WWF Wrestling Challenge November 22nd, 1987

November 22, 1987

From the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Strike Force, One Man Gang, Bam Bam Bigelow, Demolition, and the featured match between Brutus Beefcake and Danny Davis

 

Barry Horowitz & Terry Gibbs vs. Strike Force

Match starts with Martel working over Gibbs. We get an insert promo from the Hart Foundation, who state they will run through Strike Force on the road to regaining the Tag Team Titles. Horowitz comes in to help out but Martel uses a double noggin-knocker. Horowitz tags in after Gibbs lands a cheapshot but he gets put in a headlock. Martel gets trapped briefly in the wrong corner but escapes as Santana tags in and runs wild. He dropkicks Horowitz to the floor as Martel comes back in and puts Gibbs in the Boston Crab, getting the win via submission (3:25).

Thoughts: The action was fine as they tease a confrontation between the Hart Foundation and Strike Force at the Survivor Series.

 

We get a replay of the WWF Update piece on Superstar Billy Graham’s injury that aired on the  11/21/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Don Muraco is replacing him in the Survivor Series.

 

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Carmine Surace

Gang beats on Surace as the announcers talk about the Survivor Series. We get an insert promo from Muraco, who calls out Gang and tells us he is will a survivor. Gang then picks up Surace and hits a front suplex for the win (1:13).

Thoughts: Basic squash to put over Gang as a monster. Nothing we haven’t seen before.

 

Craig DeGeorge is with Strike Force and asks them about the Survivor Series. Nice bit of marketing here as Martel wears their team shirt while Santana wears the official Survivor Series shirt. They cut a generic promo putting over their teammates while Santana calls his opponents “turkeys.” 80’s WWF babyface tag teams really cut the worst promos ever.

 

Gorilla plugs the cover of the “WWF Magazine,” which features Randy Savage. We get a clip of Savage, who hopes that the next issue features the Honky Tonk Man on the cover all busted up.

 

Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Pete Lucic & Omar Atlas

Smash starts by beating on Atlas in the corner. Ax tags in and joins in on the fun as we get an insert promo from Brady Boone, who tells us that he hopes Ken Patera & Billy Jack Haynes gets to kick Demolition’s “butts.” Lucic tags in and he does not fare any better. Atlas tries to run in for a save but gets knocked down then Demolition hits the Decapitation for the win (3:04).

Thoughts: Demolition continues to get pushed as a major threat. And its beginning to work.

 

Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan and his Survivor Series team. They all  put each other over as these team promos are all getting repetitive now. We need the show to happen already.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Jose Estrada

Bigelow boots Estrada through the ropes as he is shown in an insert talking about how he will survive at the Survivor Series. Estrada gets pulled back in and gets tossed around but comes back with a few eye rakes. Bigelow comes back with a clothesline then lifts Estrada up and holds him over his shoulder with one hand before slamming him down. Shortly after that, Bigelow hits the slingshot splash for the win (2:40).

Thoughts: A quick squash to put over Bigelow heading into the PPV.

 

DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Slick, Bobby  Heenan, and Andre the Giant. Slick and Heenan talk about they have successfully worked together in the past. They all have a plan to win too. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

 

The Bolsheviks w/ Slick vs. Van Van Horne & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo

Poffo’s poem is about how Zhukov has the world’s biggest head. Zhukov attacks Poffo but ducks his head and gets booted in the face. Poffo takes Volkoff down with a dropkick then tags Van Horne, who gets destroyed until Zhukov puts him away with a flying headbutt (2:41).

Thoughts: The Bolsheviks were as bad in the ring as the babyface teams were at cutting promos. I’m sure Zhukov was a nice guy but he lacked charisma, ring presence, and talent. Had a huge noggin though.

 

“Dangerous” Danny Davis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

The fans are going crazy for Beefcake. Davis gets backed into the corner but comes back with an eye poke. He fires away but Beefcake comes back with a slam as Sam Houston is shown in an insert promo, challenging Davis to a rematch. They go back-and-forth for a bit until Beefcake gains the advantage. He slingshots Davis then rings his bell before sending him over the top rope. Beefcake struts around then puts Davis in a sleeper. Hart gets on the top rope as Beefcake breaks the hold and tosses Hart at Davis then covers Davis for the win (3:53). Davis gets booted outside as Beefcake puts Hart in a sleeper. He puts him out then grabs his clippers but Davis slides Hart out as they retreat to the back.

Thoughts: Entertaining for what it was. Maybe it was due to it being the last match of the taping but the fans were not into the match itself.

 

DeGeorge is with the Islanders. Tama tells us that if you think Rambo can Survive, then you haven’t met them as they can do it in the woods, jungle, and the city. They both laugh at the other teams DeGeorge lists off as they promise to take the belts away from Strike Force. Not a bad promo, actually.

 

Next week in action will be Killer Khan, Jim Duggan, Ted DiBiase, and the British Bulldogs.

 

Final Thoughts: This was all Survivor Series hype being that it was the last show before the PPV. They’ve done enough hype at this point to begin with but the concept is still intriguing enough that it makes you want to see the show.