WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 18th, 1988

September 18, 1988

From the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT

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

In action this week will be Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Honky Tonk Man, Powers of Pain, and Ron Bass. Plus, Rick Rude’s match last week on Superstars as Heenan is pissed about that.


Powers of Pain w/ The Baron vs. Rusty Riddle & Gene Ligon

Ligon & Riddle try to attack the Barbarian but fail as we hear from the Powers of Pain and the Baron, who tell us he has been selected to manage the most powerful team in the WWF. The Powers of Pain then beat on Ligon then on Riddle until they put him away with the powerslam/diving headbutt combo (2:11).

Thoughts: They are trying to establish the Baron’s relationship with the Powers of Pain here as they are being geared up for a major push in the tag team division.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. He talks about Bad News Brown and how he continued his undefeated streak by beating Ken Patera at SummerSlam as we get a clip of that. We then hear from Bad News himself, asking what does he have to do to get a title shot as he has beat everyone there is as he asks Randy Savage if he feels ashamed for having to hide behind a woman. He then tells Savage the longer he has to wait, the more he will destroy him.


Joe Milano vs. “The Outlaw” Ron Bass

Milano floats over Bass and hits a dropkick. He floats over again but Bass knocks him down with a forearm as the announcers talk about the Bass/Beefcake feud. Bass stays in control as he roughs up Milano in the corner as we hear from Beefcake in an insert promo telling Bass he is coming for him. Bass yells at the crowd as Heenan claims Beefcake is considering retirement because he is afraid of Bass, who finishes off Milano with the gourdbuster (2:19).

Thoughts: A segment to push the Bass/Beefcake feud.


Tito Santana vs. Len Kruger

Tito slams Kruger then takes him down with an armdrag. Heenan is absolutely laying into Tito with ethnic jokes here as he works a chinlock. Tito hits an atomic drop as Kruger bails then he slingshots him back inside and works another chinlock. Tito then hits a backdrop before putting Kruger away with a flying forearm (1:57).

Thoughts: They are trying to re-establish Tito as a singles wrestler again but it never went anywhere.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Koko B. Ware is with Frankie as he sings about how everyone loves him where ever he goes as he tells Frankie they do not have to be late anymore as he shows us his watch that we can by. After that, The Bolsheviks tell us they want a title shot against Demolition but first, they want to take care of the Powers of Pain. Zhukov cut a really shitty promo in his terrible “Russian” accent. It was dreadful.


Martin Leroy vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Honky beats on Leroy against the ropes as we hear from Hart and Honky in an insert promo as they are pissed at the Ultimate Warrior for taking their Intercontinental Championship. Honky roughs up Leroy as Heenan claims Honky was robbed because he did not sign on to face Warrior at SummerSlam as Honky puts Leroy away with the shake, Rattle, and Roll (2:31). After the match, Honky grabs the mic and thanks his fans while calling himself the greatest of all-time.

Thoughts: They are still going with the Honky/Warrior feud.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the British Bulldogs as they want a title shot as they held the title belts for a year and a half. That is not true. Next, Danny Davis tells us he is a top contender as he proved his doubters wrong and ask his opponents as he has taken on nothing but top competition. He then states he is one of the best undefeated wrestlers the company has ever seen, with Mooney even making fun of that comment.


Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Tony Ulysses

The crowd is chanting along with Duggan, as Heenan jokes on the effect he has had on the simple-minded people. We hear from Dino Bravo in an insert promo, as he rips up a copy of “WWF Magazine” that featured an article on Duggan. Ulysses gets knocked down a few times then Duggan hits a backdrop. He then hits Ulysses with a suplex before putting him away with the Three Point Stance (2:19).

Thoughts: They are gearing up to really push the Bravo/Duggan feud.


Brother Love Show with guests Big Bossman and Slick, who tells Brother Love it does his heart good to have him appreciate someone like the Bossman, who is here to clean up the WWF. Bossman then tells us that love means reaching out and touching somebody as he raises his nightstick. Bossman then calls out Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage while Brother Love puts him over.


The Rick Rude match from the 9/10/88 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”


British Bulldogs vs. George South & Trent Knight

The Bulldogs are in control as we get an insert of Matilda barking. Davey puts Knight in a chinlock before hitting a vertical suplex. Dynamite tags and hits a backbreaker then Davey hits a powerslam before Dynamite gets the win with a superplex (3:44).

Thoughts: Sadly, Matilda is the key focus of the British Bulldogs. Very little here was mentioned about their upcoming matches against Demolition.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We get the same Terry Taylor promo from last week when he introduced himself as the greatest wrestler in the WWF. It was lame. After that, the Ultimate Warrior tells us we can feel it and that he has the same sweat and blood as all of us as they are the champions. He then tells us to jump on his back, grab a body part, and hang on as he swims across the Atlantic. He was channeling Hogan a bit here in this promo.


Next week in action will be the Big Bossman, Rick Rude, Ken Patera, Ted DiBiase, and the Ultimate Warrior.


Final Thoughts: Nothing really worth going out of your way to see here as this was firmly just a “B”show this week.



Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/24/88

Wednesday: PWG Prince 5/20/16

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Bryan Danielson

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/25/88

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/14/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/1/88

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/2/88


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