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4.0 out of 5 stars Do King's of the ring stand the test of time?
In my opinion, this "tagged classic" of the inaugral wwe king of the ring in 1993 and it's successor in 1994 should definatly be in the collection of any die hard wrestling fan. The "king of the ring" tournament hasn't been around in the wwe for a few years now, but when it was around, it was used by several superstars as a springboard to greatness in the wwe. previous...
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3.0 out of 5 stars King of Harts...
1993's King Of The Ring belongs, undoubtedly, to Bret "The Hitman" Hart. The historical significance of Bret's tournament win here is perhaps over-stated (lets not forget, Bret had already been a reasonably successful - by the standards of the post Hogan 1990's era - World Champion before his displays here) there is no doubting that this event proved what a great...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do King's of the ring stand the test of time?,
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)In my opinion, this "tagged classic" of the inaugral wwe king of the ring in 1993 and it's successor in 1994 should definatly be in the collection of any die hard wrestling fan. The "king of the ring" tournament hasn't been around in the wwe for a few years now, but when it was around, it was used by several superstars as a springboard to greatness in the wwe. previous winners over the years include "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Triple H and Kurt Angle to name a few, and of course the 1st two winners of these king of the rings are on this dvd!
The format of the king of the ring is an 8 man single elimination tournament all taking place on the one night, with a superstar potentially having to compete 3 times in one evening.
Without spoiling the results of the event, this pay per view is one of the best performances of Bret Hart's career, and includes a wrestling clinic between The Hitman and Mr.Perfect, in a rematch from their classic at 'summerslam 91'. It also includes Hulk Hogans' last ppv in the WWE before he left to join WCW, as he defended the WWE title against (the late) Yokosuna, as well as Shawn Michaels against Crush for the Intercontinental title, and an 8 man tag between the Smoking Gunns & the Steiner Brothers against Money inc & the Headshrinkers.
The 1994 event had a similar format, with:
Bret Hart vs Kevin "Diesel" Nash,(In arguably one of Diesel's rare great matches)
Hall of famer 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper vs Jerry 'The King' Lawler
and The Headshrinkers vs Crush and Yokosuna for the Tag titles
As is often the case at Wrestling pay per view's, the event is let down a little by some of the matches on the card. in this case, some of the tournament matches and so called "Filler" matches on both events don't quite stand the test of time when you compare them to the athletisism of some of todays WWE matches. However, there are enough great matches on the DVD to just skip through and watch those! If you're a Bret hart fan like myself, this is him at perhaps his best, and there is also the opportunity on this DVD to see some of todays Superstars in the early days of their careers, and a chance to see some wrestlers that have since passed away, such as Curt hennig, Yokosuna and Owen Hart, in some of their best matches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The 2 Best King of the Rings on offer,
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)The 1993 King of the Ring was the beginning of an annual Pay Per View event that ran all the way until 2002. The 8 man single elimination tournament features Bret Hart vs Razor Ramon, Mr Perfect vs Mr Hughes, Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka vs Lex Luger. Hart, Ramon, Perfect, Bigelow and even to a lesser degree, Tatanka and Luger all perform on top of there game. The winner is somewhat predictable, after you see who wins one of the semi-final matches - but it's argueably the best King of the Ring tournament ever. Also on the card - Hulk Hogan defends the WWE Championship against 500 pound+ Yokozuna in a disappointing match. Shawn Michaels defends the Intercontinental Title against Crush in a match that you'll forget instantly (no fault of Michaels though) and in an 8 man tag team match - The Steiner Brothers & The Smoking Gunns face Money Inc & The Headshrinkers - in what is a waste of time card filler.
A year on and the same format in 1994. The WWE title match is fantastic. Not only does Diesel give a career best performance against Bret Hart, the outside action between corner-men Shawn Michaels and Jim Neidhart is equally entertaining. The 8 man single elimination format is still in place - but is ok at best. Razor Ramon vs Bam Bam Bigelow, Mabel vs I.R.S., 1-2-3-Kid vs Jeff Jarrett are average matches but Tatanka vs Owen Hart is a really good fast pace match. The winner isn't as predictable as the year before and there's a nice twist/heel turn throughout the proceedings.
