WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 2nd, 1995


April 2, 1995

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon, who are in the studio. Different set up than on Superstars as we get a green screen for these guys with the WrestleMania XI logos in the background.


The hosts start off by talking about the Intercontinental Title match between Jeff Jarrett and Razor Ramon with Gorilla pointing out how Razor got the 1-2-3 Kid as an insurance policy to prevent The Roadie from interfering. This leads to the same video package narrated by Todd Pettengill we’ve seen on TV for the past week.


Now, the hosts talk about the “I Quit” match between Bob Backlund and Bret Hart. Gorilla talks about Backlund’s credentials and immediate success in the WWF but not before Ross tells us that Backlund made his first WWF appearance in 1983. I guess they are pretending WWWF did not exist? Gorilla highlights how Backlund went into seclusion after losing the title in 1983 after Arnold Skaaland tossed in the towel. It was not mentioned that Iron Sheik was who won the title. This leads to a video package about the Backlund/Bret feud.


We now get the Bret Hart music video.


The interrogation ad with Nicholas Turturro and Ted DiBiase airs with DiBiase scalping ringside tickets to Turturro.


Now, we get a video package about the Undertaker’s urn to hype the Undertaker vs. King Kong Bundy match. Ross mentions that Bundy also has to neutralize Reggie White for the Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow match as part of the All-Pro Team vs. The Corporation dynamic.


We hear from Reggie White and Chris Spielman in the same segment from “Superstars.”


An ad for the WWF Fan Festival airs.


WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. We are told to make sure and order WrestleMania on PPV.


We once again see Shawn Michaels and Pamela Anderson, who is turned off by Shawn’s arrogance. Shawn promises their careers will skyrocket after he wins the title at WrestleMania. The hosts then talk about Pamela “losing patience” with Shawn.


A video package on the Shawn Michaels/Diesel feud airs, centering on Shawn’s selfishness ending their friendship.


A clip of LT at the WrestleMania Press Conference in Los Angeles, CA as he tells us not to look for a wrestling match but rather a brawl when he faces Bigelow.


The hosts talk about LT vs. Bigelow and how LT wouldn’t have been able to learn wrestling in 30 days so will try to make it a brawl.


Now a video package on the LT/Bigelow feud airs. It lasts over six minutes long.


Salt ‘n Pepa talk about singing LT to the ring at WrestleMania.


The clip of :T and Bigelow brawling at the Times Square workout closes out the show.


Final Thoughts: This aired the morning of WrestleMania and was all last-minute hype with a switch of Ross for DiBiase as I assume its due to DiBiase needing to get his men ready for the PPV. With Action Zone (that was hosted from the Fan Festival) also airing this day, that will be covered as my WrestleMania XI review will be all ready for Monday.