WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 20th, 1995

 

August 20, 1995

From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME. Matches here were taped at the 8/15 “Superstars” taping.

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Dok Hendrix

 

We start off with a clip of Shawn Michaels beating Jerry Lawler from RAW then getting attacked by Sid afterwards with Razor Ramon making the save. However, Razor and Shawn had a tug-of-war over the Intercontinental Title belt until Diesel ran down to intervene.

 

Next, we are shown the clip of Henry Godwinn slopping Ted DiBiase from the 8/14 edition of “Monday Night RAW.”

 

Henry Godwinn vs. Mike Bell

Bell attacks Godwinn before the match starts. Godwinn whips Bell into the corner as Bell goes up and over outside. Bell returns to yank Godwinn into the corner then hammers away but misses a charge in the corner. Godwinn slams Bell then drops an elbow for a two count as Dok apologizes to Ross for being hard on him. Godwinn hits an apron leg drop as the announcers speculate how DiBiase is planning retaliation. Godwinn drops Bell with an elbow smash for a two count then works the arm as the announcers now put over his size and strength. Bell rakes the eyes but Godwinn fights back and hits the Slop Drop for the win (2:25). After the match, Godwinn slops Bell.

Thoughts: The Godwinn face push continues as they are slowly starting to play up a goofier side of Godwinn’s gimmick with his theme song adding more pig sounds and the slopping of his opponents becoming highlighted.

 

WWF Live Event News with Stan Lane. More hype for the MSG Show on 10/6 as we hear British Bulldog apologizing to the fans for being upset and walking out on Lex Luger last week.

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Brian Walsh & Jeff Hardy

The announcers talk about the Gunns/Jacob & Eli Blu match at SummerSlam. Ross claims that the Gunns are one of the most popular teams ever in the WWF. Walsh takes Billy down with a hip toss but Billy fights back and works the arm. Walsh attacks Gunn in the corner then misses a crossbody. Hardy tags in and works over Billy for a bit but ducks his head and Billy uses the Rocker Dropper. Bart tags and clotheslines Hardy as the announcers put over the size of Jacob & Eli. Bart cleans house and the Gunns stay in control until they hit the Sidewinder for the win (2:45).

Thoughts: Hype for the Gunns/Jacob & Eli match at SummerSlam that has been ice cold since the start. Its just been hyped through the announcers when the teams have been wrestling squash matches on TV.

 

Next, we will see what Kama did to the Creatures of the Night on “Superstars.”

 

The ad for the new Fall WWF season that starts in September with the WrestleMania XI special.

 

Kama defeats Bert Centeno from the 8/19 edition of “Superstars” where afterwards he beat up the male creature which resulted in the Kama vs. Undertaker match for SummerSlam now being a casket match.

 

Savio Vega vs. Mark Thomas 

Barry Didinsky is in the aisle selling the backpage with all of the free shit attached as Vega joined to tell the kids to stay in school and off of drugs. Kinda infringing on Fatu’s gimmick a bit. Vega runs wild to start then works an arm bar on the mat. Ross wants to know where Vega stands on the Razor/Shawn match. Thomas sends Vega into the corner with a dropkick that badly missed and hits some knee lifts so bad that Ross made fun of them. Thomas then misses a crossbody that looked sad and gets whipped into the corner and trips and falls. Vega stretches out Thomas then catches him with a side slam before a spinning heel kick gets the win (1:59). Vega dances a bit after the match.

Thoughts: Vega really did sort of mirror what Fatu has been doing here with more dancing and the part where he told kids to stay in school and off of drugs. The announcers briefly brought up his allegiance with Razor Ramon too when it came to the Razor/Shawn match at SummerSlam but that partnership has been downplayed since King of the Ring.

 

The debut Goldust vignette airs.

 

Dok welcomes The Bodydonnas to the ring. He asks them about the PPV debut at SummerSlam as Sunny said they are elated and its the first appearance with many more to come. Sunny then refers to Horowitz as a “pimple” and then Skip talks about being cheated out of a win and that at SummerSlam he will take Horowitz out once and for all. Dok asks if they get bothered by the “Barry” chants as the crowd starts up a mild chant. Skip says he will be control at SummerSlam and the heat will be on Horowitz as the Bodydonnas act bothered by the Barry chants that do not seem to really exist. The interview was fine and this feud was the last to have the key segments play out on Challenge. Sunny’s charisma cannot be denied, however.

 

We see some of the Shawn vs. Lawler match from RAW.

 

Afterwards, we hear from Razor and Shawn to hype up the match as Razor aims to be the first four-time IC champion as Shawn says their first ladder match was the greatest in history but this coming match will exceed them all and how this time it will be different as nothing will stop him from remaining champion. Again, nothing memorable but decent enough interviews here to play up the story of Razor becoming meaner and edgier while trying to reclaim the Intercontinental Title from Shawn, the man who he beat in a ladder match at WrestleMania X.

 

The Report Card with Dean Douglas. Same as Superstars where he critiqued Shawn’s performance against Jerry Lawler on RAW.

 

Waylon Mercy vs. Tony Roy

Mercy cheap shots Roy after offering a handshake. Mercy punts Roy in the ribs a few times then beats him down in the corner. Roy gets knocked outside and Mercy hits a DDT then tries to say that Roy slipped as Mercy now pleads with the referee and we see Roy get counted out (1:30). We get a replay of the DDT on the outside as well.

Thoughts: Mercy got a win without the sleeper here as he is waiting for a feud while racking up squash match wins and getting his character over.

 

WWF Live Event News with Stan Lane. Same as “Superstars” where we heard from Undertaker & Paul Bearer as they hyped the match against Mabel at the 10/6 MSG show.

 

The announcers discuss Razor shoving Shawn out of the way to attack Sid on RAW then Ross says next week is a special show. Next week, Barry Horowitz vs. Hakushi. Also in action are Razor Ramon plus an interview with Bret Hart.

 

Final Thoughts: The exclusive part here was The Bodydonnas interview while the rest was squash matches and stuff from other shows. Next week’s Challenge is the final episode of this format and my final Challenge recap in this timeline so stay tuned for that as we will continue to see the changes in the way WWF does their business as things are starting to be more competitive.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 8/21/95, WWF Superstars 8/26/95

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/27/95, WWF Action Zone 8/27/95

Saturday: WWF 1995 SummerSlam 8/27/95

Sunday: WWF Superstars 9/2/95, WWF Action Zone 9/3/95

Monday: WWF Superstars 9/9/95, WWF Action Zone 9/10/95

Tuesday: WWF Monday Night RAW 9/11/95

Wednesday: WWF Superstars 9/16/95