WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 30th, 1995

April 30, 1995

From the Mark of the Quad in Moline, IL

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross. Gorilla tells us that “hours ago” he received a special document from The Corporation that said Ted DiBiase no longer has the time to do commentary.

The show starts off with a video package from RAW where Bam Bam Bigelow was fired from The Corporation after losing a title match to Diesel.

In action this week are Razor Ramon, Tatanka, Smoking Gunns, and the debut of Hunter Hearst Helmsley

 

Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Buck Zumhoffe

Helmsley comes to the ring wearing a suit and using a cane. Helmsley takes Zumhoffe down but Zumhoffe escapes. The two trade arm wringers until Helmsley decks Zumhoffe with a right hand. Helmsley fires away and uses a spinning heel kick as Gorilla says Helmsley will not bring class to the WWF because the WWF already has class. Man, they were really sensitive about being referred to as low-brow at this time. Zumhoffe tries to fight back but Helmsley catches him with a cutter for the win (2:15). Ross then says we will see the full confrontation between Diesel and Bigelow from RAW later on in the show.

Thoughts: Decent enough debut I suppose for Helmsley. He did move around the ring well and I did not remember him using a cutter as a finisher but he pulled it off well. In fact, it came off just like a Stone Cold Stunner.

 

Back from break as we get the recap from Diesel vs. Bigelow on RAW that we saw on “Superstars”

 

Tatanka w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Sonny Rogers

Ross goes on about Tatanka turning his back on his “people” to join DiBiase. Tatanka works the arm as Gorilla says things are looking good for Shawn Michaels and he should be returning soon enough. Tatanka bails as Rogers takes him down then Rogers stomps his foot to get the crowd’s support. Tatanka returns and works the arm as Ross hypes Sid vs. Razor Ramon for RAW. Gorilla brings up Sid destroying the “very talented” Aldo Montoya on “Superstars” as Tatanka continues to attack the arm. Tatanka rams Rogers into the corner as the announcers talk about Bigelow having debts to settle with The Corporation. Tatanka stays in control until he puts him away with the End of the Trail (3:20). Ross then talks about wanting to see a Tatanka vs. Bigelow match.

Thoughts: Lots of build towards a future Tatanka vs. Bigelow match as that appears to be the next feud for those two.

 

Razor Ramon will be in action next.

 

We see the newest segment of Bob Backlund at Spring Break from “Superstars.”

 

Doink vs. Barry Horowitz

Dink pulls Doink to the ring in a wagon. Horowitz lands a forearm smash but Doink takes him down. Dink tries to get the crowd into the match as Doink works the arm. The announcers talk about Jerry Lawler’s accusations about Bret Hart and think he is lying. Horowitz pats himself on the back after a hip toss but Doink quickly regains control. Horowitz catches Doink with an elbow and hammers away. He uses a cradle for a nearfall then they fight over a backslide as Horowitz flips over only to get clotheslined. Doink rings Horowitz’s bell and catches him with a back elbow smash before the Whoopie Cushion gets the win complete with the sound effect (3:03). Doink toys with ref Tim White after the match.

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about the Bret Hart/Jerry Lawler/Hakushi storyline.

 

WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand on the June World Tour De Force shows in the New York area. We learn that the Meadowlands will have Bigelow team with Diesel & Undertaker against Sid & Kama & Tatanka.

 

Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. Jerry Lynn & Lenny Carlson

Lynn gets tripped up in midair by Prichard after trying a leapfrog. Prichard beats on Lynn in the corner. Lynn fights back from the apron and uses a flying arm drag but then whiffs on a crossbody as he showed off some speed. Carlson tags in but Prichard makes a blind tag and gets clotheslined by Del Ray. Prichard hits a dropkick then a belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. The Bodies stay in control as the announcers talk about Headshrinkers vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna for the Tag Team Titles on next week’s “Superstars.” The Bodies cut the ring in half and beat on Carlson, who comes back with a sunset flip for two, but regain control and use the sitout powerbomb/moonsault combo for the win (3:49).

Thoughts: Funny seeing Lynn with short hair but he looked good here after the botched leapfrog spot. This was I believe the last televised match for The Bodies but we will see them again soon enough during the Providence and Boston house shows in May.

 

The Man Mountain Rock video from “Superstars” airs.

 

Razor Ramon vs. J.D. Trask

The announcers talk about Razor vs. Sid on RAW this coming Monday night. Ross then talks about nothing like seeing the WWF live with your family as Razor’s fireworks go off. Ross also says we will see Jeff Jarrett defend the Intercontinental Title against Bob Holly on “Action Zone.” Razor tosses Trask across of the ring to start. Razor hits a fallaway slam as the announcers talk about Razor & 1-2-3 Kid vs. Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie at In Your House. Razor stays in control then hits the Razor’s Edge for the win (3:02). Ross then promises a “fist fight” for Monday night.

Thoughts: An easy win for Razor as he heads into his match against Sid on RAW. We also learned that Jarrett vs. Holly for the Intercontinental Title will take place on “Action Zone.”

 

Another WWF Live Event News segment on the World Tour De Force.

 

Smoking Gunns vs. Tom Stone & Dave Sigfrid

Ross believes Gunns vs. Owen & Yoko will be a great match, provided Owen & Yoko retain over The Headshrinkers. Billy starts off by working over Stone. Stone comes back with a hip toss and a punch but Billy uses a tag after Stone celebrated over avoiding a leapfrog and gets hit with a clothesline. Gorilla now talks about the WWF being great family entertainment as we go split screen to hear from Jim Cornette with Owen, Yokozuna, and Mr. Fuji. Cornette promises his team will put The Gunns in intensive care and uses another reference about rainbow trout in a car wash as Ross says he must have gotten that from the “Smoky Mountain area.” The Gunns now work over Sigfrid then Stone until they use the side slam/flying leg drop combo for the win (3:48).

Thoughts: Hype for The Gunns as they head into In Your House with a chance to regain the titles.

 

The hosts talk about Diesel vs. Sid at In Your House.

 

Next week in action are the Allied Powers, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Men on a Mission. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart and more!

 

Final Thoughts: The only thing of note was Hunter Hearst Helmsley’s debut match as the rest was re-hashed from RAW and Superstars. Next week we get an exclusive interview with Bret as the In Your House PPV is now just two weeks away.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Wednesday: WWF Action Zone 4/30/95

Thursday: WWF Monday Night RAW 5/1/95

Friday: WWF Superstars 5/6/95, WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/7/95

Saturday: WWF Action Zone 5/7/95

Sunday: WWF Monday Night RAW 5/8/95

Monday: WWF Providence Civic Center: 5/12/95

Tuesday: WWF Superstars 5/13/95