WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 10th, 1989

September 10, 1989

From the Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, CA

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Dusty Rhodes, The Brainbusters, Jimmy Snuka, Dino Bravo, and the Bushwhackers


“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Jake Milliman

We hear from the Honky Tonk Man & Jimmy Snuka in an insert promo as Honky promises Snuka will not get any revenge next time they meet as Gorilla tells us that Honky is worried. Milliman rakes the eyes and lands a few shots but Snuka comes back with his trademark chop then stares into the camera before hitting the Superfly Splash for the win (2:33).

Thoughts: More hype for the Honky/Snuka feud, which cooled off considerably since it was not focused on during the SummerSlam hype.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is on the Rick Rude/Roddy Piper feud as we get clips of their fight from “Prime Time Wrestling” and Piper distracting Rude at SummerSlam. We then hear from both men.


Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Louie Spicolli

Bravo hammers away as Hart is laughing on the outside. Bravo then hits a vertical suplex then tosses him outside before taunting the crowd. He drags Spicolli back in and quickly puts him away with a side slam (2:16).

Thoughts: The announcers really put Bravo over, even considering him as a contender to Hogan’s title.


Jake Roberts tells us how we do not see good news as we see murder, violence, and earthquakes. He then says those will not mean anything for Ted DiBiase as everytime he seems him it will be worse than that. Jake’s return promos here against DiBiase were all fantastic.


The Bushwhackers vs. Black Knight & Darryl Nickel

We see Mr. Fuji & Powers of Pain in an insert promo as they are pissed that the Bushwhackers are on the cover of “WWF Magazine” instead of themselves. The Bushwhackers take control early as the announcers put them over then talk about the entire Tag Team division. The Bushwhackers then hit Nickel with the battering ram before putting him away with a double gutbuster (4:06).

Thoughts: Long for a squash match as we are getting the Powers of Pain vs. Bushwhackers around the house show circuit.


Sean Mooney is in the Event to hype up the Nashville Auditorium show. Rick Rude screams about Roddy Piper costing him the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam, which was supposed to be his night and now wants to face him in the ring. Good promo by Rude. Jim Neidhart then laughs about The Genius and says he went to UCLA and not that dumb himself in an amusing promo.


Rick Martel w/ Slick vs. Tim Horner

These two mix it up on the mat then Martel celebrates after avoiding a backdrop with a cartwheel. He slaps hands with Slick but Horner knocks him to the floor. Martel comes in and knees Horner in the gut then fires away. We hear from Martel & Slick in an insert promo as they hold up a Brutus Beefcake poster and talk about how disgusting it is and that the fans do not deserve a Martel poster. Horner makes a comeback and works the arm but Martel blocks a hip toss. The fans taunt Martel with “Tito” chants as Martel puts Horner in the tree-of-woe and stomps away before getting the win with a top rope knee drop (3:25). After the match, Martel & Slick dance in the ring.

Thoughts: Decent action here as Martel’s feud against Santana is getting pushed aside for another one against Beefcake.


Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the 10/13 Nashville show. Ronnie Garvin tells Greg Valentine he is a fool for getting him reinstated as a wrestler as he promises to end Valentine’s career. Mr. Fuji & Powers of Pain tell the Bushwhackers they do not like them and will tear them apart.


Dusty Rhodes vs. Tom Stone

Dusty still comes out with the stuff he stole from the Big Bossman. Stone tries a sneak attack but runs into an elbow smash instead. Dusty stays in control and dumps Stone outside. The announcers plug an article inside “WWF Magazine” that highlights the Dusty/Bossman feud as Dusty gets the win with an elbow drop (2:10).

Thoughts: Dusty is still over a lot as his feud against the Big Bossman continues.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Bad News Brown to the interview platform. He asks Bad News about having no friends and going alone in the WWF. Bad News tells us all that he does not need friends, managers, or assistance as he learned in the streets of Harlem friends become your enemies at some point. Bad News then calls WWF President Jack Tunney a “spineless cockroach” who is interested in protecting his “big goof champ” who wears yellow, something chickens wear. Bad News gets pissed at Okerlund for asking him about his family and promises to slap him so hard he will grow hair on his head as he is interested in getting a title shot and every man is his enemy. Bad News really was a strong character but unfortunately he was pretty much washed up in the ring at this point.


Hillbilly Jim vs. Pete Ketchum

Ketchum bails after Jim swings around his lucky horseshoe. The Genius is shown in an insert promo as he promises with a little education, Jim can excel at being a “hick.” Okay, that was amusing. Jim cuts off Ketchum and hammers away in the corner. Ketchum rakes the eyes then picks up the horseshoe but Jim fires away. Ketchum reserves an Irish whip in the corner but runs into a big boot as Jim gets the win (2:54).

Thoughts: The action was horrible but Jim might be in line for a lower card feud against the Genius.


The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Mark Young & Jim Evans

Young jumps up top and takes Tully down with a sunset flip but Tully was able to backpedal to his partner and make the tag as Arn breaks up the pin. Young slides underneath Arn and hits a dropkick then does the same to Tully but makes the mistake of celebrating and allows Arn to attack from behind. Young avoids a pair of attacks and makes the tag as Evans gets caught with a double-team move. We hear from Demolition as they promise to kick The Brainbusters’ teeth in and that Andre the Giant will not be able to save them this time as the Brainbusters stay in control until getting the win with a spike piledriver (3:49).

Thoughts: More great heel work by the Brainbusters here as they continue to feud with Demolition.


Mooney is once again back in the Event Center to hype the 10/13 Nashville show. Ted DiBiase laughs at the fact Jake Roberts is obsessed with him and foolish enough to come back in knowing he is hurt. The Ultimate Warrior tells Andre he was not prepared and underestimated him last time as he talks about becoming more powerful.


Final Thoughts: More of the same here for the most part with continuation of the TV and house show feuds. Nothing more to add other than that.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/1/82

Sunday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling  9/11/89

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/16/89

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/17/89

Wednesday: EVOLVE 79 2/25/17

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling  9/23/89