WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 5th, 1995

 

March 5, 1995

From the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers, FL

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Bobby Wade & Danny Ackerman

DiBiase laughs over Lawrence Taylor taking the bait and accepting the match against Bam Bam Bigelow with Gorilla taunting him over LT getting some fellow football players in his corner. Ackerman shoves Billy but gets clotheslined. Billy then drops Acerkman with a forearm as the announcers talk about the Tag Team scene, putting over Jacob & Eli Blue as title contenders. Owen Hart is then shown in an insert promo demanding a title shot against the Gunns, stating he can get a partner. The Gunns now work Wade overthen put him away with a sideslam/leg drop combo (2:19).

Thoughts: An easy win for The Gunns as the announcers talked about the Tag Title scene, which the top challengers seemingly include Jacob & Eli Blu and Owen getting a shot with one of his partners as he is apparently not going to stop until he gets his wish.

 

WrestleMania Moment is Aretha Franklin singing “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania III.

 

The WrestleMania XI Report airs.

 

Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. Gary Scott

DiBiase says he will not let LT’s all-pro team come to ringside in football pads. Gorilla says he would like to see Kwang vs. Hakushi while plugging Hakushi vs. Bob Holly on the “Action Zone.” Kwang lands a spinning heel kick in the corner then spews his mist into the air. The announcers put over Kwang’s performance in last week’s battle royal as Kwang hits a spinning heel kick for the win (1:29). DiBiase then promises he will have a special announcement on the Action Zone.

Thoughts: The main point of this segment was to hype Action  Zone oddly enough and really, that’s how low this show  has been on the WWF totem pole. Anyway, funny what Gorilla said about Kwang and Hakushi as we will find out during the next several weeks.

 

WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. Tamara Murphy had been taking off this role at the time and put on the road as a cheerleader as a valet for her then boyfriend Chris Candido. They were named Chris & Tammy Spirit with Candido donning a cape at the 2/22 tapings in North Charleston, SC. Candido was apparently doing the “Mighty Mouse” gimmick that we heard Vince wanting to do for years but the gimmick bombed in front of the live crowd and his opponent, Reno Riggins, got stretchered out after landing wrong when taking a frankensteiner. This match was not intended for TV but rather as part of a video package for a vignette but it ended up getting scrapped. Candido was booed and Dave Meltzer of the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” attributed some of this due to the fact Candido was a heel in Smoky Mountain Wrestling and this market got that TV show. In his shoot interview with RF Video, Candido talked about how much he hated this role and was relieved when Jim Ross called him up early one morning to ask him to be a heel. Candido said he was given a powder blue singlet with an explosion on the front to wear to be a flying babyface but Candido said he was a bad face and not a good flyer. He also talked about being bullshit over having an entrance where he was tossed up in the air like a cheerleader then was told in the match but do a bunch of spots that didn’t make sense as it was used to be cut into a video package, like Meltzer confirmed. So, that’s why this character never made it to air and while his gimmick that made TV wasn’t great, it sure sounded better than this.

 

Man Mountain Rock vs. Brooklyn Brawler

Brawler jumps Rock then hammers away in the corner until he misses a charge. Rock takes control then drops an elbow and does his guitar playing before hitting a suplex. Rock then dances but misses a charge in the corner. Brawler heads up top and Rock slams him off then uses an Fujiwara Armbar that he calls the “Whammy Bar” for the win (1:26).

Thoughts: Rock debuts a second finisher here but its been a struggle to get crowds into his act. Dressing like a cornball doesn’t help things, either.

 

Gorilla plugs the Royal Rumble and “Wham Bam Bodyslam” releases from Coliseum Home Video. All of the Wham Bam Bodyslam matches are Coliseum exclusives and IIRC it was a solid offering.

 

We get an ad with Nicholas Turturro interrogating Ted DiBiase by scalping WrestleMania tickets. He then pulls out the last four ringside tickets left as Turturro asks if he takes credit cards then can’t believe he is going to WrestleMania.

 

Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Ricky Santana

Gorilla said he heard about The Corporation struggling to operate the urn and that Nikolai Volkoff is not on good terms with The Corporation after being caught making beef stroganoff. Santana gets two with a sunset flip then with a backslide. Crossbody gets two. Santana fires away but misses a corner splash and gets clotheslined on the back of the head. Tatanka stomps away then hits a clothesline before the End of the Trail gets the win (2:27).

Thoughts: Gorilla’s line about Volkoff was funny and had to have been a rib as he was known to always cook while on the road (Volkoff apparently brought a hot plate with him when he traveled) and would smell up the room usually to the dismay of whoever roomed with him at the time. Tatanka’s saga with Luger marches on.

 

We are shown highlights of last week’s battle royal from “Superstars.” They are really trying to play up how Lawler got embarrassed by Bret.

 

Jacob & Eli Blu vs. Jumbo Baretta & Ben Jordan

The Blu’s attack their opponents from behind as DiBiase says he never heard them speak with Gorilla adding that Zebekiah does nothing but speak. The Blu’s work over Baretta as we hear from Zebekiah with the Blu’s in an insert promo saying they are issuing an open challenge to any team in the WWF. Jordan tags in but gets beaten down as the announcers once again talk about the tag team division. DiBiase accuses Gorilla of stirring up problems with his Corporation as Jordan gets dropped with a double press slam then is finally put away with a spinebuster/leg drop combo (3:46).

Thoughts: More talk of the tag division and we finally heard Zebekiah speak. Anyway, the Blu’s are being hyped up as contenders for the belts. And DiBiase continued to tease his surprise for Action Zone.

 

We are shown the “Heartbreak Hotel” from this weekend’s edition of “Superstars.”

 

Aldo Montoya vs. Charlie Hunter

Gorilla talks about Pamela Anderson leaving Shawn Michaels and marrying Tommy Lee as Montoya dropkicks Hunter then flies out with a pescado. Montoya then hits a flying punch then uses a hip toss but gets raked across the face. DiBiase puts over his resources and how he would buy gold if Shawn wins the belt and even would buy Sid as well. Hunter hits a forearm smash then very slowly works him over in the corner but Montoya fights back and hits a flying bulldog for the win as DiBiase teases his surprise on the Action Zone (2:49).

Thoughts: DiBiase kept talking about how he would buy Shawn if he won the belt, Sid included. And of course he once again teased his announcement for Action Zone.

 

Another Live Event News segment.

 

An ad for the WWF Fan Festival prior to WrestleMania

 

DiBiase then promises a major announcement on the Action Zone regarding one of his Corporation member’s involvement at WrestleMania.

 

Next week, the entire Corporation will be here plus Lex Luger and he 1-2-3 Kid.

 

Final Thoughts: Well, this show is now reduced to hyping up Action Zone, apparently. Nothing new to see here but I at least threw in some tidbits about Candido and Murphy so hopefully you enjoy that and stay tuned for the Action Zone recap tomorrow.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Wednesday: WWF Action Zone 3/5/95

Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 3/6/95

Friday: WWF Superstars 3/11/95. WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/12/95

Saturday: WWF Action Zone 3/12/95

Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 3/13/95

Monday: WWF Superstars 3/18/95, WWF Challenge 3/19/95

Tuesday: WWF Action Zone 3/19/95