WWF Wrestling Challenge December 6th, 1987

December 6, 1987

From the Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Jake Roberts, Rick Rude, Hart Foundation, and Don Muraco. Plus, the Brutus Beefcake vs. Greg Valentine match from the 11/29/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” and an appearance by Ted DiBiase.


Before the first match, we see clips from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” as Heenan, wearing a neckbrace, gets pissed off as we see Hogan attacking him after interfering in his match causing the injury.



“Ravishing” Rick Rude vs. Omar Atlas

Heenan is on commentary as he states he was advised to stay away from the ring due to his injured neck. Rude slams Atlas as Heenan promises that we will see a new Heenan Family that doesn’t get pushed around. Rude continues to beat on Atlas as the announcers talk about the “Slammy Awards” then he puts Atlas away with the backbreaker submission (1:47).

Thoughts: Really brief and most of the focus on commentary was the “Slammy Awards,” specifically best body category as Heenan proclaimed that Rude would win.


WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This is about Ted DiBiase and his plans to buy the WWF World Heavyweight Championship as we get a brief clip of that. DeGeorge also notes that President Jack Tunney and Hulk Hogan have yet to comment about DiBiase’s plans.



A plug of the “37th Annual Slammy Awards,” which airs on December 19th. Yes, I will be recapping that.



Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Barry Horowitz

Roberts works the arm to start. Horowitz attacks Roberts as he went to reach his bag, prompting the announcers to talk about the animal category for the “Slammy Awards.” Roberts then eggs Horowitz on and hits a clothesline before getting the win with the DDT (0:56). Roberts then dumps Damien on Horowitz, who immediately rolls out of the ring.

Thoughts: Again, the focus on commentary was the Slammy’s, but this time the “animal” category.



DeGeorge is with the Young Stallions, putting them over for rising up the Tag Team Division ranks. The Stallions talk about wanting another shot at the Hart Foundation and how although they are happy for Strike Force being the champs, they would like a shot at the belts. The Stallions push would be ending shortly.



We then see an unhappy Slick, who is mad at Ted DiBiase for trying to buy the World Title because his men, the One Man Gang and Slick, should be the #1 contenders. They are going with the story that even the heels are pissed off at DiBiase for trying to buy Hogan’s title because they all deserve a shot at the belt themselves.



We now see clips of the Beefcake vs. Valentine match from the 11/29/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”



King Harley Race vs. Jerry Allen

Race takes down Allen then hits a double underhook suplex as Heenan goes off on Duggan for attacking Race, who puts Allen away with the cradle suplex (1:06).

Thoughts: They really pushed the Duggan/Race feud hard at the beginning.



DeGeorge is now on the interview platform with Danny Davis and Jimmy Hart. He then welcomes out Sam Houston, who comes out and does a two-step on the platform. Holy shit. Davis mocks Houston for his appearance, and rightfully so, then says he is not impressed with his abilities in the ring. Houston says they had quite the battle and appears nervous while Hart asks if the “cat has his tongue” as Houston tells us he gets a little jittery inside when in front of thousands of people but still kicked Davis’s butt. Davis gets in Houston’s face and asks him to take off his hat. Houston tells us he only takes his hat off for two things: when he enters his momma’s house and “when in the company of a very pretty lady.” So, if Houston’s hat is still on in front of a girl, you know that she is an ugly broad. Davis turns around and knocks off the hat as Hosuton responds with a right hand as they brawl on the platform. Its more like a catfight. A few officials run out to break it up and escort Davis away while Houston gets his hat then waves to the crowd, who applaud. Some of Houston’s promo was cringeworthy, mostly due to the material, but at least the crowd responded at the end.



“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Pete Sanchez

Muraco beats on Sanchez as Butch Reed is shown in an insert prom talking about how Muraco taking Graham’s place will end with him getting taken out as well. Muraco then hits Sanchez with the tombstone piledriver for the win (1:28).

Thoughts: They are all but saying that Graham is finished and that Muraco is taking his place. Graham had no business being in the ring at this time to begin with so Muraco in his role is at least an improvement.



Once again, we are shown the Demolition music video. Its a pretty cool video I might add.



We get the replay of the Superstar Billy Graham tribute video, ending with Okerlund saying how much more can he endure after being destroyed by Reed and Gang.



Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Scott Casey & Sivi Afi

Neidhart takes Casey down then repeatedly slams him off of the mat. Afi tags and gets caught with a powerslam as we get an insert promo from Strike Force, who tell the Hart Foundation that they are fighting champions and not afraid to face them again. Bret is now in the ring and he hits Afi with a piledriver. The Hart Foundation neutralize Afi while Heenan is going off on commentary about how he works too damn hard to have DiBiase just buy the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. The Hart Foundation inflict more punishment to Afi until they put him away with the Hart Attack (3:18).

Thoughts: The Hart Foundation completely dominated here as they keep them strong for their series of rematches against Strike Force. They are also going with the story that Neidhart never submitted and as a result, they are more pissed off than ever before.



DeGeorge is with Koko B. Ware and the Junkyard Dog, calling them an exciting team that has some matches coming up. Frankie is on Koko’s shoulder squawking throughout his promo. Anyway, the promo went on for far too long and this team lasted for about two weeks, having one TV match that I am aware of which happened next week.



Next week in action will be Bam Bam Bigelow, The Bolsheviks, Strike Force and the featured match between Sam Houston and Danny Davis.



Final Thoughts: This show heavily pushed the DiBiase angle and the Slammy Award categories. It also gave time to the Houston/Davis feud but other than that nothing else of note happened.



Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Monday @ noon EST:  PWG BOLA 2015 Stage One

Tuesday @ 8pm EST: WWF Sam Houston Coliseum 12/11/87

Thursday @ noon EST: Kayfabe Commentaries YouShoot with Scott Hall

Friday @ 3pm EST: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/12/87

Sunday @ 830pm EST: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/13/87


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