WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 13th, 1989

August 13, 1989

From the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are King Duggan, Honky Tonk Man, and the Twin Towers. Plus, an interview with the Ultimate Warrior and more!

 

Twin Towers w/ Slick vs. George Skaaland & Mike Williams

Skaaland surprises Bossman but runs into a clothesline. Gorilla tells us to call our cable company and order SummerSlam as the Towers beat on Williams. We hear from Andre the Giant in an insert promo as he puts over his team with the Twin Towers as he laughs about beating Duggan & Demolition. Back to the match as the Towers stay in control until Akeem puts Williams away with a splash (3:12). After the match, Williams gets cuffed to the ropes as Bossman beats him with the nightstick.

Thoughts: The Towers look dominant heading into their six-man tag at SummerSlam.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We get a replay of the Greg Valentine vs. Jimmy Snuka match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” where referee Ronnie Garvin cost Valentine the match after hitting him. We get comments from Valentine insisting the WWF reinstate Garvin as a wrestler so he can revenge then Jack Tunney makes it official as Garvin is now back as a wrestler.

 

Sandy Beach vs. King Duggan

Duggan beats on Beach to start after tossing his cape at the referee. Duggan stays in control then puts Beach away with the Three Point Stance as Schiavone declares Beach “all washed up” (2:02).

Thoughts: Basic Duggan squash as the crowd still loves his goofy antics. The announcers ragged on Beach a bit here.

 

Event Center segment is next. They were all the same ones from this past episode of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tony Durante

A loud “weasel” chant from the crowd. Haku overpowers Durante as Heenan is shown in a promo warning Roddy Piper that if he gets in his way, one of his men will go after him. Haku beats on Durante some more then puts him away with a thrust kick (2:30).

Thoughts: They are giving the Heenan vs. Piper feud some syndicated TV time now as we can expect more from that going forward.

 

Hart Foundation vs. Mike Scarberry & Jim Arnold

Before the match, Neidhart takes off Bret’s sunglasses then throws them into the crowd as the fans in the front row try to grab them. Bret works over Scarberry in the corner as the announcers put over their match against the Brainbusters at SummerSlam. The Hart Foundation continue to work over Scarberry until they put him away with the Hart Attack (3:21).

Thoughts: The Hart Foundation look strong as they head into their non-title match at SummerSlam.

 

Randy Savage, Sensational Sherri, and Zeus are shown in a pre-taped promo. They talk about how they will beat up Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, and Elizabeth as Sherri goes on about the Cauldron of Madness.

 

Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jim McPherson

Gorilla notes about how Honky thinks he is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time and notes how Honky is better than Pat Patterson and that is a fact. Gorilla puts over the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” and the article on Honky, who takes control. The announcers now talk about Honky’s match against Dusty Rhodes at SummerSlam then Honky hits the Shake, Rattle, and Roll for the win (1:43). After the match, Honky plays his guitar.

Thoughts: Weird they took a shot at Pat Patterson here to get Honky over but this was just more of the same stuff we’ve seen from Honky the past couple of years as they pushed his match against Dusty at SummerSlam.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes the Ultimate Warrior to the interview platform and asks him about his match against Rick Rude for the Intercontinental Title. Warrior then talks about how he will once again reign as the Intercontinental Champion when SummerSlam ends. Okerlund asks Warrior if he is making a promise as Warrior confirms. The story now is that the Ultimate Warrior promises he will reclaim the Intercontinental Title and if not, his fans will be let down.

 

SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

Rick Martel w/ Slick vs. Dale Wolfe

The crowd gets on Martel by starting a chant for Tito Santana. Martel avoids a monkey flip with a cartwheel as we see the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers in an insert promo as they put over their SummerSlam partner, Rick Martel, while making fun of their opponents Tito Santana & The Rockers. Martel hammers away but misses a charge as Wolfe takes control. Wolfe tumbles outside on his head after getting tripped by Martel, who heads out and rams him against the ring apron. Back inside, Martel hits a slam then applies the Boston Crab but lets go just before Wolfe is about to give up and heads up top where he hits a flying knee drop for the win (3:50).

Thoughts: Long match as they hyped up the other six-man tag at SummerSlam.

 

Another Event Center segment airs.

 

In action next week are Demolition, Rick Rude, The Rockers, Greg Valentine, and Jimmy Snuka.

 

Final Thoughts: Besides the news that Garvin is back as a wrestler, nothing else happened that we haven’t seen from “Superstars of Wrestling.” The SummerSlam hype train continues.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling (3 Hour SummerSlam Special) 8/13/89

Wednesday: EVOLVE 77 1/28/17

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Butch Reed

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/19/89

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 6/17/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/20/89

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/26/89