WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 22nd, 1989

October 22, 1989

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are the Ultimate Warrior, The Widowmaker, The Bushwhackers, Honky Tonk Man, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.


The Bushwhackers vs. Boris Zhukov & Dale Wolfe

We hear from the Bushwhackers in an insert promo as they yell about nothing. They get the best of Zhukov then clear the ring and march around. Wolfe is now the legal man and he gets beat down until the Bushwhackers put him away with the double gutbuster (2:12).

Thoughts: Really just a match to get over the Bushwhackers antics.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We see highlights from the Ted DiBiase vs. Hulk Hogan match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” followed by comments from DiBiase’s Survivor Series team.


Warren Bianchi vs. The Widowmaker

The Widowmaker calls himself the “supreme survivor” and says the entire King’s Court team will all survive at the Survivor Series. The Widowmaker knocks Bianchi down and stays in control until getting the win with a superplex (2:57).

Thoughts: Unfortunately for Windham, he never got to wrestle at the Survivor Series as he had a cyst removed from his chest and then dealt with his father and brother getting arrested for counterfeiting and did not come back to the WWF until 1996.


Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Brooklyn Brawler

Duggan immediately beats on Brawler as the announcers talk about his feud against Macho King Randy Savage. He then  knocks Brawler outside with a clothesline as we hear from Savage & Queen Sherri in an insert promo telling Duggan to bow down to them as Duggan hits the Three Point Stance for the win (1:40).

Thoughts: A dominant performance by Duggan as he is out to get revenge on Savage.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype up the Survivor Series PPV. We then hear from the Ultimate Warriors Team as they call out their opponents, The Heenan Family.


Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Scott Hawkins

The announcers state that Honky is upset over not being the captain of his Survivor Series team. He beats down Hawkins then taunts the fans. Honky hits a backdrop before the Shake, Rattle, and Roll gets the win (1:37).

Thoughts: I thought it was a bit odd they mentioned Honky being upset over not being the captain. It seemed like they were trying to tell us there could be some conflict there.


Mooney is back in the Event Center for more Survivor Series hype. We hear from the Heenan Family, without Heenan strangely enough, as they promise to defeat the Ultimate Warriors. Too bad Heenan wasnt here because this promo was long and dragged.


Brian Costello vs. Ultimate Warrior

Warrior doesnt take his belt off as he hits the flying shoulder tackle then puts Costello away with the press slam/splash combo after removing his belt (0:22). After the match, Warrior shoves Costello underneath the ring then follows and brings him out to show Costello’s face painted as he then carries Costello over his shoulder to the locker room.

Thoughts: Warrior’s new thing is now destroying his opponent then putting face paint on them underneath the ring.


Gene Okerlund welcomes The Enforcers Survivor Series team to the interview platform. Well, Honky Tonk Man is not there as Jimmy Hart tells us he is taking a bath after wrestling tonight but promises to take care of the Red Rooster at the Survivor Series. It was basic hype for the PPV.


Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Tony Burton

Burton bounces off of Neidhart as Dino Bravo is screaming in an insert promo telling Neidhart he is the World’s Strongest Man. Neidhart taunts Burton then beats him down then appears to have went for the backbreaker submission but does not get Burton up enough and it turns to a gutwrench suplex then he gets the win with a running powerslam (2:56).

Thoughts: Looks like the country will be getting Neidhart vs. Bravo house show matches.


We get a video package on Mr. Perfect putting on a golf course as he says that Hulk Hogan can not do that.


Haku w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Randy Larson

Larson tries to use his speed but Haku takes over. Haku hits a crossbody for two as Heenan is shown in an insert promo teasing us with “big plans” he has for Haku, who is in firm control of the match. He hits Larson with a backbreaker and a gutwrench before stomping away then wins with a thrust kick (4:01).

Thoughts: A time-filling squash match although they did hint at some plans for Haku, which we would see next week.


Mooney is once again in the Event Center to hype the Survivor Series. We hear from Rude’s Brood and Roddy’s Rowdies to hype up that match.


Next week in action are Jimmy Snuka, Mr. Perfect, Bret Hart, Rick Rude, and Dusty Rhodes.


Final Thoughts: This whole show pretty much revolved around Survivor Series hype. Besides that, not much else of note.


Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/28/89

Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 10/28/89

Wednesday: wXw 2017 16 Carat Gold, Night Three

Thursday: Highspots All-Access with Mickie James

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/29/89

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 8/12/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling  11/4/89