WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 18th, 1989

June 18, 1989

From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI

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

In action this week are Rick Rude, The Rockers, The Barbarian, Red Rooster, and the Twin Towers.


“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Chris Zarna

A “weasel” chant breaks out as Rude beats on Zarna. Rude hits a powerslam then Gorilla puts over an article on the Ultimate Warrior in “WWF Magazine” before the Rude Awakening puts Zarna away (1:16). After the match, Rude gives some girl the Rude Awakening.

Thoughts: The Rude/Warrior feuds remains one of the strongest in the company.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is clips from Randy Savage defeating Tim Horner last week on “Superstars of Wrestling” to show just how dangerous Savage is with Sensational Sherri by his side. After that, Savage & Sherri promise to reclaim the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. The Hogan/Savage World Title program resumes.


The Rockers vs. Boris Zhukov & Tom Stone

The Rockers came out to their version of the Rougeaus theme song. The Rockers take control early as we hear from the Rougeaus and Jimmy Hart in an insert promo as they promise to take out the Rockers again. The Rockers continue to beat on Stone then put him away with a double flying fist drop (3:07). After the match, Tony Schiavone interviews the Rockers at ringside as they promise to show everyone they are superior to the Rougeaus and will take them to the “Rockers Banquet” that will be serving megaphones on the menu.

Thoughts: Good showing from the Rockers but man was the last line of that promo corny.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype up the 7/14 show at the Baltimore Arena. Honky Tonk Man & Jimmy Hart run down Jimmy Snuka to hype up their match while Jim Neidhart calls out the Barbarian.


Frank DeFalco vs. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart

Hercules is shown in an insert promo telling Bravo & Hart he is sick of them and vows to prove he is the strongest man in the world. Gorilla and Bobby argue on commentary as Bravo taunts the crowd to zero reaction before putting DeFalco away with a side slam (1:31).

Thoughts: Bravo literally received zero reaction from the crowd here as they sat in silence for the Canadian slug. This Bravo/Hercules feud really was the shits.


Some kid tells us that “No Holds Barred” should win an academy award.


Red Rooster vs. Jake Milliman

Gorilla leaves as Heenan is now solo on commentary. Heenan rags on both Rooster and referee Joey Marella. Rooster cackles in his insert promo before telling us to see “No Holds Barred.” Rooster hits a dropkick and an armdrag while Heenan tells us Gorilla is with Snuka eating bananas right now. Milliman comes back with a slam but misses an elbow drop from the middle rope as Rooster gets the win with his flying chickenwing (1:55).

Thoughts: This was more about playing up the conflict between the announcers than anything else. Even Rooster’s insert promo was just to tell us to see “No Holds Barred.”


The Barbarian w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Ed Slater

The Barbarian beats on Slater to start as Fuji approves. We then hear from Fuji & Barbarian in an insert promo as Fuji loves how the Barbarian listens to him. Back to the match as the Barbarian continues to destroy Slater until putting him away with a top rope clothesline (2:08).

Thoughts: They pushed the Barbarian more than the Warlord as far as the singles pushes were concerned but it still did not amount to much other than a forgettable feud with Jim Neidhart.


Dusty Rhodes is shown on the back of a trash truck as he talks about keeping America beautiful by showing off his “Americana Trash Can Hook Shot” and closes about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure. One of the weaker Dusty vignettes as their was not much to this at all.


Mooney is once again in the Event Center to hype the 7/14 Baltimore show. The Rockers hype up their match against the Rougeaus while Ted DiBiase tells Dusty Rhodes he does not hang out with common men and that the only way to get to the top is having money and walking all over people.


Ray Brown & Jerry Lynn vs. Twin Towers w/ Slick

Gorilla returns as Heenan asks where he went. Gorilla then tells Heenan he has arraigned for Tony Schiavone to be in the booth next week as Heenan is pissed. The Towers beat down Lynn while Demolition are in an insert promo challenging them to a match. Back to the match as Bossman catches Brown with a spinebuster then Akeem finishes him off with a splash (2:20). After the match, the Towers cuff Lynn to the ropes and beat him some more. In a funny moment, Bossman whacks Lynn in the sides with the nightstick as Heenan jokes how he guesses you can call that a “rib.”

Thoughts: The Towers continue to look strong as they feud with the Tag Team Champions.


A clip from “No Holds Barred” is shown.


Gene Okerlund welcomes King Hacksaw Jim Duggan to the interview platform. Duggan tells us Haku if he wants the crown & cape back then to come down and get it from him. Okerlund asks Duggan about the attack from Haku & Andre while Duggan decides to start a “USA” chant and says he is not a hard man to fine as the camera zooms in on his face. This promo was nothing but the crowd was still into Duggan, who looks far too goofy in all this get-up to be taken as a serious threat.


Hogan tells us to see “No Holds Barred” in the same segment shown from “Superstars of Wrestling.”


Barry Horowitz vs. Koko B. Ware

Heenan calls Koko’s hair “afro turf” as it’s now the same color as the top of Frankie’s head. Horowitz sneak attacks Koko then we hear from The Genius in an insert promo as he talks about deserving to be on “Wrestling Challenge” more than Koko. Back to the match as Horowitz stays in control, even mocking Koko in the process. Koko dodges a crossbody then hits Horowitz with a missile dropkick but pulls him up at two so he can finish him off with the Ghostbuster (2:59).

Thoughts: Odd to see Horowitz take control of the match like this as Koko only hit his two signature moves at the end en route to victory. Koko was someone else who had nothing at all going on for him in the company.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. Hogan tells Savage he wants to get his hands on him when they face off in Baltimore as he ruined his manager’s life.


In action next week are the Bushwhackers, Rick Martel, The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, and Brutus Beefcake. Plus, an interview with Zeus. The closes with Elizabeth telling us to see “No Holds Barred.”


Final Thoughts: Once again, the “No Holds Barred” hype outweighed the storyline advancements. Really not much to see here.