WWF Wrestling Challenge May 8th, 1988

May 8, 1988

From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are the British Bulldogs, Demolition, and the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, we will see the Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Hercules and Brutus Beefcake


British Bulldogs vs. Steve Lombardi & Randy Bryan

Heenan goes off about not being able to protect himself against Matilda as the Bulldogs work over Lombardi. Bryan tags in and Davey clotheslines him over the top rope. We see the Bulldogs and Matilda in an insert promo lauding WWF President Jack Tunney’s decision to ban Heenan’s suit as the Bulldogs destroy Bryan until Davey launches Dynamite for a diving headbutt and the win (3:15).

They are still running with the Heenan “weasel suit” storyline with the Bulldogs but that would not last as Tama quit and they ended up disbanding the Islanders.



WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s focus is the Dino Bravo World Bench Press record from the Royal Rumble. We see a clip of that and Jesse Ventura assisting Bravo, which angers Ken Patera, who does not see his name in the record book before pointing out the medals around his neck he won at the Pan-American games. Patera then issues a challenge to Bravo in any feat of strength.



We see the Beefcake/Davis match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” They actually had Monsoon and Heenan do the commentary here instead of leaving in Vince and Jesse Ventura in an attempt to pretend like its happening as part of the original programming this week.



Ultimate Warrior vs. Conquistador #1

Warrior knocks the Conquistador over the top rope with a punch. The Conquistador took quite the overexaggerated bump there. They seemingly blow a backdrop spot as it instead worked as a pancake as the Warrior overpowers him until hitting a press slam then scoring the pin with a splash (2:18).

Thoughts: Warrior was on the verge of injuring people in the ring at this point but god damn he was getting over fast.



Gene Okerlund is in the Event Center. We get promos from the Rougeau Brothers, who tell us that despite being from Montreal, they are nothing like Dino Bravo. Jacques did most of the talking and came off a bit insincere here as Raymond kept his smile the entire time. This was some clever subtle heeling here.



Reno Riggins vs. Bad News Brown

Riggins is sporting a sweet, new powder blue jacket. Bad News immediately beats on Riggins as the announcers put over his dominance so far in the WWF. We hear an insert promo from Bret Hart, who is holding a copy of “WWF Magazine” and promises to write a new chapter when he beats him. Bad News continues to destroy Riggins until he finally puts him away with the Ghetto Blaster and covering him with one foot (2:35).

Thoughts: The Bad News push continues as they are starting to get over the Ghetto Blaster as a finisher.



Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Jake Roberts. The crowd is going nuts. Jake talks about kicking Rick Rude’s ass but DeGeorge pulls the microphone away before he can say the word. DeGeorge then tells Jake that Rude claims his wife came on to him as Jake is now angry, even threatening DeGeorge as he warns him on the dangers of being a messenger. Jake then address Rude and says he will show him he is not enough man for him, just like his wife. Great stuff by Jake, who was so pissed off at Rude he nearly attacked DeGeorge just for quoting what Rude had said.



We now see the Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Hercules match, with Gorilla solo on commentary.



Demolition vs. Jerry Allen & Nelson Veilleux

This match is the first time that Heenan mentions ring announcer Mike McGuirk, commenting that she should be at home doing something in the kitchen. He even jokingly asks Gorilla if her brother is named “Sally.” Demolition destroys Allen to start as the announcers put over how Strike Force as a rematch against them. Veilleux tags and does not fare any better as Demolition quickly puts him away with the Decapitation (2:04).

Thoughts: They are pushing Demolition as a dominant, unstoppable team. Also, this marked the first time Heenan cracked a joke at the expense of McGuirk.



Okerlund is back in the Event Center. We hear from a pissed off Strike Force as they vow to regain the Tag Team Titles. We also hear from Randy Savage who brings out Elizabeth and puts over her class before telling Ted DiBiase the next time they face each other, he will beat him again.



Next week in action will be the One Man Gang, Strike Force, and the Killer Bees. Plus the Koko B. Ware vs. Rick Rude and Ted DiBiase vs. Don Muraco matches from the 4/30/88 edition of “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”



Final Thoughts: A good show to watch if you missed the last “Saturday Night’s Main Event” but other than that, you did not miss much here.