WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 10th, 1988

July 10, 1988

From the Broome County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Binghamton, NY

Your hosts are Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week is the One Man Gang, British Bulldogs, Don Muraco, and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers



British Bulldogs vs. Terry Gibbs & Tommy Angel

Gibbs tags out after getting hit with a snap suplex from the Dynamite Kid. Angel tags and lands a few shots but ends up in the wrong corner as the Bulldogs take control of the match as they brutalize Angel until Dynamite puts him out of misery with a superplex (2:31).

Thoughts: Another TV win for the Bulldogs, who are without a feud at the moment. They’ve been facing Demolition for the titles at some house shows but that is about all they are doing at this time.



WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s story is how Demolition put Rick Martel out of action as we finally see a clip of that, which took place at the 6/1 Superstars TV tapings in Oakland, CA (This match can be seen on the 7/11 edition of “PrimeTime Wrestling”). Smash broke up a Boston Crab from Martel with a clothesline to the back of the head then went out to hit him with a chair before Demolition hit him with the Decapitation for the win. The camera zoomed in on Martel who was out cold then we hear from Tito Santana, who lets us know Martel’s concussion was worse than originally thought. And that is the end of the Strike Force/Demolition feud.



One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Carmine Surace

Gang beats on Surace as we hear from Slick in an insert promo as he puts Gang over as the total package. Gang continues to beat on Surace until putting him away with a front suplex (1:44).

Thoughts: Heenan briefly mentioned how Gang was better than Bigelow but with the latter out of the company, Gang was really left with nothing to do. That will change in several weeks, however.



Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Bad News Brown who tells us he was raised to win at all costs and take no prisoners and will do the same if he decides to have kids of his own. After that, we hear from Jim Duggan as he tells Andre the Giant about not being afraid.



Curtis Thompson vs. Ultimate Warrior

Thompson is better known as Firebreaker Chip in WCW. Warrior starts by chopping down Thompson. He hits a suplex then stays in control until putting him away with the press slam/splash combo (1:44).

Thoughts: A complete squash for the Warrior, who continues to surge in popularity among the fans.



The Junkyard Dog shills the WWF Ice Cream Bars



“The Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Brian Costello

Bass beats on Costello as the crowd chants for the Junkyard Dog. Bass beats on Costello while asking for JYD then puts Costello away with the gordbuster (2:30).

Thoughts: They are still pushing the Bass/JYD feud a bit and this crowd was into JYD more than most have been in the past few months.



Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Killer Bees as they cut an unbelievably corny promo, even by their standards, as Blair promises to “sting the Rougeaus to post-to-post” and after they are through with them, the Rougeaus will be left laying like a “stick in the mud.” George Steele is then with his Mine Doll and repeats his name a few times.



Hart Foundation vs. Tony Ulysses & Scott Colontonio

Colontonio gets slammed and immediately tags out as the announcers talk about Bret Hart being on the cover of the latest issue of “WWF Magazine.” Bret is in control as we hear from Jimmy Hart in an insert promo, telling Bret he was the one who got Bret the cover and featured article. The Hart Foundation stay in control until they put Ulysses away with the Hart Attack (3:36).

Thoughts: The Jimmy Hart vs. Hart Foundation feud is heating up here. Also, the Hart Foundation are getting cheered during the introductions but are still wrestling like heels and those cheers are not carrying over during the actual match itself.



Brother Love Show with guests Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude. He asks Rude if Cheryl Roberts is pretending to not want his love as Rude confirms that and blames her jealous husband, Jake Roberts, for preventing Cheryl’s fantasies getting fulfilled. Brother Love then brings a woman on stage as Heenan and Love both state she is not a harlot like Cheryl then Rude gives her the Rude Awakening as Love says Rude loves this lady just like he love us all. This was shorter than the previous Brother Love segments but it was nothing we haven’t seen before from Rude and Heenan.



“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Steve Lombardi

Lombardi lands a few shots to start. Muraco gains control and overpowers Lombardi, who comes back by biting Muraco. We hear from Greg Valentine in an insert promo saying that Muraco will never walk again after the next time they meet as Muraco regains control and puts Lombardi away with the Tombstone (2:12).

Thoughts: Muraco is over a little bit with the fans at least as his feud with Valentine progresses.



The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo & Chris Duffy

Poffo’s pre-match promo talks about the Rougeau’s being insincere and cheating to beat the Killer Bees. Jacques and Poffo start out as we hear an insert promos from the Rougeaus, who are holding tiny American flags on toothpicks as they talk about the “WWF Magazine” setting their story straight as they smile insincerely. Back to the match as Poffo hits a moonsault for two. Duffy tags and takes down Raymond, who is irate. Raymond then beats down Duffy as the Rougeaus stay in control, acting cocky and aggressive, until hitting the Rougeau Bomb for the win (3:13).

Thoughts: The Rougeaus are acting more and more heelish by the week. They were just great in this role.



Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Junkyard Dog,who talks about all of the big, nasty individuals in the WWF such as Ron Bass. We then hear from Ted DiBiase as he tells Randy Savage that is time is running out and when it does, he will be there waiting.



In action next week will be Brutus Beefcake, Demolition, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Rick Rude. Plus, Brother Love is back with guests Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude and a special report on Randy Savage.



Final Thoughts: This show was alright I suppose. It mainly focused on the secondary feuds and characters but nothing was downright terrible or anything. I really do not have much more to add other than that.



Here is my schedule for the next several days:


Monday: WWF Los Angeles Sports Arena 7/15/88

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/16/88

Wednesday: PWG All-Star Weekend XII, Night One 3/4/16

Thursday: Highspots Presents: Diva Diaries with Maria Kanellis

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/17/88

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 12/10/81

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/23/88


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