WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 18th, 1991

August 18, 1991

From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart

The Jake/Warrior segment is shown where Jake ends up turning on Warrior.

 

Irwin R. Schyster vs. Sonny Blaze

Before the match, IRS yells at the crowd to pay more taxes. IRS beats on Blaze then tosses him outside. We hear from Greg Valentine in an insert promo hyping his match against IRS at SummerSlam in an awkward promo. Back inside, IRS stomps away then puts Blaze away with the Write Off (1:58).

Thoughts: We got some hype for the IRS/Valentine match at SummerSlam and they need a lot more than this to get people to care.

 

Bob Bradley vs. The Dragon

Heenan wants to talk about his big news about him possibly becoming Ric Flair’s advisor. I liked how they did this during a Steamboat match. The announcers talk about Flair and ask Heenan how he can give advice to Flair, who doesn’t need any. Dragon works the arm as the announcers switch gears and talk about the SummerSlam six-man tag match. Dragon now hits a vertical suplex then puts Bradley away with a flying body press (1:50).

Thoughts: The Dragon continues to spin his wheels as he is part of a random six-man tag on the PPV.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We hear from Heenan’s comments last week about Flair. Next, Heenan interrupts Lord Alfred in the studio and says he will be the only one to talk about Flair. Heenan says he might be Flair’s advisor and that Hogan has been ducking Flair, the real world’s champion. Heenan leaves then tells Alfred to “earn his money” before walking away. I liked this and it was different to see something interact with the host on these segments.

 

Big Bossman vs. Jim McPherson

McPherson lands a cheap shot after the break but runs into a clothesline. The announcers talk about Flair then we hear from the Mountie with Jimmy Hart in an insert promo as they say Bossman will be spending the night in jail after SummerSlam. Bossman stays in control of McPherson before putting him away with a sidewalk slam (1:22). After the match, Bossman cuffs McPherson to the ropes before leaving.

Thoughts: More hype for the Bossman/Mountie match, specifically on who will end up spending the night in jail.

 

Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Mark Thomas & Ross Greenberg

Heenan claims the Legion of Doom will not leave SummerSlam with the belts as the Nasty Boys beat on Thomas. The announcers once again talk about Flair then we hear from LoD in an insert promo as they say there is nowhere for the Nasty Boys to hide. The Nasty Boys now beat on Greenberg then put him away with a running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo (3:15).

Thoughts: We had some hype for the SummerSlam Tag Title match and about Flair possibly coming to the WWF.

 

Barber Shop with guest Sid Justice. Beefcake asks Sid about being the special guest referee for the “Match Made in Hell.” Sid talks about how he will only promise one thing and at SummerSlam, justice will be served. Generic promo as Sid is more or less repeating himself in these segments as the theme remains which side will he be on at SummerSlam while Sid claims to be impartial. It must be said that Sid’s look and presence is incredible though.

 

Brian Donahue & Kerry Davis vs. The Bushwhackers w/ Andre the Giant

The announcers talk about The Bushwhackers/Natural Disasters match at SummerSlam as The Bushwhackers take control of the match. We then hear from The Bushwhackers with Andre in an insert promo as they tell the Disasters they are going down. The Bushwhackers stay in control then put Donahue away with a double gutbuster (2:52).

Thoughts: Poor Andre looks worse with each appearance and you can see its really effecting his reaction from the fans. They do not want to see him hobbling around on crutches and its tough to watch.

 

In action next week are Ted DiBiase, British Bulldog, and Legion of Doom. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter as guest on the “Barber Shop” and comments from Jake Roberts.

 

Final Thoughts: More SummerSlam hype here. Even though the hype has been repetitive on TV and the matches not that compelling the show did manage to already sell out at this point. There was nothing here you needed to see that wasn’t on Superstars.