WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 12th, 1988

June 12, 1988

From the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, Brutus Beefcake, Strike Force, and Dino Bravo

 

 

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Pete Sanchez

Sanchez cheapshots Beefcake after a break then goes to work in the corner. Beefcake reverses an Irish whip then follows with an elbow smash as he takes control of the match. The announcers hype up Beefcake’s cover on “WWF Magazine” and his feud against the Honky Tonk Man then Beefcake puts Sanchez away with the sleeper (2:09). After the match, Beefcake gives Sanchez a haircut.

Thoughts: Beefcake remains quite over with the live crowds as he seems to be shaping up to take the Intercontinental Title from the Honky Tonk Man. We will see how that played out in the coming weeks.

 

 

WWF Special Report with Sean Mooney. This has Mooney hype up the experience of a WWF “live event” and is then shown interview fans in the crowd. All of the fans talk about loving the experience. They showed a lot of kids in the crowd so the goal seemed to try and get kids to badger the parents to take them to house shows, which were a bit down at this point.

 

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Brady Boone

Boone catches DiBiase with a trio of dropkicks after a leapfrog. DiBiase rolls outside for a breather then returns and catches Boone with a knee to the midsection. We then are shown an insert with a closeup of Virgil’s face as DiBiase tells Savage how he is a lot more dangerous than Elizabeth. Back to the match as DiBiase stays in control until he puts Boone away with the Million Dollar Dream (3:26). After the match, Boone gets a $100 shoved in his mouth.

Thoughts: They played up the threat of Virgil on the outside here to add another dimension to the Savage/DiBiase feud.

 

 

Sean Mooney is now in the Event Center. We hear from Bobby Heenan and Andre the Giant as they tell Jim Duggan there is nowhere for him to hide. Duggan is shown as he tells Andre he knocked him down before and will do it again.

 

 

Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Louie Spicolli

Valentine takes control of the match as Heenan promises that next week, he will introduce a friend that has offered more guidance than anyone else in his life and will even show us how to live our lives and that person is someone named Brother Love. We then hear an insert promo from Hart, telling us that Valentine is wearing a shinguard due to injury as Valentine turns the guard around and applies the figure-four as Spicolli immediately submits (1:41). After the match, Spicolli is carried out of the ring as Heenan is laughing.

Thoughts: They continue to push the shinguard gimmick. Also, the first mention of the Brother Love character by Heenan as he was brought in as his friend and advisor.

 

 

Back in the Event Center with Sean Mooney as we hear from Jim Neidhart and Don Muraco, with Superstar Billy Graham, as they hype up their house show match. Although Bret was portrayed as a face, Neidhart’s role was unclear as he was shown in an insert promo that he supports Bret no matter what but other than that, has been going up faces at house shows and has yet to appear on TV since before WrestleMania IV.

 

 

Strike Force vs. Terry Gibbs & Steve Lombardi

Lombardi lands a few shots on Martel to start. Martel comes back with a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence then Strike Force takes control. Lombardi makes a blind tag and takes control briefly but Santana kicks him down then Strike Force regains control until Santana puts him away with the flying forearm (3:37).

Thoughts: The storyline with Strike Force wanting revenge on Demolition and Mr. Fuji continues but it was not stressed as much here.

 

 

Craig DeGeorge welcomes Bad News Brown to the interview platform. Brown angrily stands there silently as he avoids DeGeorge’s questions until he snaps on him and calls him a “pansy.” Brown talks about winning the WrestleMania Battle Royal and rags on Bret for wearing pink and tells him he will bring the streets to the ring and will wish he was never born. When asked about Neidhart, Brown promises he will stomp him into the ground if he interferes in his business. I liked Bad News on the mic. He was great at his character. Too bad he was old and could not perform as well in the ring.

 

 

Billy Anderson vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Anderson manages to catch Jake with a pair of slams as Gorilla notes his mind might not be on the match. Jake fights back as Heenan rags on him and his wife. Jake beats on Anderson as the crowd chants for the DDT then finally hits the move for the win (2:43). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of Anderson.

Thoughts: The DDT remains the most over finisher in the company. The Rude/Roberts continues to be pushed as one of the top TV feuds.

 

 

Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Scott Casey

Before the match, Frenchy holds up his “USA is not OK” sign and cuts a promo in French as the crowd does not react. Gorilla is upset about Frenchy putting down the United States as Heenan once again plugs next week’s debut of Brother Love. Bravo overpowers Casey then poses after hitting a piledriver. We then see an insert promo from the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, as they love America, and after that Bravo gets the win with a side slam (1:58).

Thoughts: They used this segment to push both Bravo and the Rougeaus, as well as hyping up Brother Love some more.

 

 

Back in the Event Center, we hear from Ron Bass as he runs down the Junkyard Dog to hype up their match. After that, we hear from Ken Patera, who tells Bravo he wants to find out just who is the strongest man.

 

 

Next week in action will be Rick Rude, One Man Gang, Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, Ultimate Warrior, and a new tag team called the Rockers. After that, we hear from Brother Love, (Bruce Prichard as a preacher) as he is wearing a white suit and standing at a podium to tell us he will be here next week because he loves us.

 

 

Final Thoughts: Decent show this week. The top TV feuds are progressing nicely. Plus, they hyped up some upcoming debuts, such as Brother Love and to a lesser degree, the Rockers.

 

 

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/18/88

Wednesday: RoH Supercard of Honor, Night One 4/1/16

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

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/19/88

Saturday: Mid-South TV 12/3/81

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/25/88