WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 7th, 1991

July 7, 1991

From the Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, CA

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

This week, we will see the Miss Elizabeth interview. Also in action are The Natural Disasters, Big Bossman, Ted DiBiase, and Mr. Perfect.

 

Mr. Perfect w/ Coach vs. Larry Williams

Perfect beats the crap out of Williams as Coach & Perfect are in an insert promo putting themselves over. Perfect stays in control then hits the Perfect Plex for the win (1:53).

Thoughts: Again, The Coach stuff is awful. Its way too corny and over-the-top. He’s challenging Frenchy Martin for the worst manager of all-time crown but lucky for us Coach would disappear soon. Anyway, no mention of Perfect’s feud with Bulldog. In fact, Perfect was out of action at this time with a legitimate injury and it was reported he would be taking a few months off after SummerSlam to recuperate. That time off ended up being over a year.

 

The Elizabeth interview from “Superstars of Wrestling” is shown. This of course is when Randy Savage proposes and Elizabeth says “Ohhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhh.”

 

The Dragon vs. Ed Moretti

Steamboat has ditched the arm bands and more or less dressed like himself. Dragon lands some strikes to start. Moretti fights back briefly but Dragon cuts him off then Dragon hits a flying body press for the win (1:30).

Thoughts: The Dragon continues to rack up TV wins while not being part of an actual feud. He is too talented to get relegated in a role like this. And Moretti was in fact Moondog Moretti in the Pacific Northwest. He wasn’t bad at all in the ring but being short and fat was not going to get you pushed in the WWF.

 

We see a vignette of Skinner. He says anyone can skin something that is dead but the trick is doing it to someone who is still alive. Skinner proceeds to snap a stick and laughs about breaking the backs of the “WWF boys.” This is a lower card gimmick if there ever was one.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center hyping the 7/29 Worcester Centrum house show as we learn that The Undertaker will challenge Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Title. They are pretty much telling us that will be Hogan’s next feud.

 

The Natural Disasters w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Matthew Burns & Scott Carlson

The Disasters beat on Carlson to start. Burns lands some punches on Earthquake but they do not have any effect and he gets destroyed. We hear from The Bushwhackers as they promise to stop the Disasters in their “bloody tracks” as Typhoon hits a splash then Earthquakes hits his sit-down splash for the win (2:22).

Thoughts: With Hercules’ injury putting The Bushwhackers feud against Power & Glory on hold we are now getting a Disasters/Bushwhackers feud. It made sense since Typhoon turned on them but man are those matches gonna suck.

 

Jim Duggan defeats The Intruder in a match first shown on the 7/1 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”

 

Irwin R. Schyster vs. Larry Ludden

Before the match, IRS calls out Roddy Piper. We then hear from Piper in an insert promo as he is not phased by IRS’s verbal attack. IRS beats down Ludden as Gorilla does not understand why guys do not yank his tie then IRS uses the Write Off for the win (1:40).

Thoughts: The IRS gimmick is not getting over with the crowds but the company will keep trying since he is feuding with Piper.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as Superstars were we learn of the SummerSlam co-main events.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri vs. Billy Gatlin

DiBiase clotheslines Gatlin then stomps away. He tosses Gatlin outside then we hear DiBiase in an insert promo bragging about his Million Dollar Title. Sherri then jaws at ring announcer Mike McGuirk before DiBiase puts Gatlin away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:39).

Thoughts: Its been a while since DiBiase has bragged about the worth of his belt so its safe to assume some sort of angle will be taking place.

 

We now hear from Jake Roberts and the Nasty Boys as they put over Sid Justice as the company still has us guessing whether or not Sid is face or heel.

 

Black Knight vs. Big Bossman

The Black Knight is Billy Anderson under a mask. Bossman shoves down Knight to start. Bossman looks into the camera and calls out The Mountie then gets the win with a sidewalk slam (1:52).

Thoughts: A quick match as the Bossman/Mountie feud continues. It’s also cooled off a bit since the attack angle if you ask me.

 

Next week in action are Jake Roberts, The Rockers, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, and Sgt. Slaughter. Plus, Virgil as guest on the “Barber Shop” and more!

 

 

Final Thoughts: Once again, the main segments were stuff featured on “Superstars of Wrestling” as Challenge was something you could have easily skipped without missing a beat.