What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 4, 1991
By LScisco on 14th November 2022
Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart call the action, still coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. All of them are wearing cowboy hats, something that Heenan is not thrilled with.
Ted DiBiase’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report segment replays the Jake Roberts-Ultimate Warrior casket angle from Superstars.
The Berzerker (w/Mr. Fuji) (17-0) beats Ken Johnson via count out at 2:01:
The Berzerker does his usual wild act and wins via count out. The announce team prefers to talk about the Jake Roberts-Ultimate Warrior segment from Superstars.
The Bushwhackers (w/Andre the Giant) (13-2) defeat Jim Peterson & Mike Starr when Luke pins Starr after the double stomachbreaker at 1:38:
The announce team is still trying to sell Andre as an equalizer at SummerSlam but it is hard to buy into that when Andre is struggling to get to the ring on crutches. In the split screen, the Natural Disasters say that SummerSlam is going to be a storm that they will not survive. The Bushwhackers bowl over Starr with the Battering Ram and put him away with the double stomachbreaker.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (21-0-1) beats Randy Thatcher after the carotid control technique at 1:10:
In the split screen, the Big Bossman says someone will go to jail after SummerSlam but it is not going to be him. The Mountie makes quick work of Thatcher, pushing his winning streak to five. After the bout, the Mountie handcuffs Thatcher to the ropes, reads him his rights, and shocks him several times.
A replay of Gene Okerlund’s interview with Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior on Superstars airs.
The British Bulldog (23-1) pins Bob Bradley after the running powerslam at 1:14:
As the Bulldog bowls over Bradley with some clotheslines, Heenan reprises his Prime Time gimmick by asking Monsoon for a credit card so he can buy SummerSlam tickets. The Bulldog failed in his quest to win the Intercontinental Championship, but he continues to create an impressive win-loss record as the year unfolds.
Okerlund does the SummerSlam Report. Sergeant Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa, and General Adnan celebrate that Sid Justice is going to be impartial in the “Match Made in Hell.”
Colonel Mustafa (w/Sergeant Slaughter & General Adnan) (10-0) beats Steve May via submission to the Camel Clutch at 1:16:
Marriage jokes dominate commentary, with Monsoon scoring points by saying that Irwin R. Schyster probably welcomes the Randy Savage-Elizabeth wedding so he can look at a joint return. A backdrop suplex puts May in position for the Camel Clutch and Mustafa pounces to remain undefeated. After the bell, Mustafa reapplies the Camel Clutch as Slaughter kicks the jobber in the face. In a funny botch, Mustafa throws the jobber out of the ring prematurely and cannot hit him with a chair, so Slaughter has to roll May back in so Mustafa can hit him with the chair several times.
Tune in next week to see the Natural Disasters, the Rockers, the Undertaker, and Bret Hart in action! And Sergeant Slaughter will be in a handicap match!
The Last Word: The squashes were fine on the show, but this was another episode of Wrestling Challenge where nothing of significant note took place.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh Civic Arena – August 2, 1991 (5,000): The Texas Tornado pinned the Barbarian at 8:30…The British Bulldog beat Typhoon (substituting for Mr. Perfect) via count out…Colonel Mustafa pinned Koko B. Ware…The Nasty Boys & the Mountie defeated the Legion of Doom & the Big Bossman when the Mountie pinned the Bossman after using the shock stick…Sergeant Slaughter beat Hacksaw Jim Duggan via disqualification…Marty Jannetty & Shane Douglas (substituting for Shawn Michaels) beat the Orient Express…Randy Savage (substituting for the Ultimate Warrior) pinned the Undertaker in a body bag match.
Long Island, New York – The Nassau Coliseum – August 2, 1991 (15,000): Greg Valentine pinned Paul Roma with a roll up…The Berzerker pinned Jim Powers…Bobby Heenan pinned Mr. Fuji after hitting him with brass knuckles when Fuji misses trying to throw salt in Heenan’s eyes…Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster defeated Bret Hart & Virgil when DiBiase pinned Virgil after Sensational Sherri interfered…The Dragon pinned Hercules…Jimmy Snuka beat Smash…The Beverly Brothers defeated the Bushwhackers via disqualification…WWF Champion Hulk Hogan pinned the Warlord.
Orlando, Florida – Orlando Arena – August 3, 1991 (4,300): The Dragon beat Paul Roma…The Rockers defeated the Orient Express…The British Bulldog beat Typhoon (substituting for Mr. Perfect)…The Ultimate Warrior defeated the Undertaker…Greg Valentine beat Colonel Mustafa…The Mountie defeated the Big Bossman…The Barbarian beat Jim Powers…The Legion of Doom defeated WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys via count out.
Backstage News: WWF wrestlers were told on July 29 that steroid testing will being quickly, so they need to stop using them.
*There are rumors that the Mountie gimmick will cease after SummerSlam and Jacques Rougeau will be repackaged after losing the Jailhouse Match.
*There is some heat on the Ultimate Warrior after he no-showed several house shows, forcing Randy Savage to be booked in his place to face the Undertaker in body bag matches.
*In talent relations news, former WCW Champion Ric Flair will be heading into the WWF and will be billed as “World Heavyweight Champion.” Flair will have the NWA World Championship Belt, and Bobby Heenan will be paired with him. Flair cannot sign a deal until September 1, but McMahon will start hyping him on television before the contract is signed. WCW is scrambling to re-sign Flair and it is rumored that WCW Executive Vice President Jim Herd offered Flair the booker position to bring him back, but Flair turned it down. Due to his WCW contract, Flair cannot appear at SummerSlam. While there are some predictions that WrestleMania VIII will be headlined by a Hulk Hogan-Flair feud, reports are that Vince McMahon wants to run the program immediately after Flair arrives.
*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for August 12.
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