WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 25th, 1994

September 25, 1994

From the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase

This week, we have the debut of Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz. Also in action are The Headshrinkers, IRS, Duke Droese, Heavenly Bodies, and Razor Ramon.

 

The Headshrinkers w/ Afa & Capt. Lou Albano vs. Tom Stone & Rock Werner

Gorilla hypes an article on cooking from The Headshrinkers inside of “WWF Magazine.” Afa tosses Stone then backs him into the corner. Stone cheap shots Afa as we hear from Shawn Michaels & Diesel in an insert promo telling the Headshrinkers its all over. Werner tags in and The Headshrinkers beat him down as the announcers talk about The Headshrinkers getting a title shot. The Headshrinkers then use a double facebuster before Fatu uses a top rope splash for the win (2:53). Gorilla says The Headshrinkers are more focused than ever.

Thoughts: They hyped up Headshrinkers vs. Shawn & Diesel. However, we will see how that will change soon enough.

 

The Bob Backlund interview from RAW is shown.

 

Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz vs. George Anderson

Schwartz is billed from Cooperstown, NY. He comes out with a ball and glove and to what seems like “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” on a kazoo as his theme. The announcers talk about Backlund as Schwartz lands a few chops. Anderson comes back with a hip toss but whiffs on an elbow drop as Schwartz is back in control. Schwartz pulls up Anderson at the two count after a neckbreaker then tosses Anderson to the floor. Schwartz is then shown in an insert promo saying he will “settle the score” and show why he is the “most valuable player” before beating on Anderson until putting him away with a superplex (2:26).

Thoughts: The crowd did not give a shit about Schwartz and his entrance was amateur hour stuff. The gimmick on RAW sitting in the crowd wasn’t terrible but this was and no offense to Steve Lombardi but he was a limited performer.

 

The Live Event News segment on the “Hart Attack Tour” airs.

 

Razor Ramon vs. Ike Anderson

Razor slaps Anderson then chops away in the corner. Razor takes Anderson out of the corner with a hip toss then uses a fallaway slam as the announcers talk about Shawn costing Diesel the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam with Gorilla saying Shawn was intimidated by Walter Payton. Razor stretches out Anderson as Gorilla says the talk backstage is that their is dissension among Shawn & Diesel but DiBiase says they’re making “too much money” for that to happen. Razor now hits a super back suplex before finishing Anderson off with the Razor’s Edge as DiBiase leaves to prepare IRS for his match (3:22).

Thoughts: Most of the focus here was on Shawn & Diesel as the new story with them is that they are having problems the other wrestlers are seeing in the locker room. However, we’ve not seen it play out that much on TV.

 

The King Kong Bundy return vignette airs.

 

IRS vs. Billy Joe Eaton

IRS tells the crowd that taxes are forever. Eaton surprises IRS with a sunset flip that gets two but IRS quickly tosses him outside. Gorilla says that Bundy is at his biggest size ever while IRS is back to beating down Eaton. Gorilla wonders who will be the next to join the Corporation and said the “WWF Magazine” speculation is that it will be Doink & Dink. DiBiase wants IRS to punish Eaton more and IRS attacks the knee for a bit then uses the Write Off Clothesline for the win (2:11).

Thoughts: This was a backdrop for Gorilla to speculate about the next wrestler to join DiBiase. So, its clear someone else would be joining DiBiase. Weird to think Doink & Dink would be it since they’re feuding with Lawler but with Tatanka turning to join DiBiase they are playing it up how DiBiase can get anyone to turn.

 

We get a video package on the Doink/Lawler feud.

 

Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Red Tyler

Droese backs Tyler into the corner as the announcers talk about upcoming house show matches. DiBiase goes on about Droese smelling bad as Droese grabs a chin lock. Tyler cheap shots Droese in the corner and hammers away but eats boot on a charge. Droese busts out a standing dropkick then says its time to take out the garbage and uses the Trash Compactor for the win (2:38). Droese then gets closeup to the camera lens and spouts some jibberish.

Thoughts: Most of this was hyping upcoming house shows. With Droese’s feud against Lawler over he now has nothing to do but have the heel commentators say that he smells.

 

Jeff Jarrett vs. Gary Scott

DiBiase says that Jarrett’s album keeps selling out as Gorilla says they’ve never been seen in stores. Before the match, Jarrett says he is the world’s greatest singer, entertainer, and wrestler. Scott surprises Jarrett with a fireman’s carry to start. Jarrett drops Scott with a back elbow smash but Scott comes back with a hip toss. Jarrett then hits Scott with a swinging neckbreaker and stomps away as Gorilla teases DiBiase for not having any gold in his corporation. Jarrett sidesteps a dropkick and softens up the leg before applying the figure four and getting the win (2:08).

Thoughts: Fun little squash match here with the announcers talking about “gold” and Jarrett in the ring as he has recently been calling out Razor Ramon.

 

An ad for the “Action Zone” airs.

 

Paul Bearer & The Undertaker hype up the casket matches against Undertaker taking place at upcoming house shows.

 

Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Todd Baker & Butler Stevens

Stevens lands some really pathetic-looking strikes to Prichard but gets taken down. The Bodies drop Stevens with a double super kick and use quick tags to maintain control. We hear from The Bodies & Cornette in an insert promo running down the Smoking Gunns. Baker is in now and gets his ass kicked before the Bodies use a sit-out powerbomb/moonsault combo for the win (3:00).

Thoughts: Hype for the Bodies/Gunns feud and the Bodies looked really good here. They had some cool double-team stuff going on at a time where the tag team division in the WWF was only getting worse by the day.

 

Final Thoughts: Like “Superstars,” this show really spent a lot of time hyping up the house show matches. And with exclusive segments becoming rarer, Challenge was an even more useless show and that will also be magnified in the coming weeks.