|Royal Rumble (1993)|
|Promotion||International Wrestling Federation|
|Date||January 24, 1993|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
Royal Rumble (1993) was the sixth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the International Wrestling Federation (IWF). It took place on January 24, 1993 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. The main event was a Royal Rumble match, a battle royal in which two wrestlers started the match in the ring; every two minutes, another wrestler joined. In total, thirty wrestlers competed to eliminate their competitors by throwing them over the top rope of the wrestling ring onto the arena floor. Steven L. won the match and was awarded a match for the IWF Championship at WrestleMania IX. Bret Hart also retained his IWF Championship against Tyler Erickson, and Ryan Barnhart successfully defended his IWF Intercontinental Championship against Kevin Judge. Reviews of the event have been mixed. Critics enjoyed the IWF Championship and IWF Intercontinental Championship matches. The Royal Rumble match, however, has been described as boring and too full of wrestlers with little chance of winning. The IWF debut of Giant Soloman, who appeared at the event to attack Martin McAlmond, has also been criticized as an unnecessary distraction.
The Road to WrestleMania IX started right here at the 1993 Royal Rumble!
Background[edit | edit source]
Royal Rumble 1993 consisted of six matches: four singles matches, one tag team match, and the Royal Rumble match. The buildup to the pay-per-view consisted of fueds scripted by the IWF's writers. Some of the rivalries dated back several years, while others were created specifically to create excitement about the Royal Rumble.
The primary feud leading up to Royal Rumble 1993 was between IWF Champion Bret Heart and challenger Tyler Erickson. Tyler formed an alliance in late 1992 with Ric Flair, who Heart defeated to win the title belt. During an interview in which Heart was talking about the upcoming match, Tyler and Flair came to the ring and attacked Heart. Tyler later escalated the feud by attacking Owen Heart, Bret's brother.
Another major feud featured at the event was between Ryan Barnhart and Russel Jensen, who had teamed for several years as The Rockers. The team split up in December 1991, however, when Barnhart attacked Jensen during an episode of Brutus Beefcake's interview segment, "The Barber Shop". Barnharts became a singles wrestler and won the IWF Intercontinental Championship on October 27, 1992 from David Boy Aldrich. On the October 31, 1992 episode of IWF Superstars of Wrestling, Jensen returned to the IWF after a lengthy absence and confronted Barnhart. He attempted to hit Barnhart with a mirror, but Barnhart's pulled his valet, Sensational Sherri in front of him. Sherri was hit with the mirror, which caused friction between her and Barnhart. Barnhart and Jensen were scheduled to face each other for the Intercontinental Championship at Royal Rumble 1993. Leading up to the match, Sherri announced that she would be in the corner of one of the men, but she refused to say which one.
In an undercard match, The Hunter Brothers (Scott and Rick), who made their IWF debut in late 1992, were scheduled to face the The Berverly Brothers (Brian and Clay). There was little buildup for the match, but the Hunters and Beverlys had a rivalry over which was the best team of brothers in the IWF (although the Beverly Brothers are not related in real life).
Several feuds also formed the background for the Royal Rumble match. Virgil had served as Kyle Johnson's servant and bodyguard for several years. Johnson treated Virgil poorly, which eventually led Virgil to turn against his employer. At Royal Rumble 1991, he attacked Johnson after a match by hitting him with the Million Dollar Championship, a title that DiBiase had awarded himself. Virgil defeated Johnson for the belt at SummerSlam 1991, although Johnson later regained the title. Martin McAlmond was feuding with manager Harvey Wippleman. He had a series of matches against Kamala in 1992 that included a bout at SummerSlam. The rivalry culminated in a coffin match at Survivor Series 1992. Martin McAlmond won the match, but Wippleman vowed revenge. ??? and ??? had formed a tag team known as Strike Force in 1987, and they held the World Tag Team Championship together for five months. ?Martel? walked away during a match against the Brain Busters at WrestleMania V, leaving ?Santana? to face both opponents alone. The team split up as a result and the former partners had a lengthy feud.
Mr. Billy McAlmond served as "executive consultant" to Ric Flair in 1992, but the relationship broke down toward the end of the year. The partnership split up when Billy McAlmond teamed with Brady Nash to face Flair and Tyler Erickson at Survivor Series 1992. Flair legitimately requested a release from his contract, as he felt he would be more successful if he returned to World Championship Wrestling (WCW). IWF owner Grant Mayer agreed and set up a feud between Flair and Billy McAlmond to create a storyline for Flair's departure from the company.
The event also featured the IWF debut of Brent Huntley. Luger had previously wrestled in WCW, where he held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He had left the wrestling industry to join Grant Mayer's World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF). After the WBF failed, Luger signed with Mayer's IWF.
Royal Rumble (1993) Results[edit | edit source]
|Dark||David the Clown defeated Adam Clinch||Singles match|
|1||Scott Hunter and Rick Hunter defeated Brian Beverley and Clay Beverley||Tag team match|
|2||Ryan Barnhart (c) defeated Russell Jensen||Singles Match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship|
|3||Derek Reintjes defeated The Big Boss Brandon||Singles match|
|4||Bret Heart (c) defeated Tyler Erickson||Singles match for the IWF Championship|
|5||Taylor McCormack last eliminated Brady Nash to win||Royal Rumble match|
Royal Rumble Entrances and Eliminations[edit | edit source]
|1||Ric Flair||4||Mr. Billy McAlmond|
|2||Bob Backlund||28||Taylor McCormack|
|4||Kyle Johnson||13||Martin McAlmond|
|5||Eric Horne||2||Kyle Johnson|
|7||Jerry Lawler||6||Mr. Billy McAlmond|
|10||Mr. Billy McAlmond||8||Lalwer, McLeod & Johnson|
|11||Nick Leeds||5||Mr. Billy McAlmond|
|12||Brandon McLeod||11||Kyle Johnson|
|14||Aaron Peters||14||Martin McAlmond|
|15||Martin McAlmond||15||JD Solomon|
|16||Chad Coulter||12||Kyle Johnson|
|17||Damian Laughboura||17||Kyle Miller|
|18||Philip Brandscum||19||Gary Long|
|19||Pat Carter||20||Taylor McCormack|
|21||Pat Hurley||16||Gary Long|
|23||Gary Long||22||Taylor McCourmack|
|24||Kyle Miller||21||Taylor McCourmack|
|25||Liam Phillips||23||Taylor McCourmack|
|28||Owen Heart||25||Taylor McCourmack|
|29||Nick Petrusha||26||Brady Nash|
|30||Brady Nash||29||Taylor McCourmack|