WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 7th, 1995

May 7, 1995

From the Mark of the Quad in Moline, IL

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross

This week, we have an interview with Bret Hart. Also in action will be Bam Bam Bigelow.

 

Allied Powers vs. Chad Miller & Todd Becker

The announcers talk about the Powers and how they will eventually face Owen Hart & Yokozuna for the Tag Team Titles. The Powers work over Becker to start. Bulldog uses a delayed vertical suplex then Luger tags and works over Miller. The announcers talk about Owen & Yokozuna facing Headshrinkers on “Superstars” as the Powers stay in control until Luger puts Miller away with the Rebel Rack (2:50).

Thoughts: Another TV win for the Powers as they continue to be groomed for a future title match.

 

We get highlights from Jeff Jarrett vs. Bob Holly on last week’s “Action Zone” to set up the rematch for this week.

 

Kama w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Buck Zumhoffe

We see a black wreath delivered to ringside as Kama heads out to observe. Zumhoffe sneak attacks Kama but that has zero effect. Kama goes back out and destroys the wreath and heads back in to brush off Zumhoffe’s attack. Kama beats the crap out of Zumhoffe then looks back out at the wreath. Kama hits a back suplex as Ross believes The Undertaker has reverted to his older ways as Gorilla adds that Undertaker brought back the body bag on “Superstars.” Ross sells us on Kama being 6’8 and 330 lbs as he continues to beat on Zumhoffe then puts the piece of shit away with a flapjack (2:28). After the match, Kama grabs some of the wreath and shoves it in Zumhoffe’s mouth.

Thoughts: As we saw with the bodybag on “Superstars,” Undertaker is going back to his past as he is now giving the wreaths at ringside as he goes out for revenge over what Kama did to his urn.

 

WWF Live Event News with Stephanie Wiand. More hype for the New York swing of the World Tour De Force.

 

Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Black Phantom

Gorilla says that Phantom is no slouch. The “no slouch” gimmick was originally given to Scott Casey by Jesse Ventura, who said it every time he commented on Casey’s matches. Droese works the arm after a fireman’s carry. Ross says he is working on Phantom’s identity as part of the Superstar Line then talks about Droese’s bright future and how he’s great to the fans, just like the rest of the WWF Superstars. Droese stays to work on the arm and hits a hammerlock slam then a backbreaker as Gorilla also hypes Droese’s future. The announcers plug Bret’s interview and how Bam Bam Bigelow will be here. Also, we will hear from the WWF ‘s answer to Tony Little & Susan Powter in the Bodydonnas as Droese uses the Trash Compactor for the win (2:18).

Thoughts: They talked about other things in the promotion here and once again put over how nice and accessible their superstars are with fans.

 

We see Sid’s recent attacks on Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon to build him up for his match against Diesel.

 

After the break, we will see the debut of Rad Radford.

 

Rad Radford vs. Gary Scott

Radford is easily recognized as long-term WWF fans as former enhancement talent Louie Spicolli. He got some notoriety in AAA as “Madonna’s Boyfriend” but said he hated being in Mexico and left. Ross says that Radford is from the home of the “grudge rock movement” as Gorilla has not heard of bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Hole and asks if they are “Mexican Dishes.” Radford walks on top of Scott after a takedown. Ross puts over Radford’s arrogance as Gorilla asks if that is a requirement of the grudge movement. Scott dropkicks Radford but is attacked soon afterwards. Radford uses a gutwrench suplex then a knee drop as Ross says that Radford comes with a lot of credentials. Radford hits Scott with a flying forearm then a pair standing dropkicks as Ross puts over his fundamentals. Radford then hits a back suplex and after that a butterfly suplex and follows that up with an elbow drop. Gorilla tells us that Ross loves “slam dancing” as Radford says its “time to go” after a spinebuster and uses a Northern lights suplex for the win (2:48).

