WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 10th, 1989

December 10, 1989

From the Allen County War Memorial in Fort Wayne, IN

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon. Schiavone is back from vacation as he is wearing shades and a button down shirt talking about how he was in Aruba.

In action this week are the Ultimate Warrior, Dusty Rhodes, Colossal Connection, Ted DiBiase, and Jim Duggan

 

Dusty Rhodes vs. Tom Stone

The Big Bossman calls out Dusty in an insert promo as he calls him a “punk” and promises to hurt him worse than he did at the Survivor Series. Dusty is in control of the match as we see his female superfan cheering him on in the front row. Dusty manages to hit Stone with a dropkick then poses to the crowd before hitting mounted punches in the corner then drops an elbow for the win (2:34). After the match, Dusty dances with the female fan.

Thoughts: The Dusty/Bossman feud continues and Dusty’s relationship with this fan evolves.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is telling us about the “No Holds Barred” PPV on December 27th. They might as well have wrote on the screen for kids to beg their parents to get them this for Christmas.

 

Spike Jones vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

We hear from Duggan in an insert promo telling Duggan that he wants his crown back. Jones bails as the crowd starts a USA chant then Duggan tosses him into the post a few times then into the ring before getting the win with a slam and a knee drop (2:01). After the match, Jones cheap shots Duggan then yells at the ref but Duggan whacks Jones with his 2×4.

Thoughts: The end to this was odd as it seemed Jones either had no clue what to do or legitimately hurt himself running into the post. Duggan’s feud with Savage also continues.

 

Colossal Connection w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Al Burke & Mike Shelton

Haku bears on Shelton to start. We hear from Demolition in an insert promo as they tell the Colossal Connection that they do not back down from anyone. Burke is in now as Haku destroys him too. He rams Burke’s head against Andre’s then does the same to Shelton. Andre now tags in and hits a headbutt then holds up Haku for him to hit a thrust kick then drops an elbow for the win (4:09).

Thoughts: Andre could barely move at this point and the squash match formula was Haku beats on someone the entire match then tags Andre, who hits a headbutt and an elbow drop. Anyway, they are getting pushed strongly as a tag team.

 

Rick Martel models more clothes on the interview platform as Lord Alfred Hayes gives commentary. Martel then said the man makes the clothes and proceeds to do some jumping jacks. The more I see the transition to the model character, I’m really seeing just how lame it was. I’ll credit Martel for making something out of it later on but in its infancy, it stunk.

 

Conquistador #1 vs. Ultimate Warrior

The Conquistador tries and fails to attack Warrior and gets knocked down. Warrior heads out and pulls out his own jacket and puts that on before carrying the Conquistador back inside of the ring. Warrior keeps wearing his own jacket as we hear from Dino Bravo, Jimmy Hart, and the Canadian Earthquake in an insert promo as Bravo says the Intercontinental Title will be his as Warrior gets the win with a press slam/splash combo (1:47). After the match, Warrior puts his mask on the Conquistador.

Thoughts: A match for the WWF to showcase all of its Ultimate Warrior merchandise in time for the Holiday season.

 

An ad for the No Holds Barred PPV airs.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes Mr. Perfect & The Genius to the interview platform. We are shown a clip of Perfect destroying Hogan’s title from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Perfect says Hogan is not the perfect champion and the belt will not be perfect unless it is around his own waist. Perfect tells Hogan like all good things, Hulkamania will come to an end and that is when he becomes the WWF Heavyweight Champion.

 

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

Valentine destroys Bianchi as we hear from Ronnie Garvin in an insert promo running down Valentine to hype their matches and put over the fact he now has a shinguard. Back to the match as Valentine cuts off a comeback then hits a butterfly suplex before putting Bianchi away with the figure four (3:27).

Thoughts: The Valentine/Garvin feud continues as both guys are now wearing shinguards.

 

No Holds Barred Special Report with Gene Okerlund. The same report that we saw from “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Scott Colton

DiBiase flattens Colton with a clothesline then looks into the camera and yells that this is for Jake Roberts as he hits a piledriver then tosses him outside, where he hits another pliedriver and yells to Jake if he wants to see it again. DiBiase is in an insert promo laughing over Jake’s “WWF Magazine” article and that he will be going back to the hospital as no one threatens him. Back to the match as Colton continues to get destroyed until DiBiase finally puts him out of his misery (3:51). After the match, DiBiase tears up the issue of WWF Magazine and shoves it in Colton’s mouth.

Thoughts: Just an awesome performance here by DiBiase. He destroyed this guy and was yelling for Jake after each move. One of the more entertaining squash matches you’ll see.

 

Next week in action are the Honky Tonk Man, Tito Santana, Big Bossman, Demolition, and Rick Rude. Plus, an interview with Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake and more!

 

Final Thoughts: They touched upon some of the main feuds here but most of this was trying to showcase the PPV and all of the Holiday merchandise they could as it was shoehorned whenever possible. The DiBiase squash match was pretty great though and worth checking out.

 

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/16/89

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/17/89

Wednesday: RevPro Live in Orlando 3/31/17

Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Ranger Ross

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/23/89

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/16/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/24/89