Review of Timeline History of the WWE 1993 with Lex Luger
Oct 2, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
by Alan Wojcik
“This Series Keeps Getting Better With Each Addition.”
1993 was a great time for wrestling. Vince Russo was just a writer on the WWF Magazine. Eric Bischoff was just announcing in WCW. Dixie Carter was nowhere to be seen in wrestling. But Vince McMahon was not in paradise because by the end of 1993 he would be neck deep in legal issues with the US Government and a steroid trial. The WWF was in a transition as the “immortal” Hulk Hogan would exit mid-year and eventually surface in WCW in 1994. The WWF needed a new “American Hero” and who knew the former WCW World champion “the Total Package” LEX LUGER would be the guy to take that seat on a nationwide bus tour. Luger sat down with KAYFABE COMMENTARIES to be part of their critically acclaimed TIMELINE: HISTORY OF THE WWE series hosted by the dapperly dressed SEAN OLIVER.
As you will find out in the 2 hours of excellent storytelling and reminiscing in 1993 Lex Luger was recovering from a horrific car accident and under contract to the infamous World Bodybuilding Federation (be happy if you don’t remember it) because he had left World Championship Wrestling the year before. Sean and Lex cover the creation of “the Narcissist” character that debuted at the Royal Rumble paired with the legendary Bobby “the Brain” Heenan plus how he left WCW to begin with. From there Lex offers his viewpoint on the following areas:
The arrival of Monday Night Raw on USA Network, Hulk Hogan’s return to save his buddy Brutus Beefcake from Money Inc’s attack, Yokozuna’s rise to the WWF championship, Lex working with Curt Hennig at WrestleMania IX and what nearly went wrong, the WWF drug testing policy and scaling down TV taping production costs, the “suspension” of Shawn Michaels and legal issues of Jerry Lawler, the arrivals of Kevin Nash, Jim Ross, Jim Cornette, Sean Waltman, Jeff Jarrett, Doink the Clown (RIP Matt Borne), Ludvig Borga (RIP Tony Halme), the Smoking Gunns, the Quebecers, Giant Gonzalez (RIP Jorge Gonzalez), Marty Jannetty (again), the departures of Ric Flair (back to WCW), “Mene” Gene Okerlund & Bobby Heenan( to WCW), the Nasty Boys, Slick, plus the deaths of Dino Bravo, Kerry Von Erich & Andre the Giant.
The USS Intrepid babyface turn and Lex Express bus tour is covered in intimate detail and is an interesting view on the wrestling scene of 1993. This DVD was produced before Lex’s autobiography was published so I recommend reading it after you watch this. Mr. Luger has a great memory for detail and despite his recent health issues, appeared to enjoy his time on the DVD. He openly shares how Hiro Matsuda trained him, Ric Flair shaped him into a star & how Bret Hart & Yokozuna were great travel companions.
On October 15th “Breaking Kayfabe with Marty Jannetty” goes on sale followed by “Wrestling’s Most..Despised” on November 5th. In addition to reviewing pro wrestling themed DVD’s and books since 2001, Alan Wojcik also covers several wrestling promotions throughout the United States. Be sure to check out www.facebook.com/kayfabewrestlingradio & Follow him on Twitter @MyNameIsWojcik