WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 26th, 1993

September 26, 1993

From the Saginaw Civic Center in Saginaw, MI

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan, still selling the cold he has after being doused with water by Doink the Clown. And a 108 degree feature.

 

We see the clip from last week’s “Superstars” when Shawn Michaels & Diesel beat down the 1-2-3 Kid in the aisle. However, the Mr. Perfect promo we saw on this week’s “Superstars” was not shown.

 

The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Steve Moore

If Moore looks familiar its because he would later become best known as Al Snow. He’s wearing basic blue trunks here and acting petrified of Undertaker. Match starts with Undertaker taking control as Ross puts over his ability and mean streak. Undertaker hits his rope-walk attack as the announcers hype up future Undertaker/Yokozuna matches. Undertaker continues to beat down Moore then puts him away with the tombstone as Ross wants to know if Undertaker can slam Yokozuna (2:56).

Thoughts: Lots of hype here for a Undertaker/Yokozuna title match, which was odd considering the big angle between them happened this week on “Superstars” and was not even discussed on this show.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. Gary Jackson

Jackson tries to elude Bigelow then catches a kick but is immediately dropped with an enziguiri. Heenan puts over Luna’s beauty as Bigelow eats boot on a charge in the corner. Jackson fires away then ties to knock Bigelow down and ends up running into a dropkick. Bigelow hits a falling headbutt and stays in control until using a flying headbutt for the win (2:39).

Thoughts: Not much going on here as Bigelow sold more than usual and without any mention of his feud against Tatanka it appears that feud is over.

 

Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Red Tyler & Chad Miller

We get some wacky camera work that syncs up with the entrance music of MoM. Match starts with working over Tyler. Heenan tries to make some joke about Jim Nabors rapping as MoM now beats on Miller in the corner. MoM stays in control then Mo Irish whips Miller and Mabel uses a spinning heel kick for the win (2:34).

Thoughts: They tried to present MoM as a possible team to face The Quebecers on RAW for the Tag Team Titles.

 

King’s Court with guest Doink the Clown. We see Doink come out holding two buckets. Doink calls Lawler the “Burger King” as Lawler is pissed. Lawler then asks Doink what happened to SummerSlam and tells us Doink begged him to face Bret Hart but Doink laughs. Doink tells Lawler to relax and have some gum then gets shocked as it was a gag. Lawler then runs down Doink and says he is a court jester who takes orders so Doink asks for a Quarter Pounder with Cheese then says its the wrong place and wants a Whopper with pickles and extra mustard, no cheese or mayo. He keeps the ordering bit going too long then sneaks behind Lawler and dumps a pail of water onto his head as the segment ends. Well, Doink is now a face. The material here was not good but the crowd seemed into Lawler getting doused with water. According to Doink in his shoot interview, Borne said that Vince himself told him he was turning face as a way to slow him down due to Borne’s drug use getting out of control. Borne also said that he had an altercation with Scott Hall after being accused of telling the office that Shawn Michaels was using steroids. Borne denied saying anything about Shawn to the office.

 

John Paul vs. IRS

IRS calls out McGuirk for falsely claiming eight dependents on her tax return last year before proceeding to call the rest of the crowd tax cheats. We get a mild “Irwin” chant as the announcers talk about PJ Walker upsetting IRS last week on RAW. Paul works the arm and nearly puts IRS away with a cradle but IRS fights back and tosses him outside. IRS then beats Paul down and puts him away with the Write Off clothesline as Ross wants to know if IRS can do the same to Razor Ramon (2:35).

Thoughts: The IRS character is tired but he is still involved in a feud with Razor, who is really over as a face.

 

Clips of The Quebecers/Steiners feud as they hype who could be facing The Quebecers for the titles.

 

“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Reno Riggins

Ross puts over Johnny Polo as his new “Radio WWF” co-host. Both men trade arm wringers as the announcers talk about the International tour. Owen then works an armbar on the mat after landing a dropkick as Ross touts the WWF popularity in Germany. Owen now uses a chinlock as the announcers talk about his brother Bret feuding with Lawler. Owen lands a spinning heel kick as Heenan makes fun of Owen & Bret for having big noses. Riggins lands a handspring elbow smash in the corner but Owen fights back. Owen hits another dropkick then a snap suplex but whiffs on another dropkick attempt. Riggins uses a scoop slam for not even a one count but is then caught in a belly-to-belly suplex then Owen hits a missile dropkick before using a Northern lights suplex for the win (3:33).

Thoughts: Solid little match here as Riggins was a good worker but Owen is nothing but the guy who is Bret Hart’s brother and not getting any sort of push.

 

Ludvig Borga vs. Rod Bell

Borga immediately attacks Bell and continues to hammer away as Ross puts him over for being 47-0 with 40 knockouts as a boxer. Heenan gets off of the phone with Lawler to say that Borga will be the guest on “King’s Court” next week and tell the world what he thinks of America and Lex Luger. Borga hits a delayed vertical suplex and follows with an elbow drop as Ross puts over how great it will be when Borga and Luger face off. Borga stays in control then hits a flying clothesline and after that lands a few kidney punches before the torture rack gets the win (3:04). Borga maintains the hold then drops Bell before taunting the crowd. Borga then rips up a Luger sign he took from a fan.

Thoughts: They are trying to get Borga over as a mega heel but he just is not talented enough for the role. This crowd did not appear to give a shit about him.

 

Next week in action are Mr. Perfect, The Headshrinkers, 1-2-3 Kid, Adam Bomb, and Razor Ramon. Also, Ludvig Borga as guest on the “King’s Court.”

 

Final Thoughts: The big segment was King’s Court but besides that nothing of note happened and this crowd was dead, which is a bad sign for the first show of the taping.