WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 27, 1993

June 27, 1993

From the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan


The show starts off with Ross aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid to discuss its history and how Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna want to embarrass the American athlete. However, he believes that someone will step up and slam Yokozuna. We then hear the promo by Fuji & Yokozuna that aired on “Superstars” where they say no one will be able to get the job done. Ross did a good job in this role of providing history. A role that typically went to Gene Okerlund but Okerlund’s contract was ending soon and the WWF decided not to renew, making his days in the company numbered.


Adam Bomb w/ Johnny Polo vs. PJ Walker

The camera shows Bomb’s eyes, which are now yellow. Bomb boots Walker in the corner to start. He hammers away as Polo spazzes out and says “total destruction.” Bomb lands more kicks in the corner then hits a back suplex and follows that with a flying clothesline before the Atom Smasher gets the win (1:58).

Thoughts: Bomb did some impressive stuff in his debut match but since he looks less impressive each time out. In his shoot interview with RF Video, Bomb talked about the contacts limiting his vision a bit which was probably why he stuck to more basic offense. And again, the Bomb & Polo pairing is not working.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This also goes over the recent Tag Team Title changes as Hayes then wants to know if the Steiners will be able to retain against Money Inc. as they will be facing each other throughout the next few weeks.


The WWF Fan Club ad with Randy Savage airs.


Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Iron Mike Sharpe

Heenan says that Money Inc. will regain the titles after yelling at Ross for congratulating The Steiners on his behalf. Sharpe sneak attacks Duggan but ends up getting clotheslined. Sharpe rolls out then drags Duggan outside but loses a slugfest as the announcers talk about the Stars & Stripes Challenge. Duggan rams Sharpe into the post then rolls him back inside and hammers away. Duggan then hits a slam before putting Sharpe away with the Three Point Stance (2:34). Ross also notes that Duggan will be at the White Plains, NY house show then plugs the Morristown, NJ show.

Thoughts: The announcers talked about the special report segment and the Stars & Stripes Challenge.


The Men on a Mission vignette airs. You know, I didn’t think the first vignette was bad but man was this one terrible. And Mo looks like someone’s uncle pretending to be a studio rapper from 1990.


Bastion Booger vs. Tony Roy

Ross once again mentions those house shows as Booger runs over Roy a few times. Heenan jokingly asks Ross if Booger was ever Miss Oklahoma then Ross talks about Booger weighing 401 lbs. Booger uses a back drop then applies a chinlock. Booger stays in control and uses a powerslam for the win (2:14).

Thoughts: The announcers keep putting over Booger’s appearance as being grotesque as we are suppose to hate him for being a fat slob I guess because other than that he does not do anything to distinguish himself as either heel or babyface.


King’s Court with Jerry Lawler, who is interviewing himself. This is a pre-taped segment backstage since he does not want any interruptions. Lawler says he did not attack Bret Hart at the King of the Ring because Bret instigated the situation by being a phony king as Lawler said Bret got what was coming to him and winning a tournament does not make you a king. Lawler then says a king needs a royal scepter, robe, throne, and crown but Bret does not have any of these things. This ends with Lawler saying he is the only king. I thought Lawler was great here and came off as such an arrogant prick.


Randy Savage cuts a promo about not only being a co-host of the Stars & Stripes Challenge but also an entrant.


“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. Mike Bell

Ross is disgusted once again over Lawler interviewing himself (remember, we found out about this segment on “Mania” where Ross was pissed off about it) then Heenan brings up Ross spending time with Bret’s family and how they are all humanoids. Both men trade hammerlocks to start until Luger reaches the ropes. Luger now beats on Bell but misses a charge and gets rolled up for a two count. Bell then counters a slam attempt with a small package but gets clotheslined. Luger slams Bell then uses the running forearm smash and covers with one finger for the win (2:40).

Thoughts: Funny how they talked about the Bret/Lawler feud as the Bret/Luger program has been dropped. Well, maybe not so funny considering what will happen next week.


We are shown the Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid match from the 6/21 edition of “Monday Night RAW.”


The Steiner Brothers talk about both squatting and benching over 500 lbs and promise to be there and slam Yokozuna at the Stars & Stripes Challenge.


Scott Taylor vs. Crush

Taylor tries to slam Crush but fails. He then tries it again after a few punches but gets beaten down. Crush then presses Taylor over his head several times and walks around the ring before hitting a slam. Crush then clothelines Taylor over the top rope as the announcers talk about the Razor/Kid match. Crush stays in control then uses a head vice for the win (2:02).

Thoughts: They really did try to present Crush as one of the favorites to slam Yokozuna by giving him all sorts of power spots leading up to the challenge. Anyway, Taylor once again did a fine job as an enhancement talent.


Next week, we will see the debut of Men on a Mission. Also in action are the Steiner Brothers and Tatanka plus Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna as guests on the “King’s Court.”


Final Thoughts: They hyped the Stars & Stripes challenge and got heat for the Lawler/Bret feud but besides that it was dull action. We also learn that Men on a Mission will debut next week and also should expect last minute hype for the Stars & Stripes Challenge


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

Wednesday: WWF Superstars 7/10/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/11/93