WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 6th, 1988

November 6, 1988

From the Sports Arena in Toledo, OH

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

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


Brutus Beefcake vs. Craig Brown

Beefcake hits Brown with a high knee as Gorilla tells us about the “Who is the Sexiest Man” article from “WWF Magazine.” Beefcake hits a slam then signals for the sleeper as he puts Brown in the hold and gets the win (2:16). After the match, Beefcake cuts Brown’s hair.

Thoughts: Surprisingly little mention about Survivor Series or Beefcake’s feud with Bass. They did spend time debating who is the sexiest man in the WWF though, which I’m sure is what no one at home was asking for.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This showed clips of the Rude vs. Roberts match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and all of the post-match footage regarding Andre being afraid of Damien. Andre vs. Jake is now going to be one of the new top TV feuds.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Demolition and Mr. Fuji as they talk about training hard and demolishing people as the rest of their team can take care of the rest. Ax also reveals he is neither a fan of Thanksgiving or Turkey.


David Isley & Rusty Riddle vs. The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan

Gorilla is solo on commentary. The Brainbusters work over Riddle as we hear from them and Heenan in an insert promo as they promise to survive at the Survivor Series. Back to the match as Arn hits Isley with a spinebuster then tags Tully, who gets the win with a slingshot suplex (2:15).

Thoughts: The Brainbusters looked dominant here and did some basic Survivor Series hype.


Gene Okerlund is with some fans who are happy to be at the show.


Koko B. Ware vs. Tom Burton

Heenan is back on commentary. Burton rams Koko in the corner to start. Koko misses a splash then they botch a spot as they both collide. Koko fights back and absolutely stiffs Burton with a clothesline. Koko decks him again and hits a slam before landing a flying fist drop. Koko then puts Burton away with a brainbuster (1:38).

Thoughts: Man, Koko beat the shit out of this jobber after he screwed up. He was pissed off. Anyway, just a quick win for Koko to show why he belongs at Survivor Series.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Jake Roberts, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Brian Blair, Tito Santana, and Ken Patera as they put over their team at Survivor Series. Blair is replacing the recently fired Junkyard Dog. Duggan also talks about Thanksgiving here as well. More generic Survivor Series hype.


“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig vs. Mike Richards

Hennig backs Richards into the ropes then hits a dropkick. Hennig taunts the crowd then we hear him in an insert promo telling us its easy for himself to be perfect, because he has been his whole life. Hennig beats on Richards as Gorilla puts over the National “Rib Off” coming up in Toledo as Hennig gets the win with a fisherman’s suplex (2:44).

Thoughts: The crowd still does not care much about the Mr. Perfect gimmick, although I did like his insert promo here.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Slick, Akeem, and Big Bossman to the interview platform. Slick runs down their opponents at the Survivor Series as Akeem accuses Randy Savage of being unable to “groove.” Bossman also promises to hurt Hulk Hogan. This was a wacky 80’s promo and amusing at times. It certainly beat the generic Survivor Series hype.


Powers of Pain w/ The Baron vs. Sandy Beach & Brian Costello

Barbarian tosses Costello across the ring as we once again see how the Powers of Pain are on the cover of “WWF Magazine.” Beach tags in and Warlord hits him with a gutwrench suplex. Costello tags in again as Barbarian beats him down until the Powers of Pain get the win with a powerslam/diving headbutt combo (2:34).

Thoughts: This was the last appearance in the WWF for the Baron, as his run as manager bombed. The Powers of Pain are still not catching on as a face act either, with the other new team, the Rockers, being much more popular among the crowds.


Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Reno Riggins

The crowd upsets Bravo with a “USA”chant but Bravo chops Riggins against the ropes. He catches him with a slam then drops an elbow before taunting the crowd. Bravo hits a double underhook suplex then uses an airplane spin before getting the win with a side slam (1:42).

Thoughts: Your basic Bravo squash match here.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. They go over the rules for the Survivor Series matches before running down the card, which have been updated to include Jim Brunzell and Brian Blair, replacing Don Muraco and Junkyard Dog, respectively.


Next week, the featured match will be Bret Hitman vs. Greg Valentine as we hear comments from both guys. Also in action will be Tito Santana, Ted DiBiase, and Akeem.


Final Thoughts: Again, tons of generic Survivor Series hype. There isnt really one single match besides the won involving the Mega Powers that seems compelling. Even worse, we still have two more weeks of TV before the PPV. Because of Survivor Series being the main focus of TV, the shows have suffered.


Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

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

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/13/88

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/19/88