WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 19th, 1993

June 19, 1993

From the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Reno Riggins & Scott Taylor

Vince alerts us that this past Monday in Columbus, OH the Steiner Brothers became Tag Team Champions but lost them a few days later in Rockford, IL to Money Inc. Billy works over Riggins to start as Lawler accuses Vince of prejudice for wanting the Steiners to beat Money Inc. then Vince goes on a rant about Lawler attacking Bret Hart after he won the King of the Ring Tournament. The Gunns stay in control of the match as they work over Taylor until they put him away with a back drop into a piledriver (3:14).

Thoughts: The first thing is that we learned of the Tag Team Title switches that took place on 6/14 and 6/16. We also heard Vince & Savage express disgust over Lawler’s attack on Bret after the King of the Ring as they are starting to set the stage for those two to feud.

 

King of the Ring Report with Gene Okerlund. We get still photos of the Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna World Heavyweight Title match that saw Yokozuna become the World Heavyweight Champion and Bret Hart becoming the King of the Ring then getting attacked by Jerry Lawler. Okerlund ends this by selling the PPV replay.

 

Bastion Booger vs. Virgil

Vince is disgusted by Booger’s appearance. Booger is Mike Shaw, who a few months ago was Friar Ferguson. Lawler laughs about watching the PPV replay at his house as Vince believes that Hogan deserves a rematch. Virgil uses his speed to his advantage but Booger cheap shots him in the corner. The annoucners now talk about the bodyslam challenge issued by Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji as Booger gets two off of a leg drop. Lawler thinks the challenge should be called the “Rising Sun Challenge” but Vince comes up with “Stars & Stripes” as the name and Savage agrees because its open to all American athletes. Booger knocks down Virgil then hits a powerslam for a two count. Booger now uses a chinlock but Virgil escapes and hammers away then uses a crucifix for a win after a struggle (2:32) *. After the match, Lawler draws Savage’s face on Booger’s body.

Thoughts: Losing to Virgil in your debut sure does seem like a surefire way to label you as a loser. And speaking of the Booger character, Shaw said in his shoot interview that he was given embarrassing gimmick choices like a pizza delivery man and a plumber whose ass crack was always showing before the Booger gimmick. I laughed at Lawler ragging on Savage with the drawing as well. And speaking of Booger, he defeated Owen Hart in a match that aired the following day on “All-American Wrestling” as we know now how little the company thinks of Owen. However, the most important thing was on commentary with the announcers talking about the Yokozuna bodyslam challenge.

 

An ad for the King of the Ring replay airs.

 

Tatanka vs. Mike Bell

The announcers talk about Tatanka’s draw against Lex Luger at King of the Ring and how his undefeated streak is still in tact. Tatanka brushes off a chop from Bell then clotheslines him over the top rope. Vince then talks about the Stars & Stripes Challenge and how it opens on July 4th as I guess the name is official. Bell hammers away but Tatanka pumps himself up then hits several chops before the Samoan drop gets the win (2:09).

Thoughts: We now know this slam challenge is named the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” and that will be hyped for the next few weeks. The announcers briefly mentioned the Tatanka/Bigelow feud.

 

We get a replay from Monday where Razor Ramon offers 1-2-3 Kid $10,000 for a rematch and how Kid accepted and they will face off this coming Monday night.

 

“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. Phil Apollo

Vince says we will get an update on the Undertaker’s condition after this match. Apollo uses a pair of arm drags as Vince talks about the Stars & Stripes Challenge. Luger comes back with a clothesline then roughs up Apollo as Vince calls Luger a proponent of ICOPRO. Luger stays in control then hits a running forearm smash and covers with one foot for the win as Savage wonders if President Tunney rescinded his decision about Luger having to wear a protective device on his forearm (2:42).

Thoughts: I guess Luger is no longer wearing the protective forearm padding anymore. The announcers talked about the Stars & Stripes Challenge but did not mention Luger as a possible entry in the contest.

 

WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. We get a replay of Mr. Hughes attacking The Undertaker & Paul Bearer last week on “Superstars” which is narrated by Lord Alfred Hayes. Hughes walked off with the urn the we hear from Hughes & Harvey Whippleman bragging about stealing the urn and putting Paul Bearer out of commission.

 

Joey Tempest vs. Crush

Vince talks about Crush being part of the Stars & Stripes Challenge with Lawler making jokes about that. Crush beats on Tempest before hitting a press slam. Crush then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker then uses the head vice for the win as Vince says Bastion Booger has been granted a rematch against Virgil for next week (1:41).

Thoughts: Besides Crush being billed as a potential favorite to slam Yokozuna we now learn of a rematch between Booger and Virgil for next week.

 

Another ad for the King of the Ring Replay.

 

We get another vignette for the Men on a Mission. Oscar raps about Mo & Mabel. After that, Vince talks about how they can rap and wrestle while Lawler does not care because they are from the ghetto.

 

Adam Bomb w/ Johnny Polo vs. Jerry Seavey

Bomb beats down Seavey to start. Seavey gets tossed around as Polo laughs about total destruction. Bomb eats boot on a charge but comes back with a clothesline as Lawler and Vince go at it again regarding Men on a Mission. Bomb comes off of the top with a elbow smash then uses the newly-named Atom Smasher (powerbomb) for the win (2:22).

Thoughts: Same as every other Bomb squash match we’ve seen as his pairing with Johnny Polo is not getting over.

 

We get another plug for Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid for RAW and that the replay will be shown here on next week’s show. Also in action next week are Mr. Perfect, Doink the Clown, Mr. Hughes vs. El Matador, and Virgil vs. Bastion Booger. We then hear from Bastion Booger to close out the show as he is pissed at Virgil, telling him he might not survive. Its tough to take anyone seriously wearing that attire.

 

Final Thoughts: Besides some of the general King of the Ring fallout the main goal was plugging the Stars & Stripes Challenge. We also learn that the Razor/Kid rematch for RAW will also air on next week’s show too in case you are unable to watch on Monday night. The promotion actually has some interesting angles going on at the moment, which was not the case this time last year.