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Yearly Review: WWF August 1993

Was the Lex Express able to wrestle the WWF World Championship away from Yokozuna?

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Yokozuna)
If you thought Hulkamania was dead, it wasn’t just yet. At least not overseas. Hulk Hogan continued to work house shows for the WWF where he defeated Yokozuna by disqualification during a tour of Germany early on in August. Hogan’s last match for the WWF for almost nine years would take place on August 6th in Sheffield, England.

With Hogan out of the way, Yokozuna would turn his attention to teaming with Bam-Bam Bigelow to take on the WWF World Tag Team Champions, the Steiner Brothers who would win the match by pinning Bigelow.

Yoko actually had a busy month prior to SummerSlam as he would defend the championship against former champion Bret Hart inside a steel cage at the 8/13 MSG house show, which is actually a really good match.

During a contract signing on 8/9 RAW, Jim Cornette was revealed as the American spokesperson for Yokozuna. After signing the contract, it was announced that Luger would not get a rematch with Yokozuna if he were to lose the match at SummerSlam.

Lex Luger wouldn’t lose at SummerSlam. Luger was able to win the match against Yokozuna, but not the title. How is that possible? Well, Luger knocked Yoko out cold with a running forearm that has a steel plate in it and the champion was counted out as a result. As most of you know, a title can’t change hands due to a count-out. The celebration that happened afterward would have made it appear that Luger had indeed won the belt, but he had not managed to do so.

Have no fear, the Lex Express isn’t going anywhere.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Shawn Michaels)
During the month, Shawn Michaels defended the championship against Mr. Perfect on the house show market. He would also team with several different guys to wrestle against Perfect and a partner of his choosing on shows.

On August 17th, Michaels defeated Marty Jannetty in a steel cage match to retain the championship in a match taped for Coliseum Video release Bloopers, Bleeps and Bodyslams.

At SummerSlam, Michaels retained the championship by defeating Mr. Perfect by count-out thanks to involvement from Diesel sending Perfect into the ring post.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Steiner Brothers.)
The feud between the Steiner Brothers and Money Inc. would come to an end on August 16th during a taping of RAW in Poughkeepsie, NY. The match was part of the SummerSlam Spectacular which aired on August 22nd. The bout took place inside a steel cage, and saw the Steiner Brother successfully defend the championships.

Prior to SummerSlam, the Steiner Brothers would regularly retain the titles against the Headshrinkers on the house show market.

On the August 2nd RAW, the Steiner Brothers issued an open challenge to defend their titles against any team at SummerSlam. At the event, the Steiner Brothers were able to retain the championships against the Heavenly Bodies, who were managed by Jim Cornette.

Other Happenings:
– The Heavenly Bodies, Tom Pritchard and Jimmy Del Ray, made their debut on August 9th RAW.

– On the August 1st edition of Wrestling Challenge, the 1-2-3 Kid continued his upset wins by defeating Ted DiBiase thanks to a distraction from Razor Ramon.

– Tito Santana had his last televised match on the August 7th edition of Superstars.

– The Quebecers made their debut on the August 1st edition of Wrestling Challenge. The team consisted of Jacques (formerly the Mountie) and Pierre.

– Mr. Hughes had his last appearance on WWF television for more than three years on the August 29th edition of Wrestling Challenge. He had a feud going on with the Undertaker which was not resolved.

– Ted DiBiase would lose his final WWF singles match at SummerSlam to Razor Ramon. DiBiase wouldn’t return to the WWF for five months.

– Bret Hart was busy at SummerSlam. First, Jerry Lawler claimed he suffered an injury prior to the event and had Doink take his place. Bret was able to defeat Doink and was attacked by Lawler afterward. Jack Tunney forced Lawler to compete and Lawler actually won the match by reverse decision when Bret refused to break the Sharpshooter.

– Ludvig Borga won his first pay per view match by defeating Marty Jannetty.

– The Undertaker put an end to his feud with Giant Gonzalez by winning a Rest In Peace match.

– Tatanka teamed with the Smoking Gunns to defeat the team of Bam-Bam Bigelow and the Headshrinkers at the event.

– IRS got some level of revenge for his partner Ted DiBiase when he defeated the 1-2-3 Kid at SummerSlam.

Ratings/Buy-rate:
SummerSlam ’93: 1.3 or 344,313

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