WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 23rd, 1995

April 23, 1995

From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase

 

Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Bert Centeno

Gorilla mentions how Bret Hart will face Hakushi at In Your House as DiBiase says that Jerry Lawler is upset over Bret declining a match against himself. Hakushi grabs a side headlock before taking Centeno down with a thrust kick. The announcers put over Hakushi’s skills and how Bret will have to prepare for their match. Hakushi beats on Centeno in the corner as DiBiase once again talks of Bret ducking Lawler. Hakushi maintains control of the match until he ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Centeno hammers away then hits a back suplex for just a one count. Hakushi catches Centeno with a dropkick then heads up top with a flying shoulder block then hits a senton for the win (2:22). Gorilla says it will take someone with “excellence” to get by Hakushi.

Thoughts: A win for Hakushi as the announcers hyped his match against Bret on the PPV and talked about Lawler’s claims of Bret ducking him and refusing a match.

 

We get an ad for the In Your House PPV.

 

Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. Nick Barberri

Gorilla talks about Holly’s racing career as DiBiase makes fun of Holly. We see Holly take control then he works the arm. The announcers now talk about Diesel vs. Bam Bam Bigelow on RAW for the World Title as DiBiase says its a win-win for him as if Bigelow does not win, Sid will beat Diesel since no one can beat Sid. Barberrri whips Holly in the corner and lands a few kicks before hitting a backbreaker that barely gets two. Barberri lands a few more kicks but Holly fights back. Holly boots a charging Barberri and comes back with a few clotheslines before going up top with a flying body press for the win (2:53).

Thoughts: This was mostly hype for Diesel vs. Bigelow on RAW as Holly’s dual-sport superstar midcard push continues.

 

Up next is Mantaur in action plus Bob Backlund on Spring Break.

 

Mantaur  vs. Buck Quartermaine

The graphic earlier showed Cornette with Mantaur but he is not here for the match. DiBiase talks about being from Omaha, NE much like Mantaur and that RAW will be live in Omaha this Monday night. DiBiase assures us that Bigelow is still part of The Corporation. Mantaur hammers away as the announcers talk about what Cornette can do for Mantaur as a manager. Showing up might help if you ask me. Quartermaine avoids a charge and lands a few kicks but Mantaur reverses an Irish whip. Mantaur then catches Quartermaine with a belly-to-belly suplex and roars but whiffs on three straight elbow drops. Mantaur cuts off a comeback as the announcers talk about Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid vs. Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie at In Your House. Quartermaine fights back and shows off some agility but gets caught coming off the top rope and Mantaur uses a front falling slam for the win (2:57).

Thoughts: Mantaur has been a flop since his debut and really at this point there’s nothing you can do to salvage the gimmick or the performer, who was lousy himself.

 

The Bob Backlund on Spring Break vignette from this weekend’s “Superstars” airs.

 

Later on today is an interview with Diesel.

 

Adam Bomb vs. Brooklyn Brawler

Gorilla says that Bomb is a “tremendous” success story since leaving Harvey Whippleman. DiBiase then taunts Gorilla about Bertha Faye coming after him as Gorilla refers to her as a “wildabeest” and DiBiase agrees Faye is not much to look at then talk about Alundra Blayze recovering from injuries at home. Brawler uses a wrist lock but Bomb knocks him down. The announcers talk about Jean Pierre LaFitte making his debut on “Challenge” today as Bomb clotheslines Brawler. Bomb works the arm of Brawler as Gorilla says he has a theory about DiBiase and Sid. Bomb eats boot on a charge but tosses Brawler off of the top rope then hammers away. Bomb now hits a side slam then uses a top rope clothesline for the win (3:09). Gorilla says that Bomb will get a “title shot” as the camera shows the “bombs” that Bomb throws into the crowd which are mini nerf footballs that are supposed to resemble bombs or missiles. Funny moment as the first throw hit the ceiling (not a tough task in this auditorium, believe me) and dropped down in the front row.

Thoughts: Based on the commentary and fact he was tossing merchandise into the crowd you would figure Bomb was in line for more of a push. However, we will see how that turned out soon enough.

 

Hunter Hearst Helmsley is shown but does not speak as we are apparently not good enough. The same exact bit from this weekend’s “Superstars.”

 

WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand talking up the World Tour De Force shows in the New York area.

 

The WWF “100% Naturally Good” ad airs.

 

Jean Pierre LaFitte vs. Ben Jordan

DiBiase says that Helmsley did not want to speak to a bunch of ham-and-eggers as LaFitte beats on Jordan. DiBiase talks about LaFitte’s ancestors as Jordan fights back. LaFitte dumps Jordan outside as the announcers talk about LaFitte beating Duke Droese on RAW. Jordan gets tossed off of the top rope then runs into a thrust kick. LaFitte continues to beat on Jordan then ties him up in the ropes and hits a pair of crossbody blocks. Jordan falls to the mat and we hear some cheers in the crowd as LaFitte hits a leg drop from the middle rope then signals that its over as he goes up top for a somersault senton, called the “cannonball,” and gets the win (3:08).

Thoughts: LaFitte does some cool stuff in the ring and has a good look so he got some cheers here and is talked up enough to where he seems to at least be getting a midcard push.

 

We once again see Sid attacking Shawn Michaels as Gorilla said it dawned on him that DiBiase orchestrated the entire attack. DiBiase denies the allegations.

 

The WWF New Generation ad with Diesel airs to show unlike greedy athletes, the WWF Superstars meet with fans and signs autographs because they want to and not for money.

 

Raymond Rougeau welcomes Diesel to the ring. Rougeau asks about Sid hating the “psycho” name as Diesel jokes how that is too bad. Diesel refers to Sid as “psycho” and says he backed down when Shawn got in his face and attacked when Shawn’s back was turned. Diesel then tells “Daddy Warbucks” and the “Million Dollar Cronies” to listen and at In Your House will find out if Sid is a psycho or just a punk. On commentary, DiBiase tells Diesel to worry about Bigelow this Monday night. This was a lame, corporate babyface interview if there ever was one. It also had Vince’s trademark dated references. Diesel is now going to get revenge on the man that took out his friend.

 

A hype video for the Diesel/Bigelow match airs.

 

We see if Helmsley will talk to us this time but he turns away in disgust.

 

Owen Hart & Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Tim McNeany & Bill Payne

Also, no Cornette here as maybe he was busy with SMW or moved up to Connecticut for this taping. The crowd chants for Bret as Owen slaps McNeany. Owen hammers away then celebrates after hitting a suplex. Payne tags in and Owen beats him down before tagging up. Yokozuna hammers away on Payne in the corner as the announcers talk about the tag division. McNeany is back in and gets attacked then Yokozuna hits a leg drop and Owen puts on the Sharpshooter for the win (3:05).

Thoughts: We continue to build up new challengers for the new champs. Yokozuna is still really struggling to move around the ring.

 

An ad for the WWF Merchandise Catalog airs.

 

We see the house you can win on the In Your House PPV then the address flashes on the screen.

 

Hunter Hearst Helmsley still does not want to speak with us.

 

The announcers hype Diesel vs. Bigelow on RAW. Gorilla believes that Bigelow will not be in The Corporation if he loses but DiBiase says that will not be the case.

 

The show ends with a music video highlight package.

 

Final Thoughts: With how much DiBiase has been saying Bigelow will be in The Corporation even if he loses its clear they are setting up something there. The rest of the show was hype for In Your House as the show is just three weeks away.