WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 26, 1989

February 26, 1989

From the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

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

This week’s featured match is Brutus Beefcake vs. Dino Bravo. Plus, more comments from Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and more!


Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Darryl Peterson

Andre the Giant is shown in an insert promo as he looks forward to destroying Jake at WrestleMania but does not understand why the WWF made Big John Studd a guest referee. Peterson hits Jake with a slam but misses an elbow drop as Jake takes control. Jake works the arm but runs into a knee smash in the corner. Jake comes back and clotheslines Peterson to the floor then brings him back in and hits the DDT for the win (2:38).

Thoughts: Jake is starting to feel like the third most important person in his WrestleMania match. However, he is still very much over with the crowds.


We get the same WrestleMania V report we saw from the 2/25/ “Superstars of Wrestling.”


Same clips from Superstars with Ted DiBiase seeing his Million Dollar Belt for the first time.


The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Louie Spicolli & Ricki Ataki

The Brainbusters beat on Ataki as we hear them in an insert promo running down Strike Force to hype up their match at WrestleMania. Spicolli tags in as the Brainbusters remain in control then Tully slaps Ataki to provide a distraction so they can hit the spike piledriver for the win (2:38).

Thoughts: A dominating win to hype up the Brainbusters match against Strike Force at WrestleMania.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center and its all the same promos we saw from Superstars to hype the Nashville house show.


Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

Beefcake clears the ring with his shears. The announcers plug “WWF Magazine” with an article on Beefcake as he struts around. They finally start off in the ring and trade shoulder blocks. Beefcake ducks a clothesline and knocks Bravo down then hits a backdrop as Bravo bails. Back inside, Beefcake hits a clothesline but Bravo comes back with an eye rake and takes control. Beefcake manages to catch Bravo with the sleeper but Bravo takes them both outside. Bravo roughs up Beefcake for a bit but misses a clothesline and hits the post then Beefcake fires away as they are both counted out (3:52). After the match, Beefcake catches Frenchy and cuts off a little bit of his hair until Bravo makes the save.

Thoughts: Basic action in this one. At least the fans got to see Beefcake cut some hair and they can go to a Bravo/Beefcake feud if they felt the need.


We get the same Randy Savage promo we saw from Superstars.


An ad for WrestleMania V airs.


Tito Santana vs. Jose Estrada

Tito grabs a side headlock as we hear from Rick Martel in an insert promo as he wishes he was in a singles match but will team up if he has to and give 100%. Back to the match as Tito grabs a side headlock. Estrada lands some punches in the corner but misses a falling headbutt then Tito follows with a pair of dropkicks before getting the win with a flying forearm (2:36).

Thoughts: Interesting to see that Martel did not want to reunite with Tito. But he will give 100%!


Lord Alfred Hayes welcomes Mr. Fuji & Powers of Pain to the interview platform. Fuji promises that they will win the Tag Team Titles as the Barbarian tells Demolition he does not respect him. Warlord talks about all of the exercising Fuji makes them do and says they will win the title for him. Generic build for a feud that is past its expiration date.


Mark Ming vs. Bad News Brown

Bad News pulls Ming outside as he comes down to the ring and beats him down. The announcers talk about Bad News’ match against Hacksaw Jim Duggan at WrestleMania as we hear from Duggan in an insert promo as he will not back down from Bad News. Back to the match as Bad News continues his beat down of Ming and gets the win with a Ghetto Blaster (1:52).

Thoughts: Some basic hype for the Duggan/Bad News match at WrestleMania


We now get to hear from Hulk Hogan, which was also shown on Superstars.


“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tim Horner

Horner rolls over Rude and hits a dropkick. He follows with a flying headscissors but Rude catches him with a backbreaker after that. Rude then hits a delayed vertical suplex as we hear from the Ultimate Warrior in an insert promo as he says Rude will feel the pain at WrestleMania. Rude then knocks Horner down before putting him away with the Rude Awakening (1:25). After the match, Rude gives one lucky lady the Rude Awakening.

Thoughts: Good action while it lasted as they continue to build towards the WrestleMania V Intercontinental Title match.


Next week in action we will see Big John Studd and The Rockers. Plus, the unveiling of the Million Dollar Belt and all of the matches on the card for WrestleMania V.


Final Thoughts: Just basic WrestleMania hype here and if you already saw Superstars, there was no real reason to watch this except for the featured bout as competitive matches were still a rarity at this point on TV.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/22/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/4/89

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/5/89

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/11/89

Wednesday: PWG 2016 Battle of Los Angeles, Final Stage 9/4/16

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 3/11/89