WWF Wrestling Challenge March 13th, 1988

March 13, 1988

From the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, KS

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Greg Valentine, British Bulldogs, and Ron Bass. Plus, an interview with Hulk Hogan and the WrestleMania IV Special Report.



British Bulldogs vs. Terry Gibbs & Iron Mike Sharpe

The Bulldogs work over Gibbs to start as the announcers talk about Matilda. Davey hits Sharpe with a crossbody then works the arm. The announcers talk about the tournament as Heenan says its the “worst WrestleMania he has ever seen” due to being unable to predict what will happen.” Interesting. Back to the match as the heels accidentally attack each other then the Bulldogs get the win with a diving headbutt from Dynamite (2:50).

Thoughts: The focus was all over the place here but when it came to the Bulldogs, it was really only on Matilda.



Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. He runs down some of the matches at WrestleMania IV, mostly focusing on the tournament.



Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. S.D. Jones

Valentine takes it to the mat to start. Heenan puts over how Valentine could be the next WWF World Heavweight Champion at WrestleMania IV as he stays in control. Gorilla brings up the brackets as he said we could get a Savage/Steamboat matches in the second round. We get an insert promo from Valentine, who says his biggest WrestleMania test will be the tournament. Back to the match as S.D. hits a headbutt then fires away. Valentine rolls away from an elbow drop and softens up S.D. as Heenan talks about how his men can all be victorious at WrestleMania IV. Valentine then locks on the figure four and gets the win (3:13).

Thoughts: They put over Valentine as a possible threat to win the title at WrestleMania.



DeGeorge is with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who talks about getting a chance at the World Title. We are then shown DiBiase, telling Duggan he will be outclassed at WrestleMania then says he will beat every opponent he has faced.



“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Rick Renslow

Renslow tries to knock Muraco off of his feet but fails. Muraco comes back with a clothesline then works a side headlock. Muraco busts out a standing dropkick then finishes off Renslow with a tombstone (1:57).

Thoughts: Not once did they mention Muraco’s involvement in the tournament. They did bring up the battle royal though.



Scott Casey vs. “The Outlaw” Ron Bass

Several weeks ago, Casey was shown in an insert promo saying Bass was a disgrace to Texas, something Gorilla briefly mentions here. They tussle until Bass hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Casey comes back with a dropkick but Bass brushes away a second attempt as we get an insert promo from Bass, stating his goal in the Battle Royal at WrestleMania IV is to eliminate twelve people by himself. Back to the match as Bass hits a scoop slam then drops an elbow. He drops another elbow and shortly after that puts him away with a swinging neckbreaker (2:23).

Thoughts: Bass was put over strong heading into the WrestleMania IV Battle Royal.



DeGeorge is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who promises a surprise for Brutus Beefcake at WrestleMania. We then get a promo from Beefcake, telling Honky he will be playing a lot of “sour notes” when they face off.



Bob Uecker is with Virgil and Ted DiBiase, who asks his price. Virgil counts off money until Uecker takes the cash.



Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Gary Jackson

Before the match, Martin tells the crowd to “shut up and listen” before he speaks in French. Match starts with Bravo hitting a slam. He beats on Jackson as the announcers talk about his first-round matchup against Muraco. Bravo boots down Jackson before finishing him off with a side slam (1:37).

Thoughts: They continue to push Bravo as a threat, to the dismay of everyone.



DeGeorge is with Hulk Hogan on the interview platform. He tells us that Andre did not kill Hulkamania when he stripped him of the belt, he only took a bribe. Hogan tells us that Hulkamania is stronger than ever and that if he couldnt beat him on February 5th, then how can he beat him on March 27th.



WrestleMania IV Report with Craig DeGeorge. This was a repeat of the 3/12/88 “Superstars of Wrestling” edition.



Young Stallions vs. George Petraski & Tom Stone

Petraski was actually the “Russian Brute” during the dying days of the AWA. Roma hits Stone with a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence. We get an insert promo from Bad News Brown, who says he will come out on top, no matter what it takes. The Stallions work over Petraski as Heenan flips out and says no animal will get over on him then Powers gets the win with a powerslam (3:11).

Thoughts: This was just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about everything else going on as the Stallions were heading further down the card.



DeGeorge is with Hercules, who tells us we can hear the thunder and see the lightning and the fear in the Ultimate Warrior. We then hear from Warrior, who tells us that there is no way for Hercules to prepare for the damage he will endure at WrestleMania.



In action next week will be the Islanders, Butch Reed, Randy Savage, and Jake Roberts.



Final Thoughts: A dreadfully boring show. Without any angle advancement, you are left with the same WrestleMania hype week after week. There is nothing else I can add besides that.