WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 8th, 1995

January 8, 1995

From the Liberty High School in Liberty, NY

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase

 

Adam Bomb vs. Duane Gill

DiBiase talks up his team of Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka as the future champions. Bomb tosses around Gill as DiBiase now claims that no one will be able to eliminate King Kong Bundy from the Royal Rumble match. Gill fights back but Bomb cuts him off as we now hear from Mabel with Oscar in an insert promo saying there are no friends in the Rumble match as he says Bomb will be getting tossed out of the ring. Back to the match as Bomb drops an elbow then applies a chin lock as DiBiase goes on about Oscar being too dumb to capitalize on Mabel’s size and strength. Bomb now hits a back suplex then heads up top for a flying clothesline and after that puts Gill away with the Atom Smasher (2:48).

Thoughts: The most interesting thing here was Mabel calling out Bomb, saying he’d toss him out to win the Rumble. Now, normally they play up the every man for himself bit during Rumble season but Mabel did not even mention Bomb was his friend (and usually that was the case when it came to babyfaces calling out other babyfaces for the Rumble match) and sounded completely pissed off an angry with his delivery. He showed a lot more edge than usual. Anyway, lots of talk from DiBiase about Bundy being the favorite to win the Rumble match and how no one can get him over the top rope, which was the theme of the show on commentary.

 

The announcers recap the Tag Team Tournament and hype up the semifinals.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Chris Kanyon & Nick Barberry

Bigelow beats down Kanyon to start as Gorilla brings up the fact DiBiase is a former Tag Team Champion then talks about the dissension between Bigelow & Tatanka this past Monday night on RAW. Kanyon fights back but gets caught in a spinebuster. Tatanka tags in and hammers away as we hear from Capt. Lou Albano with the New Headshrinkers & Afa to hype up next week’s semifinal match. Kanyon takes Tatanka over with a sunset flip for two then tags out and they hit Tatanka with a double dropkick for two. Tatanka then beats down Barberry and hits the End of the Trail then tags out as Bigelow gets the win with a diving headbutt (2:53).

Thoughts: A quick win to hype up the Bigelow & Tatanka vs. New Headshrinkers semifinals match next weekend.

 

WWF Live Event News with Tamara Murphy. She runs down the cards for the New York shows which includes: Wink & Pink vs. Queezy & Cheezy, Aldo Montoya vs. Steven Dunn, Duke Droese vs. Timothy Well, Bob Holly vs. Henry Godwinn, Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano for the Women’s Title, Lex Luger & British Bulldog vs. King Kong Bundy & Bam Bam Bigelow, Undertaker vs. Tatanka, Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart in a No Holds Barred match, and Diesel vs. Bob Backlund w/ Shawn Michaels for the World Title. Also, Shawn Michaels will conduct the Heartbreak Hotel as Tamara refers to him as the “Hottest Heartthrob.” Even though that was most likely a company line we now know that was how she did feel about Shawn. We also heard a promo from Bulldog where he called Luger and himself the “Super Powers” while promising to take out Bundy & Bigelow. Again, I will have the recap of the Nassau Coliseum show up hopefully some point this weekend but most likely Monday.

 

We see that Diesel is on the cover of the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.”

 

“Portuguese Man-O-War” Aldo Montoya vs. Tony DeVito

Montoya gets spinning fireworks for his entrance. Gorilla once again rags on DiBiase because of Montoya turning down his offer. Montoya takes DeVito down with a hip toss then a dropkick as DiBiase once again hypes up Bundy as the winner of the Royal Rumble. We now hear from Montoya in a bilingual insert promo where he says the Rumble is his chance to get a shot at the title. DeVito fights back and drops an elbow after a slam for a two count. Montoya fakes out DeVito and hits a missile dropkick then Montoya stays in control and puts DeVito away with a flying bulldog (2:36).

Thoughts: Montoya is still getting a minor push but despite some solid work in the ring is failing to get over. I don’t think speaking Portuguese is going to help him become an International star, either.

 

The Pamela Anderson Rumble ad with her to listening to different WWF superstars on her answering machine airs.

