WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 25th, 1988

September 25, 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 the Ultimate Warrior, Ted DiBiase, Rick Rude, and the Big Bossman.


Joe Latu vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan

Gorilla is solo on commentary. Rude is sporting another pair of tights featuring Cheryl Roberts. Latu lands a few punches after Rude blocked a sunset flip but Rude rakes his eyes and takes control. We hear from Rude in an insert promo as he is furious over Jake stripping off his tights and dares him to try it again. Rude then tosses Latu outside and starts gyrating a lot then finally puts Latu away with the Rude Awakening (2:07). After the match, Rude kisses a female fan.

Thoughts: The Roberts/Rude feud continues as it heads into its sixth month as a feud.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is regarding the Don Muraco/Greg Valentine feud as we see the clip of Valentine ending Superstar Graham’s managerial career before hearing from both guys.


Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. Joe Cruz

Heenan is back on commentary. Cruz tries to elude Bossman but ends up running into a clothesline. Bossman beats on Cruz and catches him with a spinebuster. Slick tells Bossman to cause more pain as Bossman hits Cruz with a sidewalk slam (2:10). After the match, Bossman beats on Cruz with the nightstick.

Thoughts: The WWF did a great job at building up the Big Bossman as a threat. He was over as a heel.


Ken Patera vs. Chris Duffy

Patera overpowers Duffy to start. Duffy tries going up top but gets tossed off as Patera follows with three elbow drops. The announcers talk about other storylines in the company as Patera stays in control until getting the win with a full nelson (2:31).

Thoughts: A win I guess designed to remind us Patera was still on the roster.


Tommy Angel vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil

DiBiase rakes Angel across the face after Heenan talks about how DiBiase will be on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” with Robin Leach. DiBiase tries to toss Angel outside but he hung on to the ropes then went up top where he missed a flying body press. DiBiase is then shown in an insert promo with Virgil as he talks about being close to acquiring a possession every man in the world wants as he stays in control of the match until hitting the Million Dollar Dream for the win (2:27).

Thoughts: More teasing about what DiBiase’s acquistion will be.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Brutus Beefcake as he talks about Ron Bass earning his attention and how he wants Bass to remember he can run but cannot hide. Bobby Heenan is with King Haku as he tells Jack Tunney about having an open contract to face Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan as he tells us all King Haku will become the champion.


Trent Knight vs. Ultimate Warrior

The crowd is jacked for the Warrior as he shoves Knight around to start. Warrior then press slams Knight back into the ring as we hear from the Honky Tonk Man in an insert promo as he promises to hit Warrior with his guitar then Warrior finishes off Knight with the press slam/splash combo (1:48).

Thoughts: The Warrior/Honky feud continues as Warrior is surging in popularity while Honky’s act is becoming less effective.


Brother Love Show with guests Jimmy Hart and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers. Gorilla lets us know that Brother Love will be leaving “Wrestling Challenge.” The Rougeaus tell us how they cannot wait to move to the USA then Jimmy Hart talks about owning the Hart Foundation’s contract and will give the Rougeaus a 50/50 share of that. The Rougeaus then give Brother Love a tiny flag of his own as it ends with a creepy slo-mo closeup montage of the Rougeaus and Brother Love. The Rougeaus and Hart were an underrated heel pairing and great at making you want to see someone kick their asses.


Sam Houston vs. Mike Williams

Houston beats on Williams to start. He hits a dropkick then follows with a clothesline then shortly after that puts him away with a bulldog (1:17).

Thoughts: Much like Patera earlier, this was seemingly designed to remind us that Houston was still around. He did tag with Hillbilly Jim for a match on PrimeTime and I wonder if they were thinking about putting them together as a team.


Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Dave Paradise

The crowd angers Dino and Frenchy with Pro-USA chants. Match starts with Bravo overpowering Paradise as the announcers argue as to whether or not Bravo is the strongest man in the world. We then hear from Hacksaw Jim Duggan in an insert promo as he calls out Bravo for bashing America. Bravo continues to beat on Paradise until he puts him away with a side slam (2:23).

Thoughts: A way to continue the Bravo/Duggan feud. At least the fans yelled at Bravo here but its easy to be a heel when you are feuding with someone as over as Duggan was at this point.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Bad News Brown who says he will not give any mercy and take no prisoners. We then get the same Hart Foundation promo where they go nuts about the Rougeau Brothers getting part of their contract with Jimmy Hart.


In action next week will be Jake Roberts, Don Muraco, Demolition, and the Blue Blazer.


Final Thoughts: Overall, this was a bland show. It was skippable, especially if you already saw “Superstars of Wrestling.” However, the overall direction of the company is getting better and will be hot once again as the year closes.


Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/14/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/1/88

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/2/88

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/8/88

Wednesday: WWN Live Supershow: Mercury Rising 4/2/16

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/9/88