WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 5th, 1989

February 5, 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 Tito Santana, Brooklyn Brawler, Bad News Brown, and more!


Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Rusty Riddle

Heenan talks about Hulk Hogan being jealous of Randy Savage for dating Elizabeth as Gorilla tells him that Elizabeth will bring them all back together and its just a misunderstanding. Riddle rolls outside as Beefcake takes control of the match. Riddle uses a few turnbuckle smashes but Beefcake comes back with a backdrop then a slam before using the sleeper for the win (3:05).

Thoughts: The announcers spent most of this match talking about the Mega Powers angle from the “Main Event,” which was the theme of this show.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This looks back at the Andre the Giant appearance on the “Brother Love Show” where Bobby Heenan supposedly cured Andre’s fear of snakes.


Paul Bryant vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart

Heenan talks about how Elizabeth would never have gotten hurt if she was home doing the dishes were he belongs. We get an insert promo from Jim Neidhart as he is coming after Valentine. Back to the match as Valentine hits a back suplex then targets the leg before getting the win with a figure four leg lock after turning around his shinguard (3:07).

Thoughts: They are now having singles feuds between the Hart Foundation and Valentine & Honky Tonk Man. And let me tell you, Valentine and Neidhart stunk out the joint around the house show circuit.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Mr. Fuji as he tells us how the Powers of Pain are in great shape. Hacksaw Jim Duggan then puts over his patriotism and how he’s not afraid to use his 2×4.


Tito Santana vs. Tony Burton

Tito knocks Burton down a few times to start. Tito now works the arm as the announcers talk about the Mega Powers. Tito then hits Burton with a backdrop before putting him away with the flying forearm (3:10).

Thoughts: This match was nothing more than a backdrop for the announcers to discuss the Mega Powers angle. Heenan didnt even get in any ethnic jokes at Tito’s expense.


An ad for WrestleMania V airs.


Dave Stoudemire vs. The Brooklyn Brawler w/ Bobby Heenan

Gorilla is now solo on commentary. Brawler immediately beats on Stoudemire as he is taunting him to get up and calling him “boy.” We get an insert promo from the Red Rooster, who tells Brawler he almost feels sorry for him because he has Heenan in his ear. Brawler stays in control and gets the win with a sit-down splash from the middle rope (3:18).

Thoughts: Its still odd watching Steve Lombardi squash enhancement talent on TV. His feud against the Red Rooster continues to get pushed on TV.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Big Bossman as he puts over how tough he is then the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers tell us how much they love the USA.


Hercules vs. Tommy Causey

Heenan is back on commentary. Hercules beats on Causey as we hear from him in an insert promo as he calls out Heenan. Hercules drops an elbow then works the arm before getting the win with a backbreaker submission (2:37).

Thoughts: Looks like Hercules is done feuding with DiBiase and now focusing on members from the Heenan Family.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Ron Bass to the interview platform. Bass mentions Beefcake cutting his hair and said he’s never been embarrassed a day in his life and will not start now. Okerlund then asks him to take his hat off if he’s not embarrassed as Bass refuses as he tells Beefcake he has some plans for him. Seems like they are actually continuing the Bass/Beefcake feud now.


Brian Costello & Mark Bow vs. The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan

Bow surprises Tully with a dropkick but Arn avoids a second attempt as the Brainbusters take control. We hear an insert promo from the Rockers as they vow to use the Brainbusters as a stepping stone. Costello tags as Arn destroys him then Tully smacks Bow as the ref is distracted and the Brainbusters use the spike piledriver for the win (3:10).

Thoughts: The Rockers/Brainbusters feud continues. It was one of the best in-ring tag feuds in WWF history.


We hear from Big John Studd as he challenges Akeem to a match. This would lead to a number of legendarily awful matches around the house show circuit. Studd did not have the charisma necessary to pull off the babyface role to say the least.


Reno Riggins vs. Bad News Brown

Bad News attacks Riggins during the ring introductions. Bad News beats on Riggins as the announcers once again talk about the Mega Powers before putting him away with the Ghetto Blaster (2:07). After the match, Bad News tosses Riggins to the floor.

Thoughts: After his feud with Savage ended, Bad News is just back to destroying jobbers on TV. He needs to find a feud.


Mooney is once again in the Event Center. Mr. Perfect tells us he is even better than before as he calls out all of the top stars as he proclaims 1989 the year of perfection. The Bushwhackers also tell us that 1989 will be a wonderful year.


Next week we will see the Mega Powers Meltdown. In action will be the Rockers, Mr. Perfect, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.


Final Thoughts: Most of this show was to hype up the Mega Powers angle to get people to watch the clips of what happened on next week’s show. Other than that, they continued some of the current feuds and teased a Akeem/Big John Studd feud. Next week should have more of a focus heading towards WrestleMania V as the show will be from a new set of TV tapings.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/8/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/11/89

Monday: WWF Philadelphia Spectrum 2/11/89

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/12/89

Wednesday: PWG Battle of Los Angeles, Stage 1 9/2/16

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling  2/18/89