July 4, 1993
From the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH
And like Superstars, we get a new opening montage for Challenge.
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan
The show starts off with the terrible promo from Mr. Fuji with Yokozuna to hype up the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” that we heard first on “Superstars.” Fuji tripped over his words and kept saying they will celebrate their “victorious victory.”
Ross tells us that the “Stars & Stripes” Challenge is going on as we speak with Heenan saying no one has slammed Yokozuna according to his sources. This would lead you to believe that you’d get updates about this as the show went on but you’d be wrong.
Tatanka vs. Bill Baker
Baker attacks Tatanka from behind and throws some really pathetic strikes but Tatanka fights back. We hear from Tatanka in an insert promo as he talks about slamming Yokozuna on the U.S.S. Intrepid to make his people proud. Tatanka stays in control as the announcers talk about Tatanka’s undefeated streak and feud with Bam Bam Bigelow. Tatanka fires up and chops away before using a Samoan Drop for the win (2:45).
Thoughts: Odd how at the beginning of the show they acted like the Stars & Stripes Challenge was in progress but here on commentary for this match we had one of the announced participants for the challenge in the ring.
An ad hyping the Stars & Stripes Challenge airs.
We then get an ad hyping up SummerSlam.
Doink the Clown vs. Chris Hahn
Ross promises we will hear more information about SummerSlam next week and what happens at the Stars & Stripes Challenge tomorrow night on RAW. Doink beats on Hahn then grounds him after the announcers talk about the Doink/Crush feud. Doink now mocks Hahn with crying then Hahn fights back but eats boot on a charge then Doink uses a sit-down splash from the top rope before using the Stump Puller for the win (2:06).
Thoughts: The announcers put over Doink’s wrestling ability and feud with Crush plus Ross dropped a hint that we will find out about the SummerSlam main event next week. And its safe to assume that main event will be the fallout of the Stars & Stripes Challenge.
Scott D’Amore & Otis Apollo vs. Steiner Brothers
Yes, that is the same D’Amore of TNA/Impact Wrestling fame. Ross once again goes over the recent Tag Team Title changes. Scott grounds D’Amore on the mat and works the arm. Ross then says that the Steiners will compete in the Stars & Stripes Challenge as we hear from the Steiners as they talk about slamming Yokozuna. Scott kills D’Amore with a full nelson suplex then Apollo tags in an knees Rick but ends up getting slugged down and clotheslined. Rick rams Apollo into the corner and tags out as Scott hits the Steiner Screwdriver that looked as devastating as ever then the Steiners use a Doomsday Bulldog for the win (2:40).
Thoughts: A showcase for the Steiners to toss dudes around so they come off as formidable challengers to slam Yokozuna. The Steiner Screwdriver Scott hit here was just brutal to watch.
Mr. Hughes w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Mike Collins
An older lady in the front row yells at Whippleman & Hughes as Heenan refers to her as Sensational Sherri. Hughes drops Collins with a lifting chokehold then catches him and hits three straight backbreakers before slamming him down. Hughes follows with a vertical suplex as Heenan still does not think that anyone can slam Yokozuna then Hughes spikes Collins with a sidewalk slam (1:40). Ross tells us Marty Jannetty is in action next.
Thoughts: This was the best Hughes has looked in a squash match. He was quicker and had a more impactful offense.
Marty Jannetty vs. Rock Werner
Ross says that Men on a Mission are coming up later in the show. Marty works the arm to start. He then trips up Werner and uses a front facelock as Ross talks about Marty wanting another shot at the Intercontinental Title. Marty goes back to the arm as the announcers talk about Marty’s surging popularity and that he popular with the ladies. Werner cheap shots Marty on a break but Marty fights back. Marty drills Werner with a super kick as Ross tells us he’s one of the most exciting wrestlers you will ever see. Marty then catches Werner with a powerslam before tossing him outside where he heads out and slams his head off of the apron. Marty tosses Werner back inside and hits a Rocker Dropper then goes up top with the flying fist drop and gets the win (3:44).
Thoughts: On commentary they pushed Marty as a house show attraction due to his high-flying offense, even showing his finisher at an angle that made his leap off the top look more impressive, and they implied he would be getting a rematch for the Intercontinental Title.
The announcers introduce us to the clip of Money Inc. talking about Razor Ramon from RAW. Heenan also crapped on Razor for failing to take care of the 1-2-3 Kid so its getting even more clear that Razor is turning face.
1-2-3 Kid defeats Reno Riggins in a match billed from being on RAW that aired originally on this week’s “Superstars.”
We get more ads for the Stars & Stripes Challenge and for SummerSlam.
Barry Hardy & Duane Gill vs. Men on a Mission w/ Oscar
Oscar raps on the way to the ring. Hardy tries a cheap shot on Mo but ends up getting clotheslined over the top rope. Mo then beats on Hardy before tagging out as Mabel hammers away. Mabel shoves Hardy away to block a crossbody then hits a slam. Gill tags in and tries a few clotheslines but runs into a spinning heel kick that popped the crowd then Mo hits a front suplex and Mabel comes off the middle rope with a senton and that gets the win (2:55). Jesus Christ did that look painful for Gill. After the match, Oscar raps and gets the crowd to say “O-hi-o”
Thoughts: Man, once Mabel hit that spinning heel kick the crowd got into this act in a big way. And holy shit did the finish look like it murdered Gill. Bad rapping aside, a solid debut for MoM.
Next week, we will see Tatanka & Smoking Gunns vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & The Headshrinkers. Also, clips from the Stars & Stripes Challenge and more!
Final Thoughts: Again, this was mostly hype for the Stars & Stripes Challenge. We get what looks like a good six-man tag for next week to go along with the fallout of the challenge itself.