WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 12th, 1995

 

March 12, 1995

From the Municipal Auditorium in North Charlestown, WV

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase

The show starts off with a video package on the Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor match.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ The Corporation vs. Bill Payne

The crowd taunts Bigelow with “LT” chants. Bigelow destroys Payne as Gorilla hypes up Bigelow vs. LT then talks about Kama being added to The Corporation. Bigelow drops Payne with a thrust kick then uses a falling headbutt. Gorilla wonders how LT can match Bigelow’s strength and experience inside of the squared circle as Bigelow stops Payne’s comeback with a headbutt. We get more LT chants then Bigelow tosses Payne outside before yelling back at the fans. Payne gets pulled back inside then slammed and hit with a leg drop before missing a somersault senton from the top. Payne fights back and is able to take Bigelow to one knee but heads up top and is caught with a powerslam and now Bigelow uses a moonsault for the win (3:11).

Thoughts: They are always having The Corporation accompany Bigelow to the ring to build a possible confrontation against LT’s All-Pro team.

 

DiBiase is now back in booth as Gorilla asks him about LT’s All-Pro team. DiBiase says while LT can potentially become a great wrestler he doesn’t have the time to get on the level of a seasoned wrestler like Bigelow. Gorilla also brings up how LT is training under Diesel, which is the storyline but not the reality as it was in fact Bigelow and Pat Patterson who trained LT.

 

We get the LT video we’ve already seen on other shows.

 

1-2-3 Kid vs. Black Phantom

DiBiase talks about the confidence he has in his Corporation heading into WrestleMania as Kid works over Phantom. DiBiase talks about all of the recognition, endorsements, and money The Corporation will receive after Bigelow beats LT. Phantom fights back as Gorilla puts over another NFL Star without experience, William “Refridgerator” Perry, and his performance at the WrestleMania 2 battle royal. DiBiase counters by saying LT can’t push Bigelow around with his weight as Phantom heads up top after a slam but Kid cuts him off with a dropkick. Kid now hits a spinning heel kick then flies out with a corkscrew pescado. Kid rolls Phantom inside and hits a slam before a flying leg drop for the win as DiBiase warns any NFL star who interferes that his Corporation will take them out (3:05).

Thoughts: The announcers talked more about the storyline narratives being pushed heading into the Bigelow vs. LT match as Kid appears to be back to wrestling as a singles wrestler along with partner Bob Holly.

 

WWF Live Event News segment with Stephanie Wiand to hype the In High Gear tour. And here she breaks the news that Kama & Tatanka will in fact be DiBiase’s team to face the Smoking Gunns for the Tag Titles.

 

WrestleMania Moment is Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant from WrestleMania III, easily the most epic main event in Wrestling history. However, this segment was incredibly belief and Gorilla mostly talked about the attendance instead of the match. Then, when we go back to the announcers, DiBiase said that WM III was so long ago that Hogan was in his prime and even had hair back then while Gorilla chirps in about it that being the “I Like Ike” era but they also loved Hogan. Taking a lot of shots at The Hulkster here for being old and past his prime.

 

Henry Godwinn vs. Leroy Howard

The announcers talk about the upcoming WrestleMania Report as Godwinn beats on Howard. Godwinn misses a corner charge and works the arm until Godwinn decks him with a cheap shot. The announcers still talk about Godwinn’s performance against Undertaker on Superstars last month but Gorilla adds Undertaker was also without the urn. Gorilla now makes another joke about Nikolai Volkoff cooking, this time with the urn, as  Godwinn scratches himself on the ropes then goes back to beating on Howard. Godwinn misses an elbow drop and Howard fights back briefly until ducknig his head and Godwinn puts him away with the Slop Drop (2:34).

Thoughts: Godwinn continues to rack up squash match wins but besides getting mentioned as looking good in a losing effort against The Undertaker, with the backhanded compliment saying that Undertaker was without the urn, he has zero direction.

 

The Jean-Pierre Lafitte vignette airs.

 

Lex Luger vs. Mark Starr

The announcers once again talk about LT’s lack of experience as Luger works a side headlock. Gorilla plugs a half-priced ticket deal for kids 12 and under during the RAW after WrestleMania, even plugging Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano for the Women’s Title on that show. Starr fights back until he eats boot on a charge. Luger comes back with a clothesline then a powerslam and puts Starr away with the Rebel Rack as the announcers hype Luger vs. King Kong  Bundy next week on Superstars (2:51). Gorilla wants to know if the entire Corporation will be in Bundy’s corner next week as DiBiase says that is for him to know and us to find out before bragging about signing Kama. Luger poses after the match as DiBiase says he will never be able to put Bundy in the rack.

Thoughts: They hyped up Luger vs. Bundy for Superstars and the story of whether or not the entire Corporation will accompany Bundy for that match.

 

WrestleMania Report with Todd Pettengill.

 

An ad hyping the WrestleMania Fan Festival airs.

 

The Bushwhackers vs. Sonny Pruitt & Robbie Baker

Speaking of a young, full head of hair in the prime act just like Hulk Hogan. The announcers talk about the Fan Festival as the Bushwhackers march around for a very long time until the bell rings. Now, the announcers talk about Smoking Gunns vs. Men on a Mission for the Tag Titles on the Action Zone as Luke and Pruitt slug it out. The announcers talk about Bundy’s NFL prospects as Pruitt beats on Luke. Baker tags and misses an elbow drop as The Bushwhackers regain control until they put him away with a double gutbuster (2:51). DiBiase then leaves to get ready to accompany Bundy to the ring.

Thoughts: Just a backdrop to hype a few things, which is really all you can do when trotting out The Bushwhackers to fill out the card.

 

King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Tyrone Knox

The Corporation, which did accompany Bigelow, were not all here with Bundy so they are leaving us in suspense with regards to next week. DiBiase carries the urn to the ring. Bundy stomps on Knox as Gorilla talks about DiBiase being unable to figure out the power of the urn. Knox gets shoved outside then Bundy yells about who wants to be next. Bundy now runs over Knox as Gorilla talks about kicking off the second decade of WrestleMania. Gorilla now talks about Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania as Bundy continues to beat on Knox until he hits the Avalanche for the win (2:25).

Thoughts: Even a match of this length involving Bundy feels like several minutes. Another segment on this show to hype Luger vs. Bundy next week on Superstars.

 

We get the hype video for Smoking Gunns vs. Men on a Mission title match on Action Zone.

 

The Shawn Michaels segment with Pamela Anderson airs with Shawn calling himself the best looking person on the planet airs.

 

Next week in action are Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog, Bob Backlund, Mantaur, New Headshrinkers, and the Heavenly Bodies.

 

Final Thoughts: Nothing exclusive happened here as it was back to your typical, mundane episode of Challenge.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 3/19/95

Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 3/20/95

Friday: WWF Superstars 3/25/95. WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/26/95