WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 11th, 1989

June 11, 1989

From the LaCrosse Center in Lacrosse, WI

Your hosts are Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Brutus Beefcake, The Brainbusters, Demolition, Ted DiBiase, and Tito Santana.


Demolition vs. Todd Becker & Fuller Stevens

Demolition destroy Stevens in the corner to start. Becker tags and Smash beats on him until Demolition hits the Decapitation for the win (2:11).

Thoughts: Easy win for Demolition as Heenan was on commentary saying how they can be defeated. No mention of their feud with the Twin Towers here, either.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is a replay of Big John Studd saving King Hacksaw Jim Duggan from Haku and Andre the Giant on the 6/3/89 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”


Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Warren Bianchi

Valentine takes Bianchi down as Heenan and Gorilla argue with each other. Bianchi comes back with a pair of armdrags but Valentine quickly regains control then softens him up for the figure-four leg lock and the win (2:07). After the match, Tony Schiavone comes out to interview Valentine. The Hammer is angry as he is upset with the officiating in the WWF, especially with President Jack Tunney appointing Ronnie Garvin as a referee. Valentine said Garvin should be out of wrestling forever after he beat him and promises that if Garvin does interfere in his match he will be out of wrestling forever and with a broken leg.

Thoughts: The Valentine/Garvin feud will continue as Valentine is angry over Garvin being a referee.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Bobby Heenan & Rick Rude tell us how Rude is the greatest Intercontinental Champion ever and that the Ultimate Warrior was never defeated until stepping into the ring with Rude. Hercules talks about how much he loves wrestling and that his integrity will stay intact as he is committed to excellence.


Tito Santana vs. Dusty Wolfe

Tito works the arm then hits a dropkick. We then hear from Rick Martel in an insert promo as he claims Tito is jealous of the plans Slick has for him. Tito then hits Wolfe with a slam and a clothesline and stays in control until hitting the flying forearm for the win (3:04).

Thoughts: Quick win for Tito as his feud with Martel continues.


Movie Theater patrons tell us to go see “No Holds Barred.”


Paul Roma & Jeff Gronsky vs. The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan

Roma & Gronsky came out to the Young Stallions theme “Crank it Up.” Roma looks absolutely miserable here. He surprises Arn with a reverse rollup for two. Roma gets a crossbody for a nearfall then hits a pair of dropkicks but has his monkey flip attempt blocked. The Bushwhackers are shown in an insert promo talking about wanting to get their hands on the Brainbusters & Heenan. Roma ducks underneath a pair of clotheslines then tags out. Gronsky hits a pair of slams then things get messy as Gronsky botches a move. The Brainbusters hit an assisted front suplex then distract the ref and put Gronsky away with a spike piledriver (2:48).

Thoughts: Exciting for a TV squash match anyway. Roma looked really good here and Gronsky had a great look and some potential but decided against signing with the WWF based on his experience at this TV taping.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. Jim Neidhart tells us people are against wrestling him because he loves hurting them and likes to hurt the bigger wrestlers. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers & Jimmy Hart tell the Rockers how they are better singers and better dressed than them.


Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Tom Stock

The Genius is shown in an insert promo as he talks up the Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri pairing and that Beefcake can stand to lose some weight. Stock rakes Beefcake’s eyes and lands some punches. Beefcake comes back with a clothesline then hits a slam as the announcers talk about the Savage/Beefcake feud then Beefcake uses the sleeper for the win (2:40). After the match, Beefcake gives Stock a haircut.

Thoughts: Beefcake was really, really over with the fans at this point. They are back to hyping up his feud against Savage on TV.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Jimmy Hart & Honky Tonk Man to the interview platform. Honky tells us the fans want to watch him sing and dance instead of climbing coconut trees like Jimmy Snuka as he promises to “tune him up.” Honky is just being built up somewhat so he can be fed to Snuka.


We get a clip from “No Holds Barred.”


Mr. Perfect vs. Lance Allen

Perfect beats on Allen and chops him hard in the corner. He hits a floatover neck snap then goes back to hitting more chops in the corner. Perfect is then shown in an insert promo calling us all “average people” as he is the only one who is perfect. Allen comes back with a hip toss and a slam but runs into a double boot in the corner then Perfect gets the win with his Perfect Plex (2:16).

Thoughts: Impressive squash for Perfect, whose feud with Bret Hart was not mentioned here.


Dusty Rhodes welcomes us to “America’s Taco Shop.” He gives his customer all sorts of feud and even eats a burrito with the guy.


“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. JT Thomas

DiBiase beats the crap out of Thomas, even slamming him down on the floor. DiBiase yells at Thomas to get up after hitting a clothesline then puts him away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:21).

Thoughts: With Jake Roberts on the self with a neck injury, DiBiase was left with nothing to do.


Bad News Brown tells us “beer-bellied sharecroppers” that we have men that want to be women and women who want to be men but even worse is that the WWF Champion wants to be a movie star and have people do stunts for him because he is afraid of the real world. Good promo by Bad News. King Hacksaw Jim Duggan talks about how he will triumph as a king.


Next week in action are the Twin Towers, Red Rooster, Barbarian, Rick Rude, and The Rockers. The show closes with Tito Santana and his family telling us how much they loved “No Holds Barred.”


Final Thoughts: Not much of a show this week. With the “No Holds Barred” hype machine hopefully slowing down in a week or two things might get more interesting but this was not a show that you needed to see in order to keep up with current storylines.


  • Jobbers had some offense this week.

  • CDN

    Huh. I thought the Stallions were still a thing in mid-’89. Heel-Roma was EXTREMELY underrated. I had zero issues with him as a Horseman, sure as fuck better than Mongo. These Observer flashbacks are phenomenal for filling in the gaps of my then 10yr old brain on why SO many guys from the NwA were on WWF television…….Dusty, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, Ron Garvin, Terry Taylor, Sheepherders, Powers of Pain, shit even Tim Horner jumped for a bit.

    I mean, some of those guys were very recent-heavy players in JCP. And I know not everybody was there at the exact same time, or didn’t stay very long, but all close enough together where I thought there was going to be some form or impression of the Four Horsemen. It wouldn’t have really been proper, but Dusty, Windham, Arn & Tully could’ve been a faction/outside force infiltrating from “another company”. Or just swap out Dusty and/or Windham for Rude and/or Perfect, so Vince can still apply the “we are the only wrestling company in the world ” bullshit.

    Bobby Heenan with Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, Curt Hennig, & Rick Rude as the centerpiece Flair role sounds like money to me. Obviously Arn & Tully get the Tag Team Titles, Hennig gets the IC strap, & Rude at least challenges, contends for, & maybe even gets a transition run as the Heavyweight Champion. Feed Jake Roberts, Beefcake, Orndorff, Dusty & maybe Duggan to Rude before he drops it to Hogan or Warrior. And if its too soon for Hennig and/or Rude, you can easily swap them out for a Heenan with Dibiase in the Flair role, Andre the Giant and Blanchard & Anderson. Fuck me man, so much could’ve been done differently, that ’89 roster was stacked top to bottom.

  • MyronB

    Tim Horner would have been a good partner for Paul Roma.

    • Brian_Bayless

      I agree 100%.

      • Big D Wangston

        Team Rorner

        • Brian_Bayless

          Team Horma

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