Lex Luger’s WWE career embodied the American spirit in the early 90s. One of the most memorable moments took place on July 4, 1993 aboard U.S.S. Intrepid. Lex defended America’s honor by accepting a challenge to bodyslam WWE Champion, Yokozuna. Mr. Fuji, Yokozuna’s manager, challenged any American to try to bodyslam the 568-pound sumo wrecking ball. Many tried…many failed…BUT NOT LEX! Luger made a killer entrance taking a helicopter to the U.S.S. Intrepid and marching his way to the ring (nothing says patriotism like a wrestling ring on an aircraft carrier!). Upon entering the ring, he body slammed the champion and started a mini-revolution known as the Lex Express, which was promo tour across the country leading up to SummerSlam. #Merica!
Luger would go on to face Yokozuna for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Although he won the match at SummerSlam, Yokozuna would retain the title since the win was by countout. Lex would meet Yokozuna once again at Wrestlemania X where he would lose. Regardless, Luger’s moment on the 4th of July aboard an aircraft carrier would be a defining moment for Lex and propel his career. Although he never became WWE Champion, the WWE Lex Luger swept the country with red, white, and blue. Mattel’s Lex Luger Elite 30 Flashback figure jumps aboard the Lex Express and brings back that same good ol’ patriotism.
Luger’s Elite Flashback features his USA ring gear and a set of huge dumbbells…maybe around a particular 568-pound weight? The USA ring attire is the same patriotic attire he wore when he faced the Land of the Rising Sun sumo sensation at SummerSlam. This is also Mattel’s first Lex Luger figure. But let’s not just focus on the all powerful and mighty Luger here. Yokozuna’s Elite Flashback Series 15 figure features his red tights and classic checkered entrance kimono. The Sumo’s E15 figure is his first appearance in the line and Mattel did a great job on the scale here. A bearded Yokozuna appears in Mattel’s Elite Hall of Fame Series 2 with two WWE Tag Team Championship belts and white tights. We’ll see if a Lex Luger NWO Wolfpack figure is released down the road, but for now it’s all about early WWE days and ‘Merica! Let us know what you think about Lex and Yokozuna’s feud in the comments below. #Merica!