WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 13th, 1993

June 13, 1993

From the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan

This week, we have Money Inc. vs. Smoking Gunns. Also in action are Mr. Hughes, Tatanka, and Lex Luger.

 

Tatanka vs. Reno Riggins

Riggins, now sporting a singlet and dreads in the back of his mullet, fails on a sneak attack then gets beat down. We hear from Tatanka in an insert promo as he talks about getting revenge on Bam Bam Bigelow and how he will not let Lex Luger stop him from getting past the first round of the tournament. Tatanka catches Riggins with a powerslam as Heenan uses ethnic jokes to make fun of Tatanka. Riggins rakes the back then lands a few chops but Tatanka fires up then dances around and hits some chops before the Samoan drop gets the win (3:23).

Thoughts: They both hyped up Tatanka’s feud with Bam Bam and his KotR match against Luger.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as the Update segment on Superstars were we saw photos of Shawn Michaels using his bodyguard to defeat Marty Jannetty and regain the Intercontinental Title. However, what we did see here as Lord Alfred acting heelish as he seemed to agree about Shawn’s claims of President Tunney having a personal vendetta by making him defend the IC Title against Crush at the PPV without proper rest then said with glee how the Bodyguard will be by Shawn’s side.  The whole story of Tunney being against Shawn by making him put the title on the line so soon after recapturing it instead of letting Shawn rest is dumb because this match was already announced to begin with and no they just added the title. Why not just say it was originally signed as a non-title match then if you want to play up the angle of Shawn believing people are against him?

 

Mr. Hughes w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Scott Despres

Hughes beats down Despres as Heenan also says that Tunney is screwing over Shawn Michaels. Mr. Perfect is shown in an insert promo telling Hughes that after their first round match Hughes can call him “Perfect” as Hughes continues to beat the crap out of Despres. The announcers quibble and in the process plug the King of the Ring Hotline then Hughes hits a big boot before using a sidewalk slam for the win (2:17).

Thoughts: Just some hype for the Hughes/Perfect first round match at the King of the Ring PPV.

 

We see the Men on a Mission vignette to hype their debut. However, unlike on the “Superstars” vignette, we learn their names as they were on the screen. The larger man was “Mabel,” the other man was “Mo” while the rapper was “Oscar.”

 

Mike Davis vs. “The Narcissist” Lex Luger

Ross says that Luger was one of the youngest to ever play in the Canadian Football League. Luger does a lot of flexing then we see him in an insert promo talking about going through Tatanka at the King of the Ring then Luger hits the running forearm smash for the win (2:19).

Thoughts: Lots of flexing here for Luger as Heenan gushed over him as being the favorite to win the King of the Ring tournament.

 

Boni Blackstone welcomes Bret Hart to the interview platform. Bret tells Razor Ramon you need a lot of heart and desire to become the King of the Ring. You also need endurance as you need to win three times but most of all you have to be on top mentally and right now believes that Razor is unstable. Bret then promises his fans around the world he is ready to become King of the Ring and guarantees Razor he’ll step into the ring with the best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be then lose 1-2-3. Bret then leads the crowd in a 1-2-3 chant as Heenan says he’s shocked these kids can count this high. Once again we see the company wanting the 1-2-3 chants to get over as Bret’s vows to his fans that he will win the King of the Ring.

 

King of the Ring Report with Gene Okerlund. We hear from both Hogan and Yokozuna to hype up their match.

 

We once again hear from the 1-2-3 as he declines Razor’s $7,500 offer for a rematch.

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Money Inc.

The Headshrinkers & Afa call out the Smoking Gunns & Steiner Brothers to hype up the eight-man tag at the PPV. The Gunns take control early then clear the ring as we head to commercial. The match returns as IRS and Billy trade arm wringers. Bart tags in and IRS cuts him off with a knee smash then hammers away in the corner. Bart reverses an Irish whip and sends IRS into the corner then stands on his tie so he cannot leave the ring. DiBiase comes in but the Gunns once again clear the ring then we hear from the Steiners are shown in an insert promo talking about teaming up the Gunns at the PPV and beating Money Inc. IRS uses Bart’s momentum and tosses him through the ropes. DiBiase beats down Bart behind the ref’s back before tossing him inside. IRS lands a few shots but gets caught with a boot coming off of the top rope then Billy runs wild off of a hot tag. The match breaks down now then IRS trips up Billy and DiBiase uses a high knee to the back then rolls up Billy for the win (8:32) *3/4.

Thoughts: Standard tag stuff here with an uninspired finish used to get heat on the eight-man tag at the PPV. The Gunns have been pinned a few times already on TV and with the Men on a Mission team coming in it doesn’t look good for them in terms of being near the top of the pecking order.

 

The show closes with Heenan predicting that Yokozuna will become the champion and that Luger wins the King of the Ring Tournament.

 

Final Thoughts: We got a featured match this week and even if it wasn’t the best it was still more exciting than whatever squash match that we would have gotten instead. And with the PPV airing this same day we will get the fallout of that over the next few weeks before starting our build towards SummerSlam.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Wednesday: WWF All-American Wrestling 6/13/93

Thursday: WWF King of the Ring 1993

Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 6/14/93, WWF Mania 6/19/93

Monday: WWF Superstars 6/19/93, WWF Challenge 6/20/93

Tuesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 6/21/93