WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 19th, 1991

May 19, 1991

From the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

This week, our featured match is Bret Hart vs. The Warlord. Plus, Hulk Hogan as guest on the “Barber Shop.” Also in action are Ted DiBiase, The Rockers, The Berzerker, and the Texas Tornado.


The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart

The camera shows fans wearing a Bret t-shirt and holding up a poster, which is a sign they have plans to push him. Heenan puts over Warlord’s strength as Warlord knocks Bret down. Bret slides underneath Warlord then sweeps his leg. Warlord catches Bret with a bearhug but Bret bites his way out and trips up Warlord for a rollup that gets two. Warlord catches Bret with a side slam then follows with a press slam as the announcers talk about Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Warlord continues to target the back but misses a splash as both men are down. Bret now fights back and takes Warlord down with a clothesline. Bret gets a few nearfalls but Slicks trips him up with his cane. Bret then pulls Slick up to the apron and knocks him down then starts using the cane to beat Warlord then the ref rules this a double disqualification (5:32) *1/2.

Thoughts: Despite the fact Bret was getting a push as a singles act they wanted to protect The Warlord and had a double DQ finish. Warlord was feuding with Texas Tornado around the house show circuit so I guess they felt compelled to protect him for that gem. The action was decent enough.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Bossman/Mountie. We now hear from the Big Bossman, who says he was jumped by “trash” and says The Mountie was behind this but all the shock stick did was make his blood boil and will make Mountie serve hard time. They are certainly amping up the Bossman/Mountie feud.


Rick Rice vs. Texas Tornado

Gorilla tells us that Tornado made his picks for the WBF Championship inside of “WWF Magazine” as Heenan wonders why anyone would ask Tornado for advice. Tornado takes Rice down but is rolled up for a two count. Tornado extends his hand and they both shake as the crowd applauds. Rice cheap shots after a break in the corner then hammers away but Tornado fights back and soon after that gets the win with the Tornado Punch (2:03).

Thoughts: Tornado is the one this week they chose to talk about the WBF stuff. Its pretty much his best use at this point.


Brian Costello & Dan Johnson vs. The Rockers

Marty works over Costello to start. He stops a comeback then hits an inverted atomic drop before tagging out. Johnson is in now as Shawn works him over as we hear from The Orient Express with Mr. Fuji as Tanaka says they will make Fuji happy. The Rockers stay in control then put Johnson away with a double flying fist drop (2:49).

Thoughts: Good thing the Rockers and Orient Express had great matches because the premise of their feud was incredibly lame.


“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri vs. WT Jones

Jones jumps DiBiase from behind but ends up getting destroyed. DiBiase lands some chops in the corner then we hear from Virgil in an insert promo as he says Virgil & “Jezebel” Sherri are going to get stopped. DiBiase hits Jones with a powerslam then uses the Million Dollar Dream for the win (1:38). After the match, DiBiase takes a $100 bill from Sherri’s thigh high and sticks it in Jones’ mouth. Sherri then takes it out of his mouth and sticks it into her cleavage.

Thoughts: More hype for the DiBiase/Virgil feud.


Barber Shop with guest Hulk Hogan. Beefcake congratulates Hogan for winning the Title at WrestleMania VII Before asking him about Slaughter’s Rules. Hogan talks about not being afraid of Slaughter’s Rules and how he is ready for war. Really basic promo from Hogan as his feud with Slaughter is far from over.


Randy Fox vs. The Berzerker w/ Mr. Fuji

Berzerker attacks Fox while Heenan insults Neidhart. Gorilla plugs the WBF Championship as Berzerker stays in control. Fox is now tied in the ropes and gets booted a few times before he tosses Fox over the top rope and wins via countout (2:19).

Thoughts: Another countout win for The Berzerker but he is not getting over and does not appear to be someone that is going to get a push.


WBF Superstar Jim Quinn tells us he is pumped for the WBF Championship.


Koko B. Ware vs. Al Burke

Neidhart says that short, stocky guys like Koko are the hardest to wrestle. Burke attacks Koko from behind and hammers away. Burke pounds on Koko in the corner then chokes him out. Koko ducks a clothesline and hits a headbutt then hits the Ghostbuster for the win (1:38).

Thoughts: Koko sold an awful lot here but gets the win, which was not always the case when Koko was on TV.


Next week in action are Power & Glory, The Dragon, The Bushwhackers, Earthquake, and the Big Bossman. Plus, Mr. Perfect as guest on the “Barber Shop” and more!


Final Thoughts: The featured match was alright but Hogan’s interview was nothing special at all. We got the usual hype for the post-Mania feuds that will take place throughout the Summer as well. Not much else to add besides that.