June 26, 1993
Todd Pettengill is your host
This week’s exclusive match is Lex Luger vs. Owen Hart
The Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid match from the 6/21 edition of “Monday Night RAW” airs. The match ended in a no-contest when Kid took the money and fled to a car waiting outside of the arena.
Back in the studio, Pettengill does a lousy impression of Razor Ramon calling the police to report Kid for stealing his money. Pettengill then says he is going to be the host of the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” along with Randy Savage.
“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. “The Rocket” Owen Hart
This was from the 6/14 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Columbus, OH. Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon are the announcers. The announcers then talk about Luger’s forearm and how the decision for him to wear padding is now at the discretion. Luger then yells at the ref for interrupting his posing to say he has to wear the padding or else he will be disqualified. Luger continues to yell at the ref even after the bell rings. The match starts off with both men trading hammerlocks until Luger reaches the ropes. Luger shoves Owen and gets slapped then caught in a drop toehold. Owen now goes to work on the arm then gets a two count with a crossbody. Owen goes back to the arm until Luger cheap shots him with a back elbow smash. Owen locks on a sleeper until he is driven into the corner then comes back with a bulldog that gets two. Owen hits a spinning heel kick then heads up top for a flying body press that gets two then punches away. Owen drops Luger with a standing dropkick then the ref backs him away from Luger in the corner but that allows Luger to remove the padding and hit Owen with the forearm smash for the win (4:39) *1/2
Thoughts: Slow at first but the last minute with Owen on offense was good. However, the crowd did not seem to care nor did they buy Owen as a threat. Owen has now racked up a few losses on the “C” shows over the past few weeks. And Gorilla saying how Owen did not have a chance to win really summed up his standing in the company. However, the big news was learning that Luger will now wear forearm padding based on the referee’s discretion.
We get a plug for the July 4th “Stars & Stripes Challenge” aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid.
A segment called the “Art of the Bodyslam” airs. It even shows archived footage of Andre the Giant slamming Big John Studd in the $15,000 Bodyslam Challenge and Hulk Hogan slamming Andre at WrestleMania III. It also showed Hogan failing to slam Yokozuna at the King of the Ring. This of course was shown to add more hype to the Stars & Stripes Challenge. Pettengill kept giving analysis of everything and acting stuff out. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve seen from him and aimed at really young fans.
Ad for “All-American Wrestling” which will also take place aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid. The featured match is Ted DiBiase vs. Bart Gunn.
Papa Shango defeats Tony Roy in a match from the 6/20 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”
We now see Ross & Bobby Heenan argue over Jerry Lawler interviewing himself this week on “Wrestling Challenge” as Ross is irate while Heenan is upset with Ross.
The Steiner Brothers defeated Reno Riggins & Barry Hardy in a match from the 6/21 edition of “Monday Night RAW”
We hear from athletes hyping up the “Stars & Stripes Challenge.” They include: Bill Fralic, Joe Morris, George Martin, then we close out with Randy Savage. Fralic sounded like he was reading off of a cue card that was placed really far away.
Pettengill is in the studio doing his own Men on a Mission rap. Honestly, he rapped just as well as Oscar. This of course leads to a MoM vignette.
Adam Bomb defeats Jerry Seavey in a match from the 6/19 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”
The show closes with Ross and Heenan arguing again then we see Heenan with food all over his face then he empties is pockets of condiments and food and puts it on a plate for Pettengill.
Final Thoughts: The featured match was alright but more importantly we learned that Luger now will wear the padding at the discretion of the referee. They also told us about Lawler interviewing himself for “Wrestling Challenge” as we have that to look forward to this weekend. And Pettengill was as corny as ever on this episode.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 6/26/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/27/93
Thursday: WWF All-American Wrestling 6/27/93
Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 6/28/93
Monday: WWF Superstars 7/3/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/4/93
Tuesday: WWF RAW 7/5/93
Tuesday: Shoot interview TBD