WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 3rd, 1994

July 3, 1994

From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase

 

Lex Luger vs. Duane Gill

We get some USA chants as DiBiase says everyone has a price, including Luger. Lane is disgusted that DiBiase would talk about purchasing Luger on the 4th of July weekend. Gill suprisingly takes control early as DiBiase said this would not happen under his guidance. Luger fights back and hits a suplex, with Lane using the Gordon Solie pronunciation of the move, then Luger hits a press slam and uses the Rebel Rack for the win (2:28). Lane then plugs Luger vs. Crush on the Summer Sizzler tour as Luger poses under the spotlight.

Thoughts: Luger’s current storyline is now whether or not DiBiase pays him enough to be part of his corporation. They also plugged his upcoming house show matches against Crush.

 

An ad for the WWF New Generation airs.

 

The Undertaker w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Tony DeVito

Lane is by himself on commentary. We get some boos by the fans as Undertaker beats on DeVito in the corner. Lane references Paul Bearer’s comments about The Undertaker on “Superstars” as Undertaker now roughs up DeVito outside of the ring. DiBiase laughs as Undertaker rolls DeVito back inside and chokes him out in the ropes. Undertaker then catches DeVito with a chokelsam for the win (2:41).

Thoughts: To me it did not seem like the live crowd was buying this as the actual Undertaker, either. Lane also brought up the Bearer appearance the day prior on Superstars, which half the time Challenge waited a week before addressing what took place on that show so expect a confrontation between DiBiase and Bearer soon enough.

 

WWF Live Event News segment hyping the marathon tour.

 

Tatanka vs. Black Phantom

DiBiase is now back on commentary. Tatanka immediately beats on Phantom and tosses him around. The announcers talk about Tatanka facing Jeff Jarrett on “Monday Night RAW” and The Undertaker on “Superstars.” DiBiase calls out Bearer for using cheap tricks on Superstars to claim he regained contact with Undertaker as Tatanka hits a vertical suplex. Tatanka chops away in the corner as DiBiase talks about still being business associates with IRS and his corporation will make sure Tatanka does in fact pay his gift tax on that headdress. DiBiase runs down his corporation members, does not name Luna Vachon, as Phantom fights back. Lane tells DiBiase that Kid beat Volkoff as DiBiase said it was a cheap victory, then Tatanka fires up and soon after that uses the Renegade Drop for the win (4:50).

Thoughts: Tatanka was quite aggressive after the bell, practically attacking Phantom from being. Usually a sign someone is turning heel.

 

We get an ad hyping next week’s Sparky Plugg vs. Jim Neidhart match.

 

Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Miguel Rosado

Kwang hammers away but Rosado surprises him with a crossbody that ends up just getting a one count. Kwang comes back with a spin kick then spits out his mist as the announcers call out Whippleman for being cheap and poorly dressed. They spend a minute ragging on Whippleman. Kwang beats on Rosado as Lane tells us that Diesel is coming up next. Kwang now toys with Rosado until he puts him away with a spinning heel kick (3:10).

Thoughts: Not much here other than the announcers ragging on Whippleman for being a cheapskate, which has been said many of times by WWF talent over the years. Kwang really does not have much going on at the time.

 

An ad for SummerSlam airs.

 

Typhoon vs. Corey Student

Lane bets that Typhoon will be at SummerSlam. Hopefully he did not visit his bookie. DiBiase calls himself a hall of famer as Lane says Dibiase is “ribbing” him. Typhoon hits Student with a powerslam as Lane says the SummerSlam main event will be announced next week. Typhoon stays in control as Lane said he is more mobile than Earthquake was then soon after that Typhoon puts Student away with a splash following an avalanche (2:53).

Thoughts: Not much here other than the announcers talking about the SummerSlam main event announcement. They also took another shot at Earthquake for quitting the company by saying Typhoon was more agile. That um, is probably not true.

 

We get an ad hyping the “Bloopers, Bleeps, and Bodyslams” release from Coliseum Home Video.

 

Diesel w/ Shawn Michaels vs. Nick Barberri

The announcers talk about Diesel being pissed he lost out on the World Heavyweight Title due to Jim Neidhart’s interference. Lane even hints there could be an altercation tonight if Neidhart is in the arena. Diesel beats on Barberri in the corner. Barberri gets knocked outside and ends up getting decked by Shawn. Barberri gets rolled back inside and Diesel hits a side slam. Diesel then catches Barberri with a big boot as the announcers put over his size then Diesel hits the Jackknife for the win (3:14).

Thoughts: The announcers talked up the Intercontinental Champion Diesel as being pissed at Neidhart for screwing him out of the World Heavyweight Title.

 

Raymond Rougeau welcomes Droese to the ring for an interview. He asks him about getting attacked by Jerry Lawler and how Lawler had to make a public apology. Droese says the apology might be good enough for WWF officials or the fans but does not sit with him and says the punishment should fit the crime. Droese then says he wants Lawler in the ring and how its easy to jump a man from behind. A brief, forgettable promo to set up for a future Droese/Lawler match.

 

“King of Harts” Owen Hart w/ Jim Neidhart vs. Jim Powers

On his way to the ring, Owen looks into the camera and brags about being the king. The crowd chants for Bret as DiBiase predicts Owen will become champion during the Summer Sizzler tour. Owen attacks Powers then works on the leg. We then hear from Plugg in an insert promo telling Neidhart he will get all the action he wants next week then refers to himself as the “King of Speed.” Owen continues to work the leg but ends up eating boot on a charge in the corner. Powers fires away as Lane calls him “heavily muscled up.” Powers gets two with a dropkick but ends up running into a spinning heel kick then Owen uses the Sharpshooter for the win (3:44).

Thoughts: They are hyping up Bret vs. Owen for the title match on the Summer Sizzler tour and they are being plugged for the Marathon Tour too in New York. Lane referring to Powers as “muscled up” got a chuckle out of me too.

 

Next week in action are Jeff Jarrett, 1-2-3 Kid, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the featured match up Sparky Plugg vs. Jim Neidhart. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart. The show closes with Neidhart telling Plugg that next week he’ll have a long pit stop.

 

Final Thoughts: Another forgettable edition of Challenge. At least the commentary was amusing this week with Lane & DiBiase making a lot of inside references. At least we get a featured math for next week though as we will also start hyping up SummerSlam.