WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 14th, 1991

April 14, 1991

From the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV.

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

This week, we will see the debut of the “Barber Shop.” In action are the Legion of Doom, Col. Mustafa, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Mountie, and The Rockers.

 

Legion of Doom vs. Pez Whatley & Bill Kruger

Kruger is listed as “Luger” on the graphics. Whatley lands a couple of punches on Animal but gets run over. Kruger tags in and gets knocked down as we hear from the Nasty Boys & Jimmy Hart as they invite the LoD to talk a walk on the “nasty side.” The LoD stay in control then put Kruger away with the Doomsday Device as the announcers talk about Beefcake’s face getting reconstructed after  “boating” accident (2:45).

Thoughts: The company continues to push the LoD as #1 contenders for the Tag Belts. They also brought up Beefcake and how he had facial reconstruction surgery in what I assume was a way to tell fans why he is no longer wrestling. And he apparently stopped doing the masked gimmick after hurting himself during a run-in attack.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is the same from Superstars about the DiBiase/Virgil match at WrestleMania.

 

Randy Sharkey vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka

Heenan cracks jokes about Piper having one leg. They show a few kids eating from the “WWF Superstars Oatmeal Cookies” box. Heenan then makes a joke about Snuka’s tights as Snuka chops down Sharkey. Snuka stays in control and gets the win with a slingshot suplex (1:06).

Thoughts: Not much to speak of here but odd to see Snuka win with a slingshot suplex. Snuka is really out of place in the company.

 

The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Larry Ludden

The Mountie hammers away on Ludden as we learn of an article on The Mountie featured in the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.” The Mountie brutalizes Ludden then puts him out of his misery with a two handed chokeslam (2:07). After the match, Mountie cuffs Ludden and reads him his rights before using his cattle prod, which excites Heenan.

Thoughts: Heenan was in all his glory watching Ludden get shocked as the company wants to get the post-match gimmick over.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We see the replay of Slaughter tossing a fireball in Hogan’s face then hear from Hogan himself. Hogan’s face is bandaged as he talks about healing up and is asked if Slaughter will burn him again. Hogan then talks about “phase two” of warfare and how he’s fighting for his god and country while Slaughter is fighting for ego and greed.

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Mike Starr

Duggan chases Starr away with his 2×4 then starts up a “USA” chant. Starr tries a sneak attack but ends up getting tossed in the corner. We hear from Col. Mustafa in an insert promo as he says Slaughter has given him a mission and that is to crush Duggan. Gorilla and Neidhart make fun of Mustafa’s mumbling as Duggan dumps Starr outside. Duggan tosses Starr back inside and lands mounted punches in the corner and soon after that hits the Three Point Stance for the win (2:45).

Thoughts: More hype for the Duggan/Mustafa feud, which shows you how far down the card Duggan has sank.

 

Barber Shop with Brutus Beefcake makes its debut. Its a talk show with a set that looks like a barber shop for those unfamiliar. Beefcake thanks the fans for his WWF return. He then brings out his guests, Earthquake & Jimmy Hart. We are shown last week’s clip of Jake Roberts chasing Earthquake away with Damien as we learned Earthquake is petrified of snakes. Earthquake warns Jake to keep his snake away while Hart lounges on the barber chair. Beefcake then invites Earthquake to sit then proceeds to sneak up from behind a drop a rubber snake on Earthquake, who freaks out and falls over in the chair. Beefcake runs of the set as Earthquake is livid. Beefcake was quite average in his debut and this segment was forgettable but it was different having a babyface character host this type of show.

 

Louie Spicolli & Mark Ming vs. The Rockers

Spicolli attacks Marty from behind and hammers away. Marty catches Spicolli with a boot then hits a blockbuster. The Rockers work over Spicolli as Mr. Fuji  The Orient Express promise to inflict pain onto The Rockers. Ming tags in after missing his cue then The Rockers put him away with a double flying fist drop (1:42).

Thoughts: The Rockers are once again feuding with the Orient Express. They have great matches but the Orient Express are at the bottom of the card.

 

Irwin R. Schyster vignette from “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Jim Powers

Powers eludes The Warlord but eventually gets caught and tossed into the corner. Warlord hits a back suplex as Gorilla teases Heenan about passing on Warlord to choose The Barbarian. Warlord blocks a sunset flip then Powers slides underneath and tries to knock Warlord down but gets caught with a hotshot. Warlord then locks on the full nelson and gets the win (2:19).

Thoughts: They are once again building up Warlord as a strongman after losing to the British Bulldog at WrestleMania.

 

Col. Mustafa w/ Gen. Adnan vs. Jim Evans

Duggan is shown in an insert promo saying he’ll go through Mustafa as quickly as the U.S. Armed Forces will go through as Iraq. Mustafa hits a few suplexes and is greeted with a few “USA” chants before using the Camel’s Clutch for the win (1:42). After the match, Mustafa tosses Evans outside.

Thoughts: Mustafa is just embarrassing in the ring at this point in his career.

 

Next week Bret Hart, The Berzeker, Big Bossman, Mr. Perfect, and Jake Roberts. Plus, the Nasty Boys as guests on the “Barber Shop” and more!

 

Final Thoughts: The only exclusive thing that happened was the Barber Shop and it was not a particularly memorable segment. The rest of the show highlighted midcard feuds in the company.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/20/91

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/21/91

Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 4/22/91

Thursday: WWF UK Rampage ’91 4/24/91

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/27/91

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/14/83

Sunday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 4/27/91