Kayfabe! Timeline The History of WWE 1993 As Told By Lex Luger
Posted by Mike Campbell on 10.02.2013
The Narcissus that became Made in the USA takes us through a pivotal year for the WWF.
Timeline: The History of WWE 1993 as told by Lex Luger
Before beginning the review proper, I have to give Lex props for his wardrobe. He’s wearing a bad ass red, white, and black Buffalo Bills hoodie, which even the most notorious hater of the Bills (i.e. me), has to appreciate. I wish I could find a Chicago Bears hoodie that awesome. While I’m on a somewhat of a football tangent, it’s funny to hear that Sean likes the Cowboys, given that they’re talking about 1993, the year Dallas made Buffalo three-peat as Super Bowl losers.
It seems like I’m always giving KC props for picking the perfect guest for this series. This is no exception. I wonder if Sean just has a list of each year, and who the ideal guest would be. Or if it’s just a happy accident that they came to terms with someone for a project and Sean basically looks at a calendar and says “I have 1993 available.” The format for this isn’t different than any of the other timeline releases, except for the fact that Sean will start to go to the next subject, but Lex isn’t quite finished yet. So, Sean will start to say a date, but Lex will jump in with a comment about what they were just talking about.
The really great thing about watching this is just how much fun Luger seems to be having. The first happening discussed is Bobby Heenan announcing that “Narcissus” will be debuting at the Royal Rumble. Lex backtracks a bit to explain how he wound up in the WWF. He’d come to terms with WCW on a release, but couldn’t wrestle for a year. So, he pitched joining the WBF to Vince, who loved the idea. So, Lex got paid to sit home and train for a year. Then, the WBF folded, so with the year being up, Lex joined the WWF. Lex and Sean also discuss Lex’s reputation for arrogance, which Lex even admits is very well-deserved. Lex prefers to think of himself as simply confident, not arrogant. The other think I really liked about this was that Lex talks about Hiro Matsuda, who broke him into the business, and how Matsuda told him from the beginning that it’s all just a work, so never complain about a finish. Which Sean and Lex agree is something that Hogan evidently forgot.
If you’re looking for an interview filled with anger, and Luger talking a lot of smack about people, move on. Lex has nothing but good things to say about everyone. They cover the new faces that came into the company, like Giant Gonzalez, Ludwig Borga, and the Quebecers, and Luger loved Gonzales from their WCW days, and he and Tony Halme were workout buddies. He heard there was heat with the Quebecers, or at least Carol Oulette, but doesn’t know why. One of their funnier moments was talking about Cornette coming in. Fuji was Yokozuna’s manager and mouthpiece, but Fuji was getting up there, so Jimmy was the mouthpiece for the mouthpiece. You can’t talk about Fuji and not bring up ribs, but Lex’s wasn’t anything special, so he credits it to Fuji simply losing his touch after being around so long. Lex touches on his first WrestleMania, and being excited to work with Curt Hennig, and then Curt totally blanked on their match and Lex was a nervous wreck about stinking up the joint with him.
1993 was the year “THE LEX EXPRESS” so that of course gets covered. It was an honest to goodness tour too. Lex rode that bus for about a month straight, doing appearances all over the place. To me, this was also a sign of Vince being behind the times. Hogan was gone in June, and come July, Lex was the new All American babyface. Basically, they wanted Luger to be a Hogan clone instead of just being Luger. When asked about the finish to his Summerslam match and not getting the title, he goes back to what Matsuda taught him. What Vince told him was that as big as it’d be if he won, it’d be even bigger at WrestleMania X in MSG. Luger does point out that he won by count out, so he still won.
The 411: A fun interview to be sure, even if it's not exactly groundbreaking.