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Yearly Review: WWF July 1993

A new hero is created to take the on the mighty Yokozuna. But, it’s the last person you would have expected.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Yokozuna)
The bodyslam challenge took place on July 4th on the USS Intrepid. Several WWF wrestlers attempted to slam WWF World Champion Yokozuna. Those included Crush, Tatanka, Randy Savage, and the WWF World Tag Team Champions the Steiner Brothers. There were also several pro athletes that failed on the attempt. It was assumed that Yokozuna had won the challenge, until a helicopter appeared and upon landing, Lex Luger walked down to the ring and promptly slammed Yokozuna to win the challenge.

This would mark a babyface turn for Luger, who was previously obsessed with himself and is now a patriotic character, similar to what Hogan was in the 80s.

On the July 5th RAW, Mr. Fuji issued an open challenge for the next week episode of RAW for Yokozuna to defend the championship. The challenge was answered by Crush, who would lose a ten minute match to Yokozuna on the July 12th RAW. Crush would be beaten so badly that he wouldn’t be on television for several months.

Lex Luger would begin to tour the country with the Lex Express in an attempt to get a WWF World Championship match with Yokozuna. Luger would get his wish on the July 24th Superstars as he got the match at SummerSlam, if he wears a protective pad on his forearm.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Shawn Michaels)
On the July 19th edition of RAW, Michaels successfully defended the championship in what was voted the Match of the Year by the PWI magazine against Marty Jannetty.

It was announced that Shawn Michaels would defend the championship against Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam next month.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Steiner Brothers.)
The feud between the Steiner Brothers and Money Inc. would continue on television throughout the month. The Steiner Brothers defended the championships on the July 17th and 24th editions of Superstars against the former champions. They retained by reverse decision and count-out.

Other Happenings:
– Men on a Mission made their debut on the July 10th Superstars. The three man rap group involved Mabel, who was 500lbs, Mo and their manager Oscar. They were introduced as babyfaces.

– After weeks of being cheered by fans, Razor Ramon officially turned babyface on the July 19th edition of RAW. Money Inc. offered to give Razor a job as their servant, but Razor wasn’t interested and attacked DiBiase and IRS, much to the delight of the fans.

– Mr. Hughes would wreck black wreaths that would be left during his matches. This would be leading to a likely match with the Undertaker at SummerSlam ’93.

– Two more debuts took place on the July 25th edition of Wrestling Challenge. Ludvig Borga, who is anti anything related to USA made his arrival into the company. Along with that debut, the team of Well Dunn debuted as well.

– The feud between Jerry Lawler and Bret Hart continued to heat up. Lawler would taunt Stu and Helen Hart on the July 26th RAW during Bret’s match with Bam-Bam Bigelow. On the July 25th Wrestling Challenge, Lawler defeated Owen Hart in what Lawler described as a sign of things to come for Bret.

– Sherri Martel would make her last appearance for the WWF for 12 years on the July 31st edition of Superstars. She wrestled Luna Vachon to a no contest when Bam-Bam Bigelow insulted Sherri and led to Luna choking Sherri. Tatanka would make the save by attacking Bigelow.

Ratings/Buy-rate:
There wasn’t a major pay per view event this month.

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