WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 17th, 1994

April 17, 1994

From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY

Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase

This week in action are Yokozuna, Doink the Clown, The Quebecers, Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, and Adam Bomb.

 

Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. Joey Stallings

DiBiase says that Yokozuna got screwed over at WrestleMania and that Bret Hart deliberately loosened the middle rope so Yokozuna would slip. Yokozuna shoves Stallings down and overpowers him while taking plenty of rests in between attacks. We get a mild “USA” chant then Yokozuna hits a belly-to-belly suplex before the Bonzai Drop gets the win (2:09). The camera zooms in on Yokozuna’s face as DiBiase believes Yokozuna will get a title rematch.

Thoughts: Based on commentary they were talking like Yokozuna would be getting a rematch but he only got one the following month during the Japan tour. And Yoko’s conditioning remains an issue.

 

The announcers plug an article on Diesel inside of “WWF Magazine.” They continue to build him up.

 

We see the “Heartbreak Hotel” with guest Bret Hart from the 4/9/94 edition of “Superstars.” Showing week-old stuff makes this show seem really behind the times. Even “All-American” was using stuff shown that same week.

 

Doink the Clown w/ Dink vs. Austin Steele

DiBiase says that Jarrett will get revenge on Doink and even on Dink too. Doink takes control early as the announcers now talk about the Heartbreak Hotel as Dink runs around the ring. Doink stays in control with some assistance from Dink then nearly puts him away with an elbow drop. The announcers are talking about the Doink/Jarrett feud then soon after that Doink uses the stump puller for the win (3:03). We get some wackiness in the ring from Doink & Dink after the match.

Thoughts: This might have been the first time Apollo used the stump puller as a finisher while portraying Doink. Anyway, they are pushing Doink/Jarrett as a feud. While Jarrett is a solid midcard heel at this point the same cannot be said for the Doink & Dink act, which becomes less effective with each passing week.

 

Live Event News segment to plug the WrestleMania Revenge Tour.

 

The “WWF Unbelievable” ad airs where the President of the United States is heard watching RAW inside of Air Force One.

 

We get the announcers talk about Adam Bomb’s video game review inside of “WWF Magazine” and how it helps him improve hand-and-eye coordination. Might be the first time the WWF used video games to push a character and you’d figure that would be for a babyface gimmick.

 

Adam Bomb w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Terry Thomas

The announcers talk about Bomb vs. Razor Ramon next week. Bomb drops Thomas with a shoulder tackle then catches him with a side slam. Bomb pulls up Thomas after a two count following an elbow drop then roughs him up in the corner. Bomb stays in control until he misses a charge but he rebounds and is able to take Thomas outside. Bomb heads out and slams Thomas on the floor then puts him away with a slingshot clothesline (2:17).

Thoughts: They built up Bomb for his match against Razor. However, he looked a lot slower than usual and the action here was messy. Anyway, based off of the magazine cover its clear he will be getting some sort of push.

 

We see another Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vignette. This time he is on his garbage route. He says at 6’6 and 305 lbs he only takes garbage when he chooses too and for the other WWF superstars to watch out because he is en route………….to the WWF. This was a really bad promo. But, with all of the monster heels they did need some babyfaces for them to face.

 

1-2-3 Kid vs. Ben Jordan

A pair of former GWF Light Heavyweight Champions are facing off against each other here. DiBiase says he is disgusted by Droese. Jordan takes Kid down with an arm drag as DiBiase says he can make Kid into a star because they both never underestimate their opponents. Jordan uses another arm drag but Kid grabs a side headlock as DiBiase says Kid needs to go in for the kill. Kid now works the arm as DiBiase yells for him to go in for the kill. Jordan lands a few knee smashes but runs into a spinning heel kick. Kid then hits a running leg drop and a suplex that gets two. More kicks in the corner from Kid but Jordan thumbs him in the eye and chokes him out in the ropes. Jordan slams Kid then heads up as the crowd chants for Kid then Kid cuts Jordan off with a dropkick. Kid heads up for a super butterfly suplex and the win (3:06).

Thoughts: Decent little match here. It was interesting on commentary to hear DiBiase talk up Kid then says he just needs a killer instinct in order to make it near the top. It came out of nowhere to be honest to all of a sudden praise a babyface when he had been ragging on them for the most part.

 

More tax tips from IRS. Really, the same we saw on “Superstars.”

 

An ad to hype Bret Hart vs. Kwang for Monday Night RAW.

 

The Quebecers w/ Johnny Polo vs. Virgil & Troy Conyers

Lane brings up to DiBiase how Virgil was his former bodyguard as DiBiase says he is trying to forget about that. The Quebecers double-team Virgil to start but Virgil fights back. Virgil gets a two count off of a crossbody on Pierre then tags Conyers and they get a one count with a double back drop. Pierre immediately clotheslines Conyers and then The Quebecers take control of the match. The announcers now talk about The Headshrinkers possibly facing The Quebecers as Conyers gets put away with an assisted senton (2:51).

Thoughts: They pushed the idea of The Headshrinkers facing The Quebecers soon on commentary. Solid double-team work by The Quebecers too. DiBiase’s line about Virgil was amusing.

 

An ad for the WWF Greetings on Call airs.

 

Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vs. Chris Hamrick

DiBiase jokes about sending a greetings on call to Joey Stallings. Plugg works the arm as the announcers talk about the Doink/Jarrett feud once again. Plugg stays in control as now DiBiase goes on about Plugg not having the killer instinct then Plugg uses the Pit Stop Plunge for the win (2:12).

Thoughts: And just like Kid, we hear DiBiase praise Plugg for being talented but also lacking the killer instinct. They also talked briefly about Plugg’s part in the Doink/Jarrett feud.

 

An ad hyping WrestleMania X airs.

 

Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Mike Maraldo & Derec Domino

DiBiase takes about Cornette taking average teams and making them champions because he gives them the killer instinct. Nice little dig at Lane there. The Bodies work over Maraldo to start as the announcers talk about the volatile tag team division situation. Maraldo crawls through Prichard’s legs and tags out as Domino briefly runs wild until he gets kicked in the face. The Bodies now beat on Domino then Del Ray hits a moonsault block for the win (3:25).

Thoughts: They are still reestablishing the Bodies into the Tag Team division as they are back in the fold. However, they are not over but at least provide depth to a roster that needs some talented workers.

 

Another Live Event News segment airs hyping the WrestleMania Revenge tour.

 

Next week in action are Earthquake, Diesel, and Lex Luger. Plus, an interview with Jeff Jarrett and more from Duke Droese.

 

A music video closes out the show. Its a generic uptempo rock song set to highlights from this show.

 

Final Thoughts: They pushed some storylines on commentary but again the lack of exclusive content makes this a skippable show. Even “All-American” has more exclusives than this show does now, which like I’ve mentioned before was primarily due to the fact Challenge was being dropped from syndication at a rapid rate around the country.