WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 17th, 1991

March 17, 1991

From the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers, FL

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

This week, we get a special interview with Sgt. Slaughter. In action are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Rockers, The Mountie, Greg Valentine, and Barbarian & Haku.


Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Keith Steinborn

The announcers talk about the Slaughter/Hogan match at WrestleMania as Duggan takes control. Duggan is then shown in an insert promo praising Hogan and asking him to bring home the title before he puts Steinborn away with the Three Point Stance (1:47).

Thoughts: With Duggan having nothing to do at WrestleMania he is now designated as Hogan’s top cheerleader.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This chronicled the Ted DiBiase/Virgil feud in a similar segment similar to what we saw on “Superstars of Wrestling” when they did the same for the Bossman/Heenan feud. Piper is then with Virgil saying he will be in his corner as Virgil promises to show DiBiase brawn and brains.


Buddy Burke vs. The Mountie

Heenan makes fun of Piper’s injury by saying he got hurt riding a three-wheeler at Toys R Us. Mountie backs Burke into the ropes then screams how he is the Mountie. He then beats on Burke as we hear from Tito Santana in an insert promo saying he will take care of Mountie “Arriba style” at WrestleMania. The Mountie screams for Burke to get up after a dropkick and soon after that gets the win with his Carotid Control Technique (2:03). After the match, Mountie cuffs Burke then shocks him with the cattle prod and even smacks him around.

Thoughts: They are still pushing The Mountie’s character strong as he is being set up for a feud after WrestleMania.


The Rockers vs. John Allen & Dale Wolfe

Heenan claims The Rockers will not last one minute against Haku & Barbarian at WrestleMania. The Rockers start off by cleaning house as we hear from Heenan and his team in an insert promo saying they like to party too and will bounce The Rockers out of the WWF. The Rockers beat on Allen then put him away with a double flying fist drop (2:46).

Thoughts: Heenan hyped up his team’s match against The Rockers at WrestleMania by saying they’ll win in under a minute.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Sgt. Slaughter & Gen. Adnan to the interview platform. Okerlund is disgusted over Slaughter burning Hogan’s shirt last week but Slaughter calls him a “puke” and talks about how every “reinforced bunker” he went to this past week was the whispers of men and screams of women due to burner a simple piece of cloth that read “Hulk Rules.” We see a replay of Slaughter setting the shirt on fire then said people thought it was like setting fire to Old Glory. Slaughter then says he wants Hogan to have all his guns loaded and to walk into WrestleMania with everything he has because he’ll do whatever it takes to remain champion. Slaughter then goes on to say last week gave him visions of the Statue of Liberty in flames before going nuts by saying he will conquer Hulkamania and there is nothing anyone can do to stop him. The end of this promo was just so ridiculous it was tough to take Slaughter as a serious character. I’m a fan of Slaughter, especially in his prime, but often in this feud he crossed the line from a hated heel to a screaming buffoon.


Brooklyn Brawler vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine

Brawler attacks Valentine after the bell. Valentine fights right back as we hear from Earthquake & Jimmy Hart in an insert promo as Earthquake promises Valentine will leave WrestleMania VII on a stretcher. Valentine pumps up the crowd then puts Brawler away with the figure four (1:18). After the match, Earthquake runs out with Hart and attacks Valentine. He drops an elbow and sets up for a splash but the masked man runs out again and drops Earthquake with a headbutt.

Thoughts: The real story was the masked character once again running out to attack Earthquake as this appears to be something that will develop after WrestleMania. However, that never ended up being the case.


WrestleMania Report with Gene Okerlund. We heard from several wrestlers hyping up their match and even Alex Trebek, who was wrestling a stuffed bear as part of his interview. Okerlund also said all of the tickets in Los Angeles are gone.


Haku & Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Kevin Greeno & Scotty Williams

Greeno jumps on Haku’s back for a sleeper but gets rammed into the corner. Haku brushes off a dropkick then beats on Greeno as we hear from The Rockers as they promise to be victorious at WrestleMania. Haku & Barbarian stay in control then put Williams away with an inverted atomic drop/big boot combo (2:50).

Thoughts: A dominating win to put over Haku & Barbarian for their match at WrestleMania. I like the team but they were just not perceived as a threat by the fans. Haku was seemingly on the verge of becoming a TV enhancement worker while Barbarian spent a year doing nothing since the Powers of Pain split up.


Another vignette for Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Next week in action are Rick Martel, Nasty Boys, Texas Tornado, and The Undertaker. Plus, an interview with Hulk Hogan. The show ends with Heenan saying they (The Rockers) will not last sixty seconds.


Final Thoughts: We had the Slaughter promo but most of the focus was on the other matches filling out the rest of the WrestleMania card. They also set up for some feuds post-Mania although one of those storylines was dropped. Anyway, just one more week until the PPV.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 6/23/83

Sunday: Road to WrestleMania VII Prime Time Wrestling Special 3/17/91

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/23/91

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/24/91

Wednesday: WWF WrestleMania VII

Thursday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 3/26/91

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/30/91