WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 17th, 1989

December 17, 1989

From the Allen County War Memorial in Fort Wayne, IN

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Rick Rude, Demolition, Big Bossman, Tito Santana, and the Honky Tonk Man. Plus, a special interview with Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake.


“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Frank DeFalco

Rude beats on DeFalco in the corner then tosses him outside. We hear from Roddy Piper in an insert promo as he warns Rude that he is the original “Legend Killer” as Rude gets the win with the Rude Awakening (1:36).

Thoughts: Quick win for Rude as his feud against Piper continues.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is more hype for the No Holds Barred PPV as we hear from Macho King Randy Savage, Queen Sherri, and Zeus.


Brian Costello vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka

Snuka chops down Costello and hits a slam before the Superfly Splash gets the win (1:24).

Thoughts: Brief win for Snuka, who has nothing going on in the company at the moment.


We get more modeling from Rick Martel, who calls himself the “face of the 90’s.”


Powers of Pain w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Todd Becker & James Sexton

The Barbarian beats on Becker to start. Sexton tags in and also gets destroyed as the announcers discuss the Powers of Pain and Rockers feud as Warlord lifts Sexton up as the Barbarian clotheslines him for the win as Gorilla goes nuts because Sexton had his chin up in the air (1:52).

Thoughts: A dominating win for the Powers of Pain as they are now feuding with The Rockers.


Barry Horowitz vs. Tito Santana

Gorilla mentions that Tito was talking to Al Perez in the locker room and suggests they could be a tag team. Tito is then heard in an insert promo putting over the dangers of the steel cage match at the No Holds Barred PPV. Back to the match as Tito hits a clothesline and a dropkick before working the arm. He then hits a backdrop and puts Horowitz away with the flying forearm (2:28).

Thoughts: Probably the only time Al Perez had his name mentioned on either Superstars or Challenge as they are still doing the deal of Tito looking for a new tag partner. Wonder if there ever was a plan of a Perez & Santana team in the works.


We are shown a clip from last week where Dusty Rhodes ran out to make the save after his female fan slapped Slick and was yelled at by Bossman as a result.


Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. Alan Reynolds

Bossman kicks Reynolds in the face as Dusty’s fan is shown in the front row as Slick points her out. Bossman stays in control and beats down Reynolds until he puts him away with a sidewalk slam (2:48). After the match, Bossman puts the ball-and-chain on Reynolds.

Thoughts: This was about getting over the ball-and-chain for Bossman’s series of house show matches against Dusty.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake to the interview platform. Okerlund asks them about the steel cage match at the No Holds Barred PPV as Hogan says they are going out there to put both men out of the WWF. Hogan also says he asked Santa for a padlock and a chain so they will not sneak out of the cage as Beefcake tells us Rudolph told him to be aware of “Scary Sherri” outside of the ring.


Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jim Evans

Honky is shown in an insert promo with Hart singing a “Honky Tonk Christmas” he has taken control of the match. Honky stays on the attack and hits the Shake, Rattle, and Roll for the win (2:34).

Thoughts: Quick win for Honky, who continues to feud with the Red Rooster.


Another ad for the No Holds Barred PPV airs.


Demolition vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Cleo Reeves

Heenan is shown in an insert promo upset that Demolition is on the cover of “Spotlight Magazine” and that after the Colossal Connection beat them they will be on the cover. Demolition beat down Brawler and then do the same to Reeves until they hit him with the Decapitation (2:53).

Thoughts: With the Brainbusters gone, Demolition will now feud with the Colossal Connection as they build up to a title match.


In action next week are Bret Hart, Dino Bravo, Jake Roberts, Mr. Perfect, and The Rockers. Plus, a special interview with Randy Savage and Zeus.


Final Thoughts: Most of the show revolves around No Holds Barred hype as its not a particularly exciting time in the WWF to say the least.


Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Wednesday: RevPro Live in Orlando 3/31/17

Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Ranger Ross

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/23/89

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 9/16/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/24/89

Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 12/25/89

Tuesday: No Holds Barred The Match, The Movie 12/27/89