WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 13th, 1988

November 13, 1988

From the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD

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

This week’s featured bout will be Bret Hart vs. Greg Valentine. Also in action are Ted DiBiase, Tito Santana, and the Blue Blazer.

Blue Blazer vs. Barry Horowitz

Blazer takes Horowitz down with a few armdrags after an Irish whip sequence. Blazer works the arm for a bit as the announcer discuss the Bossman/Hogan feud. Horowitz catches Blazer with a kick then declares “now we go to school” as he goes to work on Blazer. Horowitz drops a few elbows then uses a bridging pin for two but Blazer catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex then puts him away with a top rope splash (3:13).

Thoughts: Again, the Blazer looked great on TV and the crowd responds well to all of his offense. He is over with the TV crowds.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji, Fabulous Rougeaus w/ Jimmy Hart, The Bolsheviks w/ Slick, The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan, and the Conquistadores to the interview platform. Demolition puts over the size, strength, looks, and managers of their team at the Survivor Series. They all did a solid job in hyping the match.

 

David Isley vs. “The Outlaw” Ron Bass

Isley manages a dropkick to start but runs into a clothesline as Bass takes control. Bass destroys Isley as we hear from him in an insert promo hyping up his team at the Survivor Series before putting Isley away with the Gourdbuster (1:37).

Thoughts: Basic Survivor Series hype here for Bass, who is co-captain along with the Honky Tonk Man.

 

Tito Santana vs. Iron Mike Sharpe

Sharpe ducks out on the apron after Tito put him in a hammerlock. Gorilla mentions how Rick Martel is still out of action as they show a picture of him at the doctor’s office in the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.” Sharpe uses an eye rake then chops Tito down as he takes control. Heenan is making all sorts of ethnic jokes at Tito’s expense as Tito ducks underneath a chop and hits the flying forearm for the win (2:54).

Thoughts: Its clear after this that Martel will be making a return to TV at some point. It will finally give Tito something to do as he has been floundering since Martel took time off to care for his ill wife.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype up the Survivor Series. We hear from co-captains Brutus Beefcake & Ultimate Warrior as they run down their opponents. Well, Beefcake does as Warrior primarily paces and grunts.

 

Akeem w/ Slick vs. David Stoudemire

Akeem beats on Stoudemire then catches him with a backdrop. He then hits a front suplex before putting him away with a splash (1:27).

Thoughts: They put over Akeem as a major threat here to help build up the Survivor Series main event.

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, and Koko B. Ware as they hype up their Survivor Series match. They all have Hercules’ chain draped over their shoulders to show that they are united.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Mario Mancini

Before the match, DiBiase tries to payoff Mancini, who grabs the money and takes off but gets trapped between Virgil and DiBiase on the outside as DiBiase beats him down while Virgil grabs the money. Back inside, DiBiase continues to destroy Mancini until he puts him away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:15). After the match, DiBiase puts two $100 bills in Mancini’s mouth then

Thoughts: It was hilarious that Mancini got destroyed after trying to run away with DiBiase’s money.

 

Okerlund is in the crowd with the “Featured Fans” as we see a woman named “Charlotte,” who I thought was a man, holding a copy of “WWF Magazine” as she mentions how her kids cut out the photos and tape them up on the walls.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We hear from Jake Roberts as he looks at Damien and tells him how Andre the Giant is afraid as we see the clip from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” where Roberts tossed Damien on top of Andre. After that, Jake tells Andre both Damien and himself will be coming after him. They are really going all out with the Andre is afraid of snakes angle.

 

Survivor Series Report with Gene Okerlund. We hear from Andre the Giant, Dino Bravo, Rick Rude, Frenchy Martin and Bobby Heenan, who runs down the opposing team at the Survivor Series. Andre then freaks out and leaves after Heenan mentions the word “snake.” After that, we hear from the team co-captained by Akeem & Big Bossman as Bossman promises to finish Hogan once and for all. DiBiase tosses a wad of cash in the air as he guarantees victory. Good heel promo here.

 

Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Bret Hart w/ Jim Neidhart

Gorilla casually mentions that the WWF Women’s Title has changed hands. Bret comes out alone at first then heads back to the dressing room to bring out Neidhart. The match starts off with Bret winning a slugfest. We hear from Jimmy and Valentine in an insert promo as Valentine tells us his specialty is breaking hearts and legs and will push Bret to the limit. We see the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers in the aisle watching the match as Valentine comes back with an elbow smash. He heads up top but Bret catches him in midair with a punch then tells the Rougeaus to come over. Valentine takes a distracted Bret off of the top with a back suplex then drops an elbow. Bret stops a figure-four attempt then Jimmy jumps up on the apron. Neidhart takes him off and uses a lifting choke but Valentine comes out and attacks Neidhart from behind. Bret follows and they slug it out on the floor as the Rougeaus make their way down as the match is ruled a double count out (3:36). Jacques attacks Bret from behind with the megaphone then Neidhart chases then away with a chair. In the ring, Valentine puts on the figure-four as Jimmy is jumping around with glee until Neidhart breaks it up.

Thoughts: Good action while it lasted as they continue to heat up the Rougeaus/Hart Foundation feud.

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center. He runs down the Survivor Series Card again as they remind us to order the show on PPV.

 

Next week in action will be Mr. Perfect, Big Bossman, and the featured bout of Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Nikolai Volkoff as we hear from both guys hyping up the match.

 

Final Thoughts: Lots of Survivor Series hype here but they also focused on the feuds too.  The action was more entertaining than the past several weeks as well. Better than what we have been getting leading up to Survivor Series.

 

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/19/88

Wednesday: WrestleCon 2016 Supershow 4/2/16

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Swoggle

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/20/88

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/18/82

Sunday: WWF Survivor Series 11/24/88

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling  11/26/88