WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 28th, 1992

June 28, 1992

From the Ottawa Civic Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

This week in action are Papa Shango, Bret Hart, Virgil, and Repo Man. Plus, an interview with The Berzerker and more!

 

Papa Shango vs. Bob Perez

The announcers wait on what Shango will do next. Shango beats down Perez as the announcers talk about the Shango/Ultimate Warrior feud. The camera zooms in on Shango’s skull that is hanging from the post then Shango uses a reverse shoulderbreaker for the win (1:44). After the match, Shango shoots fire out of his skull as Heenan freaks out.

Thoughts: The fire shooting out from the skull came off corny despite Heenan’s overselling his fear of Shango’s voodoo. They are continuing to push Shango hard to make him appear like a credible challenger for Warrior.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s focus is on the Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels feud as we see clips from Shawn’s interview on last week’s “Superstars.” Lord Alfred wonders if this is the beginning of a new “narcissistic dynasty.” Bret then tells Shawn & Sherri they are both wrong and a mirror will not make a difference when they face the “best that there is.”

 

Jay Sledge vs. “The Model” Rick Martel

Martel still wears the eagle feather he stole from Tatanka. Martel starts off by working the arm. He then hits a slam before Martel is in an insert promo telling Tatanka he takes what he wants and there’s nothing he can do about it. Martel taunts the crowd then soon after that uses a Boston Crab for the win (1:41).

Thoughts: More taunting of Tatanka by Martel to put over that feud.

 

Another highlight package of the WBF Championship to sell the “Coliseum Home Video” release. They made sure to let us know this event was sponsored by ICOPRO.

 

Virgil vs. Joe Milano

Gorilla lets us know that “WBF Bodystars” will move to a 10am time slot. They also plug an interview with Jane Fonda. Virgil works the arm as the announcers talk about the WBF as if anyone cares. Virgil then hits a clothesline before using a side Russian leg sweep for the win (1:27).

Thoughts: This was a match designed for the announcers to put over the WBF, which despite all the hype on TV is failing miserably on all levels.

 

We get another plug for “WBF Bodystars.”

 

Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jason Speed & Jay Blade

We hear from High Energy in an insert promo as they run down the Nasty Boys then the Nasty Boys hit Speed with a double DDT for the win (0:31). After the match, the Nasty Boys beat on Blade as Gorilla said they are trying to get back into title contention.

Thoughts: They did not directly touch upon the “professional jealousy” that was mentioned on Superstars between Nasty Boys/Money Inc. but they did say how the Nasty Boys wanted to get back into title contention and they had them destroy their opponents here so a feud between these teams is inevitable.

 

Sgt.Slaughter vs. Kerry Davis

Heenan and Gorilla argue over Slaughter’s ranking in the military then we hear from Mountie & Jimmy Hart in an insert promo as Mountie asks Slaughter if he knows who he is after taunting him with the shock stick. Slaughter takes control of the match then puts him away with a cobra clutch (1:33).

Thoughts: Just basic hype for the Slaughter/Mountie feud.

 

The announcers plug the “WBF Magazine.”

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes The Berzerker & Mr. Fuji to the interview platform. Fuji tells us that Berzerker is the toughest in the world as we see the clip of Berzerker trying to stab Undertaker with his sword. Berzerker tells The Undertaker that he talks softly while he talks loud, burp loud, and even smells loud. Berzerker then tells Undertaker that the next time he will get a proper Viking Funeral when he sticks his sword into his flesh. This ends with Berzerker cutting Okerlund’s tie with his sword. Berzerker came off as a total goofball instead of an unpredictable monster. He constantly crossed his eyes while speaking too but it did not enhance anything.

 

Texas Tornado vs. Barry Horowitz

Horowitz attacks Tornado before the bell as Tornado was trying to take off his jacket. Horowitz gets decked after taunting Tornado and soon after that is finished off with the Tornado Punch (1:08).

Thoughts: This match was Tornado’s last match on syndicated TV as he was fired a couple of weeks after this aired when his substance abuse issues resumed. And sadly it spiraled out of the control to the point he was facing jail time and when faced with that ended up committing suicide on February 18th, 1993.

 

Razor Ramon vignette from “Superstars” airs.

 

Announcers plug “Battle of the Superstars” Coliseum Home Video release.

 

Joe McMullen vs. Repo Man

Heenan says he applauds Ramon for getting rid of the “chicas” since he is unable to shake off Mike McGuirk. The announcers talk about the Repo Man/Bulldog feud then we hear from Bulldog himself in an insert promo telling Repo Man when they meet again lets see who will be doing the “begging.” Repo Man beats down McMullen before using a single leg crab for the win (1:30). After the match, Repo Man hogties his opponent then beats him down.

Thoughts: This feud is really dragging and there is no heat for it whatsoever.

 

Next week in action are British Bulldog, Shawn Michaels, Nailz, and The Undertaker. Plus, an interview with the Ultimate Warrior.

 

Final Thoughts: The only exclusive thing to happen here was The Berzerker interview and that did nothing to help him out. The creative slump continues for the WWF.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/2/84

Sunday: WWF Superstars 7/4/92, WWF Challenge 7/5/92

Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 7/6/92

Tuesday: WWF Superstars 7/11/92, WWF Challenge 7/12/92

Wednesday: WWF Prime Time 7/13/92

Thursday: WWF Superstars 7/18/92, WWF Challenge 7/19/82

Friday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling  7/20/92