WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 12th, 1989

February 12, 1989

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

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

In action tonight are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Mr. Perfect, and the Rockers. Plus, footage from the Mega Powers match from the “Main Event” and more.

 

The Rockers vs. “Dangerous” Danny Davis & Ross Browner

The Rockers take control early as we hear them in an insert promo as they hype up their match against the Brainbusters next week, promising that it will be a brawl. The Rockers clear the ring with double dropkicks as the fans go nuts. Heenan talks about the Rockers popularity and how they stole everything from the Brainbusters. The match breaks down again then the Rockers put Browner away when Shawn hits a splash off of Marty’s shoulders (3:24).

Thoughts: This crowd was jacked for the Rockers as they really focused on their feud with the Brainbusters. Heenan in particluar did a great job at putting this feud over.

 

Lord Alfred Hayes welcomes the Red Rooster to the interview platform. Rooster tells Heenan that the Brooklyn Brawler will not be able to get the job done as he can make “chicken salad out of chicken soup.” He then gets in a weasel reference and makes some rooster puns then ends this garbage with some cackling. Christ, this was embarrassing.

 

We see the Mega Powers breakup from Main Event. After that airs, we get a special report on the situation as Gene Okerlund is shown interviewing Randy Savage, who tells Hogan a brother would not lust after Elizabeth. Savage then tells Hogan he does not care for the showboating and hotdogging he did around Elizabeth and will think about giving him a title shot. I really loved all of the interviews they had with Hogan and Savage at this time. Both guys, Savage in particular, did a wonderful job.

 

Frank Valdez & Riki Ataki vs. Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/ Jimmy Hart

Raymond slaps Valdez across the face then the Rougeaus beat him down. The announcers plug the Rougeaus article in “WWF Magazine” then talk about Savage’s decision to give Hogan a title shot. Ataki tags and tries for a top rope leg drop but misses as Heenan asks if Ataki is one of the Jumping Bomb Angels then the Rougeaus get the win with a Rougeau Bomb (2:53).

Thoughts: Most of this was the announcers talking about the Mega Powers feud but they are still pushing the Rougeaus adapting to living in America.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. All of the Event Center segments on this show were the same exact ones from “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

We also see the segment where Ted DiBiase asks the owner of Betteridge Jewelers in Greenwich, CT to make him a Million Dollar Championship belt that aired on “Superstars of Wrestling.”

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Dusty Wolfe

Duggan beats on Wolfe to start as Heenan makes fun of him for looking like a moron. Duggan then catches Wolfe with a slam before putting him away with the Three Point Stance (2:18).

Thoughts: Seems like Duggan’s feud with Bravo is over with as that was not brought up here on commentary.

 

“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig vs. Scott Casey

Casey catches Hennig with a hip toss to start. Hennig fights back with a knee smash as the announcers talk about his article in “WWF Magazine.” Hennig chops Casey in the corner but Casey reverses an Irish whip and hits a clothesline. Casey lands a few shots in the corner but eats boot on a charge then Hennig puts him away with the Perfect Plex (1:47).

Thoughts: A showcase for Hennig here as he is still being positioned for a push as he remains undefeated. However, he is still not over as a heel, although he is making some progress at least.

 

Okerlund is with Hogan, who is sporting his “Hulk Rules” bandana, which he pointed out himself as the company was trying to get fans to buy that and showed a kid in the crowd wearing one as well. He tells Savage he cannot hide any longer as sooner or later he will have to face him. Hogan then tells Savage they have a whole new set of rules between them and that Hulkamania will run wild.

 

Blue Blazer vs. Barry Horowitz

Blazer takes control early as we see him in an insert promo talking about proving he is the best wrestler in the world. Blazer works the arm for a bit but Horowitz catches him with a backbreaker. Horowitz follows with a double underhook suplex and a leg drop as he takes control. Blazer catches Horowitz with a monkey flip then sends him outside with a dropkick. Blazer sends Horowitz into the guardrail with a baseball slide. Back inside, Blazer catches Horowitz with a belly-to-belly suplex before putting him away with a top rope splash (4:10).

Thoughts: Decent TV match. These two were practically married to each other at this time. The Blazer is now being pushed as a great wrestler but still is without a feud or any real direction after six months in the promotion.

 

Next week in action will be the Bushwhackers and the featured bout of Jim Neidhart vs. Honky Tonk Man. Plus, we will hear from Hogan and Savage and get the WrestleMania V report as Gorilla notes we will find out the main event of the show.

 

Final Thoughts: Like Superstars, most of this was getting over the Mega Powers split and teasing whether or not Savage would give Hogan a shot at the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Blazer/Horowitz was a decent match but other than that nothing else of note took place as it was more about setting up next week’s show.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

 

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

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Steve Blackman

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling  2/18/89

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/15/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/19/89

Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling (WrestleMania V Face-to-Face special) 2/20/89

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/25/89