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Bret Hart Shines As Hulkamania Dies
on July 30, 2008
Once again, thanks to the WWE 24/7 On Demand channel, I was able to relive a classic "old school" event in the first King Of The Ring PPV from 1993. The King Of The Ring is a tournament that has been a yearly tradition in WWE for years but they decided to bring it to PPV to make it their 5th major yearly PPV. Now as far as tournament goes, wrestlers had to win "QUALIFING" matches to get into the tournament in the first place (for those confused by shinedownfan's comments). The first round matches each which are 15 min. time limits., second round are 30 mins., and the final is an hour.
Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon - This was a rematch from the Royal Rumble earlier in the year. This was Scott Hall in his prime & mixed with Bret Hart, this was a great opener.
Mr. Perfect vs. Mr. Hughes - This was more of a "Curt Hennig" clinic than anything else as Mr. Hughes just isn't that good in the ring but Perfect was selling for him & making him look credible in the ring. It's not a good match but you just see how good the late Curt Hennig really is.
Jim Duggan vs. Bam Bam Bigelow - Unfortnally, Jim Duggan is a brawler while Bigelow is one of the best big man wrestlers in the history of the business so in the short time they were here, they didn't really clash well.
Tatanka vs. Lex Luger - A year before they would actually feud with each other, Luger & Tatanka would clash here in what was a watchable match between both men that ended in a 15 min. draw.
Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect - This was a lost classic as far as the inring performance & storytelling between the two with Bret still selling his injured fingers from the earlier match & eventually both men selling the effects of their match later on with both men having injured knees. It started off as a technical match with Perfect getting real aggressive while looking for a payback from SummerSlam '91 (as aluded to in the the pre-match interview) leading to Bret turning the heat up himself. Look out for the moment when Bret Hart was sent flying off the apron onto the floor with head hitting the steel railing while his tailbone landed right on top of a crate at ringside. The match of the night here & was a lost classic until it made it's way to DVD a few years ago.
(Also available on Bret Hart's DVD set)
WWF Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna - After that ending to WrestleMania IX, this was the rematch. If this wasn't Hogan's last WWF match for almost a decade, it wouldn't have been very memorable as the match never seemed to move out of first gear & was the sterotypical Hogan performance of being dominated before "Hulking Up" & making his comeback in the end but I'll give Hogan credit in the fact that he heavily sold for Yokozuna just based on his facial expressions throughout the match & the fact that he didn't slam Yokozuna. The ending was crap but in the end, Yokozuna regained the WWF Title & Hulk Hogan left the WWF to not be seen again until 2002.
Steiner Brothers & Smokin' Gunns vs. Money Inc. & Headshrinkers - This was a fun 8 man tag match to watch, nothing more or less.
Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Crush - This was Shawn's quickness & agility vs. Crush's strength & it resulted in a nice match but nothing memorable. For the record, this was the WWF PPV debut of Kevin "Diesel" Nash as he assisted HBK in winning back the Intercontinental Title a week earlier.
King Of The Ring Finals: Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow - While Bigelow was well rested from his first round match that went a little over 5 mins., Bret was banged up from his two long matches, injured fingers, & bad knee. All of that that came into play right from the start as Bigelow just beat on Bret & worked over his back with suplexes, bearhugs, throwing him into turnbuckles with all this strength, and even Luna vachon coming into play with a steel chair. Bret was able to make a comeback in the end to win the King Of The Ring...before being "crowned" by Jerry Lawler to begin their feud.
In the end, the was really an average PPV with the standout being Bret Hart's performances so in the end, if your a big Bret Hart fan then this is for you but otherwise, this is an event you can pass on as there is nothing else worth going out of your way to see on here.