WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 20th, 1991

October 20, 1991

From the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, WV

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan.

In action this week are Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase, The Dragon, Jim Neidhart, and The Natural Disasters


The Bushwhackers vs. Pete Weeks & Bruce Mitchell

The Beverly Brothers & Genius are shown in an insert promo putting themselves over as the best and how they will dispose of The Bushwhackers. The Bushwhackers work over Weeks then beat down Mitchell as Heenan asks Gorilla for 20 tickets to Survivor Series. The Bushwhackers hit Mitchell with a battering ram then use a double gutbuster for the win (2:11).

Thoughts: Some basic hype for the Beverly Brothers/Bushwhacker feud.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as the Update segment from “Superstars of Wrestling” that told us about Sid Justice and Jake Roberts captaining opposing teams at the Survivor Series.


Chris Hahn vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri

DiBiase beats down Hawn and tosses him outside for some more punishment. The match heads back into the ring where DiBiase clotheslines Hahn and catches him with a powerslam before the Million Dollar Dream gets the win (1:32).

Thoughts: They barely even mentioned the Virgil/DiBiase feud as it tells you how much people currently care about that program.


The vignette of Tito Santana officially becoming El Matador airs.


Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Nick Tarantino

Neidhart tosses around Tarantino who is in an insert promo saying lately his opponents have been strange but he is a little weird himself. Neidhart then hits a slam and a flying shoulder tackle before a powerslam gets the win (1:11).

Thoughts: Expect Neidhart to feud with one of the wacky midcard gimmicks now.


The vignette of Sgt. Slaughter begging for his country back while in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial airs.


Irwin R. Schyster vs. ???

The enhancement talent was not announced and I did not know who it was myself. Before the match, IRS tells everyone to pay their taxes because the wealthy are sick of supporting them. IRS beats on his opponent as Bossman is shown in an insert promo wanting IRS saved for him at the Survivor Series. IRS stays in control then uses the Write Off for the win (1:27).

Thoughts: They are starting to hype up the Bossman/IRS feud again.


The Dragon vs. Brian Costello

Heenan says this week on “Prime Time Wrestling” are Beverly Brothers, Bret Hart, and IRS. Gorilla says that Costello reminds him of Pete Doherty. The announcers now plug “Superstars VI” magazine that features an article on Dragon. The Dragon beats on Costello and hits a flying chop before using a flying body press for the win (1:26).

Thoughts: The day after this aired, Steamboat was fired at the Superstars tapings in Ft. Wayne, IN. Steamboat said he was asked to lose to IRS and the Undertaker, which he admits to not having a problem with, but refused to get carried out on a stretcher after each defeat, thinking it was dumb and confuse the fans. Steamboat was also fed up wrestling in opening matches and not part of any top feuds that he was promised when returning.


A clip from “Suburban Commando” is shown. Its the same clip we’ve seen for the past month with Hogan’s character punching a mime in the face.


Barber Shop with guests Natural Disasters & Jimmy Hart. Beefcake tells Hart that the Legion of Doom do not back down from anyone but that the Disasters have a better than average chance of becoming champions. Beefcake then repeats the “bigger they are, harder they fall” line but Hart says they will be the next champions. Typhoon promises they will be champions before the Survivor Series as Earthquake talks about the Survivor Series. Just a generic interview.


Bob Smedley vs. Roddy Piper

Heenan teases Piper on commentary and talks about how Piper is not allowed to get physical with him or else he’ll lose his job. Smedley spits at Piper from inside the ring then takes a swing as Piper says Smedley thinks he is Ric Flair. Piper heads in and destroys Smedley while we hear him in an insert promo calling out Flair before he puts Smedley away with a bulldog (0:51). After the match, Piper grabs a chair and hits Smedley as he was fleeing the ring. Piper then says the chair is for Flair as we see Heenan calling out Piper.

Thoughts: Looks like Piper is now back in the ring now as I guess this is allowed as part of his broadcaster contract. This is also to sell his feud with Flair that was headlining some of the house shows this month.


The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Sonny Blaze

Heenan tells us he heard that Piper left the building scared due to the mention of Flair. The Mountie beats on Blaze as we hear from him in an insert promo with Hart saying “When you are the best at what you do, people look up to you.” Mountie stays in control then uses a two-handed chokeslam for the win (1:50). After the match, Mountie reads Blaze his rights after cuffing him to the ropes but then says he does not have any rights and zaps Blaze with the cattle prod.

Thoughts: They had Heenan badmouth Piper on commentary to further sell the feud with Flair. And The Mountie is back to his usual antics.


Next week in action are Texas Tornado, Nasty Boys, Bret Hart, and Ric Flair. Plus, an interview with Sid Justice & Big Bossman & Legion of Doom.


Final Thoughts: Besides the squash matches the only other exclusive thing we saw was the Barber Shop and that was not too impressive. The road to Survivor Series continues.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/26/91

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/22/83

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/27/91

Monday: WWF Madison Square Garden 10/28/91

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/2/91

Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/3/91

Thursday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 11/4/91