WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 21st, 1994

August 21, 1994

From the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, OH

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Ted DiBiase

In action this week are The Undertaker, Bob Backlund, The Headshrinkers, and Lex Luger


Lex Luger vs. Mike Salleto

DiBiase claims the reason he is not with Luger at ringside is that Luger only needs his advice and not is hand held. Luger works over Salleto as DiBiase says he is sick of hearing that Luger “sold out” and just signed a contract. DiBiase apologizes for embarrassing Luger by giving him money on RAW then hear from Tatanka in an insert promo saying he will prove to the world how Luger sold out at SummerSlam. Luger hits a vertical suplex then a running clothesline before the running forearm smash gets the win (1:52). Ross then hypes Luger vs. Crush on Sunday Night Slam as Luger poses with the spotlight on and a fireworks display.

Thoughts: More of DiBiase claiming he has Luger signed despite Luger denying. We also had some hype for Luger vs. Crush on “Sunday Night Slam.”


WWF Live Event News segment hyping the Summer Sizzler tour.


Bob Backlund vs. Ron Cumberledge

Backlund gets booed by the crowd as DiBiase is happy Backlund is finally doing what it takes to win. Backlund works the arm to start then we hear from him in an insert promo angry over being compared to today’s wrestling. Backlund stays in control then locks on the crossface chicken wing for the win (1:38). Backlund keeps the hold on while screaming and yelling then finally breaks and starts celebrating as Ross wants to now what happened to Backlund.

Thoughts: Backlund is being shaped as the anti-New Generation heel as these young whippersnappers apparently caused him to snap. Backlund’s transition into his new role has been a good one.


The Headshrinkers w/ Capt. Lou Albano vs. Chad Miller & Ben Jordan

No idea on Afa’s whereabouts. The announcers knock the MLB strike as The Headshrinkers work over Jordan. DiBiase tells us that his team will win at SummerSlam as Jordan dropkicks Samu over the top rope. Samu comes in and plants Jordan then hits a gutwrench bomb in the corner. Fatu tags and no-sells a DDT before hitting a side slam. The Headshrinkers now work over Miller then Fatu puts him away with a top rope splash (2:37).

Thoughts: Some hype for the Tag Team title match at SummerSlam, which just might be the least hyped match on the card. The tag division was quite poor at this time and was not about to get better. There were even reports that the WWE wanted to sign Konnan around this time and give him Chris Benoit as a tag partner. However, Konnan declined and it was later reported the company had not even reached out to Benoit during this time.


We get the Owen Hart interview inside of the cage from “Superstars.”


Sparky Plugg vs. Barry Horowitz

Horowitz attacks Plugg from behind then skies him with a back drop. Plugg reverses an Irish whip then hits a dropkick and starts working the arm. The announcers talk about the Bret/Owen match for SummerSlam as Plugg continues to work the arm. Horowitz backs Plugg into the corner but eats boot on a charge then soon after that Plugg uses a flying body press for the win (1:58).

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about the Steel Cage match on the PPV.


The first few Leslie Nielsen bits are shown.


SummerSlam Report airs.


Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Sonny Rogers & Butch Banks

Both announcers agree that Yokozuna is scared of The Undertaker as Del Ray plants Rogers with a thrust kick. Banks tags in and fires away on Prichard but runs into a thrust kick. Prichard then hits a slam and an elbow drop as Ross says he’d like to see The Bodies wrestle the winner of the Tag Team Title match at SummerSlam. Prichard then hits a powerbomb and after that Del Ray hits a moonsault for the win (2:00).

Thoughts: They were trying to portray the Bodies as a team in title contention but they were not over enough despite being a solid team. They also talked about the Yokozuna/Undertaker storyline that is primed to be revisited after SummerSlam.


Bearer’s comments from the cemetery are shown. After that they cut to the announcers as DiBiase flips out over Bearer not producing anything and promises his Undertaker will destroy whatever Bearer brings to the ring. DiBiase then leaves to accompany his Undertaker to the ring. Despite the feud not working at all I have always appreciated DiBiase on the mic.


The Undertaker w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Mitch Bishop

Undertaker boots Bishop before taking him down with a throat thrust. He then chokes Bishop out in the corner as Ross talks about Nielsen solving the Undertaker mystery at SummerSlam while Ross says he has always been impressed by Undertaker’s athleticism. Undertaker then hits a chokeslam then even uses a back suplex before choking Bishop out once again. Undertaker hits a flying clothesline then DiBiase calls out for a tombstone and Undertaker hits that for the win (2:55). Ross wonders what will happen at SummerSlam and if there will be two Undertakers.

Thoughts: No crowd heat at all for this match despite how pushed this program was not just on WWF TV but also as part of their sponsorship from Domino’s Pizza.


Another WWF Live Event news segment on the Summer Sizzler tour.


The announcers run down the Sunday Night Slam card. We then hear from Crush as he talks about running over Luger then promises to knock DiBiase out if he tries to interfere. Crush delivered that line not in a way that was a subtle hint at a babyface turn but rather a way to state Luger has already signed with DiBiase to add fuel to that fire.


The Joey Marella tribute video airs.


Final Thoughts: Without any exclusive segments, Challenge was completely skippable this week. They are building up all the matches to SummerSlam but some of the bigger storylines are just not clicking with the top one outright bombing. Anyway, we are now just 8 days away from the PPV so do not expect much from next week’s programming.