WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 28th, 1991

April 28, 1991

From the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV

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

This week’s featured match is Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Martel. Also in action are Ted DiBiase, British Bulldog, and The Dragon. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter as a guest on the “Barber Shop” and more.

 

British Bulldog vs. Brooklyn Brawler

Heenan and Neidhart argue then Heenan says there was a waver signed stating Neidhart could not harm him. Bulldog works over Brawler to start then Perfect & Heenan are shown in an insert promo saying Winston is smarter than Bulldog and that Bulldog will never become the Intercontinental Champion. Bulldog stays in control as Neidhart tells Heenan that Winston is not a mutt but rather a “very good doggy.” Good lord. Heenan then jokes how Winston is Bulldog’s child through a third marriage as Bulldog hits a running powerslam for the win (1:52).

Thoughts: They highlighted the conflict between Heenan and Neidhart on commentary as much or even more than the current IC Title feud. And this should tell you who is going to win that feud.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as Superstars where Andre spanked Sherri at a bar as now since Andre is officially done with Heenan other managers will be trying to court him.

 

The Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Jim Evans & Dale Wolfe

The Orient Express work over Wolfe as Gorilla notes that Hulk Hogan is recovering nicely and has his burn bandaged. Evans tags in as Tanaka trips him up before landing some strikes. We hear from The Rockers in an insert promo as they tell the Orient Express & Mr. Fuji that they are “liars and losers” and will never put them out. Gorilla and Heenan then trade barbs about Duke beating Kansas for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Title as The Orient Express hit the super kick/bridging German suplex combo for the win (2:15).

Thoughts: More hype for the never-ending feud between The Rockers and Orient Express.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri vs. Stephen DeLeon

DiBiase catches DeLeon with a back elbow smash as we see Virgil in an insert promo. Virgil says he is not concerned about Sherri being with DiBiase because he now has a friend in Roddy Piper. DiBiase sends DeLeon down with another elbow smash then a clothesline before using the Million Dollar Dream for the win (2:01). After the match, Sherri takes a $100 bill out of her cleavage for DiBiase to stick in DeLeon’s mouth. We then get a freeze frame of DiBiase & Sherri looking into the camera as Sherri sports a truly terrifying look.

Thoughts: They are still trying to establish the DiBiase/Sherri duo but its not clicking. Odd that neither DiBiase nor his son could find chemistry with a female manager.

 

The Dragon vs. Tom Stone

Dragon runs over Stone as Heenan cracks all sorts of fire jokes at the expense of Tito Santana and Hulk Hogan. Dragon stays on the attack and uses a lot of chops. Dragon then uses a scoop slam and hits a flying chop before going back up top for the flying body press and the win (2:30).

Thoughts: Again, this gimmick is holding Steamboat down. His arm bands limit what he can do so these matches revolve around chopping his opponent.

 

Irwin R. Schyster on those missed the tax deadline in the same segment we saw on Superstars.

 

Barber Shop with guests Sgt. Slaughter, Gen. Adnan, and Col. Mustafa. Beefcake tells Slaughter about Hogan fighting back but Slaughter cuts him off for being a Hogan sympathizer. Slaughter then says he told Hogan at WrestleMania VII to be prepared because he will stop at nothing to destroy Hulkamania. We get a few clips of Slaughter attacking Hogan then Slaughter says Beefcake is similar to Hogan in that they both have disfigured faces before vowing to tear off Hogan’s bandage as Adnan smiles and nods in approval. Slaughter closes by saying he rules the WWF and there is nothing that can stop him. They are trying to prolong this feud but its really running out of steam.

 

The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Rob Allen

Barbarian beats the piss out of Allen as we hear from Bret Hart in an insert promo saying he has the wrestling ability to turn Barbarian’s strength into a weakness. Barbarian stays in control as Neidhart is confident his partner will take care of business then Barbarian gets the win with a boot to the face (1:37).

Thoughts: We are now getting a Barbarian/Bret feud which is designed to put over the latter. It appears that the Haku & Barbarian team is no more and Haku was spending a lot of time in Japan at this point.

 

Eddie Robinson is lifting at the gym then stops to flex to state he does not like the odds of others competing at the WBF.

 

“The Model” Rick Martel vs. Ultimate Warrior

Warrior shoves Martel into the corner then flexes. Warrior takes Martel over with a hip toss then hits a pair of slams before sending him through the ropes with a clothesline. We hear from Paul Bearer & The Undertaker in an insert promo as they call Warrior different than the rest but he will still become the sacrificial lamb of The Undertaker. Back to the match as Warrior stays in control until Martel sidesteps a charge and uses Warrior’s momentum to shove him outside. Martel heads out and stomps Warrior’s back then we go to break. The match returns with Martel rolling Warrior back inside as Gorilla tells us we did not miss anything as the ref was yelling at Martel to bring the action inside the ring. Martel continues to target the back as Heenan proclaims Warrior is a different man after getting locked inside of the coffin. Warrior then fights back but eats boot on a charge. Martel knocks Warrior down and puts on the Boston Crab but Warrior powers out and sends Martel into the corner. Warrior then powers out and hits a few clotheslines before putting Martel away with a splash (6:30) 3/4*.

Thoughts: Not much of a match. Martel was on his way out at this taping and it showed. The outcome was never in doubt despite the story on commentary about Warrior being scarred since Undertaker locked him inside of the coffin.

 

Next week in action are Big Bossman, Power & Glory, Jim Duggan, and the featured match of Mr. Perfect vs. Tugboat in an Intercontinental Title match. Also, Roddy Piper as guest on the “Barber Shop.” The show closes with comments from Tugboat and Perfect to hype up their match.

 

Final Thoughts: We had a featured match although it was not that good and the crowd did not seem too invested. Besides that it was getting over debuting gimmicks and post-Mania feuds.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/4/91

Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/5/91

Thursday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/11/91

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/12/91

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/21/83

Sunday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 5/14/91

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/18/91