WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 15th, 1994

May 15, 1994

From the Syracuse War Memorial in Syracuse, NY

Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase

We get a video package narrated by Todd Pettengill that features dramatic music to hype this week’s 1-2-3 Kid vs. Kwang match.

Also in action this week are Lex Luger, Jeff Jarrett, Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, and IRS.

 

Lex Luger vs. Tony DeVito

DiBiase says all Luger has done since WrestleMania is whine and cry. Luger beats on DeVito as Lane said Luger told him he wants to prove he is the elite of the WWF. Luger cuts off a comeback by DeVito as DiBiase says Jeff Jarrett is on a roll and will give Luger all he can handle next week. Luger then catches DeVito with a powerslam before using the Rebel Rack for the win (2:22).

Thoughts: They continue to push Luger as still one of the top stars and favorite to win the KoTR as he will try to qualify for it next week on “Superstars.”

 

WWF Live Event News plugs the WrestleMania Revenge tour.

 

Jeff Jarrett vs. John Paul

Paul shoves Jarrett, who complains to the ref. The announcers talk about what Jarrett did to Dink then we hear from Doink with Dink in an insert promo saying the real Doink would never do that and that Jarrett will pay and promises that will not be funny. Jarrett beats down Paul and hits a fist drop before applying an abdominal stretch. Jarrett then hits a dropkick before choking out Paul against the middle rope. Paul comes back with a backslide for a nearfall then uses a small package but Jarrett hammers away. Jarrett misses an elbow in the corner as Lane runs down the matches on the WWF revenge tour. Jarrett now attacks the leg then puts Paul in the figure four and gets the win as DiBiase promises to introduce us to his newest purchase (3:53). Jarrett keeps the hold on after the bell then finally breaks and struts around. Jarrett then grabs the mic and says he is the world’s greatest wrestler and will debut his new single in celebration of this victory. He first says he needs the crowd to get on their feet but since they did not he refuses to sing.

Thoughts: More hype for the Jarrett/Doink feud and speaking of that, Doink’s insert promo was awful. And no mention of the Luger/Jarrett match for next week here.

 

We see an upholstery worker talk about seeing The Undertaker at work when he was working late. He said The Undertaker asked him to upholster a coffin with black leather then turned around to come back and he was gone. The Undertaker ghosting everyday people is a weird way to build his return.

 

Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. 1-2-3 Kid

Kwang tries to attack Kid before the bell but that fails and the two start brawling. Kid sends Kwang over the top rope after a sweet reversal sequence then wipes him out with a somersault plancha. They head back inside where Kwang catches Kid with a thrust kick on the corner. Kwang spits his mist up in the air then beats Kid down. Kwang now cranks the neck as the crowd gets behind Kid. Kid fights back and gets two with a crossbody but Kwang sends him down with a throat thrust. Kwang stomps the back and neck then goes back to the neck vice. Kwang misses a charge in the corner then Kid uses a hip toss as both men are down. Kwang comes back with a throat thrust as we go to break. We come back with Kwang now using a nerve hold. Kid comes back with a sunset flip for two but Kwang boots him back down to the mat and goes back to the chin lock. Lane notes Kwang’s “Oriental” style and how we have another Oriental match on RAW between Earthquake and Yokozuna. Kwang escapes and hits a spinning heel kick then slowly heads up top and misses a somersault senton. Kwang covers but Kid is just able to kick out. Kwang whiffs on a clothesline and gets drilled with a spin kick. Kid fires away until Whippleman grabs his leg. Kwang then uses a hotshot and covers for the win (8:47) **3/4. After the match, Kwang & Whippleman attack Kid. Kwang holds up Kid as Whippleman takes off his jacket and lands some kicks. Kid tries to escape then we see Sparky Plugg run out and beat on Kwang as Whippleman bails. Plugg & Kid then team up and send Kwang outside with a double dropkick then hug.

Thoughts: Good action and the end was creative as not only does it set up for another singles and/or tag match, it also had Plugg save Kid the same way that Kid saved the enhancement talent from a few weeks back that set up this match.

 

King of the Ring Report. Same as we saw on “Superstars.”

 

Sparky Plugg vs. P.J. Walker

DiBiase chastises Plugg for sticking his nose in someone else’s business while Lane said ganging up on superstars will not be tolerated in the WWF. Plugg works over Walker as the announcers alternate between discussing the Lawler/Piper feud and this match. Walker rakes Plugg across the face but eats boot on a charge. Plugg clotheslines Walker then hits a slam and an elbow drop before going up top with the Pit Stop Plunge for the win (2:10).

Thoughts: Decent showing for Plugg but most of the focus was on commentary with the announcers talking about the Lawler/Piper feud.

 

We then see footage from DiBiase at the WrestleMania Revenge tour where he introduces Volkoff as his newest acquisition.

 

IRS vs. Jason Headings

IRS beats on Headings for a while. Headings avoids a charge and nearly rolls up IRS for the win but ends up getting dumped outside. IRS goes back on the attack and applies an abdominal stretch as the announcers discuss his feud against Tatanka. Lane breaks the news of a Kid & Plugg vs. Kwang & Adam Bomb match for next week as IRS puts on the Penalty for the win (3:00).

Thoughts: Besides hyping up the IRS/Tatanka feud we found out next week’s main event for Challenge.

 

Live Event News segment about the WrestleMania Revenge tour airs.

 

Next week Owen Hart, Tatanka, Nikolai Volkoff, and Plugg & Kid vs. Kwang & Bomb.

 

Final Thoughts: The featured match was good and it also set up next week’s main event and at this point its the best you can expect from this show.