WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 3rd, 1989

December 3, 1989

From the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, KS

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon as Vince tells us that Tony Schiavone will return from vacation next week.

In action this week are Jake Roberts, Dino Bravo, Rick Martel, and The Bushwhackers. Plus, highlights from the Hulk Hogan vs. The Genius match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and an interview with Roddy Piper.


Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Al Burke

Burke takes down Roberts then attacks his throat as Jake rolls out for a breather. Jake lures Burke outside as Vince talks about Burke being stupid for doing so as he catches him with a knee lift. Ted DiBiase is shown in an insert promo saying he does not make mistakes as Jake stays in control. He clotheslines Burke off of the apron then tosses him back inside and hits the DDT for the win (2:44). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of Burke.

Thoughts: A match to put over Jake’s feudn against DiBiase.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Its the highlights from The Genius vs. Hulk Hogan at “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and the interviews from both men including Mr. Perfect destroying Hogan’s title belt with a hammer.


Tom Fuller & Scott Colton vs. The Bolsheviks

The Bolsheviks sing the Russian National Anthem before the match. We then hear from The Bolsheviks in an insert promo as they talk about being back and get a “Russia” chant going. They take control early as they beat on Fuller. Colton tags in and the Bolsheviks put him away quickly after Zhukov clotheslined him in the back of the head (2:21).

Thoughts: A win to reintroduce the Bolsheviks to the fans in case they forgot about watching Zhukov being used as TV enhancement talent for the past few months.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype the 12/12 Nashville Auditorium show. Dino Bravo is with Jimmy Hart & Canadian Earthquake as he calls out the Ultimate Warrior and vows to become the Intercontinental Champion as he is the World’s Strongest Man as Dusty Rhodes talks about serving up his Americana Justice to the Big Bossman.


“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Mike Scarberry

Snuka chops down Scarberry after an Irish whip sequence then chokes him out on the top rope. He then follows with a suplex and a slam before putting Scarberry away with the Superfly Splash (1:51).

Thoughts: A quick win for Snuka who is now left without a feud as Honky is with the Red Rooster and Mr. Perfect on to facing Hulk Hogan. The Superfly Splash still gets a good pop from the crowd though.


An ad for the “No Holds Barred” PPV airs.


Mike Justice vs. Bad News Brown

Brown attacks Justice from behind then beats him down in the corner. We hear from Bad News in an insert promo saying he clawed his way to the top in the ghetto but everyone is avoiding him in the WWF and demands competition or else. Back to the match as Bad News beats down Justice some more until putting him away with the Ghetto Blaster (2:01). After the match, Justice gets tossed to the floor.

Thoughts: Sooner rather than later it appears that Bad News will get to work a program against someone as he has been beating up enhancement talent without purpose since February.


Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the 12/12 Nashville Auditorium show. We hear from Zeus & Randy Savage with Sherri to hype their cage match against Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake. The Ultimate Warrior then tells Bravo he will pay the price and fall to his power.


The Red Rooster is backstage playing the “WrestleMania” video game on the Nintendo Entertainment System and cackling like an idiot the entire time.


Paul Roma vs. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart & Canadian Earthquake

Roma actually got an entrance here, coming out to the Young Stallions theme. We hear from Bravo in an insert prom as he once again claims to be the World’s Strongest Man. Roma catches Bravo with a backdrop and gets two off of a crossbody but Bravo blocks a monkey flip in the corner. He drops an elbow on Roma then catches him with the side slam for the win (1:36). After the match, Earthquake hits Roma with a sitdown splash.

Thoughts: They are really building up Bravo as a challenger to Warrior. Poor Roma continues to do nothing.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Roddy Piper to the interview platform. Piper says we have trouble in the WWF and accuses Rick Rude of dressing up as Tammy Faye for Halloween then we get a flashback of Piper bringing out a hogtied Brother Love from a few weeks back and then talks more about his feud with Rude. Not Piper’s best work here but the fans seemed to like it at least.


Red Tyler vs. “The Model” Rick Martel w/ Slick

This is the in-ring debut of The Model gimmick as he comes out to his own theme music. Martel does some stalling to start here. He takes Tyler down with a hip toss but Tyler gets up as Martel retreats to the corner. Martel is now shown in an insert promo accusing everyone of being jealous of his looks and for us to get used to him. Back to the match as Tyler gets tossed outside. Martel heads out and throws him back inside and targets the back before putting him away with the Boston Crab (2:56).

Thoughts: A good way to showcase the Model gimmick. Martel also has switched his finisher from the flying knee drop to the Boston Crab, which is certainly going to be easier on his knees.


Another ad for the No Holds Barred PPV.


The Bushwhackers vs. Barry Horowitz & Dave Wagner

Horowitz lands a few shots on Luke but pats his back and ends up getting attacked as Vince rags on Tony Garea not being as popular as fellow New Zealanders the Bushwhackers. Wagner is in now and gets beat down and quickly put away with the double gutbuster (2:48).

Thoughts: A quick win for the Bushwhackers and a showcase for their antics.


Another Event Center segment to hype the 12/12 Nashville show. Big Bossman & Slick run down Dusty Rhodes as Demolition promises to get revenge on the Colossal Connection.


In action next week are Dusty Rhodes, Jim Duggan, Colossal Connection, and the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, an interview with Mr. Perfect and a special No Holds Barred report.


Final Thoughts: Besides the in-ring debut of The Model gimmick, not much to see here. They are really pushing the Perfect vs. Hogan and Bravo vs. Warrior feuds and at least one of those sound intriguing. The company doesnt have a whole lot of steam overall though as the decade closes out.


Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Wednesday: WWN Mercury Rising Supershow 4/1/17

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Dan Spivey

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/9/89

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/9/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/10/89

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/16/89

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/17/89