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This is a list of various things that took place in 1993.

Significant events

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January

  • 11 - The first WWF Monday Night Raw airs on the USA Network, replacing WWF Prime Time Wrestling (whose final program aired a week earlier). The first event takes place at the Manhattan Center in New York City. The main event of the first show sees The Undertaker defeat Damien Demento; a running storyline throughout the first broadcast featured Bobby Heenan trying to enter the arena after being barred
  • 27 - André René Roussimoff - best known to fans as André the Giant - is found dead in a hotel room in Paris, France; he had died peacefully in his sleep of congestive heart failure, brought on by acromegaly and other physical ailments suffered late in his lifetime. He was 46 years old, and his death makes mainstream news. His death is also the first to be marked with a ten-bell salute on a WWF wrestling program, the salute coming on the February 2 episode of WWF Monday Night RAW; a ten-bell salute is also given at the "Headlock For Hunger" charity wrestling card at New York City's Madison Square Garden
  • 29 - The WWF presents its "Headlock For Hunger" ceremony during a card at New York City's Madison Square Garden, where Bret Hart presented officials with the American Red Cross a check for $100,000 to go toward fighting world hunger; the entire WWF cast is present for the 15-minute ceremony, which includes remarks from officials from both the WWF and the Red Cross

March

  • 22 - The WWF Hall of Fame is created, with André the Giant, who had died just two months earlier, announced as the first inductee. A video package of André's greatest moments is shown as part of the announcement

April

June

  • 13 - Hulk Hogan makes his final television appearance for the WWF during his most famous run (1983-1993) for the organization at King of the Ring pay-per-view event at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Hogan is defeated by Yokozuna for the WWF Heavyweight Championship (after Harvey Wippleman, disguised as a photographer, shoots a plume of flame into Hogan's eyes. Hogan will wrestle Yokozuna in several rematches, all non-taped house shows during a WWF tour of Europe, during the next two months before his final match August 6 in Sheffield, England (Hogan defeating Yokozuna by disqualification). Hogan will make several non-WWF affiliated appearances in Japan before signing a contract with rival WCW in early 1994

September

  • Shawn Michaels quits the WWF over claims that he failed to defend his WWF Intercontinental Championship enough. Michaels would return by the end of October
  • WWF Magazine publishes its only installment of what was intended to be a semi-regular feature, "Now It's Our Turn." The column was the WWF's legitimate (non-kayfabe) response and defense against accusations from former wrestlers and employees in the ongoing scandal involving steroid use by its top superstars., and focused heavily on accusations made by Superstar Billy Graham. It is currently unknown what future columns would have addressed, or if subsequent installments were even planned. About this same time, Vince McMahon, Jr. goes on camera in a studio setting, taping a brief statement denying the steroid accusations and promising fans that the WWF can be counted on for clean, wholesome entertainment
  • Gene Okerlund makes his final appearances for the WWF during his most famous run (1983-1993); like Hulk Hogan, Okerlund had signed a contract with WCW
  • 1 - World Championship Wrestling withdraws from the NWA. The split came about due to the NWA's objection to Rick Rude's planned win of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair being revealed by WCW's TV tapings at the Disney-MGM Studios (which took place months in advance of broadcast) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, as well as WCW's refusal to let the NWA World Champion defend the title in other NWA member promotions (including New Japan Pro Wrestling and Eastern Championship Wrestling)
  • 18 - Creation of the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship by WCW. The championship, physically represented by the Big Gold Belt which had been used to represent the NWA World Heavyweight Championship since Ric Flair introduced the belt in 1986, was created after WCW withdrew from the NWA on September 1

November

  • 26 - Bobby Heenan makes his last appearance for the WWF during a television taping at the Westchester County Civic Center in White Plains, New York, after having signed a contract with rival WCW. His last television appearance airs on the December 6 WWF Monday Night Raw, where he was (kayfabe) fired from the WWF for making disparaging remarks about Gorilla Monsoon throughout the show's broadcast

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  • 7 - Bobby Blaze wins the vacant SMW TV title by defeating Tony Anthony in Cumberland, Kentucky (aired on Smoky Mountain Wrestling on June 26)
  • 11 - Tracy Smothers regains the vacant SMW title by defeating Tony Anthony in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 13 - Yokozuna defeats Hulk Hogan to win the WWF title at King of the Ring in Dayton, Ohio
  • 21 - Owen Hart wins the USWA Unified title from Papa Shango in Memphis
  • 26 - Silver Shadow wins the CWUSA TV title from Col. DeBeers in Portland
  • 28 - Jeff Jarrett defeats Brian Christopher to win the USWA Southern title in Memphis; The Mighty Yankee (Tony Anthony under a mask) wins the SMW TV title from Bobby Blaze in Council, Virginia (aired on Smoky Mountain Wrestling on July 17; Anthony vacates the title on August 16 after winning five consecutive matches); The Bruise Brothers (Don and Ron Harris) win the SMW Tag Team title from The Rock 'n' Roll Express in Council (aired on July 10)

