WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 25th, 1990

February 25, 1990

From the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, FL

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

This week’s featured match is Smash vs. Haku. Also in action are Roddy Piper, Red Rooster, and Rick Rude.

 

Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Smash

Haku hammers away to start as the announcers talk about more WrestleMania VI matches being announced after this match. Smash ducks a clothesline and fires away before working an armbar. They go back-and-forth until Smash cranks the neck. Haku knees a charging Smash in the corner then knocks him into the ropes. He drops Smash with a back elbow for a nearfall then hits a jumping headbutt for two. Haku gets another nearfall with a back suplex then tries a crossbody but Smash rolls through and gets the win (3:55) 1/2*. After the match, Heenan is pissed.

Thoughts: The action was slow and plodding here and the finish did look good at all. Anyway, it gives Demolition some momentum heading into their title match at WrestleMania.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is the same as we saw on “Superstars of Wrestling” with Jack Tunney announcing both the World Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles will be on the line when Hulk Hogan faces Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI.

 

Dale Wolfe vs. Hercules

The announcers talk about Hogan vs. Warrior as Hercules shows off his strength. Gorilla voices displeasure with Jack Tunney and how he needs to be replaced as Hercules stays in control until getting the win with a backbreaker submission (1:34).

Thoughts: Just a segment so the announcers can talk about the Hogan vs. Warrior match.

 

Tony Schiavone plugs the “History of WrestleMania” magazine.

 

Omar Atlas vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan

Atlas manages to get a sunset flip but Rude hammers away. Heenan is in an insert promo promising that one lucky lady will be getting the Rude Awakening at WrestleMania as Rude hits a slam and a flying fist drop before hitting the Rude Awakening for the win (1:41). After the match, Rude gives a woman a kiss.

Thoughts: Easy win for Rude. They did not mention his feud with Piper though until the end when Heenan asked the woman Rude kissed if she would ever kiss a man in a skirt.

 

The Bushwhackers vs. Alan Martin & Lee Peak

The Bushwhackers beat on Peak to start he match. Martin tags in and does not fare any better and is quickly put away with the double gutbuster (1:43). After the match, the Bushwhackers lick the head of an old lady, who was ecstatic.

Thoughts: No mention of the Bushwhackers feud with The Bolsheviks. I can imagine Vince laughing hysterically over the old lady getting licked by the Bushwhackers.

 

Gene Okerlund is with Earthquake & Jimmy Hary on the interview platform. He puts over Earthquake’s domination as we see a montage of Earthquake putting people away with the sitdown splash. Earthquake says no one has been able to survive the Earthquake and no one will be able to either, even Hogan and Warrior. Earthquake then says he does not care and wants to face both men as Hart touts Earthquake as his natural disaster as Earthquake jumps up and down. It’s clear they are pushing Earthquake up the card.

 

Roddy Piper vs. Pez Whatley

Piper and Whatley trade go-behinds as we hear from Bad News Brown, guaranteeing that Piper will not make it to WrestleMania VI. Piper tackles Whatley then hammers away and goes mental. He hits a piledriver then roughs up Whatley some more until he hits a back suplex for the win (2:27).

Thoughts: Longer than most of Piper’s squash matches as they are trying to heat up his feud with Bad News.

 

WrestleMania VI Report with Gene Okerlund.

 

Red Rooster vs. Tom Stone

Stone gets shoved down after jawing at Rooster, who then works the arm. Rooster comes back with an armbreaker then we hear from him in an insert promo taking his fans, calling them the “Rooster Boosters” before putting Stone away with a chicken wing (1:35).

Thoughts: They are apparently still trying to give Rooster a lower card push but it’s doubtful anyone even cares at this point.

 

Next week in action are Akeem, Brutus Beefcake, Bad News Brown, Dusty Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase.

 

Final Thoughts: The featured match was a letdown and unless you missed “Superstars of Wrestling” there was little else to speak of on this show. Its all WrestleMania hype for the next month.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 11/3/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/3/90

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/4/90

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/10/90

Wednesday: EVOLVE 87 6/25/17

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/11/90