WWF Wrestling Challenge October 4th, 1987

October 4, 1987

From the Metro Centre in Rockford, IL

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be Bam Bam Bigelow, Ted DiBiase, Don Muraco, and the featured match of Jim Duggan & Rougeau Brothers vs. Hart Foundation & Danny Davis

 

Young Stallions vs. Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner

Heenan is doing the same thing Ventura did on “Superstars of Wrestling” by flipping out and accusing Roma & Powers of stealing Jimmy Hart’s “Crank it Up” song from the “Piledriver” album. Match starts with Roma & Powers working over Wagner as the announcers talk about the “Piledriver” album. Monsoon talks about how people are thinking the Stallions could be the next Tag Team Champions. Roma gets trapped in the wrong corner but avoids an elbow drop then makes the tag as Powers runs wild then barely glances Renslow with a dropkick. Roma dropkicks Wagner to the floor then Powers catches Wagner with a powerslam for the win (3:39).

Thoughts: Once again, they seem to be setting up for a Young Stallions vs. Hart Foundation feud. Powers looked awful here. He almost dropped Wagner on his head during the finish.

 

WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This is about the Honky Tonk Man vs. Randy Savage match at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” We get clips of all the TV leading up to the feud.

 

King Harley Race & Hercules & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Scott Casey & Brady Boone & Chris Curtis

Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Match starts with Casey and Boone using their speed to elude Hercules. Boone tries a crossbody but Hercules catches him and hits a backbreaker. We get an insert promo from Andre the Giant as he promises us a huge announcement coming soon. Back to the match as Curtis gets the crap kicked out of him until Bundy puts him away with the avalanche (2:31).

Thoughts: Andre coming back and promising a huge announcement was the only newsworthy thing to come from this match.

 

Gene Okerlund is with Ted DiBiase and Virgil. DiBiase says he can buy anything except for the World Heavyweight Title. He then talks about climbing the ladder in the WWF faster than anyone and how he will be getting a title shot soon.

 

Once again, the British Bulldogs tell us not to smoke.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Shadow #1

Heenan is back on commentary. Bigelow overpowers the Shadow to start. He the busts out a cartwheel before hitting a dropkick in an impressive sequence. Bigelow then slams him down with one arm before hitting the slingshot splash for the win (1:24).

Thoughts: Short but exciting performance by Bam Bam.

 

Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji, who tells us he is the master of martial arts and making people suffer. Killer Khan enters as Fuji tells us Khan loves pain. Khan then speaks in a foreign language as the segment ends. We would be spared from Khan in several weeks.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Jerry Allen

DiBiase works over Allen to start then there was a major miscommunication where DiBiase thought Allen was going for a backdrop but Allen went out of the way and did a leg takedown as DiBiase nearly killed himself trying to sell the move. DiBiase takes a breather then catches Allen with a boot. DiBiase hits an elbow drop off of the second rope that Allen was way out of position for too. Allen is fucking awful here. DiBiase drops Allen with a snug elbow then chokes him out in the corner. DiBiase then hits Allen with a powerslam before putting him away with a cloverleaf (4:25).

Thoughts: My god was Allen awful here. He messed up just about every move. Interesting to see DiBiase use the cloverleaf as a finisher though.

 

Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Ron Bass, who cuts a screaming promo asking for competition while telling us Miss Betsy wants to whip someone’s back. Bass was raving like a lunatic here. The crowd didnt seem to care though. Poor Bass though: his feud with Blackjack Mulligan ended before it began as Blackjack quit then he seemed to be getting a feud with Tito Santana but that ended when Strike Force was formed. The guy has had nothing to do at all since debuting almost a year ago.

 

“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Barry Horowitz

Muraco tosses Horowitz around to start. Horowitz fights back but misses a leg drop off of the second rope. Muraco rakes the eyes then fires away. He then signals for the Tombstone and dedicates the move to Monsoon and hits it for the win (2:45).

Thoughts: Muraco was getting a decent reaction as a face, surprisingly enough.

 

A replay of the Islanders attacking Tito Santana and Pedro Morales at the Spanish announcers booth from last week’s “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Rougeau Brothers & Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Hart Foundation & Danny Davis w/ Jimmy Hart

The Rougeaus work over Bret as we get an insert promo from Jimmy Hart yelling and screaming that he was robbed by the Young Stallions, who took his “Crank it Up” song and made it their theme. The crowd is way into Duggan’s antics as he is standing on the apron while Jacques is in trouble. Brfet accidentally knocks Davis off of the apron then Jacques puts Bret in a sleeper but Davis breaks it up by using the megaphone as the match is ruled a disqualification (2:42). Duggan then chases the heels away by waving around his 2×4.

Thoughts: It would seem that they are aiming for a Duggan/Davis feud, which does not sound very exciting at all.

 

Okerlund is with the Killer Bees, who talk about their recent frustrations. Not exactly the Dusty Rhodes “Hard Times” promo here.

 

Pre-recorded comments from Randy Savage and the Honky Tonk Man about their match at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”

 

Next week in action will be Bam Bam Bigelow, Killer Khan, and Butch Reed.

 

Final Thoughts: Not a whole lot going on with this show. A few bad squash matches and the only real thing in terms of angle advancement were the Young Stallions using “Crank it Up” as a song and the potential of a Duggan vs. Davis feud.