WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 23rd, 1991

June 23, 1991

From the A.S.U. Activities Center in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Vince McMahon. Heenan tells us that his managerial career is now over in order to become a broadcast journalist as Coach will now manage Mr. Perfect.

In action this week are Bret Hart, Sgt. Slaughter, Virgil, and The Berzerker. Plus, Jim Duggan as guest on the “Barber Shop” and more.

 

Texas Tornado vs. Dale Wolfe

Tornado beats on Wolfe for a bit. He takes Wolfe outside and hammers away then brings him back in and hits the Tornado Punch for the win (2:06).

Thoughts: Tornado looks worse with each passing week. He also does not have any direction despite being Intercontinental Champion just several months prior.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as “Superstars of Wrestling” where we learned that Tugboat is now called “Typhoon” and teaming with Earthquake as the Natural Disasters.

 

Matthew Burns vs. The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart

The announcers talk about the Natural Disasters as Neidhart claims they weigh over 1,000 lbs. Mountie uses his control techniques then taunts the crowd by calling out the Big Bossman. Mountie continues to taunt Bossman then he puts Burns away with a two-handed chokeslam (2:10). After the match, Mountie shocks Burns with the cattle prod.

Thoughts: They are really pushing this Mountie/Bossman feud hard on TV.

 

The Black Knight vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart

Gorilla puts over Bret’s new attire. The announcers talk about the Randy Savage & Elizabeth rumors as Bret takes control. Heenan tells us that Jim Duggan and the Nasty Boys will be appearing on “Prime Time Wrestling” as Bret uses the Sharpshooter for the win (2:31).

Thoughts: They are now actually establishing Bret as a singles act and commenting on his looks.

 

The Berzerker w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Jerry Stevens

Berzerker asks Fuji if he should kick Stevens in the face then does as Heenan laughs. The announcers talk about the Hulk Hogan Hotline as Berzerker destroys Stevens and runs over to Fuji for orders. Berzerker stays in control then tosses Stevens outside and gets the win via countout (2:19).

Thoughts: Still no reaction to The Berzerker. Fuji as his manager did not help whatsoever and probably made things worst. Honestly, Fuji was terrible at this point.

 

Another Sid Justice vignette as he lunges towards the camera.

 

Barber Shop with guest Hacksaw Jim Duggan. First, Duggan talks about the United States being successful in Desert Storm and leads the crowd into a USA chant. Duggan then says Sgt. Slaughter makes him want to “regurgitate” for being a turncoat and promises to do something about this. Beefcake wants to know how Duggan will contend with Slaughter’s Rules as Duggan says he is a man with his board. Your typical “patriotic” Duggan promo here.

 

WBF Report with Gene Okerlund. Also the same as we saw on Superstars where we learned that Gary Strydom won the WBF Championship.

 

Larry Ludden vs. Sgt. Slaughter w/ Gen. Adnan & Col. Mustafa

Heenan believes that Slaughter will recapture the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Gorilla plugs the “WWF Posters One” that includes eight different posters, prompting Heenan to ask why its not called “Posters Eight.” Slaughter beats on Ludden as a mild USA chant breaks out. Slaughter stays in control until he uses a Camel’s Clutch for the win (2:52). After the match, Mustafa uses the Camel’s Clutch and Slaughter stomps away. Ludden is then tossed outside.

Thoughts: Slaughter is still programmed with Hogan but that has lost a lot of luster since WrestleMania.

 

Ted DiBiase & Sensational Sherri and Roddy Piper put over Sid Justice.

 

Virgil vs. Louie Spicolli

Virgil lands a few punches then Spicolli fights back. Virgil drives Spicolli into the corner then clotheslines him over the top rope. Virgil brings Spicolli back inside and uses the Million Dollar Dream for the win (1:58).

Thoughts: Some basic hype for the Virgil/DiBiase feud.

 

Next week in action are Jake Roberts, Beverly Brothers, Nasty Boys, and The Undertaker. Plus, more comments about Sid Justice and more!

 

Final Thoughts: This was not a show you needed to watch this week. The key stuff was all rehashed from Superstars and the WBF report took up far too much time. At least we can focus on the wrestling now with the WBF Championship stuff settled.