May 1, 1993
From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Jerry “The King” Lawler
The show starts off differently with Raymond Rougeau welcoming The Undertaker & Paul Bearer to the interview platform. Rougeau asks Bearer about Undertaker being unstoppable as Bearer says Undertaker is heading for Giant Gonzalez. Undertaker says he’s tired of Gonzalez trying to destroy what cannot be destroyed as he promises to draw power from the souls of the deceased and the living. Undertaker then says its time for Gonzalez to enter the dark side where he will be made to suffer being tells him to rest in peace. The interview was fine and Undertaker is over but his opponent is just not getting the reaction he needs to in his role.
We now go to the announcers as they plug today’s King of the Ring qualifying match between Mr. Perfect and Doink the Clown.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Scott Bazo & Bob Young
The announcers talk about the Nasty Boys/Headshrinkers then put over the Headshrinkers vs. Steiners match at WrestleMania. The Headshrinkers attack Young from behind to start. Vince asks Lawler when he’s going to enter the King of the Ring tournament but Lawler says he has nothing to prove as he is already the king of wrestling. The Headshrinkers now beat on Bazo as Vince & Savage say Lawler lacks the “intestinal fortitude” to enter the tournament but once again Lawler says he has nothing to prove then Fatu hits a flying splash for the win (2:46). After the match, Vince drops the news that Hulk Hogan will defend the World Heavyweight Title against Yokozuna at King of the Ring.
Thoughts: The most important news was at the end with Vince casually dropping that Hogan vs. Yokozuna was taking place at the King of the Ring PPV. We also heard Vince & Savage tease Lawler about the King of the Ring tournament, which would continue throughout the show.
We get a new Smoking Gunns vignette. They talk about the trouble in the WWF like the Headshrinkers, Money Inc., and the Beverly Brothers as they shoot their guns at bottles and cans before saying they’ll be standing tall after the smoke clears. With Sam Houston and Lance Cassidy before them, the Gunns have the unfortunate task of being stuck in a cowboy gimmick with bad material. At least for the Gunns the catchphrases are more lame than flat-out embarrassing.
White Shadow vs. Virgil
Vince once again teases Lawler about not wanting to be part of the King of the Ring Tournament, stating that the winner will be in title contention but Lawler says he still does not care because he’s the real king. Virgil hits a dropkick then works the arm as Lawler says he can outsmart the simple minds. Virgil then hammers away in the corner before using a side Russian leg sweep for the win (2:04).
Thoughts: More teasing of Lawler for refusing to enter the King of the Ring tournament.
King of the Ring Report with Gene Okerlund. He says that Bret Hart has automatically received the #1 seed in the 8-man tournament. We then hear from Bret saying that he is heading to the top right with his fans and feels sorry for whoever will step into the ring with him. Okerlund then says the show is not just a tournament but an entire event as we hear from Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna as they promise to reclaim the World Heavyweight Title. After that we see Okerlund on location with Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, and Jimmy Hart at the “Thunder in Paradise” set as he uses some really, really lame insults to describe Yokozuna and how he will slam him before going into his usual nonsense. Good god did Hogan come off as dated and sad here.
King of the Ring Qualifying Match: Doink the Clown vs. Mr. Perfect
Doink blindsides Perfect in the aisle then rams his head off of the stairs. Doink takes the action into the ring and beats on him in the corner. Perfect avoids an attack then works over the leg of Doink. Doink gets chopped over the top rope then Perfect heads out to send Doink into the steps. Perfect rolls Doink back inside and goes back to work on the leg. The announcers talk about Hogan vs. Yokozuna at the PPV as Doink is now begging for mercy. Vince then brings up the possibility of WWF President Jack Tunney ordering Lawler into the tournament as we head to break. We return as Doink hits Perfect with an attack to the floor. We are then supposed to hear from Crush in an insert promo but instead we see the other Doink, who tells us its an illusion. Doink hits a snap suplex then laughs before heading up top with a double axe handle. Doink whiffs on a clothesline then Perfect fires away and uses a small package for a two count. Backslide gets two after a struggle. Reverse rollup gets two then Perfect hits a back suplex for another nearfall. They trade chops and that ends with Perfect hitting the Perfect Plex but the bell rang before that as the match is ruled a time-limit draw (6:39) **1/4.
Thoughts: The middle of the match was a bore but the beginning and end were really good. The time-limit draw was weak though as is having the first qualifying match end in a draw.
WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. This shows us the altercations from last week between Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow. We then hear from both men as Bigelow tells Tatanka he had the last laugh as he holds up a plastic bag with the red hair. Tatanka tells Bigelow the red streak that symbolizes all Native Americans mean more to him than anything before saying the fire inside will burn until he gets revenge.
Typhoon vs. Larry Ludden
Lawler makes fun of Savage as Typhoon overpowers Ludden. Lawler continues to state he has already proved himself to be the one and only king as he refuses to enter the King of the Ring tournament. The announcers talk about the Tatanka/Bigelow feud as Typhoon stays in control before hitting a splash for the win (2:31).
Thoughts: More King of the Ring talk centered around Lawler not wanting to take part of the tournament.
“The Narcissist” Lex Luger comes out for his match against Terry Zeller. The announcers talk about the Luger/Bret feud. Vince also tells us that both Doink and Perfect are still in the running for a spot in the King of the Ring tournament as Luger finally enters the ring. Vince plugs Shawn Michaels vs. Jim Duggan for the Intercontinental Title this Monday night on RAW as Luger poses in the mirror then sees Zeller pose and becomes irate so he nails him with a running forearm smash and chastises him for daring to pose. Vince then says something has to be done about Luger’s forearm and suggests a protective padding. Good suggestion, Vince. This was more memorable than a squash match anyway.
Next week’s featured match is the Nasty Boys & Kamala vs. Money Inc. & Mr. Hughes. Plus, El Matador vs. Razor Ramon in a King of the Ring qualifying match as we hear comments from both men to close out the show.
Final Thoughts: The theme of this show was in fact the King of the Ring tournament, specifically the announcers teasing Lawler for not wanting to take part of the PPV. We also learned that Hogan vs. Yokozuna will face off for the title again and get another qualifying match next week as well with the King of the Ring hype now in full force.