WWF Wrestling Challenge May 29th, 1988

May 29, 1988

From the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

This week we will see the Randy Savage vs. Virgil match from the 5/28 “Superstars of Wrestling” show. Also in action will be Rick Rude, Ultimate Warrior, Greg Valentine, and Bret Hart.



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

Gorilla is solo on commentary and talks about the Rude/Roberts feud. Rude beats on Evans while intermittently stopping to gyrate. We then get an insert from women who talk about how they would love a chance at the Rude Awakening as Rude stays in control. A light boring chant breaks out then Rude hits the Rude Awakening for the win (1:43). After the match, Heenan picks out a lady for Rude as she comes in and gets the Rude Awakening after Heenan made sure to ask if she was not a harlot, like Cheryl Roberts.

Thoughts: Rude was just fantastic with this character. He worked very hard to get it over and it was really in the zone at this point.



WWF Special Report with Sean Mooney. This is about the Honky Tonk Man and Brutus Beefcake feud as we see the recent clip of Honky smashing his guitar over Beefcake’s head during an interview segment with Craig DeGeorge.



Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Pete Sanchez

Heenan is now back on commentary. Hart takes control as Gorilla puts him over as the “Excellence of Execution.” We then get an insert promo from Jimmy Hart, who promises the Hart Foundation just had a small disagreement and will work it out as they are stronger than ever. Back to the match as Hart remains in control then finishes off Sanchez with a piledriver (2:21).

Thoughts: The briefly touched upon Bret’s feud with Bad News but focused more on his relationship with Jimmy Hart, who pretended that everything with the Hart Foundation was just peachy.



Gene Okerlund is in the Event Center. We hear from Andre and Heenan, who refers to Jim Duggan as your average “redneck, unemployed bum” as Andre tells Duggan that he loves to choke people as the camera zooms in on Andre’s hands. We then hear from Duggan who tells us that Andre took away his chance at the WWF Title and promises to show Andre a man who is not afraid. I really thought Heenan and Andre were fantastic here.



“The Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Ricky Ataki

Heenan believes that Ataki is one of the Jumping Bomb Angels then mentions how “they” all look alike anyway as Gorilla’s asks him to stop. The match starts with Bass overpowering his smaller opponent until he finally puts him away with the gourdbuster (1:49).

Thoughts: They barely even brought up Bass’s feud with JYD. Other than that, not much else here to talk about.



Ultimate Warrior vs. Terry Gibbs

Gibbs attacks Warrior from behind but that ended up failing. Warrior chops Gibbs in the corner then tosses him out as Heenan believes he paints his face because he escaped from the nut house. Back inside, Warrior overpowers Gibbs as we get an insert promo from Steve Lombardi, who calls Warrior a “human wrecking machine” and does not think he can be stopped. Warrior then hits Gibbs with the press slam/splash combo for the win (1:34).

Thoughts: They are putting over Warrior as an unstoppable force now, with jobbers putting that over in insert promos now too.



Okerlund is back in the Event Center. He holds up the Brutus Beefcake and his own action figures before we hear from Danny Davis and Sam Houston. Davis tells Houston he will stick to him like the “manure on his boots” as Houston warns Davis he will cheap shot him right back and will hurt him good. Jake Roberts then tells us that his wife slapped Rude because he is not a man and that what Rude did was the ultimate sin as he touched his wife.



Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/Jimmy Hart vs. Mike Richards

Hart adjusts Valentine’s shinguard on before the match. Valentine beats on Richards as see an insert from the locker room when Hart put on the shinguard as Valentine acts like he is in pain, with Gorilla questioning when this injury occurred. Back to the match as Valentine softens up the leg then hits a suplex before re-adjusting his shinguard as he applies the figure-four, quickly picking up the win (2:36).

Thoughts: Valentine’s new singles push now revolves around a shinguard gimmick, which makes his figure-four a deadly finisher.



Craig DeGeorge welcomes Hillbilly Jim to the interview platform. He gets a really good reaction then does the do-ci-do with DeGeorge. Hillbilly then refers to the crowd as hillbillies like himself and they applaud. Hillbilly talks about appearing on “Hee-Haw” and how he wanted to say hello to the fans and let them know he is back. I assume this was just done to let us know that Jim is still around. The fans in attendance approved.



We are shown the Savage vs. DiBiase match. It ended with DiBiase running in and attacking Savage, leading to a pull-apart brawl.



The Bolsheviks w/ Slick vs. Warren Bianchi & Buck Zumhoffe

Zumhoffe got a decent reaction here, the prick. It was likely from his AWA days being that they were in Minnesota. Volkoff beats Zumhoffe down as the announcers talk about the Savage vs. Virgil match. Zumhoffe tags after ducking a chop as Heenan promises a major surprise in the next few weeks. We hear an insert clip from the Bolsheviks and Slick, who want to join the Veterans in Memorial Day with peace as they flash the peace sign. After that, Volkoff gets the win with a backbreaker then a boot to the face (1:38).

Thoughts: Slick tried but the Bolsheviks had zero chemistry as a team. And, they stunk in the ring. Their push did not last long at all.



Okerlund is back in the Event Center as we hear from Ken Patera and Dino Bravo with Frenchy Martin. Basic hype for their house show matches.



Next week we will see Danny Davis, Koko B. Ware, Honky Tonk Man, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Demolition.



Final Thoughts: A rather uneventful episode of Challenge. They just maintained status quo for the most part.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/4/88

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/5/88

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/11/88

Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series: 1997 WCW as told by Kevin Nash

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/12/88