February 27, 1994
From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Stan Lane
This week we will see Owen Hart vs. Bart Gunn. Also in action are Doink, Thurman Plugg, Kwang, and Men on a Mission. Plus, an interview with Crush.
Doink the Clown w/ Dink vs. Barry Horowitz
The announcers talk about Fan Fest then the Doink & Dink vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon match at WrestleMania. Horowitz avoids a charge in the corner but Doink stopped short then attacked from behind. Doink hits a back suplex then works the arm on the mat as we hear from Bigelow & Luna in an insert promo hyping up their match at WrestleMania. Doink now hits a back drop then a powerslam before the flying sit-down splash gets the win (2:24).
Thoughts: We got another mention about the Fan Fest but most of the focus was on the Doink & Dink vs. Bigelow & Luna tag match at WrestleMania and how its being hyped up as a wacky match due to the involvement of Dink and Luna.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We get more talk about the Bret/Owen feud with Lord Alfred holding up Hart Family photos (Our Lordship said they were given to him by Owen) as it focuses on Bret putting his hands on Owen to prove that Bret was always trying to overshadow him, even accusing Stu of getting in on the act. We then hear the same promos we heard from Superstars from both Owen and Bret. Again, the heel Lord Alfred stuff does not fit and really does not help at all since he is just been a heel the past few months and only in these segments. Its not like an established heel doing this that could give Owen a little bit of a rub. But regardless, this angle rocks.
Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Brian Walsh
Walsh takes Kwang over with a monkey flip but misses a flying leg drop. Kwang hits a throat thrust then poses after a spinning heel kick. Kwang then sprays his mist in the air and hits a back drop before a spinning heel kick gets the win (1:29). Whippleman tells us that Kwang is the wrestler of the 90’s.
Thoughts: Another win to build up Kwang, who is still not over in the slightest. At least he has cut out most of the unnecessary posing.
Clips of Luger confronting Yokozuna on last week’s “Funeral Parlor.”
Little Richard Promo airs.
WrestleMania X Report, which was the same as we saw from “Superstars.”
“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Bart Gunn
Before the match, Owen tears up his glasses in front of a young kid. They battle against the ropes for a bit then Owen works the arm. We get an Irish whip sequence ending after Bart catches Owen with a drop toe hold then Bart goes to work on the arm. Owen escapes and chops away then catches Bart with an enziguiri. Owen lands a few uppercuts then connects with a spinning heel kick that gets two. The announcers talk about the Bret vs. Owen match and if it will take too much out of Bret for his title match as the crowd chants for Bret. Well, a mild chant anyway. Bart avoids a charge in the corner and fights back and runs wild briefly but does a lot of dumb posing then Owen floats over on a suplex attempt and takes Bart down with a Russian leg sweep before turning Bart over for the Sharpshooter and the win (4:50) *3/4. Owen taunts the crowd using his brother Bret’s mannerisms as we see a fan hold up a sign that reads “O-wimp” that looks like it was made by someone in the WWF.
Thoughts: A couple of nice sequences but it was mostly a slow-paced match in front of a quiet crowd. Owen did look strong here and took most of the match and was positioned as someone a lot higher on the card than Bart. Owen did get some heat at the end.
We get an ad for the WWF Fan Fest.
Crush & Mr. Fuji come down to the ring to get interviewed by Raymond Rougeau. Crush thanks WWF President Jack Tunney for giving him a match that could end the career of Randy Savage. Crush then tells the fans he was once Savage’s best friend and got stabbed in the back in many ways as Gorilla says that was a lie. Crush also brings up Savage sitting back and letting Yokozuna hit him with four Bonzai Drops while he sat by then Crush also talks about Savage jumping him from behind by coming out from the curtains at the Royal Rumble. Crush then says Savage’s “cold, stinking, dark, cowardly” heart is what makes Savage dishonorable as the camera zooms in on his face. Crush then snatches the Japanese flag from Fuji and waves it around fast. I didn’t think Crush did a bad job here but the over-exaggerated Hawaiian accent they had him use took away from his demeanor.
Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Chris Duffy
We see Nikolai Volkoff in his suit bopping around to Oscar’s rap. It was certainly a sight to see. Lane jokes that Sharpe has been around since the beginning of time. Mabel shoves down Sharpe a few times as the announcers talk about the celebrities that will be at WrestleMania, including “Donnie Weinberg” per Gorilla. Sharpe rakes the eyes as Lane corrects Gorilla about Donnie’s last name then Lane says that Garth is “hotter than hot.” Mabel takes care of both men then we hear from The Quebecers & Johnny Polo in an insert promo saying they will be victorious at WrestleMania. Mabel stays in control then Mo bulldogs Mabel on top of Duffy for the win (1:47). After the match, Mabel moves Duffy’s hands to the music in a funny bit.
Thoughts: The match was a complete showcase for Mabel and Mo did not even do anything until the finish. They hyped up the Tag Title match at WrestleMania as well.
Next week in action are Jeff Jarrett, Earthquake, and The Headshrinkers. Plus, an interview with Yokozuna and more.
Final Thoughts: With WrestleMania three weeks away the whole show was centered around hyping the PPV. The featured match was alright and the interview from Crush okay to make this a much better than average edition of Challenge.