WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 24th, 1989

September 24, 1989

From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are the Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, The Hart Foundation, Ted DiBiase, and Dusty Rhodes


Ultimate Warrior vs. John Weiss

Warrior kicks Weiss down before the bell then poses on the middle rope as the belt stays around his waist. He dumps Weiss outside then yells about the “power of the Warrior” as they head back inside. We hear from Andre the Giant who promises not only to hurt the Warrior but also take back the Intercontinental Title for the Heenan Family. Weiss gets dumped out again as Warrior beats him down then they head back inside where Warrior puts him away with the press slam/splash combo (2:43).

Thoughts: Another dominating TV win for Warrior as his feud against Andre continues to get heavily pushed.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is the same report we saw from “Superstars of Wrestling” where we see Randy Savage become the new king after defeating King Duggan by using Sensational Sherri’s loaded purse. Hayes notes that Duggan is on the way to a full recovery.


Hart Foundation vs. Don Champ & Tony Ulysses

Champ gets shoved down after failing to move Neidhart as the announcers plug Bret Hart’s cover on “WWF Spotlight Magazine” and how there are two posters of him inside. Bret tags in and hammers away on Ulysses as Neidhart yells at his opponent. The Hart Foundation stay in control until they put Ulysses away with the Hart Attack (3:07).

Thoughts: The Hart Foundation looked good here but they did not have much going on here and the only push was a quasi-midcard singles push for Bret.


Mr. Perfect vs. Mario Mancini

Perfect takes Mancini down with ease to start. He then reverses a hip toss as Gorilla thinks all of the second generation guys have an edge then talks about how it would be great if he fought Bret Hart as Schiavone thinks it would be great if he fought Jimmy Snuka, who we know hear in an insert promo saying he’s not perfect himself but will prove that Mr. Perfect is not perfect himself, either. Back to the match as Perfect stays in control. Mancini comes back with a slam and a dropkick but runs into a clothesline then Perfect puts Mancini away with a Perfect Plex (3:20).

Thoughts: Perfect is still without a feud, despite being with the company for a year at this point. However, he is starting to get pushed as more of a threat.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype the 10/13 Nashville Auditorium show. Rick Rude & Bobby Heenan are laughing hysterically over their attack on Roddy Piper on the “Brother Love Show” then the Ultimate Warrior promises to defeat Andre the Giant again.


“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Gary Wolfe

Wolfe surprises DiBiase with a sunset flip then DiBiase bails after getting hit with an arm drag. DiBiase is pissed then blocks a slingshot attempt and starts beating on Wolfe. We hear from Jake Roberts in an insert promo as he tells DiBiase he is back not because of medicine or his ego but because of DiBiase himself. Back to the match as DiBiase hits a powerslam then puts Wolfe away with the Million Dollar Dream (3:38).

Thoughts: Quick win for DiBiase as his feud against Jake is being amped up with the latter out for revenge.


Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the 10/13 Nashville show. Hillbilly Jim tells Bad News Brown he will find out what he’s all about as DiBiase says he likes Jake and that he reminds him of himself but he is the master of humiliating people and that Jake’s coolness is gone.


Boris Zhukov vs. Dusty Rhodes

Dusty comes out to interrupt the Soviet National Anthem. He hammers away in the corner as we hear from the Big Bossman in an insert promo as he promises to hurt Dusty bad. Zhukov fights back but Dusty takes him down after a slugfest. Dusty hits a back elbow smash then drops the elbow for the win (3:07).

Thoughts: Dusty remains over as his feud against the Big Bossman continues.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Bobby Heenan & The Brainbusters to the interview platform. Heenan is pissed as Okerlund introduces us to footage from “Superstars of Wrestling” when Demolition came out and chased away the Brainbusters. Tully is asked about ducking Demolition and he said they just finished a match against tough competition then Arn said they came to the WWF with the biggest credentials and clawed their way to a title shot and now that they are the champs and get to dictate policy so they can try to climb the top of the ladder for a match. Heenan also says Demolition to get in the back of the line. Good promo here as the Brainbusters clearly want to avoid Demolition at all costs and are now refusing them a title shot.


Hercules vs. Mike Williams

The Genius is shown in an insert promo saying Hercules’ victory at SummerSlam was undeserving as Hercules quickly puts Williams away with a backbreaker submission (1:17).

Thoughts: Really just filler here as Hercules usefulness as a babyface is pretty much done at this point.


We get more footage from Ronnie Garvin at SummerSlam declaring Hercules the winner over Valentine at SummerSlam to hype the Coliseum Home Video release. Weird they picked a feud that was not over to hype the video release.


Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jim McPherson

Valentine dodges a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence then beats on McPherson. Ronnie Garvin is in an insert promo as he tells Valentine SummerSlam proved he is not good at playing games as Valentine is in control of the match. Valentine then adjusts his shinguard and puts McPherson in the figure four and gets the win (1:56).

Thoughts: Even more Valentine/Garvin hype here.


Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the 10/13 Nashville show. The Genius tells Neidhart he is “ugly and obese” and will prove he is truly the best. Garvin tells Valentine he was stupid to reinstate him in the WWF and got his “rugged” name not by selling popcorn but rather by beating people up.


In action next week are The Bushwhackers, Rick Martel, Demolition, The Widowmaker, and Roddy Piper


Final Thoughts: Nothing new here as they hyped up just about all of the current feuds in the company. Challenge was once again firmly the “B” show this week.


Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/30/89

Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 9/30/89

Wednesday: PWG Mystery Vortex IV 12/16/16

Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series: 1994 ECW as told by Shane Douglas

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/1/89

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/15/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling  10/7/89

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/8/89