Buy them both and enjoy. After 1993/1994 the King of the Ring tournaments are never as good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars King of Harts...,
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)1993's King Of The Ring belongs, undoubtedly, to Bret "The Hitman" Hart. The historical significance of Bret's tournament win here is perhaps over-stated (lets not forget, Bret had already been a reasonably successful - by the standards of the post Hogan 1990's era - World Champion before his displays here) there is no doubting that this event proved what a great wrestler The Hitman was. His three matches (against Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect and Bam Bam Bigelow) are all at least good and all are appreciably different (a fact Bret is understandably proud of).
Of course the undercard is largely rubbish (as are the non-Bret tournament matches in all honesty); Yokozuna's World Title win against Hulk Hogan is predictably pathetic, Shawn Micheals has one of the worst pay-per-view matches he would ever have opposite the useless Crush and the eight man tag match seems to exist purely to fill up some air-time and give it's participants a PPV pay-day.
1994's event doesn't really match up in terms of a tournament. This time it's Bret's brother Owen who takes the tournament but his matches here (against Tatanka, the 1-2-3 Kid and Razor Ramon) can't match up to his brother's exploits from the previous year. Again, Owen's victory did little for his profile (he'd already been headlining shows against his brother Bret) and was really only used as a way of boosting Owen's profile for (an unsuccesful) title shot at SummerSlam 1994.
The undercard does have one choice moment, in the form of Bret Hart's World Title defence against Diesel. Hart must have been one of Kevin Nash's favourite opponents given how good he was at dragging good matches out of him (which surely must have been a factor in his future climb to the very top of the card) and this another great bout. It's not the best the pair would have, but it is a very good one. The less said about the Tag Team Title bout and the dreadful Roddy Piper/Jerry Lawler "main event" though the better...
If you are a Bret Hart fan then this comes highly reccommended as he has four great matches on this collection. Anyone else might not really think this is worth the money as outside Bret's contributions there's little quality action to shout about.
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 awesome events featuring future hall of famers of their time,
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This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)King of the ring 93 features a classic battle between 2 of the greates ring generals of that era Bret and Mr. Perfect to me the match between these 2 superstars is the Highlight of king of the ring 93 and Man did they tear the house down with their respected competitive matt skills.. K. Of R. 93 also features hulk hogan vs yokozuna for the then wwf championship with a very shocking ending to the match ..K. OF R. 93 does have an upseting ending to the event would have been much better and classic had jerry king lawler had not been featured during brets moment even thou this event will still be remembered as 1 of the classics ..K. of R. 94 Is the era of the New generation 1 Hell of a show glad 2 see Owen take the crown with his memorable self proclaimed King of Harts speech ..awesome event the only problem is the rowdy piper jerry lawler match should have been a mid card match..between owens match and the championship match 1 of the 2 would have been more suitable for the main event slot..Overall 2 collectables
4.0 out of 5 stars Kings of Hart,
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)King of the Ring 1993
In 1993 the WWF finally brought its annual King of the Ring tournament (the first of which was held in 1985) to pay-per-view. The concept was an 8-man single elimination tournament where the winner would be crowned the WWF King of the Ring. The cool thing about the KOTR is that it differed from the regular cards and that each match meant something, the drawback was that most of the matches had to be kept short in order to fit them all in a 3 hour time slot. The Quarter Finals of the 1993 tournament featured one good match between Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, one average match between Tatanka and Lex Luger, and two poor ones as Bam Bam Bigelow fought Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Mr. Perfect battled the awful Mr. Hughes. Fortunately the semi final clash that followed between Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect was a classic, and although not quite on a par with their Summerslam '91 match it still took match of the night honours here. Next up Hulk Hogan made his final WWF appearance for what would turn out to be almost nine years as he lost the WWF Championship to Yokozuna is a poor match. Shawn Michaels' Intercontinental Title defence against Crush wasn't much better and the 8-man tag team match was pure filler. So it was left to Bret Hart to save the day as he battled Bam Bam Bigelow in a very good tournament final before taking a painful beating at the hands of Jerry Lawler to set up a memorable feud between the two.
