WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 5th, 1991

May 5, 1991

From the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

This week, the featured match is Mr. Perfect defending the Intercontinental Title against Tugboat. Plus, Roddy Piper as the guest on the “Barber Shop.” Others in action include TheBushwhackers, Power & Glory, and Big Bossman.

 

The Bushwhackers vs. Tony Scrivins & Dan Johnson

Scrivins is built like a tank. The Bushwhackers work over Johnson to start. We hear from Power & Glory & Slick in an insert promo telling The Bushwhackers they solve problems with their brains. Scrivins tags in and is quickly put away with a battering ram (1:51).

Thoughts: More hype for the Bushwhackers/Power & Glory feud.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as the Update segment on “Superstars of Wrestling” that saw Earthquake squashing Damien.

 

Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Evans

Gorilla plugs the Hot Ticket PPV as Evans jumps on top of Haku’s back, only to get rammed into the corner. Haku then hits a pair of backbreakers as the announcers discuss WrestleMania memories. Haku hits a piledriver then pulls up on a pin attempt and soon after that hits a thrust kick for the win (1:41).

Thoughts: This match was a backdrop for the announcers to hype up the Hot Ticket PPV.

 

Big Bossman vs. Rick Rice

Rice uses his speed but Bossman brushes away his dropkick. We hear from The Mountie in an insert promo dismissing Bossman as a hick cop while calling himself International law enforcement. Bossman beats on Rice then puts him away with a sidewalk slam (1:50).

Thoughts: They continue to push the Bossman/Mountie feud.

 

Power & Glory w/ Slick vs. Sonny Blaze & George Anderson

Power & Glory beat on Blaze to start. We now hear from The Bushwhackers in an insert promo as they do not know who has the power and glory but will take care of power to make sure there is no glory. Anderson tags in and gets his ass kicked then Hercules puts him in a torture rack while Roma comes off the top with an elbow for the win (3:44).

Thoughts: Two segments devoted to the Bushwhackers/Power & Glory feud on this show. That’s more than enough.

 

Barber Shop with guest Roddy Piper. Piper tells Beefcake to has a seat then addresses Ted DiBiase. Piper recalls Beefcake’s accident and how after 30 screws and 8 plates in the head he still came back because he has heart, something money cannot buy. Piper then talks about actor Michael Landon saying he will not quit after his cancer diagnosis and how both Landon and Beefcake are “pure man.” Piper then says he will not quit either and you cannot keep a good man down. Piper went inspirational here as to how he will defeat DiBiase.

 

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Mr. Perfect (c) w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tugboat

Tugboat knocks Perfect outside then reaches through the ropes and slaps Perfect across the face. Perfect steps back inside and chops Tugboat in the corner but it has zero effect. Perfect then dances around but Tugboat drops him with a lifting choke. Tugboat then catches Perfect with a bearhug but misses a charge in the corner. Perfect gets tossed on a pin attempt then Tugboat hits a slam. Tugboat is up on the middle rope but misses a splash then Perfect covers and holds on to Tugboat’s pant legs and gets the win (4:19) 1/2*. Perfect quickly bails after the match as Tugboat does his routine.

Thoughts: The match was basically Perfect running away from Tugboat and the finish looked terrible. Perfect did bump around, as expected, for his opponent but Tugboat was just not very good at all.

 

Irwin R. Schyster talks about the tax returns of certain WWF Superstars and said they are as dishonest as the rest of us. He takes offense at someone to writing of bird food and travel expenses for his bulldog and vows no one will get away with this anymore. Now he has some people he can potentially feud with and go after.

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Tom Bennett

Heenan talks about Sgt. Slaughter and his guys being his guests on “Prime Time Wrestling” this Tuesday. Duggan beats on Bennett after hitting him with the board. Duggan tosses Bennett outside then rolls him back in for more punishment before hitting the Three Point Stance for the win (1:54).

Thoughts: They did not talk about that illustrious Duggan/Mustafa feud but rather plugged this week’s guests on Prime Time

 

Next week, Jake Roberts is the guest on the “Barber Shop.” Plus, Irwin R. Schyster will make his debut. Also in action are Virgil, Undertaker, and the featured match of the Legion of Doom vs. Orient Express as we hear from both teams to close out the show.

 

Final Thoughts: The featured match wasn’t much and they did not hype much else in terms of feuds but Piper cut a good promo on the “Barber Shop” at least. We get another featured match next week at least in the last show of this taping cycle.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/19/91

Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling  5/25/91