What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 14, 1992
By LScisco on 2nd October 2023
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary, taped from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Opening Non-Title Contest: Bret Hart (Intercontinental Champion) (17-1-1) beats Brian Costello via submission to the Sharpshooter at 2:01:
As Bret pounds away, Shawn Michaels does a split screen promo with Sensational Sherri about how Bret is a big distraction in his life. Bret delivers a backbreaker and earns another win with the Sharpshooter.
Lord Alfred Hayes puts over WWF ice cream bars and recaps the Ultimate Warrior-Papa Shango feud.
The Nasty Boys (w/Jimmy Hart) (12-0) beat Shawn Patrick & Kevin Kruger when Jerry Sags pins Patrick after the Trip to Nastyville at 2:38:
High Energy do an insert promo about how the Nasties cannot stop them. After taking the Pit Stop, Kruger tags Patrick, who has his face slammed into the canvas when he charges Sags. That makes him easy prey for the Trip to Nastyville.
Heenan does the same calling of the Big Bossman bit that Mr. Perfect did on Superstars. Heenan does a better job of it, acknowledging his old feud with the Bossman and insulting him, angry when the Bossman just promises to be back and hangs up.
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) (14-0) pins Dan Robbins after the Tombstone at 2:04:
Monsoon continues to ride Heenan for not finding out what is in the urn. He also tells Heenan there is not a picture of him in the latest WWF Magazine. Heenan responds that all that means is that the publication will not sell. Those bits carry the squash as the Undertaker slowly dismantles Robbins. After the bout, the Undertaker puts Robbins in a body bag and stomps on it.
Non-Title Match: Money Incorporated (WWF Tag Team Champions w/Jimmy Hart) (10-1) beat George Anderson & Butler Stevens when Ted DiBiase submits Anderson to the Million Dollar Dream at 1:46:
Before the match, IRS provides a socially progressive message that it is time to rebuild the inner cities of America and tax cheaters need to pay up. The Natural Disasters do an insert promo about how they do not run, cannot be stopped, and Money Incorporated cannot beat them. Money Incorporated never allow Anderson into the match, working over Stevens from bell-to-bell. After the match, DiBiase puts $100 in Stevens’ mouth.
A replay of Gene Okerlund’s interview with WWF Champion Randy Savage on Superstars airs.
Virgil (12-3) defeats Kato (0-11) after a crucifix at 1:44:
WWF matchmakers love to put these two together as this is the third time they have faced off halfway through the year. Virgil takes Kato to the buckle ten times and tees off. He also does a split screen promo repeating that he wants to get to the top of the WWF. Kato blocks an O’Connor roll and lands a clothesline but Virgil traps him in a crucifix and beats the former Orient Express member yet again.
Repo Man (15-2) beats Chris Hahn via submission to a leg grapevine at 1:55:
In the split screen, Repo Man promises that he will choke the British Bulldog when he meets him again. Heenan spends the squash telling a story about Repo Man repossessing a kid’s bike that his father could not make payments on because of a layoff and laughs hysterically about it. That bit helps how the squash gets over as Repo Man is back to using a leg grapevine as a finisher.
The Razor Ramon vignette from Superstars is shown.
The Legion of Doom (w/Paul Ellering) (8-1) defeat Red Tyler & Burt Stiles when Hawk pins Stiles after the Doomsday Device at 2:18:
There is no insert promo from the Beverlys but Heenan carries their water for them, relaying a rumor from them that the Legion used to be in the Girl Scouts. The Legion beat down each opponent in turn, winning another hard-hitting squash match.
Tune in next week to see the Texas Tornado, Kamala, Crush, and Nailz in action! Also, there will be a special interview with the Mountie!
The Last Word: This was just another Wrestling Challenge filler episode. On the bright side, fans got seven matches with high profile acts and Bobby Heenan made some good jokes, especially for the Undertaker and Repo Man squashes.
The WWF’s house show circuit took it to the East Coast during this week of its history and here are some its house show results, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Anchorage, Alaska – Sullivan Arena – June 13, 1992 (1,300): El Matador defeated Barry Horowitz (substituting for Colonel Mustafa)…Nailz pinned Virgil…Rick Martel beat Tatanka via count out…The British Bulldog defeated Repo Man…Earthquake beat Irwin R. Schyster (originally scheduled as a tag team title match between Money Incorporated and the Natural Disasters but Ted DiBiase missed the show)…The Undertaker beat the Berzerker…WWF Champion Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair via disqualification.
Sacramento, California – Arco Arena – June 14, 1992 (4,000): The Texas Tornado beat Kato…The Nasty Boys defeated High Energy…Crush beat Skinner…The Legion of Doom defeated the Beverly Brothers…The Mountie beat Sergeant Slaughter via count out…Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart defeated Shawn Michaels…The Ultimate Warrior beat Papa Shango.
Backstage News*: Lex Luger was in a bad motorcycle accident on June 8 in Atlanta after hitting a car head-on. The driver that collided with Luger fled from the scene. Luger sustained torn knee ligaments, a crushed elbow, torn groin, and torn abdominal muscles. The accident caused Luger to miss The WBF Championship on June 13 but it will not be a career-ending injury. Luger cannot wrestle for the WWF until next year so he has plenty of time to make a full recovery.
-The Hulk Hogan Vitamin Company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a steep fall from being the fourth-largest seller of children’s vitamins before the steroid scandals engulfed the WWF and Hogan last year.
-Gary Strydom defended his title at The WBF Championship in a pay-per-view that was ordered by only 3,000 households (0.02% of the national pay-per-view audience). Despite this, and poor ratings for WBF Body Stars, Vince McMahon is pressing forward and is reorienting ads to focus on female co-host Cameo Kneur, as sex appeal is working for ESPN’s fitness shows.
-In talent relations news, the WWF has signed Samu and Rodney Anoia. Anoia worked as Kokina in the AWA. They will be paired together as the Samoans and feud with the Legion of Doom.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for June 22 and 29.
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