WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 30th, 1988

October 30, 1988

From the Sports Arena in Toledo, OH

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

In action this week are King Haku, Jake Roberts, and the Red Rooster. Plus a Special Report on Randy Savage and the “Brother Love Show” from the 10/22/88 edition of WWF Superstars of Wrestling.


The show starts off with the Brother Love Show from the 10/22/88 edition of WWF Superstars of Wrestling where Hulk Hogan was attacked by the Big Bossman.


The Rockers vs. Steve Lombardi & Iron Mike Sharpe

Jannetty gets worked over in the corner as we hear an insert promo from the Rockers as they are hyped about appearing at the Survivor Series. Jannetty escapes then the Rockers clear the ring as Heenan makes fun of the Rockers for being punks. Sharpe accidentally knocks Lombardi off of the apron as the Rockers take control. The announcers hype the Leonard vs. Lalonde fight as the Rockers catch Sharpe with a double super kick then Michaels presses Jannetty on top of Sharpe for the win (2:58).

Thoughts: Another chance to put over the Rockers and the upcoming boxing match on PPV, which occurs throughout the show.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center as we hear from the Ultimate Warrior & Brutus Beefcake as they hype up their match at Survivor Series.


Pork Chop Cash vs. Ultimate Warrior

Warrior beats on Cash to start before tossing him outside. Warrior then carries Cash back into the ring and hits a clothesline before putting Cash away with the press slam/splash combo (2:01). Man, Cash landed awkwardly on his side there.

Thoughts: Cash might have really hurt himself on the landing there. Warrior continues to get over as they make it a point to show fans with his merchandise in the crowd.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes, who runs down the card for Survivor Series. It wasn’t all that special to be honest.


King Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Scott Hudson

Gorilla is solo on commentary. Haku beats on Hudson after he put on an arm wringer. Gorilla talks about the Survivor Series as Haku continues to destroy Hudson until putting him away with a thrust kick (2:05).

Thoughts: Boring match as we got more Survivor Series hype, which is already getting repetitive.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Randy Savage and Elizabeth to the interview platform. Oddly enough, this was taped during the “Superstars of Wrestling” taping from the previous day. Okerlund asks Savage about his match at the Survivor Series. Savage tells us all everything will be “boiling over” at the Survivor Series as he puts over his team, promising that the Big Bossman will do hard time. This was a really corny promo to be honest.


Red Rooster w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tommy Angel

Rooster takes down Angel to start as we hear him in an insert promo as he promises to show Heenan how he is in fact good and will not let him down. Angel takes Rooster down as Heenan is pissed and waves Rooster over to him on the floor. Heenan yells at Rooster while giving him advice as the crowd chants “weasel.” Taylor lands a knee smash then hits a slam but Angel hits one of his own too. Taylor then catches Angel with a clothesline and chokes him out. He then hits a back suplex and softens Angel up until putting him away with the Scorpion Death Lock, now known as the Cock-a-Doodle Doo (2:56).

Thoughts: Man, they really had Rooster look like a total loser here. The more you watch, the more you see this as a giant rib on Taylor.


Mooney is back in the Event Center as we hear from the Baron and the Powers of Pain as they put over themselves and their team at the Survivor Series. After that, Ron Bass  Honky Tonk Man hype up their match at the Survivor Series.


Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Bob Blackburn

Heenan is now back on commentary. Jake quickly gets revenge on Blackburn, who hit Jake with a cheap shot. Jake stays in control and hits a short-armed clothesline before putting Blackburn away with the DDT (2:54). After the match, Jake tosses Damien in top of Blackburn.

Thoughts: The crowd really did love Jake. The snake act was incredibly over too.


We hear from the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and Jimmy Hart as they talk about the Survivor Series and remind the Hart Foundation that they have a part of their contract.


Next week in action will be the Powers of Pain, Mr. Perfect, Brutus Beefcake, and the Brainbusters. Plus, the Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and more.


Final Thoughts: Not much of a show to be honest. Most of it was bland Survivor Series hype and the Savage promo was not good at all. So far, the hype for Survivor Series 1988 has not been good.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/5/88

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/6/88

Wednesday: EVOLVE 65 7/17/16

Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Ron Simmons

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/12/88

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/11/82

Sunday: WWF Philadelphia Spectrum 11/12/88