October 17, 1993
From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan
We see the end of the Intercontinental Battle Royal from the 10/4 RAW.
Now, we are shown a good amount of the Razor Ramon vs. Rick Martel Intercontinental Title match from the 10/11 edition of RAW
The Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Tom McNeany & Ray Roy
Ross runs down how Diesel and The Steiners will be wrestling later on in the show. Roy takes Prichard over with a hip toss but then falls victim to a sneak attack double-team move. The announcers talk about the Bodies feud with the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express as Heenan puts over the RnR for being one of the hottest teams of the 80’s but are following Cornette around in the hopes he will become their manager. McNeany tags in and gets drilled with a super kick courtesy of Del Ray then soon after that he puts him away with a moonsault block (3:03).
Thoughts: The announcers put over the Bodies/RnR feud and were the only broadcast team to provide any insight or history into the RnR/Cornette feud over the past decade.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We are shown some of Ludvig Borga’s interview from RAW where he was interrupted by Lex Luger then learn of the All-Americans vs. Foreign Fanatics match at the Survivor Series.
The “WWF Unbelievable” ad that tells us not to fall for cheap imitations airs.
Chris Duffy vs. Doink the Clown
Doink comes out on a tricycle with balloons tied to it as his music has changed to the generic carnival music. Doink wipes out Duffy with a tope after Duffy messed with his bike. Doink then has Duffy inside of the ring and beats him down in the corner. The announcers talk about the Doink/Bigelow feud then the upcoming Crush/Randy Savage confrontation on RAW as Doink spikes Duffy with a piledriver then puts him away with a flying sit-down splash (2:39).
Thoughts: Doink is now a babyface aimed at kids complete with balloons and tossing out treats to the crowd. His feud with Bigelow was pushed as was the Crush/Savage summit.
The debut Jeff Jarrett vignette airs that was first featured on the 10/16 edition of “Superstars.”
PJ Walker vs. Diesel
This is Diesel’s first televised singles match. Heenan says that Perfect should not whine about the past and to mind his business as Diesel turns inside-out with a clothesline. Diesel then hits a gutwrench bomb as Ross says Diesel has made a living beating people up as a bodyguard and a bouncer. Ross also brings up how Walker upset IRS as Diesel stays in control until putting Walker away with a punch to the face (2:48).
Thoughts: Not much of a debut for Diesel but Walker did a strong enough job in taking his offense to make him look like a threat. The knockout punch is tough to pull off as a finisher but with Diesel getting pushed as a bouncer and bodyguard it somewhat makes sense.
Survivor Series Report airs.
Arn Armstrong & Ricky Rich vs. Steiner Brothers
Steiner works the arm of Rich as the announcers talk about the announced matches for the Survivor Series. Ross says those are saying the Steiners will have to go through the Headshrinkers before getting another shot at the titles as the Steiners stay in control. Heenan then suggests the Steiners face the Quebecers under “Michigan Rules” and when asked says it means you need to be unemployed and have no visible means of support then the Steiners put Rich away with a Doomsday Bulldog (2:23).
Thoughts: Heenan’s dig about Michigan made me laugh as the Steiners are still being pushed as eventually recapturing the Tag Team belts once The Quebecers give them a return match.
Next week in action are Ludvig Borga, Smoking Gunns, Mr. Perfect, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Tatanka. Plus, The Quebecers as guests on the “King’s Court.
Final Thoughts: Once again, the key segments on this show were originally shown elsewhere as Challenge is a mostly skippable show.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: WWF All-American Wrestling 10/17/93, WWF Monday Night RAW 10/18/93
Thursday: PW Torch’s Wade Keller interview with Jon Moxley
Thursday: WWF Superstars 10/23/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/24/93
Friday: WWF Monday Night RAW 10/25/93
Saturday: WWF Superstars 10/30/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/31/93
Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 11/1/93
Monday: WWF Superstars 11/6/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/7/93
Tuesday: WWF All-American Wrestling 11/7/93, WWF Monday Night RAW 11/8/93