WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 3rd, 1991

March 3, 1991

From the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

This week, we have a special interview with Hulk Hogan. In action are Ted DiBiase, Texas Tornado, The Undertaker, Big Bossman, and the Nasty Boys.

 

Texas Tornado vs. Alan Martin

The announcers talk about Tornado’s WrestleMania match against Dino Bravo. Tornado takes control then he is shown in an insert promo telling Bravo he will be successful in his first WrestleMania. Gorilla notes that this might be Bravo’s last WrestleMania as Martin lands a cheap shot. Tornado fights back then puts Martin away with the Tornado Punch (2:00).

Thoughts: More hype for the lackluster Tornado vs. Bravo match at WrestleMania.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This focuses on Sgt. Slaughter’s new rules in the same piece we saw on the Update segment from “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Johnny Ray vs. Big Bossman

Mr. Perfect is shown in an insert promo telling us Bossman doesn’t stand a chance at WrestleMania. Bossman beats on Ray and quickly gets the win with a sidewalk slam (1:02). During the replay of the finish, Heenan screams about Bossman being a dummy.

Thoughts: The teasing of Bossman by Heenan has been going on since August and really has run its course by this point. If not for the Bossman being as over as he was this feud would have likely been a dud.

 

An ad for WrestleMania airs with Vince saying its “Superstars and Stripes Forever” as he plugs the main event and other top matches on the card.

 

Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jim Powers & Tommy Angel

The Nasty Boys start off by beating on Powers as the announcers argue about instant replay. Powers clotheslines Knobbs after a sloppy sequence then tags out as Angel gets destroyed. We hear from the Hart Foundation in an insert promo as they are ready for the Nasty Boys at WrestleMania. Angel continues to get his ass kicked then is put away with a running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo (3:21).

Thoughts: They continue to hype up the Tag Team Title match at WrestleMania but its all been through insert promos. The Nasty Boys have been pushed hard since their debut.

 

We then see Hulk Hogan on a couch. There are numerous yellow Hogan flags in the background. Hogan tells Slaughter there are people overseas dying for his freedoms and if war is necessary to stop him then so be it as Hogan stands and promises Slaughter will not leave WrestleMania as champion. With promos like this its not tough to see why fans and writers/journalists were disgusted by the angle.

 

Sonny Blaze vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase

Virgil is with Roddy Piper in an insert promo saying he now has self-respect and will show DiBiase what it means to respect someone. Virgil heads out to ringside as Heenan thinks he’s going to ask for a job. DiBiase is pissed but goes back to beating on Blaze as the crowd chants for Virgil. DiBiase dumps Blaze outside then invites Virgil inside but Virgil calls his bluff and he demands the ref count out Blaze. Virgil then picks Blaze up and puts him over his shoulder to head backstage as DiBiase wins via countout (2:52).

Thoughts: I do like having Virgil come down to ringside and infuriate DiBiase by just standing and staring at him. Keep this finish in mind here going forward.

 

Another vignette of Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

 

WrestleMania Report with Gene Okerlund. We once again hear from the Queen of England as she deplores bulldogs and their foul-smelling drool as she urges all of us to support The Warlord at WrestleMania. This was a Vince comedy creation if there ever was one.

 

The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. David Isley

Undetaker beats down Isley as Gorilla gloats over his skills. Jimmy Snuka is shown in an insert promo putting over his WrestleMania match against The Undertaker, who gets the win with a Tombstone (2:23). After the match, Undertaker sprinkles clay from the urn on top of Isley.

Thoughts: They are trying to drum up interest in Undertaker/Snuka by playing on Snuka’s past as a star but that faded a long time ago. No one was buying Snuka as a threat of any sort in 1991.

 

Okerlund is at Toys R Us with all of the newest WWF Merchandise with Jim Duggan, who is trying to complete is WWF Trading Card collection.

 

Next week in action are Mr. Perfect, Legion of Doom, and Davey Boy Smith. Plus, an interview with the Ultimate Warrior and more!

 

Final Thoughts: They are hyping up WrestleMania as much as possible. The Slaughter/Hogan stuff remains controversial and you can see how some would take offense to the angle. Besides that they touched upon some of the midcard matches here too. It’ll be more of the same hype until the PPV.

 

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 6/16/83

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/9/91

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/10/91

Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 3/11/91

Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 3/15/91

Thursday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/16/91

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/17/91