The 1993 Royal Rumble would feature five matches that weren’t exactly ambiguous. Only one semi-screwy finish in the batch, as WWE (in uncertain times with a rapidly-morphing roster) needed to establish its upper echelon, and do so firmly. Singles champions Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels each went over strongly enough (though Michaels was the beneficiary of said semi-screwy finish), while new arrivals in The Steiner Brothers, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Yokozuna all went over strongly in their bouts. WWE suddenly looked like a much different promotion than it did even a few months earlier.
The whole general time frame was one of transition anyhow, as Monday Night Raw (in its muddled larval form) took the place of Prime Time Wrestling on Monday nights, while most of the musclebound wrestlers were phased out, replaced by stars who were naturally big (Bigelow, Yoko, Razor Ramon). Never before in its history had the entire WWE landscape been so in flux.
Royal Rumble 1993 had a strange feel to it, much less star-studded than its colorful and celebrated 1992 predecessor, and more laden with go-nowhere gimmicks in their various death rattles. Yet, it’s still an enjoyable show to watch, not entirely hindered by the uncertainty that surrounded the company at the time.
10. Farewell To A Great Duo
The commentary team for the 1993 Royal Rumble would be one of the most celebrated voice combos in wrestling history – Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Their comedic chemistry can never be duplicated, and it was a sad day when we no longer got the light-hearted banter of “Gino” and “The Weasel”.
Little did anybody realize at the time that the ’93 Rumble would be Monsoon and Heenan’s last PPV on commentary together. Monsoon would step aside for Jim Ross in JR’s surprise debut at WrestleMania 9, and Ross would also replace Gorilla on WWE Wrestling Challenge broadcasts alongside Heenan. As for “The Brain”, he left the commentary shortly after Survivor Series that fall, and ended up in WCW in the early part of 1994.