WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 27th, 1988

November 27. 1988

From the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD

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

In action this week are Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana, Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, and the Red Rooster. Plus, the Dino Bravo vs. Ken Patera match from October’s “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”


Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. John Latu

Beefcake slams Latu as we get a screaming insert promo from Ron Bass as he promises to use Miss Betsy on Beefcake. Back to the match as Beefcake hits a backdrop and stays in control until putting Latu away with a sleeper (2:47). After the match, Beefcake gives Latu a haircut.

Thoughts: A quick win for Beefcake as they continue to push his feud against Ron Bass.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s topic is the double-turn that took place at the  Survivor Series between the Powers of Pain and Demolition. We hear from both teams as the story is Mr. Fuji felt Demolition was ungrateful and guided them to the Tag Team Titles while Demolition tells Fuji he can lead the Powers of Pain around but that they will remain the champions. This feud was more interesting with Demolition as faces but it still never caught on huge.


Tito Santana vs. Al Navarro

Gorilla tells us that Tito is still looking for a tag team partner because there is no word as to when Rick Martel will return. Heenan rags on Tito with all sorts of ethnic jokes as Tito is in control of the match. Tito hammers away then puts Navarro away with the flying forearm (2:11).

Thoughts: Heenan was ragging on Tito’s ethnicity all match long. They are pushing the idea that Tito is still looking for a partner and the fact they mentioned Martel by name indicates he will be returning soon.


Gene Okerlund is in the crowd. Two young girls talk about how much they love Brutus Beefcake and Bret Hart as Gene tries to get them to talk about the Hulk Hogan bear they are holding. They were pushing a lot of merchandise on this show as it was the Holiday season.


Tommy Angel & Rusty Riddle vs. Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/ Jimmy Hart

Angel surprises Jacques with a dropkick. Riddle tags and hits a dropkick of his own as Hart is in an insert promo telling us the Rougeaus put down money for a house in the United States. The Rougeaus take control, with Gorilla telling them to keep their eye on the Bulldogs at all times, as they beat on Riddle until putting him away with the Rougeau Bomb (2:25).

Thoughts: They made another reference to the Bulldogs/Rougeaus here on commentary, which was odd considerin the fact the Bulldogs left the company. The story of which U.S. city the Rougeaus were moving to developed with the news they put a down payment on a house.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Jimmy Hart and the Rougeau Brothers as they talk about moving to America while Hacksaw Jim Duggan calls out Dino Bravo.


Gorilla plugs the new Coliseum Home Video “Macho Madness” VHS tape.


Red Rooster w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Joe Cruz

Gorilla is now solo on commentary. Rooster takes Cruz down a few times but Cruz fights back as Rooster rolls outside and gets yelled at by Heenan. Rooster returns and beats down Cruz while Heenan yells at him to not let up and kill Cruz off as Rooster hits a hotshot then puts Cruz away with the Cock of the Walk (2:01).

Thoughts: Besides getting yelled at by Heenan at all times, the Rooster did not have anything going for him. The fact he has been treated like a complete loser is not helping his character either.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We see George Steele and the Mine Doll as Steele does his routine. He has been gone from the company for a while now but gotta use him to sell those Mine dolls for Christmas I suppose.  Next, Heenan is with King Haku and talks about how important he is then speaks into a walkie-talkie and asks for a car to pick them up.


Larry Stevens & Gene Ligons vs. The Rockers

Heenan is back on commentary. The Rockers take control early as they show off all sorts of double-team moves. Gorilla and Heenan go at each other then Shawn beats Stevens after a fist drop off of Marty’s shoulders (3:04).

Thoughts: The Rockers looked great here as they continue to rise up the tag team ranks.


Okerlund welcomes Ted DiBiase and Virgil to the interview platform. He asks DiBiase about trying to buy Hercules as a slave. DiBiase laughs and says he has been buying off people left and right since entering the WWF and yells that Hercules is his slave. DiBiase says Hercules is big, strong, and stupid and that makes him an excellent slave. Decent promo by DiBiase but it feels like this feud has already peaked.


We are shown the Patera vs. Bravo match from last month’s “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” After that, we hear from Bravo and Frenchy Martin as he brags about beating Patera and how Duggan is next.


The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Scott Hudson & Tommy Causey

Gorilla is once again solo on commentary. The Brainbusters beat on Hudson as we hear the Young Stallions in an insert promo as they are looking forward to meeting the Brainbusters and will give 110%. Tully knocks Causey off of the apron as the Brainbusters destory the poor guy on the floor then they head back inside where Tully gets the win with a slingshot suplex (2:48).

Thoughts: The Brainbusters looked awesome in this match. They teased a feud with them against the Young Stallions but that really never came to fruition as they wrestled around the house circuit for a little bit before the Stallions disbanded.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Akeem and Slick as they talk about “jammin'” while Randy Savage is with Elizabeth and talks down Bad News Brown. The Akeem & Slick promos from this time are just bizarre.


Next week we will see the Ultimate Warrior vs. Super Ninja from “Saturday Night’s Main Event,” the “Brother Love Show” segment from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” with guest Hulk Hogan, highlights from the Survivor Series and more.


Final Thoughts: The show had some decent action I suppose but it contained very little in terms of storyline advancement. For those who missed the Survivor Series, we saw some fallout from the show and will get to see more next week too.