WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 24th, 1993

October 24, 1993

From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan. Ross tells us that Savage was “seriously injured” and will be out of action for quite some time. A far cry from Vince on RAW telling us he just lacerated his tongue and will be fine.

This week in action are Bam Bam Bigelow, Tatanka, and Mr. Perfect. Plus, The Quebecers as guest on the “King’s Court.”

 

Ludvig Borga vs. Scott King

King gets attacked before his name is announced. Borga side slams King then yells at the crowd as Ross puts over Borga vs. Tatanka next week on “Superstars” then Borga puts King away with a torture rack (2:33). Borga keeps the hold on after the bell then tosses King down as Ross puts over Borga for being part of the Survivor Series co-main event.

Thoughts: The Borga mega-push continues as his match against Tatanka next week on “Superstars” is pushed as the battle of the undefeated.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as the Update segment from “Superstars” where we hear from those already announced as part of the Survivor Series. Hayes then tells us the Smoking Gunns are up next.

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Barry Hardy & Bert Centeno

Billy decks Hardy after an Irish whip sequence then drops an elbow as Ross talks about the Gunns gaining popularity and how they took a lot of calls while guests on Radio WWF. The Gunns now work over Centeno as the announcers talk them up as crowd favorites then the Gunns put Centeno away with a back drop/Piledriver combo (3:11). And Centeno was lucky Bart caught him as that could have ended really bad.

Thoughts: The announcers were trying to push the Gunns as these crowd favorites but the problem with that is they were not really over much with the crowds and never positioned as anything other than tag team depth.

 

The “WWF Unbelievable” ad with the baby crying until she turns on WWF airs.

 

Adam Bomb w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Mike Davis

Bomb talks about ground zero as we see the explosion graphic from his vignette on the screen. Bomb beats down Davis as Ross calls Whippleman and Johnny Polo “crooks.” Bomb stays in control as Heenan mentions Polo being the host of Radio WWF as Ross begs to differ. Bomb then hits a back suplex then uses a flying clothesline for the win (1:31). Heenan talks about the King’s Court being up next then we see Bomb hit Davis with the Atom Smasher then Giant Gonzalez comes out to the ring wearing street clothes, dressed like the Fonz, as Bomb & Whippleman bail. Shit, could have had him called “Giant Fonzalez” with Vince spouting off Fonz’s catchphrases like a lunatic on commentary. Now that sounds like a winner!

Thoughts: I have zero recollection of Gonzalez ever doing this and I cannot imagine how bad a Bomb vs. Gonzalez match would have been. To the best of my knowledge this was the final appearance of Gonzalez.

 

King’s Court with guests The Quebecers & Johnny Polo. Lawler talks about Canada being the home of Bret Hart and his cowardly family but has found some Canadians he respects then brings out The Quebecers, with Polo. Lawler puts The Quebecers for fighting tough teams like Barry Horowitz & 1-2-3 Kid and puts them over for being great. Lawler now wants to know what is next as Polo tells Horowitz as soon as Reno Riggins is healthy they can get another shot at the belts. Polo promises the Steiners will get a title shot as Jacques says all teams will get a shot and have their eyes on “Macho Man & Macho Midget” and “Paul Bearer & Owen Hart” but the Men on a Mission interrupt. Lawler tells them this isn’t “Soul Train” as Oscar cuts a terrible rap asking for a title shot. Polo said he doesn’t want to bypass other teams but Polo accepts when being challenged as non-fighting champions. Jacques gets mad then the Quebecers huddle with Polo before officially accepting as the match will take place next week. Lawler tried to get heat but this went on for far too long before Men on a Mission interrupted.

 

Mr. Perfect vs. Scott Taylor

Perfect grounds Taylor then slaps him on the back of the head. Heenan predicts Diesel will roll over Perfect and make him roadkill as Ross hypes up next week’s Tag Team Title match. Taylor dropkicks Perfect but gets roughed up after that as the announcers talk up the Tag Team Title match. Perfect now works the leg then puts Taylor away with the Perfect Plex (1:57).

Thoughts: Some hype for the Perfect/Diesel feud and for next week’s Tag Team Title match.

 

The Jeff Jarrett vignette from “Superstars” airs.

 

Tatanka vs. Duane Gill

Heenan claims that Tatanka’s grandfather was a coward as Tatanka works over Gill. Ross says Tatanka is proud of his heritage as Heenan makes fun of Tatanka’s wardrobe. Tatanka now fires up as Ross wishes Savage a speedy recovery then Tatanka uses a Samoan drop for the win (1:50).

Thoughts: Heenan spent most of the match cracking ethnic jokes at Tatanka’s expense.

 

Survivor Series Report airs.

 

Jerry Seavey vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon

The announcers talk about the new Survivor Series announced this week as Bigelow slams Seavey. They now go over the Survivor Series match rules as Bigelow beats down Seavey until putting him away with an enziguiri (1:32).

Thoughts: Just basic Survivor Series hype here.

 

Next week, we will see footage of Crush attacking Randy Savage. Also, The Quebecers defend the Tag Team Titles against Men on a Mission. Plus, Razor Ramon as guest on the “King’s Court” and more.

 

Final Thoughts: They built up for a Tag Team Title match for next week but besides that not much else happened on this show that we did not see already on other programming. However, its Sweeps time so the syndicated shows will get featured matches and more angles as the Survivor Series build continues.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:

 

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

Wednesday: WWF Superstars 11/13/93, WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/14/93

Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries 1983 WWE Timeline with Don Muraco

Thursday: WWF All-American Wrestling 11/14/93, WWF Monday Night RAW 11/15/93