April 18, 1993
From the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, GA
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan
This week’s featured match is the Beverly Brothers vs. Nasty Boys. Also in action are Lex Luger, Money Inc., and Doink the Clown.
Doink the Clown vs. Jim Powers
Powers slams Doink as Ross cannot believe that we also have Doink standing by with Heenan playing up how its an illusion. We see Doink in the insert with Heenan congratulating him as Doink laughs about creating an illusion. Doink beats on Powers then hits a slam before ground him on the mat. Powers fights back briefly but whiffs on a dropkick then Doink uses the stump puller for the win (3:04).
Thoughts: They really pushed the storyline of whether or not Doink is playing an illusion as a way to explain the second Doink.
We see the Sensational Sherri and Luna Vachon brawl that took place on RAW.
Beverly Brothers vs. Nasty Boys
The crowd gets behind the Nasty Boys as Sags backs Beau into the corner. Beau complains of a hair pull then Sags backs him into the corner again and grabs hair this time but gets decked. Sags counters a hip toss with one of his own then tags out as the Nasty Boys take control. Blake takes some nice bumps for Knobbs but Beau cheap shots Knobbs from the apron then the Beverlys run interference to take control of the match. We return from break as the Beverlys cut the ring in half. Blake tries a suplex but Knobbs reverses as both men are down. Beau tags in and knocks Knobbs outside where Blake drops him across the guardrail. Back inside, Beau covers for two then stomps away. Beau then ducks his head for a back drop but Knobbs counters with a mat slam then tags out as Sags runs wild on Blake. The match breaks down after that as Sags uses a double DDT then Beau accidentally knocks his partner outside and Sags rolls up Blake for the win (10:38) **1/4. After the match, Knobbs returns as the Nasty Boys clear the ring.
Thoughts: I cannot remember a match on Challenge ever going over ten minutes so that was rare. The match itself was decent although both of these teams would be finished very shortly with Blake remaining with the company until the Summer.
Spotlight Magazine with Andre the Giant on the cover is plugged by the announcers.
“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. Jesse Carls
Ross talks about Tunney’s investigation of Luger’s forearm and that x-rays have been ordered. Luger decks Carls as Heenan is upset over the news of this medical evaluation of Luger. Back to the match as Luger stays in control then uses a running forearm smash for the win (2:00). After the match, Luger poses in the mirror.
Thoughts: Most of this was hyping up Luger’s “medical evaluation” as they also hinted at a Bret/Luger match down the line.
El Matador vs. Dale Wolfe
Matador works a side headlock on the mat as the announcers plug the articles inside of the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.” Matador goes back to the headlock then the El Paso de Muerte for the win (2:18).
Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about other things in the promotion. And for Heenan to make a few ethnic jokes at Matador’s expense.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This focuses on Mr. Perfect attacking Lex Luger after their match at WrestleMania then getting attacked by Shawn Michaels.
Money Inc. vs. Ricky Nelson & Anthony Howard
Before the match, IRS tells us we will be forced to pay their fair share of taxes. Ross says that the Steiner Brothers will be getting a title shot soon as Money Inc. beats down Nelson. Howard tags in and IRS puts him away with the Write Off clothesline (2:55).
Thoughts: They are now building up to a Money Inc. vs. Steiner Brothers Tag Team Title match.
The “WrestleMania” music video airs.
Final Thoughts: We had a featured match that was longer than usual but the rest of the key segments were things that had been replayed first on Superstars as the post-Mania direction continues to develop.