WWF King Of The Ring Tournament – 1993

April 5 – June 13, 1993

– Qualifying Round

Bret Hart received a bye into the Quarter-Finals by WWF President Jack Tunney due to the controversial nature in which he lost the Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania IX.

Tucson, AZ – April 6, 1993
WWF Superstars – 5/8/93:
Razor Ramon pinned Tito Santana at 3:19 by grabbing the tights for leverage after the momentum of a flying crossbody by Santana put Razor on top for the pin

Tucson, AZ – April 6, 1993
WWF Superstars – 5/1/93:
Mr. Perfect fought Doink the Clown to a time-limit draw at 6:39 as Perfect had Doink down in the Perfect Plex

New York City, NY – Manhattan Center – May 17, 1993
Raw – 5/24/93:
Mr. Perfect pinned Doink the Clown with the Perfect Plex at around the 15-minute mark after the initial Doink switched places with a second Doink underneath the ring; after the bout, the two Doinks attacked Perfect until Crush made the save and cleared them from the ring

Portland, ME – May 5, 1993
Wrestling Challenge – 5/30/93:
Mr. Hughes (w/ Harvey Wippleman) defeated Kamala via count-out at 2:45 when Kamala chased an interfering Kimchee around the ring, ultimately attacking him in the aisle and hitting a bodyslam; after the bout, Kamala knocked Hughes out of the ring and chased Wippleman backstage

Tucson, AZ – April 6, 1993
WWF Superstars – 5/15/93:
Tatanka defeated Giant Gonzalez (w/ Harvey Wippleman) via disqualification at 2:53 when Gonzalez shoved referee Bill Alfonso with one hand as he had a choke applied on Tatanka with the other; after the bout, Gonzalez continued to choke Tatanka while at the same time sending Alfonso to the floor and scaring referee Joey Marella from the ring as well; after the bout, the two officials helped Tatanka backstage

Phoenix, AZ – April 5, 1993
Wrestling Challenge – 5/2/93:
Lex Luger defeated Bob Backlund via count-out after Backlund sustained Luger’s running forearm

Phoenix, AZ – April 5, 1993
Wrestling Challenge – 5/9/93:
Jim Duggan pinned Papa Shango with the running clothesline at 4:39

New York City, NY – Manhattan Center – May 10, 1993
Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Typhoon at 5:08 with a Samoan Drop and the diving headbutt after Typhoon hit the corner

Worcester, MA – Centrum – May 4, 1993
WWF Superstars – 5/23/93:
Crush fought WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels to a double count-out at 5:25 as Crush prepared to throw Michaels back inside the ring as the two were battling on the floor; moments later, Crush hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker inside the ring and then applied the head vice; Michaels’ entrance was not shown in order to cover up for the fact he lost the title on Monday Night Raw 5 days before this match aired

– Quarter-Finals

From this point on, all bouts took place in Dayton, OH on June 13, 1993.

Bret Hart pinned Razor Ramon at 10:27 by reversing a back suplex off the top and landing on top for the win

Mr. Perfect defeated Mr. Hughes (w/ Harvey Wippleman) via disqualification at 5:59 when Hughes hit Perfect with the Undertaker’s urn

Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Jim Duggan at 5:00 with the flying headbutt after Duggan hit the turnbuckle chest-first

Tatanka fought Lex Luger to a 15-minute time-limit draw; prior to the bout, officials forced Luger to wear a protective pad over his steel-plated forearm; moments thereafter, after Tatanka had made his entrance, he pushed Luger’s full-length mirror onto his opponent, cracking it; after the match, Luger removed the padding and knocked Tatanka out with the running forearm

– Semi-Finals

Bret Hart pinned Mr. Perfect at 18:55 by reversing a small package; after the bout, Perfect reentered the ring to shake Hart’s hand (The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, Was, and Ever Will Be)

– Finals

Bret Hart pinned Bam Bam Bigelow at 18:18 with a victory roll after kicking Bigelow in the face as he ran into the corner; Bigelow originally won the match via pinfall at 9:24 with the flying headbutt after Luna Vachon came ringside and hit Hart over the head with a steel chair but another referee disputed the decision and ordered the match to continue; after the bout, Jerry Lawler interrupted Hart’s coronation and attacked him with the scepter and throne after Hart referred to him as the Burger King