WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 13th, 1991

October 13, 1991

From the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Legion of Doom, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Warlord, and The Rockers. Plus, Roddy Piper as guest on the “Barber Shop.”

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Bob Bradley

Duggan gets the crowd behind him then takes Bradley down with a hip toss. Gorilla teases Heenan that we will find out about the Survivor Series main event as Duggan catches a kick and hits Bradley with an atomic drop. Heenan makes all sorts of jokes about Duggan being cross-eyed then Duggan hits a slam and hits the Three Point Stance for the win (2:11).

Thoughts: Really, the focus here was on commentary with Heenan making jokes and wanting to know the Survivor Series main event to see if it featured Ric Flair.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as the Update segment on “Superstars of Wrestling” where we learned Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship was the Survivor Series main event.

 

The Berzerker w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Bill Pierce

Berzerker swings around his belt to clear the ring. Heenan then calls out Hogan for dodging Flair at Survivor Series and accuses President Jack Tunney for being “on the take.” Berzerker beats on Pierce then goes over to Fuji. We now hear from both Fuji & Berzerker in an insert promo as they say Fall is a great season for the Berzerker because his opponents will all “fall” to him. Berzerker then hits a front-falling slam then does it again at Fuji’s request before tossing Pierce outside and getting the win via count out (2:50).

Thoughts: Most of the focus here was on Heenan playing up the fact Hogan is dodging Flair and the WWF is biased against Flair as a whole. The Berzerker is still not getting over and Fuji wasn’t helping at all. Fuji flat out sucked as his manager. Berzerker was better off being alone.

 

Another ad for the Hulk Hogan “Hot Ticket” PPV with Heenan making fun of Hogan for dodging Flair.

 

Slaughter at Lincoln Memorial promo from Superstars airs.

 

Legion of Doom defeats Mike Williams & Mike Durham in a match first shown on the 9/30 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”

 

Tito Santana vignette from Superstars airs.

 

The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Mike Fury

Heenan believes Warlord will be the next Intercontinental champion. Fury is actually taller than Warlord but still gets tossed around. Gorilla then say Fury reminds him of “Primo Carnera,” an Italian boxer who then joined the WWWF. Oddly enough, Fury used that name on the Eastern Independent scene. Bret Hart is in an insert promo saying he’ll be holding the IC Title for a long time as Warlord stays in control as the announcers talk about Slick being here for a long time and liking money. Warlord then hits a short-arm clothesline before the full nelson gets the win (2:16).

Thoughts: The Warlord is huge but still not over despite being the #1 contender for the IC Title.

 

Barber Shop with guest Roddy Piper. We hear Piper address Flair and recalls how he was attacked from behind while on commentary and that he would be fired if he retaliated. Piper said he has six kids and needs the job then refers to Flair as a “Phyllis Diller lookalike” as they mix in clips of the attack while Piper recalls the incident. Piper then tells us he apologizes in advance for anything he does going forward and to not get between Flair and himself. Just more hype for the Piper/Flair feud that will begin on the house show circuit. Piper did a fine job here.

 

Bob Woodland & Brian Donohue vs. The Rockers

The camera shows a fan holding up a Rockers poster while the team tosses their hats to the crowd. Gorilla asks Heenan about Flair’s comments as Heenan say Flair has dominated everyone wearing a skirt throughout his entire life. We hear from the Nasty Boys & Jimmy Hart in an insert promo as the Nasty Boys hate the Rockers looks and ability so they will rearrange their faces. The Rockers work over Woodland then Shawn press slams Marty on top for the win (2:40).

Thoughts: The Rockers remain popular and their feud against the Nasty Boys makes sense (pretty boy face team against disgusting heels) but The Rockers are not getting pushed all that much despite their popularity and that is due to some off-screen issues.

 

Suburban Commando trailer airs.

 

Barbarian vs. Ray Garcia

Barbarian immediately attacks Garcia and targets the back. We see that Bret Hart is on the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” as Barbarian stays in control. Heenan puts over this week’s Prime Time Wrestling as Barbarian hits Garcia with a backbreaker then puts him away with a boot to the face (1:45).

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to plug other happenings in the promotion. The Barbarian was quite underwhelming in the WWF. I know people like to go back and say he was overrated but his WWF run was not good at all. The Powers of Pain were immediately miscast then his singles run was a string of unmemorable matches.

 

Next week in action are Jim Neidhart, IRS, and Ted DiBiase. Plus, the Natural Disasters as guests on the “Barber Shop” and more!

 

Final Thoughts: The only exclusive segment was the Barber Shop as the other key segments were already shown on Superstars. They pushed other midcard feuds and happenings too but Challenge continues to underwhelm as a show.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

 

Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/19/91

Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/20/91

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/26/91

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/22/83

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/27/91

Monday: WWF Madison Square Garden 10/28/91

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/2/91