King of the Ring 1994
The second King of the Ring pay-per-view took place in Baltimore and was notable for the absence of Vince McMahon on commentary as he was facing a trial on steroid distribution charges at the time. Gorilla Monsoon and Randy Savage took over announce duties and were joined (for some reason) by former NFL star Art Donovan, who was absolutely terrible. Donovan's commentary aside, this was a fairly decent show. The first round of the tournament saw one very good bout between Owen Hart and Tatanka, two good ones (Razor Ramon vs Bam Bam Bigelow and Jeff Jarrett vs 1-2-3 Kid) and one rotten one between IRS and Mabel. Next up was the excellent WWF Championship match between Bret Hart and Diesel, which was up at least a few matches too early, and it turned out to be one of Kevin Nash's best matches of his career. Jim Neidhart and Shawn Michaels also played entertaining roles at ringside during the bout. Back to the tournament and Razor Ramon got by IRS in a nothing match while Owen Hart and the 1-2-3 Kid had a very good, although short match-up which set up a Ramon/Hart final. Then the Headshrinkers defended the Tag Team Championship against Yokozuna and Crush in a forgettable encounter before Owen Hart defeated Ramon in a fair bout to win the King of the Ring as Jim Neidhart completed his heel turn. Finally Rowdy Roddy Piper returned for a one-off match-up with Jerry Lawler but unfortunately the verbal exchanges in the weeks leading up to the bout proved to be the most entertaining part of this mini-feud.
3.0 out of 5 stars a feast of wrestling,
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)Reviewing these two events isnt easy as i cant really do a play by play of all the matches without spoiling them as the king of the ring format is a knock out and stages tornament which reaches a final and then the winner becomes king of the ring.
Both years here follow the exact same format with some great matches and a few filler matches that arent that welcome but you go through this to get to the great stuff.
The 1993 king of the ring is heralded as the first,that isnt strictly true as i think the first one was in the mid 1980s and the winner was donald muraco,but this was the first pay per view version and was all glammed up and the excitement was there for all to see.
Aside from the tornament we had the world title up for grabs where hulk hogan fought yokozuna in a poor match and the end of a legend so to speak,we had a very good intercontiental match between crush who had a great night against a nasty shawn michaels and an 8 man tag between the smokin gunns and the steiners against the headshrinkers and money inc,this match wasnt that great but had a nice 8 man brawl at the end.All in all this was a good enough event.
The 1994 event launched a new era of wrestling,a point they emphasised to death,out with the old and in with the new,well they ditched that tagline not long after,anyway,this again was similar,we had the tournament featuring 8 men,we had a world title match between the champ bret hart and diesel and diesel as many of my fellow reviewers state did indeed have a good match for once here,we had the tag team titles where the champs headshrinkers went up against yokozuna and crush in a very laboured match and roddy piper fought jerry lawler in a match that wasnt that good but had the crowd cheering away especially when jerry took a beating.
The king of the ring side of things was very good and possibly better than the year before.
A word of warning though,this event is almost spoilt by the commentary of retired and very old pro footballer art donovan who joined randy savage and gorilla in what is one of the worst moments in wwf as it was then history,this guy is a lemon,he was so bad that in the end macho and gorilla ignored him,he hadnt a clue what was going on,he didnt know who anyone was,he kept asking what the wrestlers weighed over and over again,he thought people were dead and kept asking the same freaking questions over and over,this is insane and isnt as funny as you may think,but that being said this was another well rounded event more or less so on average this double disc gets a 3.5 rating and is great value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A king is born from good hart,
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)They are presented in their original form with all the world wrestling federation references left intact (unlike some of the other DVD's where the icons are blurred out) which is nice to see. The first show is carried by bret hart for the most part but it also has the original end to hulkamania and watching hogan being squashed by anybody is nice, especially when the guy is 600 hudred pounds. The second show features the rarest of thing a good diesel match. well worth getting if you like the time period. It does feel a little dated compared to today but it still pretty good and theres two show so what more do you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wwe King Of The Ring 93,
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 1993/94 [DVD] (DVD)l loved this event because this king of the ring 93 was the first time l saw wrestling in my life. it was brilliant. my cousins had it on video and l wanted to have it copied but they sold it which was really disapointing.
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