WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 17th, 1994

July 17, 1994

From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase

 

Mabel vs. Tony DeVito

Oscar is absent once again. Mabel shrugs off some punches before dropping DeVito with a clothesline. Mabel follows with a vertical suplex then uses a spinning heel kick before a leg drop gets the win (1:15).

Thoughts: Quick match to put over Mabel’s size and ability.

 

SummerSlam Report with Todd Pettengill. Same as we saw on “Superstars.”

 

Adam Bomb vs. Reno Riggins

The announcers talk about Bomb breaking away from Harvey Whippleman, which took place several weeks ago. Bomb shoves down Riggins a few times but Riggins fights back. Bomb catches Riggins with a clothesline then follows with a slam and a standing dropkick. Bomb backs Riggins into the corner as the announcers talk about the World Heavyweight Title match at SummerSlam. Bomb then catches Riggins with a powerslam then puts him away with a pumphandle drop (2:40).

Thoughts: Even as a face Bomb is still without any sort of feud. He had a mini feud with Kwang & Whippleman which was followed up as well as Cesaro breaking away from Jack Swagger & Zeb Coulter from 2014. Bomb did some cool moves here and with the depth the way it is and how it would get worse you’d at least think the company would push him a bit rather than throwing him out to fill time so the announcers can hype the Bret vs. Owen match.

 

WWF Live Event News segment hyping the Summer Sizzler Tour.

 

The announcers plug the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” with Yokozuna on the cover and an article on Adam Bomb, who returned to ground zero.

 

WWF Tag Team Title Match: Well Dunn w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. The Headshrinkers (c) w/ Afa & Capt. Lou Albano

Lane wants to know if there is any team that can stop The Headshrinkers. Well Dunn attacks the champs from behind but The Headshrinkers fight back. Well gets dumped outside as Fatu works over Dunn. Fatu pops right up after he gets hit with a DDT then Well tags in after some hesitation. Samu is also in now and Well cheap shots him in the corner. Well talks trash but gets decked then hit with a gutwrench suplex. The Headshrinkers stay in control until Well Dunn uses some illegal double-teaming on Fatu. Well Dunn cut the ring in half and talk a lot of the trash but the crowd does not care. Well hits a flying back elbow smash for just a one count then Fatu comes back with a double clothesline and tags out. Samu runs wild then Well gets dumped and Fatu tags and puts Dunn away with a top rope splash (5:10) *1/2.

Thoughts: The action was fine but I cannot imagine anyone on this planet thinking Well Dunn even deserved to be in a title match, let alone having a chance against The Headshrinkers.
The WWF New Generation ad airs.

 

Crush w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Mark Thomas

DiBiase puts over his Corporation and that leads to a conversation about Lex Luger as Lane does not believe Luger will join. Crush now has a red singlet. Crush catches Thomas with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker after a reversal sequence as DiBiase promises Luger will be his once and for all.  Crush hits a flying forearm smash to Thomas’ back that lacked any sort of force. Crush chops Thomas down then hammers away as DiBiase continues to talk about Luger and how he can lead him to victory this Monday night for the Intercontinental Title. Crush hits a press slam and uses a leg drop for the win (2:41). Crush waves the Japanese flag after the match.

Thoughts: Most of the focus was on whether or not Luger would in fact join DiBiase’s corporation. Zero mention of the Luger/Crush feud though as Luger has moved on while Crush has nothing to do.

 

Raymond Rougeau welcomes Virgil to the interview platform. Before bringing him out, he did mention Virgil would be facing Nikolai Volkoff on next week’s show. Rougeau asks Virgil about being able to confront his former employer and Virgil cannot wait. However, Virgil said he will be facing a man he once respected in Volkoff as he came all the way to Russia with his family but no matter how hard you have fallen that DiBiase will drag you deeper into the gutter. DiBiase leaves to confront Virgil then we see Volkoff behind him as Virgil is stumbling all over his promo. DiBiase tells Virgil to stop running his mouth and that he even spoiled Virgil by allowing him to eat in the kitchens of the finest restaurants, slept in the basement of the finest hotels, and drive his car and did not even say thanks. DiBiase calls Volkoff grateful and how Volkoff was even able to afford second-hand shoes for his family and that his family is up to two meals a day now due to his help. DiBiase then tells Virgil you do not cross him without paying the price and that next week, Volkoff will extract that price. This went on for far too long and for a match that no one cares about. Virgil had to keep on talking and it ended up being a terrible promo and Volkoff has zero heat so its not like the fans can overlook what Virgil was saying and be sold on the match because the heel had heat.

 

The debut Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz vignette airs.

 

Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Todd Mata

Droese overpowers Mata as Lane said Droese told him about wanting to face Jerry Lawler. Droese applies a chin lock as he yells about coming after Lawler. Mata cheap shots Droese in the corner but eats boot on a charge. Droese follows with a clothesline then hits a snap suplex before saying its time to take out the trash and uses a corkscrew elbow drop for the win (1:56).

Thoughts: They are still hyping up the Lawler/Droese feud as they tease a match taking place.

 

Recap of the events leading to The Undertaker vs. The Undertaker match at SummerSlam.

 

IRS vs. Chris Kanyon

IRS yells at the crowd then both men trade hammerlocks. Lane asks DiBiase if he is nervous about SummerSlam but DiBiase says he has The Undertaker and how we’ve never seen The Undertaker with Bearer. IRS drops Kanyon with a back elbow smash and takes control of the match. Kanyon surprises IRS with a sunset flip for a nearfall but IRS stomps away then locks on an abdominal stretch. IRS now targets the legs and hits a suplex before the Penalty gets the win (2:56). Lane then puts over Ken Patera vs. Ivan Putski as the Memory Lane match this weekend on “All-American Wrestling.”

Thoughts: More talk of The Undertaker vs. The Undertaker match at SummerSlam. They also plugged the Memory Lane match for All-American as well.

 

Another WWF Live Event News segment to hype the Summer Sizzler tour.

 

Next week in action are Razor Ramon, Doink the Clown, Yokozuna, and Owen Hart. Plus, the featured match of Nikolai Volkoff vs. Virgil.

 

Final Thoughts: This was one of the weaker title matches on WWF syndicated TV history and it had a crappy segment between lower midcarders to build towards next week’s featured match as this show really highlighted the lack of depth on the roster.