WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 31st, 1989

December 31, 1989

From the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are the Ultimate Warrior, Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, and the Bushwhackers. Plus, an interview with Roddy Piper and the Royal Rumble report

 

Ultimate Warrior vs. Lee Peak

Warrior immediately attacks Peak and chops him over the top rope. Back inside, Warrior hits Peak with a backdrop as we hear from Dino Bravo & Canadian Earthquake telling Warrior he will no longer be the Intercontinental Title as Warrior press slams Peak to the floor. Warrior drags him back inside and covers for the win (1:26). After the match, Warrior tosses Peak outside and carries him over his shoulder and drops him right before the backstage entrance.

Thoughts: A match to put over the Warrior/Bravo feud.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is about the Royal Rumble as we see clips from last year’s match before Hayes runs down the Rumble match competitors.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Jerry Monti

DiBiase dumps Monti outside then stomps him on the floor. Back inside, he hits a slam then hits three fist drops before calling out Jake Roberts. We then hear from DiBiase in an insert promo as he blames Jake Roberts for making sure there has been added security to the Royal Rumble drawing and claims he never bought #30 last year as he guarantees they will cross paths before he puts Monti away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:17).

Thoughts: Besides continuing the DiBiase/Jake feud, they are building a storyline leading into the Rumble match with the drawings being heavily monitored by security so DiBiase cannot buy anyone’s number as he is now out to prove he can win with whatever number he draws.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype the 1/13/90 Boston Garden show. Honky Tonk Man & Jimmy Hart call out Jimmy Snuka and promise to “play a tune” on him as Honky shows off his new guitar. Jim Duggan then talks about his match against Macho King Randy Savage and how there will be two referees to make sure Savage does not cheat to win.

 

Clip from last week with Dusty Rhodes introducing Sapphire as his new manager.

 

Alan Martin vs. “The Model” Rick Martel w/ Slick

Martel comes out to his own music here. Martel is shown in an insert promo telling Brutus Beefcake its okay he is jealous of himself. Martel works the arm then connects with a dropkick. Martel stays in control and knocks Martin outside here he goes out and takes him down with a hip toss. Back inside, Martel hits a backdrop then follows with a backbreaker before putting on the Boston Crab for the win (2:44).

Thoughts: They continue to put over the model gimmick here as Martel feuds with Beefcake.

 

We get an ad for the Royal Rumble, voiced over by Vince McMahon.

 

“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Jim Gorman

Garvin beats Gorman down then tosses him by the hair. He rams Gorman into the corner then works the arm as we hear from Greg Valentine in an insert promo, telling Garvin no matter how much he has worked on his submission hold, all he’ll have left after the match is a broken leg. Back to the match as Gorman is hit with the Garvin Stomp then Garvin uses the Hammer Jammer for the win (2:21).

Thoughts: The Garvin/Valentine feud continues as they will be facing off at the Royal Rumble.

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the 1/13/90 Boston Garden show. Bret Hart tells Bad News Brown to be prepared to go the distance as his brawling will mean nothing. Queen Sherri sings her own version of “Humpty Dumpty” about Duggan then Macho King Randy Savage says he will make an example of Duggan.

 

Mike Howe vs. Bad News Brown

Bad News attacks Howe before the bell and hammers away as Gorilla asks why do the referees let Bad News get away with this in every match. Bad News is then shown in an insert promo telling us he has been in a Royal Rumble everyday of his life and hasn’t lost one yet, despite losing in last year’s match. The announcers talk about the cable companies that might not show the Royal Rumble and how they should make it available to everyone as this is America and we have that right. Back to the match as Bad News stays in control before putting him away with the Ghetto Blaster (2:39).

Thoughts: You know you have nothing going on when your match is when the announcers complain about the cable companies. It happened to Hercules at this time and also to Bad News, who at least is being portrayed as a threat despite doing nothing.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes Roddy Piper to the interview platform. He asks him about the Royal Rumble match as Piper tells us about being raised on the streets in the worst neighborhoods you can imagine then relates that to the Royal Rumble match and how its a true jungle and he has always been King of the Jungle. He then talks about how it could come down to Rude and himself or even if he is against Hogan, where he will have to rip that “walrus mustache” off of his face. Piper says he has survived on fighting and will remain the King of the Jungle. Decent enough promo by Piper to put him over as a candidate to win the Rumble match.

 

Royal Rumble Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

The Bushwhackers vs. Pablo Crenshaw & Alan Reynolds

We hear from The Bolsheviks in an insert promo as they call the Bushwhackers “ugly and disgusting.:” the match starts with The Bushwhackers double-teaming Crenshaw, who almost breaks his neck on a backdrop. Reynolds is in now and does not fare any better and loses to the double gutbuster (3:00).

Thoughts: The Bushwhackers continue to feud with the Bolsheviks.

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the next Boston Garden show. Jimmy Snuka tells the Honky Tonk Man he should have finished the job as he is coming for him while the Ultimate Warrior tells Bravo that the Intercontinental Title was not meant to be warn by a “mortal.”

 

Next week in action are Jim Duggan, Dino Bravo, Hart Foundation, and highlights from the Demolition vs. Colossal Connection match.

 

Final Thoughts: The final televised show of the decade goes out on a whimper. Nothing but Royal Rumble hype here as the shows are all building to that then on to WrestleMania VI eventually.

 

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/6/90

Wednesday: EVOLVE 82 4/22/17

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Lanny Poffo

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/7/90

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/30/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/13/90

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/14/90