WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 7th, 1988

August 7, 1988

From the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

In action this week are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Rick Rude, Powers of Pain, Iron Sheik, and Brutus Beefcake.



Powers of Pain vs. George Petraski & Rick Renslow

Petraski tries and fails to attack the Warlord and gets tossed outside. Renslow is in now as the Powers of Pain beat on him while we hear from Slick with the Bolsheviks in an insert promo hyping up his team’s match at SummerSlam against the Powers of Pain. Back to the match as they beat on Petraski until putting him away with the powerslam/diving headbutt combo (1:43).

Thoughts: The announcers were hyping up the Powers of Pain, noting how they were the only team larger than Demolition, but the fans are not exactly getting behind them.



WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. It was the same report from this past episode of “Superstars of Wrestling” as they showed all of the events leading to the Mega-Bucks vs. Mega–Powers match.



“Ravishing” Rick Rude vs. Billy Brown

Before the match, Rude takes off his robe to reveal Cheryl Roberts’ face on the crotch of his tights. The match starts with Rude beating on his opponent. He stops to gyrate as the camera zooms in on his tights as we hear from Rude in an insert promo, telling Jake Roberts to get a pair of binoculars to see just how ravishing he is before putting Brown away with the Rude Awakening (1:15).

Thoughts: Rude amped up his feud here with his new tights. They were really something else and Rude’s character here seemed more fitting for the Attitude Era than in 1988. Regardless, his heel act was top notch for any era.



Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear comments Demoltion and Mr. Fuji, along with Jimmy Hart who promises to tell them all the information they need about the Hart Foundation to hype up their match at SummerSlam. The Hart Foundation then make fun of Demolition for wearing face paint as they then laugh over the fact Jimmy Hart is going to help Demolition.



Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Warren Bianchi

Beefcake works over Bianchi in the corner. We then see an insert promo from Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man as they are upset about Beefcake getting the “WWF Magazine” cover before promising to retain the title at SummerSlam before Beefcake puts Bianchi away with a sleeper (2:03). After the match, Beefcake gives Bianchi a haircut.

Thoughts: The crowd loves Beefcake, especially the haircut gimmick. However, even the added stipulation of his match against Honky at SummerSlam being there last-ever encounter cannot bring this feud back from the dead.



Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear the same promos from the Mega Powers and the Mega Bucks as we did on “Superstars” as they hype up their SummerSlam match.



Iron Sheik w/ Slick vs. Kim Yates

Sheik attacks Yates before the bell. He tosses his robe over Yates’ face as Heenan shouts out “look, its another arab” on commentary. Imagine if something like that aired today? We hear an insert promo from the Iron Sheik as he puts over himself while putting down America then beats on Yates some more before putting him away with the Camel Clutch (1:48).

Thoughts: It seems like they were in the midst of giving the Sheik a midcard push but he got fired again right around the time this match aired.



Brother Love Show is up next. Brother Love sets up to welcome out his benefactor, Ted DiBiase, but instead gets interrupted by Randy Savage and Elizabeth. Savage warns Brother Love to stand back as he talks about loving the fact he is the WWF World Heavyweight Champion then welcomes out Hulk Hogan. They make fun of Love then scare him away after making physical threats. Hogan & Savage then talk about love and how they love how they will get to beat on Andre the Giant and Ted DiBiase. Hogan then mentions how they will both love how they’ll be standing tall at the end of their match at SummerSlam before they both pick up Elizabeth and place her on top of their shoulders as they walk her off the stage. I get that Brother Love was a slimy character but like Heenan said, Savage and Hogan were bullying him here. More wacky promos from Hogan & Savage as they build up their match at SummerSlam.



Dave Wagner & Tom Burton vs. The Rockers

The Rockers hit Burton with a few double-team moves as Gorilla brings up their article in the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.” The Rockers now work over Wagner until Shawn puts him away with a flying fist drop while standing on Marty’s shoulders (2:59).

Thoughts: Since the Rockers did not have a match at SummerSlam and were not in the midst of a push, this was a backdrop for the announcers to talk about the rest of the matches on the SummerSlam card.



Mooney is back in the Event Center as we see a clip of him asking Jesse Ventura, who is studying tape, about his role as the referee at SummerSlam for the main event match. Jesse says that Jack Tunney knew he was the only one tough enough for the role and gets pissed when questioned if he is in shape, saying that his arms were bigger than Schwartzenegger’s in “Predator.” Jesse then states he will be neutral while officiating the match. They’ve done a good job with the story of Jesse possibly being bought off by DiBiase while Jesse gets increasingly agitated by hearing the same question over and over again.



Next week in action will be Greg Valentine, The Bolsheviks, Tito Santana, Ted DiBiase, and Jake Roberts.



Final Thoughts: Most of, if not all of the show was to hype SummerSlam, specifically the main event. Other than that, nothing else of note took place.


Here is my schedule for the next several days.


Wednesday: EVOLVE 60 5/6/16

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Joanie “Chyna” Laurer

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/13/88

Saturday: Ring of Honor: The Conclusion 11/28/03

Sunday: WWF Los Angeles Sports Arena 8/13/88

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/14/88

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/20/88