WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 16th, 1988

October 16, 1988

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

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

In action this week will be the Ultimate Warrior, Ted DiBiase, Jake Roberts, Akeem, and the Rockers.


Akeem w/ Slick vs. Bob Emery

Akeem beats on Emery as we get an insert promo from Slick and Akeem, who just proceeds to impersonate Slick as nothing of substance was said. Akeem continues to beat on Emery while Slick yells at the fans then he hits Emery with a front suplex before finishing him off with a splash (2:08).

Thoughts: Looking back, the Akeem character was even more ridiculous than I remember. And his insert promos are something else.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Jake Roberts to the interview platform. Roberts tells Rude he made the mistake by picking on the wrong woman. He then talks about his tights, which feature his wife’s face on the crotch, as Roberts says he will tear them off each and every time. He then brings out his wife and tells Rude she will be accompanying him ringside as he warns Rude she will slap him across the face after he gets hit with the DDT. Roberts then shows off his wife before they kiss after he tells Rude she is all his. Good promo by Jake here as this feud stays hot. Although, Cheryl would not be around too much longer.


David Isley vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil

Heenan tells Monsoon that Hercules would have been set for life had he accepted his new job for DiBiase. DiBiase hits a suplex and a slam as Monsoon tells Heenan he sold Hercules down the river. We then hear an insert from promo from DiBiase, telling Hercules he gets what he wants and he will be his slave. Heenan assures Hercules it is nothing personal and they both would have benefited from the deal as Virgil rolls Isley back inside as DiBiase puts on the Million Dollar Dream for the win (2:48).

Thoughts: They are pushing that DiBiase will get revenge on Hercules and make him his slave.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Ron Bass that we can tell right off the bat that he is a down-to-earth and sensitive guy as he questions why Brutus Beefcake would attack him. Bass then tells Beefcake he mother must have dropped him on his head as a child as he goes off on a tangent while warning Beefcake Miss Betsy and the Maverick Brothers are after him. We then hear from Hercules as he tells us about having respect and will never be a slave. Hercules tells us he walks alone and that DiBiase will pay the price.


The Rockers vs. Bubba Kirk & Tom Burton

Kirk attacks Michaels before the bell but that backfires as the Rockers clear the ring. The announcers talk about the Rockers being the talk of the WWF as Jannetty works over Burton. The Rockers stay in control then Michaels puts Kirk away with a splash off of Jannetty’s shoulders (1:52).

Thoughts: They put over the Rockers’ popularity quite strongly on commentary here as it seems they have plans for them in the near future.


Gorilla plugs the “WWF Superstars III” magazine.


Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. David Stoudemire

Valentine beats on Stoudemire as the announcers mention how Valentine refers to his shinguard as the “heartbreaker.” They bring up how Stoudemire looks like an “Indian” as Heenan makes a few jokes at the expense of Strongbow as Valentine turns around his shinguard and applies the figure-four for the win (1:55).

Thoughts: The highlight of this was Heenan ragging on Strongbow. It was pretty funny, actually.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Ken Patera as he is proud of America’s involvement in the ’88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Patera then tells the kids not to forget that they can do it and are not losers, but winners, no matter your efforts. This speech was all over the place, which makes sense since it came from Patera. After that, King Haku calls out Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and the Ultimate Warrior in his native tongue while Heenan warns them all to show respect to the King.


Brian Costello vs. Ultimate Warrior

Warrior bounces Costello against the ropes before taking him down with a hip toss. Warrior sends Costello to the floor as we see his article in “WWF Magazine” appear in the corner. Warrior throws Costello back inside and roughs him up until hitting the press slam/splash combo for the win (2:28).

Thoughts: Another dominating squash to put over the force known as the Ultimate Warrior.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s focus is on Bobby Heenan and his newest client, the Red Rooster. We see a clip of Heenan introducing him as his newest client on the “Brother Love Show.”


Young Stallions vs. Sandy Beach & Iron Mike Sharpe

Beach rakes Roma across the face and lands a few shots in the corner. Roma fights back and leaps up top for a springboard body press as that gets two. Powers tags and slingshots in with a sunset flip for two. Beach hits a slam before tagging as Sharpe misses an elbow drop. Powers catches Sharpe with a slam then works the arm. The Stallions hit a few double-team moves until Powers lifts up Sharpe as Roma hits a missile dropkick for the win (2:21).

Thoughts: Roma looked great here. The guy was small but could really work and had a lot of athleticism.


Tommy Angel vs. Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin

Before the match, Frenchy tells the crowd to shut up and listen while he tells us in French, that Bravo is a former Canadian champion. Angel surprises Bravo with a hip toss but Bravo catches  a crossbody attempt and drops Angel on the top rope. We hear from fans as they express their thoughts, all negative, on Bravo. Back to the match as Bravo stays in control until getting the win with a side slam (2:30).

Thoughts: They are now showing us how much the fans hate Bravo and want him out of the United States, because he keeps bad-mouthing the country.


Next week in action will be the Blue Blazer, Bad News Brown, Koko B. Ware, and the Honky Tonk Man. Plus, an interview with Demolition and more!


Final Thoughts: Per usual, they continue to push the top storylines on Challenge but did not offer much of anything of note. At least the company is starting to shake things up now as fresher talent and characters start to take over.


Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/28/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/22/88

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/23/88

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/29/88

Wednesday: EVOLVE 64 7/16/16

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 10/29/88