WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 6th, 1991

January 6, 1991

From the West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, FL

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

This week, we will have an interview with the Ultimate Warrior. In action are Sgt. Slaughter, Hart Foundation, The Undertaker, Jake Roberts, and Mr. Perfect.

 

The Hart Foundation vs. Tom Bennett & Bob Bradley

Heenan makes fun of Bret by saying he’s hearing a rumor he’ll wash his hair this Summer. Bret beats on Bradley then tags out to “Captain Schizo” according to Heenan. We then hear from each member of the Hart Foundation individually in an insert promo to point out how the Rumble match is every man for himself. The Hart Foundation now beat on Bennett then put him away with the Hart Attack (2:42).

Thoughts: More hype for the Rumble match as they heavily push the “every man for himself” theme.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We saw Hulk Hogan’s appearance on the “Brother Love Show” from last week.

 

The Undertaker w/ Brother Love vs. Randy Hunter

Undertaker beats down Hunter as we hear from him with Brother Love in an insert promo as Brother Love says Jonestown will not compare to how many people Undertaker will bury at the Royal Rumble. That’s certainly edgier than most WWF promos. Undertaker stays in control until he hits the Tombstone for the win (2:38).

Thoughts: Undertaker is already one of the more intriguing characters on the roster but the Brother Love pairing is still not benefiting him in any way.

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Pete Sanchez

Gorilla tells us that Jake’s eye looks improved. Jake works the arm then we hear from him in an insert promo telling Martel he is coming for him. Jake then hits a short arm clothesline before finishing Sanchez off with the DDT (1:25). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of Sanchez.

Thoughts: Some more hype for the Jake/Martel feud as they tease the two meeting in the Rumble match.

 

Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. WT Jones & Scotty Williams

Sags beats on Jones to start as Heenan notes that the Nasty Boys terrorized the NYC Subway systems. We now hear from Hart & The Nasty Boys in an insert promo as they talk about defeating all competition. The Nasties stay in control then put Williams away with a running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo (2:29).

Thoughts: The Nasty Boys look good so far, moving around at a fast pace and they do have a cool look, especially compared to the other stale and dated heel teams.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes the Ultimate Warrior to the interview platform. Okerlund brings up the pressure from facing Slaughter at the Royal Rumble and having to watch over his shoulder for Randy Savage. Warrior is not worried and tells Slaughter his judgment day will take place at the Royal Rumble. He then tells Slaughter his boots from Sadaam Hussein will not help him when he is in a minefield surrounded by his Warriors. Warrior wraps up by saying no one kicks sand in his face. The story is how will Warrior overcome both Slaughter and Savage coming for him.

 

Sgt. Slaughter w/ Gen. Adnan vs. Raymond Hammer

Slaughter beats on Hammer and stays on the attack as Gorilla calls him a traitor while Heenan said he is protected by freedom of speech. Slaughter then puts Hammer away with the Camel’s Clutch as Heenan calls Gorilla a “commie” (1:26).

Thoughts: An easy win for Slaughter as his mega push continues.

 

Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Danny Brazil

Gorilla plugs the “Bodybuilding Lifestyles” magazine as Perfect beats on Brazil. Perfect has a hip toss reversed but uses a leg sweep and attacks Brazil’s leg before putting him away with a Perfect Plex (1:15).

Thoughts: They are presenting Perfect as a legitimate threat to win the Rumble match as we saw another plug for the bodybuilding magazine.

 

In action next week are Tugboat, Earthquake, Big Bossman, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

 

The show closes with the announcers putting over The Undertaker and telling the Hart Foundation to watch out for the Nasty Boys.

 

Final Thoughts: More PPV hype here with nothing besides the Warrior interview as far as exclusive segments. They did showcase newer acts like Taker and the Nasty Boys as the company is in dire need of newer stars, especially on the heel side.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/12/91

Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/13/91

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/19/91

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 5/26/83

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/19/91

Monday: WWF 1991 Royal Rumble

Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 1/21/91