WWF Wrestling Challenge March 6th, 1988

March 6, 1988

From the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, KS

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

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

 

 

Ultimate Warrior vs. Dusty Wolfe

Warrior toys with Wolfe to start. He no-sells a clothesline before hitting one of his own then we get an insert promo with Hercules, telling Warrior that he is watching every move he makes and that he can feel the impending doom. Back to the match as Wolfe gets dumped outside as the Warrior follows him out and yells at the camera about Hercules. The action heads back inside where Warrior presses Wolfe above his head for a bit until dropping him down then hits the splash for the win (2:11).

Thoughts: They are pushing the Warrior with his feud against Hercules, who cut a good insert promo here. Warrior was still awful in the ring but the fans were getting behind him.

 

 

WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This is the same one from the 3/5/88 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” as it chronicles the Islanders/Bulldogs feud.

 

 

Barry Horowitz & Dave Wagner vs. Strike Force

Horowitz lands a few shots on Martel to start but gets hit with a dropkick after whiffing on a clothesline. Strike Force takes turns working the arm as the announcers plug a Demolition article in the latest edition of “WWF Magazine.” Santana gets a nearfall with a flying forearm but Martel gets caught in the wrong corner shortly after that. Wagner is in but misses an elbow then Santana tags in and cleans house on Wagner. Martel tags and catches Wagner in a spinebuster then from there puts Wagner in the Boston Crab for the win (2:15).

Thoughts: They pushed the only way Strike Force could beat Demolition was buy using their speed. And they pretty much pushed that they had no chance to retain the Tag Team Titles.

 

 

DeGeorge is with Don Muraco, whose veins are popping out of his neck, head, and chest as he talks about no one in the WrestleMania IV tournament being a loser. We then get comments from Dino Bravo, who says if he can beat Don Muraco, then he can beat anybody. And Frenchy Martin was there mumbling in French. This was easily the least exciting first round matchup of the tournament, even more so than Greg Valentine/Ricky Steamboat, which has barely even been promoted on TV.

 

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Omar Atlas

DiBiase attacks Atlas after he went after the money in Virgil’s hand. DiBiase continues the assault while taunting the fans. He tosses Atlas to the floor and hits him with a shoulderbreaker then shortly after that they head back in where DiBiase gets the win with a powerslam (1:45).

Thoughts: The story remains that DiBiase is as aggressive as ever in response to being stripped of the World Heavyweight Title.

 

 

Pete Sanchez vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Duggan beats on Sanchez to start as he plays up to the fans, who chant along with him at all times. Duggan maintains control until he puts Sanchez away with the Three Point Stance (2:41).

Thoughts: Duggan is insanely over with the crowds just by using a simple gimmick. Sometimes, its all that it takes to work. On commentary, they pushed Duggan as a legitimate threat to win the Tournament at WrestleMania IV.

 

 

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Sonny Rogers & John Stewart

The match starts with Neidhart sending Stewart to the floor with a clothesline. Bret roughs him up outside then rolls him in so Neidhart can inflict more punishment. Rogers tags in and gets tossed across of the ring as the Hart Foundation stay in control of the match. Gorilla asks Heenan why he is getting back into the ring at WrestleMania as they both talk about that while the Hart Foundation beat on Rogers until they finally put him away with the Hart Attack (4:13).

Thoughts: Long squash match that was really a backdrop for the announcers to talk about WrestleMania. Since their feud with Strike Force is over, the Hart Foundation had nothing going on at this time. That would change soon.

 

 

DeGeorge is on the interview platform as he welcomes out Randy Savage. the crowd goes nuts for Savage DeGeorge asks him about the World Title Tournament at WrestleMania IV and how he will need four wins in order to become the champ. Savage talks about how it will be an unbelievable task to get to the top of the mountain and how you need endurance. Savage then tells his first round opponent, Butch Reed, that he cannot lose due to the inspiration in his corner. He then brings out Elizabeth as the fans approve. Having Elizabeth come out in the way she did was corny but the crowd loved Savage and its clear they are pushing this act near the top.

 

 

WrestleMania IV Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This is the same report from the 3/5/88 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

 

Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Lance Allen

Honky works over the arm of Allen as Gorilla notes that Honky is the only champion that Hart has left in his stable. We get an insert promo from Honky, telling us that Beefcake will not touch his hair and he will still be the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time when WrestleMania IV ends. Back to the match as Honky stays in control until putting him away with the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (2:43).

Thoughts: They tried to push on commentary that Jimmy Hart as lost all of the gold in his family, with the IC Title the lone exception, and how that could be next.

 

 

DeGeorge is with Brutus Beefcake, who tells us all of the world will be watching when he proves that he is serious about beating the Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Title.

 

 

In action next week will be Ron Bass, British Bulldogs, and Greg Valentine. Plus an interview with Hulk Hogan and more.

 

 

Final Thoughts: Again, all we are getting is hype for WrestleMania IV. That is fine but since most of it revolves around the tournament and not feuds, we are getting the same thing on TV week after week, making it rather boring. The Savage promo was key but other than that, you didnt miss a whole lot here.