What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 13, 1991
By LScisco on 20th January 2023
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth, calling the last show of the taping cycle from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
Opening Contest: Hacksaw Jim Duggan (21-0-2) beats Bob Bradley with the three-point stance clothesline at 2:09:
Heenan quips that Duggan went to Suburban Commando three times but saw it six, three times with each eye. Duggan fires up the crowd as he works through his moveset, winning a fifth-straight match after flattening Bradley with his finisher.
Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report repeats the announcement of the Survivor Series main event. The Undertaker and Paul Bearer talk about how they are after WWF Champion Hulk Hogan’s soul and that of the WWF.
The Berzerker (w/Mr. Fuji) (24-0) beats Bill Pierce via count out at 2:51:
In the split screen, Fuji screams about how the Berzerker’s opponents will face one-by-one. Fuji has the Berzerker powerslam Pierce twice before throwing him over the top rope.
Sergeant Slaughter is at the Lincoln Memorial. He puts over Abraham Lincoln as a forgiving man and repeats how he wants his country back.
The Legion of Doom’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling two weeks ago airs.
Tito Santana’s vignette from Superstars is shown.
The Warlord (w/Slick) (21-2-2) defeats Mike Fury via submission to the full nelson at 2:17:
Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart does an insert promo about how the Warlord will be a big obstacle, but he will use his speed and wrestling ability to keep his title. Fury has size but he is no match for the Warlord’s power offense, and he is unable to break the full nelson.
Roddy Piper is a guest on the Barber Shop. Piper recaps what happened with Ric Flair several weeks ago on Superstars. He apologizes to Vince McMahon and apologizes in advance for anything he might do to anyone who gets between he and Flair. Piper concludes a good promo by telling Flair that it is easier to jump on than it is to get off.
The Rockers (16-1) defeat Bob Woodland & Brian Donahue when Marty Jannetty pins Woodland after Shawn Michaels press slams him onto Woodland at 2:41:
In the split screen, the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart tell the Rockers that they are in their way to get the tag team titles back and they will mess up the Rockers faces. Monsoon makes the curious claim that the Nasties are number one contenders despite the Natural Disasters being locked in a feud with the Legion of Doom over the titles. Heenan is critical of how the referee lets the Rockers do constant double teams to their opponents, counting up to sixteen seconds that they get to use in the ring. All of that double teaming wears Woodland out, succumbing to the Rockers press slam finish.
The Barbarian (8-7-1) pins Ray Garcia after a Mafia kick at 1:44:
Since the Barbarian got beat on Prime Time, the WWF acts fast to reheat him. It is a squash to fill television time, allowing Monsoon and Heenan to squeeze in hype for WWF Magazine and Prime Time Wrestling. Monsoon reveals that the Gobbledy Gooker should appear on Prime Time tomorrow night. The Barbarian dominates Garcia, taking his head off with a Mafia kick for the win.
Tune in next week to see Jim Neidhart, Irwin R. Schyster, and Ted DiBiase in action! Also, the Natural Disasters will be guests on the Barber Shop!
The Last Word: Hacksaw Jim Duggan is getting more television time recently and since he is supposed to appear on the Funeral Parlor on Superstars, he might be on the verge of getting plugged into a new program. This show did a good job continuing to build up feuds for house shows, with Roddy Piper having the best promo of the show.
The WWF continued its European Rampage Tour. Here are the results of some of those cards, as well as domestic action, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:
Birmingham, England – NEC – October 8, 1991 (12,000; sellout): Hacksaw Jim Duggan pinned Typhoon after hitting him with a 2×4…The Big Bossman beat the Mountie via count out…Ric Flair pinned the Texas Tornado…The Rockers beat Power & Glory when Shawn Michaels pinned Paul Roma…The Undertaker defeated Roddy Piper via disqualification…Tito Santana pinned the Barbarian…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom beat the Nasty Boys when Hawk pinned Brian Knobbs…The British Bulldog pinned Earthquake.
Paris, France – Palais Omnisports Paris Berly – October 9, 1991 (7,000): Tito Santana pinned the Barbarian with a sunset flip…The Big Bossman pinned the Mountie with the Bossman Slam…The Rockers beat Power & Glory when Shawn Michaels pinned Paul Roma with a small package…The Undertaker defeated Hacksaw Jim Duggan via disqualification after Duggan used his 2×4 as a weapon…The Texas Tornado pinned Typhoon with a roll up…The British Bulldog (w/Andre the Giant) pinned Earthquake with a powerslam after using Andre’s crutch as a weapon…WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom beat the Nasty Boys when Hawk pinned Jerry Sags…The British Bulldog won an 18-man battle royal, last eliminating Typhoon.
Chicago, Illinois – Rosemont Horizon – October 12, 1991 (6,100; matinee): The Dragon pinned Skinner with a roll up at 10:48…Irwin R. Schyster beat Jim Neidhart with a Flair pin at 7:13…Virgil beat Ted DiBiase via disqualification when IRS interfered…Mr. Madness (Randy Savage, substituting for Sid Justice) pinned Jake Roberts with a roll up at 12:05. After the bout, Savage fled the ring when Roberts got out his cobra…Greg Valentine pinned the Berzerker with a roll up at 10:35…The Bushwhackers beat the Beverly Brothers when Luke pinned Beau after heel miscommunication…Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart pinned the Warlord with a small package at 13:18.
Backstage News*: Sid Justice suffered a tricep injury against Jake Roberts at a house show in Orlando on October 7. The injury is serious and will keep Sid off the road for a while. This makes the WWF’s booking of its main event scene more chaotic involving Jake Roberts, who has had awful luck in getting paired with babyfaces early in his run. The company was able to get Randy Savage to fill in for Sid on house shows, billing him as “Mr. Madness” and getting a “one-night exemption” from WWF President Jack Tunney to compete. All of this has increased Savage’s bargaining position as he has not been keen to return full-time since the summer and the WWF now desperately needs him for house shows for the rest of the year.
*Sid also made news behind the scenes recently for going to a bar in Atlanta, as the WWF ran a house show on October 13 at the Omni that drew a crowd of 1,600 fans and encountered several WCW wrestlers. According to reports, Sid got into an argument with Mike Graham and then Brian Pillman, with Pillman prepared to fight him by the end. Sid left the bar for a time after showing he was injured and could not fight but came back with a squeegee as a weapon. Nothing came of that as people in the bar hauled Sid away.
*Ric Flair has told WCW that he will sell them back the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Belt for $50,200. Flair gets that number from the $25,000 deposit that he gave the NWA and years of interest on it. WCW has tried to get an injunction to prevent Flair from calling himself a world champion on television, but their case was dismissed immediately.
*Hulk Hogan continues to make a mess of the WWF’s steroid scandal, telling CBS This Morning that the WWF’s drug testing is better than the NFL or other professional sports. The problem with these comments it that the WWF has yet to test anyone as part of its proposed steroid program.
*Hogan’s Suburban Commando film is also doing poorly at the box office, as its opening weekend drew $1.9 million, and its second weekend made $1.1 million.
*Ratings for Prime Time Wrestling keep sliding, leading to uneasiness in the company in light of its recent financial difficulties.
*Konnan should debut as Max Moon soon.
*In talent relations news, the WWF has signed Owen Hart and plans to team him up with Jim Neidhart as a reprised Hart Foundation. Slick will also be phased out as a manager over the next month. Paul Roma has left the company.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 21.
Up Next: Prime Time Wrestling for October 14!