WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 22nd, 1992

November 22, 1992

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

 

Footage that led to Mr. Perfect accepting Randy Savage’s invitation to be his tag team partner at the Survivor Series is shown. After that we are back to Gorilla and Heenan with the latter comparing Perfect to Benedict Arnold.

 

This week’s featured match is Jerry Sags vs. Beau Beverly, the debut of Bob Backlund, Tatanka, and Nailz.

 

Beau Beverly w/ The Genius vs. Jerry Sags

The Genius’s poem is about being in places the Nasty Boys are not allowed. Beau attacks Sags to start. Sags comes back with a clothesline then chases The Genius up the aisle with Genius fleeing backstage. Sags returns but Beau stomps him then hammers away in the corner. The Genius returns as Sags hits a back drop then a slam. Beau sends Sags to the floor then gets a few nearfalls as the announcers talk about the Survivor Series. Beau heads up top after hitting a piledriver but eats boot then Sags fires away. Sags hits a mat slam then catches Beau with a side slam before using a flying elbow drop for the win (4:39) 3/4*. After the match, Sags slingshots Genius into the ring and gives him the Pit Stop before tossing him back outside.

Thoughts: This was alright I suppose but it got ugly near the end. And its telling how strong they put Sags over here and how Beau felt more insignificant than usual. The Beverly Brothers are now a bottom card tag team.

 

The Berzerker w/ Mr. Fuji vs. John Paul

Berzerker now wears a coat with white fur. And he has a full beard. Heenan says Perfect would not even be in the WWF if not for him as Berzerker boots Paul in the face. The crowd echoes Berzerker’s chants as the announcers keep talking about Perfect then Berzerker uses a front falling slam for the win (2:37).

Thoughts: The Berzerker appeared over with the crowd but the announcers talked about Mr. Perfect the entire time. Berzerker was an afterthought once returning from his suspension and with Yokozuna on board he means even less since Fuji will be with the newer, better talent more often.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This was about the IC Title change at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Shawn then says winning was easier than he thought and calls himself the sexiest man alive before vowing to leave Survivor Series with the World Heavyweight Title.

 

Brian Costello vs. Bob Backlund

They cut to fans in the crowd cheering for Backlund but you can visibly see people leaving their seats as the match starts. Heenan predicts that Shawn will become champion as Backlund uses a single leg takedown. We hear from Backlund in an insert promo calling his return the biggest challenge in his life as Heenan makes fun of him for being dull. The crowd boos for a bit then Backlund hits a few hip tosses and a butterfly suplex before a three quarters nelson gets the win (2:44). After the match, Backlund shakes Costello’s hand.

Thoughts: The live reports for Backlund at these tapings was that he was not over at all and this was a confirmation.

 

Replay of “Superstars” when Undertaker & Paul Bearer reveal Kamala’s casket.

 

Gene Okerlund is in the locker room with Harvey Whippleman, Kimchee, and a frantic and Kamala. Whippleman assures us that Kamala is not afraid and will become victorious at Survivor Series.

 

Nailz vs. Gary Jackson

Nailz beats down Jackson as the announcers talk about his nightstick match against Big Bossman at Survivor Series. Nailz stays in control then puts Jackson away with a choke hold (2:25). After the match, Nailz knocks Jackson through the ropes with his nightstick.

Thoughts: Last minute hype for this neverending feud. Just a few days away until these two finally face off in a match.

 

Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund. We learn that Virgil has accepted the open contract for a match against Yokozuna.

 

Tatanka vs. Tom Stone

Tatanka beats on Stone as the announcers talk about his undefeated streak. We hear from Rick Martel in an insert promo calling Tatanka “Buffalo Breath” in order to hype their match at the PPV. Heenan screams about being taunted over Mr. Perfect turning on him then Tatanka hits a Samoan Drop for the win (2:38).

Thoughts: Back to Martel’s casual racism to sell his PPV match against Tatanka.

 

Final Thoughts: We had a featured match but besides that it was all basic Survivor Series hype that we’ve seen on Superstars.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Wednesday: 1992 Survivor Series Showdown

Thursday: 1992 Survivor Series

Friday: WWF Superstars 11/28/92, WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/29/92

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/16/84

Monday: WWF Superstars 12/5/92, WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/6/92

Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 12/7/92