WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 11th, 1988

December 11, 1988

From the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA

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

This week in action will be Rick Rude and Tito Santana. Plus, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. Young Stallions match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and a special interview with Randy Savage.


“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Scott Casey

Gorilla is by himself on commentary here. Casey catches Rude with an atomic drop but Rude is able to block a monkey flip out of the corner. We get an insert promo from Rude as he tells us one lucky lady will get the Rude Awakening every night as he stays in control of the match. Rude heads up top for a fist drop then hits the Rude Awakening for the win (2:10). After the match, Rude gives the Rude Awakening to a girl wearing his t-shirt.

Thoughts: Since Rude is no longer feuding with anyone they are just focusing on his post-match gimmick. Almost feels like a step back to be honest.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s focus is on the brawl between the Rockers and the Brainbusters that took place on “Superstars of Wrestling.” Hayes tells us to expect these two teams to face off soon.


Steve Lombardi vs. Blue Blazer

Heenan is now on commentary. Gorilla notes that Blazer is undefeated. The match starts with Blazer showing off his athleticism. Lombardi rolls outside after a dropkick then Blazer uses a baseball slide to send him into the guardrail. Blazer suplexes Lombardi back in and works him over as we hear the Blazer in an insert promo telling us he uses speed and agility to beat his opponents. Blazer stays in control and looks great in the process as Heenan guesses the Blazer is Moolah due to the manly tone of his voice. Lombardi fights back and hits a slam but Blazer kips up and slams Lombardi off of the top rope then sets him up for the moonsault for the win (3:10).

Thoughts: Once again, Blazer looked fantastic on WWF TV. The fans get into his matches too and they were pushing him as undefeated on commentary.


We get a vignette of the Bushwhackers in New York City. They act wacky and ask some guy for directions. I’ll give credit to these guys, they owned this gimmick.


Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. Jim Gorman

Bossman immediately beats on Gorman as we see that Brother Love is on the cover of “WWF Magazine.” The fans chant for Hogan as Bossman continues his assault until putting Gorman away with a sidewalk slam (1:08). After the match, Bossman dumps Gorman to the floor then cuffs him to the ropes as Slick gives Bossman the nightstick to beat Gorman while Heenan laughs.

Thoughts: Bossman’s feud remains over with the fans.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Ted DiBiase who tells us he will always get what he wants and that Randy Savage is still running scared and that Hercules belongs to him. The Ultimate Warrior then tells us he has what it takes to go all the way and that no man has a chance to stand toe-to-toe to him.


An ad for the Royal Rumble appears.


Tito Santana vs. Black Knight

Tito backs the Knight into the corner. Heenan makes more ethnic jokes at Tito’s expense as Tito hits a backdrop then puts the Knight away with the flying forearm (1:59).

Thoughts: They kept bringing up Rick Martel to the point it is now he will be coming back soon.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Jake Roberts as he tells Andre he would be mad too if he passed out due to fear on National TV. Jake tells Andre its about time he faces his fear. Jimmy Hart and Danny Davis tell us that bigger things will happen in 1989.


The Fabulous Rougeaus vs. Young Stallions match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”


Gene Okerlund welcomes Randy Savage and Elizabeth to the interview platform. Okerlund asks him about Bad News Brown as Savage says the guts Bad News showed about what he said about Elizabeth is unbelievable and cannot be denied. However, the Ghetto Blaster will be nothing compared to what he is going to do to him. Savage will do Bad News a favor by giving him a title shot but it will end up being his demise.


Akeem w/ Slick vs. Riki Ataki

Akeem destroys Ataki in the corner. We hear from Akeem and Slick in an insert promo as Akeem is on a mission. Back to the match as Akeem is dancing before going back to beating on Ataki, who Heenan says is one of the Bomb Angels. Akeem then hits the front suplex before putting him away with a splash (2:05).

Thoughts: Akeem is still doing a ton of comedy here and too much for a guy they want to be portraying more like a monster.


Hercules vs. Darryl Peterson

If Peterson looks familiar, it is because he later went on to wrestle as Man Mountain Rock. He was wrestling as “Max Pain” briefly prior to his in Memphis. Peterson lands some shots in the corner but Hercules fights back. Hercules hammers away as we see an insert of the check Heenan got from selling Hercules to DiBiase. Hercules hits a knee lift then a slam then picks him up for the backbreaker submission and the win (1:44).

Thoughts: The finish looked really impressive as Hercules lifted up Peterson with one arm. Hercules’ feud with DiBiase continues.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig as he tells us the spotlight will be on him and he is the superstar to lead us into the 1990’s. Demolition then calls out the Powers of Pain for being idiots and that they will go right through them before grabbing Fuji by the throat as they some lessons in store for him.


Next week in action we will see the Jim Duggan vs. Boris Zhukov match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Also in action will be Ted DiBiase, Brutus Beefcake, and the Brainbusters.


Final Thoughts: Not much of a show this week. For those who missed the last SNME, you got to see a tag match but other than that, nothing of note happened besides a Bushwhackers vignette and Savage formally challenging Bad News, which we already knew was happening anyway.