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Yearly Review: WWF May 1993

Returns, debuts and a title change. It’s a busy month in the WWF.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan started his reign in Japan wrestling IWGP World Champion the Great Muta. Hogan won the match and afterward said he was coming for the IWGP Championship and discredited the WWF World Championship as being just a toy.

Back in the States, Hogan would team with Beefcake to wrestle Money Inc. which they would win by disqualification.

On the May 1st edition of Superstars, it was announced that Hogan would defend the championship against former champion Yokozuna at the first ever King of the Ring pay per view event in June.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Shawn Michaels)
On the house show market, Michaels wrestled Mr. Perfect to several 20-minute time limit draws. In most cases, Perfect had the Perfect Plex on Michaels when the time limit expired. On May 9th in Chicago, IL, Perfect won the championship, but the belt was returned to Michaels due to a technicality.

On television, Shawn had a busy month. Michaels lost to Jim Duggan on the May 3rd RAW by count-out to save his championship. The following week, Michaels won by disqualification in a lumberjack match after Mr. Perfect attacked him. Prior to the lumberjack match, Michaels tried to say he was too injured to compete, but Perfect tossed him into the ring to prove otherwise. Michaels attempt was due to Perfect attacking Michaels outside the venue before the show.

Marty Jannetty made a surprise return on the May 17th RAW to challenge Michaels for the championship after a four month absence. After nearly eleven minutes of action, Jannetty pinned Michaels after a distraction from Mr. Perfect to win his first (and only) Intercontinental Championship.

Jannetty successfully defended the championship on the May 31st RAW by beating Bam-Bam Bigelow by count-out.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Money Inc.)
The Steiner Brothers chased after DiBiase and IRS throughout the month. They would win matches by disqualification, though on May 3rd in Hardford, CT the Steiner Brothers lost their first match in the company when DiBiase pinned Scott to retain the titles.

Other Happenings:
• Bret Hart would get his hands on Lex Luger during the month on house shows. Razor Ramon got involved in the matches by attacking Hart, thus causing disqualifications.

• The Nasty Boys would have their last WWF appearance take place on the May 16th Wrestling Challenge winning a squash match.

• The Bam-Bam Bigelow and Tatanka feud continued. On the May 22nd Superstars, Bigelow came to the ring with a plastic bag filled with Tatanka’s hair that Bigelow had cut off previously.

• Adam Bomb and Johnny Polo made their debut on the May 22nd Superstars. Bomb’s gimmick was that he was a survivor of the infamous Three Mile Island accident. Polo is his manager.

• Capt. Lou Albano made his return to the WWF on the May 3rd RAW. Albano is associated with the Headshrinkers and was his first appearance in six years.

• Also on the May 3rd RAW, the Kamikaze Kid made his debut in a losing effort to Doink the Clown. Two week later, in what many consider to be the biggest upset in RAW history, Kid pinned Razor Ramon in the middle of the ring following a moonsault. After the loss, Ramon was determined to get a rematch and offered $2,500 at first and then upped the amount to $5,000. However, Kid declined the offer each time.

• Mr. Hughes got a new manager on the May 10th RAW. His new manager is Harvey Wippleman.

• During the month the following men qualified for the King of the Ring in June. Bam Bam Bigelow, Mr. Perfect, Lex Luger, Jim Duggan, Mr. Hughes, Razor Ramon, and Tatanka.

• The Smoking Gunns made their debut on the May 10th RAW.

Ratings/Buy-rate:
There weren’t any major events during the month.

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