WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 31st, 1992

May 31, 1992

From the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Crush, Money Inc., The Mountie, and Virgil. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart and more!

 

Crush vs. Barry Hardy

The announcers put over Crush’s size. Crush backs Hardy into the corner then places him on the top rope before backing away. Crush catches Hardy in a powerslam as the announcers talk about ICOPRO. Hardy rolls outside after getting hit with a backbreaker then Crush leaps over the top rope and out to the floor where he clotheslines Hardy. Crush is shown in an insert promo warning everyone in his way they will see why he’s called Crush. Back to the match as Crush hits a flying forearm from the top rope then hits a spienbuster for the win (1:36).

Thoughts: They are putting over Crush’s size and athleticism as well as discussing this ICOPRO product.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is about Papa Shangos curse in the same segment we saw on Superstars.

 

Money Inc. w/ Jimmy Hart vs. “Jumping” Jim Brunzell & Sonny Blaze

The champs beat on Blaze as we hear from the Natural Disasters in an insert promo calling out Money Inc. The champs stay in control then DiBiase puts Blaze away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:29).

Thoughts: More hype for this underwhelming Tag Team Title feud.

 

Von Krus vs. Virgil

Heenan puts over Lex Luger’s physique then the announcers plug the WBF Championship PPV. Virgil gets a two count with a crucifix then works the arm. Virgil stays in control then puts Krus away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:21).

Thoughts: The announcers used this match as a backdrop to discuss the WBF Championship as Virgil’s stock continues to plummet.

 

The announcers plug the newest edition of “WBF Magazine” and the war between Mike Christian and Berry De May.

 

The Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Bill Pierce

The announcers talk about the Mountie/Sgt. Slaughter feud. The Mountie takes control then we hear from him with Hart in an insert promo bragging about shocking Slaughter with 80,000 volts of electricity. Mountie stretches out Pierce then hits a dropkick for the win (1:16). After the match, Mountie taunts Pierce with the shock stick then chases the ref away as Pierce bails while we hear the “shock” sounds. Mountie then grabs the mic and says he is the Mountie and Canada’s #1.

Thoughts: The Mountie is amusing in going way over the top with his character but his feud with Slaughter sucks.

 

Gorilla plugs the “Crunch Classic” Coliseum Home Video release as we see a clip of the Jimmy Hart feature.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes Bret Hart to the interview platform. Bret says that WrestleMania VIII was the toughest match he has ever had then says for all the times his father had his back, he wants to dedicate the IC Title to his dad and wishes him a happy 77th birthday. Okerlund talks about Bret’s family then mentions Shawn Michaels. Bret says Shawn is a great wrestler with a lot of ability but lacks focus then says they have two differences. Bret says the first difference is that Shawn pays women to go out with him and second is that Shawn does not have the IC Title and will never have it as the segment ends. This is one of the few current feuds not revolving around some silly gimmick and while not perfect, is still interesting given the abilities of both men.

 

Kerry Davis & Mark Kay vs. Nasty Boys w/ Jimmy Hart

The announcers plug the Fitness & Nutrition Expo then mention how the Nasty Boys will have their hands full with High Energy. The Nasty Boys beat down Kay to start. Kay has his face rubbed into Sags’ armpit before tagging out as Davis takes his turn in getting destroyed. Hart cheerleads for his team then the Nasty Boys put Davis away with the running powerslam/flying elbow drop combo (2:54).

Thoughts: The Nasty Boys are sinking in the Tag Division as they are reduced to feuding with High Energy, who Heenan made fun of here due to their attire. Well, it was Koko B. Ware he made fun of for the most part.

 

An ad for the WBF Championship airs.

 

El Matador vs. Dublin Destroyer

Gorilla talks about Matador’s career still going strong as Matador hits an atomic drop. Heenan puts over Matador’s conditioning as Matador works a side headlock on the mat. Matador hits a dropkick before going back to the side headlock then Heenan continues to make fun of Koko’s pants. Matador then hits a knee lift before the El Paso de Muerte gets the win (2:28).

Thoughts: I guess this was to remind us that El Matador was still on the roster as he’s been downplayed since WrestleMania.

 

Bob Wisseman vs. Kamala w/ Harvey Whippleman & Kimchee

Kamala beats down Wisseman as the announcers talk about the Ric Flair/Randy Savage feud. Kamala hits a kick after a leapfrog then continues his assault before putting Wisseman away with a splash (1:48).

Thoughts: Really just a backdrop for the Flair/Savage stuff as Kamala has not been exciting the folks at this TV taping.

 

Next week in action are Tatanka, Shawn Michaels, Natural Disasters, Papa Shango, and Ric Flair.

 

Final Thoughts: The only exclusive segment was the Bret interview, which was fine, but again the company is hurting and the characters and feuds are just not very good at all.