WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 14th, 1991

July 14, 1991

From the Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, CA

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

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

 

The Rockers vs. Louie Spicolli & Billy Gatlin

The Rockers show off their new hats as Heenan refers to the team as “Laverne & Shirley.” Marty dropkicks Spicolli after an Irish whip sequence then works the arm. Spicolli rakes the eyes and lands a few shots but Marty fights back then tags out as The Rockers hit an atomic drop/super kick combo. Spicolli eats boot on a charge then gets chopped down by Shawn. The Rockers beat on Spicolli outside of the ring as the announcers talk about the SummerSlam main events. Gatlin tags in and The Rockers work him over then Shawn press slams Marty on top of Gatlin for the win (2:55).

Thoughts: The Rockers are not involved in any feuds right now but do have hats being marketed so that counts for something at least.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as “Superstars of Wrestling” where they discussed the SummerSlam co-main events.

 

Sgt. Slaughter w/ Gen. Adnan & Col. Mustafa vs. Scott Bazo

Slaughter dedicates his match to Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. He beats on Bazo as the announcers speculate as to who will be the special guest referee for the “Marriage Made in Hell” match at SummerSlam. Slaughter stays in control until he puts Bazo away with the Camel’s Clutch (2:23). After the match, Adnan & Mustafa come in to make it a 3 vs. 1 attack. Slaughter even beats Bazo with a chair.

Thoughts: I guess this was supposed to make the Triangle of Terror seem like a threat but they do have a man advantage at SummerSlam and destroyed just some enhancement talent guy here in this match.

 

Roddy Piper and IRS put over Sid Justice.

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Gary Key

Jake works the arm as Gorilla teases Heenan by saying he’ll have Jake come over and show him Lucifer. Jake hits a scoop slam then goes back to the arm as the match grinds to a halt. Heenan talks about Jake being extremely cruel and the most heartless man he has ever met as Gorilla tells him to stop. Key then slaps Jake, who laughs and hits a DDT for the win (2:45).

Thoughts: The Heenan comment about Jake was noteworthy as they way he said it was almost like a compliment, a rarity from a heel announcer when talking about a babyface. Also, Jake’s feud with Earthquake was not discussed.

 

The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Jim Gorman

The crowd chants for the Ultimate Warrior before Undertaker beats on Gorman. The announcers talk about a “WWF Magazine” article on Undertaker as hits a ropewalk forearm smash then hits a Tombstone for the win (1:42). After the match, Undertaker shoves Gorman inside of a bodybag then hits a stomp.

Thoughts: Another easy win for The Undertaker but with Warrior already involved in a SummerSlam match it leaves Undertaker without anything to do.

 

SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

The Beverly Brothers w/ Coach vs. Bob Allen & Mike Stone

The Beverly Brothers are billed from Shaker Heights, OH and are combing their hair before the match. I guess that constitutes as part of a gimmick. Beau trips up Allen then Coach pulls the ropes down as Allen spills outside. Blake helps him back inside then cheap shots from behind. Stone tags and gets roughed up by Blake then is put away with a flapjack/head spike combo (3:12).

Thoughts: The Coach/Beverly Brothers pairing just did not make any sense whatsoever. It was too random and as a result did not get over.

 

Barber Shop with guest Virgil. Beefcake asks Virgil about having a chance to become rich by winning the Million Dollar Belt at SummerSlam. Virgil says its a lottery and he has the winning ticket, which is his fist. He also promises to come in as Virgil then leave as a “rich, rich, rich man” as Beefcake tells Ted DiBiase he can take that to the bank. They are really pushing the story of Virgil becoming a millionaire if he beats DiBiase at SummerSlam.

 

Tim Patterson vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart

The announcers talk about Bret’s Intercontinental Title match at SummerSlam. Bret works over Patterson as Heenan says if anyone can beat Mr. Perfect its Bret. The announcers now compare the finishing moves of Bret and Perfect and say whoever hits their’s first will win the match as Bret puts Patterson away with the Sharpshooter (1:36).

Thoughts: Interesting commentary here with Heenan, Perfect’s former manager, saying that Bret is the guy who could beat Perfect. Then again, with Heenan now a “Broadcast Journalist” he is being a bit more partial. And they loosely pushed a story that whoever hit their finisher first would win the match.

 

Skinner is shown in his shack holding a dead squirrel. He talks about skinning a little piece off of an animal before letting him go so he can do it again later down the road.

 

Next week in action are The Mountie, British Bulldog, and the Natural Disasters. Plus, a special interview with Sgt. Slaughter and Randy Savage as guest on the “Barber Shop.”

 

Thoughts: More hype for SummerSlam here with the show just over a month away. I thought they hyped up the secondary title matches well enough but the rest of the show was not anything you needed to see.