WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 29th, 1989

January 29, 1989

From the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, AL

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

In action this week are the Bushwhackers, King Haku, Red Rooster, and the Powers of Pain. Plus, an interview with the Twin Towers and more!


Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Barry Horowitz

They lockup as we hear from Jimmy Hart in an insert promo, whose pretending he is not upset over the Hart Foundation leaving him as he says the Honky Tonk Man will knock some sense into him. Bret hammers away after hitting an inverted atomic drop as the announcers hype up the Mega Powers vs. Twin Towers match at “Main Event” then gets the win with a piledriver (3:17).

Thoughts: More than several months after the split, Jimmy Hart is still upset over the Hart Foundation leaving him.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is about the Pose Down between Rick Rude and the Ultimate Warrior from the Royal Rumble.


Powers of Pain w/ Mr. Fuji vs. David Stoudemire & Rick Allen

The camera focuses on a little kid in the front row with a Demolition shirt. Stoudemire fails trying to slam the Barbarian then gets his ass kicked. Allen tags in as the Warlord beats him down. We get Mr. Fuji in an insert promo as he puts over the power and size of his team while promising to defeat Demolition for the belts. Back to the match as the Powers of Pain remain in control until getting the win with a Doomsday Device (2:37).

Thoughts: The Demolition/Powers of Pain feud continues. For as long as its been going on, the feud really isnt over with the crowd.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear the same promos from Ron Bass and Hercules that we did on Superstars.


Red Rooster vs. Danny Davis w/ Jimmy Hart

Rooster now has theme music, which features a rooster cackling. Heenan trashes his former client as Davis cheapshots Rooster. Davis stays in control for a bit until Rooster hits an atomic drop and works the arm. We hear from Heenan and the Brooklyn Brawler, who Heenan says will destroy Rooster. Back to the match as Davis takes Rooster down and stomps away. Rooster catches Davis with a backdrop then hits a slam. Davis uses an eye rake then picks Rooster up for a slam but Rooster turns that into a small package and gets the win (2:55).

Thoughts: Well, its a win for the Rooster. However, it was not in impressive fashion and Davis is a tiny step above TV enhancement talent anyway.


Scott Casey vs. Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin

The crowd boos Frenchy as he waves the Quebec flag. Bravo works over Casey then catches him with a slam. Casey fights back but Bravo sends him into the corner. Casey rolls away from an elbow drop but gets caught with another slam then Bravo puts him away with a side slam (2:07).

Thoughts: More continuation of the Bravo vs. Duggan feud.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. Koko B. Ware tells us how he is flying high in the WWF while Ted DiBiase says Hercules is not in the same class as himself.


Dale Veasey vs. Rick Martel

Martel is shown in an insert promo thanking the fans for their support while he was hurt. Veasey lands a few shots but Martel takes him over with a hip toss after a fast-paced Irish whip sequence. Veasey lands a few more shots in the corner but Martel fights back and hits a pair of dropkicks. Martel then hits Veasey with a Polish Hammer before putting Veasey away with the Boston Crab (2:36).

Thoughts: Martel’s comeback push is here but he does not appear all that over with the fans anymore.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Slick and the Twin Towers to the interview platform. Slick puts over how the Twin Towers are the most dominant force in wrestling as we see clips of the Towers beating on the Mega Powers. The Towers & Slick then promise to defeat the Mega Powers on the “Main Event.”


Bushwhackers vs. ????

We did not get the names of the enhancement talent here, although I believe one of them is Tony Suber. The Bushwhackers take control early as we see the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers in an insert upset over foreigners like the Bushwhackers are allowed to wrestle in their United States and they should leave the country. The Bushwhackers remain in control as Gorilla suggests fellow New Zealander Tony Garea manage them as the Bushwhackers get the win with a double gutbuster (2:30).

Thoughts: After all of those vignettes, the Bushwhackers are at least getting a decent response.


An ad for WrestleMania V airs.


King Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Josh Stroud

Gorilla is solo on commentary. We then hear from Big John Studd in an insert promo as he promises to take Haku’s crown if he comes after him. Haku works a side headlock then beats Stroud down in the corner as Gorilla plugs the Mega Powers vs. Twin Towers match. Stroud lands a few punches but whiffs on a clothesline and Haku puts him away with a thrust kick (2:48).

Thoughts: Looks like they are going to start a Haku/Studd program, which does not sound exciting in the slightest.


Mooney is in the Event Center. The Rockers talk about living life on the edge and that in 1989, they are going straight to the top while calling out the Brainbusters. Jim Neidhart then laughs after telling Jimmy Hart “don’t worry, be happy” and doesnt care what teams he throws at him.


Next week in action will be Bad News Brown, Hercules, Brooklyn Brawler, and Tito Santana. We then close the show with a promo from the Mega Powers as they hype their match at Main Event.


Final Thoughts: This show was mainly just hype for the Main Event show, specifically the Mega Powers vs. Twin Towers match. Other than that, they continued existing feuds and teased a new one in Studd/Haku.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/1/82

Sunday: WWF Los Angeles Sports Arena 1/29/89

Monday: WWF Main Event 2/3/89

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/4/89

Wednesday: PWG Thirteen 7/29/16

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with AJ Styles

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/4/89