Thoughts: Spicolli looked good here but given how Gorilla kept talking about his arrogance we have to assume he is a heel. And, he came to the ring wearing a flannel but wore a generic singlet with the Rad Radford logo on it and there is nothing grunge about a blue singlet. Plus, they are trying to push the New Generation and have a heel that listens to grunge music. Seems a bit out of touch to me. In his shoot interview with RF Video, from back in 1997, Spicolli said he pitched an idea as a Beverly Hills Trendsetter and even as Ted DiBiase’s nephew but when he got to TV was told he was being billed from Seattle, WA and given this gimmick and told by Ross they would be filming vignettes. Spicolli said that he had ideas of him at a seedy nightclub moshing around but they never ended up filming anything.

 

The Bodydonnas debut vignette airs.

 

Raymond Rougeau welcomes Bret Hart into the ring. He asks Bret about accepting Lawler’s challenge after signing a match against Hakushi at In Your House. Bret says that Hakushi is a great wrestler and is like a “kamikaze pilot” but Bret assures us he will be at his very best. Bret talks about Lawler trash-talking his family for two years and its been eating at him and will walk on broken glass and through a “field of fire” to get his hands on Lawler. Bret says his family will be watching at home seeing him rip Lawler apart and when its all said and done, he will look at Lawler and think of his mom at home and wish his mom a Happy Mother’s Day. A much better interview than his confrontation with Lawler on RAW as he talks about all of Lawler’s insults and jabs adding up and now has a chance at revenge.

 

A Smoking Gunns hype video airs.

 

Men on a Mission vs. Butler Stevens & Ron Hagan

Mabel tells the crowd that they “stink” then looks into the camera and says that being mean and nasty is the only way to win in the WWF. Holy shit this act has been even lamer as heels. Mo shoves down Stevens as the announcers talk about Oscar being out of a job. Stevens tries to fight back and even sends Mo to the ropes with a dropkick. Hagen tags and along with Stevens hit Mo with a double clothesline. Mabel tags in and beats on Hagan as the announcers marvel over his size. Mabel stays in control then hits a belly-to-belly suplex for the win (2:24). Ross now says that soon down the road that Diesel will have to face Mabel.

Thoughts: Another squash win for the heel Men on a Mission but Ross’s throwaway line at the end was definitely foreshadowing something.

 

Another Live Event News segment hyping the World Tour De Force.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Brooklyn Brawler

Bigelow has new entrance attire that shoots flames from his fists. Gorilla says that Bigelow will be making big waves in the WWF as Ross says he has his sights set on the entire Corporation. We even get shooting flames as he enters the ring. Bigelow dropkicks Brawler after a cartwheel as the Ross shills the Superstar Line to find out more between Bigelow and The Corporation. Brawler fights back and rams Bigelow into the corner. Bigelow then slams Brawler but whiffs on a falling headbutt. Brawler heads up top and takes forever so Bigelow slams him off and goes up top with a diving headbutt for the win (2:27). Bigelow cartwheels during his celebration as Ross keeps saying that Bigelow is “all man.”

Thoughts: They now have Bigelow with a gimmick entrance since he is face. And gimmick entrances like this are typically not for main eventers. Bigelow continues his feud with The Corporation.

 

The same Bob Backlund on Spring Break vignette we’ve seen all week.

 

A hype video for Bret Hart vs. Mantaur for “Action Zone.”

 

The announcers hype In Your House airing on Mother’s Day.

 

Next week, an interview with Diesel. In action are Owen Hart & Yokozuna, Hakushi, Jean Pierre LaFitte, Adam Bomb, and Bob Holly.

 

Final Thoughts: The Bret interview was fine and we got to see a debut in Rad Radford while the rest was generic hype for the PPV, Action Zone, and RAW.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

Wednesday: WWF Boston Garden 5/13/95

Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/14/95, WWF Action Zone 5/14/95

Friday: WWF In Your House: The Premiere 5/14/95