August 12, 1990
From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines, IA
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
In action this week are Jim Duggan, Earthquake, Texas Tornado, Rick Rude, and Black Bart
This copy did not contain the Jim Duggan vs. Black Bart match.
Randy Fox vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan
Rude beats on Fox as Gorilla plugs an article in “WWF Magazine” about the steel cage match at SummerSlam. Rude now gyrates to mock the crowd then soon after that puts Fox away with the Rude Awakening (1:39).
Thoughts: An easy win for Rude as they hyped up his World Title Steel Cage match at SummerSlam against the Ultimate Warrior.
A replay of Nikolai Volkoff receiving a medal from the “Boy Scouts of America.”
Spike Jones & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. The Rockers
Marty gets shoved into the corner by Sharpe, who taunts the crowd. Marty is able to work a side headlock then tags out as The Rockers hit Sharpe with a double super kick. They clear the ring then we hear from Power & Glory with Slick in an insert promo as they promise to destroy The Rockers at SummerSlam. Back to the match as The Rockers work over Jones until they put him away with a double flying fist drop (3:34).
Thoughts: More hype for The Rockers/Power & Glory feud as that is starting to heat up.
An ad for SummerSlam airs.
Gene Okerlund welcomes Bad News Brown to the interview platform. He tells us since Jake Roberts isn’t man enough to face him without a snake, he went to the sewers of Harlem to get “mutant” rats that are bred to eat Alligators, dogs, cats, and bald-headed wimps like Okerlund as we see a covered cage on the platform. He makes Okerlund peak inside then gives the rats a t-bone steak as he will not feed them again until SummerSlam. Bad News holds the steak inside the top and wiggles around then pulls it out as the meat is all off of the bone. This promo made Bad News look really goofy instead of someone who is usually portrayed as intimidating and his feud with Jake is just ridiculous at this point.
“Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich vs. “Pistol” Pez Whatley
Kerry takes down Whatley a few times to start. We then hear from Mr. Perfect in an insert promo as he says Kerry is not worthy of a title shot. Back to the match as Kerry stays in control by working the arm then puts Whatley away with the discus punch (2:28).
Thoughts: The story here is that we are still waiting for Perfect to give a formal answer to Kerry’s challenge for an Intercontinental Title match.
Sapphire shows off her new diamond ring.
Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart & Dino Bravo vs. Red Tyler
Earthquake beats on Tyler as Heenan tells us that Hulk Hogan is not ready for SummerSlam. Earthquake then busts out a dropkick as we hear from fans being asked whether or not Hogan should return and get a split response. The crowd chants for Hogan then Earthquake gives the thumbs down sign before hitting the sit-down splash for the win (1:44). After the match, Earthquake hits two more splashes as Tyler gets taken out on a stretcher.
Thoughts: Earthquake sends another person out on a stretcher as he continues to get pushed as the man who took out Hulk Hogan.
In action next week are The Bushwhackers, Power & Glory, Nikolai Volkoff, Demolition, and Jake Roberts.
Final Thoughts: Whenever we are in the midst of a PPV, Challenge is simply relegated to nothing more than the “B” show with recycled clips from “Superstars of Wrestling” or other shows. There was nothing you needed to see here in order to keep up with current storylines.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/18/90
Wednesday: PWG 2017 Battle of Los Angeles, Stage Two
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Tugboat
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/19/90
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/3/83
Sunday: WWF SummerSlam Fever 8/19/90
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/25/90