 

Raymond Rougeau welcomes Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie to the ring. Jarrett is asked about spending time in Las Vegas and says they rolled out the red carpet for him and are used to great stars and entertainers, unlike Nashville. We see Roadie clapping in the background. Rougeau asked about The Roadie as Jarrett says he is not hear to talk about him and that Roadie is his assistant that gets him whatever he needs. Jarrett now focuses on Razor Ramon and the Royal Rumble is a very big spot on the “Ain’t I Great” tour. Jarrett then promises to humiliate Razor at the Rumble and promises to take the Intercontinental Title as he talks about what will happen when he has the belt on his tour while we get some chants for Razor. A bit of a long-winded promo with Jarrett basically saying winning the IC Title will be the cherry on top of his “Ain’t I Great” tour. I did think The Roadie was amusing while nodding in agreement with Jarrett of in the corner.

 

The Kama vignette on his motorcycle airs.

 

Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Chris Avery

Avery decides to attack Kwang from behind but ends up getting dropped with a spin kick. The announcers now talk up the Howard Finkel vs. Whippleman Tuxedo Match for RAW this coming Monday night. Kwang brushes off a turnbuckle smash and hits Avery with a spinning heel kick in the corner. Gorilla wants to know what DiBiase will do wnen Bundy does not win the Rumble as Kwang hits another spinning heel kick for the win (1:26). After the match, Whippleman steals the mic from Finkel to announce Kwang as the winner of the match. Whippleman then predicts that Kwang will win the Rumble match before calling out the “buck-toothed Yankee” Finkel as he promises to pluck him like a chicken on RAW as he proceeds to make chicken sounds.

Thoughts: I did chuckle at some of Whippleman’s promo here as they are hyping up the Tuxedo Match for RAW. Wonder if that buck-toothed yankee line was really directed at Kevin Dunn? Besides that, Kwang is just a guy who does spin kicks in his matches so if you are a big spin kick aficionado then by all means seek this out.

 

Royal Rumble Report with Todd Pettengill.

 

We get an ad for the RAW video game for Sega Genesis.

 

Henry Godwinn vs. Mike Moraldo

The camera zooms in on the contents inside of the slop bucket. Godwinn rams Moraldo into the corner then hammers away. Godwinn drops a pair of elbows then brushes away a dropkick. Godwinn then grounds Moraldo after a wheelbarrow slam as the announcers talk about not yet seeing Mantaur in action as he was announced as part of the Rumble. Lucky them. Godwinn stays in control until the Slop Drop gets the win (2:42). The camera once again zooms in on the slop bucket.

Thoughts: Easily the best Godwinn has looked in the ring and it was due to the fact he spent more time being an ass-kicker than trying to act like a pig. The gimmick hindered his ring work. Anyway, they really focused on the slop bucket contents here so much so that its a given it will be used sometime in the near future. Regarding the contents, Sean Waltman said in the “1994 WWE Timeline” for Kayfabe Commetaries that the bucket usually contained oatmeal and lettuce and the talent were specifically warned by WWE officials not to add extra contents.

 

Razor Ramon vs. Rich Myers

DiBiase is upset that another wrestler gets fireworks for their entrance. Razor gives his chain to Anthony Chimel, as named by Gorilla.  Razor overpowers Myers to start. He then grounds him as the announcers talk about Razor’s upcoming matches against Jarrett and Owen Hart. Razor then hits a super back suplex before the Razor’s Edge gets the win (2:37).

Thoughts: A showcase for Razor as he heads into RAW for a title defense against Owen this Monday night and to hype his Rumble match against Jarrett.

 

Another Live Event News segment on the Holiday Wish Tour.

 

Next week in action are IRS, Mabel, Bob Backlund, Jim Neidhart, and the Challenge debut of Mantaur. Plus, an interview with Diesel.

 

Final Thoughts: Not much to speak of here this week other than a brief Whippleman promo running down Finkel. They hyped up Bundy a lot as a Rumble match favorite and like Superstars, focused on the Tag Tournament and the 2nd Anniversary RAW show this coming night.

 

Stay tuned for the 1/8/95 Action Zone recap later tonight.