WWF Wrestling Challenge December 13th, 1987

December 13, 1987

From the Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be the Bolsheviks, Koko B. Ware & Junkyard Dog, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Plus, the featured bout of Danny Davis vs. Sam Houston and more!



Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Brian Costello

The announcers put over Bigelow winning the Battle Royal from a few weeks ago. Match starts with Bigelow destroying Costello as the announcers talk about the Slammy Awards. Bigelow then toys with Costello before putting him away with the slingshot splash (2:21).

Thoughts: Bigelow impresses again as they put him over while talking about the Slammy Awards as well.



WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This is about the Brutus Beefcake vs. Greg Valentine feud as he chronicles their history from splitting up at WrestleMania III until a few weeks ago where Valentine injured his leg with a figure four leg lock. A nice recap of everything that has happened.



Jim Evans & Brady Boone vs. The Bolsheviks w/ Slick

Before the match, Slick demands the crowd to stand on their feet and respect Nikolai Volkoff as he sings the Russian National anthem. They boo them loudly. Match starts with Boone floating over Volkoff then coming back with a dropkick. Volkoff catches Boone with a clothesline then a suplex. Zhukov tags as a “USA” Chant breaks out as he is beating on Evans. We then get an insert promo from Slick, who tells us he is making his acceptance speech at the Slammy Awards for his song “Jive Soul Bro.” The Bolsheviks beat on Evans until they put him away after Zhukov drives Evans’ head into the mat with a knee from the middle rope (2:43).

Thoughts: More Slammy’s hype here. And Zhukov found a new finisher. But the Bolsheviks are not a good team at all. The most basic, generic evil foreign heel team going.



Gene Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji, who tells us “fans” that Thanksgiving is over and Demolition will get the Tag Team Titles. Demolition put over how Fuji wants them to hurt people and how they have done just that as they promise Ken Patera & Billy Jack Haynes will be next. Demolition then said that Fuji wants them to get the Tag Team Titles and they will do just that. They really put Demolition over here.



A plug for the “37th Annual Slammy Awards.”



Danny Davis vs. Sam Houston

Davis tries to attack Houston but that fails. They end up rolling out to the floor and fight and do the same as they re-enter the ring. They are back outside and come back in as Davis’ offense looks atrocious. They keep going back and forth, and its awful, as we get an insert promo from Mr. Fuji, who is angry over Ted DiBiase trying to buy the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Both guys spill outside again as this is getting ridiculous. Hart tries to interfere then the ref accidentally gets elbowed by Houston. Hart tries to interfere again but Houston backs him up. However, Davis whacks him with a megaphone then rolls inside as the is also rolled in and ends up counting out Houston (4:03). After the match, Houston comes back in as they go back-and-forth again until Houston tosses him across the ring.

Thoughts: What an awful match. The action was terrible and way too contrived overall. I dont think anyone would ever want to see these two in action ever again but they have set up for a blowoff match down the road.



Okerlund is now with Jimmy Hart, who talks about his stable. He then brings in the Honky Tonk Man as he tells Randy Savage to listen as he is upsetting Peggy Sue and will “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” Elizabeth.



Strike Force vs. Dusty Wolfe & Steve Lombardi

Heenan makes ethnic jokes at the expense of Strike Force as Lombardi works the arm of Martel. Martel uses his speed to elude Lombardi while Heenan is pissed off over DiBiase trying to buy Hogan’s Title. Santana tags and backdrops Wolfe as we get the Hart Foundation on commentary, pissed off and demanding a rematch with Strike Force. Back to the match as Strike Force is in control. Lombardi uses an eye poke but Martel comes back with a double dropkick then makes the tag to Santana as Strike Force then puts Wolfe away after Martel makes Wolfe submit to the Boston Crab (3:30).

Thoughts: Most of this was focusing on the DiBiase/Hogan angle and Heenan making fun of Strike Force.



We get a replay of a few weeks ago where DiBiase makes an offer to buy the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Just a great segment.



Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo

Poffo’s pre-match promo insinuates that the peroxide in Bravo’s hair as bleached his brain. Bravo immediately attacks Poffo to start. He hits a clothesline as the announcers put over Bravo’s strength. Bravo then hits a gutwrench suplex then goes to work on the back as the announcers talk about whether or not Hogan will take DiBiase’s offer. Poffo mounts a comeback as we get an insert promo from Frenchy, telling us that Bravo took him as a manager because he “knows it all.” Terrible promo from Frenchy. Bravo then hits Poffo with a back suplex and gets the win (2:01).

Thoughts: The Bravo singles push is beginning but no one seems to care. A “boring” chant broke out during the match and Martin might just be the worst manager of all-time.



DeGeorge is with Koko B. Ware, who will singing “Piledriver” at the Sammy Awards.



Koko B. Ware & Junkyard Dog vs. Barry Horowitz & Terry Gibbs

JYD hits Horowitz with a pair of hiptosses and follows with a headbutt. Koko tags and hits a dropkick then works over Gibbs. We get an insert promo from Jimmy Hart, claiming that the Honky Tonk Man will win all of the Slammy Awards as JYD tags back into the match and catches Horowitz with a powerslam. Heenan cannot believe that Vince McMahon will be singing at the Slammy’s then Koko puts Horowitz away with the Ghostbuster (1:59).

Thoughts: A quick win to put over Koko heading into the Slammy’s. JYD is now rendered as a pathetic shell of his former self.



Okerlund is with Rick Rude, who tells us that Paul Orndorff is not nearly the man that he is and no one in the WWF can compare to him. Rude tells us that as sexy as he is, he loses regard of who he is as Okerlund adds that he has “broken up” a few homes. Rude tells us he is nicknamed “The Gift” then gets a dig in at Gene. Rude was pretty funny here.



In action next week will be the One Man Gang, Hart Foundation, Brutus Beefcake, and the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, the “If You Only Knew” music video and more!



Final Thoughts: Like Superstars of Wrestling, this heavily focused on the DiBiase/Hogan angle and pushing the Slammy Awards. They focused on “B” feuds like Demolition vs. Patera & Haynes and the electrifying Davis vs. Houston feud as well. Even still, the company has momentum heading into the New Year.



Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday @ 900pm EST: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/19/87

Thursday @ noon EST: Highspots Voices of World Class with Bill Mercer and Marc Lowrance

Friday @ 3pm EST: WWF 1987 Slammy Awards

Sunday @ 830pm EST: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/20/87


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