WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 19th, 1995

March 19, 1995

From the North Charleston Civic Center in North Charleston, WV

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase

We get a video package from last week’s “Action Zone” with Men on a Mission attacking the Smoking Gunns after losing the match. Now, we see the apology from Oscar on this week’s “Action Zone” as he says his team was a bit overzealous.

 

Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Larry Santo & Todd Morton

Todd is in fact the cousin of Ricky Morton. He’s essentially an even shorter version of his cousin. DiBiase talks about liking what MoM did as the announcers talk about Mantaur earning respect after a close match against Razor Ramon. Morton and Prichard start things off then we see Del Ray kick Morton from the apron. Del Ray tags and stomps Morton as the announcers talk about The Corporation vs. All-Pro team. Del Ray then uses a wheelbarrow slam. Mortom ends up fighting back then rolls out of the corner and tags out. Santo eats a knee smash on a charge in the corner then the Bodies use the sit-out powerbomb/moonsault combo for the win (2:23).

Thoughts: A quick win to give The Bodies some momentum heading into their title match on RAW but then again, we already saw Prichard get pinned by Adam Bomb this weekend on “Superstars” for unknown reasons so they are not exactly a credible threat to the champs.

 

We get shown the Jean-Pierre Lafitte vignette once again.

 

British Bulldog vs. Chic Donovan

Donovan was last seen on WWF jobbing to the Ultimate Warrior several years ago on Challenge. The announcers talk about the Bulldog & Lex Luger team as DiBiase believes they will lose to  Jacob & Eli Blue. Bulldog shoves Donovan a few times then works the arm. Donovan fights back and lands some shots in the corner before using an abdominal stretch. Bulldog powers out then avoids a charge in the corner and picks up Donovan on the rebound for a powerslam and the win (3:31).

Thoughts: Some hype for Bulldog & Luger vs. Jacob & Eli Blue at WrestleMania, which was is just a randomly slapped together.

 

We see a clip of Shawn Michaels from the WrestleMania XI press conference as he guarantees to give us a show we have never seen before……..because he can. He also told Diesel to fill both gas tanks. Sid was standing behind Shawn during the promo. Shawn was more or less shooting here as we would see at the PPV.

 

Shawn Michaels w/ Psycho Sid vs. Charlie Hunter

Gorilla notes how Sid towers over Shawn. Hunter attacks from behind then drops Shawn with a forearm smash. Hunter beats on Shawn for a bit until he ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Shawn dumps Hunter outside and skins-the-cat back inside then flies out with a pescado. Shawn roughs up Hunter while Sid screams then back inside hits a flying forearm then the super kick gets the win (1:37). Sid tosses Hunter through the ropes and DiBiase predicts Shawn will become champion at WrestleMania, saying that Diesel’s achilles heel is the super kick.

Thoughts: A quick win for Shawn as the announcers highlighted his advanatages heading into WrestleMania.

 

The Lawrence Taylor video package airs.

 

The New Headshrinkers w/ Capt. Lou Albano & Afa vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Barry Horowitz

Horowitz pats himself on the back after avoiding Sionne then yells at the crowd as I guess RAW was not a true face turn for him. The announcers talk again about LT vs. Bigelow as Horowitz lands several shots until Sionne catches him with a slam. Brawler tags in and stupidly tries a double noggin knocker and ends up getting hit with a double headbutt. Gorilla mentions that LT might have a public workout as Brawler clotheslines Fatu. Afa is shown stuffing a hot dog into his mouth then we see Fatu pop up after getting hit with a DDT. Horowitz tags back in and The Headshrinkers hit the Decapitation before Sionne hits the boot to the face. Gorilla asks about Nikolai Volkoff as DiBiase says he is a good servant then Fatu hits a flying splash for the win (4:00). Gorilla then plugs Bigelow vs. Doink on “Action Zone.”

Thoughts: Gorilla’s digs at Volkoff have been funny for the past few weeks but this was all about hyping Bigelow vs. LT on commentary. The New Headshrinkers are not over in the slightest.

 

The Backlund/Turturro segment airs.

 

Bob Backlund vs. Major Yates

The announcers talk about Backlund signing his name on the Intercontinental Title match contract on RAW. Yates refuses a handshake as we get more talk about the All-Pro team. Gorilla then plugs RAW after WrestleMania as Backlund takes Yates down. Yates returns the favor as the crowd chants “Opie” but Backlund comes back with a slam. Yates then slams Backlund, who rolls outside and yells at the fans. The announcers now talk about Shawn vs. Diesel at WrestleMania as we then see Yates continuing to counter everything Backlund does. Backlund goes behind Yates and hits an atomic drop then locks on the crossface chicken wing for the win (4:26). Backlund makes Yates say “I Quit Mr. Bob Backlund as Yates is practically out cold. Backlund then goes mental and screams.

Thoughts: The announcers spent their time talking about Bigelow/LT and Shawn/Diesel instead of Backlund’s match against Bret Hart. This match was long but at this point, Backlund’s act is so far gone removed from feeling refreshed and firmly into self-parody comedy gimmick territory.

 

An ad for the WWF Fan Festival airs.

 

WrestleMania XI Report with Todd Pettengill. We learn that Owen Hart will team with a mystery partner against The Smoking Gunns for the Tag Team Titles. Pettengill says Owen will refuse to announce his partner until WrestleMania. No mention of Fishbone being part of the show since that disaster of an interview two weeks ago on “Action Zone.”

 

Mantaur w/ Jim Cornette vs. Bob Hayes

Gorilla makes a joke about Tommy Lee joining The Corporation because he is used to hanging around a “motley crew.” That’s a hip reference from him. Mantaur overpowers Hayes as we get more talk about the All-Pro Team. Mantaur pulls up Hayes after a sidewalk slam but ducks his head and gets kicked. Mantaur then hits Hayes with a front falling slam after an Irish whip sequence and pulls him up after two. Mantaur comes back with a clothesline then a belly-to-belly suplex for the win (2:29).

Thoughts: And more talk about Bigelow/LT as Mantaur is getting the runner-up treatment for getting counted out against Razor Ramon, much like Henry Godwinn did in losing to an urn-less Undertaker last month.

 

WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. Last minute hype for the 3/19 MSG show. You can read that recap tomorrow

 

Next week in action are Owen Hart, Jacob & Eli Blue, Razor Ramon, Men on a Mission, Man Mountain Rock, and Kama.

 

Final Thoughts: The only exclusive news was learning Owen Hart and a mystery partner were getting a shot at the Tag Team Titles to play off of Owen’s comments the past few weeks about wanting a match. Beyond that it was lots of hype for Bigelow/LT and the All-Pro team and some for Shawn/Diesel as we are just two weeks away from WrestleMania XI.