May 29, 1994
From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA
Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase
Duke Droese is shown inside of a dumpster telling us that the route has stopped here and hypes his Challenge debut. DiBiase also tells us he has made contact with The Undertaker and by this time next week will be in direct contact with him then he laughs.
Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Tony DeVito
DiBiase is disgusted by Droese as Lane said Droese is proud of his honest job. Droese runs over DeVito and follows with a clothesline as DiBiase cannot stand the stench. Droese stays in control then catches him with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for the win (1:51). At least Droese hit this cleanly unlike his debut on “Superstars.”
Thoughts: On commentary we had DiBiase ragging on Droese for being happy over his profession which is apparently the WWF’s way of getting sympathy and making Droese relatable to fans. Can’t imagine why it didn’t end up working.
An ad hyping up the Bret Hart vs. Diesel title match for the King of the Ring PPV.
Raymond Rougeau welcomes Diesel to the ring. He then asks Diesel if he was surprised about Bret accepting his challenge. Diesel puts over Bret’s wrestling ability and the fact he is a fighting champion. However, Diesel noted a hint of apprehension in Bret’s voice when he accepted the match because no one can match his strength and agility. Diesel then calls himself the “force of the 90’s” and says he is here to stay. Not much of a promo although since Diesel referred to himself as “Big Daddy Cool” a few times so its clear the company wants that nickname to stick.
Smoking Gunns vs. Derec Domino & Jim Massenger
DiBiase predicts Diesel will become the new champion. Bart bounces off of Massenger but comes back with a drop toehold. Bart then scoops him up for a slam then Massenger tags out as Bart works the arm of Domino. The Gunns stay in control as the announcers talk about the title match at the PPV after DiBiase talks about the Gunns not being so big. Bart holds up Domino for a vertical suplex as Billy hits a dropkick then soon after that the Gunns hit the Sidewinder for the win (3:22). Lane says that Lex Luger, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Crush will all be in action later on in the show.
Thoughts: The Gunns are an act used to fill time on TV so the announcers can put over other happenings in the promotion. I mean there is a lack of heel teams anyway but the Gunns have always been presented in this manner.
WWF Live Event News segment hyping the D-Day Challenge.
Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Tim McNeany
Lane says Luger is distraught over not being in the King of the Ring Tournament then said he will get revenge on Crush. Crush shrugs off some punches then drops McNeany. Crush then catches McNeany with a chokeslam and follows that up with a thrust kick. We then see Yokozuna in an insert as Jim Cornette talks and hypes up the Tag Team Title match at the PPV. Crush stays in control then drops McNeany with a press slam before a leg drop gets the win (2:20). Crush then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker after the match and holds up a Lex Luger American Flag t-shirt that he puts on McNeany. Crush now waves the Japanese flag as Lane said Luger is watching this backstage and that Crush will end up paying.
Thoughts: Some basic hype for the Tag Team Title match at the PPV. Speaking of that, last week’s “Something to Wrestle With” podcast was on Yokozuna. Bruce Prichard said Yokozuna was deemphasized at this time to give him a break by being in tag matches and to keep him in the background a bit due to the next singles feud he will be having soon.
Replay of the Traffic cop telling us about his Undertaker sighting.
Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. Tony Roy
Bigelow hammers away in the corner as we hear from Razor Ramon in an insert promo hyping up his first round match against Bigelow in the KotR. Bigelow drops Roy with an enziguiri then hits a few falling headbutts and gets the win (0:54). Luna comes in the match and starts kicking Roy but we then see Alundra Blayze run in and beat on Luna. Blayze then picks up Luna and was supposed to toss her onto Bigelow but ends up dropping Luna into Bigelow’s arm. Bigelow heads in and moves toward Blayze for a distraction but Blayze avoids the attack and Luna accidentally clotheslines Bigelow.
Thoughts: Nice to see the Blayze/Luna feud brought back on TV. Luna was battling a hand injury that made her unavailable for the “WrestleMania Revenge” tour. They also hyped up the Razor/Bigelow match at the PPV.
King of the Ring Report airs.
Lex Luger vs. Reno Riggins
Luger works over Riggins as DiBiase says Luger has all the potential but just needs some guidance and to stop whining and crying. We now hear from Crush in an insert promo saying that Luger makes him sick and will need to figure out to survive on the WrestleMania Revenge tour. Luger tosses Riggins into the corner then runs wild and shows some intensity as the crowd is invested. Luger then hits a powerslam then uses the Rebel Rack for the win as DiBiase still goes on about Luger needing to stop whining in order to reach his potential (2:08). Luger then flexes as he gets a spotlight while Lane lists off dates of house shows and TV tapings in rapid-fire fashion.
Thoughts: The way DiBiase was talking about Luger here, and he did it the same about the 1-2-3 Kid a week or rwo ago, you expect DiBiase to attempt and buy off Luger into what appears to be a newly created stable that is in the works. And at the least you would take the commentary as hints Luger could just turn heel on his own accord since the guy can’t win a big match playing by the rules.
The Quebecers w/ Johnny Polo vs. Steve King & Paul Van Dale
Again, Van Dale is the father of current WWE Superstar Carmella. The announcers talk about the Lawler/Piper feud as The Quebecers beat down King using some impressive double-team moves. Funny moment as DiBiase brings up author Stephen King and said he has read that goof’s novels and that they are terrible. Van Dale is in now and gets beaten down as the announcers talk about Jimmy Del Ray’s awful dancing and what happened in the 1-2-3 Kid vs. Adam Bomb match on “Superstars” with Lane saying Kwang seemed to intentionally spray mist into Bomb’s eyes. The Quebecers stay in control as the announcers do some lame bit with Lane “spilling” coffee on DiBiase’s coat then the Quebecers put Van Dale away with the Boston Crab/Flying leg drop combo (2:44). The Quebecers then clear their opponents from the ring.
Thoughts: The announcers talked about other things going on here and it made sense since Jacques gave his notice and would be gone in a few weeks. This was the final match on Challenge for The Quebecers.
WWF Live Event news showing what took place at the WrestleMania Revenge tour show at Madison Square Garden.
Next week in action are Razor Ramon, IRS, Jeff Jarrett, The Headshrinkers, Doink the Clown, and The Heavenly Bodies. Plus, an interview with Owen Hart
Final Thoughts: The only exclusive segment was the Diesel interview and that was not anything special. Besides that it was all hype for the PPV and other TV storylines as the PPV is just a few weeks away.