Royal Rumble ’93

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. The Big Bossman
Bigelow had just returned after four years of seasoning in Japan. He’s a better rounded wrestler now but lacks the youthful enthusiasm he had during his first run. Meanwhile Bossman is on his way out to Japan and eventually WCW. The great thing about wrestling in the 80s and 90s was that when characters became stale, they could simply head over to the competition for five years and come back refreshed. Both these guys are big but agile for their size. They can work like the top workrate guys so try to put together a match like that. It’s not bad. A lot of back-and-forth action. It’s not really at the pace the crowd had come to expect from the bigger stars though. Bret Hart had raised the bar and now these guys can’t get away with 30-seconds of thrills followed by three minutes of sluggish rest holds. Bigelow spends way too long with a waistlock. Bossman gets a nice duck to avoid a crossbody at speed. It shows they do have moves and skills but they’ve opted for a slower paced match. Diving headbutt finishes for Bigelow. Listless at times with needlessly long rest holds. It’s a shame because they’re both good big guys. Bossman wouldn’t be back until the Attitude era.
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