WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 1st, 1995

January 1, 1995

From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase

 

Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Scott Taylor

DiBiase says he sees dollar signs with Hakushi then promises a hostile takeover of the WWF with his Corporation for 1995. Hakushi dropkicks Taylor then soon after that catches him with a thrust kick. DiBiase promises his team will win the Tag Team Titles then King Kong Bundy will win the Royal Rumble and become the World Champion at WrestleMania. Hakushi chops down Taylor several times as Gorilla says the tattoos all over Hakushi’s body are like “scriptures.” Hakushi uses a slingshot splash and that gets some cheers then heads up top for a swanton bomb and gets the win (2:32).

Thoughts: Hakushi’s cool moves are getting him over a bit with the fans and his moves and look make him stand out from the pack. And the announcers are treating him like a potential star too. Lets see how long that lasts.

 

Still to come on this show are King Kong Bundy, Bob Backlund, Duke Droese, and the British Bulldog.

 

WWF Live Event News with Tamara Murphy. This hypes the Holiday Wish Tour.

 

British Bulldog vs. Chris Avery

The announcers talk about Bulldog teaming with Lex Luger to face Tatanka & Bam Bam Bigelow on RAW with DiBiase ragging on Luger & Bulldog for being “muscleheads.” Bulldog overpowers Avery then works the arm. He now uses a delayed vertical suplex as DiBiase talks about his team being victorious on RAW and how they will win the Titles. Bulldog goes back to the arm then drops Avery with a headbutt and hammers away. Bulldog now uses a chin lock as DiBiase says RAW will be a tune-up match for his team before their next tournament match. Avery lands a few shots but eats a boot in the corner then Bulldog uses a running powerslam for the win (3:13).

Thoughts: A win for Bulldog as they hyped up the tag match on RAW and the Tatanka & Bigelow team as favorites to win the tournament.

 

Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill. Same report as we saw on “Superstars.”

 

King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Steve King

Gorilla puts over Bundy as one of the favorites in the Rumble match. Bundy yells after ramming King into the corner then does it again. Bundy stays in control then puts King away with the avalanche (1:37).

Thoughts: Another uninspired outing for Bundy but that is not stopping him being hyped as a favorite to win the Rumble match.

 

Well Dunn w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Phil Apollo & Tim McNeany

A mild “Harvey sucks” chant breaks out as Well beats on Apollo. Finkel did the ring introductions from the floor. The announcers now talk about Howard Finkel with DiBiase saying he pulled down Whippleman’s pants on purpose. Apollo tags out after fighting back against Dunn but McNeany whiffs on a dropkick and gets dumped on his head with a suplex. Well Dunn double-teams McNeany as the announcers talk about the Finkel/Whippleman feud. Now the announcers talk about Well Dunn vs. Smoking Gunns in the Tag Team Title Tournament as Well Dunn stay in control. Well hits three straight leg drops after a double team as the announcers talk about the Rumble match then Well Dunn uses an Irish Whip/Hotshot combo for the win (3:47).

Thoughts: A long showcase for Well Dunn to give them a bit of momentum heading into next week’s Tournament match against the Smoking Gunns. Plus, more hype for the Finkel/Whippleman feud but they did not interact with each other. And Well Dunn is not over in the slightest.

 

The Kama vignette airs.

 

Lex Luger vs. Reno Riggins

DiBiase says Luger is a waste of a good body due to not having a brain. Riggins sneak attack fails and Luger works him over. Riggins bails as DiBiase promises his team will beat Luger on RAW and Luger has no chance at eliminating Bundy at the Royal Rumble. Riggins cheap shots Luger and fires away but Luger fights back. Luger drops Riggins with a knee lift and hits a powerslam before the Rebel Rack gets the win (1:47).

Thoughts: The fans were into Luger here as they hyped his tag match and teased something between Luger and Bundy, who were on opposite sides of a tag match during the Holiday Wish Tour.

 

Raymond Rougeau welcomes Bob Backlund to the ring for an interview. Backlund is wearing a suit and bow tie. Backlund yells at the crowd to bring a dictionary and look up the words he uses before saying how the fans upset him tremendously before saying the WWF infrastructure is tearing down what he is trying to build. Backlund says he will come back from adversity and once again become the champion. He even stops to yell at the crowd to sit up straight. Backlund then says he will make sure Diesel will have the word “former” deeply embedded on his forehead. Rougeau asks Backlund about the Rumble match and if he should win. Backlund then goes off on another rant about not needing fireworks to be a wrestler and how he doesn’t need friends with the camera constantly zooming in on his face. Backlund then speaks calmly and says when he walks out of the Rumble, whoever holds the title will have to face him at WrestleMania and then he screams about being back up next to god when he is once again champion. This interview went on for far too long and the Backlund character came off as self-parody more so than ever before since turning heel. The interest in Backlund/Diesel matches around the house show circuit was not there, either, as we will come to see.

 

Todd Pettengill hypes up the Holiday Wish Tour and the contest sponsored by Roy Rogers restaurant.

 

Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Charlie Hunter

Droese slams Hunter then follows with a clothesline. The announcers talk about the Rumble match and if Droese and Henry Godwinn got together in that match with Gorilla talking about the odor it would cause. Droese hits a spinebuster then says its time to take out the trash and uses the Trash Compactor for the win (1:46).

Thoughts: A quick win for Droese as the announcers talked about the Rumble match and a potential feud between Droese and Godwinn because both guys who smell make for a good feud, apparently.

 

Another Live Event News segment on the Holiday Wish Tour.

 

Next week in action are Adam Bomb, Henry Godwinn, and Razor Ramon. Plus, an interview with Jeff Jarrett.

 

Final Thoughts: This crowd was dead and after the final episode of this taping its easy to see why. And, the stuff being pushed on this show was not too thrilling and they even teased some other things that could happen in the Rumble and possibly build to other feuds and I had no desire to see any of that. Anyway, 1995 will end far more different than it started and this show would end up not surviving the entire year.