WWF Wrestling Challenge February 28th, 1988

February 28, 1988

From the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, KS

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

This week, we will have a live interview with Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant. In action will be Brutus Beefcake, Rick Rude, Demolition, and the featured match of Koko B. Ware vs. Danny Davis



“Dangerous” Danny Davis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Koko B. Ware

On commentary, Heenan talks about sending Frankie into the ceiling of the Trump Plaza with a slingshot. Match starts with Davis attacking Koko before the bell. He fires away in the corner until Koko floats over and gets two off of a rollup. Davis goes back to work in the corner then Koko gets two with a crossbody. Heenan talks about what will happen to Matilda at WrestleMania IV as Koko gets two with a small package but Davis stays in control. Koko comes back with a dropkick after a leapfrog then as Davis ducks his head for a backdrop, Koko hits the Ghostbuster for the win (2:25).

Thoughts: I guess they were giving Koko a win over a “credible” opponent heading into his WrestleMania IV match. Davis was really just an afterthought now since his feud with Sam Houston is seemingly over.



WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. It focuses on the British Bulldogs/Islanders feud.



“The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick vs. Mike Richards

Reed destroys Richards as the announcers put over the World Heavyweight Title Tournament for WrestleMania IV. We get an insert promo from Reed’s first-round opponent, Randy Savage, as he tells Reed to look into his eyes and Elizabeth’s, who is also there. Back to the match as Reed heads up top and hits a flying clothesline for the win (1:58).

Thoughts: More plugging of the WrestleMania IV Title Tournament. The fans do not seem to care much about Reed anymore.



DeGeorge is with Hulk Hogan. He asks him about facing Andre the Giant in the Second Round of the World Heavyweight Title Tournament at WrestleMania IV. Hogan promises to wipe out Andre and that the prayers and vitamins are the foundation for the Hulkamaniacs and himself and at WrestleMania IV, he will prove that Hulkamania will live forever.



Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Brian Costello

The announcers talk about how Beefcake could become the Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania IV. We get an insert promo from Beefcake, who can imagine a bag of “greasy hair” belonging to the Honky Tonk Man hanging on his wall after he beats him. Back to the match as Beefcake sends Costello to the floor with an atomic drop. Costello comes in and lands a few shots but gets whipped into the corner then Beefcake puts on the sleeper for the win as Heenan leaves, stating he has a phone call (2:09). After the match, Beefcake cuts off some of Costello’s mullet.

Thoughts: Once again, Beefcake is crazy over with the fans. They pushed his Intercontinental Title match against the Honky Tonk Man at WrestleMania IV.



“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Evans

Before the match, Rude tells the “coyote-looking men” to keep down while the ladies can “marvel in his masculinity.” Match starts with Rude beating on Evans. He works a neck vise as you can hear a feint “boring” chant. We get an insert promo from Jake Roberts, who talks about facing Rick Rude in the first-round at WrestleMania IV. Back to the match as Rude continues to work the neck before finishing Evans off with the Rude Awakening (1:57).

Thoughts:  Every match involving someone who is in the Title Tournament at WrestleMania IV is being used to hype that, which does make sense, even if it is getting repetitive as we get closer to the show.



DeGeorge is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who promises to “tune up” Brutus Beefcake at WrestleMania IV.



Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Frank DeFalco

Bigelow headbutts DeFalco then takes him down with a clothesline. Heenan makes fun of Bigelow while we get an insert promo from Bigelow and Humperdink, who promise to “go all the way” in the Tournament at WrestleMania IV after getting past the One Man Gang. Back to the match as Bigelow hits a corner splash before getting the win with a diving headbutt (1:21).

Thoughts: The fans continue to love Bigelow, who was really ahead of his time with the agility and size he possessed.



DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Virgil, Ted DiBiase, and Andre the Giant, who doesnt care what Jack Tunney did (in making the WWF World Heavyweight Title vacant) because he will put Hogan down again then step over two more guys before he will get the title. DiBiase talks about Tunney and his first-round opponent, Jim Duggan, saying that he does not have the ability to beat him before saying he always gets what he wants. Great heel promos from Andre and DiBiase here. They played their roles quite well in this angle.



WrestleMania IV Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This was the same report from the 2/27/88 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”



Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Sonny Rogers & Gary Jackson

Match starts with Ax destroying both jobbers as Gorilla makes fun of Heenan, who claims to know Vanna White. The announcers talk about Hercules and the Ultimate Warrior as Demolition stays in control until they put Jackson away with the Decapitation (1:58).

Thoughts: The match seemed like a backdrop for the announcers to talk up the Warrior/Hercules feud. Another quick and dominating squash by Demolition.



DeGeorge is with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who tells Ted DiBiase there is one thing on his mind, in his heart, and on his board and that he is going down. Duggan leaves as we get a video of Jimmy Hart and Greg Valentine, who tells Ricky Steamboat he will go right through him in the first-round of the Tournament.



In action next week will be Strike Force, Honky Tonk Man, Ultimate Warrior, and Ted DiBiase.



Final Thoughts: This was all hype for WrestleMania IV and little else. There is not anything else to add other than that.