July

  • 3 - Mano Negra regains the NWA World Middleweight title from Oro in Puebla, Mexico
  • 5 - Jerry Lawler wins the USWA Unified title from Owen Hart in Memphis
  • 10 - Col. DeBeers regains the CWUSA TV title from Silver Shadow in Portland
  • 17 - Brian Lee wins the SMW title from Tracy Smothers in Johnson City
  • 18 - Ric Flair defeats Barry Windham to win the NWA World title at Beach Blast in Biloxi, Mississippi; Vampire Warrior defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA Southern title in Memphis

August

  • 8 - Tito Santana defeats Don Muraco to win the ECW title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 16 - Jimmy Del Ray wins the vacant SMW TV title by defeating Ricky Morton in Clinton, Tennessee (aired on Smoky Mountain Wrestling on September 4)
  • 18 - Paul Roma and Arn Anderson defeat Steve Austin and Lord Steven Regal (subbing for the injured Brian Pillman) to win the NWA and WCW World Tag Team titles in Dayton, Florida
  • 23 - Jeff Jarrett defeats Vampire Warrior to win the USWA Southern title in Memphis
  • 30 - Dustin Rhodes regains the vacant WCW United States title by beating Rick Rude in Atlanta (aired on WCW Saturday Night on September 11)

September

  • The USWA Southern title is renamed as the USWA Heavyweight title
  • 1 - The NWA World title, last held by Ric Flair, is declared vacant when WCW withdraws from the NWA; the NWA World Tag Team title, last held by Paul Roma and Arn Anderson, is also declared vacant, leaving Roma and Anderson with only the WCW World Tag Team title
  • 9 - Shane Douglas wins the ECW title by forfeit from Tito Santana in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 10 - The Rock 'n' Roll Express regain the SMW Tag Team title from the Bruise Brothers in a hair vs. title match in Morristown, Tennessee
  • 13 - Tatanka wins the USWA Unified title from Jerry Lawler in Memphis; Tommy Rich defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA title in Memphis; Robert Gibson wins the SMW TV title from Jimmy Del Ray in Oakwood, Virginia (aired on Smoky Mountain Wrestling on September 18); Tony Anthony wins the SMW TV title from Robert Gibson in Oakwood (aired on September 25)
  • 19 - Rick Rude defeats Ric Flair to win the WCW International Heavyweight Championship at Fall Brawl in Houston, Texas; The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags and Brian Knobbs) defeat Paul Roma and Arn Anderson to win the WCW World Tag Team title at Fall Brawl
  • 20 - Shinya Hashimoto defeats The Great Muta to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in Nagoya, Japan; Jerry Lawler regains the USWA Unified title from Tatanka in Memphis

October

  • 1 - The SMW TV title, last held by Tony Anthony, is vacated
  • 2 - Sabu defeats Shane Douglas to win the ECW title in Philadelphia
  • 4 - Marcus Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio defeats The Nasty Boys to win the WCW World Tag Team title in Columbus, Georgia; Jeff Jarrett defeats Tommy Rich to win the USWA title in Memphis; Tim Horner wins the vacant SMW TV title by defeating Juicy Johnny in Jellico (aired on Smoky Mountain Wrestling on November 6; Horner vacates the title on December 6 after being injured by Prince Kharis)
  • 11 - Randy Savage wins the USWA Unified title from Jerry Lawler in Memphis
  • 24 - The Nasty Boys defeats Marcus Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio to win the WCW World Tag Team title at Halloween Havoc in New Orleans, Louisiana

November

  • 5 - El Hijo Del Santo and Octagón defeat Eddie Guerrero and Love Machine to win the IWC World Tag Team Championship in Tonalá, Mexico
  • 20 - The USWA Unified title, last held by Randy Savage, is vacated when the USWA temporarily ends its working agreement with the WWF
  • 22 - Jeff Jarrett wins a battle royal to win the vacant USWA Unified title in Memphis; Buddy Landel defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA title in Memphis
  • 24 - The Heavenly Bodies (Jimmy Del Ray & Tom Prichard) win the SMW Tag Team title from The Rock 'n' Roll Express at the WWF Survivor Series in Boston, Massachusetts

December

  • 4 - Corazón de León defeats Mano Negra to win the NWA World Middleweight title in Mexico City
  • 5 - Brian Christopher defeats Buddy Landel to win the USWA title in Memphis
  • 6 - Tracy Smothers wins the vacant SMW TV title by defeating Chris Candido in Jefferson, North Carolina (aired on Smoky Mountain Wrestling on December 11); Chris Candido wins the SMW TV title from Tracy Smothers in Jefferson (aired on January 8, 1994)
  • 13 - Alundra Blayze defeats Heidi Lee Morgan in a tournament final to win the WWF Women's Championship in Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 20 - Jerry Lawler wins the USWA Unified title from Jeff Jarrett in Memphis
  • 26 - Terry Funk defeats Sabu to win the ECW title in Philadelphia
  • 27 - Ric Flair wins the WCW World title from Big Van Vader at Starrcade 1993 in Charlotte, North Carolina; Steve Austin wins the WCW United States title from Dustin Rhodes at Starrcade

Retired/Disbanded

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